According to the White House pandemic coordinator, the United States is set to lift the travel ban for those who are fully vaccinated in early November.
The Trump administration instituted a travel ban that affected most of Europe, including the UK and EU/EEA but not Turkey, in March 2020. Biden administration was expected to lift it already this summer, but they didn’t, to the surprise of its European allies.
Passengers will need to be tested within three days of travel to the US and have an email address and phone number on file with the airlines for contact tracing purposes.
Unvaccinated Americans need to be tested a maximum a day before departure and after arrival to the United States. The lifting of the travel ban only applies to air travel.
Here’s an excerpt from the BBC:
White House Covid-19 coordinator Jeff Zients announced the “new international air travel system” on Monday, explaining that the country would be opening up to fully vaccinated passengers.
“This is based on individuals rather than a country based approach, so it’s a stronger system,” he said.
He said vaccines were the “best tool we have in our arsenal” to keep people safe.
The travel ban from Europe has made very little sense when the US has continued to allow arrivals from countries with far worse Covid-19 situation this year, such as most Latin America.
Since the travel ban was instituted, Europeans wishing to visit the United States must have first spent two weeks in countries such as Mexico or Turkey.
I am glad that the US is finally reopening for vaccinated travelers. The European Union (Schengen) has been mostly open for Americans the entire summer.