Update: The Biden administration plans to reverse the Trump administration decision to lift these bans, before the change goes into effect.
On the advice of our medical team, the Administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on 1/26. In fact, we plan to strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
— Jen Psaki (@jrpsaki) January 19, 2021
So while President Trump may have signed an order that would lift the travel ban on Europeans and Brazilians from entering the U.S., that order doesn’t go into effect until January 26 – six days after Joe Biden assumes office. The intention appears to be to reverse the lifting of the travel ban before it happens.
The U.S. has lifted the ban on travel for non-residents who have been in the U.K., Schengen Europe, or Brazil within the prior two weeks, effective January 26. That’s the date when nearly everyone coming to the U.S. by air will first have to have a negative test.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday rescinded entry bans imposed because of the coronavirus on most non-U.S. citizens arriving from Brazil and much of Europe effective Jan. 26, two officials briefed on the matter told Reuters.
Europe still blocks most U.S. citizens from travel, even with a negative Covid-19 test.
The U.S. is not lifting travel bans on non-citizens who have been to China or Iran in the prior two weeks, even though China has had the pandemic largely under control (and certainly compared to the U.S.) for about 10 months. That’s an indication more of the current President’s hostile relations with those two countries rather than the necessity for the measure on the basis of public health.