Travel Restrictions Lifted At Last

On Monday, November 8, the U.S. has finally lifted its restrictions regarding international travel for 33 countries. This event marks the end of about 18 months of prohibited visits. Many citizens rejoice, as the end of the ban allows for families to reunite after such a long period of time. The holiday season, an already hectic time of year, is only looking to get more chaotic, and most families are already booking trips and marking their calendars. While the future remains unclear, as the winter could potentially bring new waves or variants, as of now, airports are preparing to be back in business.

Although restrictions are lifted, there are still regulations in place to protect the health of as many individuals as possible and to prevent further exposure from this new development. In order to travel internationally, you must be fully vaccinated and must have tested negative within 3 days of your intended departure. If you have received the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you are good to go. Additionally, any of the vaccines approved by the World Health organization for emergency use have also been deemed eligible. For individuals under the age of 18, being fully vaccinated is not required but a negative COVID-19 test must be taken within 24 hours of the flight. For children who wish to travel, the above rules still apply and they must be over the age of 2 as well as travelling with a fully vaccinated adult.

Proof of vaccination is accepted in both physical and digital forms. While it’s always best to use your original COVID-19 vaccine card received upon your second dose of the vaccine, a photocopy or picture will both be accepted without any trouble. As long as the document includes your full name, the manufacturer of your chosen vaccine, the dates of vaccination, and at least one more means of identity verification, it will be accepted as proof. Finally, the regulations for travelling across land borders, such as to Canada and Mexico, are slightly different. While being fully vaccinated and possessing proof of that fact are still required, a negative COVID-19 test in not required to cross the border. Safe travels!

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