President Trump has issued a Proclamation suspending entry into the United States for certain persons who pose a risk of transmitting the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. The travel ban becomes effective February 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm Eastern.

The Administration issued its Proclamation in connection with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) January 30, 2020 declaration, and determination from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus presents a serious public health threat.

The entry ban does not have a definite termination date. The President will make a determination every 15 days based on recommendations from the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Anyone who circumvents the application of this Proclamation through fraud, willful misrepresentation of a material fact, or illegal entry should be a priority for removal by the Department of Homeland Security.

Coronavirus Travel Ban and Exemptions

The U.S. entry ban applies to anyone who has been physically present within China (except Hong Kong and Macau) during the 14-day period prior to their entry into the United States, except for those listed below: 

  • Lawful permanent residents (LPR);
  • Spouse of a U.S. citizen or LPR;
  • Parent or legal guardian of a U.S. citizen or LPR who is unmarried and under 21;
  • Sibling of a U.S. citizen or LPR who is unmarried and under 21;
  • Child, foster child, or ward of a U.S. citizen or LPR; and
  • Others.

See the President's Proclamation here.

Exempted travelers are still subject to quarantine and screening guidelines upon entry into the United States. Travelers coming from China would be funneled through seven major U.S. airports to ensure screening, according to The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) acting director.

To our knowledge, all visa interview appointments are cancelled from February 3 through February 11 by the U.S. Embassy/Consulates in China due to the virus outbreak. Visa applicants should closely monitor the U.S. Embassy's website for updates on availability of visa interview appointments.

For general advice to employers regarding 2019 Novel Coronavirus issues, see our advisory here.

The facts, laws, and regulations regarding COVID-19 are developing rapidly. Since the date of publication, there may be new or additional information not referenced in this advisory. Please consult with your legal counsel for guidance.

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