International Travel

Some international intended parents will travel more easily to the U.S. to take custody babies birthed by gestational carriers, because the U.S. is lifting the Covid Travel entry bans as of November 2021.

However, this change only applies to passengers from the UK, the 26 Schengen countries in Europe, Ireland, China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, and India. International travelers will be required to show proof of full vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departure; no quarantine will be imposed.

The move signals the end of a travel ban imposed by Donald Trump more than 18 months ago in the early stages of the pandemic. The lifting of the ban is excellent news for families as well as the global economy and the livlihoods of many people.

Previously, the United States required all entrants from those same countries to produce a National Interest Exception (NIE). It is unclear to what extent NIE’s will still be required. At this point, the Law Offices of Mary Beck are still recommending applying for an NIE from receiving country’s own individual consulate or embassy until the situation is clarified.

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