United States: Borders to reopen from November 8, everything you need to know before traveling

Published by Caroline J., Cécile D. · Updated on 18 October 2021 at 09h58 · Published on 18 October 2021 at 08h34
To date, travelers from Europe, India, Brazil and China are not allowed to enter the United States excluding precise pressing matter. But when will the United-States plan to welcome tourists again? The White House announced the country will reopen to fully vaccinated EU and UK travelers from November 8, 2021 but under some conditions. Here is more on the matter.

All along the pandemic, the United States of America has kept strict measures when it comes to their borders: in March 2020, a “travel ban” has been instated by the Trump administration to limit the number of travelers between the U.S. and Europe. Since then, many people have been expected restrictions to be lifted. But it will not happen anytime soon. This July 26, the White House announced the U.S. borders stay closed to EU tourists, even if they are vaccinated. Why? The spread of the Delta variant in most of the world.

Since then, things seem to have improved. On August 4, 2021, a White House representative told AFP the United States is considering eventually reopening borders to vaccinated travelers. As of Monday September 20, several medias including CNN say the United Sates are to reopen borders to travelers from the European Union and the United Kingdom, on the condition they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19EU and UK travelers fully vaccinated can walk again the American soil starting from "early November", according to the Financial Times.

On October 15, 2021 the White House made the announcement official stating the U.S. borders are to reopen from November 8, 2021 to vaccinated travelers from several countries, namely the 26 EU countries included in the Schengen area such as France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland and Greece, as well as the Great Britain, Ireland, ChinaIndiaSouth Africa, Iran, and Brazil. "The US' new travel policy that requires vaccination for foreign national travelers to the United States will begin on Nov 8", the Joe Biden administration stated this past Friday.

As for compulsory vaccination, six different vaccines are valid in the U.S.: Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson&Johnson, Sinopharm and Sinovac, namely those approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).

In addition to proof of complete vaccinatioin, travelers wishing to go to the U.S. will have to take a 72-hour screen test before boarding and wear a facemask. Furthermore, a traveler track-up system will be instated by the airlines, White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients announced.

Last but not leats, a "Passenger Disclosure and Attestation to the United States of Americacertificate will also be needed prior to boarding.

 For the record, so far, because of the Delta variant, the American administration has decided to keep the borders closed, and not lift the Travel Ban. A decision annoying some people, while U.S. tourists have been allowed to travel in Europe since June.

And right now, only green card-holder or American passport holder can travel to the United States. Are also allowed those holding a “NIE” document: a national interest exception document. Only students, academics, journalists, travelers for humanitarian purpose, public health or in the interest of the national security of the United States can fill a request.

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