CDC withdraws original policy of ‘7-day self-isolation’… Reflecting concerns about inbound travelers and the travel industry
(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Jeon Myung-hoon = U.S. health authorities tried to impose a 7-day self-quarantine duty on foreign children under the age of 18 who enter the country without being vaccinated against COVID-19, but withdrew.
Rochelle Wallensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has signed an executive order amendment to this effect, local media including Reuters and The Washington Post reported on the 30th (local time).
On the 25th, the CDC made it mandatory for all foreign arrivals to submit a ‘Vaccination Certificate’ and ‘PCR Test Negative Confirmation’.
Instead of exempting children under the age of 18 from submitting a vaccination certificate, they were given the duty to self-isolate for 7 days. The decision was made taking into account the difficulty of vaccinating children under the age of 18 in many countries.
However, Reuters reported that the measure has made foreign parents and guardians traveling with their children dissatisfied with the lengthy quarantine period.
It is reported that the travel and airline industry has expressed concern over the possibility that it could pour cold water on the reviving travel demand ahead of the easing of travel restrictions by the US government.
The CDC said in announcing the amendment, “taking into account that it can be very difficult to self-isolate if a parent or guardian who has been vaccinated and a child under the age of 18 are accompanying them.”
Instead, children must be tested for COVID-19 within 3 to 5 days after entering the country, and if the test is positive or shows suspicious symptoms, they must self-isolate.
The US government has been blocking the entry of travelers who have visited most European countries, including the UK, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran, and Brazil within 14 days, but plans to lift the measure on the 8th of next month.
Arrivals must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
However, if the vaccination rate in the country of origin is less than 10% and the purpose of the trip is not tourism, the duty to vaccinate may be exempted.
Those who have not been vaccinated and are allowed to enter the country under these conditions must self-isolate for 7 days. In addition, the vaccine must be vaccinated within 60 days in the United States.
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