AMERICANS flying home from the UK and Europe will only be allowed to travel through one of 13 US airports but won't be tested for coronavirus on arrival.
Just yesterday, President Donald Trump updated his month-long European coronavirus travel ban to include the UK and Ireland, starting from Monday.
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Once passengers arrive back in the US, they will have to undergo 'advanced screening', though this does not include getting their temperatures taken or being tested for COVID-19.
Returning US nationals are being encouraged to undergo a 14-day quarantine as a precaution to curb the spread of the virus, in accordance with CDC guidelines.
The official advice from the Department of Homeland Security reads: "Upon arrival, travellers will proceed to standard customs processing.
"They will then continue to enhanced entry screening where the passenger will be asked about their medical history, current condition, and asked for contact information for local health authorities.
They added: "Passengers will then be given written guidance about COVID-19 and directed to proceed to their final destination, and immediately home-quarantine in accordance with CDC best practices."
The advice marks a departure from promises made by President Trump in an address on Thursday that American passengers returning home would be tested for the virus before boarding a flight from Europe.
Trump also previously insisted that passengers who tested positive wouldn't be allowed to board.
President Trump decided to include the UK and Ireland in the Europe-wide travel ban after health experts pointed out the rising numbers in the UK.
Vice President Mike Pence confirmed the ban begins midnight Monday EST.
The ban will not apply to U.S. citizens, a spokesperson said at the press conference.
The European travel ban, which aims to curb the spread of the deadly virus, has caused chaos for Americans in Europe, who desperately tried to fly home on Friday.
It has left some forced into paying up to £16,000 for a flight back to the US.
Trump previously said the UK was so far exempt from a travel ban based on the recommendation of 'a group of professionals' – but the rising number of British cases could result in a volte-face.
He told reporters on Thursday: "We are looking at it based on the new numbers that are coming out – and we may have to include them in the list of countries that we will, you could say ban or whatever it is, during this period of time."
The US President said Britain's "numbers have gone up fairly precipitously over the last 24 hours".
As of Thursday March 14, the UK has at least 1140 cases with 21 dead.
These are the airports that Americans returning home will be able to fly to.
Airports that Americans Returning From Europe Can Fly To
• Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
• Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
• Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
• Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
• Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
• Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
• John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
• Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
• Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
• Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
• San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
• Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
• Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia
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