Discussions have been going on for weeks about lifting restrictions that ban entry for most foreigners who were in Europe during the two weeks prior to their arrival in the United States. Reuters reported on the discussions for the first time.
The White House did not respond immediately to CNN’s comments.
An administration official told CNN that the U.S. Center for Disease Prevention and Control had reservations about lifting the restrictions, but the agency is not expected to block the move.
Discussions come at a time when the U.S. is experiencing the worst surge in coronavirus, and as higher rates of coronavirus are also occurring in many European countries.
President Donald Trump has not yet applied on the way, but once he does, the restrictions are unlikely to be lifted until the United States and European countries establish a protocol on safe travel.
Trump first banned most travel from the European Union and the UK in March amid an escalating pandemic. The EU soon followed suit, restricting most travel from the United States and other countries.