USA bans visitors from Europe for 30 days, beginning midnight on Friday 13th March

The USA Department of Homeland Security announced the USA is closing the borders with Europe.

In a statement to the nation, President Donald Trump announced in a speech from the Oval Office “We will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days”.

The ban applies to travellers who have visited countries in the EU’s Schengen border-free region in the last 14 days, but not travellers from the UK or Ireland unless they have visited (or are resident in) Schengen Area countries 14 days or less before their travel to the US.

It is not clear how this will be implemented or whether travelers returning from Europe will face screening or quarantine.

Addition of information following the announcement that, effective from midnight Friday 13 March, the US Government will not permit entry to the USA of any non-US nationals, including British nationals, who have visited (or are resident in) Schengen Area countries 14 days or less prior to their travel to the USA (‘Health’ and ‘Summary’ pages)

Published on 12/03/20

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