October 27, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

The United States of America is replacing its current rules which bar entry into the nation for a specific list of countries, including the UK, China, Schengen countries in the European Union and South Africa, with new rules which permit broad international visitation – including for tourism and business events – for fully vaccinated travellers from all countries.

The new international air travel policy allows for limited exceptions for those travelling from countries where less than 10 percent of the population is vaccinated – estimated to be about 50 countries – and for those aged under 18. The policy also introduces a broad requirement for unvaccinated people entering the country to agree to become vaccinated if they are staying longer than two months.

All vaccinated travellers will be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test within three days of boarding a flight to the USA. For unvaccinated travellers, tests need to be completed within a day of boarding the flight.

With the nation’s health agency, the CDC, not recommending quarantine for those who are fully vaccinated, this policy opens up the potential for business events, including incentives and global meetings, to resume in the US.

Policies like that of the US also have the potential to create issues for revenue within Australia’s business events industry as, combined with Australia’s permitting of free travel for Australians in and out of the country from November 1, it creates a path for overseas incentives for Australian companies to resume while continuing to block international events from taking place in Australia.

The policy for the USA’s land borders has yet to be finalised, but it is expected to follow the same principals as those announced for air travel.