The US will reopen its land and air borders for visitors fully vaccinated against Covid-19 from November 8th.
White House assistant press secretary Kevin Munoz tweeted saying the decision to ease restrictions was guided by public health.
He said the “announcement and date applies to both international air travel and land travel”.
US borders were closed in March 2020 to travellers from large parts of the world, including Brazil, the US, Britain, China etc.
Vaccinated air travellers will be required to undergo a test within three days of travelling and airlines will be required to put in place a contact tracing mechanism.
The US said all vaccines which have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) will be accepted.
A White House source said earlier this week that the reopening of air travel will be done in two phases.
Initially, vaccines will be required for non-essential trips – including visiting family or tourism.
However, from January 2022 all visitors entering the United States, regardless of their reason for entry, will be required to be fully vaccinated.
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