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travelers and tour operators in the starting blocks

A few days before the long-awaited lifting of the ban on travel to the United States, scheduled for November 8, reservations are in good shape.

The date is to be marked with a white stone. On November 8, after more than eighteen months of closure, the United States will reopen its borders to travelers vaccinated and in possession of a negative PCR test carried out at least 72 hours before departure. On the 23rd, Julia, a 28-year-old journalist, will therefore be able to “finallyto fly to New York. A trip, which she had originally planned for March 2020 and which will have been, “travel banrequires, postponed three times. “This time it’s the right onehopes the young woman who is now counting the days until her departure.

Nicolas, a 42-year-old salesperson, is also impatient at the idea of ​​being able to go to Chicago again, where his family lives. “It’s been two years since I’ve seen my parents or my sisters. Since then, two great-nieces were born, whom I still haven’t met“, he regrets. A situation he will soon remedy: his tickets are reserved for December 10. And the 50-year-old intends to take full advantage of it. “I do not forbid myself to change the date of my return (scheduled for January 3, 2022, editor’s note) to stay longer“.

Like Julia and Nicolas, many of them are delighted with the news. On Twitter and Instagram, many messages of joy and relief have flowered behind the hashtags #LoveIsNotTourism and #StoptheTravelBan.

10,000 searches a day just for New York

Relief also on the side of tourism professionals. As soon as the White House announced, the Liligo flight comparator noted a jump in searches for the destination. “They have been multiplied by six since last year, by three since September 20“, reports Guillaume Rostand, spokesperson for Liligo. Among the most popular destinations, unsurprisingly, New York City is well ahead. “It’s the fourth most searched ride on the site in the past two weeks“, he says. Requests that mainly concern the month of December. “The end-of-year celebrations are extremely popular.»

Airlines are also picking up the slack. For Air France, which derived 40% of its long-haul revenue from North Atlantic routes before the crisis, the news is “tremendous“. Since the announcement, the carrier has observed a significant increase in bookings. So that “by the end of the winter season in March 2022, we plan to return to 90% of our 2019 supply“, enlightens us a spokesperson for Air France, who hopes that this announcement will accelerate the overall recovery of tourism in the world. The same goes for the French Bee and Lufthansa companies as well as the airline sector federations Airlines for Europe and Airlines for America, which have “applauded” the new.

Enthusiasm is also palpable on the part of tour operators. Voyageurs du Monde observes requests whichconstantly increasing“, as Nathalie Belloir, director of communication for the group, explains. “In October, the United States is the second best-selling destination and is on track to regain its position as number 1“. Last but not least, it’s a time of euphoria for hotels. In Washington, the Sofitel DC Lafayette Square also saw its curve panic. Karla Erales, general manager of the luxury hotel, projects “a happy return to normalby the end of the year.

A few formalities remain

Reopened borders, yes, but under certain conditions. Any adult wishing to fly to the United States must present proof of complete vaccination – with a vaccine recognized by the American drug agency, the FDA – in addition to a negative virological test for Covid-19 ( PCR or antigenic) carried out less than 3 days before the trip.

In addition, a certificate will have to be completed and presented at boarding, the Passenger Disclosure and Attestation to the United States of America. Formalities that tourism professionals want to see disappear quickly. “ It’s still a bit painful… Next step: that the health pass alone becomes the global standard for traveling and that there is no longer any need for a test to reach the United States “, hopes the Air France spokesperson. Fingers crossed!

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