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US Airlines brace for early 'long lines' when U.S. lifts travel restrictions

03:28  27 october  2021
03:28  27 october  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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Delta Air Lines Chief Executive Ed Bastian said on Tuesday that travelers should be prepared for initial long lines when the United States lifts international travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers on Nov. U . S . President Joe Biden on Monday signed an order imposing new vaccine requirements for most foreign national air travelers and lifting severe travel restrictions on China, India and much of Europe effective Nov. 8. Airlines will check vaccination documentation for international travelers as they currently do for COVID-19 test results.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines Chief Executive Ed Bastian said on Tuesday that travelers should be prepared for initial long lines when the United States lifts international travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers on Nov. 8.

"It's going to be a bit sloppy at first. I can assure you, there will be lines unfortunately ... but we'll get it sorted out," Bastian said at a U.S. travel event.

"We're going to have a good surge of demand but in order to keep that surge up we're going to need to make it easier and easier for people to figure out what the documentation requirements are."

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Are you tired of long lines at the airport? On September 20, 2021, the Biden administration announced that current restrictions on travel to the United States will be eased for fully vaccinated individuals in early November 2021. After U . S . President Biden lifted the Immigrant Visa Ban introduced by former President Trump on February 24, 2021, and allowed the Nonimmigrant Visa Ban to expire on March 31, 2021, the U . S . government now plans to lift the current geographic COVID-19-related travel ban in November 2021 and to replace it with uniform rules for all U . S . travelers .

It means that the long -running travel restrictions that have barred much of the world' s population from the United States since 2020 will not be lifted in the short term. The announcement almost certainly dooms any bid by U . S . airlines and the U . S . tourism industry to salvage summer travel by Europeans and others covered by the restrictions . Airlines have heavily lobbied the White House for months to lift the restrictions and some say the industry may now have to wait until September or later for a possible revision.

U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday signed an order https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-usa-travel-facts/factbox-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-new-u-s-international-air-travel-rules-idUSL1N2RM00E imposing new vaccine requirements for most foreign national air travelers and lifting severe travel restrictions on China, India and much of Europe effective Nov. 8.

Airlines will check vaccination documentation for international travelers as they currently do for COVID-19 test results.

U.S. Travel Chief Executive Roger Dow said in an interview he was concerned whether U.S. border officials would be prepared for the Nov. 8 surge.

"I think there will probably be a few hiccups," Dow said, saying the travel industry thinks the international travel increase "will be much bigger than people expect."

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  Hong Kong to tighten COVID-19 rules, seeks to open to China HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong will tighten COVID-19 restrictions despite a lack of local outbreaks to better align with China’s policies and increase chances of quarantine-free travel between the territory and mainland, leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday. It will step up contact tracing, such as requiring the use of its LeaveHomeSafe app in government premises to record the coming and going of visitors. It will also tighten quarantine rules to exempt only emergency workers or those in essential industries such as logistics.

The U . S . Is Lifting Travel Restrictions for Visitors. What Do the New Rules Mean? The Biden administration will allow vaccinated international travelers to enter the United States, including at land borders with Canada and Mexico. The C.D.C. will also issue an order directing airlines to collect phone numbers and email addresses of travelers for a new contact-tracing system. Additional details of the contact-tracing system have not yet been outlined. Unvaccinated people who are not American citizens will not be permitted to enter the United States.

Airlines for America, a trade group representing American Airlines (AAL.O), Delta Air Lines (DAL.N), Southwest Airlines (LUV.N) and others, praised the working groups but the group believes "these working groups should act quickly to endorse a policy backed by science that will allow travelers who are fully vaccinated to "Now is the time to implement a reopening strategy for the benefit of both the economy and the traveling public." On Monday, the heads of all passenger airlines flying between Britain and the United States called on both countries to lift limits on trans-Atlantic travel restrictions .

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said at the travel event the department is preparing for a significant domestic and international holiday air travel increase. ""I think we're going to be equipped to handle what we hope to be a real surge in holiday traffic," Mayorkas said.

Last week, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines and the White House said they do not think the Biden administration's executive order mandating that federal contractors require employee vaccinations by Dec. 8 will impact holiday travel or result in employees leaving.

Some airlines and industry watchers initially feared an exodus of unvaccinated airline or government employees involved in travel just before the Christmas season but airlines later said that would not happen and cited comments from the White House last week.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chris Reese)

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