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Finally: The United States Travel Ban is Over

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For 18 months now, the United States has banned travelers from most of Europe, Canada, and Mexico from crossing the border, but as of Monday, The United States travel ban is officially over. What does this mean for the US and beyond?

It’s completely understandable of course, what with the pandemic causing havoc everywhere we looked since it first hit our screens back in December 2019 (wow, it seems so long ago now doesn’t it), but finally, tourism is back to the US.

That’s not the only magical thing that the travel ban being over means for thousands of people: they’ll finally be able to go home and see their loved ones after being apart for the best part of two years.

The travel ban was lifted this past Monday, 8th November 2021, and means that the US is officially open for business again after a tough few years that’s not only seen lonliness and devastating loss across the country, but an upending of businesses too, with some unfortunate main street shops, malls, and restaurants having to close their doors for good. Now that travel and tourism is back on the cards, we expect that businesses can start to flourish once again with the influx of people who no doubt want to spread their wings and visit some of the US’s best cities.

Since non-essential travel was banned all over the country after the rise of the pandemic, some family members were physically unable to be there for birthdays, weddings, funerals, and sometimes even the birth of their own children, which can understandably lead to frustration, anger, and even depression.

Now, with the borders opening up once more, it’s time to reconnect with loved ones, and what better time of year than fall and winter: the festive period that was made especially for family.

If you’re hoping to take a trip to the US in the near future, and you’re coming from Europe, Mexico, or Canada, do be prepared to jump through some hoops on arrival. And, it goes without saying that the borders are open to fully vaccinated people, or anyone who can prove they’ve had a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of entry to the country.

Wondering what you can get up to in the good old US of A? Check out some of our past blog posts to get a reminder, and get those bucket lists ready!

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