For months, Europeans and their leaders were infuriated by what they saw as unfair treatment by the United States, which upheld the Covid-related travel ban for much longer than Europe.
Even now, as the United States is reopening itself to travelers, many remain cautious. Some planned to get on the planes as quickly as possible, just in case the welcome mat is suddenly removed.
Laurence Tesson was one of them.
The fear that something could still go wrong haunted her, she said, as she prepared to see her son in Los Angeles for the first time in three years.
“Only when I step foot in the Los Angeles airport will I be relieved,” Tesson, 54, said this weekend.
His flight was scheduled to depart at 10:15 a.m. Monday, one of the first planes heading to the United States from Europe after the lifting of an 18-month ban on travelers without a U.S. passport. Now, travelers from 33 countries, including Great Britain, Brazil, India, China, and European Union states, can enter the United States with proof of vaccination and a negative Covid test no more than 72 hours old. .
The lifting of the travel ban also marks the end of a diplomatic dispute between European leaders and the Biden administration, which has sought to ease the strained relationship with the continent’s leaders.