U.S. borders reopen to fully-vaccinated travelers

Posted 11/5/21

One of the most widely anticipated milestones of the recovery is the US borders.

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U.S. borders reopen to fully-vaccinated travelers

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As travel gradually rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most widely anticipated milestones of the recovery is the Nov. 8 reopening of US borders to fully vaccinated foreign travelers. The US is historically the largest inbound travel market in the world, and the largest country to reopen to foreign travelers arriving by commercial flights (with India expected to follow suit in mid-November).

Airbnb operates in more than 220 countries and regions around the world, and the reopening of a single border for inbound travel, even the US border, will not have a material impact by itself on our overall business. However, because our purpose is to connect our guests to people and places, the reopening of the US border is an important moment and a real sign of progress toward the return of global cross-border travel. 

During the week following the Sept. 20 announcement that US travel restrictions would be lifted in November, searches for US trips by prospective foreign guests on Airbnb increased by 50%.

During the week following the Oct. 15 announcement of the specific Nov. 8 reopening date, nights booked by foreign guests for stays starting November 8 increased by 44%.

 The pandemic has suddenly untethered tens of millions of people from the need to work in specific places at specific times. They can now work from anywhere, travel any time, and stay for longer. While technologies like Zoom make it possible to work from home, Airbnb is making it possible to work from any home—and ultimately, to live anywhere. 

Among all the places these guests are traveling from, the most guests are coming from these five cities:

  • London, England,

  • Paris, France,

  • Santiago, Chile,

  • Toronto, Canada, and

  • Vancouver, Canada.

Among the more than 4,000 different destinations they are traveling to in the United States, the five most popular destinations are:

  • Los Angeles,

  • Miami,

  • New York,

  • Orlando, and

  • South Florida Atlantic Coast

These five destinations are also the most popular for long-term stays of 28 days or more.

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