The announcement was made on Monday: from “early November”, the United States will lift, for vaccinated people, the restrictions that have weighed since March 2020 on international travel.
Which travelers are affected?
Washington thus lifts restrictions which since March 2020 concerned travelers from the European Union, the United Kingdom, or China, then applied later to India or Brazil.
While former President Donald Trump initially closed the borders for thirty days, the restrictions will therefore have lasted a total of some twenty months. To the chagrin in particular of European countries, which have reopened their borders to vaccinated Americans, and who were annoyed at this lack of reciprocity.
In addition to showing proof of vaccination against Covid-19, travelers will have to be tested within three days before their trip to the United States, and wear a mask, the pandemic coordinator told the White House, Jeff Zients.
A traveler tracking system will be set up by the airlines, which will have to collect the information enabling them to be contacted.
The White House wanted, according to Jeff Zients, to set up a coherent global system based on “individuals” and not on differences in treatment depending on the country of origin.
Which vaccines will be recognized?
But Washington did not immediately specify which vaccines would make it possible to enter American soil. This is far from being a detail: many Britons and Europeans have received the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is not recognized in the United States, where only those of Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson ( Janssen).
The Chinese have developed their own serum, just like the Russians.
What about unvaccinated Americans?
Jeff Zients also clarified that unvaccinated Americans who return to the United States after a stay abroad would be subject to even stricter testing obligations. They will be asked to be tested during the day before their return, not within three days, and to be tested again after their arrival on American soil.
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