U.S. to Lift Bans on Travel from EU, U.K. and Brazil, A Move Biden Administration Will Reverse

By Anna Breuer on 18 January 2021
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The Trump Administration said it plans to end travel bans that have kept people from much of Europe and Brazil away since last March, although the incoming Biden Administration quickly said it would not allow the change to go into effect.

The bans were put into place by President Donald Trump whose term ends Wednesday, as part of a response to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Most experts said that the travel bans were “too little, too late” in stemming the spread of the virus.

The change is set to go into effect on January 26, 2021, the same day that all travelers to the United States will be required to present proof of negative coronavirus test taken in the past 72 hours before being allowed to board an airplane.  It will impact residents who living on the Continent in the Schengen Area as well as in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Brazil.

However, since that date is after the inauguration, the new administration will not allow it to take effect.

But Jennifer Psaki, the incoming White House press secretary for Mr. Biden, said the new administration would not allow Mr. Trump’s directives to take effect.

“With the pandemic worsening, and more contagious variants emerging around the world, this is not the time to be lifting restrictions on international travel,” said incoming the White House press secretary, Jennifer Psaki, in a tweet on Monday.

“On the advice of our medical team, the administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on 1/26,” she said. “In fact, we plan to strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of Covid-19.”

The restrictions did little good as, by the time they were implemented, the virus had already spread from gateway cities such as New York and San Francisco to the Midwest and beyond.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meanwhile issued an order last week requiring all international air travelers with a U.S. destination to take and present a negative coronavirus test in order to enter the country.

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