In an unprecedented move, President Trump has placed a 30 day ban on travel from Europe, excluding the UK, in effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
According to the New York Times, the restriction, which goes into effect on Friday at midnight, will exempt American citizens and permanent legal residents and their families – although they could be diverted through certain airports where they will be subject to enhanced screening.
The New York Times reports officials followed up after the president’s speech suggesting the 30 day travel ban be applied to foreign nationals who had been in the 26 countries that make up the European Union’s Schengen Area in the past two weeks.
“While these new travel restrictions will be disruptive to some travelers,” Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement, “this decisive action is needed to protect the American public from further exposure to the potentially deadly coronavirus.”
The State Department followed up with an advisory to all Americans, suggesting they “reconsider travel” outside of the United States due to the global effects of the coronavirus.
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According to USA Today, “The State Department issued a global travel warning of Level 3 — “reconsider travel” — one level below its strongest warning. The CDC advised Americans to “avoid nonessential travel” to Europe — a Level 3, its highest warning.”