Americans reunited after 20 months of border ban

Americans burst with joy when they see their loved ones again after 20 months of border ban because of Covid-19.

From November 8, the US government lifted the entry ban on visitors who had received Covid-19 vaccines from more than 30 countries, ending 20 months of travel restrictions. In the photo is passenger Jill Brownbill (blonde) cuddling her newborn nephew Rocco when reunited at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, USA, on the first day of border opening.

A German woman hugs her grandson in America she hasn’t seen in three years. The US border closure order with more than 30 countries since March 2020 has affected the movement of hundreds of millions of people.

Abdul Shukoor (centre) holds two grandsons in his arms as he is admitted from Brussels, Belgium, to Virginia, USA, on November 8. Passengers entering the US by air must have a full course of vaccines and test negative for nCoV within three days before departure.

Family members hold placards waiting for their loved ones on a British Airways flight from London to New York, USA, on November 8. Airlines will be required to maintain contact tracing systems for those on board.

A couple hugged each other at the US airport on the day of border opening.

The US opened its border on land in two phases. From November 8, people taking “non-essential trips”, such as visiting relatives or traveling, must be vaccinated. Those taking “essential travel” will be able to enter the US without vaccination, as has been prescribed for the past year and a half.

The second phase, starting in January 2022, will require all people entering the United States by land to be fully vaccinated, regardless of the reason for the trip.

Pictured is a long line of cars at the Mexico-US border on November 8.

Many cars poured into the US-Mexico border right from the night of November 7. Mexico is one of more than 30 countries subject to an import ban from the US and is also a country that strongly opposes this ban.

Cars waiting to enter the US from Canada at the border gate in Blaine, Washington state, on November 8. Like Mexico, overland travel from Canada to the US is also affected by the lengthy border ban.

Eva Garcia (right) reunites with relatives after nearly two years of not seeing each other near the border in Laredo, Texas, USA, on November 8.

The United States said that people who inject Covid-19 vaccines approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted by the country. These vaccines include AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Covaxin, Sinopharm and Sinovac.

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