U.S. Ends Travel Ban, Now Open to Foreign Travelers

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:


  • The US is lifting its travel ban for most international travelers starting November 8.
  • The ban was imposed last year by former President Donald Trump due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Travelers must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 vaccination and must present a negative test.

The United States is lifting pandemic travel restrictions for most foreign travelers starting Monday, November 8.

Foreign travelers can again visit the US as long as they present proof of COVID-19 vaccination and a negative test. 

The latest travel mandate requires non-US citizens to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must have received their second vaccine dose two weeks prior to departure.

Vaccines must be on the list approved by the Food and Drug Administration and those listed for use by the World Health Organization, Those include Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Covishield, and Chinese vaccines Sinopharm and Sinovac.

Proof of a negative COVID test — either as a rapid antigen or a PCR test —within three days of traveling is also required. US visitors will also be asked to provide their contact details like email, phone number, and address for contact tracing purposes.

The exemption will be given to visitors from 50 countries with less than 10% nationwide vaccine rates.

Another exemption will be given to travelers under the age of 18 in countries that have not yet started vaccinating children. However, proof of a negative COVID test within three days of departure will be required for visitors age two and older.

Those who are not vaccinated due to medical reasons will be required to present a letter to the airline from a medical professional. 

Proof of vaccination will not be required from US citizens coming from abroad, but they must provide a negative COVID test within one day of departure.

The lifting of travel restrictions is good news for businesses like airlines, hotels, and tourism. Retailers are optimistic that international travelers will help increase the holiday shopping season sales.

Foreign visitors must be aware that many businesses or indoor gatherings in cities like New York and San Francisco require proof of vaccination.

Source: Business Insider

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