On Monday, the United States (US) reopened to fully vaccinated South African travelers, with particular requirements on pre-flight testing and kid exemptions. Throughout the epidemic, travel between South Africa and the United States has been restricted. At the beginning of 2021, an absolute ban was imposed on South African travelers, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) citing the Beta variety, first found in the Eastern Cape, as the primary source of worry.
South Africa was not the only country on the US travel restriction list. Travelers from the European Union, the United Kingdom and China, India, and Brazil were similarly prohibited, with the exception of a few extremely narrow exclusions under the United States' National Interest Exception (NIE) program. A new Presidential Proclamation published at the end of October eliminated country-based limitations in favor of a focus on immunization. The ruling went into force on Monday, enabling fully vaccinated travelers to enter the United States regardless of their departure port.
Fully vaccinated passengers must still produce a negative Covid-19 viral test result, such as an RT-PCR, on a sample collected no more than three days before the flight's departure. Children under the age of 18 do not need to be completely vaccinated to enter the United States, but they must produce a negative Covid-19 test result obtained within 24 hours after departure. These youngsters will also be retested 3 to 5 days after arriving in the United States and will be expected to self-quarantine for a week.
Persons on diplomatic or official foreign government travel, as well as those with documented medical contraindications to obtaining a Covid-19 vaccine, are also excluded from the immunization restriction. South Africans seeking the fastest route to the United States may fly directly from Johannesburg to Newark, New Jersey, on United Airlines. Delta Air Lines also operates direct flights between OR Tambo International Airport and Atlanta, with increased frequency scheduled in the middle of December.
With international travels already opening up things seem to be slowly going back to normal, SA is already in level one of lock down and we all know what comes after that, complete freedom. It has been a hard battle against this pandemic and everyone fought bravely and we conquered the battle. Tell us what you about the open travel for South Africans on the comment section below, please like, share and follow us.
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