The U.S. Will Lift Travel Ban on Vaccinated International Visitors
The United States announced that it will allow travel and entry for all vaccinated foreign nationals starting in November. These new measures include those affected by the travel ban currently in place.
White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said: "This vaccination requirement deploys the best tool we have in our arsenal to keep people safe and prevent the spread of the virus."
Travelers to the United States must show valid proof of full vaccination prior to boarding their flight. Additionally, they will need to present a negative COVID-19 test within three days of departure. No mandatory quarantine will be required, though detailed contact tracing through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and mask mandates will be in effect.
The current ban on nonessential travel to the U.S. has been in place since March 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic began. It started with China and then was expanded to include travelers from the U.K., Ireland, the 29 nations of the European Union Schengen region, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, and India.
Compared to other nations, the United States has been slow in lifting travel restrictions. Canada reopened its land borders to U.S. travelers in early August; shortly thereafter, the States announced that its land borders would remain closed to tourists.
The surge in COVID-19 infections due to the highly contagious delta variant didn't help matters. As a result, some countries affected by the U.S. travel ban, such as Italy, France, and Spain, have tightened their own entry requirements from United States visitors. These limitations range from mandatory quarantine to vaccine requirements and even complete bans on entry.
The United States will also tighten rules for unvaccinated U.S. citizens returning home from abroad. They will need to test one day before departure and test again after returning.