Biden will not elevate Europe, Brazil journey restrictions regardless of Trump order, spokeswoman says

A traveler leaves a test center at Heathrow Airport in London on January 17, 2021.

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The incoming Biden administration said Monday it would lift entry bans on most visitors from Europe, the UK and Brazil no less than an hour after the president saw it Donald Trump ordered an end to travel restrictions for Covid-19.

“With the pandemic worsening and its infectious variants around the world, it is not time to lift restrictions on international travel,” the president-elect tweeted Joe BidenThe spokeswoman for Jen Psaki.

Trump put in the rules first March to contain the spread of the virus Covid-19 was already in circulation in the US before.

On Monday evening, he issued a proclamation lifting restrictions just two days before Biden’s inauguration. The rules prohibit most non-US citizens from entering the US if they have been to Brazil, the 26 Schengen countries in Europe, Ireland or the UK in the past two weeks.

Trump’s proclamation on Monday came less than a week after the US announced that travelers, including US citizens, would have to fly to the US from abroad Test negative for Covid-19 before the flight. This requirement goes into effect on January 26th – the same day the travel restrictions would be lifted. Trump said it would keep travel restrictions from Iran and China. Much of Europe is still banning most US citizens.

Airlines have repeatedly urged the U.S. government to replace the bans that contributed to a collapse in demand Billions in losseswith preflight covid tests. International travel volume fell more sharply than domestic travel volume during the pandemic.

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