Traveling from abroad back to the United States will soon become much easier for those who are fully vaccinated. The White House announced on September 20 that beginning in November, fully vaccinated Americans arriving from abroad will need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within three days of travel. Their unvaccinated counterparts, however, will be “subject to stricter testing requirements,” White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said.
For unvaccinated Americans returning home, the additional testing measures will include a negative Covid-19 test result taken within one day of departure and an additional test when they return.
The change in policy was announced on September 20 as part of the White House’s latest move to reopen the country to tourism. Since March 2020, non-citizens who had been in Europe’s Schengen Zone as well as the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, Brazil, China, South Africa, India and Iran within the past 14 days have been banned from entering the US
As of November, that will change. Effective later this year, fully vaccinated travelers from around the world — including those coming from previously banned countries — will be permitted to enter the US with proof of their full vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test result taken within three days of departure.
But, it’s not just traveling that’s reliant upon proof of vaccination. Want to go to a concert, gym or restaurant? Proof of vaccination against Covid-19 is required in many places around the United States, including many employers and schools.
“The background here is that we are seeing more vaccine mandates, both in the private and public sphere, but also in the ability of people to access certain venues, whether it’s restaurants, films or concerts,” says Dr. William Moss, executive director of Johns Hopkins University’s International Vaccine Access Center.
Businesses are doing this to keep their workers safe. As Moss says, “They want to ensure when they’re bringing people together, whether it’s in the workplace or a retail store, that they’re protecting public health. And so they’re asking for documentation of an immunization status to reduce the risk of [Covid-19] transmission within their setting.”
With proof of vaccination being required at more places, some people are laminating their cards, but Moss explains that will make it hard to update your card if a booster is necessary. “I think it should all be documented on the same card. That’s the easiest way to do it. And obviously, if you laminate it, then you can’t have that added in,” he says.
He suggests getting a card holder instead. “With the current cards we have, a clear plastic holder, but not a laminate. And then if you get a booster, there is space on the back of the card to write those.”
Based on this information, we found highly rated vaccination card holders that will help protect your card against damage and keep it safe and easier to find.
Cobakuey Covid Vaccination Card Protector (starting at $6.97; amazon.com)
Want to keep it super simple? Just slide your card into this waterproof, clear protector, seal the top and keep it in your purse or pocket. They’re available in packs of three, five, 10, 20 and even 50, so you’ll have plenty for the whole family (and probably a few backups).
Sokurdeg CDC Covid Vaccination Card Protector With Lanyard ($6.99; amazon.com)
This vaccine card holder comes in five colors — blue, green, red, yellow and a pastel blue — and is transparent on both sides. It comes with a matching lanyard, so you can wear it around your neck if you’re traveling.
Tigari Passport and Vaccine Card Holder Combo ($9.99; amazon.com)
If you’re planning on traveling, especially internationally, this simple passport holder has a space for your vaccine card, which you’re probably going to need. Available in nine colorways, with reinforced stitching, this cardholder is perfect for keeping your documents safe and organized.
HenneysBoutique Vaccination Passport Holder ($10, originally $20; etsy.com)
Available in 11 rich colors, this genuine leather passport holder is as simple as it gets, with slots for your passport and a clear sleeve for your vaccination card. Reviewers love it.
ACdream Passport and Vaccine Card Holder Combo ($8.95; amazon.com)
Another passport and vaccine card holder, but this version comes with a pen, RFID blocking and slots for your credit cards and cash, making it a great travel accessory. It’s available in 13 colors.
FairyDustDecals Covid-19 Vaccine Card Protective Sleeve ($4.99; etsy.com)
This simple plastic sleeve tells the world you’re vaccinated before you even show your card, with a cute graphic of a bandage and a check mark.
QueentopazCreations Rifle Paper Co Vaccination Card Holder (starting at $15; etsy.com)
If you want your vaccination card to look as girly as possible, take a look at these holders that use Rifle Paper Co fabric.
Access Denied Passport Holder Cover Wallet With RFID Blocking ($16.95; amazon.com)
This faux-leather passport holder with RFID blocking (to prevent electronic pickpocketing) is the perfect on-the-go companion, with three spots for credit cards, a window for your vax card, a slot for your boarding pass and space for your passport.
FamiliarPaws Leather Vaccine Card Holder With Key Ring (starting at $12.99; etsy.com)
Love a monogram? These stylish leather card holders are really attractive, raves one reviewer, who wrote, “This is exactly what I needed and it’s so gorgeous!” The front is clear, and you can have your initials added to the back for a few dollars more.
EricScottLeathers Leather Monogram Vaccination Passport Holder ($29.95; etsy.com)
This genuine leather vaccination card and passport holder can be monogrammed with an initial, and is available in 10 fresh colors.
SparklePickleStore Vaccination Card Holder ($16; etsy.com)
For Harry Potter fans the world over, check out these vaccine card holders, embroidered with the saying: “I solemnly swear I have been vaccinated.” The clear plastic pocket on the back can hold your card.
EvtodiCom Passport Holder Personalized With CDC Holder (starting at $22.90; etsy.com)
Another personalized option, available in over a dozen colors, with options for cute sayings and your name, this holder will keep your card safe in style.
PelleleatherDesign Personalized Vaccine Cover (starting at $17.55, originally $19.50; etsy.com)
Made from thick, soft natural leather, this personalized cover is one of the bestselling vaccine holders on Etsy. Available in nine colorways, the covers are waxed leather, giving them a matte look. You can add your initials in silver or gold.
Mugwump Vaccination Card Holder ($11; etsy.com)
These adorable travel-themed card holders are festooned with taxicabs, sailboats and cars on the outside, and gingham patterns on the inside. If we have to carry a vax card, why not keep it cute, right?
StudioPineapple Vaccine Card Holder ($9; etsy.com)
This bestselling card holder gives major Lisa Frank sticker collection vibes, with light-reflecting holographic material protecting your card. It’s also super practical, with an O-ring and clasp, so you can hook it onto your purse or backpack for easy access.