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Travel Restrictions: Unvaccinated Children and Vaccinated Individuals From Countries With Low Rates Are Exempted in the New Policy

FILE PHOTO: An American Airlines Airbus A321 plane takes off from Los Angeles International airport
Biden administration have announced the new travel policy with tightened restrictions (Photo: Mike Blake/Reuters)

New Travel Policy exempts unvaccinated children and some individuals from countries with low vaccination rates

Earlier this month, the Biden administration has announced to reopen the United States for fully vaccinated individuals. The administration came up with this new travel policy after many European countries loosened the visa requirements for Americans.

On Monday, President Joe Biden signed the new policy imposing the lifting of the travel ban following the announcement of the details for the latest travel system. However, the reopening comes with tightened travel requirements to prevent the possibility of another COVID-19 wave in the country.

The new policy says that vaccinated individuals must provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test result within three days of travel, those who have not been vaccinated must show a COVID-19 test taken within one day of travel. Officials have also mandated the airlines to acquire the contact details of passengers for the possible contact tracing. 

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Unvaccinated children under 18 years old are exempted from the travel restrictions implemented on Monday (Photo: atyana_tomsickova/iStock)

Exemptions In The New Travel System

Individuals who are not vaccinated are still not allowed to enter the country. However, exemptions were given for unvaccinated children under 18 years old. Children over the age of two who travel with an adult who is fully vaccinated must have a negative COVID-19 test within three days of their travel date.

Individuals from countries with low vaccination rates are also exempted from the travel requirements. However, this exemption only applies to a narrow group of unvaccinated individuals. Thus, travelers who want to enter the country for tourism are not included. 

Those who present a certification from the United States government approving their travel due to an emergency or humanitarian need will also be permitted to enter the United States. Officials highlighted the possibilities for certain travelers to enter the country who could not receive a vaccine due to a lack of vaccine eligibility and the limited global supply.

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