WASHINGTON, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - The United States is developing a " new system for international travel "Which will include contact tracing for when they eventually lift travel restrictions that prevent much of the world's population from entering the country, a senior White House official said on Wednesday.
White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients told the US Travel and Tourism Advisory Council, the administration does not plan to 'Immediately relax travel restrictions citing cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant in the United States and around the world.
Hfrance.fr reported for the first time in early August that the White House developed entry requirements for vaccines that could cover almost all foreign visitors.aison Blanche previously confirmed that she plans to make vaccines mandatory for foreign international visitors.
"The American people must have confidence that the new system for international travel is safer even though we - I mean at this point - will let in more travelers, "Zients said on Wednesday, adding that this would eventually replace existing restrictions.
"We are reviewing vaccination requirements for foreign nationals traveling to the United States " Zients said.
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said at the same meeting that peak COVID-19 cases are preventing international travel restrictions from being lifted. "We want to move to a metrics-based system," said Raimondo. "Before we can do this, we need to better manage the domestic situation, whichrequires us to vaccinate everyone. "
Zients said the new plan would replace current restrictions and be " safer, stronger and sustainable " ". paragraph-7 "> "Immunization rates are important here at home and in other countries," Zients said, urging travel agencies and airlines to quickly demand vaccines from employees.
Some industry officials are concerned that the Biden administration will lift travel restrictions for months or potentially until 2022.
The extraordinary travel restrictions by the United States were first imposed on China in January 2020 to combat the spread of COVID-19. Many more countries were added, most recently India, in May.
The administration wanted to lift travel restrictions "soon thanwe can "said Zients.
Zients said the new system will include the collection of contact tracing data from passengers traveling to the United States to allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to contact travelers if they are exposed to COVID-19.
In 2020, the Trump administration blocked an effort to require airlines to collect contact tracing information from international passengers to the United States after some senior administration officials reported privacy concerns.
Zients said that they wanted the new system to be "ready to go " when it is possible to safely lift the restrictions. "We understand the importance of this "Zients said.
The US currently prohibits most non-US citizens who in the past 14 days have been in the UK United, the 26 Schengen countries of Europe without controls, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.
The United States separately prohibits non-essential travel by most non-US citizens at the US land s with Mexico and Canada.
Critics say restrictions no longer make sense as some countries COVID-19 infection rates Ions are not on the restricted list while some countries the list have the pandemic under control. Report by David Shepardson Edited by Chizu Nomiyama, Bernadette Baum and Aurora Ellis
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