This page of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website states that all non-citizen, nonimmigrant traveling to the US must present proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination, and proceeds to list the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) approved vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Novavax and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen), as well as the vaccines listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) that are not FDA-approved, which includes the Sinovac vaccine (the one I received).

My question then is: are these non-FDA approved vaccines accepted to enter the US?

I could not find this information in the CDC page, nor elsewhere, although the wording suggests they are: however, it seems wiser to me to confirm my interpretation before actually flying to the US... This question is very similar, but asks about a vaccine that is not listed by the WHO, the Sputnik.

Update: I arrived in the US a few days ago, and was not even asked about my vaccinations; in fact, I was one of the few people in the airport using a mask...

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    I visited USA from UK recently, and not once was I asked for any vaccine paperwork.
    – Stewart
    Apr 4, 2023 at 14:53
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    @Stewart If your name was Novak, and you are a famous tennis player, then they most likely would have checked :)
    – Vickel
    Apr 4, 2023 at 21:57

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This requirement was dropped as expected:

CDC’s Amended Order Implementing Presidential Proclamation on Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic ceased to be in effect as of 12:01 a.m. EDT on May 12, 2023.  An announcement of the termination of this Amended Order has been published in the Federal Register.

This means that as of 12:01 a.m. EDT on May 12, 2023, noncitizen nonimmigrant air passengers no longer need to show proof of being fully vaccinated with an accepted COVID-19 vaccine to board a flight to the United States.


The CDC is the US government agency that specifies which vaccines are acceptable for entry into the US. The CDC page you link to says

If you are a noncitizen nonimmigrant and are fully vaccinated, make sure your vaccine and proof of vaccination are acceptable to board a flight to the United States.

and then lists the following (which includes the Sinovac) as accepted vaccines:

Accepted COVID-19 Vaccines

Vaccines Approved or Authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

  • Janssen/J&J
  • Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech)
  • Spikevax (Moderna)
  • Novavax

Vaccines Listed for Emergency Use (EUL) by the World Health Organization

  • Janssen/J&J
  • Convidecia (CanSinoBIO)
  • Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech)
  • Spikevax (Moderna)
  • Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca)
  • Covaxin
  • Covishield
  • BIBP/Sinopharm
  • CoronaVac (Sinovac)
  • Nuvaxovid (Novavax)
  • Covovax

Certain Clinical Trial Vaccines which Have Confirmed Efficacy

  • Medicago

These are the vaccines accepted for travel to the United States.

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    Thank you for the answer! I cannot believe I did not see the colossal "Accepted COVID-19 Vaccines" at the top of the table... Apr 4, 2023 at 7:04

Please note that from May 11th 2023, all Covid restrictions have been lifted to enter on the US, so you don't need to be vaccinated.

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