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Trump preparing to lift Europe, UK, Brazil Covid-19 travel restrictions this month

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A traveler leaves a test center at Heathrow Airport in London on January 17, 2021.

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The Trump administration plans to lift travel restrictions on Covid-19 for most foreign visitors from Europe, the UK and Brazil, effective January 26, according to people familiar with the matter.

The White House set the rules at the beginning of the pandemic to contain the spread of the virus. Last week, the U.S. said overseas travelers, including U.S. citizens, would need to test negative for Covid-19 before flying. This requirement will take effect on January 26th, the day the travel restrictions are lifted. The planned lifting of the ban, which Reuters had previously reported, would go into effect just days after President-elect Joe Biden was inaugurated on Wednesday.

Airlines have repeatedly urged the U.S. government to use pre-flight tests to lift travel bans, which have contributed to a sharp drop in demand for air travel.

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