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U.S. to ease COVID travel restrictions for more than 30 countries

by | Sep 29, 2021 | Migration

The White House has announced that starting in November, foreign nationals will be permitted to fly once again to the US from previously banned international countries with proof of vaccination.* This announcement is part of the Biden administration’s drafting of the comprehensive “Path Out of the Pandemic” plan, see https://www.whitehouse.gov/covidplan/.

The most significant information that has been released is:

  • The Administration will be working with airlines in the coming weeks to determine how the new procedures will be implemented;
  • Even if fully vaccinated, travelers will have to provide a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of their flight;
  • Vaccination requirements for children have not been determined yet;
  • Does not apply to ground travel from Canada or Mexico;
  • Unvaccinated American citizen and Permanent Residents will still be permitted to return to the U.S. but will have to show a negative COVID test within 24 hours of their flight and will most likely have to get an additional test once in the U.S;
  • It is expected that National Interest Exemptions will no longer be required for travel from the United Kingdom, European Union, China, India, Iran, Republic of Ireland, Brazil or South Africa;
  • Fully vaccinated travelers will not need to quarantine;
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html will require airlines to collect data upon check-in to assist with contact tracing if necessary; and
  • Vaccinations that have been approved for emergency Use by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/covid-19-vaccines).

*Multiple sources:  https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/us-relax-travel-restrictions-passengers-uk-eu-november-source-2021-09-20/

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