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Are you able to go to the U.S. during a travel ban?

On Behalf of | Oct 20, 2021 | Immigration Law

If you are trying to come to the United States but have been unable to because of a travel ban, then it’s a good idea to learn more about these bans and what they mean for your future.

Travel bans can be set for all kinds of reasons. They may be put into place to prevent people coming to America from a region in which there is political unrest or because of the potential to spread disease. Travel bans are usually used to stop the spread of disease or to stop immigration from certain places.

That being said, a travel ban can cause big problems for you if you need to get to America. The good news is that these bans may have exceptions.

What are the exceptions to U.S. travel bans?

In many cases, the travel ban exceptions will include:

  • Any citizens of the United States
  • Non-American citizen spouses of permanent lawful residents or citizens
  • Unmarried siblings or children under 21 belonging to lawful permanent residents or US citizens
  • International students, in most cases, who have valid visas to come to the country
  • Parents or legal guardians of citizens or lawful permanent residents

The exact specifications of a travel ban will depend on what the ban is for. For example, a full travel ban may go into effect in a region where a serious disease has taken hold. While approved individuals may return to the United States, they may have to quarantine or be monitored.

For issues with countries that are politically unstable or where flights cannot come in and out freely, it may be a better idea for those wishing to come to the U.S. to try to get an outbound flight from an acceptable region. Of course, the ability to come to the United States will still be determined by your status and any visa requirements.

A travel ban can make things complicated, but you can find a way to come home to the U.S. in many cases. It’s worth discussing your plans ahead of time with someone who understands the new ban and the laws that surround it so that you can make your trip safely.