The U.S. will lift travel restrictions in November for international travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including visitors from the U.K. and European Union.
The announcement was made by the White House on Monday.
It noted that visitors will be required to show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 days of departure.
“We know vaccines are effective, including against the Delta variant, and vaccines are the best line of defense against COVID, so this vaccination requirement deploys the best tool we have in our arsenal to keep people safe and prevent the spread of the virus,” Jeff Zients, coordinator of the White House COVID-19 Response Team, told reporters.
Meanwhile, U.S. citizens who are unvaccinated will face tougher rules when returning home.
They will need to test 1 day before departure and then test again after arrival.
The change will take effect in early November, with the idea of spurring holiday bookings.
Airlines and travel industry groups have called for the U.S. to lift restrictions so that people can resume business activities.
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Edited by Jesus Chan
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