International fighters and their upcoming bouts could also be impacted resulting from new United States authorities insurance policies pertaining to journey and the COVID-19 vaccine.
In a memo despatched out to fighters and their groups Tuesday and purchased by MMA Junkie, UFC Chief Business Officer Hunter Campbell knowledgeable recipients of modifications to U.S. worldwide journey necessities.
Campbell defined overseas people trying to journey to the United States after Nov. 8 will have to be totally vaccinated with, and supply proof of, one in all seven WHO accepted vaccines. They may even want a unfavourable COVID-19 take a look at from a 72-hour interval previous to journey. The coverage additionally applies to these crossing from Canada or Mexico, or these coming by ship.
“Foreign national air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of their vaccination status to fly to the United States,” the memo reads. “Fully vaccinated travelers will also be required to show a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of travel prior to boarding their flight. This policy also applies to foreign nationals crossing the land borders with Canada and Mexico or arriving in the United States by passenger ferry.”
UFC president Dana White has lengthy stood by his notion he won’t ever require any of his workers or impartial contractors to take the vaccine – a sentiment reiterated in Campbell’s electronic mail.
“To be clear, this is NOT a UFC policy,” the memo reads. “UFC is not requiring you to get vaccinated. We are simply communicating the new guidelines recently announced by the U.S. government.”
The UFC is at the moment reserving its lineups via mid-February. For fighters probably affected by the brand new coverage, Campbell talked about a workaround for individuals who select to not get vaccinated.
“You should consider your options, such as traveling to the United States before this new U.S. government policy takes effect, or if you choose, make arrangements to take the appropriate vaccination,” Campbell wrote.
“… This policy takes effect on November 8, leaving very little time to make arrangements if you are fighting on a UFC card in November. If you choose to travel to the U.S. before the new policy takes effect, you will need a waiver if you are traveling from one of the restricted countries. Please contact the UFC Immigration team at (redacted contact information) so we can ensure you have a valid travel waiver in place. … It is unclear at this time what parameters will be applied to U.S. citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) who are not vaccinated.”
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, steadily shifting journey restrictions and insurance policies have introduced quite a few challenges for the group with many worldwide fighters unable to depart their house nations or get to the United States.
With the implementation of UFC “Fight Island,” dozens of internationally-based fighters have been in a position to compete in an alternative choice to the United States, however roadblocks nonetheless stay for some.
It is just not but recognized what impression the brand new restrictions, which the White House introduced Friday, can have on the UFC’s fighter roster. While some previously-blocked worldwide groups could possibly be allowed into the States, others could also be denied primarily based on their vaccine standing.
It’s additionally unclear how the brand new coverage might impression journey for American residents and/or everlasting residents who’re unvaccinated.