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Biden to reveal end date for US travel ban on Europe within days

19th July 2021 - 11:30am

President Joe Biden has said that his Covid-19 team is actively assessing the situation throughout Europe and that his administration will announce when the ban on travel from Europe will be lifted in the days ahead

President Joe Biden has said that his Covid-19 team is actively assessing the situation throughout Europe and that his administration will announce when the ban on travel from Europe will be lifted in the days ahead

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President Joe Biden has said that his Covid-19 team is actively assessing the situation throughout Europe and that his administration will announce when the ban on travel from Europe will be lifted in the days ahead.

 

The president was questioned on the issue at a press conference on Thursday alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom he said had raised the issue with him at a working meeting.

 

“We brought in the head of our Covid team, because the chancellor brought that subject up”, Mr Biden responded. “It’s in the process of [seeing] how soon we can lift the ban”.

 

“It’s in process now. And I’ll be able to answer that question to you within the next several days, what is likely to happen. I’m waiting to hear from our folks, from our Covid team, as to when that should be done”, he said.

 

Businesses in Germany and across Europe have been putting continued pressure on the Biden administration to relax the ban, which was put in place shortly after he took office in January. It prevents all nonessential travel from the region, though noncitizens can apply for waivers including for reasons of significant economic activity.


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