GBTA Welcomes End Of Vaccination Requirement

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is celebrating the decision by the Biden Administration to no longer require non-U.S. travellers entering the United States via air, land and seaports of entry to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination upon request.

Effective May 12, the move coincides with the Biden Administration’s end of the coronavirus public health emergency and the Presidential Proclamation on air travel, which also takes effect on the same day.

GBTA has been active throughout the pandemic in supporting the safe and thoughtful re-opening of the U.S. and return to travel, especially for international travellers.

Suzanne Neufang, CEO, GBTA, said: “As we mark the current phase in terms of the pandemic, this latest development will serve as a strong driver in encouraging and facilitating international air travel. It will help further pave the way for business travel and its critical role in supporting and growing economies, companies, and teams around the world. It will also help free up critical time and resources, such as global staff and operations of airlines and airports, contributing to an improved passenger experience.”

GBTA’s April 2023 Business Travel Outlook poll shows the continued return of international business travel. Corporate travel buyers surveyed estimate their international bookings have returned to 63% of their 2019 pre-pandemic levels (up from 54% reported in January), and their current spending is back to 66% (up from 58%).

Additionally, in the same poll, 50% of all respondents surveyed said disruptions during their business travel – such as canceled or delayed flights, long security lines, crowded airports, or long bag check lines – has somewhat or greatly reduced their willingness to travel for work.

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