January 28, 2021

U.S. Reinstates COVID-19 Travel Ban

President Biden has issued a proclamation renewing a COVID-19-related travel ban in place for non-U.S. citizens seeking to enter the country from Brazil, the European Schengen Zone, the U.K., and Ireland. In addition, South Africa will be added to the list of restricted countries as of the end of January.

The COVID-19 regional public health ban controls the entry of foreign nationals who have been present within any of the restricted countries in the 14 days prior to attempting to enter the U.S. Entry will be restricted to all who fall under these conditions unless they qualify for an exception.

The ban was due to be lifted following an order by President Trump during his last days in office, however President Biden’s proclamation renewed the restrictions indefinitely. They are expected to be reviewed every 30 days.

In addition to these restrictions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has ordered that from January 26, all those entering the U.S. aged two and above must provide either a negative COVID test or evidence of a recent recovery.

For further information on the extension of the travel ban for entry into the U.S. and those who may fall under an exemption, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team.

Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.

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