As of this Monday, all those traveling to the United States, including children over 2 years of age, must comply with the new sanitary measures to counteract the coronavirus and, above all, the new Omicron variant.
The first is that everyone must present negative results of a COVID-19 viral test, either antigens or PCR, but taken one day before the planned arrival in the United States. Until today, results up to 72 hours before were accepted.
Vaccinations are mandatory, but has a specific component, the date it was given to the traveler must be at least 14 days prior to travel. “They will also be required to confirm in the form of an affidavit that the information they submit is true.”
This must be stated in the vaccination card to be presented before boarding the plane, according to the statement published on the website of the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic.
“Foreign travelers must be fully vaccinated and provide documentation of vaccination status prior to boarding the plane”.
A person is considered fully vaccinated in the following cases: two weeks (14 days) after receiving a dose of an accepted single-dose vaccine.
Those who have a vaccine that requires two doses, the last dose should have been received at least two weeks before departure.
“2 weeks (14 days) after completing the vaccination schedule with an accepted COVID-19 vaccine (not placebo) in a clinical trial,” is required by U.S. authorities.
In addition, after completing the vaccination schedule with a COVID-19 Novavax (or Covavax) vaccine (not placebo) in a Phase 3 clinical trial.
If you are one of those who completed the vaccination schedule with two different vaccines the statement states that “2 weeks (14 days) after you have received 2 doses of any accepted COVID-19 vaccine combination that have been administered at least 17 days apart.”
“If you do not meet these requirements, you do NOT have full vaccination. Even if you have had COVID and have only had one dose of the 2-dose vaccines, it is not considered a complete schedule in the United States,” U.S. Emabaja states in the release.
The following is part of the statement indicating the exceptions to these provisions:
-Exceptions to this policy will be extremely limited: -Persons under the age of 18.
-Persons who, by medical prescription, cannot receive the vaccine.
-Emergency travelers who do not have access to the vaccine.
-Foreign travelers who have been to one of the 33 previously restricted countries will no longer be required to obtain national interest exemptions (NIE) for travel.
-Accepted vaccines will include those approved or licensed by the FDA, as well as vaccines with a World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use list (EUL). See the CDC page for the current list of accepted vaccines.
-The CDC does not recommend the use of combination COVID-19 vaccines in the core schedule. However, these strategies are becoming increasingly common in many countries outside the United States. Therefore, for the purpose of interpreting vaccination records for travel to the United States, CDC will consider accepted COVID-19 vaccine combinations as valid.
-Regarding testing, travelers with a complete vaccination schedule must also show a negative test performed no later than 1 day prior to travel. This includes all travelers: U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPR) and foreign nationals.
-Unvaccinated travelers, whether U.S. citizens, LPRs, or the small number of excepted unvaccinated foreign nationals, must show documentation of a negative test performed no later than 1 day prior to travel.
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