US To Loosen Travel Restrictions Meaning More International Travel
So we’ve got some interesting news to report on this Friday evening regarding international travel restrictions. Today, The White House lifted the COVID-19 travel restrictions for fully vaccinated international visitors.
This new policy will go into effect on November 8th. This marks the end of restrictions that have been in place for over 21 months.
The restrictions have meant that foreign travelers from China, Canada, Mexico, India, Brazil and Europe were not able to travel into the states.
Over the past year, countries have been lobbying Joe Biden’s administration asking for a lessening of the rules.
This news had a positive effect on Wall Street, according to a piece on Reuters stocks rose within the airline, hotel and cruise industry. ,
In anticipation of the changes, airlines have reported that they are seeing increases in international ticket sales as guests look once again at going abroad. Nick Calio, CE of Airlines for America had this to say, “full reopening of international travel is also critical to reviving economies around the globe, reinvigorating communities and supporting millions of jobs in the U.S. and abroad.”
The United States has been behind other countries when it comes to the lifting of restrictions. The hold up is being attributed to the fact that Biden and his administration are huge advocates of vaccine passports and where wondering whether or not to implement a vaccine passport system or simply reopen the boarders.
At the moment it looks like passports will not be required, however according to the report in Reuters, unvaccinated visitors from outside the US will be barred from entering the country. The CDC said last week that the US will accept the use by international visitors of COVID-19 vaccinations that have been authorized by the World Health Organization .
It’s nice to see things get back on track The travel and tourism industries experienced a massive blow. The U.S. Travel Association Chef Executive Roger Dow estimated losses of at least $250 billion.
So what does this mean for guests planning a trip to Disney World from overseas?
Starting November 8th, the US will admit fully vaccinated foreign air travelers from 26 European Countries including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Greece, as well as Britain, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil. The White House said that it would apply vaccine requirements to foreign nationals travelling from countries not listed above.
Non – U.S. airline passengers will be required to show proof of vaccination before boarding a flight. They will also need to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test.
Those coming across a land border (Canada or Mexico) will not be required to show proof of a negative test.
As of going to print, foreign visitors are not expected to quarantine when entering the country.
For Americans looking to head overseas, you must still show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Unvaccinated Americans will face more thorough testing requirements.
The CDC plans to issue new rules soon on contact tracing for international air travelers. This is a story that we will continue to follow closely. Readers are encouraged to keep checking back with us for further news and updates.
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