Coronavirus | Travel to the US is allowed for vaccinated foreigners as of November 8
Vaccinated air passengers must be tested within three days prior to travel.
The Biden administration is expected to announce that its new travel policy that requires foreign nationals traveling to the US to be fully vaccinated will be operational beginning November 8. The new policy will replace disparate rules that have so far applied to different countries of origin and provide consistent guidelines based on vaccination status. Specifically, it will ease pandemic-related restrictions on travel from India, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Brazil, and the Schengen Zone.
The impending announcement, which was first reported by Reuters, will apply to air travel, as well as non-essential travel across land borders shared with Mexico and Canada. By January, those using land borders for “essential” travel will have to meet vaccine requirements, according to the next White House announcement.
“This sets in motion a global international travel policy that is guided by strict and consistent public health,” said a White House statement sent to The Hindu.
In addition to providing proof of vaccination status as of November 8, travelers will need to continue to show a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of leaving their point of origin.
So far no exemptions have been announced, but some are expected.
The announcement will follow the vaccine recognition guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that is, the vaccines must be approved or authorized by the FDA (the US pharmaceutical regulator) OR have the WHO Emergency Use List status.
“Further guidance on the very limited exceptions to these vaccination requirements will be provided shortly, which will be acceptable proof of vaccination and other operational details,” the White House said.