President Biden Says No More Travel Bans Or Restrictions Expected

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President Biden Says There Will Be No More Travel Bans or Restrictions.

Authorities in the UK and Europe responded quickly to allegations of a “new variety of concern” by imposing a slew of new travel restrictions on Southern Africa.

When one nation “acts,” many others typically follow, even if simply for political reasons of not seeming to “do nothing” while others demonstrate strength.


The US joined the travel limits shortly after the European Union introduced limitations, imposing new restrictions on travel from South Africa. Health officials, including Scott Gottlieb, the former FDA commissioner, have questioned the action.

The surprising actions come only weeks after the Trump administration reversed prior blanket travel bans that affected whole regions in favor of a science-based strategy that included pre-flight testing and vaccine requirements for all visitors.

Fears that the upheaval might indicate a return of blanket US travel restrictions against Europe and other parts of the world rattled markets and the tourism sector, but President Joe Biden’s last news conference suggests otherwise.

The United States does not intend to impose more travel restrictions.

When asked whether any more travel restrictions will be imposed, US President Barack Obama said, “I don’t expect that at this time.” The President then went on to reassure Americans that their travel plans will not be disrupted.

The President did say that the degree of spread might influence future choices, but it doesn’t seem like new limits are on the table right now.

Biden went on to say that the US plan for combatting covid-19 this winter will be “more extensive immunizations, boosters, testing, and more,” rather than “shutdowns or lockdowns.” This story is heartening for people who want to travel.

Now is the best time to visit the United States.

On November 8th, the United States eased travel restrictions for most of the globe, replacing them with a vaccine requirement along with pre-flight testing.

All tourists intending to enter the United States must have a valid ESTA, as well as sign a passenger attestation form during the check-in procedure, confirming that evidence of immunization and pre-flight covid-19 tests are genuine and valid.

You can get a complete list of which tests and immunizations are approved here. South Africa continued demands to abolish the limits after learning that no more restrictions are envisaged, citing promising early statistics.