Expect Airport ‘Wait Times of Up To 8-Hours’ For International Travel, Experts Warn

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November 5. Monday will be a massive day for the United States travel industry. On November 8, 2021, the U.S. will reopen for international non-essential travel, ending a two-year tourism ban during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The United States will require foreign adult travelers to be fully vaccinated with a World Health Organization-approved vaccine. Children under age 18 are exempt, as vaccine availability is still limited in many countries. In addition, all incoming foreign visitors and returning U.S. residents must have a negative result from a Covid test result taken within 72 hours before arriving into the U.S.

Implementing these changes will be challenging, not least of all because there remains no global standard for screening travelers’ Covid records during the pandemic.

Just as U.S. has lagged behind much of the world in lifting its travel ban, the country is taking a very different approach to how to screen incoming travelers’ Covid documentation. While most already-open countries have developed a national digital solution for travelers to provide their vaccine and testing information, the U.S. is instead putting the onus for Covid-credential vetting on the airlines.

That means travelers coming to the U.S. will submit Covid-related documentation not to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) but to their airline. Delta Air Lines has its Delta FlyReady solution, United has incorporated requirements into the United app, while American Airlines is using VeriFLY.

Last week at a U.S. travel event, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian warned that travelers should be prepared for long lines when the U.S. lifts restrictions on November 8. “It’s going to be a bit sloppy at first. I can assure you, there will be lines, unfortunately,” he said, “but we’ll get it sorted out.”

It remains to be seen whether the United States government will eventually assume the responsibility for verifying Covid vaccination and testing credentials.

Source: Forbes

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