The U.S. announced it will reopen its borders to fully vaccinated, nonessential travelers at land and ferry crossings on Monday, November 8.

“The U.S. new travel policy that requires vaccination for foreign national travelers to the United States will begin on Nov 8,” White House assistant press secretary Kevin Munoz tweeted today. “This announcement and date applies to both international air travel and land travel. This policy is guided by public health, stringent, and consistent.”

U.S. Travel Association president and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the announcement, “U.S. Travel has long called for the safe reopening of our borders, and we welcome the Biden administration’s announcement of a set date to welcome back vaccinated international travelers.

“The date is critically important for planning—for airlines, for travel-supported businesses, and for millions of travelers worldwide who will now advance plans to visit the United States once again. Reopening to international visitors will provide a jolt to the economy and accelerate the return of travel-related jobs that were lost due to travel restrictions.

“We applaud the administration for recognizing the value of international travel to our economy and our country, and for working to safely reopen our borders and reconnect America to the world.”

Julia Simpson, president & CEO of World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) said in a press statement, “It is great news that the U.S. will reopen its borders to fully-vaccinated travelers from the UK and EU from Nov 8. It has been a long time coming, but Travel & Tourism businesses on both sides of the Atlantic will be breathing a sigh of relief.

“Visitors from the EU and the UK contributed more than $46 billion to the U.S economy in 2019, showing just how critical this move will be to the U.S recovery.

“WTTC believe governments should axe red lists completely, and instead base the risk on individuals rather than entire countries.”

For more information on the USTOA, visit ustoa.com and for information on WTTC, visit wttc.org.

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