US scraps vaccine requirements for international visitors

US scraps vaccine requirements for international visitors

The US will scrap its Covid-19 vaccine requirement for inbound international travellers from May 12. 

A statement from the White House, made on Monday May 1, signalled an end to the policy requiring international visitors to the US to be fully vaccinated. The announcement comes after the government initially extended the rule at the beginning of this year, which has been in place since October 2021. 

The statement said: “We are announcing that the administration will end the Covid-19 vaccine requirements for federal employees, federal contractors and international air travellers at the end of the day on 11 May, the same day that the Covid-19 public health emergency ends.”

Clive Wratten, CEO of the Business Travel Association (BTA), said: “The announcement that the Biden-Harris Administration has ceased all Covid-19 vaccination requirements is music to the business travel industry’s ears. 

“Now that the last restriction to the trade and business relationships between the USA and the UK has been removed; two great trading nations can fully get back to business. As the BTA has constantly highlighted, in-person meetings and events are vital to the prosperity of the UK economy. 

“In a recent report by the BTA, nine out of 10 businesses recognise the importance of face-to-face meetings and find them essential in the exchange of expertise and knowledge as well as maintaining relationships between international sectors and countries.”

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