If you are planning to travel to the North American country, you should take into account that there are new restrictions. The government of United States (USA) announced that starting November 8, 2021, it will reopen its land and air borders only to foreign citizens fully vaccinated against the coronavirus (COVID-19[feminine]).
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“The new US travel policy requiring vaccinations for foreign travelers to the United States will begin on November 8. This announcement and date apply to international air and ground travel.”Kevin Muñoz, a White House spokesman, said in a post on his official Twitter account.
5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TRAVELING TO THE USA
1. IT IS COMPULSORY TO BE VACCINATED
All foreigners traveling to the United States must show proof of being vaccinated against COVID-19[feminine]. Note that this new measure applies to tourists who wish to enter the country, either by plane or by land.
A person is fully immunized once two weeks have passed since they received their second dose (or first, if it is a single dose), depending on the Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention (CDC).
2. A NEGATIVE CORONAVIRUS TEST MUST BE SUBMITTED
Besides having the full coronavirus vaccination scheduletravelers must also present a negative rapid or PCR test, this must be done within three days of the flight.
Returning US citizens who are not fully vaccinated will need to be tested one day before flight departure and additional testing upon arrival in the US.
3. NO NEED TO QUARANTINE
Under the new restrictions, fully vaccinated tourists will not need to go into mandatory quarantine upon arrival at their destination, but they will have to provide certain contact information to facilitate tracing in case of contagion.
4. APPROVED VACCINES TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have clarified that they will only consider valid vaccines approved by their local health authorities and by the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Pfizer/BioNtech: approved for emergency use by WHO on 31 December 2020
- Astra Zeneca (from AstraZeneca/Oxford): Approved for emergency use on February 16, 2021
- Janssen (of Johnson & Johnson): Approved March 12, 2021
- modern: approved on April 30, 2021
- Synopharm: May 7, 2021
- Sinovac-Coronavac: June 1, 2021
Currently, the original Russian formula, Sputnik Vdoes not appear on the list of vaccines approved for entry into the United States because it has not been cleared by the WHO.
5. COUNTRIES THAT CAN RE-ENTER THE UNITED STATES
From November 8, travelers from the Schengen area such as Spain, France, Germany or Italy, as well as tourists from China, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Iran, South Africa, Brazil or India will be able to enter. They will need to show that they have been vaccinated and have a negative test.
It should be noted that unvaccinated travelers will not be able to enter North American territory. Although, according to “The New York Times”, this rule may vary if the reason for travel is for emergency reasons. By mid-January, the US government will require essential travelers to be properly vaccinated.