The U.S. Government is working to get international travel back on track.
According to the White House, U.S. President Joe Biden and his administration are hard at work creating “working groups” with other regions like Canada, the European Union, Mexico and the United Kingdom—all with the goal of restarting international travel.
“While we are not reopening travel today, we hope that these expert working groups will help us use our collective expertise to chart a path forward, with a goal of reopening international travel with our key partners when it is determined that it is safe to do so,” a White House official said (via Yahoo).
News that the Biden administration is pushing to restart international travel was well-received by the U.S. Travel Association.
“U.S. Travel and its membership believe a public-private task force can quickly develop a blueprint to reopen international inbound travel and jumpstart a sustained job and economic recovery,” Association President and CEO Roger Dow told Travel Pulse. “With decreased infection rates in the U.S. combined with the administration’s goal of having a critical mass of Americans fully vaccinated by July 4th, there is a true near-term opportunity to safely begin to welcome back international visitors.
“International travel can be safely restarted by applying a risk-based and science-driven approach, and our hope is that the working groups are able to put a reopening framework in place very quickly,” Dow added. “The travel industry commends the Biden administration for taking this critical and necessary step on the international front, and we look forward to working with the federal government in every way possible to advance this process.”
At present, fully vaccinated Americans are already able to travel to a number of international destinations, and as governments worldwide ease restrictions, that number will continue to increase.