Residents of the bay area, families rejoice, as the US says it will lift the travel ban – the NBC Bay Area


The White House said Friday it would allow fully vaccinated international travelers against COVID-19 in the United States starting Nov. 8. It is a date that thousands of binational families have been waiting to hear.

In recent months, they have even launched a hashtag on social media, “love is not tourism,” to draw attention to their situation.

San Francisco resident Abbie Gould will pick up her parents on Nov. 8 at San Francisco International Airport. It will be their first time in San Francisco.

It will also be the first time Gould will see them in more than a year. He even set up a countdown for when they arrived at the airport.

“Yeah, I’m really excited,” she said. “We have 36 days to finish, so I’ll definitely be checking it out every day.”

Gould’s parents have not been allowed to visit them due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Because of Gould’s type of visa to be in the country, he said he could not return to the United States if he wanted to visit there.

“Everyone who has a temporary visa cannot get into this situation. I have heard so many horror stories of people leaving the country, without being aware that they will not let them in,” he added.

Earlier this week, President Joe Biden’s administration announced that as of November 8, fully vaccinated travelers from the United Kingdom, most of the European Union, China, Brazil and the United States ‘India will be able to enter the United States without any quarantine.

The borders with Mexico and Canada will also reopen to fully vaccinated visitors from those countries.

The nearly 21-month ban has been painful for many binational families, including Connecticut resident Rebecca Lyons. She said the recent announcement meant her new husband would finally be able to see her family for Thanksgiving. Her parents missed the wedding this summer.

“We hoped they could come if we postponed it for a year. But unfortunately they couldn’t,” Lyons said.

The FDA confirmed that visitors who have full doses of the six World Health Organization approved vaccines will be allowed to enter the U.S.

This includes visitors who may have mixed and matching doses from different manufacturers.

Exact details of how airlines and border agents will verify the vaccination test for visitors are still being worked out. Passengers will also be required to show a negative COVID-19 test before flying.

The return of international visitors to the United States will no doubt be a boost for tourism, but it will also be a great relief for many long-separated families.

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