President Donald Trump speaks in an address to the nation from the Oval Office at the White House about the coronavirus Wednesday,  in Washington.
President Donald Trump speaks in an address to the nation from the Oval Office at the White House about the coronavirus Wednesday, in Washington.
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President Donald Trump’s decision Wednesday to impose a 30-day ban on most Europeans entering the United States has sparked 'bedlam' at airports across Europe, with some travelers paying as much as $20,000 for tickets, according to Daily Mail report.

Hundreds of travelers, confused as to whether they will be let back home and face quarantine, rushed to El Prat Airport in Barcelona, Spain, after Trump announced the restrictions to start this Friday to slow the progression of the coronavirus.

Tourists from the U.S., who were left shrouded in confusion, scrambled to the Spanish and French airports in the early hours of Thursday morning uncertain about how the ban would impact their attempts to fly back home, Daily Mail reports.

With President Trump declaring the ban would come into effect at 'midnight' on Friday, confusion reigned over exactly how it would be implemented including how the cut-off would apply across time zones and which routes Americans would be allowed to use to get home, according to Daily Mail.

Meanwhile, Britain on Thursday hit back at a US decision to impose a travel ban on Europeans to limit the spread of coronavirus, insisting there was no proof such measures worked. President Donald Trump slapped a 30-day ban on people travelling from the Schengen passport-free zone, as the continent grapples with spiralling numbers of cases in the global outbreak.

Britain, which left the European Union on January 31 but is still abiding by EU rules until the end of the year, is not affected by the restriction, as it never signed up to Schengen. But finance minister Rishi Sunak told BBC radio: "With regard to flight bans, we are always guided by the science as we make our decisions here.

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