Industry Update
Press Release19 October 2021

Statement from the Global Business Travel Association

Fully Vaccinated Foreign Visitors Can Enter The U.S. Beginning November 8

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Last week, the Biden Administration announced its new travel policy that beginning November 8 foreign national air travelers can enter the United States with the requirement that they be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to fly to the U.S. Fully vaccinated travelers will continue to be required to show a pre-departure negative test taken within three days of travel prior to boarding. This announcement and date apply to both international air travel and travel across the land borders with Mexico and Canada.


"I am delighted that the U.S. will reopen its borders to the many countries shut out for so many months – and in our most recent GBTA pandemic recovery poll, nearly 75% of respondents wholeheartedly agree with this particular action. International travel is critical to promoting global trade and growing worldwide understanding. It’s a much-needed milestone of support for the business travel sector worth $1.4 trillion to the global economy," said Suzanne Neufang, CEO, GBTA.

Additionally, in the GBTA poll, three in four (73%) believe the new travel policy will increase international business travel to the U.S. in the next six months.

Full results from GBTA’s October pandemic recovery poll will be released on Thursday, October 21.

About the Global Business Travel Association

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world"s largest business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations across four continents. GBTA"s 9,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA delivers world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts. Visit and follow us on LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

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