Updated December 15, 2021
International Travel to the United States
Please see an important update from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for all International Air Travelers Destined for the United States: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel/index.html . Participants are encouraged to review Centers for Disease Control – Travel Guidance before traveling to the US to view the most up to date travel requirements.
COVID Testing Entry Requirement
As of December 6, all air passengers eligible for entry into the United States, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States with limited exceptions or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days. More details on this requirement for all non-immigrant travelers is available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html .
Vaccination Entry Requirement
If you are a non-U.S. citizen who is a nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa), you will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before you travel by air to the United States from a foreign country. Some categories of noncitizen, nonimmigrants are excepted from this requirement. For information on vaccines required for travel to the USA, please visit CDC Proof of Vaccination Requirements .
COVID-19 Information Resources & Support
For information on vaccine access in the USA, please visit COVID-19 Vaccine Resources. Covid-19 vaccine booster shots are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for fully vaccinated individuals to help protect against the Delta and Omicron variants. Find more information on COVID-19 booster recommendations at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html .
Spirit Cultural Exchange is closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 in the US and abroad and its effect on J-1 exchanges. Our number one priority is the health, safety, and welfare of each of our participants. Together with our US based cooperating Host Companies, we have developed a set of best practices within which we are able to safely operate our BridgeUSA programs. All participants currently in the US are advised to follow the guidance of their local authorities and that of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), particularly with regards to vaccine recommendations, mask wearing and social distancing measures. Any participants in the USA in need of guidance or assistance should contact Spirit at 1 800 390 0978 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.