The United States has been closed for arrivals from Europe and select other countries from early 2020, and most recently, the UK and Europe have reopened for vaccinated visitors from the US.
Reuters reports that the White House is developing a plan to lift the travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers eventually, and a group is working on a “phased” approach. However, it is expected that the current limits are in place for several more months.
Here’s an excerpt from Reuters:
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 because of the rising COVID-19 case load and highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant, the official said.
The White House has held discussions with airlines and others about how it would implement a policy of requiring vaccines for foreign visitors. The administration must also answer other questions including what proof it would accept of vaccination and if the United States would accept vaccines that some countries are using but which have not yet been authorized by U.S. regulators.
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.”
Industry officials still think it will be at least weeks and potentially months before restrictions are lifted.
These travel restrictions have stayed in place for far longer than anyone would have thought when they were introduced in 2020.
You have to remember that nothing prevents Europeans or Brits from entering the US if they first spend 14 days in countries such as Mexico or Turkey,.
Eventually, however, countries must decide how to reopen, and requiring proof of vaccination makes much sense. The Covid-19 infections will likely rise significantly in the coming months when the Delta variant is going through mostly the non-vaccinated population.