(CMR) United States could require nearly all foreign visitors to show proof of vaccination when travel restrictions to the country are eventually lifted.
The requirement would be part of the country's phased approach to easing travel restrictions for foreign citizens to the country. No timeline has yet been determined, as interagency working groups study how and when to move toward resuming normal travel safely, Fox News reported.
However, the plan is expected to eventually require all foreign citizens entering the country, with some limited exceptions, to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
On Wednesday, an official told Reuters that travel restrictions that are currently barring visitors from many countries from traveling to the US wouldn’t be struck immediately, given the rise of the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus.
Currently, most non-US citizens aren’t allowed into the country if they have spent time in the United Kingdom, the Schengen area nations in Europe, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, or Brazil within the last two weeks.
All travelers to the US, regardless of vaccination status, are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of air travel to the country.