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Ajankohtaista tietoa USA:n matkailusta

Olemme keränneet Suomen matkailuelinkeinolle ajankohtaista tietoa, tilastoja ja muuta hyödyllistä materiaalia USA:sta matkailumarkkinana.

Current situation

The Department of State strongly recommends U.S. citizens reconsider all travel abroad.

Centers for Disease Control and Health (CDC) advises that people who are not vaccinated should not travel internationally.

Please see here the current restrictions to enter USA

Quarantine rules

After you travel internationally:

IF YOU ARE NOT VACCINATED:
Before you arrive in the United States:
All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 viral test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.

After you travel:
- Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
- Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
- If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
- If you don't get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
- Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
- Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
- Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

IF YOU ARE VACCINATED

Before you arrive in the United States:
All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.

After travel:
- Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
- Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
- Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

Source: CDC, see latest information

Flight connections: Finnair has resumed direct flights to New York March 6 and will resume Chicago and Los Angeles connections in June 15, 2021. Icelandair and SAS are both ramping up their flights to USA during the summer.

Consumer behaviour

Vaccination program in the US is proceeding well and already over 60 % of the adult population has received the first dose and 48% of adults over 18 years are fully vaccinated (situation May 20, 2021). USA also started vaccinating 12-15 year olds on May 13. This has increased travel confidence.

Several destinations around the world have opened up for US travelers and bookings are increasing to all those destinations that accept US travelers. Tour operators and travel advisors are reporting that many customers are booking more extensive trips with bigger budgets as there is a lot of pent up demand and people have saved money during the pandemic.

Consumer sentiment dropped in early May, as inflation spiked and consumers prepared for higher interest rates.

Consumer spending will still advance despite higher prices due to pent-up demand and record saving balances.

The U.S. economy grew at 6.4% in the first quarter of 2021 as the combined impact of a mass vaccination rollout and federal stimulus checks triggered a surge in consumer spending. Forecasts of real GDP growth in the US for 2021 and 2022 are 6.5% and 3.1%.

Future Outlook

FIT travel will be growing and in escorted tours the group sizes will be smaller. It is possible that there will be more interest in mono-destination tours vs multi-country tours. Travelers are choosing the service providers based on most flexible terms. Interest towards nature based travel is growing.

USTOA tour operators and Virtuoso travel advisors are reporting that there is growing interest towards Finland and similar new off the beaten path destinations amongst the high end travel segment.

First ones traveling internationally and long haul from the US are the high end travelers, especially FIT travelers and small groups of 55+ segment. Larger group travel will be resumed as the vaccination coverage increases and more destinations open up for the US travelers.

Summer 2021: Based on current restrictions and unclear border opening protocols, it looks like that the travel from US to Finland will not be resuming until the fall.

Travel is expected to resume by winter season 2021-2022.

Trends & opportunities
- Nature based experiences
- Winter wonderland and northern lights experiences
- Special accommodations
- Local culture
- Finland´s geographical location close to Scandinavia, the Baltics and Russia. 

Travel trade update

The tourism industry in the US is reporting that new bookings are now coming in for Q4/2021 and for 2022, but also for Q2-3 as there are already countries accepting US travelers.

North American tour operators and travel advisors ask:

  • Are you able to share expected timelines for tourism opening in Finland? What is the best resource to gather information before traveling?
  • What will be the experience of travelers when it comes to hotel/accommodations, dining, shopping, attractions, museums, etc.?
  • Are there restrictions and policies travelers need to be aware of when experiencing tourist spots?
  • What are the most important traveler tips we should be sharing to customers?
  • Is PCR and/or antigen Covid testing readily available for North American travelers to fulfill the re-entry requirement to the USA? Are you able to provide information on the costs and locations or if you are able to forward where we can source this information?

The tour operators have revised their terms & conditions to better reflect the current situation and are expecting same flexible terms from their suppliers.

Interesting products in winter: Northern lights, glass igloos and aurora cabins, snow activities for high end FIT and small groups. Also private jet travel.

Interesting products in summer: FIT and small group tours combining city, culture and nature.

Updated 21.5.2021

USA matkailumarkkinana

Matkailu USA:sta Suomeen kasvaa hyvin. Amerikkalaisia kiinnostaa suomessa erityisesti hyvätasoiset erikoismajoitukset ja elämykset sekä suomi osana Pohjoismaiden ja Baltian kiertomatkaa.

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Account Manager

Päivi Hobbs

+358 40 546 8345

Iso-Britannia, USA

 

Commercial Counsellor / Head of Visit Finland, North America

Heli Mende

+358 40 343 3376