The US Lifts Travel Restrictions
The US finally lifted the COVID-19 travel ban on Monday, enabling many nations’ people to visit the US after 86 weeks.
This allowed grandparents to visit and couples to forget about nights they stayed up for FaceTime chats.
After repeatedly postponing plans for a U.S. trip or honeymoon, the duration is more than enough to dispel expectations.
As eager guests boarded European flights, including two from London’s Heathrow airport, queues developed at the Canadian and Mexican borders.
With almost 350 million people crossing the border each year, the US-Mexico border is the busiest in the world.
Officials from the federal government have warned that there will be delays because there is “no staff available to assist.”
After a relatively quiet morning, arrivals at JFK Airport increased on Monday afternoon.
Due to many flights coming from the UK, Virgin Atlantic confirmed two-hour waits for Customs and Border Protection.
The return of foreign travelers, according to CBP officials, will cause lineups to increase from present levels.
Paul Richards, 58, came from London at 3:35 p.m. ET on a Virgin Atlantic flight to celebrate his son’s 21st birthday.
After over two hours of waiting, he was finally allowed to enter the nation.
“There’s no use in becoming enraged,” he remarked, “the line will still be there.”
Marc Evans, 42, of Manchester, England, arrived with his wife and two children to meet relatives after allegedly waiting over an hour.
“It was a PR stunt to show the USA was open again, but they didn’t care about the customs lines,” Evans said on Twitter.
Evans was displeased that his family had to wait while other families with children were allowed to bypass the queue. “There is no personnel around to assist,” he stated.
According to Evans, the problem is more than just a long wait. “Others waited in line because they were catching connecting flights,” he said.
Mccarran Welcomes Tourists after Lifting Travel Ban: “What Happens Here, Only Happens Here”
In a “great Las Vegas welcome,” McCarran International Airport assured the first British passengers arriving Monday afternoon.
End with waving showgirls as the jet approaches its gate and free T-shirts and caps promoting the city’s new motto, “What happens here, stays here.”
Karl Watson, 37, of London, planned to spend his week in Nevada visiting national parks and attending a Bryan Adams concert. But do you know where he went first? It’s a bar.
“First and foremost, I’m going to drink,” he said.
Watson said passing customs and security took nearly an hour, but the Las Vegas airport was “buzzing” with excitement when the plane arrived.
“Everyone on the aircraft was celebrating as the plane landed,” Watson recalled, adding that “When people applaud, I usually say, ‘Shut up, you don’t do that when a bus parks.'” But this time was different. It was enjoyable.”
“It’s just such a fantastic place,” said Ann Kirk, 64, of Birmingham, England, who landed in Las Vegas with her husband Mark. “Venice never sleeps.”
They both intended to spend five weeks in America, compared to their usual two- to three-month travels before the travel limitations.
The pair usually spends most of their time at their own house in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and have already scheduled their next trip for February.
According to Mark Kirk, “It’s the warmth,” says the narrator. The oppressive heat. “The warmth of the sun.”
It was also added by Ann Kirk. “It’s been a long time since we’ve seen it.”
The Majority of Air Travelers Are Affected by Changes That Came With the Travel Ban Lifting
Korean immigrant J. Seongbin Woo, 26, said his first trip to America was “not so smooth” since he had to rush backtest results to leave Seoul.
Arrivals after Monday must follow extra requirements and present proof of vaccination.
“I heard no one here wears masks,” he added, “which is wonderful for me since I’m wary of masks.” He goes on to say that he is now worried about being ill.
Woman Reunites With Her Parents After a Long Time
Ivana Pedroso, 30, has been crying since her parents returned from Sao Paulo. Pedroso attends NC A&T State University in Greensboro.
She had the opportunity to visit Brazil many times, but this was the first time her parents were able to see the home she had bought.
“It’s fantastic,” Pedroso added. Exciting. “They don’t know where I live,” she adds, “so I’ve been waiting for this moment for two years.” So I’ve been looking forward to this moment for the last two years.”
Pedroso added that her parents would attend her graduation in December, which they have been delaying for the previous two years. Her parents reported that the flights and border checks went well and that they were certain they would be OK.
It was OK since all the companies, Delta Airlines, and the airport followed the regulations with COVID, according to Pedroso’s mother.
“I’m always using sanitizers and masks. They’re excellent.”
Friends Who Became More Over the Pandemic
While waiting for Stephen Donnelly to arrive in Atlanta from England through Amsterdam, Deb Halleck, 61, put on a Manchester United shirt.
Donnelly came out of the airport and snatched her up in his arms, which seemed to halt time. They’d been friends for years, but this summer they discovered they felt more.
Just before landing, Halleck said, “We’ve just been friends and lately, more than that, so just thrilled.” “I’m looking forward to it.”
They’ve been talking on the phone and FaceTimeing every day since July. They used to cook supper together once a week over the phone and share a meal. Donnelly also gives her flowers and takes a photo of them to send to her on a weekly basis.
What are their current plans? “She’s in command,” Donnelly added. “I simply go with the flow,” she says.
Dispersed Delays on Travel Caused Stressful Experiences.
Parisian Julien Yomtov described multiple irritating delays when leaving France, starting with security and continuing after the plane took off one hour late.
He expressed his desire to return to Las Vegas, through Los Angeles, to compete in the World Series of Poker, which he does every year with his brother.
“It was difficult since the workers weren’t ready to greet so many people,” he added. “I’m hoping things will be simpler at LAX.”
Until Monday early afternoon, the international arrival hall at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was unexpectedly empty.
Others made connections, and those who made Atlanta their final stop said their flights were “less stressful” and “better.”
The Trip Has Been Postponed Four Times.
Jan Hutten crept into his sister-in-law Jeannette Gross for a surprise embrace in Los Angeles, kicking off a three-year wait for a family reunion.
Since the Huttens arrived from Amsterdam for a three-week stay, his wife Henny joined them with a hug of her own, grabbing her sister.
Both of them tried to come four times before but had to postpone due to the current travel restrictions.
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