US Lifting Covid Ban: What You Need To Know
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The United States has finally decided to waive the entry ban for vaccinated travellers from the 26 Schengen countries, the UK, and Ireland, among others.
The announcement that vaccinated travellers will be allowed back into the US after an 18-month ban was welcome news for families struggling with cross-border separations, eager tourists and industry insiders.
Excited US-bound travellers should be equally prepared for a travel experience that’s vastly different these days as rules are still constantly changing.
While the US government is yet to come with an official statement in this regard, revealing more information on how the removal of the entry ban will work, several things about it are already known.
2:21 Removal of US Entry Ban
The US administration only noted that the ban will be lifted only in early November.
While an exact date hasn’t been given by any of the US authorities and officials, it is believed that the entry ban will be removed by 15 November at the latest.
Travellers from the 26 Schengen countries, Ireland, the UK, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil, who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, will be able to travel to the US soon.
3:36 Vaccines Accepted in the US
When the White House announced that the travel ban would be removed for vaccinated travellers who have so far been banned from entering the US, travellers have been asking which vaccines would be accepted for entry in the US.
US-bound travellers must be “fully vaccinated,” which according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention includes those who have received vaccines approved for use in the US as well as those listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization that may not yet have received such approval in the US, such as the AstraZeneca vaccine.
5:14 Travellers with Mixed Vaccines
It remains unknown whether those vaccinated with mixed jabs i.e. AstraZeneca + Pfizer will be counted as fully vaccinated.
The number of those vaccinated with mixed vaccines is quite high in the EU after many countries suspended vaccination with the second jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine after doubts of side effects.
5:58 Plan Your US Trip
Travel industry insiders say that increased demand from international travellers could drive prices for hotel rooms and vacation rentals higher when domestic holiday bookings are already robust in many US markets.
Also, different state regulations for vaccination and mask requirements are in place.
Anyone planning to travel should check the CDC website to track Covid data and local mandates. The link is in our blog post.
If you have an urgent need to travel to the US right now while the ban is still in place, you have two options:
Option 1: Travel to a non-banned country and stay there for at least 14 days before entering the USA.
Option 2: Apply for a National Interest Exception from your local US embassy to be allowed to enter the country based on your reason for travel. You can get an NIE for business, work, humanitarian or other purposes. If you need assistance, check our blog post.
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