Proof of vaccination will be mandatory for all foreign visitors

AA / Washington / Michael Hernandez

The Biden administration announced on Monday that it will lift travel restrictions related to COVID-19 from November, while all foreign nationals wishing to enter the United States must present proof of vaccination.

Jeff Ziants, the administration’s coordinator for pandemic response, said “in early November” passengers would need to show proof of vaccination before boarding a plane bound for the United States.

“International travel is essential to bring families and friends together, businesses big and small, and foster the open exchange of ideas and culture,” Zints was quoted by The New York Times as saying.

He added: “That’s why, guided by science and public health considerations, we have established a new organization of international air transportation that ensures the safety of Americans both home and on international air transportation.”

Travel restrictions were initially imposed by the Trump administration in March 2020 and restricted travel to and from some European countries and China before being extended to other countries, including South Africa and Brazil.

The new rules will replace these separate restrictions.

In addition to being fully vaccinated, foreign travelers must also submit a negative test result within three days of arrival, Ziants explained.

Unvaccinated Americans will face more stringent requirements, including showing a negative test within 24 hours of travel.

*Translated from English by Mourad Belhajo

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