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Vol. 87

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Part II

The President

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Proclamation 10329--Revoking Proclamation 10315

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The President

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Proclamation 10329 of December 28, 2021

Revoking Proclamation 10315

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization

(WHO) Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus

Evolution announced that the B.1.1.529 (Omicron)

variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes

coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), constitutes a

variant of concern. The WHO further reported that the

number of cases of this variant appeared to be

increasing in almost all provinces in the Republic of

South Africa. On the same day that the WHO classified

the Omicron variant as a variant of concern, and based

on the recommendation of the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention (CDC), within the Department of

Health and Human Services, I issued Proclamation 10315

of November 26, 2021 (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants

and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who

Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease 2019).

That proclamation generally suspended and restricted

the entry into the United States of noncitizens of the

United States (``noncitizens'') who were physically

present within 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 during the 14-day period preceding their

entry or attempted entry into the United States. I took

that action to slow the spread of the Omicron variant

into the United States and to enable the United States

to implement appropriate mitigation measures while new

information emerged about the variant.

Having learned more about the Omicron variant in the

past several weeks, the CDC now recommends lifting the

travel restrictions imposed in Proclamation 10315.

Since I issued that proclamation, our Nation's health

officials, in collaboration with the South African

scientists who originally reported the variant, have

made substantial progress in understanding the Omicron

variant. Importantly, scientific experts have

determined that people who are vaccinated against

COVID-19 are protected against severe disease and

hospitalization from the Omicron variant. Moreover, the

Omicron variant has now spread to more than 100

countries, and it is prevalent in the United States. At

the same time, my Administration has made international

travel to the United States from all countries safer in

the time since I issued Proclamation 10315. In

particular, the CDC has shortened the timeline for

required pre-departure COVID-19 testing for fully

vaccinated travelers from no more than 3 days prior to

travel to no more than 1 day. As a result,

international air travelers to the United States from

all countries, regardless of citizenship or vaccination

status, must take a COVID-19 test within 1 day of

departure and show a negative test result before they

board a flight to the United States. That requirement

has strengthened the already stringent international

travel protocols that my Administration has imposed,

including requirements for noncitizens to be fully

vaccinated, subject to limited exceptions, and for

travelers to wear face masks on commercial conveyances

and at United States transportation hubs.

In light of these changed circumstances, and based on

the recommendation of the CDC, I have determined that

it is in the interests of the United

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States to revoke Proclamation 10315. The travel

restrictions imposed by that proclamation are no longer

necessary to protect the public health.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of

the United States, by the authority vested in me by the

Constitution and the laws of the United States of

America, including sections 212(f) and 215(a) of the

Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f) and

1185(a), hereby find that, except as provided in

Proclamation 10294 of October 25, 2021 (Advancing the

Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19

Pandemic), or any other applicable proclamation, the

unrestricted entry into the United States of persons

described in section 1 of Proclamation 10315 is no

longer detrimental to the interests of the United

States. I therefore hereby proclaim the following:

Section 1. Revocation. Proclamation 10315 is revoked.

Sec. 2. Review of Agency Actions. The Secretary of

State, the Secretary of Transportation, and the

Secretary of Homeland Security shall review any

regulations, orders, guidance documents, policies, and

any other similar agency actions developed pursuant to

Proclamation 10315 and, as appropriate, shall consider

revising or revoking these agency actions consistent

with the policy set forth in this proclamation.

Sec. 3. Effective Date. This proclamation is effective

at 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time on December 31,

2021.

Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this

proclamation shall be construed to impair or otherwise

affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or

the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget

relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This proclamation shall be implemented

consistent with applicable law and subject to the

availability of appropriations.

(c) This proclamation is not intended to, and does

not, create any right or benefit, substantive or

procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any

party against the United States, its departments,

agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or

agents, or any other person.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this

twenty-eighth day of December, in the year of our Lord

two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the

United States of America the two hundred and forty-

sixth.

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