Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST, the U.S. will extend the same travel restrictions to the U.K. and Ireland as are already in effect for other European countries, China and Iran.

The Department of Homeland Security also issued a Fact Sheet outlining the return process for persons affected by the March 11 presidential proclamation suspending entry into the U.S.

U.S. citizens, U.S. legal permanent residents and other exempted individuals returning from all restricted countries will be required to travel through the following airports.  All travelers will be subject to health screenings and given further instructions regarding best health practices, which includes a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine period.

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

DHS Acting Secretary Wolf stated- “I understand this new process will be disruptive to some travelers, however this action is needed to protect the general public from further exposure and spread of the coronavirus. Once back in the U.S. it is imperative that individuals honor self-quarantine directives to help protect their loved-ones and communities.”

The complete DHS press release can be accessed at https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/03/13/department-homeland-security-outlines-new-process-americans-returning-certain.

This is a rapidly developing story so please check back to this blog for updates.  As always, contact your GT attorney as to specific questions or needs.