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(Reuters) – Major U.S. airlines and tour groups on Monday called on a partnership with the government to develop a plan to reopen international borders this summer, assuming the number of COVID-19 vaccines and cases settles in positive trends continue.
In a letter to the White House COVID-19 Recovery Coordinator, more than two dozen industry groups, including Airlines for America, the US Chamber of Commerce and the US Travel Association, said, "It's time to plan a defined roadmap and start planning international travel again to open is now. "
The United States has banned most travel from the UK, Europe, Brazil, China and South Africa since the coronavirus pandemic hit last year and devastated the aviation and travel industries worldwide.
The U.S. groups called for a risk-based, data-driven roadmap to safely lift these restrictions and complete before May 1, so that a plan for international travel is in place by summer 2021.
Travel within the US has increased significantly in the last week as more Americans are vaccinated, although the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still advise against not necessarily traveling.
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