The United States will lift restrictions on international travelers fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on November 8, a White House official said on Friday, allowing people from dozens of countries to reunite with their families and take trips to approval in the United States for the first time. since the start of the pandemic.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Kevin Munoz said international travel by air and land would be permitted for travelers vaccinated on November 8.
“This policy is guided by public health, rigorous and consistent,” said Munoz said in a tweet.
At the start of last year, the United States banned visitors from more than 30 countries, including China, the United Kingdom and most of the EU, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
On September 20, the White House announced it would lift these restrictions in November, but did not say when it would lift them.
Countries affected by the restrictions and the travel industry have been lobbying the United States for months to facilitate travel between countries.
Shares in the US travel industry rose on Friday morning in response to the news, with airline American Airlines up 1.9%, hotel group Marriott International up 2.2% and the company Carnival Corp cruise lines up 1.3%, according to Reuters news agency.
Under current policy, only U.S. citizens, their immediate families, green card holders, and those with National Interest Exemptions (NIEs) can travel to the United States if they have been in countries restricted to the United States. over the past two weeks.
After the restrictions were lifted on November 8, foreign travelers entering the United States by air will be required to provide a recent negative Covid-19 test and proof of vaccination before boarding the flight.
Details on exemptions for unvaccinated travelers have not been announced, although it is expected that children will be exempt from the vaccination requirement.
A White House official told CNN that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has informed airlines that the United States will accept people who have been fully vaccinated with any of the vaccines approved for use. emergency by the World Health Organization, not just the vaccines approved for use in the United States. “We expect the same to be true at the land border,” the official said.
On Tuesday, the White House announced that it would also lift restrictions on fully vaccinated people entering the United States by vehicle, train and ferry in November, an announcement hailed in Canada and Mexico.
These travelers will be asked about their vaccination status during the standard US customs process and, unlike air travelers, will not have to present a recent negative Covid-19 test.
People authorized to cross land borders, such as commercial truck drivers and students, will be required to show proof of vaccination starting in January.