Travel restrictions that were imposed by the US Government in the view of Covid-19 will soon be lifted after an 18-month travel ban.
In November, the US will reopen for air travellers from 33 countries which include most of the European countries, China, India, Brazil for tourists who are vaccinated fully against Covid-19 said the White House on Monday.
The white house coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients said after an abrupt shift for President Joe Biden administration said it is not the right time to lift any travel restrictions.
The US had barred restrictions for many travellers from most parts of the world including foreign nationals with relatives and business links in the country.
The US will admit travellers from 26 Schengen Countries in Europe including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Greece, as well as Britain, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.
Travel restrictions to the US were first imposed on China by the then US president, Donald Trump in the month of January which was later extended to dozens of other countries without any metrics for how and when to lift them.
On Monday, the US extended its pandemic-related restrictions at land borders of Canada and Mexico that bar non-essential travel through October 21.
However, Monday’s action means covid-19 vaccine requirements is a must to all foreign nationals flying into the US which includes those countries which were not having any prior restrictions.
Americans travelling from abroad who are not vaccinated will face tougher rules than vaccinated citizens, including needing to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test within a day of travel and proof of purchasing a viral test to be taken after arrival.
Foreign nationals will need to provide proof of vaccination before travel and will not be required to quarantine on arrival. The white house said the final decision will be undertaken by US CDC.
“The CDC considers someone fully vaccinated with any FDA-authorized or approved vaccines and any vaccines that (the World Health Organization) has authorized,” said Kristen Nordlund spokesperson.