Restriction on direct travel to the U.S. from certain southern African countries
On Dec. 28, 2021, President Joseph Biden revoked the below proclamation. The revocation goes into effect 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time on Dec. 31, 2021. Noncitizens traveling from the countries listed below before this time and date are still subject to the entry restrictions specified here.
On Nov. 26, 2021, President Joseph Biden issued a presidential proclamation intended to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Effective Nov. 29, 2021, the proclamation restricts entry into the U.S., as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of noncitizens of the United States who were physically present in one of the countries listed below during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the U.S.:
- the 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
- the Republic of Zimbabwe
The proclamation does not apply to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, certain direct relatives of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, and certain other classes of travelers. The full list of exceptions can be viewed in the proclamation.
A summary of this travel restriction can be found here (Department of State). The full text of the proclamation can be found here (White House).
While previous geographic restrictions were accompanied by National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) allowing entry for specific categories of travelers, including certain international students and scholars, there has been no news of an NIE for the current travel restriction affecting southern Africa. We will update this page if an NIE is announced.
COVID-19 Vaccination and Test Requirements
Effective Nov. 8, 2021, all travelers entering the U.S. must show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Additionally, all travelers must obtain a negative COVID-19 test no more than one day prior to their flight.
Additionally, effective Nov. 8, 2021, non-citizen travelers entering the United States by land for non-essential travel, such as tourism, must present proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and verbally attest to their non-essential travel and COVID-19 vaccination status. At this time, individuals engaged in essential travel, such as for work and study, are not required to be vaccinated.
The current global situation is fluid. It is difficult to predict whether further restrictions will be put in place by the U.S. government for travelers, whether current restrictions will be removed, or if availability of international flights will be a concern. We recommend that you continue to check the travel and visa restrictions that may be in place at the time you are planning to travel to the U.S. You should also monitor the travel updates by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) as well as resources from your own country's governmental agencies.
Texas Global is carefully monitoring updates from the CDC, SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program), USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services), and U.S. Department of State. We will update this website as we receive new information.