Did the holding of the next UN general assembly influence the decision of the Biden administration?
It would not be surprising as relations between Uncle Sam and Europe, and particularly France, are strained these days.
In this context, the United States will appropriately authorize entry into its territory to travelers vaccinated against Covid-19 from the European Union and the United Kingdom, lifting restrictions put in place in March 2020, reported Monday. CNN and the Politico site.
The media, which each cite several anonymous sources familiar with the matter, specify that the announcement will be made on Monday.
The Financial Times adds that the lifting of the restrictions will take effect in November.
The “travel ban” would then have remained in force for nearly 20 months.
Borders closed since March 2020
Stavros Lambrinidis, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, tweeted Monday that he "hoped for a positive announcement very soon" on the subject of travel to the United States.
Travel ban lifted!
Vaccinated, pre-flight tested Europeans will again be able to travel to the US from November, just as vaccinated Americans are today allowed to travel to the EU.
- Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis 🇪🇺 (@EUAmbUS) September 20, 2021
American borders have been closed to millions of international travelers, whether tested or vaccinated, since March 2020, a situation that has caused growing impatience among Europeans in particular, causing painful personal and family situations.
The European Union had certainly announced on August 30 the return of restrictions on non-essential travel to its territory from the United States, but leaving member states the possibility of lifting the ban for fully vaccinated people.
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The American announcement, if confirmed, would come in a context of great tension between the United States and France, in a case of the sale of submarines to Australia