** LEGAL UPDATE **
In a followup to Trump's Proclamation 9984 (January 31, 2020), which barred most travelers from China from entering the U.S. due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, Iran has been added to the list.
Trump issued a new proclamation that suspends and limits U.S. entry by travelers holding immigrant or nonimmigrant visas if they were physically present in the Islamic Republic of Iran during the 14-day period before requesting U.S. entry.
The proclamation mentions high transmission rates as the main issue, stating that as of February 28, 2020, Iran already had 388 known cases.
There are several exceptions to who this will travel bar will apply to.
Special exceptions can also be made for people whose entry would not pose a significant risk of introducing, transmitting, or spreading COVID-19 in the U.S. or whose entry would assist U.S. law enforcement objectives or the national interest. Speak to an attorney for help in seeking such an exception.
Also realize that, even if you fall into an exception, claiming it could be tricky. The U.S. government will expect air carriers to block travelers before they board a plane or ship to the United States. Again, speak to an attorney about how to handle this.
Effective Date: March 2, 2020