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Biden Administration Releases new International Travel Guidelines

On Monday, the Biden administration released details on how the US planned to reopen to international travelers on November 8. “With only few exceptions,” “non-citizen, non-immigrant air visitors to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated” and produce verification of their status before boarding as of that date. Unvaccinated travelers, whether US citizens, permanent residents, or overseas travelers who are exempted, will be required to show documentation of a negative test obtained within one day after they arrive in the United States.

The US will accept visitors who have received vaccines that have been approved or authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or by the World Health Organization for emergency use. Due to inconsistencies in the deployment of vaccines for smaller age groups, travelers under 18 will not be obliged to be completely immunized. They will, however, be required to show a negative COVID test under the exemption regulations.

President Joe Biden announced the new rules by signing a proclamation eliminating travel restrictions that had been in place since early 2020, barring most non-US people from China, India, South Africa, Brazil, and much of Europe from entering the US. This is because, as a result, many 5- to 15-year-olds could be fully vaccinated by the end of the year. Vaccines for this age group may be available in the first half of November, according to him.

“If all goes well, and we get the regulatory approval and the recommendation from the CDC, it’s entirely possible if not very likely that vaccines will be available for children from 5 to 11 within the first week or two of November,” said the White House chief medical adviser in an interview with broadcaster ABC.

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