The U.S. Travel Association has criticized the Biden administration’s decision to uphold restrictions on inbound overseas travel. In a statement, Tori Emerson Barnes, executive vice president of public affairs and policy, said that while COVID-19 variants are of concern, closed borders “have not prevented the Delta variant from entering the U.S., while vaccinations are proving incredibly durable to the virus’ evolution. This is why America’s travel industry is a vocal proponent of everyone getting a vaccine — it’s the surest and fastest path to normalcy for everyone.” While other nations, like Canada, the U.K. and much of the E.U., have all taken steps to welcome inbound travelers this summer and rebuild jobs and local economies, said Barnes, the US remains closed to one of the most important segments of the travel economy — the international inbound traveler. Given the high rates of vaccination on both sides of the Atlantic, Barnes said it is possible to begin safely welcoming back vaccinated visitors from these crucial inbound markets. She concluded, “We respectfully urge the Biden administration to revisit its decision in the very near term and begin reopening international travel to vaccinated individuals, starting with air corridors between the U.S. and nations with similar vaccination rates.”