Restrictions on travel to the US lifted


Non-U.S. citizens who used to be restricted from traveling to the United States if they are coming from mainland China and other countries may now do so after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security lifted the restrictions that were put in place in January.

U.S. acting secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf lifted yesterday the restrictions of arrivals into the United States of most individuals, who were from mainland China and some other countries. Those restriction exempted U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.

The term “United States” also includes the CNMI, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.

Aside from those coming from mainland China, Wolf also terminated the arrival restrictions on flights carrying persons who had recently traveled from Iran, the countries of the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Brazil.

For China, the arrival restrictions remain in place for those coming from Hong Kong and Macau.

For the United Kingdom, excluded from termination of arrival restrictions are its overseas territories outside of Europe.

In its update on the restrictions, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said all travelers abroad and onboard aircrafts that are bound for the U.S. that are already airborne at 12:01am Eastern Daylight Time on Sept. 14 are no longer subject to the funneling airport requirements.

CBP said travelers may arrive directly or indirectly from a COVID-19 country and may require additional public health screening.

CBP said the notice does not affect the health screening procedures and quarantine orders implemented by Centers for Disease Control/Public Health authorities.

Last Jan. 31, President Donald J. Trump signed a presidential proclamation called “Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus and Other Appropriate Measures to Address this Risk.”

The proclamation temporarily suspended such entry into the U.S. from listed countries.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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