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Brand USA welcomes unveiling of new protocols for foreign tourists by the Biden Administration

Today, the Biden Administration has come out with additional guidance related to the much-anticipated reopening of their borders next month. This updated policy puts in place an international travel system that is stringent, consistent across the globe, and guided by public health. The new protocols will replace the prior restrictions based on physical presence in specific countries in favour of screening each individual against universal public health criteria.

“Brand USA is thrilled by this announcement and ready to welcome the world back to our shores. We have spent the past 19 months keeping the drumbeat of inspiration alive and positioning the United States as competitively as possible for a quick and robust return to the global travel market. We expect the new measures will spark significant interest in travel and build the critical traveller confidence needed for a robust recovery of the tourism sector,” said Brand USA in a statement.

Here is what international air travellers to the United States need to do beginning Monday, November 8, 2021:

  • Provide proof of full vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.
  • Accepted vaccines will include those that are FDA approved or authorized, as well as vaccines with an emergency use listing (EUL) from the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Individuals can be considered fully vaccinated at least two weeks after the last dose of an accepted single-dose series or any combination of two doses of an accepted two-dose series.
  • Children under 18 are exempt from the vaccination requirement.
  • Provide documentation of a pre-departure negative viral test from a sample taken within three days of travel to the United States.
  • Both nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs), such as a PCR test, and antigen tests qualify.
  • Children between the ages of 2 and 17 are required to take a pre-departure test.

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