What does opening the borders to vaccinated tourists mean for American actions ?Published by: 10.11.2021 11:17:07
US ends foreign travel ban and opens doors to vaccinated tourists.
United States on Monday ended a pandemic travel ban that had been in place for more than a year and a half, a relief for travelers and families who have been divided by restrictions since the pandemic began.
The ban, which was put in place by President Donald Trump in early 2020 and later expanded by President Joe Biden earlier this year, banned visitors from 33 countries, including the UK, much of Europe, China, Brazil and South Africa.
Now, visitors can arrive in the U.S. with proof of a full Covid-19 vaccination, although there are exceptions for travelers under the age of 18 and travelers from countries with low vaccine availability.
Airline executives said bookings have skyrocketed since the Biden administration announced it would lift the restrictions.European countries have eased rules for foreign visitors, including U.S. citizens, since the spring. But U.S. officials have not reciprocated, even though airlines and other travel companies have urged the Biden administration to reopen the borders.
Shares of United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines rose more than 2% in pre-trading. These carriers operate the most international service of any U.S. airline and could benefit the most from the resumption of travel to the U.S.
Airline staff at London's Heathrow Airport carried American and British flags to celebrate the end of travel restrictions.
A spokeswoman for Virgin Atlantic said its flights to the US were 98% full today. British Airways Flight 1, the number previously used for Concorde, took off from Heathrow along with Virgin Atlantic Flight 3 shortly before 8.30am CET for New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in a synchronised take-off on parallel runways.
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