US Government Officials Push to Ease Pandemic-Related Travel Restrictions

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United States Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo says she is pushing the government to reduce the current pandemic-related travel restrictions on people entering the country.

Raimondo elaborated that she recently met with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra with the goal of the loosening the rigorous travel restrictions that were implemented at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re working it,” Raimondo told Reuters (via Travel Pulse). “I’m pushing really hard.

“The CDC is nervous, and it’s hard to know if people are vaccinated,” Raimondo added. “There’s no vaccine passport that’s reliable, and that’s kind of a big hurdle.”

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According to Reuters, Raimondo has been joined in her fight by business groups, lawmakers and officials from foreign governments, as well as Transportation Secretary and former presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg.

Airlines are also reportedly urging the U.S. government to lift restrictions applying most non-U.S. citizens that have recently visited the United Kingdom, the 26 Schengen nations in Europe without border controls, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.

European diplomats are also reportedly arguing that the list of countries with severe restrictions in terms of travel to the United States includes some with very low COVID-19 infection rates.

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