Germany’s largest airline, Lufthansa, has revealed that shortly after the US administration announced it would lift the Schengen travel ban, flight bookings rose by 40 percent over the past few days.
Earlier this week, US authorities said that a 20-month travel ban for passengers arriving from the Schengen area, the UK, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil will soon be lifted.
As such, based on the new rules, travelers from all of the regions and countries listed above will be allowed to enter the United States from November, provided they have proof of vaccination against COVID-19, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to a press release from the Lufthansa Group, the company has constantly expanded its flight schedule between Europe and the United States in recent months, indicating that flights to the territory of the latter can already be booked now.
Moreover, it has been confirmed that from November, those who plan to travel to the US will have a full range of flights at their disposal.
Commenting on the development, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said the removal of travel restrictions is great news for everyone and a major step out of the crisis for airlines.
“From November, families and friends will finally be able to see each other again, and business partners will be able to re-establish and deepen relationships in person,” Spohr added.
As Lufthansa has made available a digital check-in option for many flights attended by those with EU COVID-19 certification, travel from the EU to the US is expected to run more smoothly.
As such, through the new screening system, travelers with a valid vaccination or refund certificate can submit the document through their smartphone. In addition, QR codes can now be easily scanned, meaning that physical document checks are no longer necessary.
In addition, the company had earlier announced that everyone had to follow certain requirements in order to be allowed to board the plane. Based on a statement from Lufthansa, passengers are not allowed to wear cloth masks while on board. They will only be allowed to board the plane if they have a surgical mask and other valve-free masks.
Regarding vaccination rules upon entering the US, the EU Commission has reassured that all Europeans vaccinated with an EMA-approved vaccine will be allowed to enter the country.
However, since the US has kept its borders closed for some time now, it remains unclear whether those vaccinated with a vaccine that has been listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be allowed in.