Here’s what we know about how U.S. will lift travel restrictions By Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s administration plans to ease in early November COVID-19 pandemic-related travel restrictions that have barred people from much of the world from entering the United States starting in early 2020.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still needs to issue a formal order describing the changes and when they will be effective.
This is the U.S. travel policy.
WHO CAN TRAVEL to THE UNITED STATES
– The United States will lift travel restrictions on 33 countries https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html including China, India, Brazil, Iran, South Africa and most of Europe for travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 that were imposed starting in early 2020.
Travelers (NYSE 🙂 will need to show proof of negative COVID-19 tests within 3 days before they depart for the United States.
The new rules will not apply to foreign nationals that have lived in 33 of these countries more than 14 days before departing for the United States.
All foreign nationals will require vaccinations in order to fly to the United States.
The CDC does not know if foreign nationals that have had COVID-19 recently and are therefore not eligible to receive vaccinations will be permitted to travel to America.
What VACCINES WILL THE CDC ACCEPT?
– It is not certain what vaccines the CDC will accept beyond the three already authorized in the United States – those from Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna (NASDAQ:) and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:) – or what proof must be presented. Biden’s administration stated Tuesday to airlines that it is still working out which vaccines are acceptable.
When Reuters asked the CDC what vaccines they would accept, it pointed to previous guidance. Kristen Nordlund spoke on behalf of the CDC, saying that “The CDC regards someone as fully vaccinated with all FDA-authorized and approved vaccines.
WHAT ROLES WILL THE AIRLINES PLAY
The airlines expect travelers to fill out a form attesting their vaccination. They will then check the documents of passengers to confirm compliance to vaccine regulations.
Before travelers leave, airlines check to see if they have received proof that they are negative for COVID-19.
– Before restrictions are lifted the CDC will release new contact-tracing guidelines that require international passengers give their email address and contact information to public health officials. They will be required to disclose any contact information they have, even if they are seated next someone with positive COVID-19 results.
WHAT HAPPENS FOR UNVACCINATED AMERICAN TRAVELERS
Americans travelling from overseas who have not been vaccinated must show proof that their COVID-19 tests were negative within one day. Proof of purchase of a virus test will also be required. All Americans who have been vaccinated must provide proof within 3 days after returning home.
Children who are not eligible for vaccines may be exempt from these requirements.
According to a White House official, and a document seen to Reuters by Reuters, the Biden administration believes that humanitarian exemptions may be granted to certain foreign nationals who have agreed to receive vaccinations upon their arrival in America. According to the Biden administration, such exemptions are unlikely.
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