Vaccine Certificates, Passports, Visas For 2022

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September 6, 2022

Vaccine Certificates, Travel Advisories, Passports, and Apps For 2022

The U.S. CDC publishes Travel Health Notices to inform international travelers about current health issues, disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, and natural disasters worldwide. And the U.S Department of State publishes security information for every country worldwide to help travelers assess their risks.

View travel requirements for countries around the world updated by Sherpa. Choose a country on this map to begin your search.

And the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reveals wait times at airport security screening, empowering travelers can take advantage of facial biometrics and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection CBP One™ app, a single portal for mobile applications and services. In addition, U.S. travelers must be REAL ID compliant to board domestic flights and access certain federal facilities on May 3, 2023.

If Americans are overseas and need emergency assistance, they should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, says the U.S Department of State. From Overseas, call +1 202-501-4444.

Yellow Fever Vaccine Certificates For 2022

The U.S. CDC says International Certificates of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) are available at certified yellow fever vaccination centers. Travelers who do not show a valid (Yellow Fever Card) ICVP in these countries may not be allowed to enter. ICVPs are issued following a yellow fever vaccination by a certified vaccine provider.

U.S. Department of State Passports, Travel Advisories, & Visas For 2022

The U.S. State Department frequently publishes Travel Advisories to inform international travelers of each country's situation. Additionally, local U.S. Embassies offer local insights and services to American citizens.

And updated FAQs about U.S. passport operations are found on this State Department webpage. And if a citizen of a foreign country seeks to enter the U.S., they need to obtain a U.S. visa. However, certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the U.S. without a visa if they meet the requirements.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

If you are a U.S. citizen planning to travel abroad, you must comply with the document requirements for that country. And each individual arriving in the USA must complete the CBP Declaration Form 6059B. Examples and a sample declaration form can be found on the Customs Declaration Form.

As a result of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) travel promotion fee was increased from $10 to $17, in addition to a $4 operational fee. CBP will begin collecting the new fee amount on May 26, 2022. Individuals with an approved ESTA do not have to re-apply, as an ESTA is valid for up to two years.

ESTA is an automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

Authorization via ESTA does not determine whether a traveler is admissible to the United States. Instead, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers determine admissibility upon travelers' arrival.

Global Entry Program

Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the USA. Members enter through automatic kiosks at select airports.

The Enrollment on Arrival (EoA) program allows Global Entry applicants who are conditionally approved to complete their interviews upon arrival in the USA. A list of participating EoA airports is posted on this webpage.

While Global Entry’s goal is to speed travelers through the process, members may still be selected for further examination when entering the USA.

Airline Compensation Policies

Issued by the U.S. DOT on August 29, 2022, a digital dashboard ensures the traveling public has access to services that U.S. airlines provide to mitigate passenger inconveniences when the cause of a cancellation or delay was due to circumstances within the airline's control.

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) is the joint U.S. Department of State and Department of Homeland Security plan to implement a key 9/11 Commission recommendation and the statutory mandates of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. As a result, U.S. citizens can present a valid: U.S. Passport; Trusted Traveler Program card (NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST); U.S. Military identification card when traveling on official orders; U.S. Merchant Mariner Document when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business.

Note that children must also present their passports when traveling by air. And lawful permanent residents must continue to present a valid Permanent Resident Card. A passport is not required. However, the Indian/tribal card can NOT be used for air travel.

Hajj and Umrah Travel Requirements

As of July 31, 2022, Hajj and Umrah travel vaccination requirements and related news is posted on this webpage.

E.U. Digital COVID Certificate For 2022

The E.U. Digital COVID Certificate Regulation was entered into use in July 2021. Citizens and residents can have their Digital COVID Certificates issued and verified across the E.U. As of March 2022, new rules establish a binding acceptance period of nine months for vaccination certificates used for travel within the E.U.

And each Member State must accept vaccination certificates for nine months following the administration of the last dose of the primary vaccination. This list highlights each E.U. country's rules regarding COVID-19.

E.U. Pet Passport For 2022

An E.U. Pet Passport is a universal document issued by an official veterinarian in a European Union (E.U.) Member State or other designated country contains official health information related to a specific pet. The passport is designed to be issued to a dog, cat, or ferret once it's first taken to an EU veterinarian and vaccinated. The purpose of the E.U. Pet Passport is to simplify travel between the E.U. Member States.

An E.U. Pet Passport cannot be obtained in the U.S., and those previously issued to residents of the United Kingdom (other than Northern Ireland) are no longer valid for entry into the E.U. However, this certificate is valid for travel throughout the EU for four months or until the pet's rabies vaccination expires. 

Furthermore, the USDA has requirements for importing pet dogs from foreign countries. In particular, dogs traveling to the U.S. from countries affected by specific diseases may need additional inspection and/or quarantine. Use this digital menu to determine if your destination State has specific import requirements.

U.S. CDC International Travel Requirements and Recommendations

On May 3, 2022, the CDC published U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents, and Immigrants: Travel to and from the United States.

And if you are a non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or immigrant) traveling to the United States, visit Non-U.S. Citizen, Non-U.S. Immigrants: Travel to and from the United States for requirements before boarding a flight to the United States.

Vaccine Certificates, Passports, and Apps News For 2022

July 19, 2022 - The latest Henley Passport Index found Japan holds the number ranking of all the world's passports.

July 5, 2022 - During the Independence Day holiday in the USA, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration screened about 11.3 million travelers, representing 93% of the volume for the pre-pandemic holiday period in 2019.

May 3, 2022 - The USDA website published an update: Bringing Pet Cats into the United States.

April 5, 2022 - The U.S. State Department announced 'We're hosting special passport fairs across the United States to help you and your family apply for your passport. Most events are for first-time customers and children using Form DS-11 to apply. If you are eligible to renew your passport, you should renew by mail.'

March 6, 2022 - The Saudi Press reported the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah affirmed that permits for performing Umrah and praying in the Noble Rawdah are still required via Eatmarna or Tawakkalna apps.

February 3, 2022 - The European Commission proposed extending the E.U. Digital COVID Certificate until June 30, 2023.