US to lift travel ban on European citizens
The US ban has been in place since March 2020.
Washington has agreed with its EU counterparts to lift travel restrictions for vaccinated citizens, three senior EU officials told POLITICO.
EU ambassador to the U.S. Stavros Lambrindis also wrote on Twitter that he hoped there would be “a positive announcement soon” on the U.S. travel ban.
European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton is meeting the White House’s COVID coordinator Jeffrey Zients in Washington Monday, and both sides are expected to make the announcement as early as today.
European diplomats, and the Commission, have been pushing the U.S. for months to lift the ban, which they see as unjustified. The lift is expected to apply to Schengen-area citizens, as well as people from the U.K. and Ireland common travel area.
It is expected that vaccinated travelers will be allowed to enter the United States, though the introduction of the new rules could be some weeks away. The travel ban has been in place since March 2020, and was renewed by President Joe Biden following his inauguration in January.