Presidential Proclamation Restricts Travelers from Countries in Southern Africa

Dec 1, 2021

by Luke Phillips

With the COVID-19 Omicron variant emergent, President Biden issued a Presidential Proclamation suspending the entry of individuals who were physically present within South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, or Zimbabwe during the 14-day period preceding their attempted entry into the U.S.  The travel suspension became effective on November 29, 2021.

The Presidential Proclamation provides for certain exceptions.  For example, the travel suspension does not apply to U.S. citizens (“USCs”), lawful permanent U.S. residents (“LPRs”), noncitizen U.S. nationals, noncitizen spouses or children of USCs or LPRs, noncitizen parents of USCs or LPRs (if child is unmarried and under the age of 21), noncitizen siblings of USCs or LPRs (if both are unmarried and under the age of 21), and noncitizens whose entry would be in the national interest.  We anticipate that the State Department and Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) will utilize the same or similar procedures for national interest exception (“NIE”) requests.   If you wish to review the additional exceptions and other details of the Presidential Proclamation, please click here.

This travel suspension only supplements and does not supersede the recently-issued air travel policies regarding vaccination and testing requirements.

We will continue to provide updates as any further changes in travel policies are implemented.

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