How to avoid the CDC travel restrictions
A new rule issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requires travelers from the affected countries to undergo a two-hour medical screening before being allowed to travel to the U, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea.
The restrictions will remain in place until December 31.
As a reminder, the U and Canada are among the countries hit hardest by the pandemic.
Travelers from these countries are also banned from entering the U., U.K., or Canada.
As of March 5, travelers from South Korea, Japan, and Korea have also been banned from flying into the U.; however, these restrictions have been lifted.
“We are making the most of our limited resources to provide the safest possible travel options for our nation’s citizens, but we must remain vigilant to ensure that travelers from these areas remain safe,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a statement.
While the new restrictions will not affect all travel to and from the U to the affected regions, it is the latest move by the Trump administration to restrict travel to these countries.
As the New York Times noted, the Trump-administration’s ban on refugees was lifted last month, but only after a lengthy and costly legal battle by the Obama administration.
In addition to the new CDC travel rules, the agency has also imposed restrictions on all non-essential travel in the affected areas.
The travel restrictions will apply to the entire country except for Hawaii, which will remain open to non-residents.
The rules were first announced in March and have since been implemented, and are in place for a week, in some areas.