Trump lifts travel restrictions on European countries and Brazil

Outgoing US President Donald Trump issued an executive order to lift travel restrictions on European countries and Brazil. Travel restrictions were imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Donald Trump removed the restrictions applicable to the European Union, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and Brazil but travel restrictions on several other countries including China and Iran remain in place. He said, lack of transparency and their lack of cooperation with the United States thus far in combatting the pandemic are the reasons for not lifting travel restrictions on China and Iran.

“This decision is being taken after the January 12 directive of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving from a foreign country to the United States,” he said.

The previous travel restrictions were announced on March 14 and May 24 of last year.


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