The United States Announces Reopening Date: What Travelers Need to Know

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The new U.S. international travel policy is only a few weeks away from going into effect.
Although there are still some details to be finalized, the fixed date has given a sigh of relief to many potential passengers who have been in trouble since the announcement of plans to implement the new international air travel system in “early November” on September 20.
This week, a similar plan was announced to open the border between the United States and Canada and Mexico to vaccinate tourists and other non-essential travelers. The date of November 8 applies to land and air travel.

Here is everything we know so far about what the new policy means for travelers:

Who can travel?

These policies allow fully vaccinated foreigners to enter the United States, replacing a series of prohibitions and restrictions that have been implemented since the beginning of the pandemic.

This means that foreign citizens from banned countries (China, Iran, European Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and India) will soon be admitted in accordance with the policies applicable to the following countries. All international travelers.

The vaccination requirements came into effect on November 8.

Which vaccines are accepted?

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that all FDA-approved and authorized vaccines and vaccines with the WHO Emergency Use List (EUL) will be accepted into the United States.

This means that AstraZeneca vaccines used in places such as Canada and Europe will be accepted. The Sputnik V vaccine developed by Russia has not yet been approved by the WHO or FDA.

The CDC believes that people are “fully vaccinated” two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single dose.

What about Americans who have not been vaccinated?

Unvaccinated Americans can still enter the United States, but will face stricter air travel testing requirements.

The White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator, Jeff Zients, announced that they will “accept more stringent testing requirements,” including testing within one day of their flight to the United States, and additional testing upon return test. New international air travel rules on September 20.

The October 12 announcement on the land border between Mexico and Canada did not specifically target unvaccinated Americans, but the vaccination requirements are for “inbound foreign travelers.”

What about children who have not been vaccinated?

Although it is rarely mentioned in the announcement about the new international travel system for children, the Department of Homeland Security told that vaccination requirements do not apply to children who are not eligible.

The White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated on September 20 that the stricter air travel rules for unvaccinated Americans “obviously also apply to children at this point.”

It is not clear whether the entrance requirements for foreign children and American children are the same. It has asked for clarification on children’s travel requirements.

What about the mixed dose vaccine?

The CDC updated the definition of “full vaccination” on Friday, confirming that it will receive a mixed dose of vaccination.

The guidelines state that an individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last dose “approved/authorized by the FDA or for emergency use of any two-dose combination of the COVID-19 two-dose series listed by WHO.”

Do you need to test?

According to current testing rules, fully vaccinated air travelers still need to test negative for Covid-19 within three days of their flight to the United States.

As mentioned above, U.S. citizens who have not been vaccinated will be required to be tested again for Covid-19 within the day before departure and after arrival.

There is no test requirement at the land boundary.

What kind of documents are needed?

A White House official said on Friday that detailed information about acceptable vaccination certificates will be announced soon.

The official said that at the land border, vaccinated individuals who cross the border for non-essential reasons should “be prepared to prove their vaccination status and provide a certificate of vaccination to CBP (Customs and Border Protection) officials upon request.”

Another senior government official said on Tuesday that agencies are working closely with the CDC on land and air requirements and should “make a decision on the content of the appropriate documents within the next few days.”

Airlines have established systems to collect the test information required by air passengers, because all air passengers entering the United States must provide negative test results.

The White House official stated that more operational details related to international travel will be “released as early as November 8th in order to prepare for a smooth transition to the new system”.

Who can no longer enter the United States?

The new international travel system largely prohibits unvaccinated foreigners from entering the United States.

Starting November 8, unvaccinated travelers from countries/regions not affected by the travel ban are currently allowed to fly to the United States (for example, from Mexico and Canada) and will no longer be allowed to enter.

A White House official told that it will provide further guidance on the “very limited exceptions” required before the start of the international travel policy.

At the land border, the vaccination requirements that will take effect on November 8 apply to non-essential travel, such as traveling and visiting relatives and friends.

Individuals traveling for important reasons, including truck drivers and students, will still be allowed to cross the border until early January, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not.

At the beginning of January, the vaccination requirements will take effect for all foreign citizens who transit by land or by ferry.

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