U.S. to Open for Fully Vaccinated International Travelers in Early November
On Monday, September 20th the U.S. announced it would be ending the 18 month travel ban on fully vaccinated international travelers. Beginning in early November the 26 countries of the Schengen area of Europe as well as Ireland, Britain, Ireland, South Africa, India, Brazil, Iran, and China.
In addition to the travel and tourism revenue boom the U.S. will experience in November, European travel shares immediately soared on Monday after the announcement was made, with IAG (British Airways parent company) reporting an immediate 11% boost in share prices. Business travel from the EU to the U.S. has been severely restricted for the last 18 months, even as Europe opened up to vaccinated Americans this summer. Foreign nationals with family members in the U.S. have long awaited this reunion, and are ready to travel when the ban lifts
AFA President Sara Nelson announced Monday that “We applaud the Biden Administration for announcing plans to reunite families and open travel with strict procedures to ensure transportation doesn’t aid in the spread of the virus” Vaccinated travelers to the U.S. will be required to not only present proof of vaccination before boarding the plane to the U.S., but will also be required to present a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of travel. No quarantine will be necessary for on arrival in the U.S. for the vaccinated travelers, with a negative test.
More flights from the EU and other foreign travel destinations are expected, as soon as the specific date in November is announced.
European Travel Stalled: Greece and Turkey Lose Market Due to Seasonality
Europe’s travel sector has still not taken off, in the way that we had hoped: despite the introduction of the Green Pass and the easing of restrictions, the recovery of pre-COVID flows is still a long way away from our current reality. The increase in demand during the summer season did give a boost to European tourism; however, the boost was cancelled out by the Delta variant outbreak, leaving the European travel market stagnant. Over the last thirty days, demand for flights to Europe has remained largely static, varying by only 2.1% compared to the same period last year.
Half of the European countries recorded a negative or static variation: the worst performances were recorded in Greece, where searches decreased by 1.8 million (-17%); in Croatia, where searches decreased by -1.2 million (-39%); and Turkey where searches decreased by 628,000 (-7%).
GREECE AND TURKEY. Together with Spain and Italy, Greece and Turkey were the countries that contributed most to the recovery of European tourist demand. Greece was the forerunner in 2021 because of the government’s ambitious plans to relaunch the sector, organising tourist corridors in February and opening the borders to vaccinated tourists right away; with this plan, the country decided to take a risk to save a key sector of the country’s economy. Unfortunately, precisely because of this plan, the health situation in Greece worsened considerably in the middle of the summer season, resulting in it no longer being considered a safe destination for many European and non-European countries. As pictured in the following graph, searches for flights to Greece have plummeted and continue to decline steadily since the first weeks of July.
Turkey has also invested heavily in the recovery of tourism and, like Greece, decided to relax restrictions to entice travellers. For this reason, Turkey was also among the most desired destinations for tourists in April and demand was very high. Despite the worsening health situation in Turkey, the main cause of the collapse in demand was not COVID, but a series of devastating fires that destroyed Turkey’s most popular beach destinations. Turkish tourism is going through a very difficult period but, as you can see from the graph, since the beginning of September demand is starting to grow again.
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