After more than 18 months of COVID-19 travel bans restricting foreign nationals from certain countries from entering the United States, the White House on Monday announced it will lift certain geographic travel bans starting in November.
The changes will reopen talent pools for U.S. businesses that typically look to foreign markets for employees.
According to the announcement and Q&A provided by the administration, beginning in early November, the U.S. will rescind the current travel bans implemented for individuals from China, Iran, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and India.
In place of these bans, all international travelers to the U.S. will be required to prove they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as well as provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of boarding a flight to the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will provide information regarding which vaccines will be accepted.
There will be limited exceptions for children, COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial participants and humanitarian exceptions for people traveling for an important reason but lacking access to vaccination in a timely manner. Individuals who are exempted from the vaccine requirement may be required to be vaccinated upon arrival.
Some of the specific highlights from the announcement:
For businesses that typically employ foreign nationals, the easing of travel restrictions is good news in an already shallow talent pool.
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