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US ends Covid vaccine mandate for international travellers from May 11

On May 11, the United States will end its Covid-19 vaccination mandate for international travellers and federal workers, as the coronavirus public health emergency comes to an end, according to the White House. The decision comes after the US House of Representatives voted in February to lift the vaccine requirement for most foreign air travellers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccination requirements for most foreign travellers, however, remained in place. The announcement means that Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic, who is not vaccinated against Covid-19, will be able to participate in major American tournaments like the US Open from May 12.

Additionally, from May 12, non-US travellers entering the United States via land ports of entry and ferries will no longer be required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and provide proof of vaccination upon request. While the Biden administration’s rules requiring federal employees and contractors to be vaccinated or face disciplinary action have not been enforced for over a year, the Health and Human Services Department said it will begin the process of ending vaccination requirements for Head Start educators and government-certified healthcare facilities.


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