On November 8, the United States reopened its borders to tourists from Europe. View at Boston Airport.
The joy was great, the crowds huge: after 20 months, the United States opened its borders to Europeans on 8 November, and thus to Switzerland. There were chaotic scenes at Zurich airport, and the Swiss hotline was temporarily paralyzed from all inquiries.
America travel possible again: Eagerly waiting for Swiss tourists,00:46,
But soon after the long-awaited opening of the border, disillusionment reigns again. In view of the sharp increase in the number of corona cases in Europe, US health officials have issued a travel warning.
For Switzerland, for example, the official statement is: “Avoid traveling to Switzerland. If you need to travel to Switzerland, make sure you are fully vaccinated. Due to the current situation in Switzerland, Even fully vaccinated passengers are at risk of covid infection. »
Highest warning level for Switzerland
Switzerland falls in the highest alert level 4. The same applies to Austria, Great Britain and Holland. Americans have every reason to warn their citizens about local infection numbers. In the United States, the 7-day incidence is 178. In Switzerland, it is 298. Switzerland, on the other hand, is better in terms of vaccination. In Germany, 65 percent are vaccinated twice, in the United States 59 percent.
US travel warnings for Switzerland and large parts of Europe are fueling fears that transatlantic borders may be closed again too soon – just weeks after they were reopened.
As of now, no official announcement has been made in this direction. But if there is one thing that characterizes the corona pandemic, it is surprise.
This applies to admission: Swiss are allowed to fly to the United States again,00:58,
Tour operators remain hopeful of open borders
So far, the Swiss haven’t cared much, they continue to book diligently, says Hotelplan spokeswoman Tanja Pol. “Since the announcement of the border’s opening, there has been a significant increase in demand for trips to the United States, particularly for Christmas shopping in New York or the holidays in Florida in December and January.”
Does she expect a fresh border closure? “It’s hard to guess,” says Pole only. The competition is becoming more intense. Kuoni spokesman Marcus Flick: “We are not aware of any plans to reverse the border opening for vaccinated people in the United States.”
PCR mandatory instead of antigen test
Tui is of the same opinion. However, spokeswoman Milika Vujcic did not rule out that there would be more obstacles in the way of travelers to the United States. “We don’t expect the border to close again so fast. But that entry requirements could be tightened again. For example with additional tests.”
Sticking Point: A double vaccination and a negative corona test are already mandatory for travel to the United States. At most, it will be possible for the United States to only accept PCR tests. Today, one antigen test is sufficient.
anyhow. Travel agencies aren’t expecting a big wave of US bookings until next summer. Especially because many people have learned to plan their vacations in less time during the pandemic.