Last week, the Biden administration announced a new travel policy requiring vaccinations for foreign national travelers to enter the United States beginning November 8, 2021. This announcement applies to both international air travel and travel across the land borders with Mexico and Canada.
International guests traveling by air to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination status prior to departure. Fully vaccinated travelers will continue to be required to show proof of a negative PCR test within three days of their flight.
Guests crossing the land borders with Canada and Mexico or arriving in the United States by passenger ferry for non-essential reasons, such as to visit friends or family or for tourism, will be required to be fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated guests crossing the land borders with Canada & Mexico will not be required to submit testing results prior to entrance.
According to VisaVue Travel, international visitors using Visa credit cards spent $31.9 million in Washington County in 2019. Canadians spent $4.9 million in the county, while visitors from Mexico spent $565,942. Visitors from China spent $7.5 million in Washington County. (Source: VisaVue, 2019 International Tourism)
Statewide, international visitors to Oregon spent $1.2 billion dollars in Oregon in 2019, according to Travel Oregon. Prior to the pandemic, guests from Mexico accounted for $29.4 million in spending around Oregon, a 108% growth from 2014-2019, and guests from Canada contributed $369.3 million to our state’s economy demonstrating 7% growth from 2014-2019.
See U.S. Travel’s official press release here.