COVID-19: USA accepting Vaccinated travellers
For 18 months during the COVID-19 pandemic, the USA has imposed some stringent border restrictions on foreigners entering the country. Looks like the White House might be softening this policy from November 2021.
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Those allowed to travel into the USA will need to prove their double vaccination status before they board planes. Vaccinated travellers will still need to have a negative COVID-19 result, and CNN is reporting that they will also be subject to some kind of contract tracing system.
At the moment most of the reports are highlighting reciprocal international travel agreements between the USA, the UK and the EU, but there is no reason that this shouldn’t be extended to Australia too – and our Prime Minister Scovid is in the USA meeting with the President as I write
Tourism industry and families relieved
This will be great news for the tourism industry across America, not to mention for families that have been split by the ban. It will also be welcome if Australia opens its borders for international travel in December as is being rumoured, and bet on by Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.
This is great news. On the other hand, does anyone want to visit a country where 1 in 5 people have reputedly one person in 500 has died of COVID-19? I especially want to visit the South of the USA, but given this is largely the home of the anti-vax states – maybe not quite so soon.
The recent 20th anniversary of 9/11 did have me thinking nostalgically of New York, especially the year we went there to attend the Wagner Ring Cycle at the Met. The theatres are back open on Broadway too. Just say’in.