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U.S. Lifts International Travel Ban on Vaccinated Individuals

Sep 20, 2021

- Today, the White House announced it would ease entry restrictions on international air travel for vaccinated individuals, a welcome development as our industry convenes with more than 700 international delegates this week at IPW to bring future travel to America.

What this means: International travelers visiting the United States will have to show proof of vaccination prior to boarding a U.S.-bound flight and a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure. Enhanced contact tracing and masking will also be required, but there will be no quarantine mandate. The new policy will take effect in early November, to give agencies and airlines time to prepare for the changes.

Why it matters: With many travel bans in place since March 2020, this is a major turning point in the management of the virus that will accelerate the recovery of the millions of travel-related jobs that have been lost due to international travel restrictions.

(Information taken from the U.S. Travel Newsletter, which you can read here.)