A plan to make it mandatory for inbound travelers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus in order to be eligible to enter the United States is underway, White House sources confirmed to Reuters on Wednesday August 6.
The plan is currently in the very early stages of development, and according to the same source, it will include “a phased approach that over time will mean, with few exceptions, that foreign nationals traveling to the United States (from all countries) must be fully immunized. “
Although imposing such a requirement means that more people will not be able to travel to the United States from countries like Canada and Australia, for residents of Schengen area countries and the United Kingdom. United, this means that finally, traveling to the United States will be possible for the majority of them.
Such statements come at a time when the United States faces much criticism over the entry ban for travelers from the Schengen area, the United Kingdom and Ireland, which has been in place since the United States. late winter of last year.
This week alone, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen is among those who have criticized the entry ban for travelers from the EU, saying that the EU and the United States are both in the same COVID-19 situation.
Previously, sources in the White House had confirmed that US authorities were not considering lifting the entry ban for Schengen countries due to concerns over the spread of the Delta variant in Europe.
However, the idea of imposing compulsory vaccination on inbound travelers has not been well received by everyone.
The US Travel Association has reacted to the news, calling the plan a “pushback” if it becomes reality. For months, the same Association has been calling for the reopening of borders for countries all over the world.
“While vaccinations are a crucial tool for us to reopen in 212 (f) countries, it would be a step backwards to replace the current testing requirement with a vaccine requirement for all other countries.Association vice president of public affairs and policy Tori Emerson Barnes said of the news.
The Association urged the government to set a reopening date as soon as possible, as other countries around the world are also moving towards reopening their borders, citing EU member states and Canada as examples.
Data released by the World Health Organization shows the United States has so far reported a total of 35,125,227 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, including 114,820 in the past 24 hours .
On the other hand, as of August 5, 34,919,952 cases have been reported in the EU / EEA by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.