On Sunday May 24, 2020, the White House issued a Presidential Proclamation (Proclamation) suspending the entry of travelers who have recently been to Brazil. This will become effective on May 26, 2020 at midnight. This travel ban is in addition to the ban currently in force for certain travelers from China, Europe, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Iran. The United States, Canada and Mexico also recently extended travel restrictions and crossing borders except in the case of "essential travel" until June 21, 2020.
The Proclamation applies to individuals present in Brazil during the 14-day period preceding entry. The Proclamation did not furnish an end date until "terminated by the President." This ban would apply to all nonimmigrant visa holders including those holding B-1/B-2, F-1/F-2, E-1/E-2, L-1/L-2, H-1/H-4, O-1A and O-1B, R-1 and other visa holders.
This travel ban will affect all foreign nationals who have physically been present in the Federative Republic of Brazil within the 14 days preceding their intended entry into the United States.
Who does the travel ban exempt?
* Other categories of visitors to the United States, including diplomats, crew visa holders and others, are exempt from the travel ban.
Travel restrictions do not apply to trade between the United States and Brazil. The Proclamation further notes that commercial airline flights between the United States and Brazil will not be suspended.
While all visa holders are barred from entering the United States after the effective date of the Proclamation, it does furnish instructions for those interested to apply for an "exemption" from the travel ban. The Proclamation instructs applicants to contact the nearest consulate or embassy.
The link to the Proclamation and the accompanying Q&A afterward can be found here.
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