Several countries are rolling out new international travel policies affecting non-nationals who wish to travel to their lands by air. The United States will reopen in November to air travelers from 33 countries, including India and China, who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
The UK has also eased its strict restrictions related to the pandemic, however, its rules have caused issues with opting out. Here is an overview of the regulations of the countries that open their doors to international travelers.
Joe Biden’s administration announced on Monday that it would lift Covid travel bans for all air passengers in November if they are fully vaccinated and undergo contact tracing and testing. The unprecedented restrictions have separated relatives, friends and businessmen from around the world for many months as the pandemic continues.
Jeffrey Zients, coronavirus response coordinator for US President Joe Biden, told reporters the new “consistent approach” would take effect “in early November.”
Many safeguards will remain in place to suppress the spread of the virus, which has already killed more than 670,000 Americans and reappeared after what many hoped was a lasting decline earlier this year. “More importantly, foreign nationals traveling to the United States will need to be fully immunized,” Zients said.
It was not immediately clear whether the new rule only applied to vaccines approved by the United States or whether other brands, such as those produced in China or Russia, would also qualify. Zients said this would be determined by the US Centers for Disease Control.
Restrictions on the movement of vehicles from Canada and Mexico will remain in place. “We have no updates on land border policies,” Zients said, adding that passengers will need to show they have been fully vaccinated before boarding planes for the United States, as well as provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test carried out within three days.
Americans who are not fully vaccinated will still be able to enter, but only if they test negative within one day of travel.
Masks will be required on flights to the United States, and airlines will provide contact tracing information to U.S. health officials. “This new international travel system follows science to ensure the safety of Americans’ international air travel,” Zients said.
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Under new Covid-related travel rules in the UK, fully stung Indians will not be considered vaccinated in the country and will have to undergo 10 days of quarantine. The latest changes, announced on Friday, require that only people who have received both injections of a double-dose vaccine like Oxford-AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna or the Janssen single-injection vaccine “as part of a program approved in the UK, European, US or UK Vaccination Program Abroad ”will be considered fully vaccinated.
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The changes, announced on Friday, require that only people who have received both injections of a double-dose vaccine such as Oxford-AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna or the Janssen single-injection vaccine “as part of a approved vaccination program in UK, Europe, US or UK vaccination program abroad ‘will be considered fully vaccinated.
Before traveling to England, even people who are fully vaccinated in India will need to undergo a Covid-19 test before departure within three days of the travel date, book and pay for the two and eight days of the Covid-19 tests to be performed after the trip. ‘arrival in the UK and complete their passenger locator form anytime within 48 hours of your arrival in England
After arriving in the country, all Indian passengers will be required to quarantine themselves at home or the place they are staying for 10 days and take a Covid-19 test no later than the second day and on or after the eighth. day.
However, these rules do not apply to travelers who are considered to be fully vaccinated. These travelers will not be required to take an eighth day Covid-19 test, undergo a pre-departure test, quarantine themselves at home or where they are staying for 10 days after arrival.
The changes, which will take effect from October 4, have shocked Indians, with former Union ministers Ramesh and Tharoor calling them “offensive and sensing racism”. After criticism, the UK said on Monday it was engaging with the Indian government to explore expanding their recognition of vaccine certification.
Canada, which had halted all flights from India months ago after passengers with negative RT-PCR certificates before travel also tested positive in on-arrival tests, resumed on Tuesday direct flight operations between Canada and India. It also relaxed the third-country RT-PCR requirement for Indian travelers.
According to an article in The Indian Express, the Thai Embassy in New Delhi announced on Monday that it would resume issuing all types of visas for authorized non-Thai nationals. These types of visas include student visas, those with a work permit, or those with a residence permit, etc. It does not issue medical visas or tourist visas at this time.
Turkey has announced that travelers who have received two doses of a WHO-approved vaccine at least 14 days before departure can enter Turkey. The rules also apply to Indian travelers who have received two doses of Covishield. Other vaccines accepted by Turkey are Pzifer, Biontech, Sputnik V, Sinovac and Johnson & Johnson single dose.
those who have taken the Covaxin vaccine will also be allowed to travel to Turkey, according to a report. Unvaccinated people can also travel to Turkey, but will have to undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine period upon arrival.
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