US -New entry rules for Brits from 8 November
The US has confirmed it will reopen its borders to fully vaccinated travellers only from 8th November.
Children under 18 will be exempt from the need to be vaccinated.
Passengers will need to take a COVID test in the 3 days prior to boarding their flight or have proof they’ve recovered from COVID within the previous 3 months.
COVID test for travel to the US can be, antigen or a PCR test. Children from the age of 2 are also required to present a negative COVID test.
No passenger locator form to fill out, but airlines will be checking all documentation prior to boarding to make sure passengers have both a vaccination certificate, unless under 18, and a negative COVID test if aged 2+ or proof of recovery from COVID.
British citizens also have to apply for an ESTA for travel to the US
What proof of vaccination is required?
To be considered fully vaccinated, passengers will need to prove they’ve had both doses of a WHO-recognised vaccine, with the last dose given at least 14 days previously.
It will recognise a printed letter of confirmation from the NHS, and it seems likely it will also accept the digital NHS COVID pass, but this has yet to be confirmed.
Will the AstraZeneca vaccine be accepted?
There was some speculation that passengers who’ve received the AZ vaccine wouldn’t be considered fully vaccinated by the US as the country hasn’t yet licensed AZ for use on American citizens.
However, the US has confirmed that it will allow entry to anyone who has received a vaccine approved by WHO, even for emergency use only, which applies to AZ. It has specifically stated that it will recognise the AZ vaccine, regardless of where it was manufactured.