President Donald Trump has announced that the US
will ban all travel from Europe to the USA for 30 days, in the
most aggressive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern US
The ban, effective at midnight on Friday, applies
to anyone who has been in the EU's Schengen border-free area
within 14 days prior to their arrival in the US. It does not
include the United Kingdom.
There will be exemptions for Americans who have
undergone appropriate screenings.
In 2019, there was a total of around 200,000
flights scheduled between the United States and the Schengen Area,
equivalent to around 550 flights per day. Those flights carried around 46
million passengers, which is roughly equivalent to 125,000 travelers every
The total value of the US-Schengen market in 2019
was $20.6 billion. The markets facing the heaviest impact are
US-Germany ($4 billion), US-France ($3.5 billion) and US-Italy
"The European Union failed to take the same
precautions and restrict travel from China and other hotspots. As
a result a large number of new clusters in the United States were
seeded by travellers from Europe. After consulting with our top government health
professionals, I have decided to take several strong but necessary
actions to protect the health and wellbeing of all Americans," President Trump
said. "To keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be
suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the
next 30 days. The new rules will go into effect on Friday at
The restrictions will not only apply to people, trade and
cargo, but various "other things" coming from Europe as well.
"For the vast majority of Americans the risk is
very, very low. Young and healthy people can expect to recover
fully and quickly if they should get the virus. The highest risk
is for the elderly population with underlying health conditions.
The elderly population must be very, very careful. In particular
we are strongly advising that nursing homes for the elderly
suspend all medically unnecessary visits. In general older
Americans should also avoid non-essential travel in crowded
areas," added President Trump. "Smart action today, will prevent
the spread of the virus tomorrow."
President Trump also said that the US is monitoring the
situation in China and South Korea, and as their situations
improve the US will reevaluate the restrictions and warnings that
are currently in place.
"For all Americans it is essential that everyone
take extra precautions and practice good hygiene. Each of us has a
role to play in defeating this virus. Wash your hands, clean often
used services, cover your nose and mouth if you sneeze or cough,
and most of all if you are sick or not feeling well, stay home!"
Mr. Trump added.