U.S. to lift international travel restrictions for those fully vaccinated


(WWLP) – The United States’ COVID-19 international travel restrictions are set to be lifted.

Starting Monday, November 8 travelers from dozens of countries including the UK will be allowed into the U.S., but they’ll need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

In addition to providing proof of being fully vaccinated before boarding a flight, non-U.S. travelers will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before departure to the U.S.

As these restrictions begin to lessen, some people in western Massachusetts say they are still unsure about traveling internationally.

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“I don’t have any plans to travel outside of the country right now but I am open to it,” said Victor Decaro of Southwick. He told 22News, “I would just do my research beforehand to make sure it looks safe and make my decision from there.”

And this is what US travelers need to know if they are traveling back to the US after going to another country:

  • Fully vaccinated Americans will only need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure to the US.
  • When it comes to unvaccinated Americans, they will need to be tested within 24 hours of boarding a flight to the US. and get tested again when they arrive to the country.

The CDC will accept vaccines approved by the FDA and World Health Organization, and more guidance is expected from the agency before the November 8 date.

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