In an Oval Office speech to the nation, President Trump announced the USA would suspend all commercial and cargo travel from Europe for 30 days for non-Americans, effective Friday.
The United Kingdom and Ireland, which are not part of the Schengen Area, will be excluded.
A DHS spokesperson clarified Trump’s remarks, stating the ban will not apply to American citizens. Foreign nationals who have been in the Schengen Area over the last 14 days will not be allowed into the USA, though some exceptions will be made for immediate family members of American citizens.
Here is a statement from Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad F. Wolf:
Today President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation, which suspends the entry of most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States. These countries, known as the Schengen Area, include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. This does not apply to legal permanent residents, (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation.
There are so many questions left unanswered:
- What about travel to Mexico and Canada from Europe?
- Will Americans in Europe have to undergo quarantine when returning to the USA?
- Will airlines cancel all flights to/from Continental Europe?
- Has the USA just handed an incredible gift to British Airways and Are Lingus?
- Trump mentioned the ban “adjusted subject to conditions on the ground” – what would that look like?