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*UK and Ireland added – effective 0400 GMT on Monday March 16th
It was just announced that starting at 12am Friday, March 13th travel from Europe to the United States is banned for all non US Citizens and permanent residents for 30 days* there are some caveats. This means you can fly up until 11:59 pm Thursday, March 12th EST and your flight will operate fine (.basically 24 hours from now) and you’ll be granted entry. There are exceptions, including travel from the United Kingdom, and relations to US citizens, etc so let’s get into them.
Any foreign national who has been in any of the countries below in the last 14 days will not be permitted entry.
Countries of which travel are banned
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
*Travel Ban Exceptions
- Any Lawful Permanent U.S. Resident
- Any Alien Spouse of U.S. Citizen or LPR
- Any Alien Parent or Legal Guardian of Unmarried Child under Age 21
- Any Alien Sibling, provided both are unmarried and under age 21
Flights will still be scheduled, but if you aren’t a U.S. Citizen or meet the criteria above you will be denied.
Statement from HMS Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf
Protecting the American people from threats to their safety is the most important job of the President of the United States. The actions President Trump is taking to deny entry to foreign nationals who have been in affected areas will keep Americans safe and save American lives. I applaud the president for making this tough but necessary decision. While these new travel restrictions will be disruptive to some travelers, this decisive action is needed to protect the American public from further exposure to the potentially deadly coronavirus.
“In January and February, the Administration issued similar travel restrictions on individuals who had been in China and Iran. That action proved to be effective in slowing the spread of the virus to the U.S., while public health officials prepared. In the next 48 hours, in the interest of public health, I intend to issue a supplemental Notice of Arrivals Restriction requiring U.S. passengers that have been in the Schengen Area to travel through select airports where the U.S. Government has implemented enhanced screening procedures.”
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