International Travelers Return To Logan Airport After Travel Ban Ends

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The U.S. travel ban on travelers from certain countries ended Monday, which means travelers from nearly three dozen countries can now come to the country for non-essential travel.

International travelers flying into Logan Airport now will be required to show proof of vaccination before boarding their flight, in addition to showing a negative COVID test from within the last 72 hours prior to the flight.

There are some exceptions to the rule, but the majority of passengers will be required to be fully vaccinated to travel to the U.S. One exception is for unvaccinated children under the age of 18, who will only be required to show a negative COVID test to travel.

The Biden Administration also included special provisions for countries where fewer than 10 percent of the population is vaccinated. Unvaccinated visitors from these countries can only enter the U.S. for emergency reasons including for humanitarian purposes or medical evaluations.

Unvaccinated Americans wishing to travel abroad will be required to produce a negative COVID test the day prior to travel. Vaccinated travelers will only need a test from three days prior.

There are some restrictions on which vaccines will allow entry to the U.S. as well. As of now, only vaccines approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization are eligible, including the Pfizer, Moderna Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, and Sinovac vaccines.

Russia's Sputnik vaccine is still being reviewed by the WHO.

WBZ's James Rojas was at Logan Airport Monday morning and spoke to passengers about the end of the travel ban. One traveler from Panama said he had mixed feelings about the policy.

"I think for the economy, it should open, but for health reasons, it's a complicated situation," the traveler said.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports.

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