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Big Ben in London. Photo credit: Dave Grossman
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Since early 2020, the United States has had a ban on travelers from the rest of the world entering the country, with few exceptions.

Finally, the time has come for those whose lives have been turned upside down by this ban (or simply wanted to come spend tourist dollars) to look forward to travel to the US again.

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According to the Associated Press, the new rules will take effect in November, in plenty of time for those abroad (looking at you in the in the UK and EU) to make plans for the MilesTalk Meetup X Zorkfest in Las Vegas this December 😉

The new policy will allow foreigners to enter the United States as long as they are vaccinated (the list of approved vaccines is still to be finalized by the CDC) and present a negative COVID test from within 3 days of the flight. Non-vaccinated foreign travelers will not be allowed entry.  US citizens have been allowed into the EU and UK since August, and I’m sure our friends there will appreciate the reciprocity – even if later than hoped. No quarantines will be required.

For Americans who are not vaccinated, returning home to the US will get just a bit more challenging, as they will need a negative COVID test from within 1 day of travel, compared to 3 for vaccinated Americans.

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I got "in the game" in 2003 and since then I've collected literally millions and millions of frequent flyer miles and hotel points. I've flown around the world in first class seats that would cost $29,000 using frequent flyer miles and a few bucks in tax. And I've stayed in some of the finest hotels - all for free! A few years ago I realized many of my friends actually thought I was paying for these!! So I started sharing my tips. It's long been a passion, but when I hosted a session on Miles and Points at this year's South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.


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