New U.S. Travel Rules Cause Confusion for Some


At John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Sunday evening, the pickup space at Terminal 1 was full of individuals who had arrived on the final flight from Moscow earlier than the brand new guidelines took impact. Russia was not one of many 33 international locations beneath the previous ban, however the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine shouldn’t be on the listing of coronavirus vaccines that are actually being accepted for entry to the United States. So the door to the United States shut for many Russians at one minute after midnight Eastern time on Monday.

A lady touring from Russia with two younger kids acknowledged that the vaccine guidelines had affected the timing of their journey, earlier than declining to be interviewed.

Another arriving traveler, Vyacheslav Alexov, waited for a automobile to gather him and his rigorously plastic-wrapped baggage. He had reduce quick a visit to see family members in Kazakhstan as a way to ensure he was again within the United States earlier than the brand new guidelines took impact on Monday.

As a everlasting U.S. resident, he’s allowed to journey in and overseas simply as American residents can, by displaying a present detrimental coronavirus take a look at. But Mr. Alexov, who mentioned he was not vaccinated, was frightened that he is likely to be blocked anyway.

“It’s political,” he mentioned of the brand new coverage to require international vacationers to point out proof of vaccination, however not settle for the Russian vaccine.

Travelers from Colombia had not confronted restrictions earlier than Monday, however now they too should be absolutely vaccinated. Juan David Peláez, 43, who owns an insurance coverage firm in Bogotá, has been planning a household journey to the United States since February. Mr. Peláez, his spouse and son, his mother and father, and his brother and sister-in-law had been set to reach on Monday.

But Mr. Peláez mentioned that although he’s vaccinated with Moderna, he has not but obtained an official vaccine certificates from the federal government and frightened about with the ability to present proof. He switched his personal ticket, in addition to that of his spouse, who can be vaccinated, and that of his younger son, to reach on Nov. 7, a day earlier than the remainder of the group.

The modified guidelines “affect a lot of people who would not have been affected in the past,” mentioned Mr. Peláez, whereas ready for his household in an arrivals corridor at Miami International Airport on Monday. “I would have missed out on the trip.”