The United States will continue to require proof of COVID vaccines to enter the country in 2023.
The TSA has extended the rule until at least January 8, 2023, with experts hoping to get travelers through the start of cold and flu season to see what they’re dealing with before letting the deadline expire or choosing to extend it.
The US, along with China, is one of the last countries to hold onto the rule. (Other countries to maintain the rule include Angola, Libya, Ghana, Cameroon, Liberia, Yemen, Indonesia, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and others).
Right now, the rule only applies to non-citizens entering the country. The Hope is to “limit the risk of COVID-19, including variants of the virus.”
But many experts, including the director of the CDC, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, have admitted that shots “can’t prevent transmission anymore.”
The CDC defines fully vaccinated as someone who has had an accepted single-dose vaccine or both doses of a two-dose series at least two weeks ago.
A booster shot is not required to be considered fully vaccinated.
Whether or not the rule will be extended beyond January 8 has yet to be decided.