The United States has released new travel guidelines, and according to this, all travel restrictions are to be lifted on incoming passengers who are non-citizen, non-immigrant. The latest travel update will be valid from November 8 onwards. The Biden administration’s latest travel rules suggest that such passengers must be fully vaccinated, and will be required to show proof of vaccination before boarding.

Moreover, those travellers who are unvaccinated, both citizens and non-citizens, are required to get tested a day before they enter the country. Also, it must be noted that those foreign nationals who are unvaccinated, can enter into the US under limited circumstances.

According to a senior administration official, “Under this new international air travel system, foreign nationals will need to be fully vaccinated, in order to fly to the United States. The new system also includes enhanced testing requirements, strengthened contact tracing, as well as masking. These are strict safety protocols that follow the science and public health to enhance the safety of Americans here at home, and the safety of international air travel.”

It has also been reported that the airlines will have to match the name and date of birth of passengers to confirm that he or she is the same person as it shows in the vaccination certificate. Also, it is the job of the airline to ensure that the certificate is from an authentic official source of the issuing country where the vaccine was administered. More importantly, the vaccinated passenger must meet the CDC’s definition of fully vaccinated, so the vaccine product, number of vaccine doses received, date(s) of administration, site (e.g., vaccination clinic, health care facility) of vaccination will be checked.

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