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Sep 20, 2021

U.S. Opens Borders to Fully Vaccinated Travelers

Samantha Shankman

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The United States is officially back open for business.

The Biden administration announced yesterday that fully vaccinated travelers from around the world would be welcome back to the country starting in early November.

Air travelers from the 26 countries within the Schengen zone in Europe, as well as Britain, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil will need to present proof of vaccination as well as a negative COVID-19 test result and contact information. There will be no quarantine requirements.

What does this mean for your travel program?

It’s now safe to open up policy between North America and much of Europe. You can also start working with travelers to prepare them for what will be needed when it comes to travel. Check out this guide on how to communicate with travelers when restarting travel and this webinar on navigating risk to bring teams together safely to get the process started.

Indeed, TripActions has already started to see an uptick of bookings in its backend. Immediately following the announcement, travel bookings from the EU and UK to the U.S. jumped 17% week over week.

Companies are already starting to plan long-awaited reunions between teams. International companies will be able to bring their employees together again for U.S. events, conferences, and off-sites.

“Opening U.S. borders to vaccinated Europeans paves the way to a strong recovery of business travel,” said Ariel Cohen, TripActions CEO and Co-founder. “TripActions has already been reporting a recent uptick in business travel, with a 57% increase in bookings over the past three weeks. With the right health and safety measures in place, plus strong partnerships among policymakers, suppliers and corporate travel partners, the new rules should open the floodgates for worldwide economic recovery and bring much-needed business to airlines, hotels and destinations affected by the pandemic.”

TripActions users can always stay up-to-date on any requirements or restrictions directly in the booking experience through the native Sherpa integration.

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