COVID-19 Vaccine Travel Requirements. What You Need to Know.

 

There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to the United States. US residents traveling abroad do not need any vaccines to reenter the United States.

White House sees no federal mandate for COVID-19 vaccine verification.

The Biden administration will not issue a federal vaccine mandate, as announced in a press briefing on March 29.

The White House said it expected the private sector to take the lead on verification of COVID-19 vaccines and will  not issue any federal mandates requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential. The Biden administration would make recommendations, but  White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday, but she added, “We believe it will be driven by the private sector.”

Federal law prohibits employers and others from requiring vaccination with a Covid-19 vaccine distributed under an EUA.  Companies can  encourage their employees to get vaccinated, federal law provides but individuals must have the option to accept or decline to be vaccinated. All companies operating  in the United States must  comply with the requirements in the EUAs and the related regulations for these products.

However, laws may be differently mandated in various states. The question is, can employers require their employees to be vaccinated? In California, the answer is yes. so long as the employer adheres to the requirements of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) as quoted in the National Law Review. If employers want to administer the mandatory vaccination program themselves, they should consult with legal counsel to discuss, among other things, what medical information can safely be obtained from employees. Source: National Law Review.

Is the Covid-19 Vaccine Mandatory for Travel?

Airlines don’t require a vaccination so far for domestic or international airlines. Airline’s state they don’t anticipate a significant rebound in international travel until most travelers become vaccinated.

 

Travel Issues and Covid -19 Vaccinations.

Travel on certain cruise lines will be restricted if you are not vaccinated before your departure. It’s best to check with the cruise line before booking.

  • Norwegian announces vaccine requirement for all passengers, crew on cruises.
  • Windstar Cruises now requires a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for guests and crew.
  • United Kingdom-based Saga Cruises announced it requires all of its passengers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks before a trip.
  • Cunard’s summer cruises guests must be fully vaccinated at least seven days before sailing and must show proof.
  • Virgin Voyage says the COVID-19 vaccine will be mandatory for both guests and crew.
  • Crystal Cruises will require guests to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before a cruise. A negative coronavirus test result from travelers and crew members are required.
  • Royal Caribbean has now required a “fully vaccinated” cruise aboard the Odyssey of the Seas, which will be sailing in May from Israel. Crew members and guests over 16 years must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • On starting July 1, 2021 Hornblower Group’s American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines will require guests and crew members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

Effective January 26, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days​. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recovery for all passengers two years of age and over prior to boarding. ​Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. Source: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html


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