Covid-19 US travel ban in force

With limited exceptions, foreign nationals will be barred from entering the United States if they have been physically present in one of the 26 countries of the Schengen Area, the UK, Ireland, China or Iran within 14 days before their attempted entry.

The Schengen Area comprises: 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.

US citizens, lawful permanent residents, their spouses and children under 21, and certain other family members are not subject to the travel restrictions, among other non-immigrant exemptions, but a new arrivals process is currently in place on their return to the US.

The travel restrictions came into force per Presidential Proclamation and will remain in effect until terminated by President Trump.

Restrictions for travel ban exemptions

While not subject to the travel ban, American citizens, green card holders and immediate family members face additional health screening and restrictions when they arrive.

There are only thirteen airports in the United States accepting individuals who have been within the countries subject to the travel ban:

  • Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
  • Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
  • Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
  • Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia

The restrictions have led to prolonged wait times at customs for passengers returning from overseas.

Travel advice

NNU Immigration is actively monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and coronavirus-related issues on US immigration policy and applications.

As the situation continues to develop on a daily basis, please contact our US immigration specialists for the latest advice for your specific circumstances.

Last updated: March 24, 2020