New International Travel Ban to the United States from Certain African Countries Effective November 29, 2021
|On November 26, 2021, the White House issued a new Presidential Proclamation that bans inbound U.S. travel by individuals who have been physically present in the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of South Africa, and the Republic of Zimbabwe during the 14 day period preceding planned entry to the United States. This travel ban went into effect at 12:01 AM EST on November 29, 2021. The White House introduced this new travel ban in response to the emergence of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant.
The following categories of people are exempt from the November 29th travel ban:
The October 25, 2021 Presidential Proclamation remains in effect. All foreign national air travelers to the United States are required, with extremely limited exceptions, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane bound for the United States. All eligible international air travelers must also provide a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 prior to travel. For further details, please see our prior client alert. The White House is currently reviewing the possibility of implementing more stringent entry requirements for international air travelers, including a requirement that all air travelers secure a negative COVID-19 test result within 24 hours of air travel to the United States.
Additional International Travel Bans:
More than 30 additional countries have also issued travel bans, restrictions, and additional COVID-19 testing and quarantine measures in an effort to delay the further spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. Countries that are currently also banning travel from countries in southern Africa include Angola, Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Maldives, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda (South Africa only), Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, and the United Kingdom. Israel, Japan, and Morocco are now restricting travel from all international locations. Please note that most jurisdictions are continuing to require pre-fight COVID testing and quarantine requirements. Please reach out to your attorney at McCown & Evans regarding current country-specific COVID-19 travel guidelines.