From November 8, adult visitors to the United States will have to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 without exception.
Most adult travelers who wish to travel to the United States must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 starting November 8.
According to an order signed by U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday, all visitors over the age of two, regardless of tick status, must also present a negative coronavirus test taken within three days of travel.
Airlines need to collect passenger contact information to help find contacts and save it for 30 days.
Children under the age of 18 and adolescents will be exempt from vaccine travel rules.
The new policy comes as the Biden administration moves away from restrictions that prohibit unnecessary travel from dozens of countries, including Europe, China, Brazil, South Africa, India and Iran – forcing others to focus on classifying individuals at risk.
“It is in the interest of the United States to move away from previously applicable domestic and foreign restrictions during the Covid-19 epidemic and to adopt an air travel policy that relies primarily on vaccination to advance the safe reintroduction of international air travel. In the United States, “said Biden.
The first U.S. travel ban was imposed in January 2020 to prevent the spread of the Covid-19.
Under the new travel policy, vaccinated persons entering the United States must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of travel, while non-vaccinated persons must present a test taken within one day of travel.
All children over the age of two entering the country must take a COVID-19 test.
Non-tourist travelers from about 50 countries will also be eligible for exemptions from the immunization rule, with a nationwide immunization rate of less than 10 percent.
Individuals receiving this waiver will usually need to be vaccinated if they wish to stay in the United States for more than 60 days.
Others who will be exempt from the vaccination requirement include those who participated in the COVID-19 clinical trial and who had severe allergies to the vaccine.
International travelers must provide vaccination documentation from an “official source” and airlines must ensure that the last dose was taken at least two weeks before the date of travel.
Will receive any vaccine approved for regular or emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization. These include Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and the Chinese synopharm and synovac vaccines. Allowed shot mixing and matching will be allowed.
Quarantine officers from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will spot-check passengers arriving in the United States for consent, an official with the Biden administration told the Associated Press.
Airlines that do not comply with the requirements can be fined up to $ 35,000 per violation.
The Biden administration has not proposed the need for vaccinations for domestic travel, saying it would be unrealistic because of the large number of passengers flying into the United States every day.
Epidemics and consequent travel bans have drowned international travel.
Henry Hartvelt, a travel-industry analyst in San Francisco, told the Associated Press after the announcement of the new rules, “Anyone expecting an explosion of international inbound visitors will be disappointed.”
November 8 will mark the start of international travel recovery in the United States, he said, “but I do not believe we will see a full recovery until 2023.”