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DHS to lift Covid vaccine requirement for non-US travelers

DHS to lift Covid vaccine requirement for non-US travelers

One of the final Covid-related travel limitations in the US is set to be lifted.

Beginning May 12, foreign visitors will no longer be required to have received the full Covid-19 vaccination, according to a Monday announcement from the Department of Homeland Security.

According to a statement from DHS, “DHS intends to rescind these Title 19 travel restrictions in alignment with the termination of the Presidential Proclamation on air travel and the end of the Public Health Emergency.”

The news is being welcomed by the travel sector. It claimed that the ban had hurt its ability to conduct business.

According to U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman, “today’s action to lift the vaccine requirement eases a significant entry barrier for many international travellers, moving our industry and country forward.”

The decision’s effects may also be felt strongly in the world of sports.
The vaccination restriction has forced Novak Djokovic, the top-ranked tennis player in the world, to miss numerous events in the US.

“Novak entering the nation and participating in the 2023 US Open is something we surely aim for. We would love to have him at this year’s event since he is a terrific champion and a fan favourite, USTA spokesperson Chris Widmaier told CNN in a statement.
The choice is being made as the globe and the United States work to recover from the pandemic.

The public health emergency in the US will end on May 11.

As a tool to monitor the infection’s spread, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention will also discontinue publishing its color-coded Covid-19 Community Levels.


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