New Delhi: The United States on Monday reopened its borders to fully vaccinated visitors, demolishing the restrictions imposed by former President Donald Trump last year.
The travel restrictions have affected non-US citizens from around 30 countries, including the EU and Uk, separating families and halting tourism.
A huge number of visitors landed on Monday.
“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.
Limitations have been uplifted for the ones who are double-jabbed, and undergo testing as well as contact tracing.
Two flights from London’s Heathrow airport landed in New York City – marking the return of one of the world’s busiest flight paths.
Travellers arriving at John F Kennedy airport were greeted by applause, balloons and cookies.
New York City last month launched an aggressive advertising campaign meant to draw foreign visitors back, in the hopes that a surge of tourism dollars will help revive its economy.
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.