COVID-19 Vaccination No Longer Required to Travel to the United States

By: Nadine Chen

Nonimmigrants traveling to the United States will no longer need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination beginning May 12, 2023. The vaccine mandate, which does not apply to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, or U.S. nationals, will remain until end of the day on May 11, the same day that the COVID-19 public health emergency ends. Therefore, nonimmigrants entering the United States on or before that date, whether by air or via land ports of entry, will still be required to show proof of vaccination.


The COVID-19 vaccine mandates for nonimmigrants traveling to the United States by air and via land ports of entry went into effect in November 2021 and January 2022 respectively. Now that the United States is formally terminating the public health emergency, the vaccine mandates for nonimmigrant travelers will be rescinded as well.

Green Card Applicants

This policy change will not remove the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for foreign nationals seeking permanent resident status. Therefore, adjustment of status and immigrant visa applicants must still submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or eligibility for an exception, as a part of the required medical exam.

For assistance applying for a nonimmigrant visa, permanent resident status, or to find out if you are exempt from the vaccine mandates, contact your trusted Chugh, LLP immigration attorney.

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