Forms expert groups to safely remove travel restrictions in the US


On Tuesday, a White House official said the Biden administration is setting up expert working groups with Canada, Mexico, the European Union and the United Kingdom to find the best way to safely resume travel after 15 months of pandemic restrictions.

Another official said the administration would not act quickly to lift restrictions that would bar people from most parts of the world from entering the U.S. because these groups would need time to do their jobs.

The groups will be led by the White House Covid Response Team and the National Security Council. Disease control centers and other agencies will be involved in this.

The Centers for Disease Control said on Tuesday it had eased travel recommendations for 110 countries and territories, including Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Africa and Iran, but refused to lift any restrictions on Covid-19.

The Biden administration has come under pressure from some lawmakers who have said that American settlements along the Canadian border are experiencing economic hardship due to land border restrictions.

Airlines and others have asked the administration to lift restrictions that ban most U.S. stateless people who have visited the United Kingdom, Schengen countries, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil from traveling to the United States. The United States has also banned land travel to Mexico and Canada unless absolutely necessary.