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Updated COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Posted January 27, 2021Articles

The Biden Administration issued a “Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Non-Immigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease” on January 25, 2021.  Effective on January 26, 2021, the Proclamation maintains travel restrictions on individuals from the Schengen Area, U.K., Ireland, and Brazil. In addition to those countries listed, previous restrictions implemented by the Trump Administration remain for both China and Iran. The Proclamation also adds that, effective January 30, 2021, South Africa will be added to the list of countries with restrictions on entry into the U.S.

This Proclamation will not apply to the following:

  • any lawful permanent resident of the United States;
  • any noncitizen national of the United States;
  • any noncitizen who is the spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;
  • any noncitizen 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 noncitizen 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 noncitizen 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 noncitizen traveling at the invitation of the United States Government for a purpose related to containment or mitigation of the virus;
  • any noncitizen traveling as a nonimmigrant pursuant to a C-1, D, or C-1/D nonimmigrant visa as a crewmember or any noncitizen otherwise traveling to the United States as air or sea crew;
  • any noncitizen

The Proclamation will remain in effect until terminated. The Secretary of Health and Human Services will provide recommendation whether the Proclamation should be continued, modified, or terminated 30 days from issuance, and by the end of each month thereafter.