The US reopens borders to international travelers on Monday after a year and a half of closure

The US reopens its borders to international travelers starting Monday, November 8. Authorities have already confirmed that the US will re...

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  • The US reopens its borders to international travelers starting Monday, November 8.
  • Authorities have already confirmed that the US will reopen its land borders to foreigners as of today.
  • Although the US reopens its borders, travelers have to meet various requirements to enter.

The US reopens its land and air borders as of Monday, November 8, to international passengers fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This ends the closure decreed in March 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic broke out.

With this measure, the long wait ends for regions such as Europe, which has been awaiting a reciprocal measure by Washington since the European Union (EU) opened its doors to vaccinated Americans at the beginning of summer, the Efe news agency said on Sunday.

The US reopens its borders, but with certain conditions

USA reopens borders
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The travel restrictions, initially applied by former President Donald Trump, were continued by current president, Joe Biden, who arrived at the White House last January. Starting today, according to the White House, foreigners who want to enter the United States for non-essential visits, such as tourism or most family gatherings, will be able to do so both by air and through the land borders of Mexico and Canada.

International travelers who are vaccinated and flying from countries subject to travel restrictions due to the pandemic, a list that so far includes the 26 European states of the Schengen area, in addition to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, China, will also be able to do so, as well as Iran, South Africa and India, Efe detailed.

They give instructions for travelers: US reopens its borders

USA reopens borders

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has warned that “due to the greater volume of travelers, wait times at customs will be prolonged,” so it recommends having documents at hand and being “patient” as indicated in a statement released last week before the announcement that the US would reopen its borders.

The opening of borders comes shortly after the United States managed to fully vaccinate 70% of its adult population, and now they are administering booster shots to those over 65, and have begun vaccinating children between 5 and 11 years, Efe said.

Which vaccines are accepted by the US now that it reopens its borders?

USA reopens borders
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The United States will accept all vaccines that have been licensed by the World Health Organization (WHO), including that from AstraZeneca. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers a person to be “fully vaccinated” if it has been 14 days since they received an accepted single-dose vaccine or since they received the second shot of a two-dose vaccine.

The WHO has not authorized some of the vaccines that are being administered in Latin America, such as the Russian Sputnik V and the Chinese CanSino. The CDC also considers a person to be fully vaccinated 14 days after they have received two doses of any “mixed” combination of accepted Covid-19 vaccines, administered at least 17 days apart.

The mandatory rule before traveling

USA reopens borders
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In addition to being vaccinated, international passengers must present a negative Covid test (PCR or antigens) carried out three days before the trip to the United States. Fully vaccinated international travelers don’t have to comply with quarantine once they arrive in the United States, but they must provide contact information to facilitate tracking in case of contagion.

In the case of Americans, they may enter the country without vaccination, but they must have a negative result from a test carried out the day before the trip to the United States, and they must undergo another test after their return to the country. On the other hand, children between 2 and 17 years old will not be required to be vaccinated to enter the US, but they must comply with the condition of presenting a negative Covid-19 test carried out three days before the trip. Children under 2 years of age, meanwhile, are exempt from both the vaccine and the test.

Migrant families separated by Trump deserve compensation, declares Biden

Report 557 immigrants killed on the southern border of the United States
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President Biden claimed this Saturday that migrant families with children who were separated at the US-Mexico border by his predecessor, Donald Trump, deserve monetary compensation for the damages suffered and is in talks to reach an agreement with the affected families.

Biden said that regardless of the circumstances, people who had their children taken from them under the Trump administration’s family separation policy, designed to deter families from crossing illegally into the United States, should be paid.

Separated migrant families deserve compensation

Separated migrant families
Separated migrant families deserve compensation, defends Biden. Photo: AP

“Due to the horrendous behavior of the last Administration, if you crossed the border, either legally or illegally, and lost your child, if you lost them and that’s it, then you deserve some kind of compensation, regardless of the circumstances,” said the president at a press conference at the White House, reported EFE.

Media outlets, such as The Wall Street Journal, have reported in recent days that the Biden administration was negotiating with lawyers representing separated families on the border with Mexico to pay them about $ 450,000 per person as compensation.

The government advised families that it will not be able to pay such high amounts as compensation

Separated migrant families
Separated migrant families deserve compensation, defends Biden. Photo: Getty Images

However, the United States Department of Justice subsequently advised the lawyers of the migrant families that it will not be able to pay them such large amounts as compensation. Discussions continue and there is no guarantee that the two parties will reach an agreement.

About 5,500 children were separated from their parents under President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, according to which parents were separated from their children to face criminal prosecution for crossing the border illegally, according to court documents in a federal case in San Diego.

Payments are intended to compensate for psychological trauma

Separated migrant families
Separated migrant families deserve compensation, defends Biden. Photo: AP

Inadequate tracking systems meant that many were separated for a long time. Payments are intended to compensate for psychological trauma. To this day, more than 1,000 families are still not fully reunited, in many cases because the parents were deported, according to the White House.

The families’ attorneys are also seeking permanent legal status in the United States for those separated under the practice, which a judge suspended in June 2018, six days after Trump suspended it under international pressure. Associated Press.

557 immigrants killed on the southern border of the United States

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Separated migrant families deserve compensation, defends Biden. Photo: Getty Images

TRAGIC YEAR AT THE BORDER. The number is alarming, as  557 immigrants have been reported to have died on the southern border of the US during the year, which they say would be a record number of illegal immigrants who died trying to reach US soil.

This Saturday, the church and civic groups remembered during a mass in El Paso, Texas, those who died as part of the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead. The number of immigrants who have lost their lives on the southern border in the past fiscal year is heartbreaking: 557!

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