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In a speech addressing the COVID-19 virus, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday night that he is suspending travel from Europe in an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus.
The White House issued a presidential proclamation shortly thereafter that restricts foreign nationals who have been physically present in the Schengen Area from entering the U.S.
The Schengen Area comprises 26 European countries: 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.
BAL Analysis: Additional details are expected as DHS works to implement the travel ban by Friday night. Companies should account for affected employees and reschedule travel accordingly. U.S. citizens are not designated as being subject to the ban in the proclamation. In his speech, Trump said that U.S. citizens who have undergone “appropriate screenings” will be exempt from the ban. This may mean that U.S. citizens arriving from the Schengen Area will be screened upon arrival. Additionally, Trump said that the travel ban will be in effect for 30 days, while the proclamation says the ban will be in effect until further notice. BAL is closely following developments and will alert clients and report additional details as they become available.
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