January 26, 2021
On January 25, 2021, President Biden issued a proclamation maintaining travel restrictions on the entry into the United States of foreign nationals who were physically present within the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry. These restrictions were in effect and were scheduled to be lifted on January 26, 2021. In addition, President Biden’s Proclamation adds South Africa to the list of countries with restrictions on entry into the United States.
President Biden’s Order cites the “widespread, ongoing person-to person transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19,” including variants circulating in the United Kingdom, Brazil, and South Africa, and concludes that these travel restrictions are “required to protect the public health from travelers entering the United States from those jurisdictions.”
When does this proclamation go into effect?
What are the exceptions under this proclamation?
Certain nonimmigrants and immigrants are exempt from these travel restrictions, including:
Will there be changes to this proclamation?
The proclamation “shall remain in effect until terminated by the President,” and orders the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide a recommendation as to whether the proclamation should be continued, modified, or terminated 30 days from issuance, and by the end of each month thereafter.
We will be following all further developments closely, and we will update our website as changes are made. If you have any specific questions about your case and how this proclamation may affect it, please contact our firm and we will be happy to help with any questions or concerns during this uncertain time.
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