Biden to Reinstate COVID Travel Rules 01/25 06:15
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Joe Biden on Monday will formally reinstate
COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-U.S. travelers from Brazil, Ireland, the
United Kingdom and 26 other European countries that allow travel across open
borders, according to two White House officials.
The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the order,
also confirmed Sunday that South Africa would be added to the restricted list
because of concerns about a variant of the virus that has spread beyond that
Biden is reversing an order from President Donald Trump in his final days in
office that called for the relaxation of the travel restrictions as of Tuesday.
The decision to reverse the order is not surprising, but the addition of
South Africa to the restricted travel list highlights the new administration's
concern about mutations in the virus.
The South Africa variant has not been discovered in the United States, but
another variant --- originating in the United Kingdom --- has been detected in
Reuters was first to report Biden's decision to add South Africa to the list.
Biden last week issued an executive order directing federal agencies to
require international air travelers to quarantine upon U.S. arrival. The order
also requires that all U.S.-bound passengers ages 2 and above get negative
COVID-19 test results within three days before traveling.