White House Considers Relaxing International Travel Restrictions in Mid-May
The White House is looking to relax restrictions on travel across the borders with Mexico and Canada and inbound international travel from the U.K., Europe and Brazil. The information comes from sources cited by CNBC.
The Department of Homeland Security recently announced a one-month extension of a ban on land crossings at the borders with Canada and Mexico until April 21. But there has been no official announcement so far on when travel could reopen.
“There is going to be a sea change in mid-May when vaccines are more widely available to everyone,” according to one senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to CNBC.
So far, 115 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the United States and 12.3 per cent of the public is already fully vaccinated, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The pace of shots has risen to an average of nearly 2.5 million per day for the last week. With the pace continuing to accelerate, that number could reach 200 million before the end of April.