Visitors vaccinated will be notified under the US and UK travel regulations
According to a new Covid-19 guidelines published by both governments in recent days, vaccinated people returning to the United States and the UK from abroad may be subject to less severe travel restrictions in the coming months.
On September 20, White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients informed reporters that the US will lift its travel ban for vaccinated individuals coming November. According to Zients, non-citizens entering the United States will have to demonstrate evidence of Covid-19 vaccination as well as a negative test taken within 72 hours of departure. They will not be obligated to quarantine when they arrive.
This follows the announcement of UK officials on September 17 that they will reduce restrictions for vaccinated travelers to England from certain countries beginning on October 4. Tourists coming from green list nations who are fully vaccinated under an approved program do not need a Covid-19 test prior to arriving to Britain, and they do NOT need to quarantine when arriving in Britain as per the new regulations. They will be able to take a cheaper Covid-19 test two days after arriving rather than the costly PCR tests that are now required. Although the revised guidance does not include a large number of travelers from countries ranging from South America to South Asia, the UK government has yet to approve their vaccination programs.
It's unclear if the United States will provide similar guidelines on what types of Covid-19 vaccinations are valid, as well as details on the plans of both countries, which are continuing to evolve. Here's what we've got to say about the new US and UK regulations and their implications for global vaccine equity for the time being.
More non-citizen travelers may enter the US if the Eased US guidance increases the number of noncitoy travelers who go to the country.
Since early 2020, when the Trump administration issued a number of travel restrictions in response to the worsening coronavirus epidemic, non US-citizens from Europe's Schengen Zone, the UK, China, Brazil, and other countries have been restricted from entering the country.
President Joe Biden has recently banned non-US travelers from South Africa and India in order to limit the transmission of the Delta variant.
According to US officials, that's set to change in mid-November, when travelers previously afflicted by banned travel restrictions may be allowed into the United States with proof of vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test.
While the announcement came on the day of a meeting between Biden and UK prime minister Boris Johnson, Zients stated that the new guidelines would have sweeping impact on travelers from all around the world, not just those coming from the UK or Europe.
This is based on individuals rather than a country-based approach, so it's essentially reliant on tens of thousands of people, he added.
According to the UN World Tourism Organization, the epidemic epidemic has a long-term impact on tourism in the United States, with international arrivals down 66 percent in May 2021 compared to 2019, according to Reuters.
Because of all of the constraints at play, Ben Perlo, managing director of G Adventures, told Quartz that "We haven't been able to sell to travelers coming inbound to North America in the last 18 months." Now that they're off, it gives firms like myself, who cater both locally and globally, the opportunity to ramp back up to what pre-COVID times were.
The UK's vaccination requirements have been criticised for the concerns raised by doctors.
Travellers from nations where inoculations approved by American authorities aren't widely available, however, have no idea which Covid vaccines will be eligible under the new guidance, which may result in difficulties for travelers arriving from countries where vaccinations approved as a result of US authorities. Perlo stated that navigating different nations' guidelines on what fully vaccinated means can be difficultand he has a team that is constantly monitoring new regulations from government authorities across the world.
Despite the fact that most countries administer the same vaccinations as Britain, England's updated policy has been criticized for only allowing fully vaccinated visitors from different countries to take advantage of the less restrictive travel regulations. While India's Covishield vaccine, for example, is only a locally produced version of the Oxford-AxtraZeneca vaccine; its citizens will still be subject to costly testing and quarantine requirements when visiting the United Kingdom.
This is a tragic, irrational, and completely confusing decision from the UK, said Priti Krishtel, co-founder of I-Mak, an non-profit that promotes vaccination equity in the United States and Global South.
A UK high commission spokesperson on Sept. 20 stated on September 20 that they were working on establishing a relevant public health body to recognize in India.