UPDATE March 16th, 2020: President Trump has announced that the U.K. and Ireland would now be added to the list of countries currently designated in this 30-day travel restriction. These restrictions went into effect at midnight on March 16th, 2020. This news comes as various countries ramp up travel restrictions in an effort to slow the spreading of the COVID-19 virus, also known as the coronavirus. We urge clients, travelers, and foreign nationals to stay up-to-date with these developments prior to engaging in any travel, and to avoid all non-essential travel at this time in accordance to CDC and Department of State advisories.
On March 11th, 2020 President Trump announced a temporary 30 day travel restriction from 26 European countries to the United States in response to the growing outbreak of the COVID-19 virus (also known as the coronavirus) in the United States.
This temporary restriction excludes travel from the United Kingdom to the United States, and does not apply to American citizens or permanent residents currently seeking travel to the U.S. from Europe. These travel restrictions will go into effect on Friday, March 13th, 2020.
The countries included in this temporary travel restriction are:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
The White House has additionally stated that these travel restrictions apply only to most foreign nationals who have been in these 26 nations area of Europe within the two weeks before their scheduled arrival in the U.S.
American citizens currently traveling in Europe will be exempt from this travel restriction, however they will need to undergo screenings before they are able to reenter the United States.
Section 2 of the White House proclamation goes into further detail as to whom this travel ban does not apply to:
Sec. 2. Scope of Suspension and Limitation on Entry.
(a) Section 1 of this proclamation shall not apply to:
(i) any lawful permanent resident of the United States;
(ii) any alien who is the spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;
(iii) any alien who is the parent or legal guardian of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident is unmarried and under the age of 21;
(iv) any alien who is the sibling of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that both are unmarried and under the age of 21;
(v) any alien who is the child, foster child, or ward of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, or who is a prospective adoptee seeking to enter the United States pursuant to the IR-4 or IH-4 visa classifications;
(vi) any alien traveling at the invitation of the United States Government for a purpose related to containment or mitigation of the virus;
(vii) any alien traveling as a nonimmigrant pursuant to a C-1, D, or C-1/D nonimmigrant visa as a crewmember or any alien otherwise traveling to the United States as air or sea crew;
(viii) any alien
(A) seeking entry into or transiting the United States pursuant to one of the following visas: A-1, A-2, C-2, C-3 (as a foreign government official or immediate family member of an official), E-1 (as an employee of TECRO or TECO or the employee’s immediate family members), G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO-1 through NATO-4, or NATO-6 (or seeking to enter as a nonimmigrant in one of those NATO categories); or
(B) whose travel falls within the scope of section 11 of the United Nations Headquarters Agreement;
(ix) any alien whose entry would not pose a significant risk of introducing, transmitting, or spreading the virus, as determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, through the CDC Director or his designee;
(x) any alien whose entry would further important United States law enforcement objectives, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees, based on a recommendation of the Attorney General or his designee;
(xi) any alien whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their designees; or
(xii) members of the U.S. Armed Forces and spouses and children of members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
We are expecting new developments regarding this temporary travel restriction and will update you as they become available.