A tourism chief says U.S. travelers need to pack patience as COVID-19 restrictions ease just in time for holiday travel.

Public health guidelines for international travelers to the US who are fully vaccinated will ease in early November, helping to connect family and friends.

“Psychologically, the fear created by the pandemic will exist for a long time, if not permanently,” said Virginia Tech Travel and Tourism Professor Mahmood Khan. “People will think twice before booking airline reservations and will question whether it’s worth the risk or expense.”

For those who choose to make the trip, Khan says to be forewarned as restrictions have made some people impatient, less empathetic, and impolite. “This is evident by stories about difficult customers in airlines, restaurants, and other public places,” he added.