Presidential Proclamation to Mitigate Risks Posed by COVID-19

On March 11, 2020, President Trump issued a Proclamation to mitigate risks posed to the United States by the coronavirus.

The Proclamation sets certain temporary restrictions and limitations on entry into the United States of persons who have been in the Schengen Area during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.  This includes Norway.

These restrictions go into effect on March 13 at 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time.

This proclamation shall not apply to any lawful permanent resident of the United States.

This proclamation shall also not apply to any alien (i.e. any person not a citizen or national of the United States) who is:

  • the spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;
  • the parent or legal guardian of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident is unmarried and under the age of 21;
  • the sibling of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that both are unmarried and under the age of 21;
  • the child, foster child, or ward of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, or who is a prospective adoptee seeking to enter the United States pursuant to the IR-4 or IH-4 visa classifications;
  • traveling at the invitation of the United States Government for a purpose related to containment or mitigation of the virus;
  • traveling as a nonimmigrant pursuant to a C-1, D, or C-1/D nonimmigrant visa as a crewmember or any alien otherwise traveling to the United States as air or sea crew;

The proclamation shall also not apply to aliens who are:

  • seeking entry into or transiting the United States pursuant to one of the following visas:  A-1, A-2, C-2, C-3 (as a foreign government official or immediate family member of an official), E-1 (as an employee of TECRO or TECO or the employee’s immediate family members), G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO-1 through NATO-4, or NATO-6 (or seeking to enter as a nonimmigrant in one of those NATO categories);

or

  • whose travel falls within the scope of section 11 of the United Nations Headquarters Agreement;
  • whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their designees; or
  • members of the U.S. Armed Forces and spouses and children of members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

This proclamation does not apply to persons aboard a flight scheduled to arrive in the United States that departed prior to 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on March 13, 2020.

This proclamation shall remain in effect until terminated by the President.