US to drop travel ban for vaccinated international travelers starting in early November

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The United States on Monday announced a new international air travel system starting travel in early November for all vaccinated foreign nationals, including those currently affected by US travel ban.

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“This vaccination requirement is one of the best tools we have in our arsenal to keep people safe and stop the spread of the virus,” said Jeff Gents, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator.

passengers will be required show proof of complete vaccination Before boarding the planes bound for America. a COVID-19 test Will also remain required within three days of departure and proof of negative results must be shown. advanced contact tracing And masking will also be required, but there will be no quarantine mandate.

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US ban on non-essential travel has been in place from the beginning of 2020, starting in China and expanding to visitors from the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, 29 regions of the European Schengen Area, Iran, Brazil, South Africa and India.

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EU Ambassador to the US Stavros Lambrinidis hinted at the decision first monday on twitter, first news sharing: “Travel ban lifted! Vaccinated, pre-flight tested Europeans will be able to travel to the US again from November, just as vaccinated Americans are allowed to travel to the EU today.”

America has been among the slowest countries to lift its travel restrictions. While Canada reopened it Land limits for US travelers in early August, the US announced at the end of that month that its land borders will remain closed to tourists. and even as European countries easing of travel restrictions On American travelers in the early summer months, America’s travel ban was swift.

in mid-July, As the country was under increasing pressure from European capitals And for travel industry leaders to lift travel restrictions, President Joe Biden said his response team is reviewing travel restrictions and suggested changes be announced in the coming days. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki noted later that month that there were “Ongoing Working Groups” The focus on how to reopen international travel in the US

But as COVID-19 cases began to rise once again, the administration insisted and announced that travel restrictions would remain in place.

“Given where we are today… with delta version“We will maintain the current travel restrictions for some reason at this time,” Saki said in a press briefing. at the end of july.

America has already reported more COVID-19 deaths in September Compared to the whole of August, there are now an average of about 2,000 deaths per day, according to a USA Today analysis. johns hopkins data.

In recent months, travel restrictions in the US – including Italy, France, Spain and Sweden – have strict entry requirements For travelers arriving from the US due to rising COVID-19 cases. There are quarantine mandates, vaccine requirements and outright restrictions Some restrictions international US travelers are now facing.

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Critics and health experts have also questioned The effectiveness of travel restrictions, especially with the mandate by the US after the fourth surge of COVID-19.

“Given the high rates of vaccination on both sides of the Atlantic, it is possible to begin safely welcoming vaccinated visitors from these important inbound markets,” said Tory Emerson Barnes, executive vice president of public affairs and policy for the US Travel Association. said in a July statement Biden urged the administration to reopen international travel for vaccinated tourists.

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



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