Biden sets new rules as air travel to the US reopens

Biden sets new rules as air travel to the US reopens
Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Biden administration has outlined new rules for foreign travellers to the United States, as flight restrictions lift for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began in 2020.

The plan to reopen its border next month to foreign flights includes a requirement that almost all foreign visitors be vaccinated against Covid.

The US travel ban has grown to include dozens of countries, including India, China, the UK, much of Europe.

The travel industry has been asking President Biden to lift the ban.

Originally imposed by former President Donald Trump, the travel ban on flights from most foreign countries was extended when Mr Biden took power in January 2021.

The rule bans most visitors from the UK, Brazil, South Africa, China, the 26 Schengen countries in Europe, Iran, Ireland, India.

The proclamation signed by the US President Joe Biden on Monday says that airlines will be required to check travellers’ vaccination status before they can board departing planes.

Mr Biden’s proclamation says: “It is in the interests of the United States to move away from the country-by-country restrictions previously applied during the Covid-19 pandemic and to adopt an air travel policy that relies primarily on vaccination to advance the safe resumption of international air travel to the United States,”

Airlines must confirm that the proof of vaccination against Covid-19 comes from an “official source” and was received at least two weeks prior. Any Covid-19 vaccines approved by US health regulators will be accepted.

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