US to carry curbs on vaccinated overseas travellers starting Nov 8

White House says pandemic restrictions barring entry to the US will probably be lifted for absolutely vaccinated overseas nationals.

The United States will reopen its borders to overseas guests who’re absolutely vaccinated towards COVID-19 starting on November 8, a White House official has introduced, ending an 18-month ban on most travel to the nation.

The new US travel coverage requires folks to be absolutely vaccinated to enter the nation by way of worldwide flights and land border crossings, White House spokesman Kevin Munoz stated on Twitter, including that the coverage “is guided by public health, stringent, and consistent”.

Vaccines which were authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will probably be accepted as enough, in accordance with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Children beneath 18 will probably be largely exempted from the vaccine requirement.

Unprecedented US travel restrictions that had been put in place in March 2020 near the beginning of the pandemic have stored out tens of millions of tourists from world wide.

The curbs affected the US tourism trade in addition to Canadian and Mexican border communities, and prevented many households and overseas employees from reuniting. The US has lagged behind many different international locations in lifting such restrictions.

The new coverage was shortly hailed by European Union Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis, who known as it “important and very welcome news” and stated in a put up on Twitter that extra particulars had been anticipated to comply with.

Restrictions on non-US residents had been first imposed on air travellers from China in January 2020 by then-President Donald Trump after which prolonged to dozens of different international locations, with none clear metrics for a way and when to carry them.

Unvaccinated guests will nonetheless be barred from getting into the US at land borders with Canada and Mexico. The US allies had closely lobbied the Biden administration to carry the rules.

US worldwide air passenger visitors was down 43 p.c in August and total passenger air visitors was down 21 p.c from pre-pandemic ranges, the US Transportation Department stated on Friday.

US Travel Association has estimated declines in worldwide visits because the pandemic began resulted in additional than $250bn in misplaced earnings.

Airlines have seen a rise in worldwide ticket gross sales in current weeks, Nick Calio, chief govt of the Airlines for America trade commerce group, stated in an announcement.

Calio stated the “full reopening of international travel is also critical to reviving economies around the globe, reinvigorating communities and supporting millions of jobs in the US and abroad”.

The White House had on Tuesday introduced it might carry restrictions at its land borders and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico for absolutely vaccinated overseas nationals in early November.

Canada started permitting absolutely vaccinated US vacationers into the nation on August 9.

The White House had introduced on September 20 that the US would carry restrictions on air travellers from 33 international locations in early November, however didn’t specify the precise date that the curbs could be lifted at the moment.

Non-US air travellers might want to present proof of vaccination and proof of a current destructive COVID-19 check earlier than boarding a flight. Foreign guests crossing a land border is not going to want to indicate proof of a current destructive COVID-19 check.

The new rules don’t require overseas guests or Americans getting into the nation to enter quarantine.

Americans travelling abroad should nonetheless present proof of a current destructive COVID-19 check, and unvaccinated Americans will face stricter testing necessities. They can even be subjected to restrictions within the international locations they plan to go to, which can embody quarantines.

The CDC plans to situation new rules quickly on contact tracing for worldwide air travellers.