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Biden Administration Rescinds Travel Ban for Southern African Countries

Posted by Lori Geisinger and Ed Farwell on January 6, 2022 at 4:47 PM

Biden Administration U.S. travel ban 2022Biden Administration rescinds travel ban for Southern African countries. COVID testing/proof of recent recovery still required for all U.S.-bound air travelers, regardless of citizenship.

On December 28, 2021, President Biden issued a proclamation rescinding his November 2021 proclamation barring admission to the U.S. for certain individuals who were physically present in Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of South Africa, and the Republic of Zimbabwe during the fourteen (14) day period preceding their entry or attempted entry.

Currently, there are no COVID-related U.S. travel bans affecting any world regions. However, the Centers for Disease Control’s (“CDC”) amended order of December 2, 2021 remains in effect. This order mandates that all U.S.-bound international air travelers over the age of two (2) present a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within one (1) calendar day of embarkation. In the alternative, travelers may present evidence of recovery from COVID-19 within the 90-day period preceding the date of embarkation.

We recommend that clients review our blog post relating to the CDC’s amended order and contact the Outside GC Immigration Team at lgeisinger@outsidegc.com or efarwell@outsidegc.com with any questions.

Topics: Immigration, travel ban, international air travel, COVID testing requirement, South African regions

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