The United States announced Monday it will lift Covid travel bans on passengers in November. This is if their fully vaccinated them. Testing and contact tracing are mandatory. Jeffrey Zients, coronavirus response coordinator for President Joe Biden, told reporters the new “consistent approach” would take effect “early November.” Zients issued a statement for the same.
Donald Trump imposed travel restrictions 18 months ago .Meanwhile as the Covid-19 pandemic erupted, it marked a significant shift by Biden. It answers a major demand from European allies at a time of strained relations.
People will have to follow several protocols to suppress the spread of the virus. Meanwhile the pandemic has already killed more than 670,000 Americans.
“Most importantly, foreign nationals flying to the US will be required to be fully vaccinated,” Zients said.
Fliers are not sure if the new rule only applied to US-approved vaccines. Other brands, such as those produced in China or Russia might qualify. Zients said t US Centers for Disease Control would determine this.
Restrictions on conveyance from Canada and Mexico will continue. “We do not have any updates on the land border policies,” Zients said.
Also, Zients said passengers will need to show they were full vaccination certification before traveling to United States. They will also have to give proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within three days.
Americans not fully vaccinated will still be able to enter . This was only on testing negative within a day of travel.
The trade group Airlines For Europe warmly accepted this decision. It said “this decision will give a much-needed boost to trans-Atlantic traffic & tourism and will reunite families and friends.”
Meanwhile everyone expected that Biden would reopen borders to the European Union and Britain.
“This applies to all international travel,” Zients said.
Currently US allows following to enter its territory-
- only US citizens,
- residents and foreigners with special visas
On Monday, the European Union recommended that member states reimpose restrictions on American travelers.
Biden’s decision –
Biden’s move comes after his speech to the annual UN General Assembly in New York, where the pandemic is due to be the headline issue.
It also comes as Washington and Paris spar bitterly over Australia’s sudden announcement that it will acquire US-built nuclear submarines as part of a new defense alliance, ditching a previous French contract for conventionally powered submarines.
France has recalled its ambassador from Washington and accused the Biden administration of stabbing it in the back.
However, US officials denied that the White House’s travel decision was an attempt to smooth ruffled French feathers. Image credits: unsplash