When the White House announced last month that it would implement a new entry system for foreign travelers sometime in “early November,” the world wondered when exactly that might be, what the new rules would include for entering the United States. USA. and to whom they would apply.
The government went on to say that while the new plans will make travel to the US available to citizens of countries that are currently banned, they will also be based on the requirement that all foreigners arriving be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. before entry.
Now, new details have emerged about what types of vaccines meet the requirement of international travelers who want to enter the country. A spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that these will include vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). .
“Earlier this week, to help them prepare their systems, we informed airlines that vaccines authorized / approved by the FDA or listed for emergency use by the WHO will meet the criteria to travel to the U.S., “CDC spokeswoman Caitlin Shockey told USA Today.
The FDA has authorized three vaccines from three manufacturers for emergency use in the United States: Modern, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Johnson & Johnson (Pfizer-BioNTech has even received full FDA approval). The WHO has approved a few more than these three: the Oxford-AstraZeneca / Covishield, Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines.
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Shockey did not provide any information on whether foreign travelers who have been vaccinated with other brands of vaccines could enter the United States for tourism purposes or, if so, what protocols would apply to them. “The CDC will publish additional guidance and information as the travel requirements are finalized,” he said in an emailed statement.
The new entry conditions will require foreign nationals to provide a full vaccination test before boarding any flight to the United States, as well as to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test done within 72 hours. after departure. Officials have also indicated that the new system will include improved contact tracking.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki has also revealed that the government will strengthen testing requirements for both unvaccinated children of foreign nationals and those returning to the United States. Currently, children two years of age or older must show proof of a negative test done within 72 hours of boarding on their flight to the U.S.
Meanwhile, aspiring foreign tourists are frustrated that no firm date has been set for the implementation of this new system, making the attempt to book their trips to the US an extremely daunting prospect. uncertain.