White House announces easing of travel restrictions linked to COVID-19
As an extension of his Announcement of September 20, 2021, the White House announced on October 15, 2021 that it would lift the travel ban for fully vaccinated foreign nationals from November 8, 2021. The lifting of COVID-19 travel restrictions will apply to land border entries as well as air travel to the United States.
The new travel policy, which will affect the travel bans currently in effect for people entering the United States from Brazil, China, India, Iran, Schengen countries by Europe, South Africa and UK, will only apply to these travelers. who are fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination and proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test will be required before boarding flights to the United States. Likewise, foreign visitors crossing a US land border will need to show proof of vaccination, but not a recent negative COVID-19 test to enter the United States.
Unvaccinated travelers will still be subject to the travel restrictions put in place in early 2020.
Although details of which vaccines will be acceptable for travel have yet to be confirmed by the White House, a spokesperson for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed on October 11. 2021 that only vaccines approved or authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted for international travelers seeking entry to United States. Acceptable vaccines include the following:
FDA Authorized / Approved: Moderna, Johnson & Johnson / Janssen and Pfizer-BioNTech
WHO Approved: Moderna, Johnson & Johnson / Janssen, Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Oxford-AstraZeneca / Covishield, Sinopharm and Sinovac
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