Biden to impose COVID-19 travel ban on South Africa; reinstate curbs on visitors from UK, Europe and Brazil

Jessica Wong

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden will impose a ban on most non-US citizens entering the country who have recently been in South Africa starting on Saturday (Jan 30) in a bid to contain the spread of a new variant of COVID-19, a senior US public health official told Reuters.

Biden on Monday is also reimposing an entry ban on nearly all non-US travellers who have been in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland and 26 other countries in Europe that allow travel across open borders.

“We are adding South Africa to the restricted list because of the concerning variant present

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Biden to reinstate COVID travel rules, add South Africa

Jessica Wong

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 nation.

Biden is reversing an order from President Donald Trump in his final days in office that called for the

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Biden to reinstate COVID travel rules, add South Africa | National News

Jessica Wong


President Joe Biden departs after attending mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington.




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

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Biden to reinstate Covid travel restrictions Trump rescinded, impose new ban on South Africa

Jessica Wong

President Joe Biden plans to sign restrictions Monday on travel to the United States to mitigate Covid-19 transmission, two White House officials confirmed Sunday.

The ban would prevent most non-U.S. citizens from entry if they have recently been in South Africa, where a new strain of Covid-19 has been identified. The virus has killed more than 418,000 people and infected upward of 25 million across the U.S., according to an NBC News tracker.

Biden is also expected to reinstate broader restrictions that were in effect much of the past year but were rescinded by President Donald Trump days before his

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