The White House said Wednesday it was continuing to examine a policy that would allow vaccinated international travelers into the United States.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the new rules were not finalized and the restrictions remain in place, despite the damage they are causing to US-European relations, according to CNN.
Speaking during a daily briefing Wednesday, Psaki said the administration was “working across federal agencies to develop a consistent and safe international travel policy.
“We want it to have standard requirements so there's clarity, and so there's equity across how we approach it," she said, adding it may also include requiring foreign nationals to be vaccinated to enter the US.
“No decisions have been made yet but that is a process that's ongoing," she said. "We certainly understand the interest in it being resolved and completed.”
Europe opened its borders to Americans in June, but this week reversed course, removing the United States from a safe list of countries whose citizens are exempt from quarantine or testing requirements. Under the guidance it remains up to each individual EU country to decide whether to allow "non-essential travel to the EU for fully vaccinated travelers."
“We certainly understand that and relate to that, and know that people are eager to be reunited with loved ones -- and that is something that's impacting many people around the world,” she said.