Coronavirus: Trump closes US border for the Schengen area

As of Saturday, the United States will not allow anyone to enter the country who has been in the Schengen area in the 14 days prior to their intended U.S. trip. That was ordered by US President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening (local time). He wants to slow down the spread of the corona virus. The World Health Organization had previously declared the disease COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) a pandemic.

In his second television speech from the Oval Office, Trump said that he would also ban the import of goods "and various other things". The traffic ban is initially valid for 30 days. However, the decree published on Thursday night only deals with travel by people.

The document contains a list of the 26 countries concerned: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Czech Republic and Hungary. It is said to be enforced by airlines that have to prevent affected passengers from boarding the aircraft.

Indirectly affected are other areas from which shipments to the United States are practically impossible without passing through the Schengen area, including the dwarf states of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican. The decree does not state whether the overseas regions of France, the Caribbean regions of the Netherlands and Spain's African enclaves Ceuta and Melilla are also covered by the traffic ban.

However, it does contain a number of exceptions, including travel to the United Nations in New York City, returning U.S. citizens and their spouses, close relatives of U.S. citizens as far as people under the age of 21 are concerned, U.S. military personnel, including spouses and children , or people whose travel is important to the administration of justice, as well as other people whose entry is in the special interest of the United States. Various U.S. agencies now need to develop implementing regulations that may change over time.

However, in many cases it will be difficult to find direct flights from Europe to the USA at all. Airlines are likely to discontinue their flights immediately due to a lack of demand. However, medium and short-haul routes that are difficult to deficit without transfer passengers also wiggle. Detours, for example via Canada, Great Britain or Latin America, are possible, at least as long as people from the Schengen area are still welcome there. Scheduled flights from the Schengen area to the USA must take off at 4:59 a.m.CEST on Saturday at the latest.

According to Trump, permits are still missing for the intended stop of goods traffic. What he means by that remains open. Further details are not yet known. Trump has announced no restrictions on travel and exports from the USA to the Schengen area.

Donald Trump's television address to his people on the occasion of the coronavirus traffic ban


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