Going back on vacation to the United States: here are the rules

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The United States of America reopens its borders to all types of travelers who come from certain countries, including Italy. In particular, all vaccinated people (with some exceptions) who come from the Schengen area (which includes 26 European countries), China, India, Brazil, United Kingdom and Ireland will be able to enter the States. However it is not a free all undisciplined, therefore before booking a flight it is wise to inquire properly about the required requirements. We want to simplify the task and below you will find the answers to the most recurring questions on the subject, based on the provisions in force today, November 9, 2021.

Which vaccines are valid for access?

The first question is not superfluous given the confusion that reigns in various sectors. The answer is that to enter the United States, you must have completed the vaccination course with Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson o AstraZeneca. All of these four, in fact, have either been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or listed in the Emergency Use Listing (EUL) of the World Health Organization (WHO). The vaccination cycle must be completed at least 14 days before entering the US borders.

What if I have received two different vaccines?

This scruple is also legitimate, but there is no need to be alarmed: it is sufficient that, even in the case of doses with different vaccines, these fall within the four mentioned, or in any case included in the two lists of the FDA and the WHO.

I had Covid19 and then received only one dose of the vaccine, can I enter the USA?

Yes, you can, but the positive result (i.e. in which the presence of antibodies emerges) must be presented to a Covid-19 viral test, carried out in the 90 days preceding departure; you will also need to have a letter from a licensed healthcare professional stating you are fit to travel.

Will the Green Pass be verified?

Yup, especially from the airline that accepts it both in paper and digital format. Various aspects are verified including the correspondence of the personal data and the entity that issued it. Considering the substantial economic sanctions foreseen for the companies in the event of irregularities, it is likely that the controls will be quite rigorous.

Is the tampon also needed?

Yes, you need a swab even if you are vaccinated. Both the molecular and the antigenic one are accepted, to be carried out in the 3 days preceding departure. Then there is the recommendation to perform a second one between the third and fifth day of your arrival in the United States; those who contracted the virus in the 90 days prior to arrival in the USA are exempt from this second swab.

Are there any exceptions to the vaccination obligation?

Yes, first of all for minors: those under the age of 18 are not obliged to get vaccinated, but between the ages of 2 and 17, the Covid test is still required. Young travelers are joined by those who cannot undergo vaccination due to medical contraindications and those who must travel for emergency or humanitarian reasons (but we need a letter from the US government proving the urgency).

As is known, these measures change with a certain speed in the months we are experiencing, so it is advisable to check for any updates on the Viaggiare Sicuri website.

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