The United States will launch a new travel system on November 8th. Vaccinated foreign air travelers must show a complete vaccination test and COVID-19 test. The new travel system also adds stricter testing requirements for unvaccinated American travelers.
The United States will launch a new two-week travel system that will open borders for millions of vaccinated international visitors.
The system, which will be launched on November 8, will end the travel ban in the United States that has been in place for dozens of countries since the start of the pandemic. It will also make re-entry more difficult for the unvaccinated. U.S. citizens and permanent residents and set strict testing requirements for rare unvaccinated aliens that allow entry.
“Anyone traveling to the United States who is unable to prove proof of complete vaccination will be required to submit documentation of a negative test within one day after departure,” instead of the current three days, according to the White House.
Fully vaccinated Americans will still have a three-day period to test for COVID-19 with negative results, but if they cannot show vaccination tests, they will also be subject to the one-day testing requirement.
“These are strict safety protocols that follow public health science to improve the safety of Americans here at home and the safety of international air travel,” senior government officials said in a briefing Monday.
With few exceptions, only foreign citizens with vaccines approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization will be able to board aircraft to the U.S.
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What are the exceptions?
Senior government officials stressed that exceptions to vaccination requirements for foreign nationals would be rare, but would be made for children under 18 and travelers from countries with a vaccination rate of less than 10% due to the lack of vaccine availability. The White House said it currently affects about 50 countries, but the list is constantly changing.
Travelers with some medical conditions, including people who have had severe anaphylactic reactions to the VOCID vaccine, will also be exempt from the vaccination requirement.
Children under the age of 2 will not be required to take the COVID-19 test.
In addition, officials said accommodation tests will also be conducted for travelers with documented coronavirus recovery over the previous 90 days.
Who will be able to enter the US?
From November 8, foreign travelers will be able to enter the U.S. by air if they can show a full vaccination test, as well as the negative results of a pre-departure coronavirus test performed within three days of boarding a plane in the country.
Airlines will collect personal information from all travelers to the United States for contact tracking. Airlines are required to keep information on hand for 30 days so that health officials can track travelers who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Masking will be required, but there will be no quarantine warrant.
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The change will allow entry into the United States for travelers from countries currently listed in the U.S. travel ban, which prohibits entry to travelers who have been to any of the regions for the past 14 days. Travel bans went into effect in early 2020 and include:
China IndiaIranBrazilSouth Africa United KingdomRepublic of IrelandEuropean Schengen Area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City
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Travelers arriving from countries not included in the ban will face stricter entry requirements from 8 November. Right now, the U.S. is asking international air passengers to only be tested within three days of their flight to the U.S. and show the negative result or test. recovery of the COVID-19 before boarding.
What about Mexico and Canada?
The new travel rules will also come into force for foreign nationals arriving by land or passenger ferry from Mexico and Canada.
From November 8, fully vaccinated aliens can cross land borders for non-essential reasons, such as tourism or visiting friends and family.
Border entry rules will change again in early January, and all travelers, including those traveling for essential purposes, will be required to show a full vaccination test.