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Everything You Need to Know About COVID-19 Travel Bans

In response to COVID-19, the U.S. government has advised all Americans to avoid international travel. Additionally, President Trump has banned travel from 30 different countries to the United States, with limited exceptions.

Here is a comprehensive list of the areas the President has included in the COVID-19 travel bans:

The bans apply to any alien (either immigrant or nonimmigrant – and it does not matter if you are from one of the listed countries) who was physically present in the specified area in the 14 days before their attempted entry into the U.S.

Who Is Not Affected by the Bans?

The bans generally do NOT apply to:

  • Anyone aboard a flight to the U.S. that departed before 11:59 p.m. eastern time on March 13, 2020
  • U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents (LPRs)
  • Spouses of U.S. citizens or LPRs
  • Parents/legal guardians of U.S. citizens or LPRs who are under 21 and unmarried
  • Siblings of U.S. citizens or LPRs, if both the sibling and the citizen/LPR are under 21 and unmarried
  • Children, foster children, and wards of U.S. citizens or LPRs
  • U.S. citizens’ or LPRs’ prospective adoptees with IR-4 or IH-4 visas
  • Anyone invited to the U.S. by the U.S. Government for a reason related to containment/mitigation of the coronavirus
  • Anyone traveling as air/sea crew or with a C-1, D, or C-1/D nonimmigrant visa
  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces (and their spouses and children)

For a complete list of exceptions, please visit the specific proclamations for each ban, linked above. Anyone who is exempt from the bans will need to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival into the U.S.

When Will the Ban End?

While some sources say the bans will last 30 days, they are technically in place indefinitely. In other words, they will stay in effect until the President lifts them.

Bring Your Concerns to David F. Vedder, P.A.

If you are not exempt from the travel bans, we understand the level of disruption this news may bring to your travel plans, work-life, and ability to reunite with family. At David F. Vedder, P.A., we are here to support you during this challenging time and address any concerns you may have. Although we are facing an unprecedented crisis, we want you to know that you can trust our firm to fight for your rights.

Due to COVID-19, we are only scheduling consultations via phone and Skype at this time. To learn more about what David F. Vedder, P.A. can do for you, contact us online or give us a call at (386) 968-8880 today.

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