There was once the hope that we are now entering a new era of vastly unlimited travel.
Almost everyone was going to get the vaccine now. COVID-19 was going to be so 2020. And flying, taking a train, or driving was going to be – well, it hasn’t been really easy in decades – not something like impossible.
In late October, the US State Department announced it would significantly ease the near-ban on non-essential travel from other countries to the United States, and local restrictions in America that had yet to be removed. were declining rapidly. The holiday season was starting to return to almost normal.
The British were coming! The Canadians were coming! The Brazilians were coming! And the world was opening up to Americans.
It was so early November. So pre-omicron. So, push before winter 2021-22.
As Americans have seen since the coronavirus crisis began in February 2020, conditions and rules are changing rapidly. Here is the latter as defined by the US Department of State, as advised by the American centers for disease control and prevention:
– Visitors to the United States (non-citizens and non-US immigrants) must be fully immunized, with proof of a full set of vaccines taken at least 14 days prior to travel.
– Starting in early December, all people traveling to the United States aged 2 years or older – including U.S. citizens abroad – must take a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of travel.
– Masks are mandatory on the mouth and nose in all areas inside public transport and at airports and other transport hubs.
– In the past six weeks, the US State Department has issued ‘Do not travel to’ advisories for dozens of countries, many in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, due to COVID-19 outbreaks there, or because of COVID-19 travel restrictions in those countries.
These State Department edicts are advice only – not binding. But they are getting colder.
The travel industry is frustrated.
âWe hope this move to reduce the pre-departure testing window will be temporary until more is known about the Omicron variant. In the meantime, the travel industry urges everyone to get vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible â, United States Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes said after the negative test requirement was accelerated by three days. âWe have known for a long time that the measures to fight the virus and its variants would evolve and would force us to be agile and to adapt.
“It is extremely important that we clearly communicate these policy changes to travelers around the world and continue to welcome all qualified visitors to the United States,” she added.
the State Department List new “Do Not Travel” countries for Americans, due to frequently updated COVID-19, includes Andorra, Belgium, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, France, Italy, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, Niger, Poland, Portugal, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Slovakia, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago and Zimbabwe.
Other countries, such as the UK, Greece, Cambodia and Norway, have already issued âdo not travelâ advisories, which have not been lifted.
Florida, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis‘policies and orders, remains open without restriction. Vaccines and masks are optional, although the state advises eligible travelers to get a full COVID-19 vaccine before coming. VISIT FLORIDA President young dana said many people with potential for international travel will be coming to Florida this year.
âIt makes sense that they are coming to Florida because the governor keeps our state open and offers a level of freedom not seen in other states,â Young said.
Among other states, according to the official national visits agency, Brand United States:
– California advises all travelers to this state to follow CDC guidelines and says the “should” be tested within three to five days of arriving in the Golden State, and should self-isolate if it is positive.
– Hawaii is advising all arriving people, including Hawaiians, that they “should be prepared to undergo a 10-day quarantine upon arrival and closely monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 OR undergo a pre-test of a trusted partner in the SafeTravels Travel Pre-Test Program.
– Many other states, including Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Illinois, Texas, Alabama, and New York, urge travelers to follow CDC guidelines, including getting fully vaccinated before traveling, masking in confined areas, delaying travel when sick or exposed to someone with COVID- 19, and seeking isolation and testing if they start showing symptoms.
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