Europeans express relief as the American travel ban ends.


For months, Europeans and their leaders seethed about what they thought-about unfair therapy from the United States, which saved a Covid-related travel ban in place for for much longer than Europe did.

Even now, as the United States is opening up once more to vacationers, many stay cautious. Some had been planning to leap on planes as quick as doable — simply in case the welcome mat is instantly pulled away once more.

Laurence Tesson was considered one of them.

The concern that one thing may nonetheless go incorrect haunted her, she stated, as she ready to see her son in Los Angeles for the first time in three years.

“Only when I set a foot at the Los Angeles airport will I be relieved,” Ms. Tesson, 54, stated this weekend.

Her flight was scheduled to depart at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, considered one of the first planes heading to the United States from Europe after the lifting of an 18-month ban on vacationers with out American passports. Now, vacationers from 33 nations, amongst them Britain, Brazil, India, China and European Union states, can enter the United States with proof of vaccination and a adverse Covid take a look at not more than 72 hours previous.

The travel ban didn’t simply separate {couples} and households. It additionally left a gaping gap in the U.S. tourism business. And it annoyed European leaders, who struggled to grasp why it was nonetheless in place.

The lifting of the travel ban additionally alerts the finish of a diplomatic tussle between European leaders and the Biden administration, which has tried to ease strained relation with leaders on the continent.