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US border has reopened

Good news for international attendees! The United States has reopened its border to fully vaccinated people, and the new policy does not require foreign visitors to go into quarantine. Air travellers will need to show proof of vaccination upon arrival, as well as presenting the results of a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within 24 hours of flight departure to the US. 

In setting the qualifications for this new policy, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognizing vaccines that have full approval or emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or that have been approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO). Furthermore, travellers who have received mixed doses of these qualifying vaccines will also be permitted to enter the country.

Anyone who has received either the first dose of a single-dose vaccine or the second dose of a two-dose vaccine 14 days before departing for the US is considered to be fully vaccinated—along with those who have received the second dose of a mix-and-match combination of accepted vaccines, provided the doses have been given at least 17 days apart.

Both printed and digital records of vaccination will be accepted as proof of vaccination. And if you do not have your original record, a photocopy or photo is fine. These documents must include your full name and at least one other identifier, such as your date of birth, or the name of the agency or provider that has issued the vaccine. It must also include the name of the vaccine manufacturer and the dates of vaccination.

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