Updated: February 27, 2023
For the latest information on testing and travel requirements to the U.S. please review the information on the CDC website including the Frequently Asked Questions.
(1) Is COVID-vaccination required to travel to the U.S.?
Non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa) travelers must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. As a reminder, this rule applies even if the non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrant traveler is the spouse, child, or parent of a U.S. citizen or resident.
(2) What qualifies as 'fully vaccinated'? Will my vaccine be accepted?
You are considered fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks (14 days) after an accepted single-dose vaccine
- 2 weeks (14 days) after your second dose of an accepted 2-dose series
- 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of an active (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.-based AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials
- 2 weeks (14 days) after you received 2 doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart*
If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated.
The CDC has not recommended the use of mix-and-match COVID-19 vaccine primary series. However, such strategies are increasingly common in many countries outside of the United States. Therefore, for the of purpose of interpreting vaccination records for travel to the United States, CDC will accept combinations of accepted COVID-19 vaccines.
(3) What documents will I require to prove my vaccination status?
Your airline will verify vaccination status. The U.S. Embassy in Paris will not intervene to verify vaccination status for travelers.
To prove a passenger is fully vaccinated, they will need to show their vaccination status either via a paper record, a photo of the paper record, or via a digital app. It should be 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. Information on acceptable proof of a COVID-19 vaccine is available here. If you have further questions over whether or not your documentation is acceptable, we would advise contacting your airline.
(4) Are there exceptions to the vaccine requirement? How do I qualify?
Click here for information on exceptions to the vaccination policy for foreign nationals traveling to the United States.
Scroll down to the ‘Exceptions’ headline.
(5) How do I apply for a humanitarian or emergency exception to the requirement for non-citizen non-immigrants to show a pre-departure proof of COVID-19 vaccination?
The CDC may grant a humanitarian or emergency exception in limited circumstances only when an individual must travel to the United States to preserve health and safety (e.g., emergency medical evacuations) and is unable to become fully vaccinated before travel. Individuals who fit the exception criteria described in the Presidential Proclamation and CDC’s Order may contact the U.S. embassy or consulate in or nearest the country from which they are departing for the United States. The embassy will then transmit this information to the CDC for consideration.
To facilitate the review of a humanitarian or emergency exception request, the following information should be provided by email to Embassy Paris at firstname.lastname@example.org for each passenger traveling from France for transmission to the CDC:
Name (family name/surname, given name)
Cell phone number (including country code) of passenger or head of household if family unit
Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
US destination address
Is US destination home address?
Flight itinerary, including any connecting flights
Departure airport and date of departure
Arrival airport and date of arrival
Name of vaccine product (or products if a combination)
Date of first dose
Date of second dose (if a two-dose series)
PDF or photograph of vaccination record
NOT Fully Vaccinated
Purpose of travel to the US and a brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed
Justification for humanitarian or emergency exception to providing proof of being fully vaccinated (e.g., vaccine availability, passenger ineligible for vaccine at location, insufficient time to become fully vaccinated)
Documentation to support justification (e.g., medical records, orders for emergency evacuation)
Information regarding any other solutions that were sought prior to application (e.g., flight changes, testing en route, assistance in obtaining testing/vaccination, etc.)
Children under 18 are exempt from the vaccination requirement for travelers. Please see the CDC’s website for more information.
(6) What are the COVID-19 testing requirements prior to travel to the United States?
(7) I've previously been granted an NIE. Does this mean I'm exempt from the vaccination requirements?
No. All travelers will need to meet the new travel requirements regardless of any previous National Interest Exception they obtained.
(8) Are COVID-test still required to travel to the U.S.?
(9) What about travel requirements to travel to France?
Currently France has no COVID-related restrictions on entry. For more information on entry requirements into France please visit the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.