The end of the American' travel ban' for Europeans is near. In November 2021, the United States will reopen its borders for Schengen countries. People who want to enter must meet specific requirements. Read below what's changing, who can enter the US, and what the world will look like when the US reopens its borders for Europe.
American travel ban for Europeans
The American travel ban came into effect in March 2020 for the Schengen countries (including the Netherlands), Brazil, China, and India, among other countries. On September 20, 2021, the White House announced that the US would reopen its borders to travelers from 33 countries from November onwards. The travel ban then lasted more than 1.5 years in total. The reopening will therefore be a historic moment.
Conditions for travel to the US
The United States will only open its borders to people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Travelers must also show a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. This decision is received with disappointment by some Dutch people. Being fully vaccinated only grants you free travel within the EU. Outside of Europe, travelers are usually required to show an additional PCR test with a negative result.
In July 2021, US President Joe Biden announced that "the time is not right to reopen borders as COVID-19 infections are rising dramatically". The decision by Jeff Zients, White House coordinator regarding coronavirus developments, to reopen its borders came unexpectedly to most people. Many Europeans have expressed their enthusiasm about the end of the travel ban and can't wait to travel to the US. As soon as the precise date of reopening is known, you will read it here.