Coronavirus Update: Travel Ban Extended to Brazil

By May 29, 2020Covid 19
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The White House issued another presidential proclamation imposing travel restrictions and quarantines on travelers from Brazil starting on 11:59 on May 26 due to the coronavirus. This is after the travel ban imposed on travelers from Chin, Iran, European countries, and the United Kingdom.

Starting on May 26, the U.S. will ban direct travel from Brazil for all travelers including those holding valid visas except for the foreign nationals listed below:

  • U.S. citizens;
  • Lawful permanent residents;
  • The spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;
  • The parent or legal guardian of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, if the U.S. citizen or 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;
  • A foreign national traveling at the invitation of the U.S. government for a purpose related to containment or mitigation of the virus;
  • Nonimmigrant crewmembers;
  • Foreign nationals seeking entry or transiting the United States under an A-1, A-2, C-2, C-3, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO-1 through NATO-4 or NATO-6 visa;
  • A foreign national whose entry would not pose a significant risk of transmitting the virus, as determined by the Centers for Disease Control; and
  • A foreign national whose entry would further important U.S. law enforcement interests or would be in the U.S. national interest.

Foreign nationals who have recently visited these countries and who are not immediate relatives of U.S. citizens or green card holders will not be admitted to the United States until the presidential proclamation has been lifted. This includes foreign nationals who hold a valid U.S. nonimmigrant visa.

Foreign nationals who have traveled to Brazil within 14 days of their entry to the United States but are exempt from the new proclamation could be subject to the same or similar quarantine measures required for groups exempt from the China travel restrictions.

You can find key immigration information related to the Corona Virus below

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