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Americans who choose to fly to Europe will be allowed back into US – but only at airports with health screenings

Posted at 5:21 AM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 08:07:03-04

(WXYZ) — The coronavirus is now impacting travel between the United States and Europe.

The president has addressed the nation with his plan to try and stop the spread of the virus here into the United States.

President Donald Trump stated he hopes new travel restrictions will reduce the threat to people in America. That being said those who had plans to go to Europe are skeptical to travel.

“Well that was quit unexpected," said Matthew Vansimpsen.

Vansimpsen is currently living and working in Phoenix.

He was on his way to Amsterdam for work — about to take off from his layover from Detroit Metropolitan Airport— when the president announced a European travel ban. He chose to get off his flight.

“All the passengers were getting calls from family and from work saying don’t get in, don't board this aircraft you might not be able to come back as soon as we would like," said Vansimpsen.

The White House later taking to Twitter to clarify.

The ban applies to foreign nationals who have been in 26 European counties with open boarders.

Some countries, like the United Kingdom and Ireland, are exempt from the ban.

Americans will be able to fly to Europe if they choose and will be allowed back into the country. But they will be directed to airports with health screenings.

Detroit Metro Airport is one of those airports.

President Trump also taking to Twitter to say “trade will in no way be affected by the 30-day restriction on travel from Europe.”

Travel restrictions remain in place with major airlines to and from China, including with American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta.