Quick Takeaways:

  • Effective 11:59PM March 26, 2020, recent visitors to Brazil will also be banned from traveling to the United States.
  • U.S. Citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, immediate relatives of U.S. Citizens/Lawful Permanent Residents, and NATO/UN/Diplomatic personnel amongst those who continue to be exempted.
  • Travelers returning from restricted countries subjected to significant delays and uncertainty at designated airports as restrictions take effect.

On May 24, 2020, the President issued another Proclamation declaring that individuals who have been physically present in Brazil within 14 days would face the same restrictions as those who have been physically present in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Iran, China, and Schengen Zone countries. Initially scheduled to go into effect on May 29, 2020, the President quickly amended his original Executive Order to accelerate its effective date to May 26, 2020 at 11:59PM. This Proclamation’s exemptions and implementation appear to be the same as priorversionsthat remain in effect, along with the suspension of the issuance of immigrant visas, while U.S. Consulates around the world continue to be closed for routine visa services in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

We at Green and Spiegel remain dedicated to providing up-to-date guidance on this quickly evolving situation as it becomes available. Please do not hesitate to call our office should you have any questions to how the coronavirus affects your international travel or internal status within the United States.


  • Josh Rolf is a Senior Associate Attorney in the Firm’s Philadelphia office. Josh focuses his practice on various types of immigrant and nonimmigrant matters, including investor-based petitions.

  • Jonathan Grode serves as the U.S. Practice Director and Managing Partner for the Firm.

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