President Donald Trump announces a ban on travelers to the United States from Europe for the next 30 days.
The restrictions, which would begin on Friday and last for 30 days, would not apply to US citizens or to travelers from the UK.
It does not affect the UK, Ireland or other countries outside the Schengen common visa area. The ban could be extended to the UK and Ireland if infection rates rise rapidly, say analysts.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad F Wolf issued a statement after the president’s speech tonight saying in part:
Today President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation, which suspends the entry of most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States. These countries, known as the Schengen Area, include: 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. This does not apply to legal permanent residents, (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2020