New Exceptions to Travel Ban
USCIS just issued an exception to the travel ban Proclamations that suspended the entry of all aliens who were physically present within the People’s Republic of China (excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau), the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.
Announcing a further exception to the travel ban, the acting Director of USCIS stated: “Based on the benefit live sporting events provide to the national economy, and the need for these sporting events to have full access to their athletes, support staff, and team and league leadership, I hereby determine that it is in the national interest to except from Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, and 9996, aliens who compete in professional sporting events organized by certain professional sporting groups, including their professional staff, team and league leadership, spouses, and dependents. I will work with the professional sporting groups, including MLB, the NBA, the PGA Tour, the NHL, the ATP and the WTA, to identify the specific athletes, essential staff, team and league leadership, spouses, and dependents covered by this exemption.”
So, assuming they can find a flight, competitive athletes and others will now be able to travel to the US.
New Country Added to Travel Ban
At the same time that the Trump Administration exempted certain athletes from the travel ban,
President Trump issued a new presidential proclamation suspending the entry of individuals who were physically present in Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. This proclamation is effective as of May 28, 2020.
As with the other travel bans, there are many exceptions, including returning travelers who have green cards, are spouses of US citizens, and several other exempt categories.