With the increase in cases of the Delta variant (B.1.671.2) of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in the United States and worldwide, local authorities do not plan to lift the existing travel restrictions “at this time”, according to a Casa official White. In Brazil, direct flights have been suspended since last year and will probably continue for the next few weeks because of COVID-19.
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“Given where we are today with the Delta variant, the United States will maintain the travel restrictions that exist at this time,” the official told Reuters. This is because the variant first discovered in India concerns both the country’s internal epidemiological scenario and the global one.
According to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rochelle Walensky, the average number of new cases of COVID-19 in the last week increased 53% compared to the previous week. Currently, the Delta variant of the coronavirus, considered more infectious, is responsible for more than 80% of new cases across the country.
International travel to the US
With the restriction continuing, US airlines and the country’s tourism industry are likely to continue to face financial difficulties. In fact, companies in this market had been working for months in lobbying the White House for the repeal of the restrictions imposed by COVID-19.
Currently, the US prohibits entry to virtually all travelers who are not US citizens. In addition, only certain countries can fly directly into the country and, in most cases, a foreign traveler can only enter the US after a 14-day quarantine in another location. This goes for Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil, for example.
To date, US authorities have not provided any metrics or forecasts for when restrictions on international travel will be eased for entry into the country. In the future, it is possible that some countries will be released initially and, at another time, other nations. Another option is to allow entry only to travelers who are fully immunized against COVID-19. However, the question is still uncertain.