The United States will, in early November, allow the entry of air travelers from Brazil, China, India, the United Kingdom and most European countries that have received vaccines against Covid-19, the White House said on Monday (20/09 ), easing some of the travel restrictions that were implemented early last year.
White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Gents said the White House plans to allow the entry of foreign travelers from countries that have been on the US restricted list from the beginning of 2020 as it adopts new requirements amid the pandemic.
US sanctions were first imposed in January 2020 by then-President Donald Trump on travelers arriving from China and were later expanded to other countries in subsequent months, with no clear metrics on how and when to lift them.
US President Joe Biden added new travel restrictions to India in April this year, barring most foreigners from entering the US. Biden also reversed Trump’s plan to lift sanctions against European countries in January.
Currently, the US blocks the entry of most foreigners who have passed through the United Kingdom, the European Schengen Area countries, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil in the past 14 days.
Officials said the policy on vaccines will have some exceptions, including children who are not yet eligible for vaccination. The new rules do not yet apply to travelers crossing land borders with Canada and Mexico.
Airlines have been campaigning intensively with the White House for months to lift the restrictions, but have not been successful in repeal them in time for the summer travel season in the Northern Hemisphere. The White House said in July it had concerns about the highly contagious Delta version of the new coronavirus and the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
The seven-day daily moving average of reported Covid-19 cases in the US has more than doubled since then.