The United States could soon welcome travellers from European countries, as President Joe Biden has indicated that soon the ban imposed on travel from Europe could be abolished.
The United States administration has suspended flights from Europe for 16 months now in an effort to stop the further spread of the deadly virus, VisaGuide.World reports.
In March 2020, former US President Donald Trump banned the entry for passengers wishing to visit the US from most European countries. President Biden further extended such a policy early in his terms.
Even though on June 28, the European Council added the US to the list of countries considered epidemiologically safe, permitting its residents to visit all European Union Member States without being subject to additional requirements such as testing and quarantine rules, the US still does not allow European travellers to enter its territory.
The Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, Stavros Lambrinidis, previously said that 60 per cent of foreign investment in the United States comes from European states.
He also urged the US to terminate such restrictions imposed on European citizens.
In addition, the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VCMA) sent a letter to the United States embassy in Berlin, urging the authorities to permit German citizens to travel to the US again.
However, Biden’s recent comments that came during a news conference with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, at the White House showed that there is some light at the end of the tunnel.
When asked about when the US travel ban could end, Biden said that “It’s in the process of (considering) how soon we can lift the ban … and I will be able to answer that question to you within the next several days,”
German Chancellor Merkel, in this regard, said that President Biden had also told her the same thing during their meeting, that he was looking into the matter.
“Before such a decision, one has to reflect. It’s not sensible to have to take it back after only a few days,” Merkel pointed out, as it was reported by CNN.
The abolishment of the ban would bring huge benefits for carriers on both sides of the Atlantic.
WTTC’s report revealed that the decrease in the number of tourists risked leading to a decline in international spending by 79 per cent in the economy of the US, or $425 million a day, in 2020.
On the other hand, WTTC also announced that Europe’s travel and tourism sector recorded a 51.4 per cent decrease (€987 BN) last year, as a result of entry bans and travel restrictions imposed to prevent a surge in the number of COVID-19 infections.
According to the report, Europe’s travel and tourism sector suffered the most profound economic collapse due to the COVID-19 situation, which led many governments to tighten their rules and avoid all non-essential travel.