The US is back on travelers’ wish lists after the government lifted a ban this week allowing for the first time in almost two years since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out tourists to enter the country with proof of vaccination and a recent, negative PCR test.
The US travel ban, first imposed by Donald Trump early last year, impacted the country’s tourism industry leading to 1.5 billion dollars in spending lost per week just from Canada, the EU and the UK, the US Travel Association found.
The US has reopened its borders to fully vaccinated international travelers arriving by air from the 26 Schengen countries in Europe, the UK, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.
At the same time, this week Americans can reunite with family and friends as US-bound flight bookings for the Thanksgiving weekend ahead increased by 2,200 percent, travel retail platform Travelport said.
Additionally, British travelers are among the most interested in going to the Sates with US-bound flights from the UK searched more than in any other European country.
According to Travelport, pent up demand is driving interest to visit the US in November from the UK with Brits choosing Orlando, New York, Miami, Las Vegas and Los Angeles as the top five US destinations.
Meanwhile, in view of the increase in flights and travel, airlines are warning of long queues that may be created to due vaccination documentation checks.
According to Travelport findings, other countries booking the most flights to the US after the UK are Germany, France, Italy and Spain.
International travelers are looking to visit New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Orlando, and San Francisco.
Travelers from France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Greece and South Africa chose New York, Los Angeles and Miami as top US destinations.
In addition to air travel, the US also opened land borders this week to non-essential travel. It should be reminded that travelers under 18 are exempt from the new vaccine requirements.