HealthDay News — Starting in November, the United States plans to lift travel restrictions on people coming from overseas who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
This move by the Biden administration will open the United States to relatives separated from families as well as business travelers. The restrictions, involving many European countries, China, Iran, and Brazil, have been in place since March 2020, The New York Times reported.
Foreign travelers must provide proof of vaccination before getting on a flight to the United States starting in “early November,” White House pandemic coordinator Jeff Zients told The Times. Fully vaccinated travelers will also have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed within three days before coming to the United States, Zients added.
“International travel is critical to connecting families and friends, to fueling small and large businesses, to promoting the open exchange [of] ideas and culture,” Zients said. “That’s why, with science and public health as our guide, we have 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.”
Unvaccinated Americans looking to travel home from overseas will have stricter testing requirements. They must show a negative COVID-19 test the day before traveling to the United States and must be tested again after arrival, Zients said. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will issue an order directing airlines to get passengers’ phone numbers and email addresses for contact tracing, The Times reported. Authorities will then follow up with travelers to ask if they are having symptoms of the virus.