The Joe Biden administration is said to be cooking up plans to let foreign visitors who have had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine into the country after lengthy travel bans
US president Joe Biden is said to be keen to let double-jabbed people into the country after months of banning tourists from across the world.
For most of the pandemic travel to the US has been impossible for all but those with a green card or visa.
Even when the UK placed the US on its amber travel list, meaning double-jabbed Brits would not have to isolate upon return from the country, restrictions the other way remained.
Now the Biden administration is cooking up a plan to partially reopened the US’s borders.
The White House wants to re-open travel, which would boost business for the airlines and tourism industry, but is not ready to immediately lift restrictions.
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When its plan does come into action, all visitors will have to be double-jabbed.
A government official told Reuters that its “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.”
The official’s comments were the strongest signal to date that the White House sees a path to unwinding travel restrictions that have been in force for a year and a half.
Some countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom, are relaxing or lifting restrictions for vaccinated Americans to travel.
The United States currently bars most non-U.S. citizens who within the last 14 days have been in the United Kingdom, the 26 Schengen nations in Europe without border controls, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.
It was not clear how long the administration will maintain existing restrictions but the official reiterated that infections “appear likely to continue to increase in the weeks ahead” and that “the United States will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point.”
Former President Donald Trump’s administration did not set any metrics for adding or dropping countries from the list, and neither has Biden’s.
Trump did attempt to lift European countries from the restrictions in January but Biden reinstated the restrictions before they were dropped.
The restrictions have separated loved ones and prevented some people working in the United States from returning to home countries and others from coming for employment.