American president Joe Biden is going to extend travel restrictions for Europeans on Monday. In order to keep out the South African variant of the coronavirus, air traffic from South Africa will also be severely restricted.
Former President Donald Trump had previously decided to lift the entry ban from 26 January. Travellers would be welcome if they could submit a negative test.
However, Biden’s team made it clear that travel restrictions for travellers from the Schengen Area, Great Britain, Ireland and Brazil would be extended after the new president took office.
”Now that the pandemic is getting worse and more infectious variants are emerging around the world, this is not the time to lift restrictions on international travel, ” said Biden’s spokeswoman on Twitter.
Sources in the White House confirmed on Sunday to television stations CNN and NBC that the entry ban remains in place.