Thursday, June 10, 2021

US Plans to Resume Travel With EU, UK, Canada & Mexico

The White House is working together with groups of experts to reach a mutual agreement to safely relax the COVID-19 restrictions and resume travel between the US and the European Member States, UK, Canada, and Mexico.

According to a White House official, it is expected that the working groups will consist of foreign representatives and US experts from the Department of State, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Homeland Security and Health and Human Services.

Decisions regarding the travel restrictions will be based on public health medical experts’ recommendations, reports.

“We heard very clearly the desire of our friends in Europe and the UK to be able to reopen travel across the Atlantic Ocean, and we want to see that happen,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said.

Although it is improbable for the US to lift the restrictions against most foreign travellers, the establishment of such a working group is a significant shift from the stringent measures on international travel that have been in place for more than a year.

On Tuesday, the US State Department announced that it was moving 58 countries and territories from the Level Four, also known as the “do not travel” list, to the Level Three or “reconsider travel” list. Consequently, the department relaxed its travel warning for several foreign countries, including popular holiday destinations like Greece, Italy, Spain, Canada, France, and Mexico.

Furthermore, chief executives of six airlines that operate flights between the US and the UK made a call to US President Joe Biden and the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to reach an agreement that would remove the COVID-19 flight restrictions between the two countries.

Compared to other states, the US has been slow in making decisions on regulations that allow foreigners to visit the country.

Several European Union states started to ease the travel restrictions for US travellers back in May.

The Danish authorities recently announced that fully vaccinated Americans would be permitted to enter the country without having to undergo testing and quarantine requirements. Still, all persons need to prove that they have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency and that at least two weeks have passed since the vaccine dose was taken.

At the same time, travellers from the US can enter Spain provided that they have undergone the vaccination process.

Yesterday, the EU Parliament voted for the digital COVID vaccine passport that will enable tourists to move freely within the bloc.

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