U.S. to Open to Vaccinated Foreign Visitors in November

The United States will lift travel restrictions for vaccinated visitors from Europe and the rest of the world within the next two months, a White House spokesperson announced on Monday.

The Biden administration plans to implement in early November "strict protocols" to prevent the spread of Covid-19, which will include a requirement for all adult foreign nationals traveling to the U.S. to be fully vaccinated, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a briefing on Monday. That will prove a more "equitable" policy than the ban on non-citizens who had been in the European Union's Schengen zone and several countries including the U.K., Brazil, China, Ireland, India and South Africa that has been in place since the early days of the pandemic and which, to date, the administration had declined to lift.

In an earlier briefing on Monday, White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said that travelers will need to show proof of vaccination prior to boarding a flight to the U.S. as well as negative results from a Covid-19 test taken within three days of departure. Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens also will be required to take a pre-flight Covid-19 test before returning to the United States, and non-vaccinated U.S. citizens will have tighter restrictions, including a required test after arrival home.