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Trump’s ban on travel from Europe just went into effect – here’s what happens now

Published Mar 14th, 2020 1:06AM EDT
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  • The federal government has taken a series of dramatic and sweeping steps to try and get the spread of the coronavirus here under control, and one of them just went into effect at midnight Friday night: A ban on travel from Europe imposed by President Trump.
  • The ban excludes US citizens but covers 26 European nations and is set to extend for 30 days. Here’s what happens next, including what US citizens returning home will face, which includes stepped-up health screenings.
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President Trump’s dramatic imposition of a travel ban on foreign nationals coming into the US from Europe just went into effect as of midnight, Friday night — one of several sweeping new measures the federal government has taken to try and bring the spread of the coronavirus under control. And on the same day, no less, that the World Health Organization declared that Europe is now the epicenter of the global outbreak of the virus.

Barring a change in conditions on the ground, Trump announced the ban in a Wednesday night speech televised from the Oval Office, and it’s set to extend for 30 days. US citizens can still fly into the country from Europe, and it’s not the entirety of Europe that’s subject to the ban, so here’s what you need to know (as well as what happens now) in light of the ban now being in effect.

First and foremost, US citizens traveling from Europe back here between now and April 13 should know that they’ll be funneled into one of 13 airports so that they can be screened. That’s according to CNN, which was told by Vice President Pence on Thursday that those Americans and legal residents returning from Europe will then be asked to self-quarantine for a 14-day period.

These are the airports those returning to the US will be filtered through:

  • California: San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • California: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Florida: Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Georgia: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  • Hawaii: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)
  • Illinois: Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Massachusetts: Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Michigan: Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
  • New Jersey: Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • New York: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • Texas: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • Virginia: Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Washington state: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

Image source: Wilfredo Lee/AP/Shutterstock

As a reminder, the ban affects foreign nationals coming from what’s known as the Schengen area of Europe, which includes 26 countries like France, Germany, Norway, and Poland. The ban covers anyone trying to enter the US who’s been in any of those countries over the preceding 14 days.

American citizens, as well as some family members and green card holders, are among the exemptions to this ban, but as noted they’ll face additional screening measures once they arrive in the US.

Andy Meek Trending News Editor

Andy Meek is a reporter based in Memphis who has covered media, entertainment, and culture for over 20 years. His work has appeared in outlets including The Guardian, Forbes, and The Financial Times, and he’s written for BGR since 2015. Andy's coverage includes technology and entertainment, and he has a particular interest in all things streaming.

Over the years, he’s interviewed legendary figures in entertainment and tech that range from Stan Lee to John McAfee, Peter Thiel, and Reed Hastings.

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