The US administration is going to lift Covid-19 travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers from the UK and EU from November this year, as per an announcement by the Biden administration.
The decision comes after significant pressure from Brussels and London, and will put an end to a travel restriction issued by Donald Trump more than 18 months ago in the early stages of the pandemic.
The move will affect Ireland, China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, and India, in addition to the UK and the 26 Schengen countries in Europe.
Currently only American citizens, their immediate families, green card holders, and those with national interest exemptions (NIE) are allowed to enter the US if they have spent the preceding two weeks in the UK or EU.
A state department official denied that the change in policy had anything to do with the fall out between USA and France over the Australian submarine deal, which had angered Paris.