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.