On Monday, outgoing US President Donald Trump issued an executive order to lift travel restrictions imposed by his administration on European countries and Brazil due to the coronavirus pandemic. Travel restrictions remain in place for several other countries, including China and Iran.
Trump stated in an executive order that he was removing the restrictions applicable to the European Union, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and Brazil while leaving the restrictions applicable to China and Iran in place.
A decision in this regard, he said, was taken after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Directive of 12 January requiring evidence of a COVID-19 negative test or documentation of a COVID-19 recovery for all air passengers arriving from a foreign country to the United States.
Trump said that in implementing the CDC’s order of January 12, 2021, the European Union, Britain, Ireland, and Brazil will cooperate with the US and that tests administered there will yield accurate results.
The same cannot be said of China and Iran, however. “The responses of these jurisdictions to the pandemic, their lack of transparency and their lack of cooperation with the United States so far in the fight against the pandemic, cast doubt on their cooperation in the implementation of the order of the CDC on 12 January 2021,” Trump said.
On March 14 and May 24 last year, the previous travel restrictions were announced.