Emotional Encounters and Joyful Reunions: US Reopens Borders to Vaccinated Travellers

News crews gather around as Yerin Hong gets a hug from her boyfriend Soomin Kim after she arrived on a flight from Germany at the international terminal at O'Hare International Airport on 8 November 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.

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News crews gather around as Yerin Hong gets a hug from her boyfriend Soomin Kim after she arrived on a flight from Germany at the international terminal at O'Hare International Airport on 8 November 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Passengers walk past airline staff as part of a welcoming event after arriving on a flight from the UK, following the easing of pandemic travel restrictions at JFK international airport in New York on 8 November 2021.

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Passengers walk past airline staff as part of a welcoming event after arriving on a flight from the UK, following the easing of pandemic travel restrictions at JFK international airport in New York on 8 November 2021.

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Dorothea White from Stuttgart embraces her granddaughter as they are reunited upon her arrival on a flight from Frankfurt, Germany, as the US reopens air and land borders to vaccinated travellers for the first time since the Covid-19 restrictions were imposed, at Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia on 8 November 2021.

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Dorothea White from Stuttgart embraces her granddaughter as they are reunited upon her arrival on a flight from Frankfurt, Germany, as the US reopens air and land borders to vaccinated travellers for the first time since the Covid-19 restrictions were imposed, at Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia on 8 November 2021.

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Performers engage with travellers as they queue to check into Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines flights at Heathrow Airport Terminal 3, following the lifting of restrictions on the entry of non-US citizens to the United States imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, 8 November 2021.

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Performers engage with travellers as they queue to check into Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines flights at Heathrow Airport Terminal 3, following the lifting of restrictions on the entry of non-US citizens to the United States imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, 8 November 2021.

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A couple embrace each other as they are reunited upon her arrival on a flight from Frankfurt, Germany, as the US reopens air and land borders to vaccinated travellers for the first time since the Covid-19 restrictions were imposed, at Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia on 8 November 2021.

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A couple embrace each other as they are reunited upon her arrival on a flight from Frankfurt, Germany, as the US reopens air and land borders to vaccinated travellers for the first time since the Covid-19 restrictions were imposed, at Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia on 8 November 2021.

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John Tognetti of Vancouver reunites with Brian Calder as double-vaccinated Canadians return for the first time since coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions were imposed, to the isolated peninsula community of Point Roberts, Washington, U.S. 8 November 2021.

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John Tognetti of Vancouver reunites with Brian Calder as double-vaccinated Canadians return for the first time since coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions were imposed, to the isolated peninsula community of Point Roberts, Washington, U.S. 8 November 2021.

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Jill and Stephen Brownbill react as they meet their newborn grandson Rocco while arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport as the US reopens land borders to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccinated travellers for the first time since the COVID-19 restrictions were imposed, in New York, US, 8 November 2021.

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Jill and Stephen Brownbill react as they meet their newborn grandson Rocco while arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport as the US reopens land borders to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccinated travellers for the first time since the COVID-19 restrictions were imposed, in New York, US, 8 November 2021.

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Patrick van Rosendaal greets Belgian travellers with a sign and waffles as they arrive into Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, Monday, 8 November 2021. Van Rosendaal runs a travel business targeted at Belgian tourists, which suffered when tourism came to a halt during the pandemic. He came to the airport to meet some clients and welcome tourists to the United States.

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Patrick van Rosendaal greets Belgian travellers with a sign and waffles as they arrive into Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, Monday, 8 November 2021. Van Rosendaal runs a travel business targeted at Belgian tourists, which suffered when tourism came to a halt during the pandemic. He came to the airport to meet some clients and welcome tourists to the United States.

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Natalia Abrahao is lifted up by her fiancé Mark Ogertsehnig as they greet one another at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, NJ, Monday 8 November 2021. Pandemic travel restrictions have made their recent meetings difficult and infrequent.

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Natalia Abrahao is lifted up by her fiancé Mark Ogertsehnig as they greet one another at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, NJ, Monday 8 November 2021. Pandemic travel restrictions have made their recent meetings difficult and infrequent.

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Paul Campbell waits for his fiance Patricia Bittag to arrive on a flight from Amsterdam at Logan International Airport as the US reopens air and land borders to vaccinated travellers for the first time since coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions were imposed, in Boston, Massachusetts, 8 November 2021. The pair had been separated for 23 months.

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Paul Campbell waits for his fiance Patricia Bittag to arrive on a flight from Amsterdam at Logan International Airport as the US reopens air and land borders to vaccinated travellers for the first time since coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions were imposed, in Boston, Massachusetts, 8 November 2021. The pair had been separated for 23 months.

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Tourists gather around the Charging Bull statue, also known as the Wall St. Bull, following the lifting of restrictions on the entry of non-US citizens imposed to help curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New York, US, 8 November 2021.

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Tourists gather around the Charging Bull statue, also known as the Wall St. Bull, following the lifting of restrictions on the entry of non-US citizens imposed to help curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New York, US, 8 November 2021.

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Roberta Pavei Gibson is greeted by her dog Choo Choo after arriving on a flight from London at Logan International Airport as the US reopens air and land borders to vaccinated travellers in Boston, Massachusetts, 8 November 2021.

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Roberta Pavei Gibson is greeted by her dog Choo Choo after arriving on a flight from London at Logan International Airport as the US reopens air and land borders to vaccinated travellers in Boston, Massachusetts, 8 November 2021.

Foreigners vaccinated with Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Covaxin, Covishield, Sinopharm and Sinovac Biotec vaccines can come to the country. They will be released from quarantine.Travellers must also have a negative PCR test obtained within the last 72 hours. Only travellers crossing the land border with Mexico or Canada can enter without it.From now on, people can meet with their families and friends. Take a look at these happy moments in the Sputnik gallery.

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