COVID – 19 Updates: USA set to lift travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign travelers!

As the numbers of coronavirus cases are going down around the world and many countries have already opened their borders for foreign travelers, now the U.S.A has also decided to lift travel restrictions for foreign travelers. Recently The White House has announced that starting Nov 8, 2021, travel restrictions imposed by the USA on foreign travelers will be lifted.

The news has been welcomed by many countries and airlines. Due to these restrictions, airlines, hotels, and tourism industries have suffered heavy losses and now this news of lifting restrictions has brought much-required cheer for them.

According to a new announcement, foreign nationals who are fully vaccinated can travel to the U.S.A. for non-essential activities. It’s been more than 20 months since the USA has imposed travel restrictions and now travelers who have taken two doses of vaccine approved by WHO can enter the country from Land, Air, or Sea.

Vaccines approved by WHO:

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Oxford-AstraZeneca/Covishield
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

From November 8, foreign travelers need to present proof of full vaccination along with a pre-departure negative coronavirus test taken within the last three days.

The airlines have also been directed to keep a record of passengers for 30 days for contact tracing purposes. Wearing a mask during the flight is mandatory and there will be no quarantine.

Ever since the news came out, the surge in airline ticket sales has been recorded.

These new rules also apply to foreign travelers entering the U.S.A. by land or sea for non-essential activities such as tourism or meeting family and friends.

How do the new rules affect children?

Generally the children will be exempted from the fully vaccinated category however they do have to go through the mandatory testing requirements.

The unvaccinated US citizen or permanent residents will have to take the test one day prior to their departure.