USA opens up to vaccinated international travellers

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October 16, 2021
USA
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The USA is opening up to vaccinated international travelers from November 8 following the Biden Administration’s announcement that it will lift travel restrictions on foreign nationals that have been in place since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines said that “the reopening of international travel will allow for the reunification of thousands of families and friends from around the world who have been separated for more than 18 months, just in time for the holidays.

“International travel is vital to help reverse the devastating economic impact on America’s travel and tourism industry, which was hit hard by the pandemic. It is also an essential component in recovering global trade and commerce, particularly across the Atlantic. New York-JFK to London Heathrow is the world’s most important route for business travel.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian said: “I applaud the administration’s decision to welcome foreign nationals back to the United States beginning Nov. 8. Thanks to the remarkable scientific efforts undertaken by the administration to protect public health through world-leading vaccination programs and health safety protocols, U.S. borders can safely be reopened.

“International air travel is essential to global economic recovery and the United States’ tourism industry. Delta people are excited to play our part in reuniting families for the holidays and reconnecting the world after more than 19 months apart.”

Delta Air Lines said that “in November, customers traveling to the U.S. from across the pond [The Atlantic] can easily connect to Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, New York-JFK, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Salt Lake City with over 190 weekly nonstop flights from 16 markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Including partners Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic, customers have even greater choice with over 430 weekly flights to the U.S.”