On Monday, in the first time in two years, the United States allowed non-US citizens to fly into the country as long as they were fully vaccinated.
In 2020, the United States had imposed travel restrictions to stem the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus and had barred non-U.S. citizens to travel to the country.
The travel ban had dealt a huge blow to tourism and had kept friends and families from meeting physically.
From Monday, the United States allowed fully vaccinated travelers to travel to the country as long as they have an official proof of vaccination as well as a recent negative viral test.
“We went from zero activity to one that is similar to October 2019 levels, so before COVID,” said Jerome Thomann, of Paris-based Jetset Voyages travel agency.
Jetset Voyages expects passenger volumes to be high in the coming weeks. The reopening will be a boon to British travelers, especially for UK-based trans-Atlantic-focused Virgin Atlantic.
“This is the market that is at the heart of everything that we do,” CEO Shai Weiss.
In a statement Delta Airlines said, “In the six weeks since the U.S reopening was announced it has seen a 450% increase in international point-of-sale bookings versus the six weeks prior to the announcement”.
From Monday, the US-Mexico border will also reopen. Travelers crossing the land border will be asked by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to show their fully vaccination status along with all needed documentations.
Children under 18 are exempt from the new vaccine requirements.