The United States will reopen its borders “in early November” to all international travellers who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The White House reports that.
Travellers will have to present a vaccination certificate and a negative corona test that is a maximum of three days old. There will also be a system of contact tracing. It is not yet clear which vaccines will be approved by the United States to allow travellers in.
“Travelers must be tested and wear a mask within three days of their trip to the United States,” said White House Pandemic Coordinator Jeff Ziens. “In addition, the airlines will have to set up a contact tracing system.” The decision ended the “travel ban” introduced by then-President Donald Trump a year and a half ago, in March 2020.
It is not yet clear which vaccines will be approved by the United States to allow travellers in. America correspondent Björn Soenens wonders in “The world today” on Radio 1 about people who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved that vaccine, the agency that monitors America’s quality of food and drugs.
Soenens also wonders about families who want to travel with children under the age of 12. Unfortunately, they are not allowed to be vaccinated at the moment, so it remains to be seen whether they will also be allowed to enter the country.
The Americans themselves are also relieved. At the moment, for example, many relatives of Americans have still stuck abroad because they do not have permission to enter the country. This is also good news for the tourism sector. “A European tourist, for example, spends three times more than an American,” explains Soenens.
According to Soenens, the decision comes after a lot of international pressure. For example, there was a lot of misunderstanding about the fact that unvaccinated Americans were allowed to leave the country and return freely, while vaccinated Europeans were not allowed to.
There are now stricter rules for those unvaccinated Americans. They will be subject to stricter testing obligations after a stay abroad. They will be asked to be tested the day before their return and a second time after their arrival on US soil.