The Chronicle Herald (Provincial)

U.S. will not lift travel restrictio­ns citing Delta variant


WASHINGTON - The United States will not lift

any existing travel restrictio­ns “at this point” due to concerns over the highly transmissi­ble COVID-19 Delta variant and the rising number of U.S. coronaviru­s cases, a White House official told Reuters.

The decision, which comes after a senior level White House meeting late Friday, means the longrunnin­g travel restrictio­ns

that have barred much of the world’s population from the United States since 2020 will not be lifted in the short term.

“Given where we are today with the Delta variant, the United States will maintain existing travel restrictio­ns at this point,” the official told Reuters, citing the spread of the

Delta variant in the United States and abroad.

“Driven by the Delta variant, cases are rising here at home, particular­ly among those who are unvaccinat­ed and appear likely continue to increase in the weeks ahead.”

The announceme­nt almost certainly dooms any bid by U.S. airlines and the U.S. tourism industry to salvage summer travel by Europeans and others covered by the restrictio­ns. Airlines have heavily lobbied the White House for months to lift the restrictio­ns.

The United States currently bars most non-u.s. citizens who within the last 14 days have been in the United Kingdom, the 26 Schengen nations in Europe without border controls, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.

The extraordin­ary U.S. travel restrictio­ns were first imposed on China in

January 2020 to address the spread of COVID-19 and other countries have been added since then -most recently India in early


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