Coronavirus: US loosens measures for vaccinated travelers – Optimism in EU and aviation

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The USA will allow entry from “early November” to all travelers arriving from abroad provided they have fully vaccinated against coronavirus, the White House announced on Monday. The relevant information had been transmitted earlier today by major American networks, causing it positive reaction of EU..

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According to the official announcement, which became known in the afternoon, travelers should also do test within three days before their trip to the US and wear mask.

After all, one monitoring system will be implemented by airlines, which will have to gather information that allows them to communicate with travelers, the White House’s pandemic coordinator said. Jeff Zayenz.

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Washington is therefore taking off restrictions valid from March 2020 for travelers coming mainly from European Union, τη Britain or the China, and which were subsequently applied to India and Brazil.

Mr Zayedz insisted that this decision, taken at a time of great tension between France and the USA, “Dictated by science”.

The US had time, according to the official, to create a global system based on “peopleAnd not in treatment differences depending on the countries of origin. He did not specify at this time which vaccines will be recognized by the US to allow travelers entry.

Joe Biden, the pandemic coordinator, emphasized elsewhere that unvaccinated Americans who will return to the US after a stay abroad will be subjected to even more strict requirements for test: They will be asked to take a test the day before their return and to retake the test upon arrival in the United States.

According to AFP, the White House hardened tons in recent weeks and issued numerous announcements to enforce vaccination where federal authorities have the means. However, he has not yet made one of the most drastic decisions in the framework of his power, namely to impose the vaccination on domestic flights in the USA.

Smiles in London and Berlin

After the EU, the Britain and the Germany They also welcomed the announcement of the lifting of US restrictions on foreign travelers, provided they had been vaccinated against Covid-19.

The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “very pleased” with the lifting of Washington’s restrictions.

“It is a fantastic boost for business and commerce, and it is wonderful that families and friends on both sides of the ocean can be reunited,” the conservative leader wrote in a Twitter message.

“Great news for UK travelers to US,” British Foreign Secretary responded. Liz Trace. “It’s important for our economic recovery, our families and our business.”

Such a decision has long been expected from Britain, one of the most affected countries by the pandemic in Europe with more than 135.000 dead but where more than 80% over the age of 16 is now fully vaccinated, according to the RES EIA.

And Berlin described as “wonderful news”, especially for the German economy, the announcement of the lifting of US restrictions on foreign travelers.

“Great news for German and European investment, our exports and the whole transatlantic relationship,” he said.Olaf Solts, the German Vice-Chancellor and Minister of Finance.

“We welcome the announcement by the United States that fully vaccinated EU travelers will soon be able to travel to the United States again,” she said via twitter. European Commission, earlier on Monday, also talking about a “long-awaited step for separated families and friends and good news for businesses”.

Air France-KLM for lifting measures: “Great news”

The US lifting of travel restrictions on people vaccinated against Covid-19 is “wonderful news” that has been expected for a year and a half, said the group’s general manager. Air FranceKLM, expressing his satisfaction.

“Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the French-Dutch airline carried 40% of its turnover via the North Atlantic, reopening the borders will allow for ‘improved results,'” he said. Ben Smith in an interview with Agence France-Presse also stated that the Air France-KLM group is able to respond quickly to the projected increase in demand.

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