The US has announced that it will reopen its borders to travellers who have been double vaccinated from Monday 8 November after almost 20 months of strict restrictions.
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The relaxation will apply to Schengen countries, the UK, Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland and South Africa.
Currently, non-US residents who have been in countries such as the UK, China, India and several other European countries in the last 14 days are not allowed to enter the US.
But from 8 November, those who have received two doses of a vaccine approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or those that have been given an Emergency Use Listing from the World Health Organization (WHO), will be allowed to enter the US.
Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer-BioNTech are all approved by the FDA. The AstraZeneca vaccine falls under the Emergency Use category, so will still be accepted.
Double-vaccinated travellers will also need to present a negative Covid test taken in the 72 hours before travel.
The White House confirmed that there will be no need to quarantine upon arrival.
Time to book a viewing trip?
While those hoping to buy property in Europe have been able to visit their chosen country and view properties for months now, prospective US buyers haven’t been so lucky.
This US travel update therefore brings good news to those looking to visit the US to buy properties.
Why buying in Florida is a great investment
If the year-round sunshine, beautiful beaches and thrilling attractions aren’t enough to tempt you then maybe the great-value properties will be.
While it is important to note that property prices have been rising over the last year or so, what you’ll get for your money in Florida compared to the UK remains desirable.
For around £250,000, you could buy a spacious 4-or 5-bedroom detached house with a private swimming pool that is close to Disney World.
What’s more, the rental potential on a property in Florida is excellent, particularly if you buy within easy reach of the main theme parks. Short-term holiday rentals are definitely the way forward in Florida.
Take Kissimmee, for example. This lovely city in Florida’s Osceola County is just 30 minutes from Disney World and was ranked as ‘the best place for holiday rental investment in the world’ by home insurance firm Schofields in 2019. It was estimated that homeowners could make a potential 26% return-on-investment. Depending on currency exchange rates, this could be as much as £30,000 a year.
Other good areas to look for property include Davenport, Winter Park, Champions Gate and Haines City.