White House is still working to remove entry restrictions for Europeans
The White House claims that it is still working on a plan proposed in the month of June that would allow fully vaccinated people to enter the US without being subjected to quarantine.
Representatives from European countries, on the other hand, are becoming increasingly irritated and have spoken out against the travel restrictions.
On the other hand, Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary, has indicated that restrictions on EU travelers will remain in place until further notice – a decision that will have a significant impact on transatlantic relations, according to SchengenVisaInfo.com.
“We certainly understand that and relate to that, and know that people are eager to be reunited with loved ones -and that is something that’s impacting many people around the world,” Psaki said.
Former President Donald Trump first proposed the travel restriction in March 2020 as a preventative measure against the Coronavirus outbreak. Furthermore, despite the EU’s vaccination rates being among the highest in the world, his successor, President Joe Biden, extended the travel restriction for European countries, which has now been in effect for over 530 days.
Furthermore, European officials have addressed the matter at a number of occasions, stating that the travel restriction is harming US-EU relations.
“The travel ban seriously harms vital economic and human ties, at a time when they’re most needed,” Stavros Lambrinidis, the EU ambassador to the US, wrote and his counterpart in Washington, the French ambassador, Philippe Etienne, also agreed.
Previously, the International Air and Transport Association (IATA) urged the federal government to eliminate testing procedures for fully vaccinated travelers in order to allow them to travel more freely and avoid additional costs during the pandemic.
“Banning fully vaccinated Europeans from entering America is damaging to EU-US relations in so many ways,” the Irish ambassador to the US, Daniel Mulhall, also stated.
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