US Lifts Travel Ban from Greece

US Lifts Travel Ban from Greece 1

The United States will lift its ban on travellers from foreign countries today November 8th, after 21 months. The Biden administration has been under pressure from foreign leaders and businesses to rescind the ban.

According to the new guidelines, travellers will have to show proof that they are fully vaccinated and show a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight. Only vaccines approved by the United States and the World Health Organization will qualify an individual as ‘fully vaccinated’. The new rules will not require foreign visitors to quarantine.
The ban will be lifted from 26 countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Greece, as well as Britain, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.

Travelling by land into the United States from Canada and Mexico will face comparable vaccination guidelines for entry, but individuals will not have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Some details, such as exemptions, have not yet been made public. It is presumed that individuals under the age of 18 will not have to be fully vaccinated.

For Americans travelling domestically, November through the holiday season could be as congested as it was pre-pandemic. The news and expected surge in demand has sparked gains for airlines, hotels, and the cruise ship industry on Wall Street.
The US Travel Association estimates the drop in international travel over the past 21 months has resulted in an income loss of over $250 billion.