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European Travel Restrictions due to Coronavirus

Posted March 15, 2020Stephanie Wedel - Sr. AssociateArticles

President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation suspending entry for immigrant and nonimmigrants from certain European countries in light of the spread of the coronavirus.  This includes: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

The proclamation restricts entry for individuals who were in the Schengen Area “during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.” This travel ban will take effect at 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on March 13, 2020.  This will not affect individuals who boarded a flight prior to 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time. The travel ban for Ireland and the United Kingdom will take effect at 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on March 16, 2020.

This travel restriction does not apply to U.S. citizens, or the following groups:

  • Lawful permanent residents of the United States (green card holders)
  • Spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • 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;
  • Sibling of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that both are unmarried and under the age of 21;
  • Children, foster children, or wards 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;
  • Individuals traveling at the invitation of the United States Government for a purpose related to containment or mitigation of the virus;
  • C (transit) or D (air or sea crewmember) nonimmigrants
  • Individuals whose entry would not pose a significant risk of introducing, transmitting, or spreading the virus, as determined by the CDC Director, or his designee;
  • Individuals 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; or
  • Individuals whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their designees.

This travel restriction is expected to last up to 30 days, but the proclamation does state that it shall remain in effect until terminated by the president.

Please reach out to your designated Meltzer Hellrung Attorney if you have any questions.