As the United States reopens to the world, the U.S has announced its full entry requirements for reopening on November 8. The United States has been closed for non-essential travel since the pandemic began, but the nation is due to reopen in two weeks.
Federal health officials offered more specifics today for airlines and travelers on the entry requirements, including the news children under 18 won’t need to be fully vaccinated. But they will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 taken 72 hours before arrival if they’re traveling with fully vaccinated adults.
The White House said in a statement, “With science and public health as our guide, the United States has developed a new international air travel system that both enhances the safety of Americans here at home and enhances the safety of international air travel.”
The Full Entry Requirements For International Travelers
The United States will reopen to travelers from the following countries on November 8:
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
- Republic of Ireland
- The European Schengen area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City
Airlines will collect personal information from all travelers for contact tracing purposes. The government will require airlines to keep the information on their system for 30 days to enable health officials to follow up with any travelers exposed to COVID-19.
The Vaccination Requirements
Foreign travelers will be able to enter the United States if they can show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure to the U.S.
The U.S government stated exemptions to vaccine requirements would be rare, but travelers under the age of 18 and travelers from nations with low vaccination availability — such as under 10 percent of the population vaccinated — would be exempt from the vaccination requirement.
The White House said in a statement, “For anyone traveling to the United States who cannot demonstrate proof of full vaccination, they will have to produce documentation of a negative test within one day of departure.”
The U.S government will not require children under two to take a COVID-19 test before departure, but children aged 2 to 17 will require a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure to the United States if they’re traveling with fully vaccinated adults.
If children under 18 are not traveling with fully vaccinated adults, they will need to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within one day of departure.
Travelers with various medical conditions, including people who’ve had severe anaphylactic reactions to the COVID vaccine will be exempt from the vaccination requirement.
The United States will allow all vaccines that the WHO has approved for emergency use to board planes to the United States.
Travelers will need to wear masks when traveling to the United States, but there is no quarantine mandate for arrivals from the above nations.
A senior White House official stated in a Monday briefing, “These are strict safety protocols that follow the science of public health to enhance the safety of Americans here at home and the safety of international air travel.”
The Land Border Restrictions Between Mexico And Canada
The new travel rules will affect all foreign tourists entering via land or ferry from Canada and Mexico. Fully vaccinated travelers will be able to cross the border for non-essential purposes from November 8.
However, entry rules will change in January when all travelers, including those traveling for essential purposes, will need to show full proof of vaccination.
Travelers can now fully plan their travels to the United States after 19 painful months of closure.
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