Breaking: US Closes Border With Europe


**UPDATE: 03/12/20 @ 02:12 UTC – The White House has said that people coming from the Schengen Area are not allowed to enter the country. Details below**

Donald Trump announced on national television that the United States is closing its borders with Europe for the next 30 days due to the coronavirus outbreak. This will come into effect on Friday 13 March at midnight.

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The United States is closing its border with Europe. Photo: Eric Salard via Flickr

All Europe is affected, except for the UK

The US president said, “to keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days,”. He added that every country in the Schengen area is affected by this ban, meaning the UK and a few other European nations could be spared.


For now, it seems that the UK is off the hook, even though there are 460 cases of coronavirus confirmed, with numbers rising every day. Currently, the United States has 1,135 confirmed cases of the virus across the country, with 38 deaths.

So, how many flights will be affected? Several thousand flights a day, for certain. FlightRadar counted 200 flights between the United States and non-UK airports in Europe when Donald Trump broke the news.

The suspension doesn’t affect the UK. Photo: Heathrow

What now?

Donald Trump said this action was due to the inaction of European authorities. Delta Air Lines stocks fell 4.66% today; American Airlines fell 6.04%; Jetblue (which last week went up 10%) went up 1.55%. Oil prices fell more than 5%.


American Airlines said in a statement,

“We are in contact with the federal government to understand and comply with this directive. The health and safety of our customers and team members remains our highest priority.”

The White House published that the Proclamation 9984, first issued on January 31, now also comprises 26 European states: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.


Proclamation 9984 was originally issued banning all but US citizens from entering the United States if they’d been in China during the 14 days prior to their entry.

As of 11 March 2020, the total number of cases in the 26 countries is 17,442, with 711 deaths, according to the White House. The most affected is Italy. The European Union hasn’t published a statement, yet.

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The ban doesn’t affect US citizens. Photo: American Airlines

The Proclamation doesn’t affect US citizens

Firstly, the Proclamation doesn’t affect US citizens, the same way it didn’t affect them when coming from China. They can still enter into American territory.

In this regard, Trump added,

“Given the importance of protecting persons within the United States from the threat of this harmful communicable disease, I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Schengen Area during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.”

Still, this is surely just the beginning of a whole new chapter in this coronavirus crisis worldwide. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.


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So if I book a flight to London and then a flight from there to the USA (2 different tickets) am i still able to go?


Stupid overrreaction. And even if was merited, it’s too late.


Donald Trump likes travel bans. It directly affects Delta Airlines with its partners, Air France and KLM. So would United Airlines, with it partnership with Lufthansa. American AIrline with its partnership with British Airways would be less impacted. I think it may be business leaders, who force Donald Trump and his Republican ilk from office.


Perhaps a convenient time to overreact if you’re trying to achieve something else…


It is not a good policy to replace inaction with panic. Some restrictions make sense such as not flying sick people or avoiding the hardest hit areas, but a blanket ban on a whole continent reeks of panic.
If this truly was based on good science Americans would also be included not just travelers and the UK that has a rather high caseload as well. A logic decision would not favor a Trump ally.


Only direct flights from Europe? What happens to passengers transiting via UK, or Canada? Will they be allowed to enter? Seems like Trump locked the front door but forgot to close the windows and the back door…


Your Article is incorrect. The ban applies to schengen zone countries. In your article it states that only the UK is unaffected. Ireland is not part of the schengen common travel area and flights from our country are unaffected and we are not part of the UK. I am sure IAG wont mind too much as there will still be plenty of people who will want/need to travel to USA from Europe so they will just use BA or Aer Lingus to get there. The ban achieves nothing…..


Next chapter comes next week, when inter-European boarders are being closed. Then most flying in Europe will come to a complete halt. Then we will see the next round of airline bankruptcies evolve.


We have a President who doesn’t understand either business or public health. This ban will further show that the U.S. is not a “business friendly” country. The ban does nothing to protect public health as the virus is already here. It makes no provision to protect the finances of U.S. citizens or companies. After decades of being told by the government to “save for retirement”, American retirees are seeing those savings vaporize overnight. American companies are being decimated by speculation and panic, much of it unwarranted.

Moral of the story? Never, ever trust any government.


Europe is run by idiot, back stabbing elites Who don’t care about their own people. They only want Eurabia or global government. Macron and Merkel among the worst of many. Trump is showing how you care for your own people with decisive action.


Irish airports can still operate flights to the US as well not just UK


Can people with a greencard enter the US?


If this doesn’t cause Norwegian to go bankrupt then I don’t know what will…


Classic diversionary Trump tactic. He’s failed to be effective in this emergency and it’s beginning to show. As a result, “Let’s find somewhere to shift the blame from me to anyone else. The EU is great because they don’t like me.”

On top of that, he’s condemning Airlines to a meltdown in their viability and tourism in both the EU & US to the scrapheap.

Please, America, in the upcoming elections, go for Anyone but Trump so we can return to some sort of international cooperation.


It says “the Proclamation doesn’t affect US citizens.” What about greencard holders with a military dependent ID?


in Czech republic one of the first who came here with virus was US citizen. It’s paradox and aggressive proclamation from DJ Trump…. but totally understandable. My parents have biz class tickets on 13th April to US:( they’re saving the 💰 for that quite a time and now it is like it is.


A news media even suggested that Trump exempted the UK and Ireland from the ban because three of his properties are located in these countries.


America is the one run by an idiot! Hopefully he gets the virus soon and dies!


This should benefit airlines in India. They should capitalise on this opportunity, as many people will demand non-stop flights from India-US, and they will be able to take more demand since they won’t be able to go via Europe.

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Not only Trump is banning but some countries also.Follow or unFollow if the virus likes you still your infected.All we have to do STAY HEALTHY!😷