A senior White House official said on Wednesday that the US is working on a “new system for foreign travel” that will include contact tracing when it eventually eliminates travel restrictions that prevent much of the world’s population from entering the US. In reaction to COVID-19 Delta variant cases in the United States and around the world, White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients told the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board that the government had no imminent plans to ease any travel restrictions.
The White House was drafting vaccine entrance rules that could encompass nearly all foreign travellers, according to Reuters. The White House had previously stated that it was considering requiring immunizations for overseas travellers from other countries. Even as we – I mean at that time – will be bringing in more visitors, the American people must trust that the new system for international travel is safer.
Zients said, “Vaccination rates matter here at home and other countries.” In January 2020, the United States put unprecedented travel restrictions on China in response to the spread of COVID-19. Several other countries have been added, the most recent being India, which was joined in May. The administration wished to remove travel restrictions as quickly as possible.