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COVID-19: POTUS issues proclamation suspending entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants previously physically present in China

  1. Original Date Announced

    January 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
  2. Effective Date

    February 2, 2020
  4. Biden Administration Action: Modified

    May 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 fianc├ęs."

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