Wednesday November 25, 2020
Trump is still wavering
USA preparing end of entry freeze
Since March, people from the Schengen area, including Germany, have no longer been able to enter the USA directly. This regulation could soon fall, government experts and airlines are campaigning for it. Everything now depends on the position of the outgoing US President.
The USA is apparently considering an end to the entry bans for Germany and other European countries imposed in the wake of the corona pandemic. The plans would be supported by the coronavirus task force of the presidential office as well as health and other federal agencies, Reuters learned from representatives of the government and airlines. President Donald Trump has not yet committed himself. The schedule is also still uncertain.
Among other things, it is about the entry permit of non-US citizens from Great Britain, Ireland and also from 26 other European countries of the so-called Schengen area, which have opened their internal borders for free and unrestricted movement of people. Brazil should also be included in the White House plans.
To contain the corona pandemic, Trump imposed entry bans for visitors from Europe in mid-March and for travelers from Brazil in May. The argument that the ban no longer makes sense is often heard in the US government apparatus, especially since such a ban does not apply to many other states. At the same time, it is pointed out that the lifting of the ban would bring relief to the domestic airlines that were in distress during the Corona crisis. According to industry data, they will have to cope with a 70 percent decline in international travel.
An entry ban has been in effect since mid-March 2020 for people who have been in Germany or another country in the Schengen area within a period of 14 days prior to entering the USA. According to the Foreign Office, diplomats and employees of international organizations are exempt from the ban on entry.
As US officials said behind closed doors, an end to the ban is by no means a foregone conclusion. In view of the still high number of infections in Europe, Trump could also decide against it – especially since many European countries would probably not allow Americans free entry at short notice.