The US administration has finally taken concrete steps towards removing the entry ban for travelers who have been to the United Kingdom, Ireland, the 27 Schengen Area countries, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil, after their entry was banned. Entering the country for over a year now.
The White House announced the decision on Monday, September 20, noting that air travelers from the aforementioned countries, including those in the European Union and ten Britons, will be allowed to enter the United States in November if they have been vaccinated. The same travelers will also be exempted from quarantine requirements.
Children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine will be exempt from the vaccination requirement.
The decision does not include overland travel from Canada and Mexico.
While the coordinator did not specify the exact date for the repeal of the ban, he indicated that this would happen in early November.
The news was welcomed by many, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“I am delighted that, from November, POTUS has reinstated transatlantic travel so that fully vaccinated UK citizens can visit the USA. It is a wonderful boost to business and commerce, and great that family and friends on both sides of the pond can be reunited again,” the Prime Minister wrote Johnson.
The European Commission also celebrated the news, calling it “a long overdue step for separated families and friends, and good news for business”.
“We welcome the US announcement that fully vaccinated travelers from the European Union will soon be able to travel to the US again,” he tweeted on the UNHCR’s official Twitter account, adding that the same would continue to work for safe travel.
Many others welcomed and celebrated this news, including the EU’s Executive Vice President for Economics and Trade, Valdes Dombrovskis, the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, and the EU Ambassador to the United States, Stavros Lamprinides, among others.
TheSchengen.com previously reported that the United States is working to create an international travel system that would allow entry for vaccinated travelers.
The United States has kept its borders closed to travelers who have been in the Schengen Area countries, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Brazil, China, India, Iran and South Africa in the past 14 days, for about a year and a half.
The ban has been particularly criticized in recent months, including by European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas, who canceled his trip to the United States last month in protest of the entry ban on Europeans, calling it “unfair”.