The White House decided on Friday, October 15, to finally lift all travel restrictions related to covid-19 for fully vaccinated international visitors as of November 8. The decision ends a historic travel ban in the country’s recent history. The US had kept its borders virtually sealed for 21 months
. The ban affected not only air travel but also land travel with Canada and Mexico.
As of November 8, the United States will admit fully vaccinated foreign air travelers from the 26 Schengen countries as well as from Great Britain, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil. The quarantine requirement has been lifted for all vaccinated travellers.
Very flexible conditions compared to other countries
Foreign travellers will however be required to show proof of vaccination before boarding a flight, as well as proof of a recent negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours for a PCR test. Foreign visitors arriving at a land border will not be required to show proof of a recent negative test.
The White House has clarified that it will accept all vaccines licensed by the U.S. Health Service and the WHO. This includes people vaccinated with the Chinese vaccines Sinovac and Sinopharm – in contrast to the European Union. The country also allows people who have received a “cocktail” of different vaccines.
There is still one step left. That of identification once inside the United States. The country has to clarify what will be the tracking application that travelers will have to install in the coming days.
The news should give a new boost to reservations between the European continent and the United States. And it should make for a nice spring on the North Atlantic axis.
I’m Michelle, and I love to travel. As a former hotel expert for one of the world’s largest hotel chains, I’ve stayed in nearly every type of room imaginable (including many that were not so desirable!). Nowadays, I am fortunate enough to be able to explore the world on my own terms. From international flights to learning different languages, there is nothing too far out of reach!