Travelers from European countries who have been immunized against the emerging coronavirus with vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization will be allowed to enter the United States once the latter’s government lifts the ban on arrivals from Europe.
Such a decision, confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, means that European citizens who are fully immunized with one of the following vaccines will be allowed to enter US territory once the entry ban is officially lifted:
Moderna Pfizer / BioNTech Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) AstraZeneca, including Covishield Sinopharm (Beijing) Sinovac
Last month, the White House announced that authorities in the United States would lift the entry ban imposed on travelers from 26 countries in the Schengen area, as well as from European countries, TheSchengen.com reports.
In addition, travel restrictions imposed by US authorities since the beginning of the pandemic in order to stem the further spread of the virus have also affected travelers from China, India, Brazil and the United Kingdom, among other countries.
However, despite the announcement that the government will finally allow immunized travelers from a large number of countries to enter the US territory, it has not been determined which vaccines will be accepted as valid proof of immunity.
In this regard, a CDC spokeswoman recently told Reuters that “six vaccines authorized/approved by the FDA or listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization will meet the criteria for travel to the United States.”
On Friday, the CDC stressed that “earlier this week, to help them set up their systems, we notified airlines which vaccines will be accepted,” while emphasizing that “the CDC will release additional guidance and information when the requirements are finalised.” travel”.
In order to stop the spread of the Corona virus, in March 2020, the former US President, Donald Trump, imposed travel restrictions on a large number of countries, including most European countries. Then President Joe Biden prolonged this policy early in his term.
In July, President Biden indicated that the ban on travel from Europe could soon be rescinded, raising the hopes of European travelers.
The decision of the US authorities was constantly criticized by European governments and organisations.
On June 28, the European Council included the United States in a list of countries considered safe based on their epidemiological status, allowing travelers from the United States to enter most European countries without being subject to additional requirements such as testing and self-isolation rules.
Then, on August 30, the council removed the US from the safe list, calling on its member states to impose stricter rules on travelers from the US and even ban non-essential travel.
However, several EU governments have made clear that they will not follow the council’s recommendation while keeping doors open for vaccinated travelers from the United States.
On the other hand, since the beginning of the epidemic, the US authorities have maintained strict entry rules for arrivals from European countries, banning their entry for more than 18 months now.
Removing the entry ban would bring many benefits to airlines on both sides of the Atlantic.