New US vax rules for foreign visitors

US President Joe Biden is issuing an order imposing new vaccine requirements for most foreign nationals travelling to the United States by air effective November 8, the White House says.

Biden is also lifting restrictions in place since early 2020 that have barred most non-citizens from travelling to the US from places like China, India, South Africa, Brazil and much of Europe.

Those restrictions will also expire on November 8.

The White House confirmed that children under 18 are exempt from the new vaccine requirements as are people with some medical issues.

Non-tourist travellers from about 50 countries with nationwide vaccination rates of less than 10 per cent will also be eligible for exemption from the rules.

Those receiving an exemption will generally need to be vaccinated if they intend to remain in the US for more than 60 days.

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