U.S. to Maintain Current Travel Restrictions, Citing Delta Covid Variant

By Paul Riegler on 26 July 2021
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The Biden Administration has no plans “at this point” to lift any current travel restrictions as concerns over the highly transmissible India, or Delta, variant rise in lockstep with the number of cases, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Monday.

“We will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point for a few reasons,” Psaki said at a White House briefing.  “The more transmissible Delta variant is spreading both here and around the world [and] driven by the Delta variant, cases are rising here at home, particularly among those who are unvaccinated and appear likely to continue in the weeks ahead.”

“For any of these recommendations, we are always going to be guided by our North Star,” she said, citing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the country’s health and medical experts.

The announcement was most certainly unpleasant news to U.S. airline executives and those in tourism who had hoped to salvage what remained of the summer travel season.  Airlines and travel groups have been heavily lobbying the White House for months to lift the restrictions, to no avail.

The United States currently bars most non-U.S. citizens who have been in the United Kingdom, the nations the Schengen zone in Europe, or in Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil within the last 14 days.

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