Coronavirus Travel BanDetailed Information on the European Travel Ban
During these trying times, ADTRAV is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our clients. We understand that there are questions and concerns as a result of the US Presidential address on March 11 and we want to assure you that ADTRAV is fully staffed and our phone lines are accessible internationally and open around the clock to assist travelers with any flight changes. We are diligently seeking up-to-date information to help travelers get home safely and effectively. Below we have laid-out the most current facts as well as our action plan.
Restricted Travel from Europe
Beginning Friday, March 13th at midnight EDT, travel from Europe to the United States was suspended for the next 30 days as the government monitors the situation. The travel ban applies to European citizens and non-U.S. citizens who have passed through countries that comprise the Schengen zone in the past two weeks only. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has clarified that the ban does not apply to U.S. citizens and their family members.
The following travelers are allowed to enter the US despite the ban:
- Lawful citizens and permanent residents of the United States;
- Spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;
- Parents or legal guardians of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident is unmarried and under the age of 21;
- Siblings of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided both are unmarried and under the age of 21;
- Children of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;
- Crew members with C-1, D, or C-1/D visa status
*Schengen Zone Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
*European countries not included in the travel ban: Croatia, Cyprus, Bulgaria, and Romania.
Travelers returning from Schengen zone countries will be routed through one of the currently approved entry points for the United States:
- Atlanta: Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
- Dallas-Fort Worth: Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
- Detroit: Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
- Newark, New Jersey: Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
- Honolulu: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)
- New York City: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
- Los Angeles: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- Chicago: Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
- Seattle: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
- San Francisco: San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
- Washington, D.C.: Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD)
In addition, travelers should arrive, at minimum, three hours prior to departure and be prepared to be subjected to increased health screenings and additional questioning. The CDC is recommending that recent travelers to Europe self-quarantine for (14) days from travel to monitor their health and practice social distancing to deter further cases of the virus.
ADTRAV is currently in close communication with our airline partners to retrieve the latest changes to their policies. Our airline partners have indicated that they are continuing to issue new waivers to accommodate flight changes to approved U.S. ports of entry and are working on contingency planning for European departures after Friday, March 13. ADTRAV will continue to provide the latest updates as they are received.
Resource Page: ADTRAV has created a resource center that provides the latest updates on travel affected by COVID-19: https://www.adtrav.com/coronavirus/
Presidential Proclamation– https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspension-entry-immigrants-nonimmigrants-certain-additional-persons-pose-risk-transmitting-2019-novel-coronavirus/
US Mission to International Organizations in Geneva– https://geneva.usmission.gov/2020/03/12/updated-covid-19-coronavirus-travel-information/
The Department of Homeland Security– https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/03/11/homeland-security-acting-secretary-chad-f-wolf-s-statement-presidential-proclamation
Center for Disease Control– https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html