The United States will lift pandemic-era border restrictions for fully vaccinated international travelers starting Nov. 8, the White House announced Friday.
International traveling restrictions have been renewed monthly since the pandemic began in March 2020, but the White House previously signaled its intent to lift restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers on an unspecified date.
"The US’ new travel policy that requires vaccination for foreign national travelers to the United States will begin on Nov 8. This announcement and date applies to both international air travel and land travel. This policy is guided by public health, stringent, and consistent," White House assistant press secretary Kevin Munoz tweeted Friday.
Foreign visitors are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and must show proof of vaccination before boarding a plane bound for the U.S. A negative test must also be provided no more than 72 hours before flying.
The US’ new travel policy that requires vaccination for foreign national travelers to the United States will begin on Nov 8. This announcement and date applies to both international air travel and land travel. This policy is guided by public health, stringent, and consistent. https://t.co/uaDiVrjtqi
— Kevin Munoz (@KMunoz46) October 15, 2021
When foreshadowing the protocol shift last month, President Joe Biden's administration stressed the importance of international travel.
"International travel is critical to connecting families and friends to fueling small and large businesses to promoting the open exchange ideas and culture," Jeff Zients, the White House coronavirus coordinator, said in a Sept. 20 statement.
The U.S. has been slower to lift travel restrictions on foreign nationals compared to other countries. The European Union lifted restrictions on vaccinated U.S. citizens traveling to Europe early in the summer, and Canada followed suit to open its borders on Aug. 9.
On Thursday, when White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked by a reporter whether the U.S. would implement any measures to require domestic travelers to be vaccinated ahead of the holiday season, she said, "I don’t have anything to preview on that at this point in time."
The U.S. has had more than 44 million cases of COVID-19, and 66.4% of people ages 12 and up are at least partially vaccinated against the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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