US travel restrictions remain in effect

US travel restrictions remain in effect

A White House official confirmed that the United States would keep current travel restrictions on international travelers, citing variable delta spread and rising COVID-19 cases among the unvaccinated.

The White House faces pressure from the tourism industry and loved ones in the United States to lift restrictions. The official said the Biden administration understands the importance of travel and wants to reopen international travel safely but noted that the delta variant is highly transmissible. The White House predicts that cases are likely to continue to rise in the coming weeks. Recent guidance from CDC declared that Americans should avoid travel to the UK. Reuters first reported that US travel restrictions would remain in place.

The United States now bans most non-citizens who have visited the United Kingdom, several other European countries, India, South Africa, Brazil, China, and some other countries from traveling to the United States. Soon to allow fully vaccinated US citizens to enter the country.

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The delta variant accounts for about 83.2% of COVID-19 cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website currently says.

However, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, sounded a more optimistic note, saying on Sunday that the United States may be further in the delta-driven COVID-19 epidemic than the CDC models are spreading.

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