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March 20, 2020
  • Current U.S. COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

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    March 20, 2020 (New York, NY) -- To limit the spread of COVID-19, many countries have put in place travel or border restrictions and other measures including movement restrictions and quarantines. The United States has already enacted a series of travel restrictions, and it is fair to expect that new restrictions may be imposed with little warning.

    Due to the global impact of COVID-19, many countries are strongly advising that people avoid travel. On March 19, 2020, the U.S. State Department warned American citizens not to travel abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic, issuing the highest possible level of travel advisory. We strongly recommend that you avoid traveling unless absolutely necessary.

    This is a fluid situation, and things are changing rapidly. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has set up a webpage that addresses travel restrictions across the globe. The U.S. State Department has also gathered information on travel restrictions. You should refer to these pages before considering any international travel. You should also expect to be subjected to additional screening at airports upon arrival.

    Non-U.S. citizens should confer with an immigration attorney to determine how any travel may affect your immigration status and reentry into the United States. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website also provides regular updates as this situation develops.

    In addition to checking your local municipality’s webpage to learn more about local travel restrictions or recommendations, these are some of the most likely relevant international travel restrictions that may affect you and your family:

    United States: Entry to the United States is suspended for all foreign nationals who have visited China, Iran, the European Schengen area, the United Kingdom, or Ireland at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States.

    U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and their families who have been in China, Iran, the European Schengen area, the United Kingdom, or Ireland at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States will be allowed to enter the United States, but will be redirected to one of 13 specific airports.

    Canada: As of March 18, 2020, the United States and Canada are temporarily suspending non-essential travel between the two countries.

    Europe: On March 17, 2020, the European Union announced a 30-day ban on entry to the European Union for non-essential travel to all non-European Union citizens, except UK citizens.

    India: Beginning on March 22, 2020, the Indian government will impose a temporary travel ban on all inbound international travel. This ban is initially for one week, but please continue to check for updates and changes. Once travel resumes, it remains likely that all incoming travelers, including Indian nationals, will be subject to medical screening and can be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days on their arrival in India.

    All existing Indian visas (except diplomatic, official, United Nations or International Organizations, employment, and project visas) are suspended until April 15, 2020.

    For more information about specific travel to other countries not listed or for continually updated developments on new restrictions, please visit the CDC website and the U.S. State Department website.

    As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.
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