Hours after COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus, was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, the United States restricted European travel.
In an address on Wednesday night, President Donald Trump said, “To keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days. The new rules will go into effect Friday at midnight. These restrictions will be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground.”
According to Trump, Americans who have undergone appropriate screenings would be exempt. Cargo and trade are also exempt, according to the White House. Further, the restrictions do not apply to the United Kingdom.
We will be suspending all travel from Europe, except the United Kingdom, for the next 30 days. The policy goes into effect Friday at midnight. pic.twitter.com/Yeq1gVCIln
Trump’s statements have left some people confused about what it means for their possible travel plans.
One Twitter user wrote, “Is it just FROM Europe to the US? Imagine the scramble right now. It’s the middle of the night for Americans in Europe right now. They will wake up to trying to figure out how to get home in the next 50 hours.”
Is it just FROM Europe to the US? Imagine the scramble right now. It’s the middle of the night for Americans in Europe right now. They will wake up to trying to figure out how to get home in the next 50 hours #travelban
What dose the travel ban mean?
If you’re a U.S. citizen or legal resident returning from Europe your flight back could be more cumbersome. In an interview with CNN, Vice President Mike Pence said Americans coming back to the U.S. from certain European countries will be routed to one of 13 different airports. There, people will be screened for the novel coronavirus. Additionally, Americans returning home from the designated European countries will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days, Pence said. However, details about how this will be enforced were not shared.
According to the White House, foreign nationals who traveled to certain countries within the past 14 days will not be permitted into the U.S.
What countries are not allowed to visit America?
Under the restriction, countries participating in the Schengen Agreement will be included in the restriction. This agreement allows citizens from permitted countries, including the U.S., to travel freely for up to three months. They include:
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