Children under the age of 18 who are not vaccinated will still be allowed to enter the United States, according to the Biden administration.
This rule will also apply to people who are travelling from countries where vaccine supply is scarce.
From the 8th of November, foreign and non-immigrant adults travelling to the United States will need to be fully vaccinated in order to travel to the US.
All airlines will be required to collect contact information on passengers regardless of their vaccination status if it becomes necessary.
All travellers will have to be tested for Covid-19 before boarding a plane to the US and tightened restrictions will apply to American and foreign citizens who are not fully vaccinated.
Children under 18, although not required to be vaccinated, will still need to take a Covid-19 test unless they are two years old or under.
Exemptions will apply to anyone who participated in Covid-19 clinical trials, have severe allergic reactions to the vaccine or are from a country where vaccine supply is scarce.
People from countries where the vaccination rate is below 10% will be covered in the latter category.
According to a senior administration official, they may be admitted to the US with a government letter that issues a compelling reason to authorise travel and not just tourism.
Airlines will be required to enforce the new regulations and this will be ensured through spot-checks by quarantine officers from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
Any airline that does not enforce the requirements could face a penalty of up to $35,000 per violation.
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