Passengers at Dulles Washington International Airport in Virginia DANIEL SLIM / AFP
The Joe Biden Administration plans to lift restrictions on travelers vaccinated against the coronavirus from the European Union and the United Kingdom in November, according to local media.
The White House will announce the measure this afternoon
on the opening day of the UN General Assembly in New York. The new travel policy will affect 33 countries and will end the restrictions imposed 18 months ago by the Donald Trump Administration, thus culminating months of negotiations between Washington, London and Brussels. Those immunized, in addition, must show a negative test done in the last 24 hours and repeat it upon arrival.
Thousands of European citizens who have families in the United States have been separated for most of the pandemic. Current policy in the US does not allow entry to those who have spent the last 14 days in any of the 26 countries of the European Union that belong to the Schengen area, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Only those who have been in those territories and are US citizens, direct relatives, holders of a permanent residence
) or those who have national interest exemptions
can access the country
The Biden Administration's argument for not interacting with Europe and maintaining strict restrictions on non-essential travel has so far been the spread of the virus due to the delta variant, which has impacted the US figures. registers an increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths when it fights so that the quarter of the population that does not want to be vaccinated, do so.
The travel industry has been lobbying the Democratic government for months to lift some of the restrictions that are holding international tourism half-way.
Airlines and hotels have been one of the promoters of the entry of the vaccinated.
This good news for the industry comes in the twilight of the American summer.
At the end of August, the Council of the European Union removed the United States from the list of safe countries from an epidemiological point of view. Being on this list allows citizens of those territories to travel to the EU for pleasure and not just for essential reasons. "This is without prejudice to States lifting the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU for fully vaccinated travelers," the Council said at the time. The non-binding recommendation is based on the number of infections per 100,000 inhabitants during the last 14 days, the trend of new cases during that period, and the ability of countries to trace, contain and treat possible new outbreaks.