Foreign visitors will be allowed to fly into the United States starting in November if they are completely vaccinated and submit to testing and contact tracing. Since early last year, the United States has imposed tight travel restrictions. The move satisfies a significant demand from European allies, allowing families and friends who have been separated due to the limits to rejoin. “It’s a joyous day – the Big Apple awaits!”
Stephane Le Breton, a French entrepreneur, told the Associated Press news agency that he was looking forward to a trip to New York City that had been postponed due to the limitations. White House Covid-19 co-ordinator Jeff Zients announced the new rules on Monday, saying: “This is based on individuals rather than a country-based approach, so it’s a stronger system. Most importantly, foreign nationals flying to the will be required to be fully vaccinated.” In early 2020, the United States implemented restrictions on Chinese travelers, later extended to other countries.
Mr. Zients said the United States Centers for Disease Control would evaluate if the new requirements extended just to-approved vaccines, but it wasn’t obvious right away. For example, the question of whether those who have had the AstraZeneca vaccination or 12- to 18-year-olds who have only had one injection would be allowed in under the new criteria was still being worked out, according to a White House source though it would touch millions.