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Photos: International travelers make their journey to the U.S. as borders reopen

Families are reunited as the U.S. border opens for the first time since March 2020

Lorena Hernandez hugs her daughter, Oralia Perez, for the first time since March 2020 in El Paso. (Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters)
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After 20 months, the U.S. border is once again open. On Monday, the land and air border reopened to international travelers from 33 countries who have proof of vaccination and a recent negative coronavirus test.

Around the world, families, couples and friends boarded planes for the United States to reunite after months of separation. The U.S. travel industry is also preparing for an “onslaught" of visitors, and even American travelers may feel the increase in demand in travel prices.

The border reopening also follows grim milestones that serve as a reminder that the pandemic is not over: More than 5 million people have died globally, and 250 million coronavirus cases have been reported.

But today was a bright spot for travelers. Here are scenes from airports as international visitors made their journey to the United States.

Annabelle Timsit, Rachel Pannett and Lateshia Beachum contributed to this report.

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