Trump getting ready to carry Europe, UK, Brazil Covid-19 journey restrictions Jan. 26

A traveler leaves a test center at Heathrow Airport in London on January 17, 2021.

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The Trump administration plans to lift travel restrictions on Covid-19 for most foreign visitors from Europe, the UK and Brazil later this month, according to people familiar with the matter.

The White House set the rules at the beginning of the pandemic to contain the spread of the virus. Last week, the U.S. said overseas travelers, including U.S. citizens, would need to test negative for Covid-19 before flying. This requirement will go into effect Jan. 26 if the Trump administration plans to lift the travel ban previously reported by Reuters.

Airlines have repeatedly urged the U.S. government to use pre-flight tests to lift travel bans, which have contributed to a sharp drop in demand for air travel.

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