U.S. Travel Restrictions to Stay in Place, Citizens Advised to Avoid Trips to UK

The United States will maintain COVID-19 travel restrictions for international travel due to rising infection rates caused by the highly contagious Delta variant, according to a White House official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

President Joe Biden said earlier in July that the White House was "in the process" of determining when the U.S. could lift the restrictions, which prohibit European travel to the U.S., the Associated Press reported.

However, the administration decided to prioritize curtailing rising cases in the country rather than allowing international travel to the U.S., the official said.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

US Travel Restrictions Stay in Place
A White House official said Monday that the U.S. will keep existing COVID-19 travel restrictions on international travel in place for now due to concerns about the surging infection rate because of the Delta variant. President Joe Biden walks on the South Lawn of the White House after stepping off Marine One, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Washington. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Americans against travel to the United Kingdom this past Monday, given a surge in cases there.

Most of continental Europe has relaxed restrictions on Americans who are fully vaccinated, although the United Kingdom still requires quarantines for most visitors arriving from the U.S. Airlines say, however, that the lack of two-way travel is limiting the number of flights they can offer and seats they can sell.

But the rise and prevalence of COVID-19 variants in Europe, especially the Delta variant that is also spreading throughout the U.S., has caused the Biden administration to tread slowly about increasing transatlantic travel.

Update 7/26/21- 11:18 AM - This story has been updated with additional information.

Boris Johnson
Most of continental Europe has relaxed restrictions on Americans who are fully vaccinated, although the United Kingdom still requires quarantines for most visitors arriving from the U.S. Pictured, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech on 'levelling up the country' as he visits the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, on July 15, 2021 in Coventry, England. David Rose/WPA Pool/Getty Images