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USA to open its borders to EU and UK travellers

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Yesterday, the United States announced it will open its borders to travellers from EU and UK. There is no firm date but early November was mentioned. Other banned countries will also be allowed entry via air.

The White House announced the decision on Monday 20th September. The full list is the 26 Schengen Area countries, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Brazil, China, India, Iran and South Africa. Travellers  from these countries have been banned from entering the USA for over a year.

Only vaccinated travellers entering by air from those countries will be able to enter and be exempt from quarantine. Children who aren’t eligible for the vaccine yet will be exempt from the vaccination requirement.

However, the exemption does not extend to land travel from Canada and Mexico.

EU happy with the decision

The European Commission called it a “long-awaited step for separated families & friends, and good news for business.” In a tweet, the Commission said, “We welcome US announcement that fully vaccinated EU travellers will soon be able to travel to the US again.”

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the news, saying, “I am delighted that from November, @POTUS is reinstating transatlantic travel so fully vaccinated UK nationals can visit the USA.”

Italy’s borders have been open to US travellers for some time with special Covid-tested flights in operation. Keep up-to-date with the latest US border controls via the embassy page.

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