Update: The president extended the suspension on March 14 to include the U.K. and Ireland as of midnight on March 16.
The night of March 11, President Donald Trump issued a presidential proclamation suspending entry to the United States of certain additional immigrants and nonimmigrants who may pose a risk of transmitting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The new travel suspension generally applies to foreign nationals who were physically present within the Schengen Area during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. The list of Schengen countries includes:
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 proclamation also provides a specific list of individuals and circumstances where the suspension will not apply. For example, the suspension does not apply to travelers who have been in the U.K. during this 14-day pre-admission period.
The suspension takes affect at 11:59 p.m. EDT tomorrow, March 13.
You can find the full proclamation here.
This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we are also receiving ongoing updates regarding the suspension of further Consular operations at various posts outside of China as well. If you have a scheduled appointment at one of the U.S. Consulates, we strongly recommend that you confirm your appointment before you attend.
For more information, please contact us or your regular Parker Poe contact.
You can find Parker Poe's additional alerts related to the coronavirus pandemic here.