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.
The action @POTUS is taking to deny entry to foreign nationals who have been in coronavirus-affected areas will keep Americans safe & save lives. These are not easy decisions but they are required. I will issue guidance within 48 hours outlining details.https://t.co/KYXE7JKswC pic.twitter.com/zgi6r5FoZq
— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) March 12, 2020
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?
Will the flight ban affect your travel plans?