US looking to lift travel ban on Schengen passport holders soon

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By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa08839478 Travelers walk through a terminal at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, USA, 24 November 2020. The first restrictions targeted China and were imposed on December 31, while Iran followed in February. It was in mid-March when the entry ban also included 26 Schengen countries and in May when Brazil was added to the list. EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Travelers walk through a terminal at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, USA, 24 November 2020. The ban, imposed by the Trump administration to contain the spread of the pandemic, does not consider lifting separate entry bans on most non-US citizens who have recently been in China or Iran, according to the officials. EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

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The White House is considering ending its entry ban on non-US travellers entering the country from certain countries, including Brazil, the UK, Ireland and 26 European countries, several officials told Reuters. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended against travel during the Thanksgiving Day period, which is typically the busiest travel time of the year. The restrictions currently bar entry of most non-US residents who have been in those countries in the previous 14 days, but the State Department has been granting some “national interest exceptions” to allow travellers from Europe related to “humanitarian travel, public health response, and national security,” while it has also approved exceptions for some European business travellers, investors, academics, students and journalists. The US has seen a surge of coronavirus COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.   While Trump has yet to make a final decision, the plan has won the backing of of White House coronavirus task-force members, public health and other federal agencies. Lifting the ban could boost US airlines, which have seen international travel fall by 70%, according to airline industry data, with administration officials citing that the measure is of no point anymore, as most countries around the world are not subject to the entry ban.