U.S. Announces Date to Reopen to International Travelby Jessica Montevago
The White House has announced it will lift travel restrictions on international air and land border crossings for fully vaccinated travelers beginning Nov. 8, according to White House officials.
The long-anticipated reopen will welcome travelers from 33 countries including Europe, the United Kingdom, China, India, and Brazil who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of travel.
The announcement finally provides a date for the U.S. travel industry to start the climb back to normal operations after a large absence of international travel over the last year and a half.
Curbs on non-essential travelers have been in place since March 2020 to address the Covid-19 pandemic.
U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the announcement that the U.S. will officially reopen its borders to vaccinated international travelers on November 8:
“U.S. Travel has long called for the safe reopening of our borders, and we welcome the Biden administration’s announcement of a set date to welcome back vaccinated international travelers.
“The date is critically important for planning—for airlines, for travel-supported businesses, and for millions of travelers worldwide who will now advance plans to visit the United States once again. Reopening to international visitors will provide a jolt to the economy and accelerate the return of travel-related jobs that were lost due to travel restrictions.
“We applaud the administration for recognizing the value of international travel to our economy and our country, and for working to safely reopen our borders and reconnect America to the world.”