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Biden won’t lift Europe, Brazil travel restrictions despite Trump order, spokeswoman says

A traveler runs a testing center at Heathrow Airport on January 17, 2021 in London.

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The incoming Biden administration on Monday said it won’t lift an entry ban on most visitors from Europe, the U.K. and Brazil, less than an hour after President Donald Trump correct an end to the Covid-19 travel restrictions.

“With the pandemic worsening, and more contagious variants emerging around the world, this is not the early to be lifting restrictions on international travel,” tweeted President-elect Joe Biden’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

Trump first put the rules in domicile in March in an effort to curb the spread of the virus, though Covid-19 was already circulating in the U.S. before then.

On Monday regular, he issued a proclamation rescinding the restrictions, just two days before Biden’s inauguration. The rules prohibit entry to the U.S. for uncountable non-U.S. citizens if they had been in Brazil, the 26 countries in the Schengen area of Europe, Ireland or the U.K. within the one-time two weeks.

Trump’s proclamation Monday came less than a week after the U.S. said it would require travelers, counting U.S. citizens, flying to the U.S. from abroad, to test negative for Covid-19 before flying. That requirement takes efficacy on Jan. 26 — the same day the travel restrictions would be lifted. Trump said it would keep restrictions on travel from Iran and China. Much of Europe yet bars most U.S. citizens.

Airlines have repeatedly asked the U.S. government to replace the bans, which have gave to a plunge in demand and billions in losses, with preflight Covid testing. International travel volumes have dropped numerous than domestic travel during the pandemic.

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