Sunday, 24 October 2021
Biden easing foreign travel restrictions, requiring vaccines
AP , Monday 20 Sep 2021
The new policies, will require all foreign travelers flying to the US to demonstrate proof of vaccination before boarding, as well as proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of flight

President Joe Biden leaves St. Edmund Roman Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach, Del., after attending a Mass, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. AP
Related
Egypt provided coronavirus vaccines to 350,000 travelers in 2 weeks: Health minister
EU takes US off safe travel list; backs travel restrictions
Egypt to issue traveler insurance document to protect Egyptians abroad
President Joe Biden will ease foreign travel restrictions into the US beginning in November and allow foreign nationals into the country if they have proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test, the White House said Monday.
The new rules replace a hodgepodge of restrictions that had barred non-citizens who had been in certain countries in the prior 14 days from entering the US It would allow families and others who have been separated by the travel restrictions for 18 months to plan for long-awaited reunifications.
White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients announced the new policies, which will require all foreign travelers flying to the US to demonstrate proof of vaccination before boarding, as well as proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of flight.
Biden will also tighten testing rules for unvaccinated American citizens, who will need to be tested within a day before returning to the US, as well as after they arrive home.
Fully vaccinated passengers will not be required to quarantine, Zients said.
The new policy will replace the patchwork of travel bans first instituted by President Donald Trump last year and tightened by Biden earlier this year that restrict travel by non-citizens who have in the prior 14 days been in the United Kingdom, European Union, China, India, Iran, Republic of Ireland, Brazil and South Africa.
Those travel bans had become the source of growing geopolitical frustration, particularly among allies in the UK and EU where virus cases are far lower than the US and the easing comes ahead of Biden meeting with some European leaders on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly this week.
``This is based on individuals rather than a country based approach, so it's a stronger system,`` Zients said.
The EU and UK had previously moved to allow vaccinated US travelers into their territories without quarantines, in an effort to boost business and tourism travel. But the EU recommended last month that some travel restrictions be reimposed on US travelers to the bloc because of the rampant spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus in America.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will also require airlines to collect contact information from international travelers to facilitate contact tracing, Zients said.
It was not immediately clear which vaccines would be acceptable under the US-system and whether those unapproved in the US could be used. Zients said that decision would be up to the CDC.
The new policy will take effect in ``early November,`` Zients said, to allow airlines and travel partners time to prepare to implement the new protocols.
Search Keywords:
Joe Biden
US
Covid-19
White House
Vaccination
Short link:

 
Latest News
Pyramids through to Confed Cup playoff with 1-0 win over Tanzania's Azam
Algeria's Bennacer helps AC Milan go top of Serie A
Spain La Liga fixtures & results (10th matchday)
Match facts: Egypt's Pyramids v Tanzania's Azam (African Confederation.....
Italy Serie A fixtures & results (9th matchday)
Fourth Cairo Water Week kicks off on Sunday
UNFPA, national stakeholders launch initiative to empower teenage girls in Egypt
Secrecy shrouds Afghan refugees sent by US to base in Kosovo
Two years after protests, Lebanon activists set sights on vote
Apple updates App Store payment rules in concession to developers
Most Viewed
INTERVIEW: IMF outlook on the Middle East
Negotiations without borders
Yemen: Fighting for the citadel
I'm really satisfied: Arsenal coach Arteta after Aston Villa win
Egypt reports 885 new coronavirus cases, 44 deaths on Friday
Report: Foreign aid lost in Syria exchange rate distortions
Senior al-Qaeda leader killed in US drone strike in Syria: Pentagon
Pakistan: 10 militants, 2 soldiers killed in police raids
Deadly clashes as banned Pakistan party continues protest
Russian COVID spike persists, setting new death record
Also In International
Italian far-right leader Salvini faces court in migrant trial
Apple updates App Store payment rules in concession to developers
Over 2,000 migrants march out of southern city in Mexico
Iran provincial governor slapped in a rare security breach
Russia puts torture video whistleblower on wanted list
COP26 climate deal harder than Paris: Summit president
Thousands of Islamists continue marching to Pakistan capital
Roadside bombing targets Taliban, kills Afghan civilians
Egypt Business Opinion WorldArts & Culture Sports Life & StyleAntiquities Books AnalysisHeritage Multimedia​Al-Ahram Weekly About us
© 2020 All Rights Reserved Ahram Online.
HomeEgyptEgypt Home Politics Courts & LawForeign AffairsSocietyHealthUrban & TransportDefenseTourismBusinessBusiness Home EconomyMarkets & CompaniesEnergyTechOpinionWorldWorld Home RegionInternationalAfricaArts & CultureArts & Culture Home FilmMusicVisual ArtStage & StreetEntertainmentArt AlertSportsSports Home Egyptian FootballTalents AbroadWorldNational TeamsAfricaOmni sportsMultimediaLife & StyleLife & Style Home StyleHealthFoodCity LightsAntiquitiesAntiquities Home Ancient EgyptGreco-RomanCopticIslamicMuseumsBooksBooks Home ReviewsNewsAnalysisHeritageHeritage Home WalksFolk ArtsHeritage specialPhoto HeritageInspiring MindsMultimediaAl-Ahram WeeklyAl-Ahram Weekly Home EgyptEconomyWorldOpinionCultureLimelightHeritageFeaturesFocusLivingSufra DaymaEntre nousAutosTravelInterviewsSpecialArtCinemaExhibitionsLecturesTheaterMusic and danceSports