Biden team says Europe, Brazil travel restrictions won’t be lifted despite Trump’s order

A passenger exited a test center at Heathrow Airport in London on 17 January 2021.

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The incoming Biden administration said on Monday that it would not lift the entry ban on most visitors to Europe, Britain and Brazil, soon after President Donald Trump ordered an end to the Kovid-19 travel restrictions.

“With the worsening of the epidemic, and more infectious forms emerging worldwide, this is not the time to ban international travel,” President-Elect Joe Biden spokesman Jane Saki tweeted.

Trump enforced the epidemic’s initial rules to prevent the spread of the virus and rescued them on Monday, a few days before Biden’s inauguration. They prohibit entry into the US for most non-US citizens if they have lived in Brazil in 26 countries in the Schengen region of Europe, Ireland or the UK over the last two weeks.

Less than a week after Trump’s order, the US said it would need passengers arriving from overseas, including US citizens, to test negative for the Kovid-19 before flying. This requirement comes into force on 26 January, the same day travel restrictions will be lifted.

Airlines have repeatedly asked the US government to lift travel restrictions, which have contributed to a sharp drop in demand for air travel with pre-flight Kovid-19 tests.


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