The United States easing its coronavirus travel restrictions, re-opening to passengers from the United Kingdom, European Union and other nations, comes at a welcome time.
From November, foreign travellers will be allowed to fly into the US if they are fully vaccinated, and undergo testing and contact tracing.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas approaching, this seems an opportune time.
The US has had tough restrictions on travel in place for over 18 months. The move answers a major demand from European allies, and means that families separated by the restrictions can be reunited.
US restrictions were initially imposed on travellers from China in early 2020, and then extended to other countries.
The current rules bar entry to most non-US citizens who have been in the UK and a number of other European countries, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil within the last 14 days.
Under the new rules, foreign travellers will need to demonstrate proof of vaccination, have a negative Covid-19 test result and provide contact information. They will not be required to quarantine.