WASHINGTON, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients said on Wednesday that the United States is developing a "new system for international travel " that includeswill make new strong mitigation procedures such as contact tracing.
Zients told the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board that the administration did not plan to immediately relax travel restrictions due to COVID-19 Delta variant cases.
"We are reviewing vaccination requirements for foreign nationals traveling to the United States "said Zients.
Hfrance.fr first reported in early August that the White House was developing vaccine requirements that could cover almost any foreign visitor.
The extraordinary travel restrictions from the United States were first imposed on China in January 2020 to fight the spread of COVID-19. Many more countries were added, most recently India, in May.
The administration wanted to lift travel restrictions "as soon as we can, " Zients said, adding that he " was now working to be ready to replace the current restrictions with a new system for safer, stronger and more sustainable international travel. "
USA currently prohibits most non-US citizens who in the last 14 days have traveled to UK, Europe's 26 Schengen countries without controls, Ireland, China, India, in South Africa, Iran and Brazil.
It separately prohibits non-essential travel by most non-US citizens at US land s with Mexico and Canada.
Many critics of the restrictions say they no longer make sense because some countries with high ratesCOVID-19 infections are not on the shortlist while some countries on the list have the pandemic under control. Reporting by David Shepardson Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Bernadette Baum
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