September 21, 2021
NEW restrictions coming into force in November in the United States will require all adult foreign visitors who are travelling by air to show full COVID-19 vaccination status.
The new Biden administration policy says foreign nationals flying into the country must be fully inoculated and show proof of vaccination before boarding a plane. US officials have not said which vaccines will be accepted under the new policy.
Jeff Zients, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator, told reporters foreign travellers will also have to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within three days of travelling.
However, those international travellers who are fully vaccinated will not be required to quarantine upon their arrival in the US.
Mr Zients told reporters the move “follows the science,” adding, “requiring passengers to be fully vaccinated, we will protect Americans here at home.”
Citizens of the US who are unvaccinated and returning home will need to show proof of a negative test taken within 24 hours of travel.
As part of the new international air travel system, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also requiring airlines to collect phone numbers and email addresses from inbound international travellers as part of an enhanced contact tracing system.
The CDC will also determine which vaccines will be accepted under the new policy.
The new requirements don’t affect land travel from Canada and Mexico, which is still restricted.
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