Unites States Lifts Travel Ban

Abigail Wurth, Staff Writer

The United States has lifted the international travel ban put in place early in 2020 due to the emergence of the Coronavirus Pandemic. International visitors from 33 countries are now allowed back into the United States after more than a year and a half. The lifting of this travel ban will provide a little bit of relief to the tourism industry, which has really been hurt due to lack of travel.  This will also allow some families to be reunited again as some have not seen their families for the entirety of the coronavirus pandemic.

While the travel ban has been lifted, there are still some restrictions in place.  In order to fly into the United States, you must show proof of full vaccination as well as a recent negative COVID-19 test.  Children under the age of 18 are exempt from the vaccination requirement and there are also some exemptions if you are coming from a country with low vaccine availability.  If travelers arrive through an exemption, they are required to get tested three to five days after arrival and self-quarantine for a full seven days unless documentation of a positive test within the last 90 days is shown.

While there is still a long list of requirements for foreign travelers to enter the United States, the lifting of the ban is a major step toward the way travel was before the Coronavirus Pandemic.  The removal will allow families to reunite and will help to bring the tourism industry back to life. Furthermore, this will encourage the sharing of ideas in business, science, and all other aspects of life.