The US reopens its borders: this is what you need to know if you are going to travel

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Hessen, Frankfurt / Main: flight to Chicago O’Hare.

The United States reopens its land and air borders on Monday after more than a year to international passengers. Thus ends the long wait from regions such as Europe, which was visibly annoyed awaiting a reciprocal measure by Washington since the EU opened its doors to vaccinated Americans in early summer.

The current president, Joe Biden, decided to extend the measures initially imposed by former President Donald Trump in March 2020. Starting today, foreigners who want to enter the United States for visits considered non-essential, such as tourism or social gatherings, may do it both by air and by land borders in Mexico and Canada.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has already warned that large flows and long waiting times are expected, so through a statement released last week it recommends “documents at hand” and above all, “patience”.

The opening of borders occurs shortly after the United States reached 70% of its adult population with the full regimen, in addition to administering booster doses to those over 65 years of age, and the beginning of vaccination of minors between 5 and 11 years.

What requirements are necessary?

All international travelers who are vaccinated and who to date were on a list that included the 26 European states of the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, China, Iran, South Africa and India will be able to do so.

Are all vaccines worth it?

The United States will accept all injectables that have been authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) they consider that a person is “fully vaccinated” if it has been 14 days since they received a single dose vaccine or since they received the second in the case of those that require two.

For now, the WHO has not authorized some of the vaccines that are being administered in Latin America, such as the Russian Sputnik V and the Chinese CanSino.

In addition, the CDC considers that a person is fully vaccinated 14 days after they have received two doses of any “mixed” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines, administered at least 17 days apart.

Do you need a test before traveling?

Yes. In addition to the mandatory vaccination, international passengers must present a negative covid test (PCR or antigens) carried out three days before the trip.

Will there be a quarantine?

No. Fully vaccinated international travelers should not be quarantined once they arrive in the United States, but they should make contact information available to facilitate tracking in case of infection.

In the case of Americans, they may enter the country without vaccination, but they must have a negative test from a test carried out one day before the trip to the United States, and they must undergo another after their return to the country.

And the minors?

Children between 2 and 17 years old will not be required to be vaccinated to enter the US, but they must meet the condition of presenting a negative covid-19 test carried out three days before the trip.

For their part, children under 2 years of age are exempt from any measure.


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