As part of his restrictive policies to protect American citizens from the Coronavirus, President Donald Trump issued a statement banning entry in the United States for travelers arriving from the Iran.
President Trump explained that the basis of the ban was an increase in the number of transmitted cases from Iran based on the data from the Center for Disease control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
“CDC has determined that the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran) is experiencing sustained person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2,” Trump said in an official proclamation on Saturday. “As of February 28, 2020, Iran had 388 cases of COVID-19, a significant increase from prior days. In response to that increase, on February 28, 2020, CDC raised its infectious disease alert to level 3, its highest level, which recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Iran. According to the World Health Organization, as of February 28, 2020, 97 COVID-19 cases have been exported from Iran to 11 other countries.”
President Trump added Iran cannot be trusted making the ban all the more urgent. “Iran is not a trustworthy state actor, as it has repeatedly demonstrated through its history of engaging in malign activity, and confirmed most recently by its repeated denials of responsibility for shooting down an international airliner,” Trump said. “The United States Government is therefore unable to rely on official information disseminated by Iran, undermining the effective evaluation and monitoring of travelers continuing to arrive from that country.”
Trump reasoned the ban was necessary because undetected transmission of the virus posed a security threat to the United States. “The potential for undetected transmission of the virus by infected individuals seeking to enter the United States from Iran threatens the security of our transportation system and infrastructure and the national security,” Trump said in his statement. “Given the importance of protecting persons within the United States from the threat of this harmful communicable disease, I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within Iran during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.”
There are limited exceptions to the ban including lawful residents of the United States.