US drops international travel ban for vaccinated on Nov. 8

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The US will drop its international travel ban for fully vaccinated foreigners from Nov. 8, a White House official said.

The Biden administration, which is expected to make an official announcement on Friday, is lifting travel restrictions for those arriving in the US at land borders and via air, an official told Reuters.

Non-US citizens from 33 countries, including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe, have been banned from entering the US for much of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The White House revealed last month that restrictions would be lifted for air travelers, but they did not disclose an exact date at the time.

International travelers will need to show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test before boarding a flight. Those arriving at land borders, however, won’t need to show proof of a negative test.

The vaccine requirements will be applied to non-US citizens traveling from all countries, the White House said.

A departures board.
Non-US citizens from 33 countries, including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe, have been banned from entering the US for much of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Angus Mordant/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Biden administration announced Tuesday it would also be lifting travel restrictions at land borders between Canada and Mexico in November, with similar requirements to those announced last month for air travel.

The Canadian government reopened its border to vaccinated American travelers back on Aug. 9.

The ban on European travelers became a diplomatic sore point amid the pandemic given infection rates in the US were higher than most other countries.

Passengers board a flight.
International travelers will need to show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test before boarding a flight.
Angus Mordant/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The majority of European countries had also already reopened to US visitors over the summer.



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