The united states on Monday (local time) announced that it’ll ease travel restrictions on foreign visitors who are fully vaccinated against COVD-19 from November, US media reported.
“Beginning in early November, foreign nationals flying to the united states will be required to be fully vaccinated and that they must show proof of vaccination before boarding a US-bound airplane,” CNN quoted White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients as saying.
There will be a requirement for pre-departure testing for foreign nationals coming to the US within three days before departure, with proof of a negative result required. Unvaccinated Americans returning to the US are going to be “subject to stricter testing requirements,” Zients said, and can get to test within at some point of departure with another test required upon arrival.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are going to be issuing a contact tracing order, requiring airlines to gather information from US-bound travelers, including telephone numbers and email addresses. Airlines are going to be required to stay contact tracking information for 30 days, CNN reported.
“This will enable CDC and state and native public health officials to follow up with inbound travelers and people around them if someone has potentially been exposed to Covid-19 and other pathogens,” Zients said, adding that this new requirement is going to be used more broadly going forward to assist protect “against any future public health threats.”
According to CNN, the US travel ban was first imposed within the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic when then-President Donald Trump limited travel from China in January 2020.