The White House declared on October 15, 2021, that the United States will open its borders to fully vaccinated foreign passengers beginning November 8, 2021.
On September 20, 2021, the White House administration announced that entry restrictions would be lifted beginning in November. Airlines had observed an increase in bookings even before a precise date was announced.
As a result, confirmation of a precise date is expected to increase demand for transatlantic travel even more.
“The US’ new travel policy that requires vaccination for foreign national travelers to the United States will begin on November 8,” White House press secretary Kevin Munoz wrote on Twitter. “This announcement and date apply to both international air travel and land travel.“
For the past 18 months, non-US citizens and residents have been unable to travel to the United States. The limitations will be lifted just in time for the hectic holiday season, which begins on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2021.
Delta Air Lines made this announcement:
Effective Nov. 8, 2021, vaccinated international travelers who want to come to the U.S. can now do so, 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.
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.
“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,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian.
“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.”