Europeans traveling to the U.S. warn of long waiting times at airports starting Monday

On Monday, November 8, travelers from the 26 Schengen countries, Ireland and the United Kingdom, who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, will finally be able to travel to the United States after a nearly 20-month ban on entering the country. .

However, travelers planning to travel to the US in November, particularly those traveling next week, have been warned that long queues at both EU and US airports are ahead of them.

During a media conference on the reopening of borders, the executive director of Admissibility and Passenger Programs for Customs and Border Protection, Matthew Davies, warned about the extended waiting periods to enter the country from Monday .

“CBP anticipates an increase in travel volume and waiting times to cross the border. Travelers should be prepared with the right information and documentation to improve and accelerate their travel experience,” Davies said.

Under the new entry rules for vaccinated travelers from the Schengen area, Ireland and the United Kingdom, airlines will be responsible for checking travelers if they are vaccinated in accordance with the requirements set by the northern authorities. -American.

Consequently, according to the head of technology at SITA Americas, a provider of information technology and communications for air transport, Sherry Stein, longer waiting lines are established at departure airports, ie those located in Europe.

“The big problem we anticipate is airline billing at airports outside the U.S.,” he says.

Since September 20, when the United States announced that it would reopen borders for citizens of 33 countries that had been banned from entry since March 2020, airlines have reported an increase in the number of flights booked to the United States. USA.

Just three days later, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that European shares of Lufthansa and Air France-KLM marked an increase of around seven percent.

Last Thursday, Delta airline announced that within six weeks of the United States announcing the opening of its borders, the airline had marked a 450 percent increase in international bookings at the point of sale, compared to the six weeks before the announcement.

“In total, the airline will operate 139 flights from 55 international destinations to 38 countries that will land in the U.S. on November 8, offering more than 25,000 seats,” Delta said in a press release.

The same will also have more flights this winter from key European cities such as London-Boston, Detroit and New York-JFK, Amsterdam-Boston, Dublin-New York-JFK, Frankfurt-New York-JFK and Munich-Atlanta.

All travelers from the Schengen Area, Ireland and the UK will finally be able to enter the US on November 8, as they have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the World Health Organization will be allowed to enter the US country, including vaccinations with mixed punctures.

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