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U.S. Government Expands Travel Restrictions on Foreigners Seeking to Visit the U.S.


U.S. Government Expands Travel Restrictions on Foreigners Seeking to Visit the U.S.

Citing concerns over the spread of COVID-19, Trump issued his Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Novel Coronavirus and added Brazil to the list of countries with imposed travel restrictions. As of Tuesday, May 26, 2020, foreigners who have been in Brazil during the 14 days preceding their entry are barred from entering the U.S. unless an exemption applies.

The bar does not apply to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and with limited exceptions for their non-citizen or permanent resident family members. In addition, as with previous COVID-19 travel ban proclamations, there are limited exemptions to these categories allowing certain individuals to enter the U.S. despite their recent travel to Brazil. The full proclamation and exemptions can be found here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspension-entry-immigrants-nonimmigrants-certain-additional-persons-pose-risk-transmitting-novel-coronavirus/

There has been broad speculation that Trump’s recent remarks suggest that he may lift the March 2020 travel ban already in place for some European countries, however, no official word has been announced. The restrictions remain in effect until the President lifts them.

As of this writing, travelers coming from (within 14 days) the following countries are suspended from entering the U.S., unless an exemption applies:

Brazil, UK, Ireland, 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, Switzerland, China, and Iran.

Travelers from these countries who may be admitted per one of the limited exemptions are required to enter the United States through one of 13 approved airports: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/03/17/fact-sheet-dhs-notice-arrival-restrictions-china-iran-and-certain-countries-europe.

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