President Biden announces new COVID-19 travel rules and restrictions

President Biden announced a new plan to combat the coronavirus pandemic heading into the winter, including stricter testing requirements for international travel.

“I’m announcing today that all inbound international travelers must test within one day of departure, regardless of their vaccination status or nationality,” Biden said in a speech at the National Institutes of Health. “And we are extending the requirement, both internationally and domestically, to wear masks for travel on aircraft, trains, public transportation through the winter months.”

Biden said he expects the mandate on face masks to run until March 18th 2022. Biden also reiterated that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are recommending booster shots for Americans who already received a COVID-19 vaccine.

“More than about 100 million are eligible for boosters but haven’t gotten the booster shot yet. Folks, if you’re over the age of 18, and you got vaccinated before June 2, six months has gone by—go get your booster shot now,” Biden said.

The first U.S. Case of the omicron variant was discovered in California and reported by the administration Wednesday. White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked why the administration didn’t go further and require vaccination or a negative test for passengers on domestic flights. She replied that “nothing is off the table.”

“We base our decisions on the advice of the health and medical experts, what is going to be most effective and what we can implement,” Psaki said. “The president takes their advice and counsel very seriously, but I would say there are discussions about a range of options every day.”

No quarantine requirement is in place at this stage. Kevin Mitchell, founder and chairman of the Business Travel Coalition said. “It’s a relief to the entire travel and tourism world” that quarantine has not been ordered.




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