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COVID-19 vaccine and testing requirements for Travel to the United States
November 22, 2021

Vaccine Requirements for Travel to the United States

All non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

Exceptions to this policy will be extremely limited:

  • Children under 18
  • People medically unable to receive the vaccine
  • Emergency travelers who do not have timely access to a vaccine

Details on exceptions and waivers due to humanitarian concerns is available at Non-U.S. citizen, Non-U.S. immigrants: Air Travel to the United States | CDC.

U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated must provide proof of a negative covid-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated must present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative covid-19 test three (3) days before their flight.

Both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who are fully vaccinated should travel with proof of their vaccination status to provide to their airline prior to departure to the United States. That proof of vaccination should be a paper or digital record issued by an official source and should include the traveler’s name and date of birth, as well as the vaccine product and date(s) of administration for all doses the traveler received. CDC has determined that for purposes of travel to the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use listed (EUL) vaccines. See here for more information.

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COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Travel to the United States

All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information.

Click here to see a list of testing facilities that have indicated they can conduct COVID-19 testing within the 72-hour turnaround time in Japan. The Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare also maintains a list of fee-based testing services in Japanese only.



Requirements for traveling to Hawaii differ from the rest of the United States. Inform the clinic of your destination in the United States prior to taking the COVID-19 test and visit the State of Hawaii COVID travel page for more information.

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Inquiries on Covid-19 vaccine and testing

The Embassy and consulates are not able to answer inquiries about Covid-19 vaccine and testing requirements. Travelers with general questions regarding Covid-19 vaccine and testing requirements can find answers to frequently asked questions on CDC and State Department website listed above. Travelers may consult their airlines with case specific inquiries.