US Plans Reopening for Vaccinated Foreign Travelers
The United States is preparing to put steps in place for requiring nearly all foreign visitors to the U.S. to be vaccinated for the coronavirus.
The requirement is part of the administration’s phased approach to easing travel restrictions for foreign citizens who want to visit the United States. No timeline has yet been determined Reuters reports, but interagency working groups are looking at how and when to safely move toward resuming normal international travel.
The administration must also decide what proof it would require for vaccinations and if vaccines that some countries are using but are not authorized by U.S. regulators will be accepted for travel to the U.S..
While most restrictions have been lifted domestically, foreign tourism is mostly limited. Allowing foreigners to visit would be a big boost for airlines, hotels and all of the tourism industry in general.
Restrictions for travel to the U.S. were first imposed on China in January 2020 to contain the spread of COVID-19 many other countries have been added since. Currently, non-U.S. residents who have been to China, the European Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and India in the prior 14 days are prohibited from entering the U.S.. Additionally, all travelers to the U.S., regardless of vaccination status, are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of air travel to the country.