By Ivan Maltsev
It is assumed that it will include such procedures as contact tracking.
The White House coordinator for combating COVID-19, Jeff Zients, said on Wednesday that the United States is developing a “new system for international travel” that will include procedures such as contact tracking.
As Zients told the Advisory Council on Tourism, the administration does not yet plan to relax the current travel restrictions due to the spread of the Delta strain.
“We are considering the possibility of obliging foreign citizens coming to the United States to present vaccination certificates,” he said.
In early August, Reuters reported that the White House is developing new rules regarding the presentation of vaccination certificates, which may affect almost all foreigners wishing to visit the United States.
Restrictions on entry to the United States were first imposed on China in January 2020 to combat the spread of COVID-19. Later, the restrictions were extended to many other countries. The list was last updated in May when India got into it.
According to Zients, the administration would like to remove the travel restrictions “as soon as possible” and is now working to replace the existing restrictions with a new system that will be “safer, more reliable and more sustainable.”
Currently, entry to the United States is prohibited for most citizens of other countries who have been in the UK, 26 Schengen countries, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran, and Brazil during the previous 14 days.
In addition, entry into the country through the land borders with Mexico and Canada is prohibited in most cases.
Many critics of these restrictions believe that they no longer make sense since some countries with high incidence statistics are not listed, while in some countries included in the list, the epidemiological situation is under control.