Latest Biden Administration Update for Travel from EU to US

What’s changing from early November for vaccinated travellers traveling from the EU/UK to the US?

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the decision by the Biden Administration to enable vaccinated travellers to enter the US with a negative COVID-19 test result prior to travel from early November. Importantly, this supersedes the so-called 212f restrictions which prevented anyone from entering the US if they had been in 33 specific countries including the UK, Ireland, all Schengen countries, Brazil, South Africa, India, and China within the last 14 days.

“Today’s announcement is a major step forward. Allowing access to the US for those vaccinated will open travel to the US for many who have been locked out for the past 18 months. This is excellent news for families and loved ones who have suffered through the heartache and loneliness of separation. It’s good for the millions of livelihoods in the US that depend on global tourism. And it will boost the economic recovery by enabling some key business travel markets,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.

- with one of the following visas: C-1/O,81, H1, L visa if traveling to join an aircraft in the USA;

- merchant seamen, if traveling to join a ship in the USA; or

- with one of the following visas: C-1/D,81, H1, L visa if traveling to join a ship in the USA; or

- engaged in lightering, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) activity, wind farm activity, private air/sea crew or other similar crew member activities;

- passengers with a DV visa issued between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020;

Departing from Netherlands to USA: Tourist & business trips are not permitted until the changes in November – the exemption for crew with visa is as above.

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