LN – New US travel requirements: Sputnik V is out for now and kids won’t need to be vaccinated


WASHINGTON.- The United States confirmed that as of November 8, foreign adults who want to visit the country must be fully vaccinated against coronavirus with any of the vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), a new requirement that, for now, will close the country’s borders to people who received the Sputnik V vaccine.

The new vaccination requirement will apply only to adults: Children under 18 years of age may travel even without being vaccinated, but they must present a negative Covid-19 test before traveling.

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The White House presented details of the new requirements to enter the United States, a policy change that for now will leave millions of Argentines immunized with Sputnik V without the possibility of traveling to the country. WHO licensed vaccines are Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, and Sinovac.

The Joe Biden government specified that, For the purposes of the new travel requirements, a person is “fully vaccinated” beginning two weeks after completing treatment with any of those vaccinations., that is, after having received one dose of Johnson & Johnson or two doses of any of the rest. The new policy also leaves out for now the people who combined Sputnink V with Moderna.

Travelers with masks push baggage carts at the arrivals point outside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) amid increased Covid-19 travel restrictions on January 25. from 2021

Travelers with masks push baggage carts at the arrivals point outside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

The new rules will have exceptions. Those under 18 years of age are exempt from the vaccination requirement, given the ineligibility of some younger children to receive the vaccine, as well as the global disparity in access to vaccination, indicated the White House. Children between the ages of 2 and 17 must present a negative Covid-19 test prior to departure. Children under the age of 2 do not need to take a test.

In addition to minors, those who have medical contraindications to vaccines, who need to travel for “emergency or humanitarian reasons”, such as a person traveling to receive medical treatment, will be exempted from the vaccination requirement. on which their life depends, or those who travel with a visa other than tourism from “countries with low availability of vaccines,” and other “very narrow categories,” said the Biden government.

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In any of these circumstances, people must present a negative Covid-19 test carried out one day before the trip, as well as North American citizens or legal residents who travel and are not vaccinated either. People who are vaccinated must present anyway a negative Covid-19 test performed within three days prior to travel.



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