2 States Added to Chicago Travel Advisory Days Before Thanksgiving – NBC Chicago


Two states were added back onto Chicago’s travel advisory Tuesday, bringing the number of states on the city’s warning list to 40 states and one territory just two days before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Connecticut and Maryland both returned to the “orange category” under the travel advisory, meaning unvaccinated travelers traveling from or returning from those states will need to test and quarantine upon their arrival to the city.

California, Guam and North Carolina could come off the list next week, the city said.

As of Tuesday, every U.S. state or territory except for Alabama, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and the Virgin Islands are on the advisory.  

Chicago Predicted to be One of the Worst Corridors for Thanksgiving Road Travel

States are added to the advisory’s “orange list” when COVID metrics rise above the threshold of 15 cases per day per 100,000 people. Any below that mark are on the “yellow” list, with public health officials still warning against non-essential travel.

“Right now, for unvaccinated people, traveling over Thanksgiving is a risky move, especially if you plan to visit other Midwest or Upper Midwest states, where the daily case rates have not been going down,” Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said in a statement last week. “Fully vaccinated people are at a much lower risk of serious COVID-related health problems, but all of us should be careful over the coming weeks – even more so if you plan to be among crowds or at large family gatherings.” 

Just before the Labor Day, the city updated its guidance for what unvaccinated travelers visiting or returning from such locations should do, adding new testing and quarantining recommendations before and after travel.

According to the city, before travel, unvaccinated individuals should:

  • Get tested 3-5 days prior to departure.

While traveling:

  • ALL individuals regardless of vaccination status should wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • In Chicago, wear a mask in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Avoid crowds, try to stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you, and wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

 After travel, unvaccinated individuals should:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.

The city advised all travelers to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and isolate and get tested if they develop any after travel.

“We have seen and know that travel is a significant risk factor for acquiring COVID,” Arwady said. “If you decide not to get tested, the recommendation is actually to stay home and self quarantine for 10 days after travel, and you should avoid being around anybody who has an increased risk for severe COVID outcomes for 14 days after travel regardless of whether you get tested or not. Obviously we want anybody who’s traveling to self monitor for COVID symptoms and get tested if you develop symptoms.”

This week’s update to the travel advisory comes at a time when the average daily number of new cases in Chicago rose to 567 per day – up 15% from the 494 seen the previous week.

That figure is much higher than the low of 34 the city saw in late June but remains lower than the more than 700 cases per day the city was seeing during the most recent surge earlier this year.

Hospitalizations in Chicago are down 13% from the previous week, but deaths increased by 24% since last week, per the city’s data. The positivity rate in testing rose to 3% this week, up from 2.5% the week prior.

The travel advisory is updated every Tuesday, with any changes taking effect the following Friday.



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Ohio State’s Eugene Brown In Concussion Protocol, Out For Fort Myers Tip-Off


According to a team spokesperson, Ohio State will be without guard Eugene Brown III for both games of the Fort Myers Tip-Off this week.

Brown suffered a concussion second half of last Thursday’s loss at Xavier and did not travel with the team to Florida. He remains in Columbus while the Buckeyes get set to take on Seton Hall tonight (6 p.m. on FS1) and either California or Florida on Wednesday, though tipoff time has not yet been determined.

The sophomore from Conyers, Ga., is averaging 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game off the bench this season. That includes a career-high 12 points in the blowout win over Bowling Green last Monday.

Brown’s absence could mean additional minutes for Louisiana-Lafayette transfer guard Cedric Russell, who has recorded one assist in two games this season.

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3 States Removed, 1 Added Back as Chicago Travel Advisory Updated Before Thanksgiving – NBC Chicago


Three states were removed and one added back onto Chicago’s travel advisory Tuesday, dropping the number of states on the city’s warning list to 38 states and one territory days before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee came off the travel advisory, but Arkansas returned, health officials announced.

Arkansas was the lone state to drop out of the city’s “orange category” on the advisory last week, though officials noted that several states were on the verge of dropping off the list.

Chicago Predicted to be One of the Worst Corridors for Thanksgiving Road Travel

As of Tuesday, every U.S. state or territory is on the advisory except for Alabama, Connecticut, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and the Virgin Islands.

The list could still change ahead of Thanksgiving with the advisory set to be updated every Tuesday.

“Right now, for unvaccinated people, traveling over Thanksgiving is a risky move, especially if you plan to visit other Midwest or Upper Midwest states, where the daily case rates have not been going down,” Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said in a statement. “Fully vaccinated people are at a much lower risk of serious COVID-related health problems, but all of us should be careful over the coming weeks – even more so if you plan to be among crowds or at large family gatherings.” 

States are added to the advisory’s “orange list” when COVID metrics rise above the threshold of 15 cases per day per 100,000 people. Any below that mark are on the “yellow” list, with public health officials still warning against non-essential travel.

“If you are traveling, whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated – especially if you are unvaccinated – please do not take COVID lightly,” Arwady said. “We still have a long way to go before we can all confidently travel safely throughout the country. COVID is a threat to everyone – but the threat is reduced tremendously if you are vaccinated.”  

Just before the Labor Day, the city updated its guidance for what unvaccinated travelers visiting or returning from such locations should do, adding new testing and quarantining recommendations before and after travel.

According to the city, before travel, unvaccinated individuals should:

  • Get tested 3-5 days prior to departure.

While traveling:

  • ALL individuals regardless of vaccination status should wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • In Chicago, wear a mask in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Avoid crowds, try to stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you, and wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

 After travel, unvaccinated individuals should:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.

The city advised all travelers to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and isolate and get tested if they develop any after travel.

“We have seen and know that travel is a significant risk factor for acquiring COVID,” Arwady said. “If you decide not to get tested, the recommendation is actually to stay home and self quarantine for 10 days after travel, and you should avoid being around anybody who has an increased risk for severe COVID outcomes for 14 days after travel regardless of whether you get tested or not. Obviously we want anybody who’s traveling to self monitor for COVID symptoms and get tested if you develop symptoms.”

This week’s update to the travel advisory comes at a time when the average daily number of new cases in Chicago rose to 445 per day – up 10% from the 406 seen the previous week.

That figure is much higher than the low of 34 the city saw in late June but remains lower than the more than 700 cases per day the city was seeing during the most recent surge earlier this year.

Hospitalizations in Chicago are down 41% from the previous week, but deaths increased by 57% since last week, per the city’s data. The positivity rate in testing rose to 2.5% this week, up from 2% the week prior.

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What high COVID-19 transmission rates in most states means for you


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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The biggest travel time of the year is getting closer as Americans prepare for Thanksgiving. Currently, the transmission level of COVID-19 is high in 39 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID Data Tracker.

Although New York is one of those 39 states where community transmission is considered high, states with the highest percentages of transmission are two to four times higher than the Empire State.

The top five states where transmission levels are the highest include South Dakota where the seven-day average positivity rate is 15-19.9%, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, where the positivity rate for all four is between 10-14.9%, based on CDC data. New York’s rate is 3-4.9%.

There are also six other states that have a transmission rate between 10-14.9%. Below is a table showing states with a rate of 10% or higher.

State Community Transmission Seven-Day Case Rate
per 100,000
Seven-day
Percent Positivity
Arizona high 293.7 10-14.9%
Colorado high 361 10-14.9%
Idaho high 270 10-14.9%
Iowa high 277.7 10-14.9%
Michigan high 342.5 10-14.9%
Montana high 409.3 10-14.9%
Nebraska high 292.5 10-14.9%
Nevada high 179.8 10-14.9%
New Mexico high 393.5 10-14.9%
South Dakota high 283.8 15-19.9%
Utah high 359.2 10-14.9%
Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker

States with the lowest seven-day average positivity rate, less than 3%, are Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Despite having a low positivity rate, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island are all labeled areas of high community transmission by the CDC. Connecticut, Hawaii, and Louisiana have been labeled areas with substantial virus transmission, the second-highest warning label given by the CDC.

AAA is predicting Thanksgiving travel will once again rival pre-pandemic levels. They estimate 53.4 million Americans will travel for the holiday. The CDC recommends people be fully vaccinated before traveling but that may not be possible for people who haven’t started the Pfizer or Moderna’s two-shot COVID vaccine series. There is still enough time for people to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and be fully vaccinated by Thanksgiving if they do it by Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Need to know more about your Thanksgiving travel destination? Johns Hopkins University has a map that allows users to search a state down to county-level. They provide information on transmission level, more detailed case information, as well as how many ICU beds are available and how many are occupied by COVID-positive patients.

Planning on visiting the nation’s capital over the Thanksgiving Holiday? The District of Columbia has a less than 3% seven-day average positivity rate and has been labeled an area of substantial COVID transmission by the CDC.



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If you’re vaccinated (and better yet, boosted) and considered low-risk for severe covid infection, staying in a house/vacation rental with family members who are also vaccinated and low risk is not much concern to health experts. Risks go up if you’re considered high risk, or someone else in the household is vulnerable (elderly un-boosted family members, unvaccinated kids). Risks go way up if people in the house are not vaccinated.

For hotels, the real risks are what you mentioned: busy lobbies, gym, crowded elevators — not the air between rooms. Mask up in public places, maintain social distance if you can and practice good hand hygiene along the way.

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The United States is opening to vaccinated international travelers on Monday. Here’s what to expect


(CNN) — The United States is flinging its doors wide open to vaccinated international travelers on Monday, welcoming many visitors who’ve been shut out of the country for 20 months.

With new requirements going into effect for air, land and ferry arrivals, there’s bound to be some congestion as the rules are rolled out.

“It’s going to be a bit sloppy at first, I can assure you,” Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said at a late October travel industry conference. “There will be lines, unfortunately,” he said, citing “an onslaught of travel all at once.”

Many Delta flights due to arrive on Monday are 100% full with high load factors in the following weeks, according to Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant. Delta has seen a 450% increase in international bookings in the six weeks since the US reopening was announced, he said.

John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York (pictured in January 2021) will welcome more international flights on Monday.

John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York (pictured in January 2021) will welcome more international flights on Monday.

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International flight arrivals will be up 11% on Monday over a similar day in October at Newark Liberty and John F. Kennedy international airports, with 253 flights scheduled to arrive, according to the Port Authority of NY & NJ.

The Port Authority expects a gradual increase at those airports over the next two months, with international traffic reaching about 75% of November and December 2019 levels, based on current international schedules which are likely to change.

A gradual recovery seems to be in the cards for international air travel. According to figures from aviation analytics company OAG, the number of filled seats arriving in the US from Europe this December is projected to be about 67% of the December 2019 level.
Airlines are still bringing back employees and aircraft sidelined because of the pandemic. Staffing issues, which could be exacerbated by employee vaccine mandates, have complicated operations for some carriers.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Transportation Security Administration have also been short staffed and face a looming deadline right before Thanksgiving for federally mandated employee vaccinations.

Increased wait times are expected by CBP at busy land border crossings from Canada and Mexico.

All this to say, preparation and patience will be key for international travelers heading into the US.

Here’s what travelers can expect and prepare for:

When you get there

The United States is largely wide open, although there are some state and local restrictions that still apply.

For example, there are mask mandates in Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Washington, DC and Puerto Rico also require masks in indoor public spaces.

In some cities, including New York and San Francisco, there are vaccine requirements for indoor public spaces including restaurants.

Hawaii, which had some of the strictest entry requirements in the US, will now align with the new federal rules for international air travel. Although capacity restrictions in the state are easing, there are still some limits in place.

California (with Santa Monica pictured here), New York and Florida are leading destinations for incoming international travelers.

California (with Santa Monica pictured here), New York and Florida are leading destinations for incoming international travelers.

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New York, Miami and Los Angeles may see some of the most significant influxes of international visitors. They are travel app Hopper’s top destinations for foreign travelers this holiday season.
Those spots line up with client demand at Trailfinders in the United Kingdom, where the US is back to being the travel company’s top destination. New York, California and Florida lead the way in bookings, according to Nikki Davies, public relations director at Trailfinders.

Before you go

Getting vaccinated is the key requirement for the vast majority of international travelers hoping to enter the United States.

Travelers must meet CDC criteria for being “fully vaccinated.” Paper and digital documentation are acceptable. Airlines are responsible for gathering and verifying this information from air travelers.
Visitors to the new Summit One Vanderbilt observatory in New York ride up a glass elevator on October 21.

Visitors to the new Summit One Vanderbilt observatory in New York ride up a glass elevator on October 21.

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Anna Zwing, 28, who lives near Wiesbaden, Germany, hasn’t seen her boyfriend in more than two years. She’s flying to Chicago from Frankfurt on Monday and plans to check in at the airport in person on Sunday to make sure her ESTA application and all the new Covid documentation she has vigilantly gathered and double-checked is in order.

Zwing lucked out with the US reopening date. When the travel ban hadn’t been lifted, she rebooked October flights for November 8 before the specific date was announced, hoping she’d finally be allowed to make the trip to the US.

“I couldn’t believe it at first but both me and my boyfriend are over the moon!,” she said when the date was finally announced in mid-October. “I can’t wait to hop on the plane on Nov 8th!”

For air travel

Air travelers also need a negative Covid-19 test. Testing is required of all fully vaccinated air travelers ages 2 and up, regardless of nationality. Passengers are required to test negative for Covid-19 within three days of their flight’s departure for the United States.

Unvaccinated Americans and a very limited number of unvaccinated international travelers exempted from the vaccination requirement must test within one day of departing for the US.

Many airlines have mobile apps and portals on their websites where vaccination and testing information can be processed digitally.

Most Delta customers on international routes bound for the US can directly upload and verify their proof of vaccination status using the Delta FlyReady tool.
A Delta Air Lines employee works on the departures level at Los Angeles International Airport in August. Delta will operate 139 flights from international destinations into the US on November 8.

A Delta Air Lines employee works on the departures level at Los Angeles International Airport in August. Delta will operate 139 flights from international destinations into the US on November 8.

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British Airways’ VeriFly mobile digital health pass works on all BA’s flights to the US, the airline confirmed.

Hard copies are a good idea, too.

“I would definitely make sure I have paper copies … of my passport and vaccination card and major credit card, kept separate from my wallet/handbag. And have digital copies of the same on my phone and emailed to my email account in case my phone/handbag/backpack/etc. gets lost or stolen,” said Kathleen Bangs, a former airline pilot who is a spokeswoman for flight tracking site FlightAware.

“Proof of who you are, your vaccination status, and front and back of a credit card can go a long way to turning the nightmare of losing your documents into a reasonable situation.”

Miami (with Ocean Drive in Miami Beach pictured here) is among three top destinations for international travelers on Hopper.

Miami (with Ocean Drive in Miami Beach pictured here) is among three top destinations for international travelers on Hopper.

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At land borders

Customs and Border Protection anticipates an increase in travel volumes and wait times at land and ferry crossings and is encouraging travelers to have their identification and vaccination documents ready. The agency also encourages travelers to use its CBP One app.

Staffing levels will be at pre-Covid levels, according to CBP, but the agency will be balancing multiple priorities.

“Trade and travel facilitation remain a priority,” a Department of Homeland Security Q&A about the new policy says. “However, we cannot compromise national security which is our primary mission.”

Digital and paper documentation is acceptable for proof of vaccination, and vaccine cards do not need to be in English.

Travelers should be prepared to attest to their vaccination status and reason for travel. They should also be prepared to show proof of being fully vaccinated, if requested by a CBP officer.

Children under 18 traveling with vaccinated adults are exempt from the vaccination requirement.

Covid tests are not required at land and ferry crossings.

The web of rules and requirements to travel internationally right now is undeniably tangled.

“Just hopping on a plane and going someplace doesn’t work anymore,” says travel adviser Dave Hershberger of Prestige Travel in Cincinnati, Ohio. “You’ve got to do your homework.”



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As the United States’ Reopening Draws Near, Travel Stocks Soar


As the date of November 8 and the return of international visitors to the U.S. is imminent, travel-related stocks are soaring again, according to CNBC.

Airlines, online travel agencies and home-sharing companies are all gaining in the market while companies that gained share in the last year during the pandemic – what CNBC calls ‘stay-at-home’ stocks like Peloton, Zoom and Netflix – fell this past week.

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The numbers don’t lie.

According to CNBC, Expedia jumped 16 percent on Friday; fellow online travel agency Booking Holdings jumped seven percent, and Airbnb’s stock was up 13 percent after reporting a 280 percent increase in profit.

American Air Lines, Delta and Southwest also had a fantastic week, rising 14, 13 and 10 percent in share price, respectively.

Airlines like Delta showed a strong third quarter when it announced earnings.

“We’ve seen it everywhere,” Expedia CEO Peter Kern told analysts on an earnings call Thursday, according to CNBC. Expedia reported a 97 percent jump in revenue from a year earlier. “Cities are picking up. International has picked up. Virtually every area has seen growth.”

By contrast, Peloton, the home cycling workout machine, saw a 35 percent drop in share price on Friday following higher-than-expected quarterly losses.

“We anticipated fiscal 2022 would be a very challenging year to forecast, given unusual year-ago comparisons, demand uncertainty amidst re-opening economies, and widely-reported supply chain constraints and commodity cost pressures,” Chief Executive Officer John Foley said in a letter to shareholders.

Netflix dropped 6.5 percent this week; Zoom fell over six percent on Friday, and Doordash lost four percent.





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United States travel rules: Here’s what you need to know | Connecticut News


(CNN) – The United States’ new international travel policies are set to go into effect on Monday, November 8.

New rules around air, land and ferry travel into the US will replace a patchwork of restrictions and make vaccination the key to entry for nearly all foreign visitors.

Here’s what travelers need to know about the new rules:

Who can travel?

The policies allow fully vaccinated noncitizen, nonimmigrant travelers to enter the United States, replacing a patchwork of bans that have been in place since the start of the pandemic.

The vaccination requirement goes into effect November 8 for both air travelers and those crossing borders via land and ferry.

The new system means foreign nationals arriving from countries that have been subject to bans — China, Iran, Europe’s Schengen area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and India — will soon be allowed to travel to the US.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted the air travel rules and a travel assessment to help people navigate the new system.

Which vaccines are accepted?

All FDA-approved and authorized vaccines, as well as vaccines that have an Emergency Use Listing from the WHO, will be accepted for entry into the United States.

That means the AstraZeneca vaccine, used in places including Canada and Europe, will be accepted. The Sputnik V vaccine developed in Russia is among several vaccines in use that have not been approved by the World Health Organization or the Food and Drug Administration.

People are considered “fully vaccinated” by the CDC two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.

Mixed-dose vaccinations will also be accepted. That means individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receipt of the last dose of “any combination of two doses of an FDA approved/authorized or WHO emergency use listed COVID-19 two-dose series,” according to CDC guidance.

Some participants in vaccine trials will also be considered fully vaccinated.

What about unvaccinated Americans?

The presidential proclamation and CDC orders that establish the new air travel rules do not apply to US citizens, US nationals, US lawful permanent residents or immigrants.

But unvaccinated members of those groups will face more stringent testing requirements for air travel.

They will need to provide a negative viral test taken within one day of departure for the US.

A test 3 to 5 days after travel is recommended for all American travelers. Those who are unvaccinated should also self-quarantine for a full 7 days, even if the test is negative, the CDC advises.

The rules for Americans and legal permanent residents are different for travel via land and ferry crossings.

They do not need to show proof of vaccination to return to the US, according to CBP officials. Covid tests are not required to cross a land border.

What about unvaccinated children?

Foreign national children younger than 18 arriving by air are exempt from the vaccination requirement. They are subject to testing (see below).

Children under the age of 18 crossing via land or ferry will also be exempted from the vaccination requirement provided that they are traveling with a fully vaccinated adult, and testing is not required.

Are there other exceptions to the vaccination requirement?

There are a few other rare vaccination exceptions for international travelers, according to a White House fact sheet pertaining to air travel.

Those include “certain Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial participants, those with medical contraindications to the vaccines, those who need to travel for emergency or humanitarian reasons (with a US government-issued letter affirming the urgent need to travel), those who are traveling on non-tourist visas from countries with low-vaccine availability (as determined by the CDC), and other very narrow categories.”

The list of countries with limited vaccine availability is posted on the CDC website and will be updated every three months.

However, travelers’ reasons for entering the US from those countries must be compelling. “They need to have a specific, compelling reason. So, tourist visas will not qualify for that,” a senior official said.

Is testing required?

Yes, testing will still be required for vaccinated air travelers and will become more stringent for unvaccinated air travelers.

Fully vaccinated air travelers, regardless of citizenship, are required to test negative for Covid-19 within three days of their flight’s departure for the United States, in line with the current testing rule.

Unvaccinated US citizens, legal permanent residents and any unvaccinated foreign nationals exempt from the vaccination requirement will be required to take a Covid-19 test within one day of their departing flight.

Children younger than 2 do not need to test. Those from ages 2 to 17 are required to take a test before departure.

If traveling with fully vaccinated adults, unvaccinated children can test three days before departure. Unvaccinated children traveling alone or with unvaccinated adults will be required to test within one day of departure.

Foreign travelers who are not fully vaccinated and allowed to travel to the US under an exception to the vaccination rule are required to take a test 3 to 5 days after arrival and self-quarantine for a full 7 days, even if the test is negative.

Covid tests are not required to cross a land border.

What kind of documentation is required?

Both digital and paper proof of vaccination will be accepted as long as the documentation meets US requirements for being fully vaccinated, officials said.

According to the White House fact sheet, airlines will be responsible for determining that the record “was issued by an official source (e.g., public health agency, government agency) in the country where the vaccine was given.”

Airlines will also be charged with reviewing the information presented to determine that it meets the CDC’s definition of “fully vaccinated” (see above).

All inbound air travelers will be required to provide contact information to airlines, per a CDC contact tracing order. That information must be turned over by airlines to the CDC when it’s needed to follow up with travelers to mitigate the spread of disease.

A Q&A on the CDC website addresses specific questions about documentation.

According to the CDC, all proof of vaccination must include personal identifiers — minimally the passenger’s full name and date of birth — that match their passport. The name of the source issuing the record and the vaccine manufacturer and dates of vaccination are also required.

At land and ferry crossings, travelers will be required to attest to their vaccination status and reason for travel and present proof of vaccination to a CBP officer upon request, according to CBP offiicals, and vaccine cards do not need to be in English.

Who can no longer get into the United States?

The new international travel system largely bars unvaccinated foreign nationals from entering the United States.

Unvaccinated travelers coming from countries not affected by travel bans who currently are allowed to fly into the US (from Mexico and Canada, for example) will no longer be allowed entry as of November 8.

At land borders, the vaccination requirement going into effect on November 8 applies to nonessential travel such as tourism and visits with friends and family.

Individuals traveling for essential reasons, including truck drivers and students, will still be allowed across borders until early January, whether they’re vaccinated or not.

In January 2022, documented non-citizens traveling across the land border for both essential and nonessential reasons will be required to be fully vaccinated.

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United States travel rules: Here’s what you need to know – Boston News, Weather, Sports


 (CNN) — The United States’ new international travel policies are set to go into effect on Monday, November 8.

New rules around air, land and ferry travel into the US will replace a patchwork of restrictions and make vaccination the key to entry for nearly all foreign visitors.

Here’s what travelers need to know about the new rules:

Who can travel?

The policies allow fully vaccinated noncitizen, nonimmigrant travelers to enter the United States, replacing a patchwork of bans that have been in place since the start of the pandemic.

The vaccination requirement goes into effect November 8 for both air travelers and those crossing borders via land and ferry.

The new system means foreign nationals arriving from countries that have been subject to bans — China, Iran, Europe’s Schengen area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and India — will soon be allowed to travel to the US.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted the air travel rules and a travel assessment to help people navigate the new system.

Which vaccines are accepted?

All FDA-approved and authorized vaccines, as well as vaccines that have an Emergency Use Listing from the WHO, will be accepted for entry into the United States.

That means the AstraZeneca vaccine, used in places including Canada and Europe, will be accepted. The Sputnik V vaccine developed in Russia is among several vaccines in use that have not been approved by the World Health Organization or the Food and Drug Administration.

People are considered “fully vaccinated” by the CDC two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.

Mixed-dose vaccinations will also be accepted. That means individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receipt of the last dose of “any combination of two doses of an FDA approved/authorized or WHO emergency use listed COVID-19 two-dose series,” according to CDC guidance.

Some participants in vaccine trials will also be considered fully vaccinated.

What about unvaccinated Americans?

The presidential proclamation and CDC orders that establish the new air travel rules do not apply to US citizens, US nationals, US lawful permanent residents or immigrants.

But unvaccinated members of those groups will face more stringent testing requirements for air travel.

They will need to provide a negative viral test taken within one day of departure for the US.

A test 3 to 5 days after travel is recommended for all American travelers. Those who are unvaccinated should also self-quarantine for a full 7 days, even if the test is negative, the CDC advises.

The rules for Americans and legal permanent residents are different for travel via land and ferry crossings.

They do not need to show proof of vaccination to return to the US, according to CBP officials. Covid tests are not required to cross a land border.

What about unvaccinated children?

Foreign national children younger than 18 arriving by air are exempt from the vaccination requirement. They are subject to testing (see below).

Children under the age of 18 crossing via land or ferry will also be exempted from the vaccination requirement provided that they are traveling with a fully vaccinated adult, and testing is not required.

Are there other exceptions to the vaccination requirement?

There are a few other rare vaccination exceptions for international travelers, according to a White House fact sheet pertaining to air travel.

Those include “certain Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial participants, those with medical contraindications to the vaccines, those who need to travel for emergency or humanitarian reasons (with a US government-issued letter affirming the urgent need to travel), those who are traveling on non-tourist visas from countries with low-vaccine availability (as determined by the CDC), and other very narrow categories.”

The list of countries with limited vaccine availability is posted on the CDC website and will be updated every three months.

However, travelers’ reasons for entering the US from those countries must be compelling. “They need to have a specific, compelling reason. So, tourist visas will not qualify for that,” a senior official said.

Is testing required?

Yes, testing will still be required for vaccinated air travelers and will become more stringent for unvaccinated air travelers.

Fully vaccinated air travelers, regardless of citizenship, are required to test negative for Covid-19 within three days of their flight’s departure for the United States, in line with the current testing rule.

Unvaccinated US citizens, legal permanent residents and any unvaccinated foreign nationals exempt from the vaccination requirement will be required to take a Covid-19 test within one day of their departing flight.

Children younger than 2 do not need to test. Those from ages 2 to 17 are required to take a test before departure.

If traveling with fully vaccinated adults, unvaccinated children can test three days before departure. Unvaccinated children traveling alone or with unvaccinated adults will be required to test within one day of departure.

Foreign travelers who are not fully vaccinated and allowed to travel to the US under an exception to the vaccination rule are required to take a test 3 to 5 days after arrival and self-quarantine for a full 7 days, even if the test is negative.

Covid tests are not required to cross a land border.

What kind of documentation is required?

Both digital and paper proof of vaccination will be accepted as long as the documentation meets US requirements for being fully vaccinated, officials said.

According to the White House fact sheet, airlines will be responsible for determining that the record “was issued by an official source (e.g., public health agency, government agency) in the country where the vaccine was given.”

Airlines will also be charged with reviewing the information presented to determine that it meets the CDC’s definition of “fully vaccinated” (see above).

All inbound air travelers will be required to provide contact information to airlines, per a CDC contact tracing order. That information must be turned over by airlines to the CDC when it’s needed to follow up with travelers to mitigate the spread of disease.

Q&A on the CDC website addresses specific questions about documentation.

According to the CDC, all proof of vaccination must include personal identifiers — minimally the passenger’s full name and date of birth — that match their passport. The name of the source issuing the record and the vaccine manufacturer and dates of vaccination are also required.

At land and ferry crossings, travelers will be required to attest to their vaccination status and reason for travel and present proof of vaccination to a CBP officer upon request, according to CBP offiicals, and vaccine cards do not need to be in English.

Who can no longer get into the United States?

The new international travel system largely bars unvaccinated foreign nationals from entering the United States.

Unvaccinated travelers coming from countries not affected by travel bans who currently are allowed to fly into the US (from Mexico and Canada, for example) will no longer be allowed entry as of November 8.

At land borders, the vaccination requirement going into effect on November 8 applies to nonessential travel such as tourism and visits with friends and family.

Individuals traveling for essential reasons, including truck drivers and students, will still be allowed across borders until early January, whether they’re vaccinated or not.

In January 2022, documented non-citizens traveling across the land border for both essential and nonessential reasons will be required to be fully vaccinated.

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Australia’s biggest states open borders in time for Christmas season


A lone woman, wearing a protective face mask, walks across a city centre bridge as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a COVID-19 outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders/File Photo/File Photo

SYDNEY, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Australia’s Victoria state removed entry restrictions to citizens of neighbouring New South Wales on Friday, allowing almost blanket reciprocal travel between the country’s two biggest states ahead of the busy Christmas period.

Travel between the pair, home to more than half Australia’s 25 million population, has been severely disrupted for months because of an outbreak of Delta variant-fuelled COVID-19 cases.

“Victoria and NSW have been through so much over the last few months, and we’re pleased that more families will now be able to reunite just in time for Christmas and the holiday season,” Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said in a statement late on Thursday.

Travel company Flight Centre (FLT.AX) said “open borders between Australia’s economic powerhouses” will be a major boost for hotels, airlines and other tourism businesses as flights resume between Sydney and Melbourne, one of the busiest domestic routes in the world before the pandemic.

Victoria on Friday downgraded all virus hotspots in its neighbour to safe for the first time in months, and also permitted unvaccinated NSW citizens to enter without quarantine. Victoria had already opened up entry for fully vaccinated New South Wales residents without quarantine last month, after closing its border in July.

New South Wales, which had allowed entry throughout the crisis to vaccinated Victorians provided they complete a two-week quarantine, earlier this week dropped the quarantine requirement. However, it remains closed to any unvaccinated travellers aged above 16 from its neighbour.

Adult double-dose vaccination rates have neared 90% in New South Wales and 83% in Victoria.

Both states continue to report cases as they shift to a strategy of living with the virus on the back of the high vaccination rates.

Victoria reported 1,343 cases on Friday, while New South Wales reported 249. Australia has reported a total of about 177,000 cases and 1,794 deaths, far lower than many other comparable countries.

Reporting by Renju Jose; editing by Jane Wardell

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