On May 24, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation restricting travel from Brazil, which now has the second-highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases after the United States. The restrictions mirror those already in effect for China, Iran, UK, Ireland, and Europe’s Schengen Area (which includes 26 European countries).
Specifically, the order restricts and suspends the entry into the United States for individuals “who were physically present within the Federative Republic of Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.” Notably, the restrictions do not apply to US citizens, legal permanent residents, or their family members.
The new restrictions were initially slated to take effect May 28, 2020, but were later revised to take effect tonight (May 26, 2020) at 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time. The order does not apply to individuals aboard a flight scheduled to arrive in the United States who departed prior to 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on May 26, 2020.
Burr & Forman LLP will continue to provide legal updates and post them at our Coronavirus Resource Center. If you have questions about the travel restrictions or any other immigration issue, please contact Melissa Azallion (MAzallion@burr.com); Anna Scully (Ascully@burr.com); Nina Maja Bergmar (Nbergmar@burr.com); or Jon Eggert (JEggert@burr.com) on the Burr & Forman Immigration Team.