Amended Order: Implementing Presidential Proclamation on Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic
On April 4, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) amended its October 30, 2021 Order implementing the Presidential Proclamation for the safe resumption of global travel and the global suspension and restriction on entry for non-U.S. citizens who are nonimmigrants seeking to enter the United States by air travel and who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
This Amended Order aligns CDC’s post-arrival public health requirements for self-quarantine and self-isolation for noncitizen nonimmigrants who meet an exception to the proof of vaccination requirement with current after-international travel recommendations. The Amended Order also formalizes guidance described in Technical Instructions, announced in FAQs on CDC’s website, and in the attestation.
This Amended Order will go into effect for flights departing to the US from a foreign country at or after 12:01am EDT (4:01GMT) April 14, 2022, and was published in the Federal Registerexternal icon on April 7, 2022.
View the Order pdf icon[PDF – 32 pages].
View the Attestation pdf icon[PDF – 5 pages].
- English pdf icon[PDF – 5 pages]
- Arabic pdf icon[PDF – 5 pages]
- Chinese pdf icon[PDF – 5 pages]
- French pdf icon[PDF – 5 pages]
- Russian pdf icon[PDF – 5 pages]
- Spanish pdf icon[PDF – 5 pages]
Frequently Asked Questions:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that, based on a request from the U.S. Department of State, it is exercising its enforcement discretion regarding its “Amended Order: Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test Result or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Airline Passengers Arriving into the United States,” effective immediately. CDC has determined that the current exigent circumstances in Shanghai, China may preclude individuals from meeting the requirements of CDC’s amended Testing Order. This exercise of enforcement discretion is limited to the following individuals departing Shanghai, China: U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR); noncitizens in possession of a valid U.S. immigrant visa; and noncitizen nonimmigrants who are traveling with a U.S. citizen or LPR and possess valid travel documents allowing them to travel to the United States.
While CDC has determined that all air passengers two years of age or older, with limited exemptions, boarding a flight to the United States from a foreign country must meet the requirements of the amended Testing Order, if individuals subject to this exercise of enforcement discretion are not able to be tested in the timeframe required, the airlines may proceed with boarding these individuals without meeting the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19. Additionally, consistent with international and domestic public health recommendations, and consistent with CDC recommendations for international travel and domestic public health recommendations, individuals should take all necessary and appropriate steps to protect the health of themselves and others during travel, including by properly wearing a well-fitting mask or respirator to keep the nose and mouth covered during the flight, as well as on public transportation and in airports and other transportation hubs. This exercise of enforcement discretion is effective immediately and will expire on June 10, 2022, at 23:59 ET, subject to any further extensions.
Individuals covered by this exercise of enforcement discretion will not be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery prior to boarding a flight to the United States, or to complete the attestation at Section 1 of the Combined Passenger Disclosure and Attestation to the United States of America pdf icon[PDF – 5 pages] form.
Some individuals who are subject to this enforcement discretion, such as spouses, may be noncitizen nonimmigrants who are required to show proof of vaccination under Presidential Proclamation 10294 on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic and CDC’s Amended Order: Implementing Presidential Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Individuals who are not considered fully vaccinated with an accepted COVID-19 vaccine may apply for a humanitarian or emergency exception to the vaccination requirement by submitting an exception request to the nearest U.S. Embassy. For more information visit COVID-19 Information – U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Chinaexternal icon.
On October 25, 2021, the President issued a Proclamation for the resumption of global travel and implemented a global suspension and restriction on entry for non-U.S. citizens who are nonimmigrants seeking to enter the United States by air travel and who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Proclamation directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement the Proclamation as it applies to the public health in accordance with appropriate public health protocols and consistent with CDC’s independent public health judgment. Therefore, CDC issued an Order on October 25, 2021, amended on October 30, 2022, to implement the President’s direction and provide guidance to airlines, other aircraft operators, and passengers in Technical Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions.
In accordance with the Presidential Proclamation, this Order implementing the Presidential Proclamation was effective November 8, 2021 at 12:01am EST (5:01am GMT), and was published in the Federal Registerexternal icon on November 5, 2021.
View the Attestation pdf icon[PDF – 7 pages] to the October 25, 2021 Order. See Attachment A: Combined Passenger Disclosure and Attestation to the United States of America.
This Order will be replaced at 12:01 EDT on April 14, 2022.
View the Order pdf icon[PDF – 52 pages].
On November 10, 2021, CDC reposted this Order to correct minor grammatical and typographical errors. The legal substance of the Order remained the same.