More than 600 days after the Trump administration shut U.S. borders, a majority of international travelers are once again welcome.
For those returning after a long hiatus, a few things may be different: the president, the hotel and restaurant landscapes, and the documentation required at the airport, which now includes proof of approved vaccination against COVID-19. But where they’re going largely remains the same.
According to data from Travelport, a global technology company that powers travel bookings for hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotels worldwide, flight bookings to and within the U.S. have already reached 70% of their prepandemic levels. That’s a hopeful sign for the quick recovery of the U.S. travel economy, which, according to the U.S. Travel Association, represents $233 billion annually and suffered weekly losses of $1.5 billion in spending from Canadians, Europeans, and Britons alone during the border closure period.
The top-booked destinations, in order, per Travelport’s data for November are New York, Miami, Orlando, Los Angeles and San Francisco, a list that will deliver few surprises. The city receiving the most diverse array of visitors, however, is Las Vegas, which appears in many permutations on the list of top 100 routes booked between foreign countries and the U.S. (People are visiting Sin City from the U.K., Canada, Ireland, Germany and Mexico.)
More interesting, perhaps, is where they’re coming from. (By and large, Brits are most eager to get back to U.S. cities, but the answers to that question change depending on the destination.) Here's a short guide to who’s going where, and what they may need to know upon arrival.