Coronavirus holidays: Donald Trump bans immigration – can you still go on holiday to USA?

Donald Trump announced today that immigration into the USA will be temporarily suspended. The ban comes as the United States continues to fight “the Invisible Enemy” – coronavirus. America has the highest number of recorded cases in any country worldwide.


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There are currently nearly 2.5 million coronavirus cases globally, 787,960 of which are in the USA.

Trump announced the new measures on Twitter this morning.

The President tweeted: “In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!”

It is not known when the temporary ban to halt immigration will come into force. So what is the latest USA travel advice?

Sources told The New York Times the formal order banning new green cards and work visas could be implemented in days, shutting down legal immigration.

All travel to Europe from the States was suspended by Trump in March so he could mitigate the virus’ entrance into the US.

Due to the coronavirus crisis, almost all visa processing by the State Department, including immigrant visas, has been suspended for weeks.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice for America is currently as follows: “As of 16 March, it will not be possible for many British nationals to enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran or China within the previous 14 days.

“US citizens and permanent resident of the USA, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visas holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt and will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements.

“Those allowed entry to the USA may be asked to self-isolate for up to 14 days after arrival.

“British nationals will also be unable to transit the USA on an ESTA visa waiver if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran or China within the previous 14 days.”

For further information on the validity of ESTAs you should consult advice from US Customs and Border Protection.


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The new restrictions also limit the number of airports to which flights from the UK (and Ireland) can operate. The 13 airports are:

JFK (New York)

EWR (Newark)

IAD (Washington DC)

BOS (Boston)

ORD (Chicago)

DTW (Detroit)

MIA (Miami)

ATL (Atlanta)

DFW (Dallas)

LAX (Los Angeles)

SEA (Seattle)

HML (Honolulu)

There are no direct flights from San Francisco to the UK at this time, but there are flights with connections to the UK.

For now, though, the UK Government warns against all but essential travel as the nationwide lockdown continues.

The FCO states: “As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.

“Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available.

“Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.”

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