By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters), – Sources told Reuters that the Biden Administration will announce on Monday details of its rules requiring foreign passengers to have COVID-19 vaccinations starting Nov. 8.
First, the White House disclosed that restrictions would be lifted in November for all fully-vaccinated travelers flying from 33 countries.
In early 2020, the extraordinary U.S. travel restrictions became effective to stop COVID-19 spreading. Most non-American citizens must not have visited the United Kingdom or any of the 26 Schengen nations in Europe that do not require border control, Ireland, China and South Africa in the past 14 days.
White House intends to present the legal framework that requires COVID-19 for foreign travelers, in addition to rules for exceptions.
Biden will provide details on the procedures airlines must comply with to ensure foreign travellers are vaccinated and allowed to board U.S.-bound planes.
On Oct. 15, the White House declared that new rules for vaccines would go into effect starting Nov. 8.
The United States and its airlines are both concerned that foreign travellers will not be aware of the updated vaccine rules. These new regulations take effect in two weeks.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to publish new contact tracing regulations that require airlines to gather information about international passengers. White House stated that earlier airlines had provided the data “upon demand to follow-up with passengers who have been exposed COVID-19 variations or other pathogens.”
According to the CDC, it will accept vaccines that have been approved by U.S. authorities or the World Health Organization. It also accepts mixed-dose coronavirus vaccines for travelers.
Sources said that the new rules will exempt minors from vaccine requirements.
Sources said that the Biden administration was also considering exempting some citizens from a limited number of countries where there is a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines.
International air passengers will have to show proof of vaccination from an “official source”, and the airlines need to confirm that at least two weeks ago, the last dose occurred.
Travelers from international destinations will have to show proof that they had taken a negative COVID-19 blood test within 72 hours. According to the White House, unvaccinated Americans must provide evidence of negative COVID-19 tests within 24 hours.
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