The White House announced that the United States will “maintain, at the present stage, the restrictions in effect” on international flights due to Covid-19, despite requests for reciprocity issued, especially from the European Union.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, at a press conference, attributed this decision to the rapid spread of the “delta” mutant, the most contagious from Corona, noting that “this variable is spreading here and throughout the world.”
She said, “Because of Delta, cases of infection are rising here in our country, especially among those who have not received vaccination, and it is likely that cases will continue to rise in the coming weeks,” noting that “new recommendations will be made based on health data.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised Americans last Monday not to travel to the United Kingdom due to the increase in the number of cases.
The Biden administration last month formed working groups with Canada, Mexico, the European Union and the United Kingdom to assess when to lift international travel restrictions.
While European countries have relaxed restrictions on vaccinated American travelers, the United States has not yet lifted restrictions on travel from other countries.
Source: The Hill