Original Date AnnouncedJanuary 31, 2020
POTUS issues 8 U.S.C. sec. 212(f) proclamation, temporarily restricting travel of individuals physically present in China in the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. The proclamation allows the DHS Secretary to facilitate orderly medical screening and quarantine of individuals exposed to COVID-19.
[ID #826]Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Effective DateFebruary 2, 2020
Subsequent Trump-Era and Court Action(s)
October 5, 2021
Kinsley v. Blinken, No. 21-962 (JEB) (D.D.C., Oct. 5, 2021).
On October 5, 2021, Judge Boasberg granted summary judgment to nine plaintiffs (who had standing and whose claims were not moot), stating that the State Department "acted improperly in suspending visa issuance based on the Proclamations."
**Litigation is listed for informational purposes and is not comprehensive. For the current status of legal challenges, check other sources.**View Document
Biden Administration Action: ModifiedMay 27, 2021
2021.05.27 National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers from China, Iran, India, Brazil, South Africa, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland
This Biden administration policy modifies the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.
On May 27, 2021, the State Department expanded eligibility for National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) to the ban on travelers from China. The following groups may now qualify for NIEs: "travelers. . . seeking to provide vital support or executive direction for critical infrastructure; those traveling to provide vital support or executive direction for significant economic activity in the United States; journalists; students and certain academics covered by exchange visitor programs; immigrants; and fiancés."View Document
Trump-Era Policy Documents