CIEE Alert - Information on European Travel Ban

Wed, 03/11/2020

We are aware that in tonight's address from the Oval Office President Trump referenced new travel guidance for flights from Europe that will go into effect this Friday. A statement posted on the Department of Homeland Security website states clearly that this new travel restriction applies to most foreign nationals and does not apply to American citizens studying abroad. 

From the statement on the DHS website:  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 U.S. permanent residents, (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation."

We strongly encourage those affected by this proclamation to change your travel plans NOW and book travel back to the U.S. before the proposed entry restrictions take effect on Friday, March 13 at midnight. In addition, we strongly encourage everybody to follow the news and subsequent announcements from the White House and the Department of Homeland Security.  

The statement from the acting Secretary goes on to state that DHS will issue additional guidance on screening requirements within 48 hours. We will keep students informed about this and any follow-up statements, and will continue to support them as we understand more about this new guidance.