By David Grivet

US to reopen for vaccinated travellers

The US will lift travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers, reopening its borders for the first time after an 18 months travel ban, for vaccinated travellers from 33 countries including all EU and EFTA Member States and the UK.

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However, foreign nationals will have to show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test taken three days before boarding an aircraft. The US administration is targeting November to introduce the new policy.

EBAA, along with all its aviation partners, never missed an opportunity to voice its concerns about the restart of transatlantic flights to the European Commission and the FAA Liaison office in Brussels. As a result, Europe was first to demonstrate its goodwill with reopening to the US over the summer, and the reciprocity of the measure was long-awaited.

While EBAA applauds the decision, very little is known about how the ban will be removed, and no exact date beyond early November was provided by the Biden administration, therefore, maintaining a level of uncertainty that doesn’t help passengers to plan for anything.

EBAA will monitor the situation and raise awareness on the importance of transatlantic flights for our sector when it can, even if our EU counterparts within the European institutions and beyond are convinced that the US should already be open to vaccinated passengers.