The U.S. border will reopen to vaccinated foreign travelers on Nov. 8.
The date, announced Friday morning on Twitter by White House assistant press secretary Kevin Munoz, will apply to both air and land travel.
The setting of a firm reopening date is welcome news to sectors throughout the U.S. travel industry, which had been waiting for specifics since the Biden administration said on Sept. 20 that borders would reopen to vaccinated visitors sometime early next month.
For example, Delta CEO Ed Bastian said on Oct. 13 that the carrier had been asking the administration about the reopening date every day.
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In a statement issued shortly after the Friday morning announcement, U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow said the reopening will accelerate the return of travel-related jobs that were lost due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“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,” he said.
Existing U.S. policy has mostly banned travel from 33 countries, including the large inbound U.S tourism markets of China, India, Brazil, the U.K., Ireland and most of mainland Europe.
The White House has yet to confirm which vaccinations it will accept and what exemptions it will make to the vaccine requirement. The administration also hasn’t said whether unvaccinated children will be granted entry.
Reuters reported that the CDC will accept all vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization.
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