President Biden Extends Travel Bans in Light of New Contagious Strands
President Biden and his administration announced this week that the United States will extend travel bans for most non-U.S. citizens and permanent residence. This Presidential Proclamation comes in light of new, more contagious coronavirus variants in different parts of the world.
The Trump administration previously issued travel bans against Brazil, the United Kingdom, and many European countries, though former President Trump had indicated that such bans would be eliminated shortly after the end of his term. President Biden’s Presidential Proclamation extends the travel bans for individuals in those countries and adds South Africa as among the countries covered by the extension.
New Coronavirus Variants
These travel bans come after new, more contagious coronavirus variants have been reported in Brazil and South Africa. The South African variant has not been reported in the United States but has been found in over two dozen other countries.
In Minnesota, the Brazilian strand has been reported after a Minnesota resident recently traveled to Brazil. This is the first confirmed case of the new Brazilian strand in the United States.
Who’s Affected by the Travel Ban?
U.S. citizens and permanent residents will not be affected by this travel ban. It applies to non-U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have spent time in any of those countries in the past 14 days. The extension of President Trump’s travel ban will take effect at midnight on January 26, 2021; whereas, the incorporation of South Africa into the travel ban will take effect at midnight on January 30, 2021.
President Biden also signed an executive order last week that requires all international travelers to test negative for the coronavirus before entering the United States.
With the majority of U.S. citizens still needing to get vaccinated, President Biden and his administration are trying to get in front of the spread of new coronavirus variants before they enter the United States.
This Presidential Proclamation does come with exemptions, however. The National Interest Exemption (NIE) is still enumerated in the most recent travel ban as a means of entering the United States, and likely remains the best way to enter the United States if you are in a country under a travel ban by the United States. We have been able to help many of our clients receive an NIE, to read more about it, click here.
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