US to ease travel restrictions for vaccinated foreigners

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    From November, the United States will ease foreign travel restrictions for those entering the country, allowing foreigners in if they have proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test.

    According to the Associated Press, the announcement came today from the White House.

    AP says the new rules will replace a “hodgepodge of restrictions” that had barred non-citizens who had been in Europe, much of Asia and certain other countries in the prior 14 days from entering the U.S.

    White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients announced the new policies, which will still require all foreign travelers flying to the U.S. to demonstrate proof of vaccination before boarding, as well as proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of flight.

    President Biden will also reportedly tighten testing rules for unvaccinated American citizens, who will need to be tested within a day before returning to the U.S. and after they arrive home.

    Mr Zients says fully vaccinated passengers will not be required to quarantine.

    He adds that it will be up to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to decide what vaccines would be acceptable under the proposed system.

    Read the Associated Press (AP) article: US easing foreign travel restrictions; vaccinations required