Biden Admin under pressure to ease up on COVID travel bans

Reprinted from Sara Carter's news page.


As COVID-19 pandemic restrictions subside, the Biden administration is under pressure to ease travel bans for international tourists. Those bans were put in place over nearly a year ago to stem the spread of the COVID-19.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters that the United States is seeking advice of medical experts. He also said that administration officials are working with European counterparts on an agreement to ease the restrictions.

“I can’t put a date on it,” said Secretary Blinken, during a press conference on June 25. “I can tell you we’re working very actively on this right now, and we are – like France, like our other partners in Europe – both anxious and looking forward to restoring travel. But we have to be guided by the science. We have to be guided by medical expertise.”

Currently the United States has a working agreement with Mexico, Canada and U.K. about safely reopening travel between the nations. Currently U.S. and U.K. travel corridor for the summer appear to be shelved amid the high rate of COVID-19 cases related to the Delta variant. 

According to a source that spoke to the Financial Times and is familiar with the ongoing talks, “the Biden administration is in no hurry . . . and the chances of anything happening before August now seem to be zilch.” However, advocates for the travel industry are deeply frustrated and are pushing the administration to reopen travel to pre-covid standards.

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