USA relax travel ban for vaccinated EU and UK passengers

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The US will lift travel restrictions on EU and UK visitors vaccinated against COVID-19.

Sarah Tew / CNET

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Passengers vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to travel to the US from the EU and UK from early November. Travelers entering the United States must present themselves Vaccination certificate and a negative test taken within three days of leaving the U.S., Jeff Zients, White House COVID-19 response coordinator, told reporters on Monday.

Restrictions on passengers from China, India, Iran, Brazil and South Africa will also be eased, according to the Associated Press.

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Unvaccinated Americans returning to the US are apparently required to have a test within a day of departure, with another test being required upon arrival. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will also require airlines to keep passenger phone numbers and email addresses for 30 days for contact tracking.

The Transportation Safety Administration will also double the fines for those who refuse to wear masks on airplanes. President Joe Biden will host a summit on COVID-19 on Wednesday “to gather the world urgently to work to end this pandemic as soon as possible and better build our systems to deal with the next pandemic.”

The news comes 18 months after then-President Donald Trump issued a blanket travel ban to the US from the EU and the UK. Under the current policy, only US citizens, their immediate families, green card holders and those with national interest exemptions can travel to the US if they have been in the UK or the EU in the past two weeks.

Biden has been pressured by European politicians and major airlines to lift restrictions, the Wall Street Journal noted.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment.


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