Travel Restrictions Between the United States and Europe may be Lifted Soon

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, has boosted European people’s expectations that the travel ban imposed on Europe, which has been in existence for more than 16 months owing to the Coronavirus outbreak, will be repealed soon. 

When asked about when the US travel ban would end, Biden said during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House. 

In this regard, Chancellor Merkel stated that during their discussion, President Biden told her that he was looking into the situation. 

As part of his administration’s efforts to stem the spread of the virus, former US President Donald Trump banned travelers from most European nations from entering the US in March 2020. Early in his presidency, Vice President Joe Biden implemented such a policy. 

The United States travel ban on European countries has been opposed by the governments of those countries as well as various international organizations. The European Council included the United States to its list of countries considered safe based on their epidemiological status on June 28, allowing its citizens to travel freely throughout the European Union. The United States, on the other hand, has yet to welcome European visitors. 

The German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VCMA) sent a letter to the US embassy in Berlin last week, requesting that the authorities ease the travel ban imposed by Biden’s administration and allow German citizens to travel over the Atlantic once more. 

Previously, Stavros Lambrinidis, the European Union’s Ambassador to the United States, stated that the US should eliminate COVID-19 travel limitations imposed on Europeans. 

According to Lambrinidis, Europe accounts for 60% of all overseas investment in the United States. The decision by the United States to abolish the prohibition would be extremely beneficial to carriers on both sides of the Atlantic. 

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, Europe’s travel and tourism sector suffered the most severe economic collapse owing to the Coronavirus last year. According to the analysis, entry bans and other limitations intended to stop the virus’s spread resulted in a 51.4 percent drop (€987 billion) in Europe’s travel and tourism sector. 

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