US to lift travel bans for fully vaccinated air passengers from November
Washington/IBNS: The United States on Monday announced that it will lift Covid travel bans on all air passengers from November if they are fully vaccinated and undergo testing as well as contact tracing.
Jeffrey Zients, coronavirus response coordinator for President Joe Biden, told reporters the new "consistent approach" would take effect "early November."
The easing of travel restrictions, which was imposed by former President Donald Trump 18 months ago amid the first outbreak Covid-19 pandemic, marks a significant shift by Biden.
However, restrictions on vehicle movement from Canada and Mexico will remain in place.
Meanwhile, Americans even if not fully vaccinated will be able to enter but with a negative test report within a day of travel.
Masks will be mandatory on US-bound flights and airlines will provide the country's health authorities with contact tracing information.
At present, only US citizens, residents and foreigners with special visas are allowed to enter the United States from most European countries.