Progress is being made in regards to reopening the U.S.A.’s international borders. According to White House spokespersons, the Biden administration is creating ‘working groups’ with Canada, the European Union, Mexico and the United Kingdom in an effort to move forward and lifting travel restrictions.
White House officials have warned that travel will not “reopen today” but they are utilizing the collective expertise of working groups in order to chart a path forward. It was confirmed the goal is to reopen international travel with “key partners” but only when it has been determined that it is safe to do so.
The new initiative by the Biden administration has be praised by the U.S. Travel Association who see the impending inbound international travel as the jumpstart to a much needed sustained job and economic recovery.
The Association, who have morphed the tagline of their ‘Let’s Go There’ campaign from ‘When it’s time for you, we’ll be ready’ to ‘Ready? So are we’ say that the decreased infection rates in the U.S. combined with the hiking vaccination rates has created a “true near-term opportunity to safely begin to welcome back international visitors.”
The U.S. government has the goal of having a ‘critical mass’ of Americans fully vaccinated by July 4th. Independence Day indeed!
An announcement is said to be made by Canada’s Trudeau administration on Friday, June 11 in regards to borders opening between the U.S. and Canada. The date currently being floated for the reopening, 15 months in the making, is June 21. However, so far the possible reopening date has been pushed each time it has come to the point of renewing the travel ban or opening the borders.
Trudeau has been quoted as saying he wants provincial borders to open, and have Canadians travel their own country before he entertains U.S. tourists coming into the country.
All eyes, in both the U.S and Canada will be on the Trudeau and Biden governments on Friday, to see what their travel plans will look like in the coming months.