The US lifts the restriction on travel abroad (August 2020) 1:07
The White House is seriously considering lifting wide restrictions on travel from Europe to the United States, a government official confirmed Wednesday.
Talks have been going on for several weeks about lifting the restrictions, which bar entry to most foreigners who have been in Europe in the two weeks prior to their arrival in the United States.
Reuters first reported on the discussions.
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The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNN.
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A Trump administration official told CNN that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expressed some reservations about lifting the restrictions, but is not expected to the agency blocks the measure.
The discussions come at a time when the United States is experiencing its worst increase in coronavirus cases.
Many European countries also face higher levels of COVID-19 cases.
President Donald Trump has yet to approve the measure.
Once it does, the restrictions are unlikely to be lifted until the United States and European countries have established a protocol for safe travel.
Trump first banned most travel from the European Union and the United Kingdom in March amid a growing pandemic.
The European Union soon followed suit, restricting most travel from the United States and other countries.