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US to ease travel restrictions for COVID vaccinated foreign nationals

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September 20, 2021

Starting this November,  US will allow foreign nationals  from 33 countries to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated.  However, testing will also be required before entry.

All foreign travelers flying to the U.S. will need to demonstrate proof of vaccination before boarding, as well as proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of flight, said White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients, who announced the new policy on Monday. Biden will also tighten testing rules for unvaccinated American citizens, who will need to be tested within a day before returning to the U.S., as well as after they arrive home. However, fully vaccinated passengers will not be required to quarantine.

In the recent past some visitors from India have been flying via Mexico and other countries by spending 14 days there.  It appears that in the future, country focused limits will be replaced by individual scrutiny based on vaccine status and testing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will also require airlines to collect contact information from international travelers to facilitate contact tracing and follow-up.

The latest update is that Indian vaccine Covishield will be accepted as it is approved by the World Health Organization.  Note that students have been admitted during the past few months just subject to the testing requirements.   Let us hope that CDC approves other Indian vaccines so all visitors, business travelers, HIB and other employment visa holders will be able to travel to USA.

Stay tuned for updates.
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