Entry restriction maintained in the US due to rising Delta Covid-19 cases
The United States stated on Monday that it would keep restrictions on international travel into the country, sidestepping European requirements, as cases rise of the Covid-19 Delta variant.
“We will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters.
“The more transmissible Delta variant is spreading both here and abroad,” she said.
She stated that the situation of rising cases appeared likely to continue “in the weeks ahead,” although she recited that it mostly infected unvaccinated people.
The United States has restricted travel from the European Union, Britain, China and Iran for more than a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They later adding other countries including Brazil and India.
In June, the European Union opened up to travellers from the United States, mainly requiring proof of vaccination or negative tests, under pressure from tourism-dependent nations such as Greece, Spain and Italy that feared another troubled year.
EU leaders have asked the United States to show mutuality and President Joe Biden on July 15 said he would have an answer on the issue “within the next several days” after appeals by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.