Oct 15, 2021 - Politics & Policy

U.S. to lift restrictions for fully vaccinated international travelers on Nov. 8

People wait in line to receive information on their flights at Chicago O'Hare International Airport

People wait in line to receive information on their flights at Chicago O'Hare International Airport on Oct. 12, 2021. Photo: Jacek Boczarski/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The White House will announce Friday plans to lift travel restrictions for fully vaccinated international travelers beginning Nov. 8, a White House official said.

Why it matters: The move will allow vaccinated travelers from most countries to visit the U.S. for the first time in more than 18 months.

Driving the news: The announcement applies to international air travel and travel across U.S. land borders.

  • Effective Nov. 8, foreign national air travelers must provide proof of being fully vaccinated to be eligible to fly to the U.S. Fully vaccinated travelers will also be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of travel prior to boarding, per the official.
  • Foreign nationals traveling to the U.S. via its land borders for non-essential reasons must be fully vaccinated and able to provide proof of vaccination to border officials upon request.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated with more details throughout.

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