Travellers took off early on Monday (November 8) from London following the lifting of U.S. travel restrictions. Many were excited to see family and friends in the United States for the first time since the pandemic started.
Alice Keane said she was meant to visit her sister in Miami "just before COVID happened, and obviously it's been delayed this long" while Talia Ware, who is jetting off to see her partner, admitted she was "mostly relieved that we have a concrete date".
The extraordinary U.S. travel restrictions, first imposed in early 2020, had barred access to non-U.S. citizens travelling from 33 countries.
From Monday travellers who can show official proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and have had a recent, negative viral test can fly to the United States.