Biden to block Trump’s plan to lift COVID-19 European travel restrictions

By David Shepperson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President-Elect Joe Biden plans that most people who are in Europe and Brazil can quickly extend the travel ban as soon as possible after President Donald Trump effectively lifts those requirements. .

Trump signed an order on Monday in response to the pandemic early last year – after winning support from members of the Coronaires task force and public health officials.

Soon after Trump’s order was made public, Biden spokesman Jane Saki tweeted “On the advice of our medical team, the administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on 1/26.”

He added that “with the worsening of the epidemic, and more contagious forms emerging worldwide, this is not the time to ban international travel.”

Until Biden works, Trump’s order ends the restrictions on the same day the new COVID-19 testing requirements become effective for all international visitors. Trump is due to step down on Wednesday.

Last week, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ordered an order requiring nearly all air travelers to enter the United States starting January 26 to present a negative coronovirus test or evidence of recovery from COVID-19 Signed

The sanctions rescued by Trump have halted almost all non-US citizens who have been within the last 14 days in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and 26 countries in the Schengen area in Europe that allow travel across open borders.

US sanctions banning most visitors from Europe have been in place since mid-March when Trump signed a declaration to impose them, while Brazil’s entry was banned in May.

Psaki stated that “In fact, we plan to strengthen public health measures around international travel to reduce the spread of COVID-19.” The Biden transition did not immediately respond to a request to comment on whether it planned to expand to cover countries.

Biden, once in office, has the legal authority to reintroduce sanctions.

Last Tuesday, Marty Ketron, director of the CDC’s Global Migration and Quarantine Division, told Reuters that the entry ban for spreading the virus was an “opening act strategy” and should now be “actively reconsidered.”

Airlines were hoping the new testing requirements would pave the way for the administration to reduce travel restrictions from some European countries to 95% or more.

He had pressed senior White House officials over the issue in recent times.

Many administration officials argued for months that there was no longer any restriction because there was no ban on entry in most countries. Others have argued that the United States should not waive entry restrictions because many European countries still bar most American citizens.

Reuters previously reported that the White House was not considering lifting the entry ban on most non-US citizens, most recently in China or Iran. Trump confirmed on Monday that he would not pick those up.

(Reporting by David Sheppardon; Editing by Howard Goller and Nick Ziminski)

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