US to reopen borders to European travelers

Monitor Desk Report Date: 21 September, 2021 | 736 Views

Officials in the United States have confirmed Covid-19-related travel restrictions will be lifted for travellers from the European Union, United Kingdom and elsewhere from November.

From November, foreign travellers will be allowed to fly into the US if they are fully-vaccinated, and undergo testing and contact tracing.

The destination has had tough restrictions on travel in place since early last year and the outbreak of the pandemic.

White House Covid-19 coordinator, Jeff Zients, announced the new rules, and said: “This is based on individuals rather than a country-based approach, so it is a stronger system.

“Most importantly, foreign nationals flying to the US will be required to be fully vaccinated.”

US restrictions were initially imposed on travellers from China in early 2020, and then extended to other countries.

The current rules bar entry to most non-US citizens who have been in the UK and a number of other European countries, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil within the last 14 days.

Under the new rules, foreign travellers will need to demonstrate proof of vaccination before flying, obtain a negative Covid-19 test result within three days of travelling, and provide their contact information.

They will not be required to quarantine.

Officials said there would be some exceptions to the new policy, including for children who are not eligible to be vaccinated.

Americans who are not fully vaccinated will still be able to enter, but they will need to be tested before their return to the US, and after they arrive home.

Zients said the policy would come into effect in early November, but did not give an exact date.

The new rules do not apply to land borders, meaning that restrictions continue to apply to cross-border travel with Canada and Mexico.

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