The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has revealed more details regarding the lifting of the entry ban for vaccinated travelers from 33 countries around the world. Citizens of the latter have been banned from entering the country since March 2020, including the 26 Schengen area countries, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
New details regarding the lifting of the travel ban for vaccinated travelers relate to travel through land and ferry border crossings.
In a press release, the Department of Homeland Security announced that from Monday, November 8, land ports and ferry terminals will allow entry to vaccinated travelers from the Schengen area, Ireland, the UK and the rest.
“This shift eases long-standing restrictions on non-essential travel, consistent with public health guidance. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will soon share additional information about the steps eligible travelers will have to take to enter the United States under the new rules.”
Thus, from November 8, Europeans showing up at land border crossings and the US ferry will have to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in line with rules set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Acceptable vaccines are only those approved by the World Health Organization, which also includes vaccines approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. These are Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, Janssen, AstraZeneca (including Covishield), Sinopharm and Sinovac.
Travelers will also have to present the purpose of their trip upon arrival as well as a COVID-19 test.
Until January 2022, travelers arriving in the United States for essential purposes will not be required to be vaccinated. However, from January onwards, vaccination will be mandatory even for them.
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Commenting on the lifting of the travel ban, the US Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mallorcas, said the Department of Homeland Security continues to work closely with its international partners for the sustainable implementation of the new travel resumption rules.
“We are pleased to take another step toward easing travel restrictions at our borders in a way that strengthens our economy and protects the health and safety of the American public,” the secretary said.
The Department of Homeland Security also warns that starting in the second week of November, travelers should prepare to wait longer than usual at US land border crossings due to the volume of travel.
It also advises that waiting times can be reduced for travelers who benefit from innovative technology, such as facial biometrics and the CBP One™ mobile app, which acts as a single portal for individuals to access CBP mobile apps and services.
To help reduce wait times and long queues, travelers can take advantage of innovative technology, such as facial biometrics and the CBP One™ mobile app, which acts as a single portal for individuals to access CBP mobile apps and services.
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