The COVID-19 pandemic caused a chain of events that no industry could foresee. As a result of widespread illness, many countries decided to implement restrictions on visitors from other countries. The United States followed the same trend.

Front Desk Supply has analyzed hospitality and travel trends to stay up-to-date for hoteliers and front desk managers. International travel restrictions being lifted is a trend that will impact not only international travel but also the hospitality industry.

International Travel Restrictions Lifted in November

Last year, restrictions were placed on foreign nationals entering the United States to contain the spread of COVID-19. Despite the concern of the Delta variant, there is more hope that things will return to normal. The increase in vaccinations in the U.S. and around the world has brings hope. After a long year, international visitors will finally be able to travel to the U.S. as long as they meet the requirements.

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Requirements for International Travelers

The key requirements for foreign nationals to visit the United States are related to vaccination status and screening for the virus. Europe and the U.K. have implemented similar systems as they allowed entry to foreign visitors earlier this year. Jeff Zients, the leader in COVID-19 response efforts for the White House, made this statement regarding the requirements:

“Noncitizens visiting the United States will have to show proof of vaccination and a negative Covid test taken within three days of departure.” (Source)

How International Travel Affects the Hospitality Industry

International travel is expected to make an impact on several industries, including retail and restaurants. But it will also impact the hospitality industry. Travelers will need a place to stay during their time in the U.S.; therefore, hotels should anticipate increased guest traffic. A unique situation will be created this holiday season as holiday travel plans increase and international visitors are allowed to travel again. 

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