Corona Virus Impact on AdoptionEurope Travel Ban
How Does Europe Travel Ban Impact Adoption Travel?
In the effort to combat the spread of the Corona virus, President Trump, announced on Wednesday evening that he is suspending travel from Europe.
President Trump’s address was a brief and it didn’t go into much details about who is included in this ban, and who is not?
Our adoptive parents were concerned that they would be banned from entering the US back, if they were to travel in the next 30 days.
However, that isn’t the case!
Our US Department of State sent an email to adoption agencies to clarify which people will be allowed to come back in the US, and adoptive parents are on the list of people who will be allowed back.
Here is the email that we got from US DOS:
As noted, the Presidential Proclamation does not apply to U.S. citizens or to others who fall under specific exceptions.
Regarding intercountry adoption cases, please note the Proclamation, under Section 2 – Scope of Suspension and Limitation on Entry, includes exceptions for:
(i) any lawful permanent resident of the United States;
(ii) any alien who is the spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;
(iii) any alien who is the parent or legal guardian of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident is unmarried and under the age of 21;
(iv) any alien who is the sibling of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that both are unmarried and under the age of 21;
(v) any alien who is the child, foster child, or ward of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, or who is a prospective adoptee seeking to enter the United States pursuant to the IR-4 or IH-4 visa classifications.
If you have specific questions or wish to raise specific cases, please email Adoption@state.gov.