U.S. Imposes Severe Travel Restrictions On Chinese Communist Party Members : NPR

Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, also general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, leads the fifth plenary session of the party’s 19th Central Committee in October in Beijing. The U.S. State Department on Thursday tightened travel restrictions on members of the party and their families.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, also general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, leads the fifth plenary session of the party’s 19th Central Committee in October in Beijing. The U.S. State Department on Thursday tightened travel restrictions on members of the party and their families.

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The Trump administration is imposing sharply tighter restrictions on travel to the United States by Chinese Communist Party members and their families, a move Beijing describes as part of a “deep-rooted Cold War mentality.”

The restrictions target holders

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US imposes restrictions on travel visas for Chinese Communist Party members

The State Department is imposing new restrictions on travel visas to the United States for members of the Chinese Communist Party, a State Department spokesperson confirmed Thursday.



a close up of a screen: International flights arrivals are listed on a screen at Los Angeles International Airport on March 12, 2020 one day before a US flight travel ban hits 26 European countries amid ongoing precautions over the Coronavirus.


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International flights arrivals are listed on a screen at Los Angeles International Airport on March 12, 2020 one day before a US flight travel ban hits 26 European countries amid ongoing precautions over the Coronavirus.

Under the new rules, the travel visas of CCP members and their immediate family members will change from 10 years to one month and will be single entry.

The move, taken less than two months before the Trump administration leaves power, is the latest in a series of actions that have ratcheted up tension between Washington and Beijing.

“This is in keeping with our ongoing policy, regulatory, and law-enforcement action across the U.S. Government to protect our nation from the CCP’s malign

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Coronavirus Travel Restrictions Updates For December

Can you believe that 2020 is almost over? If you’re planning an end-of-year trip for the holidays, there are some travel restrictions to know about. Much of the world is inaccessible for leisure travel, but it’s still possible to leave home and sightsee. Only essential travel reasons may be exempt from various travel restrictions.

New York

New York has some of the strictest travel restrictions in the contiguous U.S. 48 states. Most travelers, including New York residents out-of-state for at least 24 hours, will need to quarantine for 14 days or take two qualifying diagnostic

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Price of plane tickets soar as WA coronavirus border restrictions ease, but airlines say help is on the way

Airlines are adding dozens of extra flights for the expected rush of festive-season family reunions in Western Australia, amid calls to ensure ticket prices are affordable.

The reopening of WA’s border with Victoria and New South Wales from next Tuesday means travellers from those states can spend Christmas in the west without having to first complete 14 days’ mandatory quarantine.

But for those looking for immediate flights, it may not come cheap.

Strong demand and limited seat availability in the days after the border reopening has pushed the price of some one-way airfares from Sydney and Melbourne — via Brisbane — to between $700 and $2,000.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA chief executive Chris Rodwell said the high prices were a concern.

“There are many families that want to return here to enjoy their Christmas and of course there’s many business [travellers] that want to be able to visit

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Massachusetts imposes new travel restrictions on Vermont

Vermont is no longer considered a lower-risk state for contracting COVID-19, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Effective Saturday morning, individuals traveling to or returning from Vermont must now fill out a travel form and quarantine upon arrival in Massachusetts, unless they are able to produce a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before arriving in the state.

The news comes as Vermont’s daily coronavirus cases averaged more than 10 cases per 100,000 residents with a positive test rate of over 5 percent. Metrics must stay below 10 cases per 100,000 residents with a positive test rate below 5 percent, both measured on a 7-day rolling average, in order to be considered low risk. New Hampshire and Vermont were removed from the low-risk list last week. Hawaii is the only remaining US state to be considered low-risk.

Hawaii is the only state considered low risk.
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Travel recommendations, restrictions likely to extend through Christmas: Fauci

“We don’t want to frighten people, but that’s just the reality,” Fauci said.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he can’t see how the current restrictions and recommendations around Thanksgiving would be relaxed by Christmas.

“When you have the kind of inflection that we have, it doesn’t all of a sudden turn around like that,” Fauci said on ABC’s “This Week.

“So clearly in the next few weeks, we’re gonna have the same sort of thing. And perhaps even two or three weeks down the line, Martha, we may see a surge upon a surge,” he told “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz.

“We don’t want to frighten people, but that’s just the reality” Fauci added. “We said that these things would happen, as we

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Bay Area tightens COVID-19 restrictions; Santa Clara County orders travel quarantine

As the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly worsens across California, San Francisco and San Mateo counties on Saturday were moved into the state’s most restrictive tier, which forces the closure of indoor gyms and movie theaters.



a tall building in a city: A view of the San Francisco skyline in January. (Josh Edelson / For The Times)


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A view of the San Francisco skyline in January. (Josh Edelson / For The Times)

At the same time, Santa Clara County issued its own tightened COVID-19 rules that in some ways are stricter than the ones issued by Los Angeles County on Friday. Under Santa Clara County’s directive, people must quarantine for 14 days upon return from travel of more than 150 miles, hotels will be open for only essential travel or isolation and quarantine, and nonessential retail establishments will be limited to 10% of capacity indoors, down from the current cap of 25%.

The backward steps come as hospitalizations related to COVID-19 have tripled in the last

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U.S. Covid-19 Rates Overtake The EU, Highlighting A Difference In Travel Restrictions

Covid-19 statistics on both sides of the Atlantic are severe. But new figures show that the case rates of Covid-19 infections across many states are surging past most European countries.

It’s important because of Thanksgiving–as people move around this holiday weekend, so too will the virus, so rates are expected to rise–and it’s also indicative of the travel restrictions currently in place on both sides of the ocean.

The stats show the U.S. with higher rates than the EU

As Axios reported, not so long ago, U.S. health officials were looking at Europe and imagining how the country would cope if the same thing happened and a second wave surged–and now the U.S. has a higher per capita caseload than the EU has ever had during the second wave of the pandemic.

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White House considers lifting European travel restrictions, Reuters reports

The White House is considering rescinding entry bans for most non-U.S. citizens who recently were in Brazil, Britain, Ireland and 26 other European countries, five U.S. and airline officials told Reuters.

The Trump administration imposed the bans in a bid to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic. It is not considering lifting separate entry bans on most non-U.S. citizens who have recently been in China or Iran, the officials said.

The plan has won the backing of White House coronavirus task-force members, public health and other federal agencies, the people briefed on the matter said, but President Donald Trump has not made a final decision and the timing remains uncertain.

The White House, Department of Homeland Security and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did not comment.

Many administration officials argue the restrictions no longer make sense given that most countries around the world are not subject to the entry

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White House considering lifting European travel restrictions, source says



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: U.S. President Donald Trump looks on in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on November 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Donald Trump held his first press conference in over a week to make an announcement on prescription drug prices as he continues to challenge the results of the 2020 Presidential election. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)


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WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 20: U.S. President Donald Trump looks on in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on November 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Donald Trump held his first press conference in over a week to make an announcement on prescription drug prices as he continues to challenge the results of the 2020 Presidential election. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

The White House is strongly considering lifting sweeping restrictions on travel from the European Union and the United Kingdom, an administration official confirmed on Wednesday.

Discussions have been ongoing for several weeks now about lifting the restrictions, which ban entry to most foreigners who have been to Europe in the two weeks before their arrival in the US. Reuters first reported on the discussions.

The White House did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment.

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