In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, United States has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to United States, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.
Last updated: 23 Jun 2020
Travel Restriction Updates – COVID-19
UPDATE: As of 22 June 2020, COVID-19 restrictions that restrict entry to the United States through land ports of entry along the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders to “essential travel” only, will be extended through July 21, 2020..
Here’s what you need to know about the travel restrictions in United States.
Entering United States Borders
All foreign nationals who have visited any of the following countries or regions within 14 days of their arrival in the United States are prohibited from entering:
- This excludes China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau)
- European Schengen Area (including 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, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City)
- United Kingdom (including England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
- Republic of Ireland
All US nationals and permanent residents (including family members) are allowed to enter United States
- however if they have travelled to any of the listed countries, they will be redirected to one of the 13 designated airports
COVID-19 restrictions that restrict entry to the United States through land ports of entry along the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders to “essential travel” only, will be extended through July 21, 2020.
From 16 June 2020, US will suspend scheduled passenger operations of all Chinese carriers to and from the United States. The order will affect flights by the following Chinese airlines:
- Air China Limited (doing business as Air China)
- Beijing Capital Airlines Co., Ltd.
- China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited
- Hainan Airlines Holding Co. Ltd.
- Sichuan Airlines Co., Ltd.
- China Southern Airlines Company Limited
- Xiamen Airlines
Upon returning to United States
- All US residents returning with travel history to Hubei Province, China in the last 14 days prior to their entry to United States will be subjected to 14 days of mandatory quarantine
- All US residents returning with travel history to any of the listed countries and regions, in the last 14 days prior to their entry to United States will be subjected to “proactive entry health screening at a select number of ports of entry,” and up to 14 days of “monitored self-quarantine”
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Leaving United States Borders
- All US residents are urged to stay home and avoid all non-essential international travel during this period.
- United States will temporarily limit inbound land border crossings from Canada and Mexico to “essential travel”. However, this does not restrict U.S. citizens from returning home.
Get updates on changes pertaining to visa information here.
Changes to visa related services during COVID-19
- From 20th March 2020, The Department of State has suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates with the suspension of issuing new visas.
- However, Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee is valid and may be used for a visa appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment.
- Applicants with an urgent matter and need to travel immediately should follow the guidance provided at the Embassy’s website to request an emergency appointment.
- Updates on visa information can be found here.
Proclamation suspending immigrants who present risk to U.S labour market due to Covid-19
- On June 5, 2020, the U.S president issued a proclamation titled Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak, that will go into effect at at 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on June 24, 2020.
- The proclamation suspends “entry into the United States of any alien seeking entry pursuant to any of the following nonimmigrant visas” until December 31, 2020
- This includes entry of certain H, J, and l nonimmigrants.
- More updates on the proclamation can be found here.
Here is an overview of the travel restrictions in United States.
|Category:||Travel History||Travel Measures||Designated U.S Airports:|
|USA Residents (including Permanent Residents and their immediate family members)||Hubei Province in the past 14 days||Allowed entry, redirected to one of the 13 airports & subjected to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine||13 airports include: Atlanta (ATL) |
Los Angeles (LAX)
New York (JFK or EWR)
San Francisco (SFO)
|China, Iran, European Schengen area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland in the past 14 days||Allowed entry, redirected to one of the 13 airports & subjected to 14 days of monitored self-quarantine|
|All other countries/ regions||Allowed entry|
|Foreign Nationals ||China, Iran, European Schengen area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland in the past 14 days||Not allowed entry||-|
|All other countries/ regions||Allowed entry||-|
More Information on COVID-19
Check out the following pages and contact informations to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.
Contact the nearest here U.S. embassy or consulate
Contact U.S embassy assistance call center:
+1 202-501-4444 (From Overseas)
For COVID-19 updates visit USA.GOV