Airlines and tour groups urge the White House to lift international travel restrictions on Covid-19

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American airlines and more than two dozen other industry groups on Monday called on the Biden government to work out a plan to lift international travel restrictions by May after cross-border travel was destroyed by the pandemic.

Airlines for America, which represents major US carriers like American, United, Southwest and others, sent a letter to Jeffrey Zients, the coordinator of the White House’s Covid-19 Response Team, saying the guidelines should be vaccinated, among other things Exempt people from international test rules.

Most non-US citizens who have recently been to Europe have been banned from entering the US since March last year, when then-President Donald Trump introduced the rules as Covid-19 spread around the world.

Meanwhile, airlines and officials have been looking for ways to use digital vaccines or health passports to boost travel and eventually replace travel restrictions. The European Union last week proposed a digital health certificate with a QR code that contains vaccine and Covid-19 test results.

Ed Bastian, Delta Air Lines CEO, told NBC Nightly News last week that he expected digital vaccination records to be required for international travel.

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