(Washington) The United States, whose borders remain closed to many foreign travelers, plans to eventually reopen them to fully vaccinated people, a White House official said Wednesday.
Posted on August 4, 2021 at 6:23 pm Updated at 6:40 pm
Washington is developing a “phased approach that, with a few exceptions, would mean that all foreigners coming to the United States – from all countries – must be fully vaccinated,” the source said, without giving a timetable.
The working groups devoted to this issue “are developing policies to be ready when the time is right to embark on this new system,” the official said.
The tone is very reserved, but still a development for the US, which on July 26th did not want to hear about tests or vaccines to reopen its borders.
Currently, travelers from Europe, India, Brazil or China can only enter the USA for compelling reasons.
Washington has so far been deaf to European demands for reciprocity in particular.
While the countries of the European Union decided to reopen their own borders to Americans, provided they are vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested negative, travelers from the Schengen Area, the UK and Ireland have not been able to enter the US since March 2020 .