Coronavirus Guidance – Termination of Filtering Airports

September 15, 2020

CBP just issued the attached Notice stating that, effective September 14, 2020, the U.S. Government will end its requirement that directed all flights from high-risk areas (China, Iran, Brazil, Ireland, the UK, and Schengen countries) to 15 specific U.S. airports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deemed the requirement ineffective because so many people who transmit the disease don’t show symptoms.

The government will now focus more on voluntary measures, such as educating passengers and requesting contact information electronically.

Please note, however, that the restrictions prohibiting non-U.S. citizens (and those who do not meet the exemptions) from traveling to the U.S. after being within one of the aforementioned countries within 14 days of a flight departure to the U.S. remain in place.  As of September 14th, U.S. citizens (and those who meet the exemptions) will be able to travel from the high-risk areas to any international airport in the U.S., but quarantine requirements will remain in effect.

Please let us know if you have any questions, and we will be sure to keep you updated with any developments. Contact Evelyn Sahr (esahr@eckertseamans.com or 202-659-6622); Drew Derco (dderco@eckertseamans.com or 202-659-6665), or Andy Orr (aorr@eckertsemans.com or 202-659-6625).

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