Trump getting ready to carry Europe, UK, Brazil Covid-19 journey restrictions this month

A traveler exits a testing center at Heathrow Airport on January 17, 2021 in London.

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The Trump administration is planning to lift Covid-19 travel restrictions on most foreign visitors from Europe, the U.K. and Brazil, effective Jan. 26, according to people familiar with the matter.

The White House put the rules place early in the pandemic to curb the spread of the virus. Last week, the U.S. said it would require travelers arriving from abroad, including U.S. citizens, to test negative for Covid-19 before flying. That requirement takes effect on Jan. 26, the same day the travel restrictions would be lifted. The planned change was reported earlier by Reuters.

Airlines have repeatedly asked the U.S. government to lift the travel bans, which have contributed to a sharp decline in air travel demand, with pre-flight tests.

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