WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (Reuters) – The United States expects a flood of international visitors die crossing borders by air and over country on Monday after the lifting of travel restrictions for a lot of of the world’s population first imposed in begin 2020 to tackle the spread of COVID-19.
United Airlines expects about 50% more total international incoming passengers Monday compared met last Monday when it was about 20,000.
And Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) Chief Executive Ed Bastian has warned travelers should be prepared for first long lines.
“It gets a little messy at” first. I can assure you, there will be lines unfortunately,” said Bastian, adding that “we’ll sort it out out”.
Delta said: in the six weeks since the US reopening was announced it has seen a 450% increase in international point-of-sales bookings versus the six weeks before the announcement.
White House spokesman Kevin Munoz said: on Twitter “As we highly expect demand when the US disbands its existing one air and land travel restrictions Monday, we take critical steps be prepared by providing additional resources.”
The Biden administration has had multiple conversations with US airlines to prepare for the influx of extra travelers die shall begin die arriving at US airports and has warned travelers die from Canada and Mexico over country of met cross the ferry to be prepared for longer wait from Monday.
In front of Bhavna Patel, a flight from London takes her to New York on Monday to see her first grandchild after more than a year of watch him grow via FaceTime.
The rules have most non-american burgers excluded who have been within the previous 14 days in 33 countries — the 26 Schengen countries in Europe without borders controls, China, India, South Africa, Iran, Brazil, Great Britain and Ireland.
trade group US Travel said the countries responsible for 53% of all overseas visitors to the United States in 2019 and border communities were hit hard by the loss of tourists die crossing from Mexico and Canada. The group estimates drop in international visitation “resulted in nearly $300 billion in lost export revenue” since March 2020.
US airlines are boosting flights to Europe and other destinations die were affected by the restrictions. Plan airlines events on Monday with executives die what to meet of the first to flee.
Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and United Airlines President Brett Hart hold a event at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport Monday to mark its reopening.
US officials are planning an Instagram live to chat on Nov 9 until help answer questions.
A lot of international flights are expected to be close to full of full on Monday, with high passenger volume during the following weeks.
Airlines check vaccination documentation for international travelers like them currently to do for COVID-19 test results. At land border crossings, US Customs and Border Protection will request of travelers are vaccinated and check some documentation.
Children under the age of 18 are exempt from the new vaccine requirements. Non-tourist travelers from almost 50 countries with national vaccination coverage of less than 10% will also Qualify for exemption.
Also Monday, new tracing contact rules will take effect require airlines to collect information by international air passengers if necessary “to follow up with travelers who have been exposed to COVID-19 variants of other pathogens.”
Reporting by David Shepardson
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