The United States will open its borders to vaccinated international travelers on Monday after 20 months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The opening of the land, air and sea borders and a day of incidents is expected.
“That can be a bit sloppy at first, I can assure you,” Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said in statements collected by CNN.
Many of Delta’s scheduled flights are fully booked, according to an airline spokesman Morgan Durrant, who has confirmed a 450 percent increase in international bookings in the past six weeks.
On Monday alone, an 11 percent increase in international arrivals is expected at New York Airports Newark and John F. Kennedy with a total of 253 flights.
The Customs and Border Guard service has already announced that traffic jams can also be expected at the borders with Canada and Mexico, for which they have asked travelers to be “prepared and patient”.
The changes are expected to revitalize international travel ahead of the holiday season and respond to complaints from people in border communities criticizing the United States for imposing different rules on air and ground access.
The new policy will end non-material travel restrictions, which were first enforced in March 2020, even though Americans had no return home restrictions.