Visitors from 50 countries with low levels of vaccine availability will NOT need to be vaccinated to travel to US from Nov 8
- The approved vaccines are Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Sinopharm and Sinovac
- Rules take effect next month
- All kids under 18 are exempt from vaccine requirements
- 50 countries with low vax rates also qualify for exemptions, but residents need a ‘compelling’ reason to come
Unvaccinated citizens from 50 countries will be allowed into the US from Nov. 8 despite Biden requiring virtually all other international travelers to be jabbed.
People from countries where less than 10 per cent of people are vaccinated ‘due to the lack of availability’ will be allowed into the US without being jabbed.
However, they will still need to present proof of a negative COVID test. They would need a ‘compelling reason’ to come and would not be eligible for an ordinary tourist visa. The list of 50 countries has not yet been released by the White House.
Children 18 under will also get a blanket exemption from being vaccinated.
Biden announced in September he was lifting the travel ban on countries such as the UK into the US and then stipulated visitors that visitors must be vaccinated.
The approved vaccines are Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Sinopharm and Sinovac.
The ban had been in place since the Trump administration at the start of the pandemic.
New administration rules for air travelers entering the U.S. include an exemption for children under 18
The administration is making the outlines of the new policy available, after announcing it weeks ago, as it tries to battle the Delta variant and keep positive numbers down in the US.
‘Preventing people from getting sick, hospitalized and dying of covid is a top, top priority,’ said a senior administration official on a media call.
The administration is doing ‘everything we can do to incentivize that process reduces the amount of virus that is circulating,’ said the official, who could not be identified by name under ground rules of the call imposed by the administration.
The administration characterized ‘very limited exceptions’ to the policy, including the one from the 50 countries, which would be very limited.
‘These have been crafted to be narrow,’ said an administration official. Children under two do not need to be vaccinated.
Kids are not required to be vaccinated, although their parents are – with numerous exceptions
Fully vaccinated passengers will have to show a negative covid test ‘regardless of citizenship.’
For vaccinated Americans, the window for the test will be three-days before travel. For unvaccinated air passengers, including US citizens and Green Card holders, the new rules will require a test within a day prior to departure.
Air passengers will have to furnish valid contact information to the airlines, who will collect it in case of the need for contact tracing in the event of an exposure. The airlines also are charged with verifying the vaccine status documents, which they are to do by verifying date of birth information.
It was not clear whether they would be responsible for verifying the validity of the vaccine in any other ways.
The White House announced in September the US would lift travel restrictions on air travelers from 33 countries. They included China, Brazil, India, and European countries.