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Fully Vaccinated People In SA Can Now Start Doing The Following

The United States (US) reopened to fully vaccinated South African visitors on Monday, with specific procedures for pre-flight testing and child exemptions. Travel between South Africa and the United States has been limited during the pandemic. A total ban was enforced on South African tourists at the beginning of 2021, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) naming the Beta variant, initially discovered in the Eastern Cape, as the principal source of concern.

South Africa was not the only country with travel restrictions imposed by the United States. With the exception of a few extremely restrictive exclusions under the United States' National Interest Exception (NIE) program, travelers from the European Union, the United Kingdom, and China, India, and Brazil were equally barred. A new Presidential Proclamation issued at the end of October removed country-based restrictions in favor of a greater emphasis on immunization. The decision took effect on Monday, allowing fully vaccinated passengers to enter the United States regardless of their departure port.

Passengers who have been fully vaccinated must still show a negative Covid-19 viral test result, on a sample acquired no more than three days before the flight's departure. Children under the age of 18 do not need to be fully vaccinated to enter the US, but they must have a negative Covid-19 test result acquired within 24 hours of departure. These children will also be retested three to five days after arriving in the United States, and they will be required to self-quarantine for a week.

South Africans looking for the quickest route to the United States can take United Airlines from Johannesburg to Newark, New Jersey. Delta Air Lines also offers direct flights between OR Tambo International Airport and Atlanta, with increasing frequency beginning in the middle of December.

With foreign travel now resuming, everything appears to be returning to normal. South Africa is already at level one of lock-down, and we all know what follows next, complete freedom, probably. It was a difficult war against this pandemic, but everyone fought heroically, and we won. Tell us what you think about unrestricted travel for South Africans in the comments section below, and don't forget to like, share, and follow us.

[Source: businessinsider]

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