Thousands of international poker players were prepared to miss out on the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) which runs from Sep 30 to Nov 23 at the Rio in Las Vegas, Nevada. The U.S like many countries imposed a travel ban to prevent people from coming in as it tried to control the spread of COVID-19.
WSOP Gets Its Timing Right
The WSOP could not schedule the live poker tournament in May and June as it usually does due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The WSOP decided that it was better to schedule it during the fourth quarter of 2021, as there was a better possibility that the COVID-19 pandemic would be under control and it would be able to pull off a successful live poker tournament.
It looks like the WSOP got its timing right as the White House confirmed that the travel ban will be lifted in early November. International poker players who are keen on playing the $10,000 WSOP Main Event which starts on Nov 4, will have to keep their fingers crossed as there is still no official date as to when the travel ban will be lifted.
In a statement, Jeff Zients, White House COVID-19 coordinator said “This new international travel system follows the science to keep Americans and international air travel safe. By requiring foreign nationals to be fully vaccinated in order to fly to the United States and in implementing additional strict safety protocols, we will protect Americans here at home and enhance the safety of international travel.”
The news has been welcomed by the international poker community who are now waiting for more information from the White House.
Who Can Travel To America?
The White House has made it clear that all foreigners who want to travel to America once the ban is lifted need to be fully vaccinated. However, there was no information given as to which COVID-19 vaccines will be recognized and accepted. Not all of the vaccines are recognized in America, including the popular AstraZeneca vaccine which has been rolled out in many European and Asian countries.
Zients said that this decision will be made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDCP) who will release more information in this regard shortly. It will be up to each Airline provider to collect the necessary vaccination information before boarding passengers to the United States.
Americans who are looking to get back into the country will be allowed in even if they are not vaccinated. However, they will have to take a COVID test one day before boarding the flight and test negative. They will also have to take a second test upon entering the country.
The WSOP attracts thousands of players each year from around the world and the removal of the travel ban will once again allow international players to play at the WSOP.
WSOP Vaccination Requirements
While the U.S is yet to specific vaccination requirements and protocols, the 2021 WSOP has already released information regarding its vaccination policy. Only vaccinated players will be allowed to participate in the 2021 WSOP and all players will need to be fully vaccinated 14 days prior to showing up at the WSOP.
The WSOP has also made it clear that only vaccination certificates from three providers will be accepted. International players who have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine will not be accepted based on the earlier restrictions.
The WSOP might amend that policy, especially if the CDCP releases new guidelines and approves the AstraZeneca vaccine. We will give you more updates on this as soon as the WSOP releases more information.

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