A few days ago when President Trump instituted the European travel ban, he had people scrambling to get back home. He also had people scratching their heads when he excluded the United Kingdom and Ireland. Well, today the Vice President said that the United States is going to restrict travel to and from the United Kingdom and Ireland beginning Monday at midnight. Trump has also said that he’s “considering” a domestic coronavirus travel ban from certain areas of the country. I think New York, Washington and California will be first, and then eventually the whole country, but let’s hope it doesn’t go that way. In any case, you should prepare for it so that you’re not stuck away from home.
The DHS proclamation, which hasn’t been updated yet, lays out the process awaiting Americans returning to the U.S. from countries included in the ban. If you’re an American citizen, a legal permanent resident, or the immediate family of one of them, you’re still allowed back into the country, even after the changes on Monday at midnight. However, you’ll need to go through one of these 13 airports for screening and then need to self-quarantine for 14 days:
- Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
- Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
- Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
- Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
- Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
- Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
- Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
- Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia
How are the airlines responding?
Airlines shuffled their schedules and cut back flights considerably on Thursday, and they’ll no doubt do it again. So the big question is this: How many flights will be operating in the immediate future? I don’t know the answer, but I can tell you that flights from London to the U.S. are going to be full. As of now, flights are still available and running about $500.
Overall, keep in mind that the President just said, “If you don’t have to travel, I wouldn’t do it.” Dr. Anthony Fauci said something similar the other day. Personally I’ve canceled all my trips for March and April and I’m social distancing as instructed. On that subject, this is an important article to read: “Social Distancing: This Is Not a Snow Day.”
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