The United States will reopen in November to air travelers from 33 countries including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as the White House announced.
The decision, announced by White House Coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients, marked a sharp change for President Joe Biden’s administration, which said last week that it was not the right time to lift restrictions amid growing cases of COVID-19.
U.S. restrictions have so far barred travelers from most parts of the world, including tens of thousands of foreign nationals or relatives in the United States.
The United States will accept fully vaccinated air travelers from the 26 so-called Schengen countries in Europe, such as France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Greece, as well as Britain, Ireland, China and India. , South Africa, Iran and Brazil.
Zients did not give an exact start date for the new rules, but simply referred to the term “early November”. Many details of the new policy are still being decided.
However, the United States has extended pandemic-related restrictions on land borders with Canada and Mexico, banning unnecessary travel such as tourism until October 21.