United States Places Arrival Restrictions on Flights from China, Iran and Europe

United States Places Arrival Restrictions on Flights from China, Iran and Europe

The Trump Administration has announced a number of travel restrictions in an effort to contain the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. All foreign nationals from China and Iran are barred from entering the United States, as well as individuals who visited these countries in the 14 days prior to their scheduled U.S. arrival. The China travel restrictions were imposed on January 31, 2020, while an existing travel ban on Iran was expanded on February 29, 2020.

Further inbound travel restrictions were announced in March to include flights from Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland in addition to the previously mandated suspension of travel from China and Iran. France, Italy, Spain and 23 other Schengen nations were added to the travel ban list.

The United States has enforced the travel restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus. Countries around the world have been revising their entry policies ever since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11, 2020.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a statement clarifying that the travel ban did not apply to U.S citizens, lawful permanent residents and their immediate family members arriving from China, Iran, Schengen countries, Ireland and the UK. These individuals are allowed to return home provided they enter through one of 13 designated U.S. airports and undergo enhanced screenings. The airports are in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Miami, New Jersey, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington. Upon returning to the United States, people traveling from the high-risk countries are required to home-quarantine in compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.