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Biden to Reinstate COVID Travel Rules  01/25 06:15


   WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Joe Biden on Monday will formally reinstate 
COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-U.S. travelers from Brazil, Ireland, the 
United Kingdom and 26 other European countries that allow travel across open 
borders, according to two White House officials.

   The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the order, 
also confirmed Sunday that South Africa would be added to the restricted list 
because of concerns about a variant of the virus that has spread beyond that 

   Biden is reversing an order from President Donald Trump in his final days in 
office that called for the relaxation of the travel restrictions as of Tuesday.

   The decision to reverse the order is not surprising, but the addition of 
South Africa to the restricted travel list highlights the new administration's 
concern about mutations in the virus.

   The South Africa variant has not been discovered in the United States, but 
another variant --- originating in the United Kingdom --- has been detected in 
several states.

   Reuters was first to report Biden's decision to add South Africa to the list.

   Biden last week issued an executive order directing federal agencies to 
require international air travelers to quarantine upon U.S. arrival. The order 
also requires that all U.S.-bound passengers ages 2 and above get negative 
COVID-19 test results within three days before traveling.

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