U.S. Blocks Incoming Foreign Travelers
Due to novel coronavirus COVID-19, on March 14, 2020, the U.S. issued a travel ban on foreign travelers who have traveled to the following regions within 14 days of attempting to enter the U.S.:
- The U.K. (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
- The 26 countries in the Schengen Area (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)
- China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau)
U.S. lawful permanent residents and certain family members are still able to enter the U.S. U.S. citizens will also be able to enter the U.S., even if they have traveled to any of the above countries within the last 14 days. However, there is still a risk of self-quarantine upon entry.
As of today (March 17, 2020), travelers from Japan are still able to enter the United States. Further news will be announced on the official U.S. visa application website.