Fact Sheet: DHS Notice of Arrival Restrictions on China, Iran and Certain Countries of Europe

Original Release Date: March 13, 2020


  • American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are arriving from impacted area must travel through one of 13 airports where DHS has established enhanced entry screening capabilities.
  • All American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning from the impacted area must self-quarantine for 14 days after their arrival.
  • For more information on the coronavirus, please visit Coronavirus.gov

Summary

In furtherance of Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, and 9994, which bans the entry of non-U.S. citizens who are from or recently been in China, Iran, or certain European countries, the Department of Homeland Security issued a Notice of Arrival Restrictions requiring American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning home to the U.S. to travel through one of 13 airports upon arrival to the U.S., submit to an enhanced entry screening and self-quarantine for 14 days once they reach their final destination.

Coronavirus Travel Restrictions: To safeguard the homeland against the further spread of the coronavirus, President Trump has suspended the entry of foreign nationals who have been in China, Iran, and certain European countries at any point in the 14 days before their scheduled arrival to the US. | Affected: Foreign Nationals. The ban applies to foreign nationals of any country with qualifying travel within the impacted countries listed. | Countries impacted: Asia/Middle East: China and Iran. Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K. | Not affected: American Citizens: U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate family members can travel to the US but are subject to a 14-day self-quarantine; Travelers from the US: Passengers, regardless of nationality, traveling to Europe or Asia are not impacted; Cargo Shipments: Air and maritime cargo are not impacted.
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Background

On March 11, 2020, President Trump determined that the potential for widespread transmission of the coronavirus by infected individuals seeking to enter the United States threatens the security of the homeland.  The President issued Proclamations 9984, 9992, and 9993, which suspends entry to nearly all foreign nationals who have been in China, Iran, and certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled travel to the U.S.

These European countries, include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Implementation

The order is now effective. Americans returning from the affected countries will now be required to travel through 13 airports:

  • Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
  • Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
  • Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
  • Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia

Screening & Quarantine

Upon arrival, travelers will proceed to standard customs processing. They will then continue to an enhanced entry screening where the passenger will be asked about their medical history, current condition, and asked for contact information for local health authorities.  Additionally, some passengers will have their temperature taken.

After the enhanced entry screening is complete, passengers will be given written guidance about COVID-19 and be allowed to proceed to their final destination.

Once home, individuals must immediately self-quarantine in their home and monitor their health in accordance with CDC best practices.

In order to ensure compliance, local and State public health officials will contact individuals in the days and weeks following their arrival.

Americans Returning From Restricted Countries: To safeguard the homeland against the further spread of the coronavirus, US citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families returning home to the US after visiting qualifying affected areas with 14 days of their scheduled arrival will undergo enhanced entry screening at one of 13 airports and then undergo a 14-day self-quarantine. | US citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate family members that traveled to affected ares within 14 days of scheduled arrival in the US [map of China, Iran, and Europe] You will be redirected into one of 13 US airports for enhanced entry screening: BOS, ORD, DFW, DTW, HNL, ATL, JFK, LAX, MIA, EWR, SFO, SEA, IAD. | Upon arrival, you will proceed with CBP customs process with an enhanced medial interview. If not symptomatic for coronavirus, You will be permitted to reach your final destination, but must self-quarantine for 14 days. If symptomatic for coronavirus, you will be referred to CDC for medical evaluation.
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