A tourist exits a screening center at Heathrow Airport on January 17, 2021 in London.
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The inbound Biden administration on Monday stated it will not raise an entry restriction on the majority of visitors from Europe, the U.K. and Brazil, less than an hour after President Donald Trump bought an end to the Covid-19 travel constraints.
“With the pandemic worsening, and more contagious variants emerging around the world, this is not the time to be lifting restrictions on international travel,” tweeted President-choose Joe Biden’s spokesperson Jen Psaki.
Trump initially put the guidelines in location in March in an effort to suppress the spread of the infection, though Covid-19 was currently flowing in the U.S. prior to then.
On Monday night, he provided a pronouncement rescinding the constraints, simply 2 days prior to Biden’s inauguration. The guidelines forbid entry to the U.S. for the majority of non-U.S. people if they had actually remained in Brazil, the 26 nations in the Schengen location of Europe, Ireland or the U.K. within the previous 2 weeks.
Trump’s pronouncement Monday came less than a week after the U.S. stated it would need tourists, consisting of U.S. people, flying to the U.S. from abroad, to check unfavorable for Covid-19 prior to flying. That requirement works on Jan. 26 — the exact same day the travel constraints would be raised. Trump stated it would keep constraints on travel from Iran and China. Much of Europe still bars most U.S. people.
Airlines have actually consistently asked the U.S. federal government to change the restrictions, which have actually added to a plunge in need and billions in losses, with preflight Covid screening. International travel volumes have actually dropped more than domestic travel throughout the pandemic.