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The United States announced its plans to welcome fully vaccinated individuals to enter the country beginning November, easing the travel restrictions placed since last year.
According to White House COVID-19 Coordinator Jeff Zients, foreign nationals and returning American citizens will be required to show proof of their vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test result taken within three days of their flight.
Fully vaccinated travelers will not be required to undergo quarantine, the White House added.
Meanwhile, unvaccinated returning citizens will still be allowed entry to the US but will be subject to stricter testing requirements such as a test a day before their departure and another test upon their arrival.
Zients noted that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide the guidelines for which vaccine brands will be acceptable under the new protocol. Currently, the US allows the use of only three vaccines, Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.
The decision is welcomed by many, especially European nations. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is “delighted” with the White House’s move to ease the restrictions which have been causing rifts between the US and Europe.
“I am delighted that from November, @POTUS is reinstating transatlantic travel so fully vaccinated UK nationals can visit the USA,” Johnson wrote on Twitter. “It’s a fantastic boost for business and trade, and great that family and friends on both sides of the pond can be reunited once again.”