The White House is aiming to ease a series of travel bans to the US imposed for COVID-19 during the Trump era. The new rules are going to allow foreigners to enter the US with a certain proof of vaccination. Critics say it seems to be made to decrease frustrations and annoyance mounting in US allies, especially in European theatre.
President Biden was facing enormous pressure from European leaders and Airline operators which was flamed after the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and the recent US submarine deal with Australia rejecting France.
The new law is going to lift conditional travel bans from the EU, China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, and India that were imposed during the Trump era. This would help the US to cool down diplomatic blowback by European countries which were going to create some anxiety at certain cases. Even, the European leaders were planning to pursue President Biden to lift the ban as they were supposed to meet him in UN General Assembly this week in New York.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, “If we were going to make things much easier for ourselves, we would have done it prior to June, when the president had his first foreign trip, or earlier this summer. This is when the process concluded.”
On Monday, Mr. Jeff Zients, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, said foreigners will be required to show proof of vaccination along with a negative COVID-19 Test Report done within three days of departure to the US.
Bottom Line: The White House is going to lift the Trump-era travel ban from European and other foreign countries against vaccination proof and negative COVID-19 test reports from individual travelers.