The United States will reopen its borders to international travellers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from November 8. This is reported by various American media and is confirmed by the White House.
“The new US travel policy requiring vaccinations for foreign travellers to the United States will begin on November 8,” White House vice spokesman Kevin Munoz said on Twitter. “This announcement and date apply to both international air traffic and land traffic.”
The decision ended the “travel ban” introduced by then-President Donald Trump a year and a half ago, in March 2020. The entry ban will be lifted for fully vaccinated travellers from the Schengen countries in Europe and the United Kingdom, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran, and Brazil.
According to the financial news agency Bloomberg, this is the biggest change in US travel policy since the start of the corona pandemic. In addition to the vaccination certificate, anyone travelling to America must also be able to present a negative corona test of a maximum of 72 hours old. A form of contact tracing is also being introduced. Unvaccinated foreigners are not allowed entry.
The measure had already been announced in September, but at that time, no precise date was known on which the change would take effect. However, the fact that the borders will only open after the autumn holidays is a downer for the travel industry.