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Following on from our report on 21st September noting the USA are to open their borders early November, the CDC have released more details and new rules that will apply to foreign travellers visiting the USA .

The plan to reopen the US borders on 8 November requires all passengers to be fully vaccinated against Covid. Arrivals will also need to show proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours of departure.

The Biden administration confirmed on Monday (25 October) that those under the age of 18 would be exempt from the vaccine requirements, in addition to people with some medical issues.

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had previously confirmed the country would accept vaccines recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The White House has now confirmed this will extended to vaccines approved or authorised for emergency use in the US, which includes the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson-Janssen jabs, as well as those listed for emergency use by the WHO. This includes the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

Airlines will be required to confirm passengers have completed their full vaccine programme at least two weeks prior to travel, and will also need to collect passenger information to ensure passport details and vaccine passes match.

A few weeks ago we highlighted and recommended the COVID-19 Travel Requirement tool SHERPA as a tool of choice for all you pre-trip planning. .

For those of you who may be interested in utilising this free resource, we at QA are happy to arrange a demonstration of it's capabilities, or alternatively to to see SHERPA in action for yourself please click HERE