The United States will reopen in November to air travelers from 33 countries including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The decision, announced by White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients, comes just days after the President Joe Biden’s administration said last week it was not the right time to lift any restrictions amid rising COVID-19 cases.
The United States will admit fully vaccinated air travelers from the 26 so-called Schengen countries in Europe including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Greece, as well as Britain, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil. As per the restrictions that had been imposed, non-U.S. citizens who were in those countries within the past 14 days were not allowed entry into the country.
According to the new decision, travelers will only have to show proof of full vaccination before boarding a flight and a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departure. They will not be required to quarantine upon arrival.
The new COVID-19 vaccine requirements will now apply to nearly all foreign nationals flying to the United States – including those not subject to the prior restrictions.
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.
“This new international travel system follows the science to keep Americans and international air travel safe,” the White House coronavirus response coordinator, Zients told reporters. “By requiring foreign nationals to be fully vaccinated in order to fly to the United States and in implementing additional strict safety protocols, we will protect Americans here at home and enhance the safety of international travel.”
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