What We Know So Far About Trump’s Coronavirus Travel Ban

By Brian Taylor Goldstein

In short, not much. As you can imagine, this was announced without any details as to how, exactly, this was going to work in terms of screening, implementation, flight schedules, etc. But here what we know so far…

  • Anyone who has been in one of the 26 European countries in the Schengen zone within 14 days prior to Friday, March 13, 2020, they will not be allowed to board the plane and/or enter the U.S. for the next 30 days.
  • The 26 European countries in the Schengen zone — 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 ban does NOT apply to the U.K. or Ireland, as well as Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Turkey and Ukraine. (No one knows why, though it just so happens that both the U.K. and Ireland both host Trump golf resorts…hmmm.) However, while the citizens and residents of these countries are exempted from the travel ban, if they have visited any of the European countries on Trump’s list over the past 14 days, then they are subject to the FULL 30 day ban.
  • The ban does NOT apply to permanent residents (green card holders), U.S. citizens, and the spouses, parents or siblings of American citizens or permanent residents, as well as members of the U.S. military and their spouses and children. However, they will be restricted to flying to specific U.S. airports for screening.

In addition, we have just learned today that:

  • The U.S. embassy in Oslo and Lisbon has temporarily ceased all visa operations until further notice due to the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus Disease COVID-19. It’s highly likely that more embassies and consulates will follow suit.
  • Denmark just announced it was closing its borders.

We will keep you informed as soon as we know of any changes, on our social media pages (so we don’t bombard you with emails). If you would like to stay updated follow our social media links at the bottom of the page.

Lastly, Trump has asked that everyone remember that he warned us this would happen if we kept letting foreigners into the U.S. and now we should be ashamed of what we have done to his perfect economy.


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