U.S. Travel Leaders Urge Biden To Reopen International Travel

Leaders of 23 global travel companies sent a letter to President Joe Biden this week urging greater progress toward reopening international travel and warning of dire economic consequences if U.S. borders remain shut. The letter notes that current science, the success of the U.S. vaccine rollout, and the CDC’s own guidance allows for steps toward a safe resumption of international visitation. The letter urges the establishment of a public-private taskforce by the end of May to develop a risk-based, data-driven roadmap for safely reopening international travel to the U.S. The letter also urges the administration to utilize the upcoming G7 summit to seek commitments from other world leaders to develop and implement a global framework for reopening international travel. The letter further states that efforts toward reopening should start by pursuing a “public health corridor” between the U.S. and the UK, given its importance as a travel market and its similar pace of vaccinations and declining infection rates.

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