Zimbabwean citizens who received the Chinese-developed COVID-19 vaccines, Sinopharm and Sinovac, are now eligible to travel to the United States of America (U.S.) after that country lifted severe travel restrictions and imposed new vaccine requirements.
The United States State Department Spokesman, Ned Price announced a new vaccination policy that will go on a factsheet for international travellers on 8 November.
Under the new policy, foreign nationals vaccinated with approved vaccines for emergency use by the World Health Organisation (WHO) would be allowed to travel to the United States.
This means Zimbabweans vaccinated with Sinopharm or Sinovac can board a plane and travel, as these vaccines are approved by WHO.
However, this order makes it difficult for unvaccinated non-American citizens to travel to the US. Said Price:
As of November 8, foreign national travellers to the US will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the US.
This policy puts public health first. It is consistent and stringent protecting US citizens and residents as well as those who come to visit us.
Because it puts public health first, exceptions to this policy will be extremely limited.
Price said exceptions would primarily be children under the age of 18 and certain individuals from countries where vaccines are not yet readily accessible. He said:
Those who are eligible to travel but not vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test within one day before their flight’s departure.
For those travellers who are vaccinated, the testing requirement remains three days before their flight.