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U.S. Travel: America Welcomes Return of International Travelers

- After nearly two years of restrictions and prolonged economic loss, the United States will reopen its borders to vaccinated international travelers today—a significant milestone in our industry's recovery and our efforts to rebuild the international inbound travel market.

The effects of the border closure restrictions were felt across all segments of our industry—resulting in losses of nearly $300 billion in export income and more than one million American jobs from March 2020 to October of this year.

Today, vaccinated travelers from all over the world can once again visit America by both land and air and experience all that our great country has to offer. The reopening will enable us to reconnect with the global community and will reunite friends and families.

Share the good news: Post a welcome message on social media or communicate with local media to highlight the positive impact that international visitors will have on your community or business. View our press release and fact sheet for the most current data and download our social graphic to help craft your post.

What's next: More work remains to ensure an even recovery. This includes:

  • Fully resuming visitor visa processing at U.S embassies and consulates to reduce the backlog for future visitors.
  • Ensuring adequate resources for CBP and TSA to safely process an increase in international arrivals.
  • Providing emergency relief funding for Brand USA.

Our work with Congress and the administration continues as we look to ensure a safe return to travel for all segments of our industry. We will keep you apprised on developments as international travel resumes.


Tori Barnes

Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Policy

U.S. Travel Association