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Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) this week said it welcomed the announcement by the White House that fully vaccinated non-U.S. citizens, including those from the U.K. and the European Union, will be permitted to travel to the U.S. beginning in November.

Under the new rules, non-citizens will be required to show proof of vaccination and a negative Covid test taken within three days of departure in order to fly to the U.S. But the White House is also tightening rules for unvaccinated U.S. citizens returning home, requiring them to provide a negative COVID-19 test one day before departure and then take another test upon arrival.

“America’s airports applaud the Biden administration’s announcement that it will soon begin to allow fully vaccinated passengers to travel to the United States,” said Kevin Burke, ACI-NA president and CEO. “We are encouraged by this latest step that responds to our request for a plan to restore international travel, which is so critical in ensuring a robust economic recovery across the aviation industry. By requiring strict safety protocols on a more individual basis, the administration has provided the aviation industry with a clearer roadmap to recovery.”

Burke added the ACI-NA looks forward to continued collaboration with its government partners and industry stakeholders to ensure the health and safety of airport workers and passengers as this policy goes into effect.