The government of USA announced this Monday that it will allow international travelers to enter the country from the beginning of November, including those from the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom, China and Brazil, who are vaccinated with the complete regimen. Travelers must show proof of vaccination and a negative test performed three days before the trip, Jeff Zients, head of the White House covid-19 response team, said at a virtual press conference.
«This new international travel system follows the recommendations of science, to maintain the international air flights to the US safe, by requiring foreigners to be fully vaccinated to fly to the US and implements additional and strict security protocols, “said Zients.
These travel restrictions, initially applied by former President Donald Trump (2017-2021), had been in effect since the start of the pandemic in 2020 and had been maintained by the current president, Joe Biden, who arrived at the White House in January of this year.
Fully vaccinated international travelers must not comply with quarantine once they arrive in the United States, but they must provide contact information to facilitate tracking in case of contagion. Zients stressed, however, that unvaccinated Americans must take a negative test one day before departure, and be retested once in the United States.
Washington’s lengthy travel restrictions had been particularly criticized by European partners, where the vaccination rate is significantly higher than in the US.