After being kept in place for over a year now, the much-criticized US entry ban imposed on travelers from 33 countries, including India, Brazil, China, and Europe, that has caused a devastating situation, especially for the economic sector, will be abolished for all fully vaccinated travelers against the COVID-19 while they will be permitted to fly to the US again, starting from November, the White House has confirmed.
The recent decision means that Presidential Proclamations regarding the Suspension of Entry of travelers from countries highly affected by the virus will no longer affect travelers who have completed their immunization process.
The move has been taken in a bid by the US Government to ease the current restrictions imposed to stop the further spread of the Coronavirus, especially its new strains Delta and Mu, VisaGuide.World reports.
Many European governments, organizations, and airlines have been calling on the US authorities for months now to abolish such measures; yet, the US authorities did not take any concrete steps in this regard until September 20. However, starting from November, all vaccinated couples, families, and friends who have remained separated due to the COVID-19 entry rules can now be reunited.
“This is based on individuals rather than a country-based approach, so it’s a stronger system. Most importantly, foreign nationals flying to the US will be required to be fully vaccinated,” the White House Covid-19 coordinator Jeff Zients pointed out in this regard, as Radio New Zealand reported.
Besides, authorities in the United States have clarified that vaccinated travelers planning to enter the US will also be exempted from the quarantine requirement upon their arrival.
However, they will be required to present valid proof of vaccination before flying, present a negative result of the Coronavirus test taken three days before traveling, and provide their contact information.
The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was delighted by the US recent decision regarding the issue.
“It’s a fantastic boost for business and trade, and great that family and friends on both sides of the pond can be reunited once again,” Johnson stressed on Twitter.
The US decision was also welcomed by the European Commission, stressing that the recent US move was a “long-awaited step for separated families & friends, and good news for business.“
“We welcome US announcement that fully vaccinated EU travelers will soon be able to travel to the US again,” the EU Commission emphasized on Twitter. The Commission stressed that it would continue working for safe travel.
Following the US decision, the chairman and CEO of American Airlines, Doug Parker, stressed that he welcomed the “science-based approach” to lifting travel restrictions.
“With the shared goals of health and safety always at the forefront, we’re looking forward to welcoming more customers back to easy, seamless international trips for business, for leisure, and to reconnect with family and friends,” Parker pointed out.
International air travel marked a total of 43 percent decrease compared to the pre-pandemic figures, according to the statistics provided by the industry trade group Airlines for America.