Covid-19; Joe Biden issues new guidelines for air travel

India, Brazil, South Africa, and the UK could see an ease in the Covid-19 restrictions that allows air travel to the US.  President Joe Biden signed an order imposing new vaccine requirements for most foreign national air travelers. Starting from November 8, the severe restrictions imposed on China, India, and much of Europe will be lifted off, the White House said.

As per the report from the US department of state release, foreign national air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated, and to provide proof of vaccination status should be submitted before boarding an airplane to fly to the country with only limited exceptions.

The US in 2020, released new Covid-19 restrictions like other countries. The country noted that as per rules,  the country bar most non-U.S. citizens who within the last 14 days have been in Britain, the 26 Schengen countries in Europe without border controls, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran, and Brazil.

This rule now has been updated with some changes pointing that the adults who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents and want to travel to the country on or after November 8 will have to be fully vaccinated.

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New guidelines:

  1.  Vaccines Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, and Sinovac vaccines along with vaccines of emergency use are on the list which allows foreign nationals to enter the country (FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listed Covid-19 vaccines).
  1. Documentation of a pre-departure negative viral test from a sample taken within three days of travel to the United States before boarding should be submitted by the fully vaccinated people.
  1.  US citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and foreign nationals will continue to be required to show documentation of a pre-departure negative viral test from a sample taken within three days of travel to the United States before boarding. They should be fully vaccinated too. For unvaccinated travelers, they will now need to show documentation of a negative viral test from a sample taken within one day of travel to the United States, read the release.
  1. Fully vaccinated travelers should travel with proof of their vaccination status to provide to their airline prior to departure to the United States and it can be a paper or digital record issued by an official source.
  1. Children between the ages of 2 and 17 are required to take a pre-departure test, adversary said. Children under 2 years of age are excepted from the testing requirement but CDC recommends taking tests prior to boarding. If a non fully vaccinated child travels with a fully vaccinated adult, they can show proof of a negative viral test from a sample taken within three days before departure (consistent with the timeline for fully vaccinated adults).
  1. If an unvaccinated child is traveling alone or with unvaccinated adults, they will have to show proof of a negative viral test from a sample taken within one day of departure.