Between January 25, 2020 and February 29, 2020, the former administration issued three different executive orders restricting travel from China, South Africa, Brazil, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the Schengen region of Europe as a measure to decrease the spread of COVID-19. President Biden extended each of these proclamations on January 21, 2021, which stayed in place till withdrawn by executive order on October 25, 2021. Under this executive order, all COVID-19 travel restrictions were raised effective November 8, 2021, and replaced with requireds for vaccinations and evidence of unfavorable COVID-19 testing prior to international travel.
This expansion of international travel was short-term, nevertheless, as the discovery of a COVID-19 version called “Omicron” has triggered lots of nations to position brand-new constraints on global travel. In reaction to the Omicron variant, President Biden released A Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease 2019 on November 26, 2021, specifying in part:
… [T] he United States Government, consisting of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), within the Department of Health and Human Services, has actually reexamined its policies on global travel and concluded that additional procedures are needed to protect the public health from travelers entering the United States from the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of South Africa, and the Republic of Zimbabwe.
Effective November 29, 2021, non-citizens who have actually been physically present in among the 7 countries called above within 14 days prior to travel will not be confessed into the United States. This limitation consists of those people seeking to enter in nonimmigrant visa status for work, service travel, school, etc and includes very restricted exceptions, including exceptions for U.S. people and particular non-citizens who are legal long-term citizens (Green Card holders), or the instant family member of a U.S. Citizen. This pronouncement will remain in impact indefinitely, up until rescinded by the president in a subsequent executive action.
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