President Trump Issues Proclamation Suspending European Travel for 30 days


On Wednesday, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation that prohibits foreign nationals from entering the United States if they have been physically present in the Schengen Area within 14 days before their attempted entry. There are exceptions, listed below. The proclamation takes effect at 11:59 pm EDT on Friday, March 13, and will remain in effect until terminated by the President. This measure is being taken by the Trump administration to limit the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus.


These are the countries that comprise the Schengen Area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.


The following travelers may be subject to screening but are are not subject to the travel ban:


  • U.S. citizens;

  • U.S. lawful permanent residents;

  • Spouses of  U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents;

  • A foreign national who is the parent or legal guardian of an unmarried U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident under the age of 21;

  • A foreign national who is the sibling of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided they are both under 21;

  • A foreign national who is the child, foster child or ward of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, or who is a prospective adoptee seeking to enter the United States on an IR-4 or IH-4 visa;

  • A foreign national traveling at the invitation of the U.S. government for a purpose related to containment or mitigation of the COVID-19 virus;A foreign air or sea crew-member;

  • Certain A, C, E-1 (TECRO or TECO), G, and NATO nonimmigrants;

  • A foreign national whose entry would not pose a risk of transmitting the virus as determined by the CDC;

  • A foreign national whose entry would further important U.S. law enforcement objectives;

  • A foreign national whose entry would be in the national interest; and

  • Members of the U.S. armed forces and their spouses and children.


Employers and families should take this short time to identify employees or family members who may be affected by this ban. Please contact your immigration counsel for advice and guidance.


This post is for informational purposes only.



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