Over the past few months we’ve seen President Trump introduce several travel bans. First there was the China travel ban in early February, then there was the European Union travel ban in mid-March, and then that travel ban was extended to the UK and Ireland a few days later.
Now we can add another country to the travel ban list.
US introduces Brazil travel ban
Brazil has seen an explosion of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, and is now the country with the second most cases (after the United States).
The United States will ban non-Americans who have been to Brazil in the past 14 days from entering. This will take effect as of 11:59PM ET on Thursday, May 28, 2020, though anyone onboard a scheduled flight prior to that time will be allowed in. No end date has been given for this yet.
As the decision is described:
The potential for undetected transmission of the virus by infected individuals seeking to enter the United States from the Federative Republic of Brazil threatens the security of our transportation system and infrastructure and the national security, and I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Federative Republic of Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.
Who is excluded from this travel ban?
This travel ban doesn’t apply to everyone. In addition to lawful permanent residents of the United States being excluded, the following people are as well (among others — see the proclamation for full details):
- Spouses of US citizens or lawful permanent residents
- Those who are the parent or legal guardian of a US citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided the US citizen or lawful permanent resident is unmarried and under the age of 21
- Those who are the sibling of a US citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided both are unmarried and under the age of 21
- Those traveling at the invitation of the United States government for a purpose related to containment or mitigation of the virus
- Those traveling as a crewmember, either as an air or sea crew
The US has just added a Brazil ban, so non-Americans who have been to Brazil in the past 14 days can no longer enter the US. This even includes transit passengers, though excludes select categories of passengers, as summarized above.