The United States will lift the travel ban on vaccinated and covid-tested travelers from the EU in November.
The United States will welcome fully vaccinated and tested air travelers against Covid from 33 countries, including Italy – with effect from early November – ending an 18-month travel ban.
Under new rules unveiled by the Biden administration on Monday, travelers to the United States will need full proof of vaccination as well as a negative covid-19 test within three days of departure.
Passengers will also be subject to contact tracing, but there will be no quarantine requirement on arrival, reports United States today.
American tourists are currently allowed to visit Italy, provided they undergo tests and are either vaccinated or recovered from covid-19, but the move has not been reciprocated.
In August, the EU removed the US from its safe travel list, but the recommendation was not binding and travelers are still allowed to travel to Italy on non-essential travel, subject to travel rules. .
Washington’s policy change, announced by White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients, will see the United States admit fully vaccinated air travelers from 26 Schengen countries to Europe, including Italy, as well as the United States. Brazil, China, India, Iran, South Africa and the UK, Reuters reports.
U.S. citizens who are not fully vaccinated will still be able to enter the United States provided they show proof of a negative covid test within one day of travel.
“This new international travel system follows science to keep Americans and international air travel safe,” Zients said.
“By requiring that foreign nationals be fully immunized in order to travel to the United States and by implementing additional strict security protocols, we will protect Americans here at home and improve the security of international travel.”
The effective date of the new travel rules – for now – is “early November”, with the details of the policy yet to be fully described.
Travel restrictions on non-U.S. Citizens were first imposed on the EU in March 2020, by former President Donald Trump, before being extended by his successor, President Biden.
Washington has come under sustained pressure from European countries, business leaders and the hard-hit travel industry to relax the travel ban.
News of the ban being lifted was greeted on Monday by EU Ambassador to the US Stavros Lambrinidis, who tweeted: “The travel ban is lifted! Europeans vaccinated and tested before the flight will be able to travel to the United States again from November, just as Americans vaccinated are now allowed to travel to the EU.
The Italian government periodically updates its travel rules, depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation. The latest guidelines are available – in English – on the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.