Biden Imposing New International Travel Vaccine Rules, Lifting Ban – Bharat Times Hindi News

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden on Monday signed an order introducing new vaccine requirements for most foreign national air travelers and lifting severe travel restrictions on China, India and much of Europe. The White House said.

Extraordinary US travel restrictions were first imposed in early 2020 to address the spread of COVID-19. The rules bar most non-US citizens who have lived within the past 14 days without border controls in the UK, Europe’s 26 Schengen countries in Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.

“It is in the interest of the United States to remove country-by-country restrictions that were previously in place during the COVID-19 pandemic and to adopt an air travel policy that seeks to advance the safe resumption of international air travel. . Depends mainly on vaccination. For the United States,” Biden’s announcement says.

The White House confirmed that children under the age of 18 are exempt from the new vaccine requirements, as are people with certain medical issues. Non-tourist travelers from about 50 countries with a nationwide vaccination rate of less than 10% will also be eligible for a discount. Those receiving a waiver will usually need to be vaccinated within 60 days of arriving in the United States.

Those countries include Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Armenia, Myanmar, Iraq, Nicaragua, Senegal, Uganda, Libya, Ethiopia, Zambia, Congo , Kenya, Yemen, Haiti, Chad and Madagascar.

White House first disclosed Sept. 20, of Nov. Initially, passengers from Air 33 countries were fully vaccinated.

“Family and friends can see each other again, tourists can visit our wonderful sights. This policy will spur further economic recovery,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price.

The Biden administration also detailed requirements that airlines must follow to confirm that foreign passengers have been vaccinated before boarding US-bound flights.

A concern among US officials and airlines is making sure foreign travelers are aware of new vaccine rules, which will take effect in just two weeks, with unvaccinated Americans facing stricter testing rules.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday issued new contact tracing rules . pdf requires airlines to collect information such as phone numbers, emails and US addresses from international air travelers and retain it for 30 days to “follow up with passengers who have the COVID-19 variant or who have come into contact with other pathogens. “

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This list does not include the Sputnik vaccine, used extensively by Latin American countries.

In Mexico, the government has said it plans to use 24 million doses of Sputnik to vaccinate about 9% of the population. A Biden administration official said Monday The-19-and-international-air-travel-policy that some other major vaccines are “going to be subject to review as data on the performance of those vaccines becomes available in a regulatory process.”

The Transportation Security Administration plans to issue a safety directive that provides airlines with a legal basis for enforcing vaccine requirements. The verification form notes that it is necessary for air travelers to inquire about vaccination status. is a crime.

There is no religious exemption at for international travelers wishing to avoid COVID-19 requirements, the CDC said.

Foreign air travelers will be required to provide vaccination documentation from an “official source” and airlines must confirm that the last dose was at least two weeks prior to the date of travel.

International air travelers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of departure. The White House said exempt Americans and foreign nationals must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within a day of departure.

The Biden administration plans to release details of parallel plans to lift cross-border restrictions on November 8 for vaccinated foreign nationals later this week.

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