IATA welcomes amendments made to U.S. COVID-19 travel restrictions

Posted: 21 September 2021 | | No comments yet

The International Air Transport Association approves the new decision to allow fully vaccinated travellers, with a negative COVID-19 test result, to enter the U.S. from early November 2021.

IATA welcomes the amendments made to U.S. COVID-19 travel restrictions

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has welcomed the decision by the Biden Administration to enable vaccinated travellers to enter the U.S. with a negative COVID-19 test result prior to travel from early November 2021. Importantly, this supersedes the so-called 212f restrictions, which prevented anyone from entering the U.S. if they had been in 33 specific countries including the UK, Ireland, all Schengen countries, Brazil, South Africa, India, and China within the last 14 days.

“Today’s (20 September 2021) announcement is a major step forward. Allowing access to the U.S. for those vaccinated will open travel to the U.S. for many who have been locked out for the past 18 months. This is excellent news for families and loved ones who have suffered through the heartache and loneliness of separation. It’s good for the millions of livelihoods in the U.S. that depend on global tourism and it will boost the economic recovery by enabling some key business travel markets,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.

Walsh further added: “This announcement marks a key shift in managing the risks of COVID-19 from blanket considerations at the national level to assessment of individual risk. The next challenge is finding a system to manage the risks for travellers, who do not have access to vaccinations. Data points to testing as a solution. But it is also critical that governments accelerate the global rollout of vaccines and agree a global framework for travel where testing resources are focused on unvaccinated travellers. We must get back to a situation where the freedom to travel is available to all.”

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