On Monday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order lifting COVID-19 related travel restrictions on Europe and Brazil, effective Jan. 26. The Trump administration had imposed the restrictions last year to curb the spread of COVID-19.
- Restrictions imposed on China and Iran will remain in place as the government says these countries have “repeatedly have failed to cooperate with the United States public health authorities."
- Incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration will keep the restrictions in place and explore tightening travel measures.
- Airlines have implored the Trump administration to lift the bans and replace them with preflight COVID-19 testing to ensure air travel begins to return to pre-pandemic levels.
- On his first day in power, President-elect Joe Biden will sign an executive order ending President Trump's travel ban on several Muslim majority countries.