The United States has a reopening date. Here’s what travelers need to know

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(Granthshala) – The United States’ new international travel policies are just weeks away from taking effect.
While some details are still to be worked out, the firm date has come as relief for many potential travelers since the announcement of plans on 20 September to implement a new international air travel system “in early November”. Comes.
This week, similar plans were announced to open US borders with Canada and Mexico to vaccinated visitors for tourism and other non-essential travel. The date of November 8 applies to both land and air travel.

Here’s everything we know so far about what the new policies will mean for travelers:

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Who can travel?


The policies allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the United States, replacing a patchwork of restrictions and restrictions since the start of the pandemic.

That means foreign nationals coming from countries that are subject to the ban – China, Iran, Europe’s Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and India – will soon be allowed under a policy that Applies to all international travellers.

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The vaccination requirement takes effect from 8 November.

Which vaccines are accepted?

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already alerted airlines that all FDA approved and authorized vaccines, as well as those with the Emergency Use List (EUL) from the WHO, will be accepted for entry into the United States.

This means the AstraZeneca vaccine in use in places including Canada and Europe will be accepted. The Sputnik V vaccine developed in Russia has not been approved by the WHO or the FDA.

While the CDC has yet to comment on vaccines for travel across land borders, a White House official told Granthshala it expects the same vaccines to be accepted.

people are considered “Fully Vaccinated” Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series by the CDC, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.

What about unaffiliated Americans?

Unaffiliated Americans can still enter the United States, but will face more stringent testing requirements for air travel.

They will be “subject to stringent testing requirements,” which include a test within a day of the departure of their flight to the United States and an additional test upon their return, White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Ziants said. He announced. New international air travel rules on 20 September.

The announcement on October 12 about Mexico and Canada’s land borders did not specifically address illiterate Americans, but the requirement for vaccinations is directed at “inbound foreign national travelers.”

What about illiterate children?

While little is said about children in the new International Travel System announcements, the Department of Homeland Security told Granthshala that the vaccination requirement will not apply to children who are not eligible.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki indicated on September 20 that the more stringent air travel rules for unvaccinated Americans “at this point, obviously would also apply to children.”

It is not clear whether the entry requirements will be the same for foreign national and US children. Granthshala has requested clarification on travel requirements for children.

What about mixed dose vaccination?

According to senior administration officials, the CDC is working on the question of mixed-dose vaccination. The CDC will provide guidance “in the coming weeks” concerning the vaccination status of individuals receiving doses of two different vaccines, an official said on October 12.

Is testing required?

In line with the current testing rule, fully vaccinated air travelers are still required to test negative for Covid-19 within three days of the departure of their flight to the United States.

As noted above, unvaccinated US citizens will need to take a Covid-19 test within a day of their departure flight and again upon arrival.

There is no need for testing on land borders.

What type of document is required?

Details about what would be acceptable proof of vaccination are due on Friday, a White House official said on Friday.

At land borders, vaccinated persons crossing for non-urgent reasons “should be prepared to certify immunization status and present proof of vaccination to a CBP (Customs and Border Protection) officer upon request,” the official said. “

Another senior administration official said Tuesday that agencies are working closely with the CDC on both ground and air requirements and “should make a decision on what proper documentation looks like in the coming days.”

Airlines already have systems in place for collecting necessary test information for air travelers because all air travelers entering the US are already required to submit a negative test result.

The White House official said more operational details related to international travel “will come before November 8 to prepare for a smooth transition to the new system.”

Who can no longer enter the United States?

The new international travel system largely blocks unvaccinated foreign nationals from entering the US.

Unaffiliated travelers arriving from countries not affected by the travel ban currently permitted to fly into the US (for example, from Mexico and Canada) will no longer be permitted entry as of November 8.

A White House official told Granthshala that further guidance will be provided on “very limited exceptions” to the requirements before the introduction of international travel policy.

At land borders, the vaccination requirement, effective November 8, applies to non-essential travel such as tours and trips with friends and family.

Individuals traveling for essential reasons, including truck drivers and students, will still be allowed across borders until early January, whether or not they have been vaccinated.

In early January, the vaccination requirement will go into effect for all foreign nationals crossing borders by land or ferry.


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