President Donald Trump said Monday that he is ending the Kovid-19 travel restrictions for air travelers to Europe and Brazil, a move that the incoming administration quickly rejected.
In an announcement, Trump said the sanctions would be lifted by January 26, and then, Joe Biden would be president.
“With the worsening of the epidemic, and more infectious forms emerging worldwide, this is not the time to ban international travel,” Biden’s press secretary, Jane Psy, tweeted on Monday. “… In fact, we plan to strengthen public health measures around international travel to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
Travel restrictions imposed last year prohibited most people without US citizenship or residence from traveling to the US from affected areas.
Trump’s announcement said sanctions would be lifted for Europe and Brazil to require a negative Kovid-19 test for air travelers by the US.
It enforces sanctions for China and Iran.
Earlier this month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention required that all air travelers from other countries test negative for Kovid-19 before coming to the US.
If sanctions are lifted as Trump moves, travelers from the United Kingdom, the Schengen area in Europe and Ireland and Brazil will still have to test negative for the Kovid-19.
According to a White House official, the current sanctions banning all non-US citizens will be halted in those countries within the last 14 days.
The Associated Press has contributed.