The White House said Wednesday that it would require Chinese nationals to submit to a COVID-19 test before they can enter the US. This new policy, which comes two years after Joe Biden called out President Donald Trump's travel restrictions against China, is a response to the growing number of cases of COVID-19.
According to a federal official, the new requirement is due to the lack of reliable data regarding China's efforts in monitoring the spread of COVID-19. Chinese nationals will only be required to show a negative test within two days prior to their trip. Similar restrictions have been implemented in India and Japan as China has started to ease its "zero-Covid” lockdown policies.
In January 2020, Trump announced that he would impose restrictions on travel from China due to the outbreak of the virus. Biden criticized the president's policies, saying that they were based on fear-mongering and xenophobia.
Trump's travel restrictions from Europe were first announced in March 2020. Biden responded to the restrictions by saying that a wall would not stop the coronavirus. The following weeks, the campaign shifted its stance on the issue.
A few weeks after Trump imposed restrictions on travel from Europe, Biden's team claimed that the president's comments were not about the travel policies.