Wednesday, November 30

Children May Enter U.S. Without COVID-19 Vaccination Under New Biden Administration Travel Order

The new rules that apply to most foreigners who want to enter the United States will take effect on November 8.

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Under the order that the president of the United States, Joe Biden, signed this Monday, those under 18 will not have to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 upon arrival in the country.

The new rules that apply to most foreigners who want to enter the United States They will come into force on November 8 by air or land.

Access restrictions to the US due to the pandemic were imposed in early 2020 at the height of the coronavirus. The provisions prohibited entry of people who have been to the United Kingdom, the 26 countries of the Schengen zone in Europe, as well as Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.

“It is in the interest of the United States to remove the country-by-country restrictions previously applied during the COVID-19 pandemic and adopt an air travel policy that relies primarily on vaccination to advance the safe resumption of international flights to the United States. .UU. “, Said the president.

The new measures also provide that travelers, who are not tourists, from almost 50 countries with vaccination levels of less than 10% are exempted from the rules. However, these people should be vaccinated no later than 60 days after arriving in the United States.

Some of the countries to which the above applies are: Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Armenia, Myanmar, Iraq, Nicaragua, Senegal, Uganda, Libya, Ethiopia, Zambia, Congo, Kenya, Yemen, Haiti, Chad and Madagascar.

The White House had announced on September 20 that it would nullify several of the provisions on fully vaccinated international travelers, from 33 countries. However, he had not specified a date until mid-October.

The Biden Administration also announced the lifting of restrictions on its land travel from Canada and Mexico, also subject to the requirement of full vaccination.

The above implies that, from November 8, Mexicans and other foreigners who want to enter the United States For visits considered non-essential, such as tourism or most family gatherings, they may do so from the land border, provided they have the complete vaccination schedule.

Fully vaccinated international travelers they should not be quarantined once they reach the territory American, but they must submit their contact information for possible tracking in case of contagion.

Vaccinated non-U.S. Air travelers will also need to submit negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding.

In the case of exemption from proof of vaccination for children, the measure responds to the limited availability of doses in other countries and the differences in immunization rules.

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