Finally, after roughly two years of extremely strict travel restrictions and guidelines in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, Old Uncle Joe’s administration has put out a statement that says that vaccinated peoples from the European Union and the United Kingdom will now be allowed to come into the United States starting in upcoming November.
Anyone that plans on traveling into the U.S. will now be allowed entry to the country if they are both fully vaccinated and subject themselves to COVID-19 testing along with so-called “contact tracing.” These people will no longer be forced to undergo any quarantines.
This choice finally comes through in the wake of months of extreme pressure from our European allies. Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the U.K., was overjoyed at the news and went on to state that he was “delighted.”
“I am delighted that from November, [President Biden] is reinstating transatlantic travel so fully vaccinated UK nationals can visit the USA,” tweeted out Johnson. “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.”
I am delighted that from November, @POTUS is reinstating transatlantic travel so fully vaccinated UK nationals can visit the USA.
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.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) September 20, 2021
As reported by the BBC, there will be a few notable exceptions to the newly passed policy, these include caveats for children who are not eligible to receive the vaccination.
Jeff Zients, the White House COVID-19 coordinator, was the one to announce the new policies and did not outright specify whether only U.S.-approved vaccines would be acknowledged as eligible. He went on to add that the new ruleset would take effect in the early days of November, which was done in order to give the airlines and other agencies “time to prepare.”
“The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to issue a contact tracing order requiring airlines to collect information from US-bound travelers, including a phone number and email address, to alert travelers of potential exposure,” reported CNN. “Airlines will be required to keep contact tracing information for 30 days.”
“This will enable CDC and state and local public health officials to follow up with inbound travelers and those around them if someone has potentially been exposed to Covid-19 and other pathogens,” stated Zients. He went on to note that this racing requirement would be used far more broadly in the future as a way to protect “against any future public health threats.”
As reported by The Hill, Zients stated that the protocols will “protect Americans here at home, and enhance the safety of the international air travel system.” Adding on, he stated that this was all made possible due to the increased vaccination rates on an international scale.
“Today nearly 6 billion shots have been administered globally and dozens of countries have strong vaccination rates. Vaccines continue to show that they’re highly effective, including against the delta variant,” stated Zients.