Fully Vaccinated European Skiers Can Visit the US This Winter as Travel Restrictions Eased

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European skiers can head to the US this winter. Credit: Mammoth Lakes

Yesterday, the United States announced it would ease travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals visiting the country beginning November.

In early 2020, in reaction to the growing pandemic, President Donald Trump limited travel first from China and then from the UK, Ireland, and the Schengen zone. These restrictions have remained in place––until yesterday’s announcement.

“International travel is critical to connecting families and friends, to fuelling small and large businesses, to promoting the open exchange ideas and culture. That’s why, with science and public health as our guide, we have developed a new international air travel system that both enhances the safety of Americans here at home and enhances the safety of international air travel.”

– White House pandemic coordinator Jeff Zients

The White House said yesterday that fully vaccinated adults from 33 countries, including the UK, China, and EU nations, would be allowed to fly into the US. This is great news for skiers and holidaymakers from the UK and Europe wishing to visit the US this winter.

Issues could arise over which vaccine(s) the US recognizes––the AstraZeneca vaccine has been widely used across Europe but not been approved for emergency use in the US, reports the Independent.

“We are grateful the US has recognized the progress the UK has made against Covid-19, including high vaccination rates and declining cases. It’s great news for families and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic”.

– UK ambassador to the US, Dame Karen Pierce

The CDC will also insist on a contact-tracing order that will require airlines to collect information on travelers entering the US. President Biden has also doubled the fine for not wearing a mask on planes.

According to Wikipedia, the Schengen Area is an area comprising 26 European countries that have officially abolished all passport and all other types of border control at their mutual borders. The area mostly functions as a single jurisdiction for international travel purposes, with a common visa policy. The area is named after the 1985 Schengen Agreement signed in Schengen, Luxembourg.

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11 thoughts on “Fully Vaccinated European Skiers Can Visit the US This Winter as Travel Restrictions Eased

  1. Colin M,

    I’m vaccinated, have my little card and somehow managed all the racist hurdles to get legal Photo ID. So I’m good to go bro.

    It’s not all the liberals in my head it’s 9/10 news sources that have a mild to extreme liberal bias. I get most of my news from Bloomberg, then Apple News, then PBS.

    My point/argument below is already playing out. Photos ID’s and vaccination cards to get into restaurants are already being protested and labeled racist in NYC. I guess you don’t follow the news much. Check it out.

    My whole point is there is no consistency with the liberal policies. They pick and choose their rules as they politically see fit. Maybe it’s just a lack of moral compass or a lack of intelligence.

  2. Good job talking in circles. Who are you having this imaginary argument with? Those damn liberals who live in your mind? Must be entertaining. Do you see a doctor for this? Probably not as they would make you get the vaccinations you’ll have to get eventually…

  3. Colin M.

    I guess I am anonymously speaking to a complete and utter moron. Not surprised. Obviously we’re all aware you don’t need an ID to vote. That’s what you guys think is no big deal. In fact, according to you guys, its racist to require an ID to vote. My comment on the vaccine card is just to draw the parallel to the requirement that vaccine cards are often required to go into restaurants. Sorry if I made you think outside your little box.

    ID Cards and Vaccine Cards are required to eat food at a restaurant which a fairly mundane thing. Some people do it 3 times a day. Are you aware of that?

    Voting on the other hand is pretty important. Less typical and carries greater consequences than a simple trip into a restaurant. You don’t need ID to vote right? Because that’s racist right?

    How and why can you guys be so selective with your rules?
    If we applied your rules and logic, it would be more racist to prevent someone entering a restaurant without Vaccine Card & ID than it would be to not allow someone to vote with an ID. One requires just and ID. The other require and ID AND VACCINE CARD. ​

    Explain the logic how one is racist and not the other. I’m looking forward to your answer.

    1+1=2 & 1<2 right? Or do you not agree on these 2 abstract principals either?

  4. Again with the false equivalency towards voting. Another one is that proof of vaccination means you must to show photo ID. Your claim of “logic and intelligence” being on your side is still unfounded. You are the snowflake that fears big government and believes fake news. Sorry it all went 180 on you.

  5. Got it Colin M.

    You need Vaccine cards and Photo ID to go into a restaurant.

    But you don’t need a Vaccine card or Photo ID to vote.

    Glad we’re living in a world with those kind of rules. Good job folks. We see your logic and intelligence.

  6. So, about all of those folks swarming into the US with unknown vaccination status. You all do realize that they are not freely crossing the border and disseminating throughout the United States, right? There are pop-up/temporary facilities created for those folks where they remain while their entry is reviewed.

    Yes, there are also illegal entries across the border just as there has always been, but those news images of crowds entering the US illegally are actually images of the camps. The illegal entries across the border are scattered and widely separated which doesn’t usually get caught on film and would make for poor video support of swarms crossing the border.

  7. Anonymous says “But you do not need a vaccine card or photo ID to illegally immigrate to America and you don’t need a photo ID to vote in America?”

    And Fox News gets a boner. My favorite part is the identification/vaccination rules of ILLEGALLY migrating somewhere. Like, hey dummy, you get that they purposely trying to not follow the rules right? Meanwhile they can’t figure out if they want them moosleems legally coming in from Afghanistan. Right wing common sense is just their way of saying their snowflake feelings are being hurt but they can only express it by creating false equivalencies. That is so 2020, try again losers.

  8. So you need a vaccine card and a photo ID to legally fly into America? And you need a vaccine card and a photo ID to eat at a restaurant?

    But you do not need a vaccine card or photo ID to illegally immigrate to America and you don’t need a photo ID to vote in America? Because that would be racist right?

    Do I have this right?
    Sorry left leaning fellas but you’ve lost your common sense. You guys have no logic.

  9. What about the illegal immigrants flooding the southern boarder right now?
    Do they need to be fully vaccinated too?
    Do they need to show vaccine cards and photo ID’s to get into restaurants or is that too racist of a policy as well?

    Confused Liberal

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