USA to relax travel restrictions for COVID-vaccinated foreign tourists in November

   September 21, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

In November 2021, the USA will ease travel restrictions for COVID-vaccinated international travelers, including those from the UK and the EU/European Union, the White House announced on Monday, September 20.

Foreign nationals visiting the USA will have to show proof of vaccination and a negative test taken within 3 days of departure, according to Jeff Zients, who is leading the COVID response efforts for the White House.

The changes take effect in early November 2021, which the airline industry expects would spur holiday bookings.

British and European officials have lifted entry bans for the USA and other travelers since vaccines became widely available during the spring months, but the Biden administration had not reciprocated.

The CDC agency (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) will also require airlines to collect and provide passenger information in order to aid contact tracing.

There are a few exemptions to the vaccination requirements for foreign travelers, such as for kids not yet eligible to be vaccinated. Full details of the policy have not been released.