From vaccines to testing: What travelers need to know before the new US travel system on Nov. 8

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  • The US is launching a new travel system on November 8.
  • Vaccinated foreign air travelers must show proof of full vaccination and testing for COVID-19
  • The new travel system also adds more stringent testing requirements for unvaccinated US travelers.

The United States is about to make traveling a lot easier for vaccinated international travelers.

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The White House announced on Friday that a new air travel system With effect from November 8, entry allowed for fully vaccinated foreign tourists. The system is ready to be launched after more than 20 months US begins to impose travel restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

This move of the White House essentially lift travel ban making entry into dozens of countries more challenging for the unaffiliated. The new system would only allow entry for foreign nationals with vaccinations approved by the World Health Organization and would add more testing requirements for unvaccinated Americans.


Here’s what we know about the new travel essentials so far.

What are the entry requirements for foreign nationals?

Beginning November 8, vaccinated foreign air travelers must show proof of a pre-departure negative coronavirus test, along with full vaccination within three days of travel, to board an aircraft flying into the US.

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airlines will collect personal information, including phone numbers and emails, To all US-bound passengers for contact tracing. Airlines are required to keep the information on hand for 30 days so that health officials can follow up passengers who may have been potentially exposed to COVID-19.

Masking will be required, but there will be no quarantine order.

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The change will make it possible to enter the US for travelers arriving from countries currently listed in the US travel ban, which restricts entry to travelers arriving in any area within the past 14 days. travel ban entered into force in early 2020 and includes:

  • China
  • Iran
  • United Kingdom
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Brazil
  • South Africa
  • India
  • European Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia , Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City)

Travelers arriving from countries not covered by the ban will face strict entry requirements on 8 November. Currently, the US only asks international air travelers to get tested within three days prior to their flight to the US and either show a negative test result or show proof of recovery From COVID-19 before boarding.

What about land borders with Mexico and Canada?

New travel rules will also apply For foreign nationals arriving by land or passenger ferry.

From 8 November, fully vaccinated foreign nationals can cross the border for non-urgent reasons such as tours or visiting friends and family. Entry rules at the border will change again in early January, with all travelers – including those traveling for essential purposes – required to show proof of full vaccination.

Foreign travelers will be able to show vaccination status in either a paper or digital format, and US customers and border security will check the travellers’ vaccination documents. Foreign nationals will also need an appropriate travel document to enter the country.

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What vaccines does the US accept for travel?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that the vaccines have been approved for emergency use. by the US Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization Air travel will be accepted. White House officials expect the CDC to approve similar vaccines for travelers entering the US by land or ferry.

The FDA has authorized three COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use during the pandemic: Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer-BioNtech, the last of which has received the FDA’s full seal of approval.

Vaccines approved by WHO include:

  • johnson and johnson
  • Modern
  • pfizer-biontech
  • Oxford-AstraZeneca/Covishield
  • sinoform
  • sinovac

The CDC confirmed Friday that it will accept a mix-and-match approach to vaccination. Travelers who have had any combination of FDA- or WHO-approved vaccines will be fully vaccinated.

The agency has not yet released information about how US citizens who are foreign residents Vaccines not yet approved by WHO can enter america

Additionally, US officials have given no indication that proof of recovery from COVID-19 can be used in lieu of proof of vaccination.

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How do the new rules affect children?

Children will generally be exempt from vaccine requirements, a White House official who is not authorized to speak on the record told USA Today.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said last month That the non-vaccinated children of US citizens and foreign nationals will be subject to strict new testing requirements.

Currently, all air travelers aged 2 or older, including US citizens and permanent residents, are required to show a negative coronavirus test to travel to the US

What are the entry requirements for Americans?

The new travel system adds more stringent testing requirements for unvaccinated US travelers.

Beginning November 8, unvaccinated Americans will have to take a test the day before departure and test again upon arrival in the US

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Entry requirements for vaccinated Americans will not change. They will still need to show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no later than three days before departure.

Americans will not need to be fully vaccinated to board international flights to the US

Follow USA Today reporter Bailey Schulz on Twitter: @baley_schulz.

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