Beginning Nov. 8, fully vaccinated against Covid-19 from around the world will be able to re-enter the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that the new entry rule also covers individuals who have been administered AstraZeneca in combination with another vaccine. Further details on the new rule are expected to be released on October 25.
Update Oct. 25, 2021: Today, Monday, more information was announced on entry regulations for international travelers beginning Nov. 8, 2021.
Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Requirements for Air Travelers to the U.S. due to COVID-19.
Following the lifting of the travel ban as of Nov. 8, fully vaccinated individuals must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test prior to departure. This must be no more than 72 hours old.
Airlines will be tasked with collecting and verifying information and documents received from passengers regarding vaccination status and Covid-19 testing.
Persons under 18 years of age will be exempt from the above requirements. For children two years of age and older, a negative Covid-19 test must also be provided prior to departure.
In addition, further information has been announced with regard to individuals not fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Among other things, there is to be a narrow exemption from the vaccination requirement, such as for foreign nationals who had reacted to a Covid-19 vaccination with severe allergic reactions.
Travelers flying to the U.S. are required to provide airlines with contact information, such as phone numbers and email addresses, so that contact tracing can be conducted in the event of a Covid 19 outbreak.
Additional orders and technical instructions are expected to follow soon, according to the White House.
As of Nov. 8, travelers from all countries currently still affected by the “travel ban” will be able to re-enter the U.S. provided they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and present a negative Corona test no more than 72 hours old. According to the Reuters news agency, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said last Friday that under the new travel ban, those fully vaccinated against Covid-19 who have received one dose of vaccine with AstraZeneca and one with another vaccine can also travel back to the United States. The only requirement, he said, is that the vaccines have been officially approved by either the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). “Although CDC did not originally recommend the combination of different vaccines, we note that it is increasingly the norm in other countries, so in terms of interpreting vaccination status, such vaccinations should also be recognized,” a CDC spokesperson said.
According to the White House on Friday, the new rule is scheduled to go into effect Nov. 8 and will apply to air travelers as well as people seeking to enter the U.S. through the country’s borders from Canada or Mexico. Other outstanding questions about it are expected to be answered Oct. 25, according to the CDC. The contact tracing order for international air travelers is also scheduled to be released then.
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