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

  1. Original Date Announced

    March 11, 2020

    POTUS issues 8 U.S.C. sec. 212(f) proclamation, temporarily restricting travel of individuals physically present in the Schengen Area in the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.

    [ID #1165]

    Presidential Proclamation 9993
  2. Effective Date

    March 11, 2020
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  4. Biden Administration Action: Approved/Retained

    January 25, 2021

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

    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.

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  5. Biden Administration Action: Modified

    January 28, 2021

    DOS Notice on National Interest Exception for H2 Travelers

    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."

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  6. Biden Administration Action: Modified

    February 10, 2021

    National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland

    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.

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  7. 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 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. . ."

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  8. Biden Administration Action: Under Study

    September 20, 2021

    2021.09.20 Background Press Call by a Senior Administration Official Previewing the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

    This Biden administration policy considers the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On September 20, 2021, in a teleconference background press call previewing the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly, a senior administration official explained that the 212(f) travel restrictions are under study to potentially be rolled back in early November for the E.U. and the U.K.

    "Today, the President announced that, beginning in early November, the United States will be putting in place strict protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from passengers flying internationally into the United States by requiring that adult foreign nationals traveling here be fully vaccinated. 

    Critically for our European partners and for the UK, this policy means that we will no longer be implementing the current 212(f) travel policies for individual countries as of early November.  We’ll be moving to a consistent requirement for all international air travelers coming to the United States. 

    But we’re very proud of the fact that we’ve been able to develop a protocol that will permit travel by individuals and families and business people from the E.U. and the UK, as well as from Brazil and India and other countries, to the United States with proof of vaccination."

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Current Status

Partially in effect
January 25, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration
January 28, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration
February 10, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration
May 27, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration
September 20, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

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