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Travel groups oppose the mandatory quarantine requested by Biden for US international passengers | Instant News

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) – A group representing the US travel industry on Friday said it was against creating mandatory quarantines for international air passengers returning to the United States.

US Travel believes that implementing the new mandatory negative COVID-19 testing requirements for all international air passengers aged two or older eliminates the need for quarantine for returning passengers.

New international testing requirements start Tuesday.

The group said imposing “mandatory quarantine requirements for international travelers can be very difficult to enforce”.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a seven-day quarantine for passengers arriving in the United States.

US President Joe Biden on Thursday issued an executive order ordering agencies to oblige international air travelers to quarantine upon US arrival, and directing US agencies to enforce federal mask mandates in interstate transport.

Biden told reporters that passengers must be “quarantined when they arrive in America”.

The White House did not comment on Friday on the travel group’s concerns.

Biden’s order directed the agency to make recommendations to “introduce additional public health measures for domestic travel”. Officials say Biden may require testing for COVID-19 before flying domestically, similar to the international requirements that come in.

Chief US Travel Executive Roger Dow said on Friday that the group did not think making testing mandatory before domestic travel “feasible or feasible” and questioned whether the United States had testing capacity.

The Biden order said “as far as possible” air passengers must comply with applicable CDC guidelines on international travel “including the recommended self-quarantine period”.

The Biden administration said this week it would reimpose entry bans on most non-US citizens who were currently in Brazil, Britain, Ireland and much of continental Europe after President Donald Trump issued an order Monday to lift them from Monday. the same one. new test rules come into effect.

Biden has yet to issue a new order to reinstate the entry ban. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Jan Harvey)


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Exclusive: Trump lifts travel restrictions on COVID-19 in Europe, UK, Brazil – source | Instant News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump will lift entry bans for most non-US citizens who have recently been in Brazil and much of Europe from January 26, two officials explained the matter to Reuters on Monday.

Reuters first reported in November that the government had considered lifting restrictions, imposed early last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, after gaining support from members of the coronavirus task force and public health officials.

Restrictions will end under a new proclamation from Trump on the same day that new COVID-19 test requirements apply to all international visitors. The White House did not immediately comment.

The restrictions have banned nearly all non-US citizens who in the past 14 days have been in Brazil, Great Britain, Ireland and 26 countries in Europe’s Schengen region from allowing travel across open borders.

US restrictions that bar most visitors from Europe have been in place since mid-March, while Brazil’s entry ban was imposed in May.

The Trump administration imposed a ban in an attempt to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Last week, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signed an order requiring nearly all air travelers to present a negative coronavirus test or evidence of recovery from COVID-19 to enter the United States from January 26.

The airline hopes the new testing requirements will pave the way for the government to lift restrictions that reduce travel from some European countries by 95% or more.

They have urged senior White House officials on this issue in recent days.

Reuters previously reported the White House was not considering lifting the entry ban on the vast majority of non-US citizens who have recently been in China or Iran.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Edited by Howard Goller


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The US requires a negative COVID-19 test for the arrival of international air passengers | Instant News

FILE PHOTO: Travelers check in for their flights at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Romulus, Michigan, USA, December 24, 2020. REUTERS / Emily Elconin / File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly all air travelers will need to show a negative coronavirus test to enter the United States under expanded test testing requirements announced on Tuesday.

Under the rules in effect January 26, nearly all travelers including US citizens must show a negative test within three days of departure or document recovery from COVID-19, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.

All travelers 2 years and over must comply with the exception of passengers transiting through the United States only. The CDC will also consider waiving testing requirements for airlines flying to countries with little or no testing capacity, including some sites in the Caribbean.

The order extends requirements imposed on December 28 for travelers arriving from Britain as more contagious variants of the virus circulate there.

The CDC confirmed last week that it has circulated proposals to expand testing requirements around the world. Officials briefed on the matter said last week US public health officials had basically given up on winning approval until President-elect Joe Biden took office.

Canada has implemented similar rules for nearly all international arrivals starting January 7, as have many other countries.

At a White House meeting on Monday, CDC Director Robert Redfield once again made an urgent case for adopting testing requirements, said people briefed at the meeting. He voiced concern that vaccines were potentially ineffective against variants of the virus.

Earlier this month, major US carriers supported the CDC’s push to implement a global testing program requiring a negative test for air passengers flying to the United States.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Edited by Chris Reese, Dan Grebler and Cynthia Osterman


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Greece requests joint EU vaccine certificate to facilitate cross-border travel | Instant News

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday called for the creation of an EU-wide COVID-19 vaccination certificate to help restore cross-border travel that has been crippled by the coronavirus pandemic FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a protective mask walks on a pedestrian street near the Parthenon, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Athens, Greece, January 8, 2021. REUTERS / Costas Baltas Greece, which depends on tourism for a fifth of its economic output and is keen to revive travel before the summer season, has already created its own standardized certificate to prove that a person has been vaccinated. In a letter to the President of the Commission European Union, Ursula von der Leyen, Mitsotakis proposed to extend the program to all 27 countries of the European Union. The certificate could be used when boarding all forms of transport. “While we are not going to make vaccination mandatory or a prerequisite for travel, people who have been vaccinated should be free to travel,” he said in the letter. There is) an urgent need to adopt a common understanding of how a vaccination certificate should be structured so as to be accepted in all Member States, ”Mitsotakis added. The European Commission has confirmed having received the letter and said it was expecting an online meeting of EU leaders in January. 21 on this and other vaccine deployment issues before responding. EU leaders agreed in December that the bloc should coordinate on vaccination certificates, with health experts already meeting to discuss technical specifications, such as how to put it in digital form. governments have yet to give a clear political direction. France, for example, does not want trips within the block to be dependent on a vaccination certificate.The difficulty in agreeing on a common European form for the location of digital passengers (PLF), set up last year to try to track displacement, showed that there is a strong need for a high-level European effort to get things done, Mitsotakis said. If EU states can agree on a formula common, “we can then take the issue forward in the relevant international fora, thus contributing to the reestablishment of mobility on a global scale,” says the letter. “For countries like Greece, which depend on tourism, it is imperative that this problem be resolved before the summer season. Greece has weathered the first wave of the pandemic relatively well, but an increase in cases since October has severely strained its healthcare system, weakened by a decade-long financial crisis, prompting authorities to order a second lockdown in November. Greek authorities have so far confirmed 145,179 COVID cases and 5,302 related deaths. Writing by James Mackenzie and additional reporting by Philip Blenkinsop in Brussels; edited by Gareth Jones and Mark Heinrich.

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Britain and Scotland require travelers to show a negative COVID test | Instant News

LONDON (Reuters) – People entering Britain and Scotland will have to test negative for COVID-19 starting next week as authorities try to increase protection against a new strain of coronavirus that is more contagious than other countries.

Passengers arriving by ship, plane or train must take the test a maximum of 72 hours prior to departure, reflecting actions taken last year by other countries around the world.

“We already have significant steps in place to prevent imported cases of COVID-19, but with this new strain of virus developing internationally, we have to take further precautions,” said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

He said there were concerns that a vaccine might not work well against the highly contagious variant of the coronavirus found in South Africa, echoing recent comments from other government officials.

On Thursday, Britain said it would extend a ban on travelers entering Britain from South Africa to include other south African countries, and restricting non-essential travel in and out of Britain.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered a new lockdown for Britain this week following a spike in cases linked to other variants of the virus believed to have originated in the country.

Scotland, which like the rest of Great Britain, has strict COVID-19 restrictions, said it would oblige travelers to test negative and that Wales and Northern Ireland were also expected to implement that.

Passengers from many countries are currently required to self-isolate for 10 days, or five days if they pay for a personal test and test negative. These requirements will remain in effect after the new pre-departure test rules take effect.

The UK aviation industry recognizes the need to introduce pre-departure testing but says it should only be a short-term emergency measure.

“Once the vaccine launch is accelerated, the focus should be on getting travel back to normal as quickly as possible to support the UK’s economic recovery,” said Tim Alderslade, chief executive officer of British Airlines, an industry group.

“What we would like to see is that testing before you take off becomes the standard as an alternative to quarantine,” said John Holland-Kaye, chief executive of Britain’s largest airport, Heathrow.

Travel to and from the UK has been nearly wiped out by COVID-19 and quarantine requirements, leaving many airlines and airports struggling to survive.

Exceptions to the UK’s new testing requirements rule will be offered to carriers, children under 11 years of age, crew and persons traveling from countries where testing is not available.

Passengers will be fined 500 pounds ($ 678.30) if they fail to comply with the new regulations.

($ 1 = 0.7371 pounds)

Written by William Schomberg; Edited by Daniel Wallis and Catherine Evans


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