US to lift curbs for vaccinated foreign travelers from November
The White House on Friday said it will lift COVID-19 travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals effective Nov 8., ending historic restrictions that had barred much of the world from entering the United States.
On Tuesday, it was announced that restrictions would be lifted at its land borders and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated foreign nationals in early November. Unvaccinated visitors will still be barred from entering the US from Canada or Mexico at land borders.
The country will accept the use by international visitors of COVID-19 vaccines authorized by U.S. regulators or the World Health Organization. Starting Nov. 8, it will admit fully vaccinated foreign air travellers 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.
Non-U.S. air travellers will need to show vaccination proof before boarding a flight and will need to show a recent negative COVID-19 test proof. Foreign visitors crossing a land border will not need to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test. The new rules do not require foreign visitors or Americans entering the country to go into quarantine.
Americans travelling overseas must still show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test, and unvaccinated Americans will face stricter testing requirements. They will also be subject to restrictions in countries they plan to visit, which may include quarantines.