COVID-19: new measures to enter the US


As of November, the exact date has not yet been specified, the United States will lift the ban on people from certain countries or regions (the European Union, China, Iran, South Africa, India and Brazil, among others) heavily affected by the pandemic. They will travel directly from their countries to the United States.

For this, some rules have been modified that impact not only on the citizens of those countries, but on all the people who want to enter the country. It remains to be specified how the measure will be applied. What is known so far is what follows.

Vaccination test and negative test for COVID

Citizens of countries that are prohibited from traveling directly to the United States (until now they had to be in a third country, such as Mexico or the Dominican Republic, for two weeks), will be able to enter the United States by showing proof of vaccination and a negative test of COVID carried out in the three days prior to boarding the flight. The two documentations, not just one of them.

Persons who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter the United States, No matter what country they are from, they are not US citizens.

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Even Candá and Mexico must comply with these rules.

These rules mentioned above are not only effective for citizens of countries and regions that were prohibited from traveling to the United States, but for everyone who is not a US citizen.

The new regulations apply to people entering by plane.

The land borders of Canada and Mexico are for now partially closed, you can only go through trips that are considered essential.

The rule that the Biden administration will put into effect in November applies to all “foreign nationals,” meaning that residents of the United States who are not United States citizens (with green cards or visas, hundreds of thousands of people ) will not be able to leave the country and then re-enter unless they are fully vaccinated.

These vaccination measures do not apply to US citizens. If an unvaccinated US citizen returns to the country, to enter they must show only a negative COVID test taken no more than one day before the return flight. This person should repeat the test upon landing.

Recognized vaccines

It is important to note that these new rules are still under review and the White House plan does not specify what types or brands of vaccines will be accepted. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that those that indicate the application of vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) would be considered as valid certificates.

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Modern Approved in 72 countries

Pfizer-BioNTech. Approved in 100 countries

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Approved in 66 countries.

Oxford / AstraZeneca. Approved in 122 countries.

Covishield (an AstraZeneca vaccine formulation produced in India). Approved in 45 countries.

Sinopharm (produced in Beijing). Approved in 64 countries.

Sinovac. Approved in 40 countries.

The Russian Sputnik or Gam-COVID-Vac vaccine, which is approved in 71 countries, including several in Latin America, is under review pending new documentation, according to the August WHO report. Last February the medical journal The Lancet published that Sputnik was 91% effective.

Around the world so far there are 22 vaccines in use approved for emergency use, which met the phases required by clinical trials.

To keep in mind

  • Although it is not known for sure, minors for whom vaccines are not yet available may not have to meet these requirements.
  • These regulations are not set in stone, especially on vaccines, in fact the WHO may continue to add vaccines to its list.
  • The new rules restrict entry into the United States to much of the world that is not so far along with immunization. The percentage of fully vaccinated people in Africa does not reach 5%, and in some regions of Latin America vaccination reaches only 30%.
  • The Biden administration is working with airlines to develop contact lists that trackers can work with in the event that cases are registered on flights or airports. The elaboration of these lists will be mandatory.
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