US President Joe Biden and his administration are looking at a November timeline to relax travel restrictions in the US, particularly for international travelers.
Allowing foreigners into the country if they have proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test, the new rules will allow families and others who have been separated by the travel restrictions for 18 months to plan for long-awaited reunions.
Announcing the new set of rules was White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients who stated that still all foreign travelers flying to the U.S. will still have to demonstrate proof of vaccination before boarding, as well as proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of flight.
Biden will also tighten testing rules for unvaccinated American citizens, who will need to be tested within a day before returning to the U.S., as well as after they arrive home. Fully vaccinated passengers will not be required to quarantine, Zients said.
As it stands, it is not immediately clear which vaccines would be acceptable under the U.S.-system and whether those unapproved in the U.S. could be used. Zients said that decision would be up to the CDC.