The United States will launch a new travel system on November 8th. Vaccinated foreign air travelers will need to demonstrate full vaccination and take COVID-19 testing The new travel system also adds stricter testing requirements for unvaccinated U.S. travelers.
The United States is about to facilitate the visit of vaccinated international travelers.
The White House announced Friday that a new air travel system will go into effect on November 8, which will allow the entry of fully vaccinated foreign tourists. The system will be in place more than 20 months after the United States began imposing travel restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The White House’s decision will essentially make the U.S. lift its ban on travel to dozens of countries, while at the same time making entry more difficult for the unvaccinated. The new system will allow foreigners to enter only with World Health Organization-approved vaccines and would add testing requirements for unvaccinated Americans.
Here’s what we know about the new travel requirements:
What are the entry requirements for foreigners?
From November 8, vaccinated foreign air travelers will be required to demonstrate proof of full vaccination, as well as a negative coronavirus test prior to departure performed within three days of the trip before being able to board a plane in the States. Units.
Airlines will collect personal information, including a phone number and email, from all travelers to the United States for contact tracking. Airlines must have the information on hand for 30 days so that health officials can track travelers who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
It needs to be masked, but there will be no quarantine warrant.
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The change will make it possible to enter the United States for travelers from countries now listed in the U.S. travel ban, which bans 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, Iran, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, India, European 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)
Travelers arriving from countries not included in the ban will face stricter entry requirements on November 8th. Currently, the U.S. requires international air passengers to test only three days after their flight to the United States and show the result of the negative test or COVID-19 recovery test before boarding.
What about land borders with Mexico and Canada?
The new travel rules will also come into force for foreigners arriving by land or passenger ferry.
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 demonstrate full vaccination.
Foreign travelers will be able to show the status of vaccination in paper or digital format, and U.S. customers and border protection will review travelers ’vaccination documents. Foreigners will also need the appropriate travel documentation to enter the country.
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What vaccines does the US accept for travel?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that vaccines approved for emergency use will be accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization for air travel. White House officials expect the CDC to approve the same vaccines for travelers entering the United States by land or ferry.
The FDA has authorized three COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use during the pandemic: Modern, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer-BioNTech, the latest of which has received the FDA’s full seal of approval.
WHO-approved vaccines include:
Johnson & JohnsonModernPfizer-BioNTechOxford-AstraZeneca / Covishield SinopharmSinovac
The CDC confirmed Friday that they would accept a combined approach to vaccines. Travelers who have any combination of FDA or WHO approved vaccines will be considered fully vaccinated.
The new travel policy does not accept foreign travelers who have had COVID and received only one shot in a two-dose series. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that the administration will “continue to review” its entry requirements.
The agency has not yet released information on how U.S. residents living abroad with vaccines not yet approved by the WHO can enter the United States
In addition, U.S. officials have given no indication that COVID-19 recovery tests should be used instead of vaccination tests.
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How do the new rules affect children?
Children will generally be exempt from vaccination requirements, a White House official not authorized to speak at the registry reported in the U.S. today.
Psaki said last month that unvaccinated children of U.S. and foreign citizens would be subject to the new stricter testing requirements.
Currently, all passengers 2 years of age or older, including U.S. citizens and permanent residents, must show a negative coronavirus test to fly to the United States.
What are the entry requirements for Americans?
The new travel system adds stricter testing requirements for unvaccinated U.S. travelers.
As of Nov. 8, unvaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents will have to take a test one day before departure and retest on arrival in the United States.
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Entry requirements will not change for vaccinated Americans. They will still have to prove a negative coronavirus test performed no more than three days before departure.
Americans will not have to be fully vaccinated to embark on international flights to the United States
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