Wednesday, October 5

Tomorrow the US opens its borders to international travelers after a year and a half


Those vaccinated with the full schedule will be able to access for visits considered non-essential, a measure that the EU has been visibly annoying since it opened its doors to vaccinated Americans at the beginning of summer

Passengers at Salt Lake City International Airport in October 2020.
Passengers at Salt Lake City International Airport in October 2020.RICK BOWMERAP
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USA reopen its land and air borders tomorrow Monday to vaccinated international passengers with the complete guideline against covid-19, thus ending the closure in force decreed in March 2020.

Thus concludes the long wait from regions such as Europe, which was visibly annoyed awaiting a reciprocal measure by Washington since the European Union (EU) opened its doors to vaccinated Americans in early summer.

These travel restrictions, initially applied by the former president Donald Trump (2017-2021), were maintained by the current president, Joe Biden, who arrived at the White House last January.

Starting tomorrow, according to the White House, foreigners who want to enter the United States to visits considered nonessential, such as tourism or most family gatheringsThey will be able to do it both by air and by the land borders of Mexico and Canada.

International travelers who are vaccinated and flying from countries subject to travel restrictions due to the pandemic so far, a list that included the 26 European states of the Schengen area, in addition to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, China, Iran, South Africa and India.

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS, in English) has warned since it foresees that before “the greater volume of travelers, the waiting times at customs are prolonged” so he recommends having the documents at hand and showing “patience,” according to a statement released last week.

The opening of borders comes shortly after the United States reached the 70% of its adult population fully vaccinated, is already giving booster doses to those over 65, and started vaccinating boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 11 this week.


The United States will accept all vaccines that have been licensed by the World Health Organization (WHO), including that from AstraZeneca.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States (CDC, in English) consider that a person is “fully vaccinated” if 14 days have passed since you received an accepted single-dose vaccine or since you received the second of a two-dose vaccine.

For now, the WHO has not authorized some of the vaccines that are being administered in Latin America, such as the Russian one Sputnik V and the china CanSino.

The CDC considers a person to be fully vaccinated 14 days after they have received two doses of any “mixed” combination of accepted vaccines against covid-19, administered with at least 17 days off.


In addition to the vaccination obligation, international passengers must present a negative covid test (PCR or antigens) performed three days prior of the trip to the United States.

Fully vaccinated international travelers they must not comply with quarantine once they hit US soil, but I know they must provide contact information to facilitate tracking in case of contagion.

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In the case of Americans will be able to enter the country without vaccination, but they must have the negative test of a test carried out one day before the trip to the United States, and they must undergo another after their return to the country.

To the children between 2 and 17 years old They will not be required to be vaccinated to enter the US, but they must comply with the condition of presenting a negative covid-19 test carried out three days into the trip.

The under 2 to, for their part, are exempt from both vaccine and test.

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