If you have one of these COVID vaccines, you cannot enter the United States


The United States is open again, in a way. After excluding the non-essential foreign trips from much of the world for nearly two years, this policy has now been reversed for visitors from 33 countries. Provided, of course, that, among other things, you can demonstrate vaccination with an approved COVID vaccine. “Approved” is the million dollar word here.

Before we go into detail, here is some more information on the new policy now in effect. In the past few days, the United States has changed its position in such a way that those foreign visitors those entering the country by plane must show both proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test. If you are coming to the United States from land borders with Mexico and Canada, however, you just need to show proof of vaccination.

CDC guidelines for the COVID vaccine

the nurse gives a man a vaccine
An adult male receives a vaccine from a doctor. Image source: cherryandbees / Adobe

“Non-citizens who are not immigrants and who try to enter the United States by plane are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States from a foreign country, “explains the CDC. And the important thing to know about these new rules? That not all COVID vaccines are created equal.

The CDC, for example, only accepts eight vaccines from foreign travelers entering the country. And those eight are the following: the shots of Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Covaxin, Covishield, Sinopharm and Sinovac.

This excludes the shots that millions of people around the world have received in Russia, China and Cuba. Namely, not on the US approved list is the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, as well as the Chinese CanSino vaccine and the Cuban vaccines. Abdala, Soberana 02 and Soberana Plus.

Travel restrictions in the United States

To be sure, the updated travel restrictions for foreign visitors to the United States are an attempt at a considered compromise. Community spread of COVID-19 in the United States is still greater than what public health experts want to see. But the country cannot remain closed to the world forever.

Check out the CDC website for a detailed explanation of COVID protocols here. The new rules, once again, you will find on that page apply to travelers who are not US citizens. For example, the agency points out that: “Your last dose must have been administered a full 14 days before the day you board your flight to the United States.

“You are considered fully vaccinated on the 14th day after completing the vaccination series. For example, if your last dose was October 1st at any time, October 15th would be the first day you meet the 14-day requirement. “


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