The United States will begin receiving foreign nationals by air and plane from Monday, 20 months after closing its doors to face Covid-19. But they have to be fully vaccinated to get into it.
All non-American and non-American travelers will be required to show proof of vaccination before airlines will allow them to board flights to the US.
Children under the age of 18, participants in clinical trials, people with specific vaccination issues and those who need to travel in an emergency or for humanitarian reasons, which will need to be approved by the US government, will be released, according to a protocol released by the US government in October. They will still need to test Covid-19, however, with the exception of children under 2 years of age.
Airlines have been made responsible for enforcing new flights. “We are taking an important step forward in implementing the new system as it relates to international air travel by releasing a series of documents that will help airlines and travelers get ready for November 8 and ensure smooth transition to the new system,” a Biden chief executive told reporters.
As previously reported by the newspaper under the new agreement, airlines will require travelers to provide proof of vaccination issued by an official source – for example, a public health facility, a government facility – in the country where the vaccine has been issued.
All travelers – US citizens, non-citizens, immigrants and non-immigrants – will also be required to produce a Covid-19 free test, conducted 24 hours ago on the day of travel.
Under the new policy, airlines will only accept terms approved by the WHO. Individuals can be considered fully vaccinated ≥ 2 weeks (more than two weeks) after receiving the final dose if they receive any single FDA approved / approved dose or WHO EUL (approved use list) for a single dose (i.e., Janssen), any combination of two FDA approved / authorized doses or emergency use of the WHO is listed in Covid-19 for a two-dose series (i.e., mixing and comparison), ”White House said at the time.
The WHO identifies 10 goals. One of them is the Serum Institute of India’s Covidshield, India’s most widely used form of the AstraZeneca vaccine that the US did not approve of but ordered in advance millions to make its stock.