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UNITED STATES: Entry Ban Extended to Schengen States

The president has announced the suspension of entry for travellers of any nationality who have been in the Schengen area in the previous 14 days.

Which countries are affected?

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.

European countries which are not in the Schengen area are as follows: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Ireland, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Vatican City.

Who is exempt?

The ban does not apply to US citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) or their family members.

When does this take effect?

This proclamation does not apply to persons aboard flights scheduled to arrive in the United States that departed prior to 11:59 pm eastern daylight time on Friday 13 March 2020. The presidential proclamation does not specify an end date for this suspension.


The president has previously issued proclamations restricting entry for travellers who have been in mainland China and Iran in the previous 14 days.

Regular visa services at US consulates in China and Italy are suspended.

Our Advice

Newland Chase’s immigration specialists around the world are on standby to advise and assist employers whose staff are affected by this developing situation. Please contact us.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2021 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.