As the global pandemic is getting under control globally and the majority of countries started opening their borders after months of closure, the main question is whether we’ll be able to travel freely again. Depending on the desired destination, the situation will vary, but the good news is that air travel in the beautiful U.S.A is slowly picking up again.
The hit of the crisis
After closing the borders in March, when the pandemic took hold of the entire globe, the aviation industry suffered one of the biggest crises so far. According to the International Air Transport Association, it is predicted that airlines worldwide are likely to lose 88 billion dollars this year alone.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has led to millions of people cancelling their vacation plans this year, the airlines are facing massive losses, and thousands of people have lost their jobs. According to the U.S. Travel Association, more than half of the industry’s 15.8 million workers became unemployed. The industry was experiencing a standstill in-flight operations worldwide, with many companies facing bankruptcy or requiring bailouts by the governments.
The statistics show that the domestic air traffic remains low after the start of the pandemic in March. Airlines for America claim that during April the number of passengers flying each day dropped to the lowest they’ve seen since the 1950s. According to Flightradar24, the number of domestic flights in the U.S. has plummeted from 26,000 per day to almost one-fifth in late April.
However, despite commercial air travel facing difficult times, private jet and air cargo charters are experiencing an increased interest in their services. For example, Chapman Freeborn, the world’s leading aircraft charter and aviation support company remained busy throughout the entire quarantine period.
“No one would ever wish for a situation like the one we’re facing to arise. However, I’m proud to be a part of a company that can respond when needed and provide genuine support.
We’re working on behalf of global corporations, governments, NGOs, and military divisions.
As an organization, we pride ourselves in the people that we employ, and I’ve witnessed the first-, the level of dedication and professionalism shown by our teams globally. We’ve had our repatriation projects covered in the national news – projects completed thanks to the hard work of our teams.” – Neil Dursley, Chapman Freeborn chief commercial officer.
Borders opening up again
After the borders started opening up again globally and an increasing number of travelers are planning their holidays before the potential second wave, U.S. airlines are filling up their flight schedules again to provide for the increased demand.
Since people are getting more comfortable with traveling, American Airlines, announced that it will be increasing the daily number of domestic flights in August. The airline is expecting to operate more than 55% of flights operated in July last year.
Despite the U.S. government’s level-4 “Avoid All Travel” advisory in place, the citizens are still allowed to travel, but some may need to go into a 14-day quarantine upon returning to the U.S., depending on where they travelled to and state regulations.
Where can Americans travel?
Even though European countries have started opening its borders for travelers on the 1st of July, the U.S. didn’t make it to the list of 14 countries allowed tourist entry. Europe managed to get the pandemic under control and they are not permitting travelers from high-risk countries this summer season.
While Europe may be off the table, there are other beautiful countries that still allow the entry of U.S. passport holders. For example, if you have never visited the Caribbean region or states in Mexico, now is probably the best time to do so.
Before booking the holiday, don’t forget to take ethical and safety considerations into account and make sure to check the COVID-19 cases and boarder restrictions. Here is an overview of what the post-pandemic situation looks like in some of the countries that are allowing Americans to enter.
Barbados opened its borders to Americans on the 12th of July. Travelers from the U.S. are considered high-risk and will have to bring a negative PCR test result that was carried out no longer than 72 hours before departure.
Visitors from the U.S. have been allowed to enter Bermuda since the 1st of July. Travelers are required to bring a negative PCR test result, that is not older than 72 hours, before boarding and take another COVID-19 test upon arrival.
Croatia opened its borders to the U.S. on the 10th of July. Travelers need to fill out an online form before their flight and provide a proof of accommodation or tourist-based activity.
On the 1st of July, Dominican Republic reopened its borders to the U.S. There are no special requirements for tourists upon arrival. It is a popular destination, so many American cities, like Miami, New York, Boston and others, offer direct flights in July and August.
Jamaica was one of the first countries to reopen its borders for Americans. Travelers can enter the country since the 15th of June, however they will have to fill out an online Travel Authorization Card before their journey and get tested at the airport.
Visitors are allowed to enter the Maldives since the 15th of July. There are no mandatory COVID-19 tests required, apart from a temperature check at the airport. Visitors will also be asked to fill out a health declaration card.
Mexico is one of the few countries that didn’t close its borders to Americans since the start of pandemic, so no mandatory tests or other safety measures are required.