Travel Restrictions Imposed to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus to U.S.

President Trump has issued a proclamation that bars entry to the United States of most foreign nationals who were physically present in China, not including the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within the 14 days immediately prior to arrival in the United States. This travel restriction is designed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

There are a few general exceptions to this proclamation, including the following:

  • The proclamation does not apply to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs, or green card holders), or foreign diplomats traveling on A or G visas.
  • Certain family members of U.S. citizens and LPRs are also exempted, including spouses, children (under the age of 21), parents (provided that the U.S. citizen or LPR child is unmarried and under the age of 21), and siblings (provided that both the sibling and the U.S. citizen or LPR are unmarried and under the age of 21).
  • Crew traveling to the U.S. on C, D or C1/D visas generally are not subject to this travel restriction.

All international travelers, including U.S. citizens and LPRs, may be subject to medical screening and, if required, may be quarantined.

The proclamation has no set end-date. However, every 15 days, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services is required to submit a recommendation to the President as to whether the proclamation should be continued, modified, or terminated.


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