International Travelers Will Need COVID-19 Vaccine to Visit US

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International travelers will be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine and get tested to visit the United States, based on a new policy from the Biden administration. 

International travelers will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and be tested in order to visit the United States.  

According to NBC News, this is part of a new policy laid out by the Biden administration. It will open air travel to the United States for people from numerous countries for the first time in more than a year. The policy will begin in November, according to White House Covid coordinator Jeffrey Zients.  

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People from 33 countries had been prohibited from traveling to the United States in many cases. Now, the requirement grants them opportunities to come to the United States. “We will move to this much stricter global system, so we will have a consistent approach across all countries, it will require foreign nationals to be vaccinated, to prove they’re vaccinated, and then to go through testing and contact tracing regiments,” Zients said.  

Those who want to participate in international travel to the United States will also need to get tested three days before arriving and show proof of a negative test. Americans who are unvaccinated will have to be tested to return to the United States from other countries.  

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There is currently no vaccine requirement for air travel within the United States, but Zients said they wouldn’t officially rule it out. He said, “We clearly have a track record that shows we’re pulling available levers to acquire vaccinations and were not taking any measures off the table on specific authorities used for implementation.”  

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