Vaccinated Travellers Allowed into U.S. After Months of Restrictions

The White House has this week announced that they will be fully lifting restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers, starting in November.

Those entering the U.S. will need to show recognized proof of their vaccination status as well as a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than three days before their departure. Unvaccinated residents have had their restrictions increased slightly – those unable to provide proof of vaccination will need to take one test taken one day before departure, and another once in the U.S. Unvaccinated non-residents will not be able to enter.

Earlier in the summer, the European Union and the United Kingdom eased travel restrictions allowing individuals from many countries who have been fully vaccinated to enter the country without needing to quarantine. Until now, there had been no sign of President Biden reciprocating – despite ongoing calls from airlines and travel groups who have been struggling with significantly lower passenger numbers since March 2020.

 

The new policy will replace a number of pandemic travel restrictions first brought in by President Trump in 2020 and tightened by Biden earlier this year that restrict travel by non-citizens who have been in the United Kingdom, European Union, China, India, Iran, Republic of Ireland, Brazil or South Africa in the last 14 days.

While an exact date has not been given, the new policy will take effect in “early November”, according to White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients, to allow airlines and travel partners time to prepare to implement the new protocols.

© Margaret W. Wong & Associates 2021. The above text is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice.

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