The US is reopening its borders on Monday to double-jabbed foreign visitors, ending a 20-month entry ban which was imposed by former President Donald Trump due to Covid-19, affecting non-US citizens from over 30 countries, including the UK and EU states. Under the new rules, foreign travelers will need to show proof of vaccination before flying, get a negative Covid-19 test result within three days of traveling, and hand over their contact information. Quarantine will not be requested. People must take another test three to five days after arriving in the US, unless they have proof of recovery from Covid in the past 90 days. Vaccine certificates including the NHS Covid Pass are accepted. Children under 18 are excepted from the vaccination requirement but children between the ages of 2 and 17 are required to take a pre-departure test. Exemptions include certain COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial participants, those with valid medical reasons for not getting vaccinated and those who need to travel for emergency or humanitarian reasons, but they will need a U.S. government-issued letter affirming the urgent need to travel.
U.S. airlines are boosting flights to Europe and other destinations that were impacted by the restrictions. Many international flights are expected to operate close to full or full on Monday. United Airlines says it expects a 50% rise in international inbound passengers. Delta Air Lines Chief Executive Ed Bastian has warned travelers should be prepared for initial long lines. White House spokesman Kevin Munoz said on Twitter “As we expect high demand when the U.S. lifts its existing air and land travel restrictions Monday, we are taking critical steps to be prepared by providing additional resources.”