[Updated] US Won’t Ban Any Flights, But Will Ban Foreign Nationals Who Have Been To Europe In The Past 2 Weeks

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Update: The Department of Homeland Security is now clarifying that the ban is not on all flights and travel from Europe as President Trump announced, but rather it will be applied for 30 days starting on Friday at 11:59pm to foreign nationals who have been in Schengen area European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States. These countries are: 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. 

US permanent residents, citizens, and immediate family members of U.S. citizens are exempt, though they may be screened and tested for Coronavirus.

Even though there are no flight bans, I’d expect many flights between the US and Schengen area European countries to be reduced and/or cancelled for at least the next 30 days.

The White House has also clarified that while Coronavirus testing will be free, contrary to what was announced in the speech, Coronavirus treatment will not be free. Additionally there will be no new restrictions on imported goods and cargo from Europe.


President Trump just announced that the US will end all flights from Europe, excluding the UK, for 30 days. The flight ban goes into effect on Friday at midnight and there will be limited exceptions for Americans who have been properly screened and tested to fly home.

He also announced that all health insurers will waive co-pays and deductibles on coronavirus care.

Other financial measures are being undertaken to prop up the economy.

Trump blamed Europe for failing to stop flights to China early enough and for the US getting Coronavirus from Europe.

I guess the question is, is it too late to actually stop coronavirus from spreading in the US? Will this be able to slow its spread?

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Ben

What about Israel?
Not part of Europe, right?
My son is flying home on Tuesday

Jan Wittebrood

Israel is no EU it’s Asia

Goldie Shawel

Middle east not Asia

Trust

Middle East is a Region, not a Continent. So in this context, Israel is from Asia. 🙂

Ernesto

Your knowledge in geography is just breathtaking!

Italy

What does this mean for Israel?

Morris

Does Trump get an HT?

Shmoogrr

I don’t think so, he wears a cap

Eve

Is Turkey considered Europe !

Márk

Yes some places its South érsz europe

Italy

If you fly from Europe through the U.K. what happens?

Shmoogrr

Try it and let us all know

Italy

I have a pesach program in Europe and my flight has a stopover in London

Dan\'s the Man

Take a boat?

Italy

Will the programs get cancelled?

Jan Wittebrood

You ‘ve been in Italy? Forget it. There are no flights from and to Italy. You have stayed in a Schengen, unless you have yourself tested, but the incubation time is 6 days..

Jan Wittebrood

That should be ok. UK is no Schengen, never has been. The problem with the Schengen countries is that there are no borders anymore and therefore no control, then you get problems with diseases, illegal migrants, smuglers etc..

charles huber

totally agree

BLH

Just like there are no borders between our states.

Hella D

You are originating from Germany or any other European country..the US will not let you in!
Plus Trump announced that GB will be incl in the Ban.

Rifketty

Does this include Israel?

Mendy

So Israel to usa flights still on? Or this includes Israel?

Darrell

Israel included?

Peerim

Best president ever.

Joe s

I thought he said flights coming into America. I didn’t hear about departures

Temima Feldman

Will this effect travel to israel for Pesach ?

Pesach

Last I checked, Pesach is in under 30 days. So, yes, any flights through Europe.

Trump misspoke

Just check with your airline. You might get to Israel through Europe after all.

Dave

How about Turkey

Shmoogrr

Currently Fleishigs

leah

my sons are scheduled to come back from israel next week sunday with aeroflot via moscow and monday with ukraine air over ukraine. what are our choices at this point? how do we get them a health pass?

Dan\'s the Man

If the flights are running they’ll make it home. If they aren’t they won’t. What’s the big deal? If they are away all year by themselves they can manage being away for yom tov. Too early to predict whether their flights will fly.

BC

IMHO, if the kids are there to learn what is sillier than going out of the Kedusha of EY and going down for the Regel.

Broussard

Asanine. But that’s about what can be expected from him. The virus is already in this country. And there is nothing stopping someone from going to uk and then flying here. Completely illogical.
The need more widespread testing to help isolate those infected

Bob

A friend is planning a trip to London with a couple days in Paris via Eurostar. Are they going to let her back in the country?

Jan Wittebrood

forget it. is very bad plan

Mendel

Take a flight with stop over in sao paulo

Jan Wittebrood

Do Brasil aircrafts have healing and decontaminating effects? If you have been in Schengen zone for last two weeks it doesn`t matter if you make stopovers all over the globe.

Brett

I heard banning flights from Europe. I did not hear anything about to Europe.

Sam

The flights are not banning

Ekrem

I guess my plans to go to Austria and Cyprus next month are off. Hope United gives me my money back and don’t try to do just a travel credit!

Bob

Fly to Canada, then head south.

Russia

Does this include layovers in Moscow?

Eve

Same question – Turkey is half Europe half Asia

Jan Wittebrood

Turkey is not EU is not the same as geografical Continent Europe=No problem, as long you havent stayed in Schengen country before.

Esther

Flights FROM Europe

Yanky

Ppl calm down everything will be good סאיז נאך פורים אין ירושלים

aaron

is Russia Europe?

Jan Wittebrood

Yes but it’s not EU so no problem. Is the same question as is Mexico America, yes its part of the continent, but it’s not USA

Dave

Is Turkey considered Asia or Europe?

Dan\'s the Man

Depends which part of the country 🙂

Jan Wittebrood

Asia.

Shimon

I have a stopover in Ams on Wednesday am I still good or I need to rebook

MORRIS SPITZER

Are flights from Turkey effected?

Chaim

The UK is excluded from this travel ban.

Bankrupt

Some airlines just effectively went bankrupt

Dan\'s the Man

No they didn’t. Trump met with them yesterday in the white house.

JW

Flew into London on Friday, am currently in Ireland scheduled to fly back from Dublin on Monday. Is there any info on if I could go to London and then back? Also, any chance that Ireland isn’t being included in Europe as a chunk of the UK is on Ireland? Finally, any info about how you can go about getting properly screened to get an exception?

Tom

It sounds like you should be fine if you go to London. It looks like a flight ban, which would be different from the travel ban associated with Wuhan–requiring US citizens to be quarantined if they were returning to the US and had visited Wuhan in the last 14 days. They haven’t said anything like “If you’ve been to the EU in the last 14 days” AFAIK. I would doubt there would be an exception for Ireland. The logic is that EU has free movement of people from, say, Italy/Spain/Germany to Ireland. We should know more tomorrow when Trump’s team can catch up with his mouth.

Tom

Nevermind, my mistake for taking the president at his word.

Benr

Does anyone have the details about “Americans who have been properly screened and tested to fly home”?

Steve

Is Russia, Ukraine or Poland part of Europe?

sara

in my geography lessons only poland was

Ay

Info was taken from Siri!. Any comments/questions feel free to ask her!

Ay

Poland and Ukraine are part of Europe. Russia is in Asia

Ay

Poland and Ukraine are part of Europe. Russia is in asia

Maxi

Learn the geography first. Russia is in both Europe and Asia. Moscow and saint Petersburg ARE in Europe.

CJ Srullowitz

Official Loshon from Homeland Security:

March 11, 2020 —

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.

https://www.dhs.gov/news-releases/press-releases

Mlm

Does this include moscow or just countries part of the European union?

Ari

So does that mean all the air serbia flights are canceled? I booked for 3/30 to 4/05

Sam

Anyone arriving in Israel, national or foreign, will be subject to 14 day quarantine at least.

Ay

Does anyone have an idea why UK was excluded ?

Njmacman

Brexit separates them.

DL

nyclhr is too profitable for us airlines?

Tom

The policy doesn’t make sense at all, but if I had to guess I’d say the reasoning has to do with the fact that all citizens of EU member states have the right to free movement between EU member states. The UK can ban people from Italy from entering the UK, because the UK is no longer bound by the EU’s rules. Austria cannot ban people from Italy from entering Austria, because Austria is bound by the EU’s rules. (They can probably exercise some kind of emergency power now–I don’t know because I’m not an EU constitutional scholar).

Shmoogrr

Things happen slower there….

Ay

Does anyone have any idea why the UK was excluded ??

Dave

I just got off with phone with Turkish Airlines and Priceline. Istanbul is considered part of Europe. All their flights to USA are canceled

Ja

Guys! It’s FROM Europe not TO Europe. See the speech again!! The title needs to be changed. It’s spreading false news

Freecountry

Any deals on hazmat suits and gas masks?

Abey

Yep too late

Yochai

There goes everyone who was blaming Israel for being too strict on entry bans. They were the only ones to be ahead of the game!

sara

DHS just confirmed that ban is only on FOREIGN NATIONALS,
not US citizens

sara

This also answers why europeans cant just come through the UK as only UK citizens will be allowed in!

DENNIS A ROE

What about flights from Ireland?

a

what about ukraine air?

Joel Rosenberg

My Sunday night to lizensk I guess is off now what happened if I fly through UK

Chff
Choapeih

If your flight is canceled does the airline automatically refund the tickeys?

sara

DHS also confirmed this only applies to schengen countries, this does NOT include turkey and ukraine for example

Selene

Does this include layovers in Europe? (Turkey)

KristinaG

So can you still fly on Friday?

Kathy

The ban is on flights from Europe to the US, not from the US to Europe.

Moe

https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/03/11/homeland-security-acting-secretary-chad-f-wolf-s-statement-presidential-proclamation

WASHINGTON) 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.

CV

So anyone in Europe can drive to UK and then fly to USA?

Avi

You mean swim

Moe

yeah, but if they have an EU passport they are going right back home.

sara

DHS acting secretary Chad Wolf:

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.

Italy

Is this true and final? Croatia isn’t on the list. And green card holders are ok too?

Yankel

Did Trump misread his teleprompter?

YM

Doesn’t he always?

CV

So according to DHS Americans can still fly back and forth. So will all the flights be cancelled?

Thinking Jew

Too little, too late

Alyssa

Is there really going to be screening of us citizens? Based on reports from people returning from abroad from Italy they were able to enter the us with no temperature check

sara

The White House has clarified that the travel restriction will not apply to goods and cargo coming from the EU. During his televised address, Trump said that “prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo but various other things”.

It seems he stumbled on his words. The proclamation he signed only applies to human beings.

Corona Shmarona

My wife is a US citizen. My mother in law is coming to visit us from Italy for Pesach. So according to the updateS restrictions she will be allowed entry?

Shmoogrr

Italy, probably no,
But why bother your SHVIGGER?

Sefardi yid

My what? What did you just call my beloved mother in law? I’m mizrachi

Helen

No, unless your wife is under 21 and not legally married to you.

(a) Section 1 of this proclamation shall not apply to:
(iii) any alien who is 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;

Your mother in law should come before Friday.

Annie

What happens with European travelers that plan to go home to Europe (after Friday)? Are those flights also affected?

BrooklynDan

So Serbia is still ok?
Doesn’t make sense. You can drive to Hungary in under 2 hours from Belgrade airport.

yy

And Hungary has a lower rate of infections than Serbia. Much lower than the UK. The logic of this move eludes me.

Russel

Beating our flight from NYC to Tell Aviv via Serbia ain’t happening on April 6th. Hope they refund…

??????

What is up on this planet Country’s seem to be loosing their minds to keep ‘their’ ‘numbers’ down !
You can literally think there are dead bodies lining the streets
How about the suicides that will be coming from all lost jobs

Leah Miller

Dan

Mark

As far as I can tell from reading the article going via the U.K. from Europe to us WILL NOT work.. it clearly says if you have been in Europe at ANY time in the last 30 days.

Bob

Is this immediate or they foerign nationals are only banned starting Friday night?

BC

I am guessing the various alliances will designate one flight a day to fly to the USA. So assume star alliance will have one flight from MUC perhaps and cancel all Swiss, austrian, Lh and Brussels, shuttling passengers all to one location.

A

So If I travel back and forth to Europe on US passport it is all okay?

Luis

Would this effect travels directly to Puerto Rico from Spain?

Christine

I am in Tanzania, expected to fly through Amsterdam on the 25th of March. My husband is flying through Frankfurt and Zurich on the 19tg. How will this work?

Shmoogrr

As long as you are US citizens… you should be OK, but subject to rigorous testing

Shimon

How come my flight is not canceled flying from tlv to ams then to jfk on the 18th of march bec i can not rebook without paying the fare diff until it gets canceled and i am scared they cancel my flight right before it

Shua

Assuming Israel doesn’t extend the ban is there a chance that the 04/06 Air Serbia flight will still fly

CV

How does it help to only ban based on passport. The same people could’ve caught Coronavirus?

Joe

Will I be able to travel to Europe(Greece) in April?

Shmoogrr

Which year?

Reader

is there any faster way to reach chase travel still waiting more then a hour

Mmc

I have a regular domestic flight out of NYC tomorrow. Will the airport lines be extremely long due to the last minute rush before the ban kicks in?

Mee too

Don’t you like the music?

Reader

i know it by hart by now
almost 2 hours !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reader

finally just go true yyyyaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ava

Does anyone know if this would affect my travels from the UK if I have a layover in Amsterdam? I am a US citizen

MK

Interesting how Trump is still ok with travelers from South Korea entering the US, where infection rate is higher

Crystal

Im flying into the UK in mid April and traveling to Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, back yoLondon and home to Los Angeles. Because i visit other countries, will I not be allowed back home?

Jimmy Castillo

We’re flying this Sunday night to Mexico City and then continued travel that same day with the rest of our family from Mexico City to Paris on AF, we have already cancel our Rome and Venice flights and AF I’d giving us a refund because of cancel flights but not for the mex-cdg only credit( which we won’t use) I called AF in Mexico and their so rude and just keep saying voucher. In our case is hard because we won’t be able to reunite like this and Now this ban, my question is would they let my partner and me back in the US ? We’re flying back from France vía Mexico City?

jo

if im flying from Israel on air Canada in a week should i be nervous

Julia

What about Ukraine?

Osaretin

What about turkey is turkey part of Europe? I’m flying next week Friday to the state

Chaim

Can I expect a refund from the airline, if I want to cancel a round trip to the UK?
Thank you Dan

Kyja

My partner just arrived in the UK via Amsterdam from vegas, his flight back is also via Amsterdam first week of next month, any ideas what will happen? assume he will be affected by this? but family think not.

Allie

What if I fly from the UK but have a layover in the Paris airport? I am a US citizen but my boyfriend is a UK citizen.

Elliot

Any updates regarding Azerbaijan Airlines (TLV-JFK)?

anna

That’s what i am wondering there not giving full refund only 50%

Lorraine

What about ireland north and south?

Dra

People you need to go back to school and educate yourself about geography and continents.. reading all this retarded posts and how people are dumb ,tells me we need Corona virus to at least wipe off dumb***** from face of Earth. No point to ban any flight to anywhere or from anywhere ocassionally or certain region. If you want to stop spreading , all flights from anywhere to anywhere should be banned. It is dumb as ****, what about small boats , cars, dual citizenships , it is hard to control crowd. If you want to isolate spreading , then ban on all.travel anywhere, plain, buses , trains .. stupidity reach peak !
Educate yourself … LOL

yona

I agree with Dra.
In order to stop the spread, we need to ban all entry into USA. Anyone who did enter, needs to quarantine. Like this we are spreading it around. We will also have to implement a lock down by neighborhood or community so as not to transfer it between groups. Keep to the same minyan and learn in the same shul as you will be davening. Simcha’s should be kept to a minimum. Life should continue on a smaller scale, by implementing restrictions. In the end we will only benefit from it. China did not implement any restrictions until a few months after the first know case. It ended up being uncontrollable. We are following them just the same by not implementing harsher restrictions.

loveabargain

RCBC of Bergen county just did this-
All schools closed- All shuls closed- no minyanm

yona

they are taking steps to protect their community. SMART!!
Today’s day a large percentage of people can work from home and kids can learn via computer or those that don’t, can learn via conference

loveabargain
Aishwarya

I am going to travel to USA from India but my layover is in Netherlands, Europe
Will there be restrictions to travel to USA?

Esther Weiner

Is there any chance that domestic US travel will be affected? My son is getting married in Lakewood on Tuesday and we live in Chicago. The Chosson is with us for his Aufruf

Janette Su

We have tickets to go to Athens from Houston, TX March 17 with transfer at Istanbul. If we don’t go on to Greece and just stay in Istanbul until time to fly back to Houston, will we be ok to return to Houston airport? Turkey is not on the list of countries.

Catherine Crane

I’m an American citizen & I have a stop over in Dublin on my way home from Africa. I will not be getting off the plane. Will I have to be screened?

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