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

  1. Date Announced

    March 11, 2020

    POTUS issues 212(f) proclamation, temporarily restricting travel of individuals physically present in the Schengen Area in the 14-period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.

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    See Biden administration action below.

    View Policy Document
  2. Effective Date of Change

    March 11, 2020
  3. Subsequent Action

    January 18, 2021

    On January 18, 2021, President Trump issued a proclamation lifting COVID-19-related travel restrictions for non-U.S. citizens traveling from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Brazil beginning January 26, 2021.

    Proclamation Terminating Restrictions on Entry of Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and Brazil
  4. Biden Administration Action

    January 21, 2021

    This Biden Administration policy substantially reinstates and expands a Trump-era policy that the Trump Administration lifted just prior to leaving office.

    On January 25, 2021, the Biden Administration announced that it will reinstate travel restrictions for non-U.S. citizens traveling from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Brazil, and added South Africa to the list of restricted countries. President Biden also issued an executive order directing international travelers to the U.S. to comply with CDC recommendations upon arrival.

    Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Non-Immigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease
  5. Biden Administration Action

    January 28, 2021

    This Biden Administration policy modifies the Administration's reinstatement of an earlier Trump-era policy.

    The Department of State issued a notice on Jan. 28, 2021, clarifying that H-2A and certain H-2B travelers from South Africa may qualify for a national interest exception that will exempt them from the travel ban. DOS intends to continue processing "H-2 applications for individuals who provide temporary labor or services essential to the United States food supply chain, as permitted by post resources and local government restrictions."

    DOS Notice on National Interest Exception for H2 Travelers
  6. Biden Administration Action

    February 10, 2021

    This Biden Administration policy modifies the Administration's reinstatement of an earlier Trump-era policy.

    On Feb. 10, 2021, the State Department reinstated the national interest exceptions for students and certain other travelers from the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland.

    National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland
  7. Biden Administration Action

    May 27, 2021

    This Biden Administration policy modifies the Administration's reinstatement of an earlier Trump-era policy.

    On May 27, 2021, the State Department expanded eligibility for National Interest Exceptions (NIEs). 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. . ."

    2021.05.27 National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers from China, Iran, India, Brazil, South Africa, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland

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