As part of an effort to lift Covid-19 travel restrictions, the Biden administration is developing a plan to require nearly all foreign visitors to the United States to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
The White House aims to re-open travel and boost business for both airlines and the tourism industry while also mitigating the effects of the spread of the virus. A White House official told Reuters that the Biden administration has interagency groups working “to have a new system ready for when we can reopen travel” (CNBC). It includes “a phased approach that over time will mean, with limited exceptions, that foreign nationals traveling to the United States (from all countries) need to be fully vaccinated.”
As other nations such as Britain and China “relax their measures” taken on foreign travel amid the pandemic, President Biden has been “under pressure” to also ease restrictions.
However, according to the New York Times, “White House officials have said in recent days that there is no plan to lift current restrictions anytime soon, in light of the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.” “Given where we are today with the Delta variant, we will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated.
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