On Monday, November 8, travelers from 26 countries in the Schengen Area, Ireland and the United Kingdom, who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, will finally be able to travel to the United States after nearly 20 months of being barred from entering the country.
However, travelers planning to fly to the US in November, particularly those traveling next week, have been warned that long queues at EU and US airports lie ahead.
During a briefing about reopening borders, Matthew Davis, executive director of Customs and Border Protection’s Admissions and Customs Programs, cautioned against extending waiting times to enter the country from Monday.
CBP anticipates an increase in travel volumes and waiting times to cross the border. Travelers should be prepared with the right information and documentation to improve and expedite their travel experience,” Davies said.
Under the new entry rules for vaccinated travelers from the Schengen area, Ireland and the UK, airlines will be responsible for screening travelers if they have been vaccinated in accordance with the requirements set by the US authorities.
Thus, according to Sherry Stein, chief technology officer of SITA Americas, an air transport communications and information technology company, longer waiting lines have been set at departure airports, which means those in Europe.
“The biggest problem we anticipate is airline check-in procedures at airports outside the US,” she says.
Since September 20, when the US announced that it will reopen borders to citizens of 33 countries who have been denied entry since March 2020, airlines have reported a rise in the number of flights booked to the US.
Just three days later, TheSchengen.com reported that European shares in Lufthansa and Air France-KLM posted a 7 percent increase.
Last Thursday, Delta Air Lines announced that in the six weeks since the US announced the opening of its borders, the airline has recorded a 450 percent increase in international point-of-sale reservations, compared to the six weeks before the announcement.
“In all, the airline will operate 139 flights from 55 international destinations in 38 countries landing in the United States on November 8, offering more than 25,000 seats,” Delta notes in a press release.
More flights will also be operated this winter from major European cities, including London – Boston, Detroit and New York – JFK, Amsterdam – Boston, Dublin – New York – JFK, Frankfurt – New York – JFK and Munich – Atlanta.
All travelers from the Schengen area, Ireland and the United Kingdom will finally be allowed to enter the United States on November 8, given that they have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the World Health Organization, will be allowed to enter the country, including those who have been vaccinated with mixed hits.
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