Tuesday, October 26, 2021

President Biden's Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-⁠19 Pandemic


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In this October 25 proclamation, President Biden announced the resumption of global travel:

"I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including sections 1182(f) and 1185(a) of title 8, United States Code, and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, hereby find that it is in the interests of the United States to advance the resumption of international travel to the United States, provided necessary health and safety protocols are in place to protect against the further introduction, transmission, and spread of COVID-19 into and throughout the United States.  I further find that vaccination requirements are essential to advance the safe resumption of international travel to the United States and that the unrestricted entry of persons described in section 2 of this proclamation would, except as provided for in section 3(a) of this proclamation, be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and that their entry should be subject to certain restrictions, limitations, and exceptions." 

Click the link above for further information.  As Reuters reports, the proclamation "impos[es] new vaccine requirements for most foreign national air travelers and lifting severe travel restrictions on China, India and much of Europe effective Nov. 8, . . . ."

Section 6 of the Proclamation provides that  the proclamation "is effective at 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time on November 8, 2021.  This proclamation does not apply to persons aboard a flight scheduled to arrive in the United States that departed prior to 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time on November 8, 2021." (bold added).

The proclamation is good news to travelers from many countries.  See here, here, here, here



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