In an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, the White
House has expanded travel restrictions to include the U.K. and Ireland.
Starting Monday at midnight, no U.K. or Ireland citizens
will be permitted to fly to the U.S. American citizens and green card holders are
allowed to return to the U.S., but they must land at one of 13 airports for
At a White House news conference on Saturday, President Donald
Trump said, “If you don’t have to travel, I wouldn’t do it.”
The U.S. on Friday began limiting travel from 28 countries
in continental Europe.
Trump indicated Saturday that domestic travel restrictions
are a possibility.
U.S. Travel Association president and CEO Roger Dow responded
to the U.K.-Ireland restriction.
“The public’s health and safety is priority No. 1, and we
hope the aggressive steps taken by the federal government succeed in putting
the moment of greatest concern behind us,” Dow said. “Hearing of the need to
further expand travel restrictions -- especially the inclusion of our No. 1
overseas source market, the U.K. -- is obviously not the development the U.S.
travel industry was hoping for.
“Aggressive steps will also be needed to address the health
of the U.S. economy, the small businesses that make up 83% of all U.S. travel
employers, and the 15.8 million travel-supported jobs that are going to feel a
catastrophic impact from coronavirus.”