People wearing protective face masks are seen in the street, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in the lower section of Manhattan in New York City, U.S., September 9, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Travel restrictions were imposed 18 months in the US by then President Donald Trump.Agencies WashingtonLast Updated:September 20, 2021, 20:18 ISTFOLLOW US ON:
The United States announced Monday it will lift Covid travel bans on all passengers next month if they are fully vaccinated and undergo testing and contact tracing.
Jeffrey Zients, coronavirus response coordinator for President Joe Biden, told reporters the new “consistent approach" would take effect in “early November."
The easing of travel restrictions, imposed 18 months ago by Donald Trump as the Covid-19 pandemic first erupted, marks a significant shift by Biden and answers a major demand from European allies at a time of strained diplomatic relations.
There will be some exceptions to the vaccine policy, officials said.
The United States currently bars most non-US citizens who within the last 14 days have been in Britain, the 26 Schengen countries in Europe without border controls, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.
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