United States President Joe Biden is set to formally reinstate COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-US travelers from Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom and 26 other European countries.
This is a reversal of an order passed by President Donald Trump in his last few days in office which called for relaxation of travel restrictions starting Tuesday. According to reports, President Biden is likely to add South Africa to the restricted list as well due to fears of the new COVID-19 variant prevalent in the country.
While the South Africa variant has not been discovered in the United States yet, the UK variant has been found in many states.
Last week, President Biden had issued an executive order directing federal agencies to require international air travelers to quarantine upon arrival in the US and all US-bound passengers ages 2 and above are now required to have a negative COVID-19 test result, obtained within three days before travelling.