A White House official said the United States will require the vaccination of foreign visitors internationally | News

The official noted that the goal is to have a “new system ready” when flights can reopen.


A White House official revealed Wednesday that the United States plans to require all foreign visitors to be fully vaccinated, with a few exceptions.

This measure is part of a plan that the interagency groups under the administration of US President Joe Biden are working on with the aim of potentially lifting current travel restrictions.

The official noted that the goal is to have a “new system ready” when flights can reopen.

He added that this includes “a phased approach which will eventually mean, with limited exceptions, that foreign nationals traveling to the United States (from all countries) must be fully vaccinated.”

Currently, the restrictions affect the 26 European countries in the Schengen area, as well as the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, China, Iran, South Africa and India.

For travelers from all these countries, there is only one way to enter and that is by obtaining a “National Interest Exemption” (NIE), which is a special entry permit granted only for specific humanitarian reasons – economic, health or national security.

On July 26, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed the Biden government’s intention to maintain current travel restrictions, given the increase in new infections with the Delta type of coronavirus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the delta mutation and its various sub variants were behind 93% of serial cases in the United States during the last two weeks of July, and in some areas accounted for 98%.

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In just one month, the US went from an average of less than 15,000 daily infections in early July to 80,000 new infections a day in August. (I)

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