The US will open its doors to travelers from Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom, India and most of Europe from Monday.
The United States opens its doors to travelers from a long list of countries that were previously subject pandemic restrictions.
Fully vaccinated travelers from Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom and most of Europe, as well as China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil, will be allowed at airports and land borders in the US as the restrictions are lifted on Monday.
The pandemic controls, originally introduced in early 2020, hampered access to the U.S. for non-citizens who were in those countries 14 days before their trip.
The restrictions have devastated the tourism industry and prevented friends and family from easily visiting the US. Under the policy, missed weddings, funerals and reunions accumulated.
River Robinson’s US partner could not be in Canada 17 months ago for the birth of their baby boy due to pandemic-related border closures. She told The Associated Press that she would soon be heading south for the long-awaited reunion
“I’m planning to take my baby down for American Thanksgiving,” said Robinson, who lives in St. Thomas, Ontario. “If everything goes smoothly at the border, I will plan to take him down as much as I can. Is crazy to think he has a whole other side of the family that he has not even met. ”
The countries involved represent 53 percent of all overseas visitors to the U.S. in 2019, according to trade group US Travel. Data from travel and analysis firm Cirium showed that airlines were increasing flights between the UK and the US by 21 per cent in the past month.
It is expected that there will be little if any empty seats on many of the international flights on Monday, and passenger volume is expected to remain high in the coming weeks.
Air travelers will be expected to not only show their vaccination status, but also a negative COVID-19 test. Those traveling to the country from Canada and Mexico will only need to show proof of vaccination.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US will accept travelers who are fully vaccinated with any of the vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) for emergency use, not just those approved by US authorities.
This means that the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is widely used in Canada, and the India-developed Covaxin vaccine will be accepted.
The lifting of restrictions comes as the US has seen its COVID-19 outlook improve dramatically in recent weeks since the summer boom spurred by the Delta variant.