U.S. to Ease Restrictions on Fully Vaccinated Travelers from EU and UK

By Paul Riegler on 20 September 2021
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The town of Melk, in Niederösterreich

The United States will open up its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from the European Union and the United Kingdom in the first major shift in policy in this area since the start of the pandemic.

The White House is expected to make the announcement later on Monday and additional details of the new policy are not yet known.

The news was first reported by the Financial Times.

Then President Donald Trump began a series of travel bans to the country, starting with China in January 2020, in an attempt to keep the coronavirus from reaching the United States but his efforts were too late to do any good. Trump added the United Kingdom as well as all countries in the Schengen Zone, plus Brazil, South Africa, and India.  Northern and southern land borders with Canada and Mexico, respectively, were also closed.

While Europe largely reopened to Americans in June, there was no reciprocation at the time.  In recent weeks, European countries have begun to limit visitors from the United States to those who have been vaccinated, and several countries including Sweden and Bulgaria have banned them entirely.

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