The decision comes amid pressure from airlines and lobbyists in the tourism industry to withdraw the blanket ban before the summer travel season ends. The decision was made in response to an increase in illnesses, the transmissibility of the Delta strain, and a recent travel warning to the United Kingdom. Cases continue to grow in the United States, particularly among the unvaccinated.
According to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, rising instances “look likely to continue in the weeks ahead,” hence the US “will maintain existing travel Restrictions at this time.” The United States imposed the first wave of Covid travel Restrictions on China in January 2020. Since then, the restriction has been extended to encompass non-US individuals who have recently visited the United Kingdom, the European Schengen group, Brazil, Ireland, India, Iran, and South Africa.
Officials in the United States claim that nearly all new cases are among the unvaccinated, and have begun to refer to Covid as a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.” All New York City public personnel, including firefighters, police officers, and teachers, will be forced to be vaccinated beginning in mid-September. More than 50 prominent US healthcare organisations have published a joint statement pushing for vaccination requirements for healthcare workers.