Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes. China currently allows foreign nationals with valid residence permits and visas to enter the country under certain very limited conditions. The U.S. Embassy has no say in these policies, and these are subject to change at any time.
Air Travel: All non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrants traveling to the United States by air are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Only limited exceptions apply.
Much of Europe is open to Americans, including more than two dozen countries without any COVID restrictions at all. However, it's important to double-check before traveling in case requirements change. If you're vaccinated, most countries are open to you as long as you can show proof of vaccination.
There are no Level 4 COVID-19 Travel Health Notices at this time.
CDC reviews data reported to the World Health Organization daily to determine a destination’s COVID-19 Travel Health Notice level and makes appropriate level changes on a routine basis. There are a few factors that CDC considers when determining the level of a destination.
Avoid all non-essential travel to this destination. The outbreak is of high risk to travelers and no precautions are available to protect against the identified increased risk.
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine gives most people a high level of protection against COVID-19 and can provide added protection for people who already had COVID-19.
Omicron boosters should provide better protection against infection and serious illness, U.S. health officials say. The new omicron boosters mark a milestone in the pandemic that will help the U.S. more effectively fight the virus, White House Covid response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said.
Moderna, Pfizer begin omicron booster roll out The shots — also known as bivalent vaccines —are designed to target both the original coronavirus strain and the currently circulating omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5.
Compared to other SARS-CoV-2 variants, the Omicron variant is associated with generally less severe symptoms that may include fatigue, cough, headache, sore throat or a runny nose.
Can unvaccinated people travel to Europe? Most countries within Europe will currently allow unvaccinated travelers to enter, though it's always a good idea to keep your eye on entry requirements as they can change on a dime.
You must be fully vaccinated with the primary series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine to travel to the United States by plane. Only limited exceptions apply. For more information, see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.
If both of you are healthy and feeling well, are practicing social distancing and have had no known exposure to anyone with COVID-19, touching, hugging, kissing, and sex are more likely to be safe.
This means that starting at 12:01AM ET on June 12, 2022, air passengers will not need to get tested and show a negative COVID-19 test result or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 prior to boarding a flight to the United States regardless of vaccination status or citizenship.
Noncitizens who are nonimmigrants and seeking to enter the United States by air are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States from a foreign country.
As of January 22, 2022, both essential and nonessential travelers who enter the States by crossing land borders or arriving by port must provide proof of full vaccination. We will continue to update this page as requirements evolve. For the latest on international travel requirements, visit cdc.gov.
The shots — also known as bivalent vaccines —are designed to target both the original coronavirus strain and the currently circulating omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5. The decision follows a similar recommendation from a panel of independent advisers to the CDC, which voted in favor of the shots Thursday.
The updated boosters are bivalent vaccines, meaning they target both the most recent Omicron subvariants, known as BA.4 and BA.5, as well as the original SARS-CoV-2 strain.
Dr. Fryhofer: Well, Todd, a new updated Omicron-specific COVID booster has arrived. It's finally here. It's bivalent, and it's been tweaked to better match Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 strains, which are currently circulating. FDA authorized it.
People can receive the new vaccine at least two months after their primary vaccination series or their most recent booster with the older shots. Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House chief medical advisor, said the new boosters should provide better protection against omicron than the original vaccines.
Anyone within the respective age groups approved for each vaccine is eligible to receive an omicron-specific booster shot. But people who are eligible should wait at least two months before getting vaccinated with the new booster if they've recently received their primary Covid vaccine series.
The only bivalent boosters currently authorized are mRNA versions—one by Pfizer, another by Moderna—and this is the first time these mRNA vaccines have been updated.
The good news is that COVID-19 vaccines are still expected to be effective at preventing severe disease, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. In the U.S., infants, children, and adults ages 6 months and older are eligible to be vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A few months later, in February, 2021, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was shown to provide strong protection to recipients in the real world, too; it was 94% effective against symptomatic disease (after two doses of the vaccine) in a study conducted in Israel—and published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Like all vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines are not 100% effective at preventing infection. Some people who are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations will get COVID-19 breakthrough infection.