Travel Industry Welcomes US Plan to Lift Travel Restrictions
Travellers queuing at JFK International Airport in New York.
US finally eases travel restrictions
The US plans to ease its Covid-19 travel restrictions on foreign travellers from November. Under the new rules, fully vaccinated travellers will be able to fly into the US without quarantining if they provide proof of a negative Covid test and give contact information. The US had banned foreigners travelling to the country from certain regions, including Europe, early last year. The White House said the new policy would come into force in early November, without giving a specific date.
Travel industry rejoices
The travel industry is celebating the move, with British Airways chief executive Sean Doyle saying it "marks a historic moment". British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted that he was delighted. "It’s a fantastic boost for business and trade, and great that family and friends on both sides of the pond can be reunited once again," he said. Britain and the EU lifted restrictions on American travellers during the summer but the US, which was battling a rise in Covid cases, did not immediately reciprocate.
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