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COVID-19 UPDATE: Travel Restrictions and Coronavirus Information for U.S. Passport Holders

Coronavirus

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory recommending U.S. citizens avoid all nonessential international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Because of this, adjustments need to be made in order to ensure the wellbeing of yourself and other, especially when considering travelling to and from other countries.

Passports

Passports are currently only being issued in cases of life-or-death emergencies.

Life-or-death emergencies are serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family (e.g. parent, child, spouse, sibling, aunt, uncle, etc) that require you to travel outside the United States within 72 hours (3 days). You must provide:

If you have an emergency and need to get a passport fast, schedule an appointment at the nearest regional agency or contact a reliable passport expediter.

For more details about the current passport operations in response to COVID-19, you can visit here.

Travel

If you’re an U.S. citizen travelling or living abroad, you can register in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), which can provide you with information and assistance. For example, if your passport is stolen while traveling, the Program can assist you with obtaining a replacement so you can continue your trip. The Program can also provide the names of English-speaking doctors or local attorneys, provide loans to destitute U.S. citizens, and provide information about dangerous conditions affecting your overseas travel or residence.

If you are overseas and in need of emergency assistance contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Travel Restrictions

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel at this time due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice. For more information, go here.

Travel Bans

Travel into the U.S. from the following countries has been suspended:

  • China
  • Iran
  • UK
  • Ireland
  • Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland)

For more information, visit here.

International Travel

American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning home after recently visiting China, Iran or European countries from the Schengen Area are required to travel through one of the following 13 airports:

  • Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
  • Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
  • Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
  • Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia

For more details visit here.

Domestic Travel

The CDC generally doesn’t issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the United States. However, cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been reported in all states, and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease.

There a few things to consider before travelling, such as how much COVID-19 has spread in the area that you’re going, how much contact you or your travel companion will be with others during or trip, and the likeliness that you, your travel companion or someone you live with will have severe symptoms due to the virus.

For more details about what to consider before travel visit: CDC Travel in the U.S.

Coronavirus Information

Virus and Spread

The virus spreads mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms

The main symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses). For more information, visit CDC

Prevention

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Following are a few tips to keep yourself safe.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick except to get medical attention.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disenfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

The CDC also has information about how to clean and disinfect your home.

The Current Situation

Cases, Deaths and Recoveries

World Meters provides an up-to-date list and graphs of Coronavirus cases, deaths and recoveries for the United States and the world.

Map

The CDC has a map with the transmission level of each country. If you click on a country, it also has travel health information about that country.

Tips for Those Who Must Travel

  • Make sure that your passport is valid and in good condition.
  • Consider returning to your country of residence immediately using whatever commercial means are available.
  • Have a travel plan that does not rely on the U.S. Government for assistance.
  • Review and follow the CDC’s guidelines for the prevention of coronavirus.
  • Check with your airline, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.
  • Visit our Embassy webpages on COVID-19 for information on conditions in each country or jurisdiction.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States
  • Visit Keeping workplaces, homes, schools, or commercial establishments safe.
COVID-19 is still in a pandemic status. Take the necessary measures to prevent getting infected. Avoid any non-essential travel. If you need any information, you can come back to this guide.

If you have an emergency and need to get a passport fast, schedule an appointment at the nearest regional agency or contact a reliable passport expediter.

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