The Biden administration will lift travel restrictions on foreigners who have been fully vaccinated with the coronavirus in November and will reopen the country to thousands, including those who were separated from their families in the United States during the pandemic.
Whitehouse pandemic coordinator Jeff Seiens said foreign travelers must present evidence of vaccination before boarding and a negative coronavirus test within three days before coming to the United States. Said.
“Overseas travel is important for connecting family and friends, revitalizing small businesses, and promoting open interaction ideas and cultures,” Zients said. “That’s why, guided by science and public health, we have developed a new international air travel system that enhances the safety of Americans here and enhances the safety of international air travel.”
The administration has restricted the travel of foreigners wishing to fly to the United States from groups in European countries, Iran and China for more than a year.
Unvaccinated Americans abroad seeking to return home must meet stricter test requirements. They need to show evidence that they tested negative for the coronavirus the day before they traveled to the United States and purchased the test they would take after arriving in the United States, Zyentz said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will also soon issue an order instructing airlines to collect traveler phone numbers and email addresses for the new contact tracing system. Authorities will then follow up with travelers upon arrival and ask if they are experiencing the symptoms of the virus.
The changes announced on Monday apply only to air travel and do not affect border restrictions, Zyentz said.
The Trump administration began enforcing a travel ban on foreign travelers in January 2020 in hopes of preventing the spread of the disease. That effort has almost failed. The former administration’s confused announcement of restrictions also led to the outflow of American citizens at the chaotic and chaotic airports that screened for porosity.
Despite a petition from a business leader in need of tourism benefits, Biden maintained restrictions on potential travelers from the European Union, the United Kingdom, India and more. Stuck and citizens remain separated from their romantic partners abroad.
The White House said, especially after the epidemic of infectious delta variants this summer fueled an increase in coronavirus cases and undermined President Biden’s central theme of vaccination of Americans and control of pandemics. He insisted that restrictions were needed.
Zyentz cites the pace of global vaccination as a reason for the government’s point. The decision will also be made the night before the visit of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was expected to put pressure on Mr Biden to lift the ban. British officials wanted to announce the relaxation of restrictions when the president came to Cornwall, Britain for a seven-group summit in June, but was disappointed when he did not. Since then, their frustration has deepened.
Travel bans were also eased as the administration sought to ease tensions with other French allies after the United States secretly negotiated an agreement with Australia to build a nuclear submarine after putting Paris in the dark. rice field.
British officials say the United States does not impose similar bans on people in the Caribbean, who are more prevalent than in the United Kingdom, or in Argentina, who have a lower proportion of vaccinated populations. About 82 percent of British people over the age of 16 have two shots.
The United Kingdom and some European Union countries have allowed fully vaccinated people from the United States to travel without quarantine, and officials there were frustrated when the United States did not make a round trip.
The ban pointed out by European officials has continued to separate families since early 2020 as the coronavirus erupted throughout Europe. European countries have overcome the third wave of infections driven by delta variants. However, in some countries, including the United Kingdom, infection rates are beginning to level off and even decline.
After the announcement, Baltimore-based Italian professor Giovanni Vincenti, 42, wondered if his daughter, born last May, could finally meet her grandparents abroad.
“What a wonderful day I try not to cry,” says Vincenti. On Monday, the wife of Polish vaccine researcher Vincenti was already on her computer trying to book a plane for her mother.
Stephen Castle Contributed to the report from London.
New York City tourism officials welcomed the news on Monday that restrictions on travel to the United States would be relaxed in November. ..
Foreign visitors are an important driver of New York City’s economic growth, driving a steady increase in the number of hotels and restaurants in New York City and the jobs they support.
International travelers make up only one-fifth of the city’s visitors, but they generate 50% of the city’s tourism spending. According to Fred Dixon, CEO of NYC & Company, the city’s tourism promotion agency, they stay longer, shop more and occupy 50% of hotel room occupancy. Dixon welcomed the administration’s decision on Monday and called it a “shot in the arms of the industry.”
The restrictions on vaccinated travelers from European countries that sent millions of tourists to New York City a few years before the pandemic will be lifted. According to an analysis of Baruch College tourism data, more than 1.25 million visitors from the United Kingdom visited New York City in 2018. The United Kingdom and the rest of the European Union accounted for almost half of all international visitors that year.
Tourist businesses are most affected by the pandemic, and the restaurant, hotel and performing arts industries continue to be the largest and most persistent unemployed. Employment in the New York City hotel industry is still down 60% from pre-pandemic levels, and the number of jobs in full-service restaurants is still 40%, according to a new report from The New School’s New York City Affairs Center. It is decreasing.
“Everyone says New York is back, New York is back, but it’s not really back until tourists come back from all countries,” said Midtown’s father’s gift shop last year. Leila Sale, 28, a pastry chef who was forced to close, said. He didn’t have enough business.
“American tourists don’t shop like foreigners. We didn’t have a chance,” she said. “Now we are all doing a lot of work.”
Major retail districts that rely on foreign tourists and their spending, especially the luxury malls known as shops in the SoHo district and Hudson Yards, are struggling without them.
Prior to the pandemic, New York City visitors from other countries peaked at 13.5 million annually in 2019, according to data compiled by NYC & Company. This number plummeted to 2.4 million last year, almost all of which arrived before the pandemic occurred in early March and a travel ban was imposed.
NYC & Company says this number is almost …