COVID-19 Vaccine and Test Requirement for all Air Passengers traveling to the United States

October 27, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new order for all air passengers traveling to the United States.  Effective November 8, 2021, before boarding a flight to the U.S. from a foreign country, all air passengers – age 2 years or older – are required to present a negative COVID-19 viral test result, within a time period based on their vaccination status, or present documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days.

  • U.S citizens, Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs), and immigrant visa holders who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test administered three (3) days before their flight.
  • U.S. citizens, LPRs, and immigrant visa holders who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered one (1) day before their flight’s departure.
  • All non-immigrant, non-citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status and of a negative COVID-19 test administered three (3) days before their flight.

Exceptions to this policy will be extremely limited.  For additional information, please visit the State Department website, including Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Vaccinations and Testing for International Travel.

Changes to COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Exceptions

Currently, in the 14 days prior to entry into the United States, or during transit to the United States, travelers must not have entered or transited any locations barred by Presidential Proclamation.  Starting November 8, 2021, this proclamation will be no longer be in effect. For additional information, please see Safely Resuming Travel by Vaccine Requirement and Rescission of Travel Restrictions on Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom (

Passport Services

U.S. Embassy Cairo makes every effort to offer sufficient appointments for U.S. citizens in Egypt to receive passport and other American Citizens Services despite restrictions on occupancy rates, social distancing mandates, and other restrictions in Egypt related to the COVID pandemic.  Please consult the U.S. Embassy website for further information on passport services in Egypt.  You can schedule a non-emergency appointment directly through our online system by visiting our website.

As a reminder, most passport renewals for adults do not require an in-person appearance.  If you are eligible to use Form DS-82 or Form DS-5504, then you may be able renew your U.S. passport by mail.  Please visit Adult Passport Renewal by Mail for details of eligibility, application requirements, and where to send your application.

If you require more urgent services please contact to request an emergency appointment, and be prepared to provide proof of your emergency such as a purchased plane ticket.

The Embassy will announce the resumption of full consular services when resources and local conditions allow.  We appreciate your patience and regret the inconvenience.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo encourages U.S. citizens seeking COVID-19 medical information to review the Government of Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population’s social media accounts at  (Arabic only).  The Government of Egypt has also provided a COVID-19 dedicated hotline at 105 15335 or 15469 for additional inquiries (Arabic proficiency recommended).

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