BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Sept. 23, 2021– On Monday, the US’s Biden administration announced that, starting November, the United States will be requiring that all international travelers entering the country be fully vaccinated. According to the White House, this new requirement will ease travel restrictions blocking the entry of residents of several nations.
The White House’s Covid-19 coordinator, Jeff Zients, announced in a recent press conference that under the new policy, foreign nationals must show proof of vaccination before boarding any flight to the United States.
As a result of the new policy, starting November, residents of certain regions, including those from the UK and EU, will be able to travel to the US without having to acquire national interest exemptions, as is mandated under the current presidential proclamation on travel to the US.
All adult travelers will be required to be fully vaccinated before boarding a US-bound international flight. These persons will still need to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than three days before their departure from their home country.
This new regulation will naturally present difficulty for those persons still reluctant to get the Covid-19 vaccine, and will, in essence, bar them from travel to the US.
It will, however, reopen travel to many foreigners who have been restricted from flying to the US since 2020. Airlines are now expecting bookings for the holidays to increase from tourists and non-US citizens visiting friends and family. The airlines welcome the Biden administration’s recent decision.
The CDC is also expected to issue an order requiring airlines to gather contact-tracing data on each passenger. A few exemptions to the vaccination requirement are expected — for minors and those clinically exempted from taking the vaccine. taking the vaccine.