I want to fly from Croatia to the US. I am a US citizen, so I know that I will be able to get into the US. However, with COVID-19 restriction in place, am I able to take a flight with layovers in the Schengen area?

The exact flight that I am looking at includes going from Zagreb to Paris to New York.

I have already seen Are layovers included in the Schengen to USA COVID-19 travel ban?, but that is asking about restrictions on traveling to the US, not about restrictions on travelling through the Schengen area.

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    Keep in mind that while you will be able to enter the US, your flight must be to a designated airport, and you will have to self-quarantine at home for 14 days.
    – Aidan
    Mar 21, 2020 at 1:17

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Passengers in transit don't count as long as you're not going to another Schengen country, which you are not.

Entry restrictions A temporary travel restriction is in place until 15 April 2020 for travel from any country outside the EU to the following countries:

  • EU/Schengen: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden
  • Associated countries: Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland

Entry restriction exemptions:

  • Citizens of all EU countries and the above associated countries (this includes citizens of the United Kingdom)
  • Family members of the EU and Associated State citizens
  • Long term residents, those with a legal right to reside or hold long term visas (D-visa) to any of the above countries
  • Any travelers having an essential function or need:
    • Passengers in transit (unless in transit to another EU or associated country where their entry would be banned)
    • Healthcare professions, healthcare researchers and elderly care professionals
    • Frontier workers
    • Transport personnel engaged in haulage of goods and other transport staff to the extent necessary
    • Diplomats and staff of international organisations
    • Military personnel
    • Humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their function
    • Travelling for imperative family reasons (eg. attending a funeral)
    • Those in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons

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