STATE DEPARTMENT PROVIDES GUIDANCE ON COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AND EXCEPTIONS


The Department of State released guidance on June 24, 2021, on restrictions and exceptions under four presidential proclamations that suspend entry into the United States of noncitizens who were physically present in any of 33 countries during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.

The exceptions include:

  • U.S. citizens;

  • lawful permanent residents;

  • spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents;

  • parents or legal guardians of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident unmarried minor child;

  • siblings of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident child, provided both are unmarried and under the age of 21;

  • air and sea crewmembers;

  • U.S. non-citizen nationals (not applicable to Proclamations 9984 (China) and 9992(Iran));

  • diplomats;

  • any noncitizen who is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and any noncitizen who is a spouse or child of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces;

  • certain U.S. Government invitees for the purpose of the containment or mitigation of COVID-19; and;

  • certain travelers whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their designees.

A full list of the National Interest Exceptions (NIE) can be found here.

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