U.S. extends European travel ban to include UK and Ireland

March 12, 2020

Updated March 14th - US entry restrictions, health screenings and increased immigration wait times

The US will extend its European coronavirus travel ban to include the UK and Republic of Ireland. The ban will begin at midnight EST on Monday 16th March (04:00 GMT Tuesday).

The US has banned foreign passengers who have traveled within the Schengen Area within 14 days of arrival from entering the country to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The measure began at 0001 March 13 and will remain in effect until the decision is made to remove it. The restriction does not affect US citizens, their immediate relatives (in most cases), or legal permanent residents.

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a press release March 11, clarifying that there is not a blanket flight ban on travel between the US and Europe, following earlier statements from US President Donald Trump. 

The Schengen Area 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. Airlines are  adjusting their flight schedules in the coming days; with reduced demand likely to exacerbate flight disruptions between the US and destinations in the affected countries. 

US President Trump and other officials have stated that the travel restrictions for Schengen countries could be adjusted with further restrictions remain possible in the coming days.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents and certain of their family members (and other limited exceptions) will be allowed to enter the U.S. through one of 11 CDC-approved airports: 

  • Atlanta (ATL) 
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) 
  • Detroit (DTW) 
  • Newark (EWR) 
  • Honolulu (HNL) 
  • New York-JFK (JFK) 
  • Los Angeles (LAX) 
  • Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) 
  • Seattle (SEA) 
  • San Francisco (SFO) 
  • Washington-Dulles (IAD) 

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