Returning to the United States is about to become more difficult for unvaccinated Americans under the new federal mandates. Pre-departure and arrival testing will be part of the new package of measures, confirmed White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients.
In January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order asking all international travelers arriving on US soil to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test, including those who have been fully vaccinated.
In the coming weeks, returning unvaccinated Americans will also need to demonstrate that they have booked and purchased a test to be taken upon arrival, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a press conference on Monday.
The measure will also include children and does not stop there.
The unvaccinated must now demonstrate that they took the test just 24 hours before departure. Until now, they could submit a test taken within 72 hours before boarding a flight home.
In contrast, the Biden government is relaxing international travel restrictions for foreign visitors entering the United States
Although the government only allows people who have received a full course of a series of coronavirus vaccines (not all are allowed), they will have the chance to submit a negative Covid-19 test done up to 3 days prior to arrival.
This new policy will replace the travel ban for foreigners coming from 33 countries, including most of the European Union, much of Asia and other territories.
“International travel is essential to connect families and friends, to fuel businesses large and small, to promote the open exchange of ideas and culture,” said Zients.
“We’ve developed a new international air travel system that increases the safety of Americans here at home and increases the safety of international air travel,” he added.
The new mandates seem to be in line with what Americans really think about travel and vaccinations.
a recent vote conducted Sept. 17-19, shows that at least 50% of vaccinated Americans are “extremely” or “considerably” concerned about vacationing or traveling with unvaccinated family or friends.
“Our new data suggest that the vaccine division is not just reshaping relationships, but soon the holiday travel season,” said Harris Poll CEO John Gerzema.