UK and EU citizens can travel to the US without restrictions

It has been a very long wait for UK and EU citizens who are desperate to visit family and friends in the US but from November 8 2021, the ban will be lifted for vaccinated travelers. The previous announcement regarding the lifting of the ban did not give a specific date for the removal of the ban. Now that there is a set date confirmed, UK and EU citizens will be able to start making plans for visiting the US, for more information vising the US check estaform.org

Who will be able to visit US from 8 November?

Vaccinated travelers from the 26 Schengen Area countries, as well as the UK and Ireland will be able to visit the US. The ban removal also applies to citizens of China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.

The traveler must have had a vaccination that is accepted by the US, and they will also be required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure and must also have their plane ticket with them.

After over 18 months of very restricted travel to and from the US and around the rest of the world, people had been calling on the US to remove travel restrictions and allow visitors into the country again.

Which vaccines are accepted in the US?

While this has not been formally confirmed yet, it is expected that people who have had EMA-approved vaccines will be able to enter the US. Although the AstraZeneca vaccine has not been approved by the FDA yet, it is expected that this will still be on the list of approved vaccines. A large proportion of the UK population have had the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The vaccines that have been approved by the FDA are Moderna, Pfizer and Janssen and it has been confirmed that one dose of these will be sufficient to allow travel to the US.

The Sinopharm, Sinovac and Covishield vaccinations have been approved by the WHO, but it is not expected that these will be accepted for travel into the US at this point until they are approved by the FDA.

What about mixed vaccinations?

A question that many EU travelers have been asking is whether a combination of vaccinations will be accepted as full vaccination status. Across the EU, many people have had a combination of the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccination, so this affects a large volume of people.

A spokeswoman from the CDC confirmed that mixed vaccinations would be accepted as full vaccination status. She said: “While CDC has not recommended mixing types of a vaccine in a primary series, we recognise that this is increasingly common in other countries so should be accepted for the interpretation of vaccine records.”

The news that travel is allowed for fully vaccinated travelers from the UK and EU to enter the US has resulted in a large number of bookings to visit over the festive period. Australia is also opening up the borders to fully vaccinated travelers from 1 November, a huge step for helping the travel industry to recover from a dismal 18 months.

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