On November 26, 2021, the World Health and fitness Business (WHO) Technical Advisory Team on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution introduced that the B.1.1.529 (Omicron) variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that leads to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), constitutes a variant of issue. The WHO even more claimed that the selection of cases of this variant appeared to be increasing in practically all provinces in the Republic of South Africa. On the exact same working day that the WHO classified the Omicron variant as a variant of issue, and dependent on the suggestion of the Facilities for Condition Handle and Prevention (CDC), inside the Section of Health and Human Services, I issued Proclamation 10315 of November 26, 2021 (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Specified Extra Persons Who Pose a Threat of Transmitting Coronavirus Ailment 2019). That proclamation commonly suspended and restricted the entry into the United States of noncitizens of the United States (“noncitizens”) who have been bodily present within just the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of South Africa, and the Republic of Zimbabwe through the 14-working day period of time preceding their entry or tried entry into the United States. I took that action to gradual the spread of the Omicron variant into the United States and to permit the United States to employ suitable mitigation actions even though new information emerged about the variant.
Having realized much more about the Omicron variant in the past several weeks, the CDC now suggests lifting the travel restrictions imposed in Proclamation 10315. Since I issued that proclamation, our Nation’s well being officials, in collaboration with the South African researchers who originally noted the variant, have manufactured significant progress in knowledge the Omicron variant. Importantly, scientific authorities have established that individuals who are vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 are secured from extreme sickness and hospitalization from the Omicron variant. Also, the Omicron variant has now unfold to far more than 100 international locations, and it is prevalent in the United States. At the similar time, my Administration has designed intercontinental travel to the United States from all nations safer in the time considering the fact that I issued Proclamation 10315. In distinct, the CDC has shortened the timeline for demanded pre-departure COVID-19 testing for totally vaccinated travelers from no much more than 3 times prior to travel to no far more than 1 working day. As a consequence, global air tourists to the United States from all nations around the world, no matter of citizenship or vaccination standing, must take a COVID-19 exam inside 1 working day of departure and exhibit a damaging check consequence ahead of they board a flight to the United States. That requirement has strengthened the previously stringent worldwide travel protocols that my Administration has imposed, which include requirements for noncitizens to be totally vaccinated, issue to constrained exceptions, and for tourists to wear confront masks on business conveyances and at United States transportation hubs.
In light-weight of these transformed instances, and centered on the advice of the CDC, I have established that it is in the passions of the United States to revoke Proclamation 10315. The travel limitations imposed by that proclamation are no more time vital to shield the general public health and fitness.
NOW, Thus, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States, by the authority vested in me by the Structure and the guidelines of the United States of The us, which includes sections 212(f) and 215(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f) and 1185(a), hereby find that, apart from as supplied in Proclamation 10294 of October 25, 2021 (Advancing the Secure Resumption of Worldwide Journey Through the COVID-19 Pandemic), or any other relevant proclamation, the unrestricted entry into the United States of people explained in segment 1 of Proclamation 10315 is no more time detrimental to the pursuits of the United States. I hence hereby proclaim the subsequent:
Part 1. Revocation. Proclamation 10315 is revoked.
Sec. 2. Review of Agency Actions. The Secretary of Condition, the Secretary of Transportation, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall critique any regulations, orders, assistance files, insurance policies, and any other equivalent agency actions created pursuant to Proclamation 10315 and, as ideal, shall contemplate revising or revoking these agency steps dependable with the coverage established forth in this proclamation.
Sec. 3. Helpful Day. This proclamation is powerful at 12:01 a.m. eastern normal time on December 31, 2021.
Sec. 4. Typical Provisions. (a) Nothing in this proclamation shall be construed to impair or in any other case have an effect on:
(i) the authority granted by law to an government section or company, or the head thereof or
(ii) the features of the Director of the Office environment of Management and Price range relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This proclamation shall be executed reliable with applicable law and subject matter to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This proclamation is not meant to, and does not, produce any right or reward, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in fairness by any celebration versus the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, workers, or agents, or any other human being.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth working day of December, in the 12 months of our Lord two thousand twenty-a person, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-sixth.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.