President Trump plans to lift the travel ban for most non-US citizens who have recently been in Brazil and most European countries, starting January 26, two officials with information on the matter told Reuters.
In November 2020, Reuters reported that the administration was considering lifting restrictions imposed early last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, after enlisting the support of members of the coronavirus response team and health officials.
The restrictions will be lifted immediately following the presidential proclamation on the same day that new COVID-19 test requirements for all foreign visitors take effect. The White House did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment.
The current travel restrictions apply to all non-US citizens who have been in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland and 26 Schengen countries in Europe in the past 14 days.
Last week, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signed an order requiring nearly all air travelers to present a negative coronavirus test or COVID-19 confirmation of recovery in order to enter the United States starting January 26. The airlines hoped the new testing requirements would give the administration the ability to lift restrictions that had cut flights from some European countries by 95%.
Reuters previously reported that the White House is not considering lifting travel bans for most non-US citizens who have recently traveled to China or Iran.