Trump bans travel between the US and SCHENGEN.

In a major announcement on Wednesday evening, President Trump explained that from midnight on Friday, he would be banning travel between the US and the 26 countries in Europe that make up Schengen, for 30 days. Notably, this excludes the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

The countries that make up Schengen are:

  • 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
  • Switzerland

The full text of the proclamation is here.

Notably, this order does not apply to US Citizens or Green Card holders. However, it is surely going to decimate travel between the US and Europe.

There have been suggestions that for remaining flights, they will be funnelled via certain hubs, so that travellers can be more thoroughly screened for COVID-19.

Luckily, I returned from my trip yesterday afternoon, flying on an almost empty BA280 service from Los Angeles to London Heathrow. Upon arrival in the UK at Heathrow, there were zero screening measures in operation, it was a completely normal arrival and for once, speedy baggage delivery at Terminal 5.

In terms of the wider impact of this news to airlines like Air France / KLM and Lufthansa Group who have substantial numbers of flights between Schengen countries and the US, they’ve yet to publicly comment other than to say they’ve acknowledged the proclamation.

Other COVID-19 News

British Airways will be suspending their all business class service from London City Airport (via Shannon) to New York City from 25th March. It’s suspended until September, however I suspect that it won’t return. A few years ago it was reduced from two flights a day to one and given the wider availability of services like Global Entry for UK Citizens, I suspect it’s USP of Shannon Pre-Clearance isn’t enough to save it.

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