Delta: US to retain existing COVID-19 travel restrictions, says White House

*The United States currently bans most non-US citizens who have visited the UK in the last 14 days, as well as those travelling from Brazil, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran, and 26 Schengen countries in Europe including Austria, Belgium and Finland

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As far as the United States (US) extant travel regulations on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are concerned, masking up on airplanes, buses, trains, and boats will not be changing anytime soon.

ConsumerConnect learnt a White House official has disclosed that pandemic-related travel restrictions are staying in effect, mostly because of the growing number of cases connected to the Delta variant in the country.

The White House and President Joe Biden (Inset)

“Given where we are today with the Delta variant, the United States will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point,” the administration official told CNN.

He said that the White House speculates that the rise in positive coronavirus cases will “likely continue to increase in the weeks ahead.”

In regard to locations where the existing travel restrictions apply, the official was quoted to have indicated that the travel limitations are also putting a damper on international travel.

He cited a recent advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which recommends not travelling to the United Kingdom (UK) until its current surge in cases starts to decline.

Report further noted that for the moment, the US currently bans most non-US citizens who have visited the UK in the last 14 days, as well as those travelling from Brazil, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran, and 26 Schengen countries in Europe without border controls (Austria, Belgium, Finland, et al).

“The administration understands the importance of international travel and is united in wanting to reopen international travel in a safe and sustainable manner.

“The reopening process is guided by the science and public health,” stated the White House official said.

The Biden team, report said, is doing its best to open things up for travellers. To the administration’s credit, it’s doing its best to get every important player on the same page.

It was gathered the White House COVID-19 response team has brought together agencies, such as the CDC, Homeland Security, and the Department of State thus far.

The administration has also created interagency groups with the European Union, Britain, Canada, and Mexico to work on a plan of how and when travel and border restrictions could be lifted.

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