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The United States Officially Lifts Pandemic Travel Restriction


The United States Officially Lifts Pandemic Travel Restriction

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Due to concerns about the pandemic, the United States has maintained restrictions on nonessential international travel for the past year. However, with ongoing COVID-19 vaccination initiatives and improving safety conditions for travel, it has been determined that it is now appropriate to allow entry to foreign visitors, provided they furnish evidence of their own vaccination status.

Today, the US government declared that entry is now open to a wide range of countries that were previously subject to restrictions. Notable nations on this list include Canada, Mexico, and various European Union countries. This relaxation in travel rules will enable tourists to visit the United States in time for the upcoming autumn and winter holidays, allowing families separated by the travel bans to reunite.

The only condition for foreign travelers wishing to enter the United States is to present proof of full vaccination and a recent negative result from a COVID-19 test. It’s worth noting that the testing requirement applies solely to air travel; individuals entering from Mexico or Canada by land need only show proof of vaccination, without the need for testing.

Various tourist destinations and shopping districts near US borders and major tourist hubs have faced significant challenges due to the absence of foreign visitors. It is anticipated that the reopening of borders will provide much-needed business for these establishments. River Robinson, a Canadian woman interviewed by NPR, revealed that she and her American partner were unable to celebrate the birth of their son together due to the travel restrictions.

Expressing her plans, Robinson stated, “I intend to visit my baby’s American family during Thanksgiving. If all goes smoothly at the border, I aim to make regular visits with him. It’s astounding to think he has an entire side of the family he hasn’t met yet.”

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