US borders reopened to French citizens

The United States reopened November 8th its borders to travelers vaccinated against Covid-19, after twenty months of restrictions.


US borders reopened to French citizens

After twenty months of restrictions, the United States reopens its land and air borders. Only travelers vaccinated against Covid-19 are concerned.

This is the end of the “travel ban”. The United States reopened November 8th its borders to travelers vaccinated against Covid-19, after twenty months of restrictions.

To protect himself from the countries most affected by Covid-19, the US president at the time had imposed restrictions on travel from China in February 2020. Then on March 13th, it was the turn of the European countries of the Schengen area. Great Britain and Ireland followed a few days later, while Mexico and Canada’s land borders were mainly closed.

You must be vaccinated and present a negative PCR or antigen test of less than 72 hours to enter the country. 

Many families on both sides of the Atlantic are eagerly awaiting this reunion. It had certainly been possible to travel from the United States to Europe since last summer. Still, foreigners living on American soil and holding certain visas had no guarantee of returning home.

Vaccination and negative tests

More than thirty countries are affected by the lifting of the “travel ban”. But entry will not be completely free. The American authorities intend to monitor the vaccination status of travelers at the same time as they will continue to require negative Covid tests.

For travelers arriving by air, the United States will require, in addition to proof of vaccination and a test within three days before departure, the establishment by airlines of a system to track contacts.

For the overland route, the restrictions will be lifted in two stages. People coming for reasons deemed non-essential, for example family or tourism, will be able to cross the border of Canada or Mexico, provided they are vaccinated. People coming for compelling reasons – for example truck drivers – will be exempt.

But from January, the vaccination obligation will apply to all visitors crossing land borders, regardless of their reason for entry.

US health officials have indicated that all vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted. For the moment, according to the WHO emergency procedure, these are the vaccines : AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer / BioNTech, the Indian Covaxin, Sinopharm and Sinovac. These two Chinese vaccines will therefore make it possible to cross the borders of the United States.

Cautious optimism

The American authorities have not yet commented on the rise in the number of cases in Europe, where the WHO is alarmed by the “very worrying” rate of transmission of Covid-19, which could lead to half a million more deaths on the continent by February.

This fourth “massive” wave hits in particular Germany, with which the Biden administration is particularly looking after its relationship.

The chief medical officer of the United States, Vivek Murthy, told him he was “cautiously optimistic” Sunday on ABC channel about the evolution of the pandemic in the United States.

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