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Amazing Photos Of Airport Reunions After The Coronavirus Pandemic Separated Families

Countries like the US and Australia are reopening their borders to vaccinated travelers, making for emotional reunions nearly two years in the making at airports around the world.

Posted on November 8, 2021, at 3:56 p.m. ET

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Yerin Hong gets a hug from her boyfriend, Soomin Kim, after she arrived on a flight from Germany at the international terminal at O'Hare International Airport on Nov. 8 in Chicago.

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Members of the Erebara family embrace following the easing of pandemic travel restrictions at JFK International Airport in New York on Nov. 8, 2021.

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Jolly Dave, right, makes a phone call after arriving from India and being reunited with her boyfriend, Nirmit Shelat, at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, on Nov. 8, 2021. The couple has not been able to see one another for nine months due to pandemic travel restrictions.

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People wait for their relatives after the arrival of the British Airways flight at JFK International Airport in New York on Nov. 8, 2021.

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Tehram Qureshi hugs a family member as he arrives from London at JFK International Airport following the lifting of restrictions on the entry of non-US citizens imposed to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in New York on Nov. 8, 2021.

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Andrzej Formaniak greets his wife, Eva Eggar, after she arrived at Logan International Airport in Boston on Nov. 8. The US is reopening air and land borders to vaccinated travelers for the first time since COVID-19 restrictions were imposed,

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A woman hugs her grandson who she has not seen in three years upon her arrival from Frankfurt, Germany, at Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia, on Nov. 8, 2021.

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Til Wagenaar greets her son, Joost Wagenaar, after she flew from the Netherlands at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, on Nov. 8, 2021. Til has not been to see her son in two years, and this trip will be the first time she can meet her 1-year-old grandchild.

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Daniel Guerrero hugs his 3-year-old son, Milan, after Milan arrived at Logan International Airport from the Dominican Republic on Nov. 8, 2021.

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David Henry (center) embraces his son, Liam, as they meet after arriving on a flight from the UK following the easing of pandemic travel restrictions at JFK International Airport in New York on Nov. 8, 2021.

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Jill and Stephen Brownbill react as they meet their newly born grandson, Rocco, while arriving at JFK International Airport on Nov. 8, 2021.

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Alison Henry embraces her son, Liam, as they meet after arriving on a flight from the UK at JFK International Airport on Nov. 8, 2021.

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Natalia Abrahao is lifted up by her fiancé, Mark Ogertsehnig, as they greet one another at Newark Liberty International Airport on Nov. 8, 2021.

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People applaud and take pictures as MaKensi Kastl greets her boyfriend, Thierry Coudassot, after he arrived from France at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, on Nov. 8, 2021.

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Reunited family members stand in the terminal after their British Airways flight landed at JFK International Airport on Nov. 8, 2021.

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Roberta Pavei Gibson is greeted by her dog, Choo Choo, after arriving on a flight from London at Logan International Airport in Boston on Nov. 8, 2021.

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Abdul Shukoor embraces his nephews as they are reunited upon his arrival from Brussels at Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia, on Nov. 8, 2021.

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People meet relatives at baggage claim while arriving at JFK International Airport on Nov. 8, 2021.






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