Many COVID-19 restrictions may slowly be coming to an end. However, as to travel restrictions, many worldwide precautions are still in place, limiting how and where to one can travel.
As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. continues to limit the travel into the country. The red list originally created by the Trump administration, limiting who can enter the U.S., has been reimposed by President Biden on January 15, 2021, without any significant changes since then.
What Countries Are Subject to the Restrictions?
- The 26 Countries in the European Schengen
- United Kingdom
- Republic of Ireland
- South Africa
Who Is Exempted From the Travel Restrictions?
- Lawful permanent residents;
- Noncitizen national of the U.S.;
- Noncitizen spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;
- Noncitizen who is the parent or legal guardian of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, under 21 and unmarried;
- Noncitizen who is a sibling of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, if both are unmarried and under the age of 21;
- Noncitizen who is the child, foster child, or ward of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;
- Noncitizens traveling for a purpose related to containment or mitigation of COVID-19;
- Air or sea crewmembers;
- Noncitizens seeking entry into the U.S. under the following categories: A-1, A-2, C-2, C-3, E-1, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO-1 through NATO-4, or NATO-6.
- Noncitizen whose travel falls within the scope of section 11 of the United Nations Headquarters Agreement;
- Noncitizen who is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as their spouse and children; or
- Noncitizen whose entry would be in the national interest.
While it is possible that the limitations will be eliminated or at least decreased in the near future, with the distribution of vaccines here, it is still crucial to be fully aware and informed of all the restrictions and exemptions in place, depending on your status or the country you are traveling to, in order to ensure a stress-free and enjoyable trip.