National Borders Reopen

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International travelers return to their families as national borders reopen on Monday, November 8, 2021, after being isolated for more than a year because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Many returned home to their loved ones after months of being apart. The United States imposed travel restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but they have now been lifted. U.S. citizens and residents have always been able to enter. However, travel restrictions prevented tourists, travelers, and family members from entering.

There were 33 countries with travel restrictions, including Mexico and Canada. To enter the U.S., people from foreign nations needed to have vaccinations against COVID-19. Exceptions were made for children and people who are medically unable to be vaccinated. All must have negative COVID tests results from within the past three days, including more critical restrictions if crossing the Canada or Mexico border.

Seventeen-year-old Adam Azouer says,” I will be traveling to Morocco this Sunday. The requirements were to have a COVID test saying I do not have it and have legal documents saying I can travel and I am from here. I honestly did not know the national borders were closed.”

After reopening these borders, new requirements were in place. Airlines are responsible for confirming vaccination standards and COVID test results. Which is just as Azouer said, it is required to have all these requirements to travel. Additionally, new tools were added, including allowing travelers to upload COVID test results to smoothen travel.

National borders opening marked a significant step in the progress of worldwide recovery from COVID-19.