The Biden administration has a plan to require all foreign travelers to the United States to be vaccinated with Covid-19, with a few exceptions, according to government officials who are aware of the development policy.
The plan, first reported by Reuters, will be part of a new system that will be introduced after the current domestic travel restrictions are lifted, but authorities have not yet decided when it will take place.
President Biden has been under pressure for months to ease restrictions on those who wish to travel to the United States, especially as other countries, including England, Scotland and Canada, have relaxed their own measures. ..
However, White House officials recently said they have no plans to lift the current restrictions immediately, given the epidemic of the highly contagious delta mutant.
White House spokesman Jen Psaki told reporters last week, “Given where we are today, we will use a variant of Delta to maintain existing travel restrictions at this point.” Said.
That stance was repeated Wednesday night by White House officials who said there was no schedule yet to request vaccinations from foreign travelers.
“The Inter-Ministry Working Group is working to develop a consistent and safe international travel policy plan to prepare a new system for resuming travel,” said the authority to publish the details of the plan. Administrative officials not given wrote in an email. “This involves a step-by-step approach, which means that, with a few exceptions, foreigners traveling to the United States (from all countries) must be fully vaccinated. increase.”
Travelers from Iran, China, Brazil, the United Kingdom, South Africa, India, the Republic of Ireland and the Schengen region of Europe (across 29 countries, urban and micro states) are currently banned from entering the United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unless you are a US citizen or stay 14 days before arriving in a country not on the list.
The United States began restricting foreign travel in January 2020 when former President Donald Trump blocked some travel from China to prevent the spread of the virus. That effort has largely failed.
However, health officials pressured the Trump administration to extend the travel ban to most of Europe during the first surge of the spring 2020 pandemic. The original virus and some variants from country to country.
This week, the Biden administration announced that it would maintain title 42, a public health regulation that would allow the government to turn back those trying to enter the United States from the southern border.
The decision confirmed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday was a shift by the administration, which was working on a plan to begin lifting the rules this summer, more than a year after being imposed by the Trump administration.