(CMR) Beginning November, all foreign nationals traveling to the United States will need to show proof that they have been vaccinated and have a negative COVID-19 test. This new rule is part of President Joe Biden's plan to relax travel restrictions to the country.
The new rules replace restrictions that had barred non-citizens who had been in certain countries in the previous 14 days from entering the US. Instead of focusing on countries, the regulations will focus on individuals instead.
White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients announced the new policies, which will require all foreign travelers flying to the US to demonstrate proof of vaccination before boarding, as well as evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of flight.
Unvaccinated American citizens will need to be tested within a day before returning to the US, as well as after they arrive home. Fully vaccinated passengers will not be required to quarantine, Zients said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will also require airlines to collect contact information from international travelers to facilitate contact tracing, Zients said.
It was not immediately clear which vaccines would be acceptable under the US system and whether those unapproved in the US could be used. Zients said that decision would be up to the CDC.