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Report: US borders will remain closed to most international travelers

July 08, 2021
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Report: US borders will remain closed to most international travelers
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The U.S. will not be lifting international travel restrictions anytime soon according to a White House official who spoke to Reuters. The wire service is reporting the Biden Administration is not in any hurry to lift travel restrictions. That's despite many countries continuing to reopen to Americans.

"The Presidential Proclamations suspending, due to COVID-19, the entry of travelers who have been present in the Schengen Zone, United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, China, Iran, South Africa, and India remain in effect," a State Department spokesperson confirmed via email.

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Just yesterday, 15 airline industry groups, including Airlines for America, released a policy blueprint regarding the safe reopening of international travel.

"U.S. airlines have been — and continue to be — strong advocates for a risk-based, data-driven approach to safely resuming international travel. We have leaned into science throughout this crisis, and research has consistently determined the risk of transmission onboard aircraft is very low," A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio said in a statement. "In fact, the Harvard Aviation Public Health Initiative concluded that being on an airplane is as safe if not safer than routine activities such as eating in a restaurant or going to the grocery store. The science is clear — it is time, if not past the time, for the U.S. Government to take action and reopen travel between the U.S. and low-risk countries."

Read more: Reopening Europe: When can you visit again? A country-by-country guide

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Currently, the U.S. prohibits tourists driving from Canada and Mexico through at least July 21, in addition to a ban on all tourists traveling from China, Iran, Europe’s Schengen Area, the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), the Republic of Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and India, as TPG previously reported. However, the EU, the Caribbean and Central America have welcomed back Americans, while most of Asia, Oceania and South America remain closed for now.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

Read more: When will international travel return? A country-by-country guide to coronavirus recovery

This lack of reciprocity between the U.S. and other parts of the world has continued despite growing pressure from interested parties, including airlines, and now business groups and lawmakers according to Reuters, who also noted that the White House formed interagency working groups in June with the EU, U.K., Canada and Mexico to determine how to safely lift restrictions.

On June 25, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said lifting travel restrictions currently imposed on EU citizens would be “premature.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke about the country's "strong progress" in COVID-19 recovery as its vaccination rollout continues in a press briefing on Wednesday, with an estimated 160 million people to be fully vaccinated by the end of this week.

Related: Secretary of State says US borders will remain closed for EU citizens


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The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

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  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

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  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023