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Secretary of State a Determine the national interest In connection with the categories of passengers eligible for exemptions in Presidential Declarations (PP) 9984, 9992 and 10143 relating to the promotion of COVID-19. As a result of this decision, the existing COVID-19 regional travel ban (NIE) exemptions to Brazil, China, Iran and South Africa are already in place for Ireland’s travel bans. , United Kingdom, Shenzhen Area.
As described in the ad, travelers from these areas can qualify for the NIE to provide vital support for critical infrastructure. NIEs are also available to journalists; Some students; Some associates that fall within the scope of visitor exchange programs. With a presence in China, Iran, Brazil, and South Africa, students and academics who are subject to these statements can only qualify for NIE if they begin their academic program on or after August 1, 2021.
Although PP 9984, 9992 and 10143 are still in effect, eligible travelers who apply or have valid visas or ESTA approval can go to the United States following the procedures below.
- Students with a valid F-1 and M-1 visa who intend to start or continue an academic program on or after August 1, 2021 do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to search for an individual travel NIIE. They can enter the United States 30 days before the start of their academic studies. Students wishing to apply for a new F-1 or M-1 visa should check the status of visa services at the nearest embassy or consulate; Applicants who qualify for an F-1 or M-1 visa will be automatically considered for an NIEE trip.
- Travelers in the above categories should contact the Embassy or Consulate if they have a valid visa in the appropriate class or are valid ESTA approved to travel under the Visa Exemption Program or wish to travel in accordance with ESTA approval. Before traveling to the USA. Whether they believe they can avoid the national interest. If a national interest waiver is approved, they can travel with a valid visa or ESTA approval.
The State Department continues to provide NIEs to eligible travelers who wish to enter the United States for purposes related to humanitarian travel, public health response, and national security. These travelers and anyone else who believes their trip is in the national interest of the United States should contact the nearest U.S. Embassy website or the Consulate for instructions on how to contact them.
As with all NIEs for eligible travelers wishing to enter the United States as per the Presidential Declaration, the Secretary of State may review the National Interest Determination if circumstances require.
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