UFC has informed all their international fighters that they will not be allowed to enter the United States unless they are fully vaccinated. The decision came due to the new United States government policies regarding international travel and vaccination. In a memo sent out to fighters and their teams on Tuesday, the UFC Chief Business Officer Hunter Campbell informed recipients of changes to U.S. international travel requirements. The new rules and policies regarding travel and vaccination will be in force from November 8 and all the fighters who will be having their fights in the US after that will have to follow them or else they won’t be allowed to fight in the US territory anymore. Though UFC president Dana White has often said that he won’t force his fighter to get vaccinated but looks like the US government has now taken things in hand.
According to the memo, the fighters looking to travel to the United States after November 8 will need to be fully vaccinated with and provide proof of, one of seven WHO-approved vaccines. The UFC fighters will also need to get a negative COVID-19 test from a 72-hour period prior to travel. The policy also applies to those crossing from Canada or Mexico, or those coming by ship.
“Foreign national air travelers 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,” the memo reads. “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 borders with Canada and Mexico or arriving in the United States by passenger ferry.”
“To be clear, this is NOT a UFC policy,” the memo reads. “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,” Campbell wrote.
“… This policy takes effect on November 8, leaving very little time to make arrangements if you are fighting on a UFC card in November. If you choose to travel to the U.S. before the new policy takes effect, you will need a waiver if you are traveling from one of the restricted countries. Please contact the UFC Immigration team at (redacted contact information) so we can ensure you have a valid travel waiver in place. … It is unclear at this time what parameters will be applied to U.S. citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) who are not vaccinated.”
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- UFC Fighters who want to travel to the United States after November 8 will need to be fully vaccinated
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