• Filip Kobylecki

Many Pandemic Related Travel Restrictions Lifted ~ Provisionally

In an odd decision by the current White House, the coronavirus travel restrictions impacting the Schengen Area, the U.K., Ireland, and Brazil have been lifted in the following Presidential Proclamation. This Proclamation, which is currently scheduled to take effect on January 26, 2021, has been issued in response to the CDC's January 12, 2021 decision to require proof of negative coronavirus tests for all travelers to the United States. The Proclamation does not lift the ongoing coronavirus travel restrictions from China or Iran and is seen by many as a political statement against these two nations in the waning days of the current administration.

To complicate matters further, the BBC reports that the new administration does not seek to lift these restrictions on 1/26/2021, with plans to strengthen such public health measures in the first days of the transition further. Accordingly, travelers from the nations listed in this Proclamation should not take this action on face value and are encouraged to wait for additional information from the new administration before making any plans to travel to the United States, even with negative coronavirus tests or documentation of having recovered from coronavirus.

With the new administration expected to issue a whole host of new Proclamations and Orders pertaining to the coronavirus travel restrictions, the existing set of travel bans, and other prominent immigration issues, the coming days are expected to be dizzying but generally favorable towards prospective immigrants to the United States. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your planned travels or immigration plan and we will happily assist with up to date information!