Follow us for updates
© 2020
Read the Story →

Biden to Reinstate COVID-19 Travel Bans: White House Official

Travel restrictions are coming back.
by Agence France Presse
3 hours ago
Photo/s: Pexels

U.S. President Joe Biden will re-impose a COVID-19 travel ban on most non-U.S. citizens who have been in Britain, Brazil, Ireland, and much of Europe, a White House official said Sunday, as the new administration ramps up its pandemic response.

Biden will also on Monday extend the ban to travelers who have recently been to South Africa amid warnings that new, more transmissible coronavirus variants are already establishing themselves in the United States, the official said, confirming U.S. media reports.

The new president last week tightened mask-wearing rules and ordered quarantine for people flying into the United States, as he seeks to tackle the country's worsening coronavirus crisis.


Traveling to the U.S.? You Will Need to Quarantine on Arrival

U.S. Says Arrivals Will Need Negative COVID Test

Biden has said that the COVID-19 death toll would likely rise from 420,000 to half a million next month -- and that drastic action was needed.

Continue reading below ↓

"We're in a national emergency. It's time we treated it like one," he said on Thursday.

In his last days in office, Donald Trump announced that a COVID-19 ban on travelers arriving from much of Europe and Brazil would be lifted -- but the Biden administration immediately said it would reverse the order due to come into effect on Jan. 26.

Trump had announced an initial ban on Jan. 31, 2020 on non-American travelers entering from China to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The ban was extended to European countries on March 14 as the pandemic entered full force.

More than 25 million COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the US since the pandemic began, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally on Sunday.

The milestone was reached only five days after the U.S., the world's wealthiest and hardest-hit nation, recorded 400,000 deaths from the disease.

Biden has made fighting the coronavirus a priority and is pushing for Congress to approve a $1.9-trillion relief package that would include billions of dollars to boost vaccination rates. 

Continue reading below ↓

The president, who was inaugurated on January 20, has said he wants 100 million people vaccinated within his first 100 days in office, and he has called for Americans to wear masks for 100 days. 

Latest Headlines
Read Next
Recent News
The news. So what? Subscribe to the newsletter that explains what the news means for you.
The email address you entered is invalid.
Thank you for signing up to On Three, reportr's weekly newsletter delivered to your mailbox three times a week. Only the latest, most useful and most insightful reads.
By signing up to newsletter, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.