DONALD TRUMP has banned most travel from Europe to the US in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The US President announced in a rare Oval Office address that America would block arrivals from 26 countries for 30 days from midnight on Friday 13 March.
Which countries has Donald Trump banned?
According to the US Department for Homeland Security (DHS), the ban applies the the 26 countries belonging to the 26-strong Schengen passport-free zone.
The 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.
As non-members of the Schengen Agreement, Britain and Ireland are not included in the ban.
Who will be affected by the travel ban?
The Presidential Proclamation that Donald Trump signed suspends travel for people who have been in the listed European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their arrival.
The restrictions prevent the entry of "most foreign nationals" but doesn't apply to legal permanent US residents and their immediate family members or other individuals mentioned in the proclamation.
Those exempt include individuals who are:
- Married to US citizens or legal permanent residents
- Parents and guardians of US citizens or legal permanent residents aged under 21
- Siblings of US citizens or legal permanent residents, providing both are unmarried and under 21
- Children or foster children of US citizens or legal permanent residents
The ban also doesn't apply to;
- Ship and plane crews
- Foreign nationals invited to the US to help tackle coronavirus
- Foreign government officials and their immediate family
- Foreign nationals who work for the US armed forces
- International organisations including Nato and the United Nations
- Those whose entry is "deemed in national interest"
When does the travel ban start and how long does it last?
Trump's travel ban begins at 11:59 ET on Friday 13 March – 3.59am on Saturday 14 March UK time.
It is scheduled to run for 30 days, although the White House have said this could be adjusted.
How will Trump's travel ban work in practice?
What seems clear is that Britons travelling to the US having been in the Schengen Area over the previous 14 days will be blocked by the suspension.
It also seems clear that any national of the Schengen members states should be able to fly to the US from Britain, but will have had to spend 14 days in the UK first. Although it is unsure how this will be checked.
Additional guidance is expected as the White House has not outlined exactly how the US will deal with the ban.
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