The US administration has finally decided to waive the entry ban for vaccinated travelers from the 26 Schengen area countries, the UK, and Ireland, among others.
The move was announced on September 19, Monday, after several months of warning and mounting pressure from EU institutions and officials.
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While the US government has not yet released an official statement in this regard, revealing more information on how to remove the entry ban, many things about this are already known.
When will the US entry ban be lifted?
When announcing the decision to allow entry to vaccinated travelers from countries subject to the US entry ban, the US administration only indicated that such a thing would only happen in early November.
While no specific date has been set by any US authorities and officials, it is believed that the entry ban will be removed by November 15 at the latest.
Who would benefit from the US lifting the entry ban?
Travelers from 26 countries in the Schengen area, Ireland, the United Kingdom, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil, who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, will be able to travel to the United States soon.
According to the European Union Diplomatic Mission to the US, travelers will also need to submit negative COVID-19 test results within 72 hours of departure and take their plane ticket with them.
“Great news about transatlantic travel: Raising the #TravelBan! Beginning in early November, the United States will welcome vaccinated travelers.
what do you need:
Proof of complete vaccination Evidence of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of leaving your ticket! What vaccines will be accepted?
Since Monday, when the White House announced that travel bans on vaccinated travelers who have so far been barred from entering the United States will be lifted, travelers have been asking about which vaccines will be accepted for entry into the United States.
At a press conference on Tuesday, a European Commission spokesperson said US travel is expected to allow entry to travelers who have been vaccinated with all EMA-approved vaccines, including the AstraZeneca vaccine. The latter has not been approved by the US Federal Food and Drug Agency (FDA) yet.
“From our point of view, it would obviously make sense for people vaccinated with AstraZeneca to be able to travel,” the spokesperson said.
The European Medicines Agency has so far approved four vaccines for use, namely Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Janssen and Moderna. Many EU countries have vaccinated travelers with other vaccines, such as Kofishield and Sputnik V.
On the same day, NDTV quoted an unnamed US medical body that claimed the vaccinated person would be anyone who has received a full vaccination with a vaccine approved by the US Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization (WHO).
So far, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Moderna, Pfizer, and Janssen. On the other hand, the World Health Organization approved Pfizer, AstraZeneca (including Covishield), Janssen, Moderna, Sinopharm and Sinovac.
On Tuesday, the US doctor, scientist and immunologist who serves as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the president’s chief medical advisor, Anthony Fauci, said those vaccinated with the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine should also be allowed to enter the United States in November.
In conclusion, those vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen will certainly be allowed in, while for Europeans vaccinated with AstraZeneca, it is still up for debate, although there is a high probability that the same will be allowed in.
Will those vaccinated with mixed vaccines be considered complete vaccines?
It is still not known if those vaccinated with mixed punches, such as AstraZeneca + Pfizer, will be considered fully vaccinated. The number of people vaccinated with mixed vaccines is very high in the European Union after several countries stopped vaccination with the second round of the AstraZeneca vaccine after doubts about side effects in children.
However, the UK is now aware that the case of those vaccinated with two different coronavirus vaccines has been fully vaccinated.
Who might not benefit from lifting the entry ban?
The removal of the entry ban for travelers from the European Union will apply only to those who have been vaccinated. As explained above, although it is still not known which vaccines will be accepted, those who have been vaccinated with vaccines such as Sputnik V, which has not yet been approved by the World Health Organization, will certainly not be able to benefit from the removal of the ban. Access .
Travelers who have received only the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine do not qualify for exemption from the entry ban either.
Those who have been vaccinated with the mixture may also be excluded from the list of those who will be considered fully vaccinated.
Travelers who have been in the past 14 days in countries where the entry ban currently applies, and who arrive in the United States from land borders from Canada and Mexico, will also not be able to take advantage of the move.
Will vaccination requirements apply to countries not subject to entry bans?
Announcing the decision, the US administration noted that travelers from countries that have been banned for more than a year now will be able to enter the US in November if they are fully vaccinated.
The administration has not said anything about whether this requirement will begin to apply to countries from which travel has been permitted so far.
Is there a chance for those who have recovered from COVID-19 to be allowed to enter the United States as well?
As revealed so far, those who have recovered from COVID-19 will not be exempted from the entry ban.