The United States will open its borders this week to vaccinated international travelers after 20 months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. This measure will be carried out at the land, air and sea borders and a day of incidents is expected.
The new policy will end non-essential travel restrictions that were first enforced in March 2020, although Americans had no restrictions on returning home.
Until now, only foreigners with permanent residence and holders of specific visas (such as students) have been able to enter the country from the affected regions. To get there, many foreigners have had to first go through Mexico or Costa Rica, remain in quarantine for two weeks, and then fly to the United States.
Travelers will need to present proof of complete regimen of one of the six vaccines authorized by the WHO: Moderna, Pfizer, Janssen, AstraZeneca, Sinovac and Sinopharm. Others, like Sputnik, are not allowed.
Travelers must also present a negative PCR or antigen test carried out no later than three days before the trip. Those under 18 do not need to be vaccinated, but a negative test for those over 2 years of age is a must.