Washington D. C. – The government of USA will withdraw travel restrictions from November 8 to foreign citizens who are fully vaccinated and who arrive in the nation, and their territories, by air or by crossing their land borders, confirmed the undersecretary of press of the White House, Kevin Munoz, through his Twitter account.
Meanwhile, the Puerto Rico State Department indicated in a written statement that this provision applies to Puerto Rico.
“The United States government announced that as of November 8, people from various countries, including the European Union, Mexico and Canada, will be allowed to enter without the COVID-19 test requirement. Proof of complete vaccination will be required. Puerto Rico, as part of the United States, is included in the application of said guideline ”, quotes the statement of the agency sent to this newspaper.
For its part, Lisdián Acevedo, spokesperson for the Health Department, indicated by written communication that “the federal government had already anticipated that they would be evaluating the guidelines imposed on international travelers in the federal order that expires in November. We are waiting for the federal government to make public the content of the order that will be applicable to Puerto Rico.”.
Foreigners may travel to our territory if they show if they show evidence that they are fully vaccinated. For those who are transported by air at airports, evidence of vaccination or a negative proof of COVID-19 made in the three days prior to the trip.
According to Reuters, the new rules, which have not been published yet, will not force foreigners to undergo a quarantine period.
For their part, American citizens traveling abroad must show a negative coronavirus test, and unvaccinated people will have to comply with stricter health measures, including the possibility of entering quarantine.
In addition, it is expected that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes new rules for conducting contact tracing in cases of international travelers.
A few days ago, the White House announced that it would lift restrictions on fully vaccinated foreigners for non-essential travel at US land borders and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico in early November. Travelers who want to enter the nation by land or by ferry must present proof of vaccination to the authorities.
An official who did not identify himself told the Associated Press agency that the CDC has informed the airlines that vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as those that are included in the emergency use list of the World Health Organization (WHO).
CDC will issue guidelines on accepted tests and vaccines in the coming weeks.
Former President Donald Trump has imposed restrictions on foreign travelers since January 2020, when he banned people from China. Trump then extended the ban to 33 other countries.
The US government is expected to give the go-ahead for citizens of the so-called “Schengen Zone” of Europe to enter the nation and its territories. These 26 European countries, which collect over 420 million people, eliminated any passport requirements and border controls at their respective borders.