French people living in the United States were freed from the reopening of borders

“This is great news” Patrick is delighted: Twenty months after they closed, US borders reopened to foreign travelers on Monday, November 8th. Just a minute Eagerly awaited FFor the French people and some who live on American soil, they have not seen their loved ones since March 2020.

To enter the country, you must be vaccinated and given a PCR or antigen test of less than 72 hours. Air France is already preparing for an explosion in bookings in the coming months. This summer, before the Govt-19 crisis, the company delivered 50% of its aircraft compared to 2019. By March 2022, 90% of flights will be operational.

“Two years long”, Patrick, who has been living in the United States since 2016 with his wife and two children aged 6 and 11, says briefly. He waited a long time for these borders to reopen. “My mother-in-law used to come to spend three weeks regularly in November every year. For two years this was not possible.”, He explains. Upon learning that they could return, Patrick’s mother-in-law immediately picked up their airline tickets. They will be on American soil from Tuesday, November 9th. The French are also happy to see their friends again. “Junior, working and dependent on school holidays.” “During the Christmas holidays, they can come and see us live in February or Easter.”, Says Patrick.

Arrow has been another French foreigner with her husband in the United States since 2017. Since January 2019, she has not seen her family for almost three years. Of course, the health crisis did not help. There were calls or videos to talk to each other, but that was not enough, he said. “We are lucky to have a good relationship with our families, it is even more important to see each other from time to time, share real moments and create memories together. It’s not possible. Do it over the phone.”

“No matter how much we love each other wholeheartedly, a distance is still being created.”

Aroor is a French national living in the United States

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This deviation has consequences in his family life and long distance contacts are not enough. “Seeing you in the video with six hours of jet lag, sometimes watching the whole family, but having trouble arguing with everyone. Of course, if a phone with twenty people crashes behind the scenes sometimes, we have trouble getting used to it.”, Arrow explains. “We will never share the same moments with them again. We can no longer share anything real.”, She concludes. Air tickets have also been booked and Arrow will see his family back in real life, in December.

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