On Monday, the Biden administration revealed the details of its updated air-travel policies, which are set to go into effect starting the 8th of November.

Under the new plan, all foreign, non-immigrant adults traveling to the United States will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exceptions, and all travelers will need to be tested for the virus before boarding an aircraft to the U.S., with tightened restrictions for those who are not fully vaccinated. 

Source: Stat News(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

According to the policy, those who are unvaccinated will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within a day of travel, while those who are vaccinated will be allowed to present a test taken within three days of travel. Meanwhile, children under 18 will not be required to be fully vaccinated, but those aged 2 and over will be subjected to the same COVID-19 testing policy as their parent or guardian.

As for the airlines- they will be required to enforce the new procedures, and to explain the new policies so they can prepare for implementation. Airlines will be mandated to verify vaccine records and match them against identified information. They will also need to make certain that the shots given are on the Food and Drug Administration or World Health Organization’s approved list. Mixing and matching of approved shots will be permitted.

Airlines that don’t enforce the requirements could be subject to penalties of up to nearly $35,000 per violation.

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