US to require contact tracing, proof of vaccination when international travel restrictions lift – .

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US to require contact tracing, proof of vaccination when international travel restrictions lift – .


A traveler wears a face mask while checking his phone at the arrivals level outside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) amid increased travel restrictions from Covid-19 on January 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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The White House said on Monday it would require airlines to check proof of Covid-19 vaccination for travelers to the United States and provide their contact details to federal officials under new rules aimed at lifting pandemic travel restrictions on international travel starting next month.
The Biden administration said earlier this month that it plans to lift pandemic restrictions that banned most visitors from dozens of countries, including the UK and Brazil, on November 8, allowing vaccinated travelers. The rules were first put in place by the Trump administration in early 2020 and then extended by the Biden administration this year.

Another change is that inbound travelers, including U.S. citizens, who are not vaccinated, will be required to show proof of a negative Covid test taken within one day, up from three days previously. Vaccinated citizens and visitors must always present proof of a negative Covid test carried out within three days of departure.

There will be certain exemptions from the vaccine requirements for foreign visitors, including travelers under the age of 18 or those with medical reasons preventing them from getting the vaccine, senior officials in the Biden administration have said. Other exemptions include people traveling on non-tourist visas from countries where vaccine availability is low. Foreign visitors aged 2 to 17 should always take a Covid test three days before departure if traveling with a fully vaccinated adult.

Airlines, hotels and other travel agencies have been urging the US government for more than a year to reopen the borders. The United States established these restrictions in early 2020 at the start of the Covid pandemic.

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