On Monday, October 26, the US administration revealed more details regarding the revocation of the entry ban for vaccinated travelers from 33 countries around the world, including here the 26 countries in the Schengen Area, Ireland and the United Kingdom, on November 8.
In a press release from the White House, long-awaited details on several issues related to removing the ban were finally revealed.
“Effective November 8, non-citizen and non-immigrant air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status prior to boarding an aircraft for travel to the United States, with exceptions,” the statement reads.
The same makes clear that all incoming travelers who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, including here US citizens and lawful permanent residents of the country, will have to be tested for COVID-19 on the first day of their departure.
The US administration announced its decision to cancel the entry ban for travelers from 33 countries around the world on September 20, after warning for months that such an event would occur. Very little detail has been officially provided since then, although it has been known for days that the reopening date is the eighth day of November.
Next, find a summary of the new rules that are set to apply to citizens of the 26 Schengen area countries, Irish and British, who travel to the US less than two weeks from now.
Conditions that travelers must meet in order to be recognized as fully vaccinated in the United States
It has been known since September 20 that vaccinated travelers from Schengen area countries, the United Kingdom and Ireland will be allowed to enter the United States, although it is not clear who will be identified as fully vaccinated, despite speculation.
Recently, TheSchengen.com reported that all travelers who have been vaccinated with one of the WHO approved vaccines will be considered fully immune. And the US administration confirmed this information officially now.
“The CDC has determined that for purposes of travel to the United States, acceptable vaccines will include FDA approved or authorized, and WHO-listed emergency use (EUL) vaccines,” The White House notes.
To date, the following vaccines have been approved by the World Health Organization:
Moderna Pfizer / BioNTech Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) AstraZeneca, including Covishield Sinopharm (Beijing) Sinovac
Moderna, Pfizer, and Janssen are also approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Travelers who have been vaccinated with a combination of doses of any of the above vaccines will also be considered fully immunized.
Regardless of the requirement to be vaccinated with one of these vaccines, travelers must have received their final dose at least two weeks before their trip to the United States.
Passengers will have to provide proof of vaccination to airlines
In order for travelers from the European Union and the United Kingdom to be able to travel to the United States, they will need to provide proof of vaccination to the airline before boarding the plane.
The airline staff will be responsible for confirming the traveler’s proof of vaccination and determining whether the document was issued by an official institution in the country where the vaccination was taken.
Airline employees will also have to determine if the vaccination certificate meets the requirements set by the CDC, including what type of vaccine is acceptable, number of doses, dates, etc.
“The Biden administration will work closely with the airlines to ensure these new requirements are successfully implemented,” the White House says.
Few categories of travelers will be exempt from vaccination requirements
While in principle the vaccination requirement will apply to everyone coming from the 33 countries, from which travelers are currently prohibited from entering the United States, there are some categories that may be entered even if they have not been vaccinated.
According to the White House, the following categories of vaccination requirements will be exempted:
Children under 18 years of age designated participants in COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials for travelers with medical contraindications for travelers arriving to us on emergency or humanitarian grounds travelers from countries with low vaccine availability (as determined by the CDC) And those who travel on non-tourist visas
Those who are exempt will need to demonstrate that they will respect US Public Health requirements, which also expect to be vaccinated in the US if they plan to stay in the country for longer than 60 days.
Entry rules for children under 18
Children under the age of 18 will not have to show proof of vaccination to enter the US from the Schengen Area and the UK, mainly because some young children are ineligible for vaccination.
However, children between 2 and 17 years of age need to have a pre-departure test three days before departure when traveling with a vaccinated adult(s) and within one day of departure when traveling with a non-vaccinated adult(s).
New testing requirements for eligible non-vaccinated travelers to enter
The White House has announced that unvaccinated travelers who are eligible to enter US soil from November 8 will have to provide proof of negative COVID-19 test results taken within one day of travel. Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) and antigen tests are acceptable.
Previously, the period during which the test could be taken was three days.
Unvaccinated US citizens and lawful permanent residents are subject to the same requirements. On the other hand, Americans who have been fully vaccinated will have to submit the results of a test taken within the past three days before arriving in the United States. The same requirement applies to international travelers who have been fully vaccinated.