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New Changes for Foreign Nationals Traveling from Europe New Changes for Foreign Nationals Traveling from Europe

New Changes for Foreign Nationals Traveling from Europe

The State Department recently announced changes to the COVID-19 travel restrictions for foreign nationals who have been present in the Schengen area in Europe, the United Kingdom, and Ireland within 14 days of planned entry to the United States. Specifically, the Secretary of State rescinded prior guidance granting “national interest exceptions” to the travel restrictions for senior-level managers and executives, technical experts, professional athletes, and traders and investors. Some travelers from Europe will continue to be eligible for national interest exceptions, including academics, students, journalists, and those whose travel is related to the public health response and/or national security. The new guidance also limits the issuance of national interest exceptions to those foreign nationals who will “offer vital support to critical infrastructure sectors.” The exact process and interpretation of national interest exceptions continues to vary between U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide. Foreign nationals should seek counsel before making travel plans into the U.S. from these regions.

Please contact Jenifer Brown or Christl Glier with questions regarding this new guidance or any other business immigration matters.

This publication is intended for general information purposes only and does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice. The reader should consult with legal counsel to determine how laws or decisions discussed herein apply to the reader’s specific circumstances.
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