Last updated: October 11, 2021
On September 20, the United States announced new entry requirements for tourists who wish to visit.
Each arriving traveler will be required to furnish proof of vaccination as well as show a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours before boarding a flight to the U.S. But the initial announcement did not specify which vaccine varieties would be accepted.
That question has now been answered.
On October 8, a spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Reuters that "six vaccines that are FDA authorized/approved or listed for emergency use by WHO will meet the criteria for travel to the U.S."
USA Today confirmed the statement.
You're forgiven if you haven't been keeping track of which vaccines have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization.
These are the three vaccines that are FDA-approved or authorized for emergency use within the United States:
Janssen (made by Johnson & Johnson)
And these are the vaccines that the WHO has authorized:
Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
As long as passengers carry suitable documentation of their record of full vaccination, any of the vaccines in the two lists above will satisfy the entry requirements at the borders of the United States.
The WHO does not list a preference of vaccine types. "Take whatever vaccine is made available to you first," reads the organization's official advice.
The United States considers a person to be fully vaccinated if more than two weeks have passed since they received their final vaccine dose. Booster shots are not currently required.