Vaccinated Europeans will be allowed to enter the US from 8 November 2021, according to the White House Assistant Press Secretary.
“The US’ new travel policy that requires vaccination for foreign national travelers to the United States will begin on Nov 8,” said White House Assistant Press Secretary Kevin Munoz on Twitter. “This announcement and date applies to both international air travel and land travel. This policy is guided by public health, stringent, and consistent.”
This move could mark the long-awaited easing of travel restrictions to the US from Europe, Schengen-Visa.com reports.
In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that foreign nationals coming to the US, including Europeans, will be allowed to have a combination of vaccines, given that the vaccines are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
A CDC spokesperson confirmed that “individuals who have any combination of two doses of an FDA approved/authorized or WHO emergency use listed COVID-19 two-dose series are considered fully vaccinated.”
The term “fully vaccinated” in this context refers to a person having two jabs of an FDA-approved Covid-19 vaccine. So far, the FDA has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Janssen vaccines.
The US’s move to finally open their borders to Europeans has been both long awaited and welcomed by travel industry operators, airlines, travelers, and international businesspeople.
Airlines in particular will benefit the most right away, as this move will open up air routes across the Atlantic as well as many other opportunities.
“U.S. airlines have been strong advocates for an individual risk-based system to safely ease travel restrictions, and we recognize that the safe reopening of borders is essential for our nation’s economic recovery. The full reopening of international travel is also critical to reviving economies around the globe, reinvigorating communities and supporting millions of jobs in the U.S. and abroad. We have seen an increase in ticket sales for international travel over the past weeks, and are eager to begin safely reuniting the countless families, friends and colleagues who have not seen each other in nearly two years, if not longer,” said President and CEO of Airlines for America, Nick Calio.
More news is likely to come before the borders actually open, as this is a new move that has just been announced.