Update on the Reopening of Travel to the USA

UPDATED on November 3, 2021

The United States announced in October that borders will reopen for fully vaccinated travelers on November 8, 2021. Today, more information was sent from the Department of State: 

Beginning November 8, 2021, all J-1 exchange visitor applicants (age 18 or older at the time of travel) will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the United States

  • Only those travelers with vaccinations approved by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)/U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or the World Health Organization (WHO) will be allowed to enter the U.S. Below is a list of currently approved vaccines. As information changes often, please check the CDC website for the latest information on approved vaccines: Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers | CDC
Vaccination Name  Approved by 
Pfizer-BioNTech (2-dose series) CDC/FDA, WHO 
Moderna (2-dose series) CDC/FDA, WHO 
Janssen / Johnson & Johnson (single dose) CDC/FDA, WHO 
AstraZeneca (2-dose series) WHO 
Covishield (2-dose series) WHO 
Sinovac (2-dose series) WHO 
BIBP/Sinopharm (2-dose series) WHO 



  • Travelers will be required to provide proof of vaccination. 
    • Documents listed as acceptable for proof of vaccination.  
    • All forms of proof of COVID-19 vaccination must have:
      • Full name and date of birth that match the personal information on the traveler’s passport or other travel documents
      • Name of official source issuing the record as the authorized vaccine provider
      • Vaccine manufacturer and date(s) of vaccination
    • The last dose must have been given a full 14 days before the day boarding the flight to the United States. You are considered fully vaccinated on the 14th day after the vaccination series was completed.
  • Fully vaccinated air travelers will continue to be required to show documentation of a pre-departure negative viral test from a sample taken within *THREE (3) days* of travel to the United States before boarding the plane. Get tested no more than 3 days before your flight to the USA departs. Make sure to be tested with a viral test (NAAT or antigen test) to determine if you are currently infected with COVID-19. Also make sure that you receive your results before your flight departs and have documentation of your results to show the airline. Please check for COVID-19 test requirements with your specific airline once your ticket is secured.   

* As noted above, there are limited exceptions for J-1 exchange visitors. This includes:

People with these exceptions will now need to show documentation of a negative viral test from a sample taken within *ONE* day of travel to the United States.


Additional information:


Some U.S. Embassies and Consulates have not yet opened additional interview slots. Please check your local Embassy/Consulate website for visa appointment availability.  

Greenheart will update this page with information as we learn it. Greenheart follows the U.S. government regulations with regards to vaccination, thus recommends that everyone gets vaccinated when they are able to.  

Thank you.

Greenheart Exchange