New US health restrictions for travel

New US health restrictions for travel Ayruu
Borders reopened since 8 November for vaccinated travellers.

The US, which reopened its borders on 8 November, is adding new health restrictions in preparation for the arrival of the new Omicron variant. For the time being, no border closures are envisaged. 

So what are the health restrictions for travelling to the US? 

What are the new health restrictions in the US for travel?

During this health crisis, the US closed its borders for at least 18 months. But since 8 November, the country has reopened its doors to vaccinated travellers: business travel to the US has finally been able to resume.

From now on, people wishing to travel to the US must meet several conditions. The first is to have proof of full vaccination. Since 6 December, travellers are now required to present a negative PCR or antigen test. This test must be less than 24 hours old.

What vaccinations are accepted for entry into the United States?

For those currently travelling to the United States by air, not only must they be vaccinated but they must also provide a negative test that is less than 24 hours old. 

From 2022 onwards, these conditions will come into force for those travelling to the country by land. Thus, the vaccines accepted are all the vaccines approved by the WHO (World Health Organisation), i.e. AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, Sinopharm and Sinovac.

What about business travel?

According to the latest EPSA-IFTM Barometer, the recovery of the business travel sector looks slow but progressive. Indeed, the level of expenditure could soon reach 50% of the 2019 level. In any case, business travel has been disrupted (a drop in activity of 50% to 60%) and there are new habits for business travel. 

Indeed, business travel has been reduced but this is for sustainable business tourism.

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