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The White House has said that it will relax entry restrictions for vaccinated international travelers on November 8, replacing a complex and patchwork system that barred most foreign travelers from certain countries unless it was for essential reasons.

Details are still forthcoming, but it appears that vaccinated travelers with a negative PCR or antigen test taken 72 hours before departure will be allowed in. Unvaccinated foreigners will be barred, with limited exceptions, but unvaccinated Americans will be allowed in with a negative test.

Eligible vaccines include those authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or with an Emergency Use Listing from the World Health Organization. This means that, in addition to the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, the AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, and Sinovac vaccines qualify as well. It is still unclear how they will treat travelers with a mix of vaccines (ex: one Pfizer and one Moderna, etc.). If you have any questions regarding this policy or its details, please email Mike Dankler (mldankler@michaelbeststrategies.com). 

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