As the world heads into the second year of restrictions and lockdowns, one issue that doesn’t get enough attention, relative to its importance, are travel bans.
According to MarketWatch.com:
“U.S. President-elect Joe Biden opposes the lifting of a ban on travelers from Europe and Brazil ordered by his predecessor President Donald Trump for Jan. 26, his incoming press secretary Jen Psaki said on Twitter
Trump issued a presidential proclamation on Jan. 18 lifting the ban on travelers from the European Union’s free-movement Schengen area, the U.K., Ireland, and Brazil, because of his
‘high confidence these jurisdictions will cooperate with the U.S. in the implementation’ (of mandatory COVID-19 testing for passengers).
- Psaki said in her tweet that ‘with the pandemic worsening, and more contagious variants emerging around the world, this is not the time to be lifting restrictions on international travel.’
- On the contrary, she added, the new U.S. administration plans ‘to strengthen public health measures around international travel,’ suggesting that Biden will take steps to cancel Trump’s decision in the next few days.
- Current U.S. travel restrictions are similar to those in place with slight variations throughout Europe. The U.K. is now forcing even its own citizens to test before re-entering the country, and forces travelers into quarantine before submitting them to a second test after five days.”
What does this all mean? Most likely, Biden is going to institute tougher travel restrictions, at least in the immediate future, than Trump did.
As the number of people who have taken the vaccine increases, and as cases around the world drop, the timetable of when these restrictions will be lifted shouldn’t be too far off from today (hopefully).