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What you need to know about the U.S. relaxing COVID travel restrictions By Reuters


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: As domestic travel continues to increase in America, the number of cases due to coronavirus (COVID-19), drops, travelers make their way towards the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport gates. REUTER

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Biden administration plans to ease travel restrictions in early November that have barred much of the world from entering the United States since 2020.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still needs to issue a formal order and address many questions regarding the operation of these rules.

Here is what we know:


– The U.S. will lift travel restrictions on 33 countries including China, India, Brazil for travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 that were imposed starting in early 2020.

Travelers (NYSE 🙂 must still provide evidence of negative COVID-19 tests within three days before departing the United States.

Most foreign nationals have to be in one of the 33 countries within 14 days before they can travel to the United States.

All foreign nationals will require vaccinations in order to fly to the United States.


CDC does not know what types of vaccines it will accept to prove vaccination. According to the administration, airlines were informed Tuesday by Reuters that they are still trying to decide which vaccines they will accept.

When Reuters inquired about the vaccines that it would accept, the CDC referred to prior guidelines. Kristen Nordlund, spokesperson for the CDC stated that “The CDC regards someone as fully vaccinated” with all FDA-approved or approved vaccines.


Airline passengers will be required to show proof of vaccination.

The airlines currently verify that travelers have passed the COVID-19 positive test before they leave.

The CDC will issue new contact tracing guidelines before restrictions are lifted. International passengers will need to provide email and telephone information for public health officials so they can reach them if necessary. This includes if they sit near someone with a positive test.


– Americans traveling from abroad who are not vaccinated will face tougher rules than vaccinated citizens, including needing to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within a day of travel and proof of purchasing a viral test to be taken after arrival. 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 Reuters, a White House official and a document that was seen by Reuters, the Biden administration believes humanitarian exemptions may be granted to foreign nationals who have agreed to receive vaccinations upon their arrival to the United States. These exemptions, according to the administration are expected to be limited.

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