A White House official said Wednesday that the Biden administration expects to require thorough vaccinations for foreign travelers crossing US borders, such as truck drivers and government officials, by January 22.
The administration announced earlier this fall that holiday-travelling foreigners who were barred from coming to the US during the pandemic could enter the US starting November 8 if they were fully vaccinated, adding that the corresponding The kind requirement will be extended to essential passengers in January.
The specific date of when the essential non-US traveler requirement would go into effect was previously unknown.
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US citizens and permanent residents will still be allowed to enter the US even if they are not vaccinated, but will need to be tested beforehand.
Unlike international leisure travelers, essential non-resident travelers were able to enter the US during the pandemic regardless of vaccination status. The White House delayed requiring essential workers to have more time to vaccinate and not disrupt business.
The vaccine requirement would apply to essential foreign workers entering the US by land or ferry. The White House official said more details would be released in the coming weeks, but the approach would be similar to that applied for non-essential foreign travellers.
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