U.S. to relax travel restrictions for vaccinated foreign air travelers in November


The United States will reopen in November to air travelers from 33 countries including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The United States will admit fully vaccinated air travelers from the 26 so-called Schengen countries in Europe including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Greece, as well as Britain, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil. Foreigners wishing to come to the United States will have to be fully vaccinated, undergo tests and agree to give their contact details for tracing cases of contamination. Exceptions include children not yet eligible for shots. However, no quarantine will be imposed on arrival.

Americans traveling from abroad who are not vaccinated will face tougher rules than vaccinated citizens, including needing to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days prior to travel and proof of purchasing a viral test to be taken after arrival. Since last year, people without US citizenship, green cards or specific exemptions have been banned from travelling to the US if they had been to the UK, Ireland, the Schengen area, China, India, Iran, South Africa or Brazil in the last 14 days.

Many details of the new policy are still being decided.