The White House recently announced on Twitter that the United States will be introducing a new travel policy beginning November 8, 2021. The new travel policy will finally allow fully-vaccinated foreign nationals to travel to Canada with very few exceptions. The travel ban imposed on certain countries will also be lifted.
What Is the New Travel Policy?
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) updated the list of all the vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved and authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO). Being vaccinated by the following vaccines will make you eligible to travel to the US by air:
- Johnson and Johnson
- Serum Institute of India- COVISHIELD
- Sinopharm (Beijing)
International travelers will be required to provide proof of vaccination along with a negative Covid-19 test result taken before boarding a flight to the US. If you are entering the US through the land border, then you will not be required to provide a negative Covid-19 test result, only proof of vaccination would do.
What About the Previous Travel Restrictions?
The Trump administration first imposed travel restrictions on the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. The administration also imposed travel bans on travelers coming from the following countries:
- South Africa
- The Schengen Countries- including 26 countries in the European Union
- The United Kingdom
There were also land and air travel restrictions on non-essential travelers coming from Canada and Mexico. These restrictions kept millions of visitors from coming to the US, hurting border economies and preventing loved ones from uniting with their families in the US.
In its Twitter notification, the White House indicated that the first phase of lifting these restrictions will begin on November 8, allowing non-essential travelers to come to the US. The second phase will be implemented in early January 2022.