Biden administration to require foreign travelers to be vaccinated to enter U.S.

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The Biden administration is preparing to ease travel restrictions for vaccinated foreign nationals traveling to the United States, the White House announced Monday, rolling back a blanket ban on travel for non-U.S. citizens imposed by the Trump administration. But it also means unvaccinated foreign nationals who have been able to come to the U.S. will not be able to in the near future.

Under the new policy from the Biden administration, which will begin in November, foreign nationals flying to the U.S. must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination before boarding a plane, Jeff Zients, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator, told reporters. They will also have to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within three days of traveling.

Fully vaccinated international travelers will not be required to quarantine upon their arrival in the U.S.

“This follows the science,” Zients said. “Requiring passengers to be fully vaccinated, we will protect Americans here at home.”

Unvaccinated Americans returning to the U.S. from abroad will need to show proof of a negative test taken within 24 hours of travel.

As part of the new international air travel system, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require airlines to collect phone numbers and email addresses from inbound international travels as part of an enhanced contact tracing system. The CDC will also determine which vaccines will be accepted under the new policy.

The new requirements don’t affect land travel from Canada and Mexico, which is still restricted.

“We do not have any updates to the land border policies at this point,” Zients said.

The move from the Biden administration comes 18 months after former President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would be restricting travel for foreign nationals coming from much of Europe, the United Kingdom, China, Brazil and other countries in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The prohibitions remained in place when President Biden took office in January, and the White House said in July it would maintain the restrictions due to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, which drove a rise in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.

Mr. Biden is scheduled to travel to New York on Monday afternoon for the United Nations General Assembly.

Margaret Brennan contributed to this report.

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  1. Chuptz, like if the vaccinated can’t contract and transmit the virus.

    Revelation 14:9,10 – And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

    The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

    • I just love when people quote The Bible when it most suits them. Meanwhile you all steal, lie, commit adultery, kill and worship false idols. Some of us are so deeply marked that really only the Blood of Christ can save us.

      Meanwhile a man of the cloth came out and said it’s not the mask of the beast and you all called him a false prophet.

      Lord give me strength to keep up. We are doomed indeed.

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