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US to reopen borders to vaccinated travellers after 20 months

US to reopen borders to vaccinated travellers after 20 months

The ban was imposed by former President Donald Trump due to Covid-19.

It has affected non-US citizens from over 30 countries, including the UK and EU states, separating families and stalling tourism.

and undergo testing and contact tracing.

“It feels good, it feels good!” Jerome Thomann, head of Paris-based travel agency Jetset Voyages told Reuters news agency

saying his team had seen an “incredible upturn” in bookings.

In an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus

US borders were initially closed to travellers from China in early 2020. The restrictions were then extend to other countries.

The rules barred entry to most non-US citizens who had been in the UK and a number of other European countries

as well as China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.

Under the new rules, foreign travellers will need to show proof of vaccination before flying

get a negative Covid-19 test result within three days of travelling, and hand over their contact information. They will not have to quarantine.

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Alison Henry, a 63-year-old British mother, told AFP news agency: “It’s been so hard – I just want to see my son.”

Ms Henry, from Cheshire, plans to fly to New York on Monday to see her son for the first time in 20 months.

The US land borders with neighbours Canada and Mexico will also reopen for the fully vaccinated.

Businesses in cities along the border with Mexico are hoping for a boost after struggling under the restrictions.

United Airlines says it expects a 50% rise in international inbound passengers, while Delta’s chief executive Ed Bastian warned travellers to expect queues.

Mr Bastian said: “It’s going to be a bit sloppy at first. I can assure you, there will be lines unfortunately.”

The EU recommended allowing American travellers into the bloc in June, while visitors from the US have been able

to travel to the UK since 28 July.

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