International fighters may soon face a new challenge due to a new United States travel policy related to the COVID-19 vaccine beginning Nov. 8.
In a memo sent out to fighters and their teams on Tuesday, UFC chief business officer Hunter Campbell informed them of the new policy requiring all international travelers to be fully vaccinated with proof and to provide negative COVID-19 tests prior to entering the United States.
MMA Junkie obtained a copy of the memo.
“Recently the U.S. government announced that beginning on November 8, foreign national air travels to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of their vaccination status to fly to the United States. Fully vaccinated travelers will also be required to show a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of travel prior to boarding their flight.”
“This policy also applies to foreign nationals crossing the land boarders with Canada and Mexico or arriving in the United States by passenger ferry. To be clear, this is NOT a UFC policy. UFC is not requiring you to get vaccinated. We are simply communicating the new guidelines recently announced by the U.S. government.”
“You should consider your options, such as traveling to the United States before this new U.S. government policy takes effect, or if you choose, make arrangements to take the appropriate vaccination.”
“Starting on November 8, in order to be admitted into the United States, all foreign nationals arriving from international destinations must be vaccinated by one of the WHO approved vaccines. Those who are not vaccinated will not be permitted to enter the U.S.”
Officials also informed fighters that they will need a waiver if they plan on traveling to the U.S. before the policy goes into effect.
Source: MMA Junkie