Travelers from more than 30 countries previously banned by coronavirus restrictions entered U.S. airports on Monday, the first day visitors from those countries, but overseas travel was still far behind pre-pandemic levels.
This was the first time airlines had required a vaccination test for travelers embarking on flights to the United States. Visitors were also required to show evidence of a negative coronavirus test.
As photos of emotional gatherings spread through social media on Monday, 206,990 international travelers arrived at U.S. airports, according to Customs and Border Protection. These are nearly 40,000 more travelers from abroad than those received by the United States on a normal 2020 day.
Visitors from England, Ireland, France, Brazil, China, India, Iran and 26 other previously restricted countries were welcomed in the change, which indicated a shift towards normalcy, a hugely significant development that boosted hopes for in hotels, restaurants and families divided for a long time. and companies with overseas employees.
The total number of incoming passengers, including U.S. citizens but not counting crew members, is well below a normal day in 2019, when 371,912 people, including passengers and crew, flew to the United States. . (Estimates for a normal 2021 day are not yet available.)
The New York City area alone hosted more than 37,800 people from abroad on Monday at Kennedy International Airport, the busiest in the country, and at Newark Liberty International Airport, according to the border agency. Miami International Airport, the second busiest in the country, received more than 21,000 passengers from abroad on Monday.
Numerous airlines are adding flights back to the times they had reduced during the pandemic in hopes that travelers would take advantage of renewed access to the United States. As of Monday, Air France had increased flights from Paris to Kennedy to five newspapers out of three. And British Airways said it had increased flights to New York to five a day from a daily flight. United Airlines said it expected to carry more than 30,000 passengers to the United States on Monday, about 10,000 more than the previous Monday.
But overall, the total number of flights to the U.S., 1,376, wasn’t much different from the previous week – about 60 more flights than the previous Monday, according to Cirium, an aviation data company.
Numerous airlines and tourism analysts have been optimistic that the real increase in trips to the United States from abroad will occur during the holidays.