US opens up to fully vaccinated travellers

US opens up to fully vaccinated travellers
The new air travel rules will come into effect in November. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: The United States has decided to ease its Covid travel restrictions, reopening to passengers from the EU, UK and other nations who are fully vaccinated.

Foreign travellers will be allowed to fly into the United States from November if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and undergo testing and contact tracing.

Since early last year, the US has had tough restrictions on travel in place.

The decision reflects a major demand from European allies, and means that friends and families separated by the restrictions can be reunited.

In reaction to the US decision, French entrepreneur Stephane Le Breton said: “It’s a happy day – Big Apple, here I come!” He is now looking forward to a trip to New York City that had been put on hold because of the restrictions.

Jeff Zients, White House Covid-19 co-ordinator, announced the new travel rules on Monday, saying: “This is based on individuals rather than a country-based approach, so it’s a stronger system.”

He said foreigners flying to the US will be required to be fully vaccinated, which is most important.

In early 2020 when China was in deep Covid crisis, US restrictions were initially imposed on travellers from China, and then extended to other countries.

The current rules bar entry to most non-Amerincas who have been in the United Kingdom and a number of other European countries, South Africa, Iran, China, India and Brazil within the last 14 days.

Under the new rules, foreign nationals will need to demonstrate proof of vaccination before flying to the US, obtain a negative Covid-19 test result within three days of travelling, and provide their contact information.

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