Trump administration suspends travel to U.S. from Brazil in attempt to limit spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Trump administration announced earlier this week it was suspending travel to the United States from Brazil in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Presidential Proclamation specifically applies to "all aliens who were physically present within the Federative Republic of Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry" into the U.S. and takes effect Tuesday (May 26) at 11:59 p.m. ET.

"The potential for undetected transmission of the virus by infected individuals seeking to enter the United States from the Federative Republic of Brazil threatens the security of our transportation system and infrastructure and the national security (of the U.S.)," President Donald Trump wrote in the Proclamation.

The proclamation does not impact lawful permanent residents of the United States and includes multiple exemptions and exceptions.

The United States (1.6 million) and Brazil (363,211) have the first and second most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world as of Tuesday, May 26, according to the World Health Organization, which officially declared the outbreak a pandemic in mid-March. There have been at least 5.3 million confirmed infections across the globe.

The latest proclamation is one of many travel and immigration related restrictions issued by Trump in recent months.

In late January, Trump barred foreign nationals who had traveled to China during the previous 14 days from entering the U.S. Then, in March, he enacted a similar ban for those who had been in the 26 nations located in Europe's "Schengen Area." The United Kingdom and Ireland were later added to that list of countries.

Additionally, the U.S. border with both Canada and Mexico were closed for "non-essential traffic" in mid-March because of the pandemic while the Department of State suspended routine visa services indefinitely at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide as of March 20.

Trump also issued a proclamation in mid-April barring certain individuals from entering the U.S. as Immigrants for at least 60 days.

As always, do not hesitate to contact Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm by phone at 704-442-8000 or via email with questions regarding the latest proclamation or any other immigration-related matter.

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