UFC Releases Memo Following Updated U.S. Travel Policy, Informs Fighters of Vaccine Requirement

Top MMA promotion UFC sent a memo to talent recently, making them aware of a new travel policy put in place by the U.S. government that is set to take effect on November 8th.

Travel restrictions placed on entering the U.S. will be lifted on November 8th, with new policy allowing anyone to enter who has been fully vaccinated from COVID-19.

The recent change was confirmed by White House Assistant Press Secretary Kevin Munoz on Friday. It marks the end of a massive sanction that had been in place for nearly two years.

While the changes open the U.S. up to more travel since the beginning of the pandemic, the plan also places a hard restriction on those who are not vaccinated.

People who plan to enter the country must provide proof of vaccination before entry and take a COVID-19 test within the first three days of being in the country, as reported by the New York Times.

UFC informed their fighters of these changes earlier this week, per a memo obtained by Nolan King of MMA Junkie. The promotion’s Chief Business Officer Hunter Campbell suggested solutions for unvaccinated fighters and stressed that the new policy is one that they had no part in selecting.

“To be clear, this is NOT a UFC policy,” said Campbell. “UFC is not requiring you to get vaccinated. We are simply communicating the new guidelines recently announced by the U.S. government.”

Campbell suggested that unvaccinated fighters could enter the country before the policy takes effect, or that they “make arrangements” to get a shot.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently deems someone fully vaccinated two weeks after they have received their second Pfizer or Modern vaccine, or their sole Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen jab.

The majority of UFC’s events have taken place in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

UFC has held 35 events so far this year, with three of them having taken place outside of the U.S. Of the eight events reportedly still set to happen in the year, one is expected to take place in Abu Dhabi, with all of the others set to happen within the U.S.

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