Message for U.S. Citizens: New Air Travel Policy for Entry to the United States

Effective 12:01am EST (5:01am GMT) on December 6, 2021, all air passengers 2 years or older with a flight departing to the US from a foreign country are required to show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before travel.

If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).

Air passengers will also be required to confirm in the form of an attestation that the information they present is true.

Children younger than two years of age (any nationality) are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination.

Exceptions to either the testing requirement (for all travelers) or the vaccination requirement (for non-U.S. citizen travelers) will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt to inquire about the process to request an exception.

The CDC has a helpful online wizard here where travelers can confirm exactly what they need to board a flight to the United States. You can also visit the CDC webpage on International Travel for more detailed information, including exceptions  and FAQs about the vaccination and testing requirements for air passengers.