Update on Safely Resuming Travel by Vaccine Requirement and Rescission of Travel Restrictions
On October 25, President Biden announced a Presidential Proclamation titled “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” This proclamation, which takes effect at 12:01 am Eastern Standard Time on November 8, 2021, will end the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations (P.P.) 9984, 9992, 10143, and 10199 as they relate to the suspension of entry into the United States of persons physically present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. In place of these restrictions, the President announced a global vaccination requirement for all adult foreign national travelers. More information can be found here as well as these FAQs on COVID-19 Vaccinations and Testing for International Travel.
This new travel policy ended the need for National Interest Exceptions (NIE).
Find out if you can board a flight to the U.S. and which documentation is required: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel/travel-assessment/index.html
The CDC’s website explains that, for purposes of entry into the United States, the accepted vaccines will include FDA approved or authorized (Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna) and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines (such as AstraZeneca-Oxford). Please see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html.
On December 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) implemented a one-day COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers over age two coming to the United States. Regardless of vaccination status or nationality, any individual coming to the United States must show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test taken the day before they board their flight to the United States. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight.
Important Announcement on Waivers of the Interview Requirement for Certain Nonimmigrant Visas
Effective immediately, until December 31, 2022, citizens and permanent residents of Germany applying for individual petition-based H-1, H-3, H-4, L, O, P, and Q visas and for F,M, or academic J (secondary and university students, professors, research scholars, short-term scholars, and specialists only) visas, may apply for a visa by mail without an in-person interview, if they have held a previous visa of any class or traveled to the United States using ESTA. Detailed information can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/important-announcement-on-waivers-of-the-interview-requirement-for-certain-nonimmigrant-visas.html
For instructions on how to apply by mail, please visit https://ustraveldocs.com/de/de-niv-visarenew.asp
You may contact the U.S. consular section in your area for any additional questions or concerns.