Posted on 18/10/2021

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The US reopens borders to vaccinated travellers from November 8

If the US has been closed to travellers for a while now, it is finally reopening its borders to fully vaccinated travellers from Europe, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, starting from November 8.

If the US has been closed to travellers for a while now, it is finally reopening its borders to fully vaccinated travellers from Europe, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, starting from November 8.

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White House Assistant Press Secretary Kevin Munoz tweeted a few days ago: "The US' new travel policy that requires vaccination for foreign national travelers to the United States will begin on Nov 8. This announcement and date applies to both international air travel and land travel. This policy is guided by public health, stringent, and consistent."

Europeans have actually been banned from entering the US since March 2020, so the announcement comes as wonderful news for most people.

British Airways chief executive Sean Doyle commented: "Nearly 600 days since the introduction of the US travel ban, this is a pivotal moment for the entire travel industry and finally provides the certainty we have so desperately needed.

"We can't wait to welcome our customers back on board and reconnect friends and families across the Atlantic, rebuild US-UK business relationships and reclaim Britain's position as a leader on the global stage."

At the moment, there are still testing restrictions for travelers even if they have been vaccinated, but industry leaders have explained that it should be changing soon.

The White House expressed: "Today's announcement means that on November 8, foreign national air travellers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of their vaccination status to fly to the United States. Fully vaccinated travellers will continue to be required to show a pre-departure negative test taken within three days of travel prior to boarding".

But Airport Operators Association chief executive Karen Dee added: "Ultimately, fully vaccinated passengers should be able to travel without further tests or other requirements. We call on the UK and US Governments to work together to achieve this as soon as possible to help boost aviation's recovery".

Delta chief executive Ed Bastian also said that the decision was a very important one, commenting: "International air travel is essential to global economic recovery and the United States' tourism industry. Delta people are excited to play our part in reuniting families for the holidays and reconnecting the world after more than 19 months apart."

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