US to lift restrictions on vaccinated foreign travellers from Nov. 8.


US. The U.S. government plans to lift the country’s existing COVID-19-related ban on travel by nonresident foreign nationals entering from the 26 Schengen Area European nations, as well as the U.K., Ireland, India, South Africa, Brazil, Iran, and China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) effective Nov. 8. Additionally, as of the same date, international travelers from all destinations, including those that are not currently under restrictions, will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

All vaccines validated by the World Health Organization for emergency use will be accepted. This includes the AstraZeneca vaccine, widely used in Britain for example but not given in the United States, as well as China’s Sinopharm and Sinovac.

The new rules do not require foreign visitors or Americans entering the country to go into quarantine.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national and local health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements and appointments in advance.

UK. From 24 October fully vaccinated passengers and most under 18s arriving in England from countries not on the red list can take a cheaper lateral flow test, instead of a PCR test, on or before day 2 of their arrival into the UK. These can be booked from 22 October.
All travellers must complete their passenger locator form prior to travel, including a test booking reference number supplied by a testing provider. Travellers will be able to upload their test booking reference to the passenger locator form from 22 October for arrival in the UK from 24 October.