US to Allow Fully Vaccinated Foreign Visitors Beginning Nov. 8

US to Allow Fully Vaccinated Foreign Visitors Beginning Nov. 8

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US to Allow Fully Vaccinated Foreign Visitors Beginning Nov. 8

Washington:

The United States announced on Friday that it will allow entry to foreign travelers who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, both by land and by air, starting on November 8.

“This policy is guided by public health, strict and consistent,” tweeted White House Deputy Press Secretary Kevin Muñoz when announcing the news.

In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, US borders were closed after March 2020 to travelers from much of the world, including the European Union, Britain and China, India and Brazil. Overland visitors from Mexico and Canada were also prohibited.

The months of restrictions caused both personal and financial suffering.

Under the new policy outlined last month, vaccinated air passengers will need to be tested within three days before travel, and airlines will need to implement a contact tracing system.

Earlier this week, a White House source said the opening of the land border would occur in two phases.

Initially, vaccinations will be required for “non-essential” travel, such as family visits or tourism, although unvaccinated travelers will still be able to enter the country for “essential” travel as they have been for the past year and a half.

A second phase that will begin in early January 2022 will require all visitors to be fully vaccinated to enter the United States by land, regardless of the reason for their travel.

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