US President Joe Biden announced that officials are working on a plan to lift current restrictions banning non-citizens from visiting America.
According to Reuters.com, the issue was brought up when Biden spoke with Chancellor Angela Merkel about allowing travelers from most European countries to return to the US
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Biden told Merkel privately and at a press conference the US was working behind the scenes to reassess when restrictions could be lifted, with the president expecting a response “within the next few days.”
“I’m waiting to hear from our people on our COVID team when this should be done,” said Biden.
Merkel and Biden talked about the COVID-19 Delta variant and admitted that the reopening process is very complicated and said: “It has to be a sustainable decision. It certainly doesn’t make sense to have to take it back after just a few days. “
In recent months, airlines, travel advisors and tourism officials in America and abroad have continued to urge Biden to lift restrictions on most non-US citizens of the UK, the 26 Schengen countries in Europe with no border controls, Ireland and other countries.
On Friday, Canada will be ready to accept fully vaccinated travelers from the US as early as mid-August, provided “the current positive path in vaccination rates and public health conditions continues,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office.