U.S. Border Opening Date Set

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The long-awaited border opening date has been set for November 8, on the heels of an announcement that the U.S. will start accepting visitors from Mexico and Canada by land and sea.

After months of lobbying by travel and meetings industry leaders, the U.S. has announced November 8 as the date it will open to international air travelers, as well as travelers by land from Canada and Mexico. (Phase Two will accept visitors from Mexico and Canada by sea.) U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow called the border opening “overdue.”

All travelers flying into the country will need to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, as well as a test taken within three days of travel; the testing requirement does not apply to land or sea arrivals. As of now, there are 6 vaccinations that are accepted for travel into the U.S., all of which have FDA or WHO emergency or full approval.

“U.S. Travel has long urged a reopening of the U.S. land borders, and we applaud the Biden administration’s plan to ease entry restrictions for vaccinated visitors,” said Dow. “This action will bring a welcome surge in travel from our two top source markets of inbound travel.

“It’s essential that we get back to business and deliver value for our audiences,” said Sherrif Karamat, CAE, PCMA’s president and CEO. “PCMA is ready to help our audiences return safely to in-person events following a two-year forced hiatus, and the timing couldn’t be better as we hope to welcome the world to Convening Leaders 2022 at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas January 9-12.”

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.