U.S. Continues to Ban Travelers from Many Foreign Countries, as COVID Surges among the Unvaccinated
The United States will continue to ban entry to travelers, who in the last 14 days, have been to numerous countries that are also seeing COVID surges.
President Joe Biden’s decision to maintain the United States’ existing travel rules means that non-US citizens from most of Europe, China, India, Iran, Brazil, and South Africa may not enter the US.
Although President Donald Trump was much criticized when he first imposed travel restrictions from China at the beginning of the pandemic, in May, President Biden added India and other countries to the list.
In response, US airlines lobbied the White House for months to lift restrictions on travel to salvage summer tourism, however, considering that CDC director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, said Thursday that the seven-day average of new infections had jumped 53% from the previous week: with the highly contagious Delta variant now accounting for approximately 80% of COVID cases in the US.
“Given where we are today with the Delta variant, the United States will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point,” a White House official told Reuters.
The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention said taht the Delta variant currently accounts for approximately 80% of the current COVID surge in the US.
“Driven by the Delta variant, cases are rising here at home, particularly among those who are unvaccinated and appear likely to continue to increase in the weeks ahead,” a spokesperson for the White House said.