Aircraft Operators/Airlines/Crew FAQs Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Non-U.S. citizen Air Passengers who Are Nonimmigrants Traveling to the United States | Quarantine (2022)

See also Technical Instructions for Implementing Presidential Proclamation Advancing Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic and CDC’s Orderfor more guidance for Aircraft Operators and Airlines.

Airline Checklist

Airline staff can use this checklist to help them confirm passengers’ COVID-19 proof of vaccination (as applicable) before they board flights to the United States, as required by CDC’s Vaccine Orders. Click here to view the Airline Checklist [PDF – 5 pages].

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Frequently Asked Questions for Air Travelers

Why did the requirements related to the COVID-19 testing requirement to board a flight to the United States get removed from the attestation that is effective on June 13, 2022?

On June 13, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced we would rescind the Amended Order titled “Requirement for Negative Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Result or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19 for All Airline or Other Aircraft Passengers Arriving in the United States from any Foreign Country”. Therefore, requirements related to that Amended Order have been removed from the attestation.
CDC’s Amended Order: Implementing Presidential Proclamation on Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic requiring proof of COVID-19 for noncitizens who are nonimmigrants is still in effect.

WillCDCrelease the attestation form in other languagesbesides English?

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The attestation will be on CDC’s websitein English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish. At this time, CDC will not be translating the attestation form into any additional languages.

Airlines and aircraft operators may also use a third party to provide translationsof the attestation.However, the airline or aircraft operator is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of any translation.The airline or aircraft operator may not shift this responsibility to athirdparty.

Can airlines/aircraft operators use an attestation only in a foreign language (rather than an English translation), so that the only version retained for two years would be in a foreign language?

Yes, airlines/aircraft operators may use and retain an attestation only in a foreign language.

Do airlines and operators of private flights or general aviation aircraft need to keep copies of proof of vaccination?

No, passengers must show a proof of vaccination, if applicable,to airline employees or the aircraft operator before boarding, but the airline or aircraft operator does not need to retain copies of the proof of vaccination.

How long do airlines and operators of private flights or general aviation aircraft need to retain the passenger attestations?

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Operators of private flights and general aviation aircraft must maintain passenger attestations for two years, per the Order.

What elements of the attestation do airlines need to retain?

For digitized attestations, airlines must retain which requirements the passenger or authorized representative attested to (e.g., fully vaccinated against COVID-19) as well as an authenticated digital signature, or other digital proof that the person who is making the attestation is the passenger or authorized representative (e.g., by swiping credit card, scanning passport, entering in confirmation number).

For paper copy attestations, airlines must, at a minimum, retain the pages of the attestation that show which requirements the passenger or authorized representative attested to as well as the signature. Retention may be in the form of the original paper copy attestation or a digitized scan of the required elements.

Can the CDC or airlines provide a simpler version?

Airlines and aircraft operators must use the language in the current attestation; however, to facilitate air travelers completing the attestation, airlines and aircraft operators may reformat when digitizing or in hard copy form.

Can air carriers and operators create digital versions of the attestation? If digital forms are used, what constitutes ‘signing’?

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Air carriers and operators must ensure that the attestation is submitted by each passenger or an authorized representative before the flight’s departure.

Digitization of the hard copy form isencouragedif aircarriers andoperators are able toincorporate a process by which an authenticated digital signature, or an electronic system that uses unique identifiers to ensure the person filling out the electronic attestation form is the passenger or an authorized representative. For example, similar methods to those used to verify the identity of a passenger using a pre-boarding kiosk or an air carrier’s or operator’s website or app to obtain a boarding pass could be used to ensure that the passenger or authorized representative is the individual completing the attestation.

Alternatively, the air carrier or operator can use authenticated digital signatures (e.g., DocuSign) or an electronic version of an attestation that ensures only the individual passenger, or their authorized representative, has access to the data entry process (e.g., after keying in username/password or other identifying and/or itinerary-specific information as part of the pre-boarding or check in process).

Either method is acceptable if the air carrier or operator can be reasonably certain that the individual, or their authorized representative, is the only person that has access to the data entry process required to submit the attestation, and digital version, is maintained for 2 years, and can be provided to the CDC upon request.

Who is a Covered Individualunder CDC’s Order implementing the Presidential Proclamation? 

  • A Covered Individual is any noncitizen who is a nonimmigrant seeking to enter the United States by air travel. This term does not apply to crew members of airlines or other aircraft operators if such crew members and operators adhere to all industry standard protocols for the prevention of COVID-19, as set forth in relevant guidance for crew members’ health issued by CDC or the Federal Aviation Administration in coordination with the CDC.
  • Covered Individuals include:
    • Any non-U.S. citizen seeking to enter the United States by air travel with a nonimmigrant visa listed in “Nonimmigrant Visa Categories” on the U.S. Department of State’s webpage Directory of Visa Categories, as well as K nonimmigrant visa holders;
    • Any non-U.S. citizen seeking to enter the United States by air travel who has been granted an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) as part of the Visa Waiver Program;
    • o Any non-U.S. citizen seeking to enter the United States by air travel as a nonimmigrant under the Guam-Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Visa Waiver Program; and
    • Any non-U.S. citizen otherwise seeking to enter the United States by air travel as a nonimmigrant in any other category exempt from the general requirement to present a nonimmigrant visa for admission (e.g., certain Canadian nationals).

Who is not a Covered Individualunder the CDC’s Order implementing the Presidential Proclamation?

  • U.S. citizens;
  • U.S. nationals;
  • U.S. lawful permanent residents (Green Card holders);
  • Non-U.S. citizens seeking to enter the United States as immigrants (including pursuant to a Special Immigrant Visa). An immigrant is any non-U.S. citizen who has a visa listed in “Immigrant Visa Categories” on the U.S. Department of State’s webpage Directory of Visa Categories; it does not include K nonimmigrant visa holders, who are Covered Individuals (see above);
  • Non-US citizens seeking to enter the United States by land or sea travel; and
  • Crew members of airlines or other aircraft operators on official duty status, if such crewmembers and operators adhere to all relevant guidance for crewmember health issued by the CDC or by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in coordination with the CDC.

CDC’s Order implementing the Presidential Proclamation has no effect on several groups, including:

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  • Non-U.S. citizens eligible for asylum;
  • Non-U.S. citizens eligible for withholding of removal;
  • Non-U.S. citizens eligible for protection under the regulations issued pursuant to the legislation implementing the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment;
  • Non-U.S. citizens admitted to the United States as refugees;
    • Persons with a visa 92 or 93 (Follow-to-Join) status; and
  • Non-U.S. citizens granted parole into the United States.

NOTE: Certain categories of non-U.S. citizens, including immigrant visa applicants/holders, refugees, parolees, and asylees, and those seeking to enter the United States by land or sea travel may be subject to separate COVID-19 vaccination requirements. These individuals are advised to consult and become familiar with all applicable U.S. requirements for entry.

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Quarantine means to separate and restrict the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. Isolation means to separate sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

Does the attestation require noncitizen, nonimmigrant children ages 2-17 years old to quarantine for 5 days when they arrive in the United States?

Children ages 2 through 17 years (minors) who are noncitizen nonimmigrants do not have to quarantine after arrival in the United States; however, the attestation requires that they get a COVID-19 viral test 3-5 days after arrival. If a child, like any other traveler, tests positive for COVID-19 or develops COVID-19 symptoms, they should isolate for a full 5 calendar days. They should also properly wear a well-fitting mask any time they must be around others during their full 5 day isolation period and for an additional 5 days after ending isolation.

Which categories of unvaccinated nonimmigrant visa holders may board a flight to the United States from a country with limited vaccine availability? 

  • All unvaccinated holders of nonimmigrant visas (excluding those traveling on B1 or B2 visas, i.e., business and tourist visas) may board flights to the United States if they are citizens of any country with limited vaccine availability.
  • For a list of nonimmigrant visa categories, see “Nonimmigrant Visa Categories” on the U.S. Department of State’s webpage entitled Directory of Visa Categories.  Please note that although K nonimmigrants are not included on that list, K nonimmigrants are covered by CDC’s Order implementing the Presidential Proclamation and should be permitted to board a flight to the United States if a citizen of a country with limited vaccine availability, along with other nonimmigrant visa categories.

Does CDC’s Order requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination apply to Ukrainians who are approved under the Uniting for Ukraine program?

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CDC’s Order requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination does not apply to Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family who are approved as part of the Uniting for Ukraine program.

For questions about what is required for Ukrainians to board a flight to the United States, please contact the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

FAQs

Can I go abroad if I don't have the COVID-19 vaccine? ›

If you have not been fully vaccinated, you should continue to follow the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to, such as proof of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. You should carefully research the requirements of your destination country before travelling.

Has Canada dropped all COVID-19 restrictions? ›

Canada announced on Monday that it would remove all remaining coronavirus entry restrictions, including testing and quarantine requirements, effective Oct. 1, ending some of the worlds longest and most stringent rules.

How long are QR codes in NHS Test and Trace app available for? ›

QR codes that are scanned by the user when visiting venues are automatically deleted after 21 days. The choice of 21 days takes into account the 14-day incubation period, and the infectious period of the virus.

Is the NHS COVID-19 app private? ›

The app has been designed to use as little information and personal data as possible. All data that could directly identify you is only held on your phone, is never stored centrally, and is not shared anywhere else.

Does the NHS COVID-19 app track my location? ›

It does not record or track where you or other app users are (for example, at home or in a public space). The app does not identify you or your location to other app users (or, as noted above, the government).

Does the NHS COVID-19 app delete my data if I delete the app? ›

If you choose to delete the app, you will not receive any notifications (alerts) from the app about coronavirus (COVID-19) and the data stored by the app on your phone will be deleted. If you decide to install the app again, you will need to provide the requested information again.

What happens during a venue check-in on the NHS COVID-19 app? ›

Venue check-ins add a count of the venue check-ins during the 6-hour analytical period. Where the check-in fails or is abandoned this is counted as well. This data is used to ensure the QR venue check in is working as expected as well as give a sense of how app users are using the function and the potential impacts.

How long after receiving the COVID-19 booster are you protected? ›

Generally, people with healthy immune systems are protected from infection for three to four months after receiving a COVID booster, but protection from severe illness lasts eight months to a year.

How to subscribe to WHO Health Alert via WhatsApp? ›

The service can be accessed by a link that opens a conversation on WhatsApp. Users can simply type “hi”, "hola", "नमस्ते", "oi", “salut”, "ciao" or "مرحبا" to activate the conversation, prompting a menu of options that can help answer their questions about COVID-19.

Is the NHS COVID-19 app private? ›

The app has been designed to use as little information and personal data as possible. All data that could directly identify you is only held on your phone, is never stored centrally, and is not shared anywhere else.

Does the NHS COVID-19 app track my location? ›

It does not record or track where you or other app users are (for example, at home or in a public space). The app does not identify you or your location to other app users (or, as noted above, the government).

Can you delete NHS COVID-19 app? ›

You can delete the app at any time and/or turn off notifications. If you choose to delete the app, you will not receive any notifications (alerts) from the app about coronavirus (COVID-19) and the data stored by the app on your phone will be deleted.

Does the COVID-19 app collect personal data? ›

• The app holds personal data, however, we do not collect personal data. For example, your app will hold details of the venues you have visited but this is not shared with us

How long are QR codes in NHS Test and Trace app available for? ›

QR codes that are scanned by the user when visiting venues are automatically deleted after 21 days. The choice of 21 days takes into account the 14-day incubation period, and the infectious period of the virus.

How does the National Health Service (NHS) app prevent re-identification? ›

Only those with access to the app will have details of the venues checked into. No details about which venues a user has checked into is included in the analytical data set or provided to the use.

What are 'nudgeboxes' and what are they used for? ›

5,000 DNA 'Nudgebox' machines, supplied by DnaNudge, will be rolled out across NHS hospitals in the UK to analyse DNA in nose swabs, providing a positive or negative result for COVID-19 in 90 minutes, at the point of care. The machines will process up to 15 tests on the spot each day without the need for a laboratory.

What is the Ronapreve? ›

Ronapreve is the first neutralising antibody medicine specifically designed to treat COVID-19 to be authorised by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for use in the UK.

Does the NHS COVID-19 app delete my data if I delete the app? ›

If you choose to delete the app, you will not receive any notifications (alerts) from the app about coronavirus (COVID-19) and the data stored by the app on your phone will be deleted. If you decide to install the app again, you will need to provide the requested information again.

Do smokers suffer from worse COVID-19 symptoms? ›

Early research indicates that, compared to non-smokers, having a history of smoking may substantially increase the chance of adverse health outcomes for COVID-19 patients, including being admitted to intensive care, requiring mechanical ventilation and suffering severe health consequences.

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