Trump is making ready to elevate journey restrictions on Covid-19 in Europe, the UK and Brazil this month

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 proposed change was previously reported by Reuters.

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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