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Federal laws require certain international travelers flying to the U.S. to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Previously everyone traveling by air to the U.S. from a foreign country was required to show a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of a recent recovery. This requirement expired on June 12th, 2022.

Texas laws do not require any additional steps or precautions, such as quarantine.

Traveling From a Foreign Country by Air

Certain international travelers must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. This does not apply to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, lawful permanent residents, and immigrants — see the CDC website for details. Their page on travel requirements explains:

You must be fully vaccinated with the primary series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine to travel to the United States by plane if you are a non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa). Only limited exceptions apply.

The vaccination requirements are from an order issued by the CDC.

Quarantine or Self-Isolation

Travelers arriving in Texas are not required by law to quarantine or self-isolate. This is true for travelers who arrive in Texas from other U.S. states or from a foreign country. If you have not had a COVID-19 vaccination, the CDC recommends that you quarantine for a full 5 days after you arrive in the U.S. This is a recommendation, not a legal requirement.

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For more information on travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, please see the Immigration & Travel page of our COVID-19 & Texas Law guide.

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