The United States stated Monday it would keep restrictions on international travel into the nation, sidestepping European stress, as circumstances 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 stated.
She stated the trend of increasing circumstances appeared probably to continue “in the weeks ahead,” though she repeated that it largely impacted unvaccinated people today.
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, later adding other nations which includes Brazil and India.
The European Union in June opened up to travelers from the United States, commonly requiring proof of vaccination or damaging tests, below stress from tourism-dependent nations such as Greece, Spain and Italy that feared an additional troubled year.
EU leaders have asked the United States to show reciprocity and President Joe Biden on July 15 stated he would have an answer on the situation “within the next several days” soon after appeals by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.