Updated February 9, 2022 10:31 AM IST
As of November 8, 2021 non-U.S. citizens are required to be fully vaccinated to fly to the United States. There will be limited exceptions to this requirement for certain non-U.S. citizens. This rule does not apply to immigrants to the USA. Notably, children under the age of 18 are not required to be vaccinated. Spouses or parents of US citizens are NOT EXEMPT from this requirement, unless they are citizens themselves. See vaccine requirements here.
As of December 6, 2021, all passengers, aged two and over, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, must present a negative pre-departure Covid test (PCR or antigen/rapid). The test must be taken no more than one calendar day before the date of the flight, but need not be within 24 hours of departure.
If you are recently recovered, you do not need to have a negative Covid test if you can present a positive PCR test taken within the last ninety days in addition to a letter from a doctor or public health official stating that you are recovered and cleared to fly. The recovery letter should be in English and include identifying details such as passport number/DOB. This is especially important when transiting through another country. IMPORTANT NOTE: The CDC guidelines now state that one should not travel internationally until 10 days have passed since your positive test, and some airlines are enforcing this for entry to the US. It is advisable to try to get a negative result once your quarantine period has passed if you have urgent travel.
Persons who are recovered from Covid, and hence have not vaccinated, or who have received only one vaccine dose, may be recognized as machlimim (recovered) by Israeli regulations. However, they are not considered fully vaccinated by the United States, and therefore only US citizens with this status are eligible to enter the US at this time.
You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the vaccination series was completed. For example, if your last dose was any time on October 1st, then October 15th would be the first day that you meet the 14-day requirement for entry to the US.
Further guidance on the very limited exceptions to these vaccination requirements, what constitutes acceptable proof of vaccination, and other operational details are available on CDC’s website.