Post updated on April 20th, 2020 – Coronavirus – Donald Trump announced restrictions on entry to the US from Friday March 13, 2020 at 11:59 am. But beware, the restrictions do not apply to everyone.

travel restrictions

The Columbus Consulting group has shared a detailed summary of these new restrictions.

CORONAVIRUS – TRAVEL BAN TOWARDS EUROPE
(Schengen Area)
What you need to know

  • Who is included in the travel ban?

The entry into the U.S., as immigrants or nonimmigrants (any holder of non–immigrant visas), of all aliens who were present in the Schengen Area* including UK and Ireland during the 14-day period preceding their entry of attempted entry into the U.S., is suspended.
*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.

  • Who is not INCLUDED in the travel ban?

– Any U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident – Green Card holder – of the U.S.;
– Any alien who is the spouse of a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident;
– 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;
– 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;
– 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;
– Any alien traveling at the invitation of the United States Government for a purpose related to containment or mitigation of the virus;
– Any alien traveling as a nonimmigrant pursuant to a C-1, D, or C-1/D nonimmigrant visa as a crew member or any alien otherwise traveling to the United States as air or sea crew;
– Any alien:
o (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
o (B) whose travel falls within the scope of section 11 of the United Nations Headquarters Agreement;
– 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;
– 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
– Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and spouses and children of members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

  • Since when the travel ban has been implemented?

The travel ban is effective since Friday, March 13, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time.

  • How long does the travel ban is going to last?

The travel ban was planned to last thirty (30) days but shall last longer until terminated by President.

  • Which airports will accept U.S. travelers from European Schengen countries?
  1. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
  2. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
  3. San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
  4. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
  5. Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
  6. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), California
  7. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
  8. Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia
  9. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
  10. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
  11. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW), Michigan
  • Can I travel from Canada back to the US?

Canada has closed it border to Foreign nationals who have been traveling from the Schengen space prior to their arrival in Canada so this is no longer an option.

In addition, as of March 21, 2020, there is a 30-day restriction on all non-essential travel at the Canada-U.S. border

Merci Isabelle Marcus from Columbus Consulting group

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