Trump to lift air travel restrictions from Brazil, U.K., Europe: reports

U.S. to require all air passengers arriving from U.K. to test negative for COVID-19

President Donald Trump plans to lift coronavirus travel restrictions for foreign citizens entering the U.S. from Brazil and much of Europe, according to multiple reports Monday.

Reuters first reported that the bans, which had been in place since last spring, would be lifted effective Jan. 26, a week after President-elect Joe Biden takes office. It is unclear if Biden would reverse the order.

CNN, the Wall Street Journal and CNBC later confirmed the report, citing White House sources.

The restrictions have barred foreign citizens who have been in Brazil, the U.K., Ireland and the 26 European countries making up the Schengen area in the 14 days prior to arriving in the U.S.

Travelers from China and Iran will still be restricted from entering the U.S., according to the reports.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said starting Jan. 26, the U.S. will require all airline passengers — including U.S. citizens — arriving from other countries to test negative for COVID-19 within three days prior to their trip.

With that new testing regulation in place, airlines — whose business has been battered over the past year — had pressed the Trump administration to lift the stricter travel restrictions, Reuters reported.

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