Reuters Carlos Barria
On Monday, US President Joe Biden signed an order barring most non-US citizens who have recently visited South Africa from entering the United States from Saturday.
Biden also extended an entry ban, which is expected to end on Tuesday, on all non-US travelers who have visited Brazil, Britain, Ireland, and 26 countries in Europe that allow travel across open borders.
Last week, former US President Donald Trump canceled these restrictions that were imposed last year, and that the cancellation will take effect from today, Tuesday.
“With the spread of the pandemic and the spread of more contagious strains (of the Coronavirus), this is not the time to lift restrictions on international travel,” White House spokeswoman Jane Saki said.
This comes while new rules for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will take effect from today, Tuesday, requiring all international air travelers from the age of two years and over to submit a negative test for the Corona virus or prove recovery from Covid-19 in order to enter the United States.
On Monday, the US State Department and Centers urged American citizens to “reconsider travel abroad and postpone travel without necessity.”
The United States is the country most affected by the outbreak of the Corona epidemic, where the virus has claimed 423,000 lives, and the number of infections in it since the start of the epidemic has reached about 25.3 million cases.