On March 13th President Trump temporarily banned travelers from the EU:

While announcing the entry restriction for European countries, President Donald Trump addressed to the American people on Wednesday that all the travel and import coming from 26 European Union countries that are part of the Schengen Agreement will be banned as well.

Within a few minutes, the White House officials clarified that the 30-day ban would only be applied to nationals coming from the EU, and not to all goods.

Does this ban actually expire on April 13th?

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The proclamation remains in effect until the president says otherwise:

Sec. 4. Termination. This proclamation shall remain in effect until terminated by the President. The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall recommend that the President continue, modify, or terminate this proclamation as described in section 5 of Proclamation 9984, as amended.

A period of thirty days was discussed when the original proclamation was made, but it doesn't appear in the actual document. In any case, I'd be very surprised if it wasn't extended.

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    At this point NY alone has more cases than Italy, so no point in extending it...
    – JonathanReez
    Apr 10, 2020 at 9:56
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    @JonathanReez Actually there are good reasons for both sides to extend their bans until only a very few new cases occur and active cases at least are around 5 %. Apr 10, 2020 at 10:10
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    @JonathanReez Until a vaccine or reliable antibody test are commonly available, a resumption of travel as it was until last year is unrealistic. Apr 10, 2020 at 10:53
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    @JonathanReez "At this point NY alone has more cases than Italy, so no point in extending it": even if that were true, it would have no predictive value. The Trump administration has shown that its actions are unfettered by such inconvenient restrictions as sense and logic, especially where immigration and public health are concerned.
    – phoog
    Apr 10, 2020 at 13:01
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    @TianxiangXiong that's exactly my point. The China ban could have been implemented better (for example with respect to US citizens traveling from China) and travel restrictions from the EU could have been implemented earlier. The Trump administration has done a couple of things right, but for the most part they're making a horrible mess of it. The infection rate in New York is ample testament of that.
    – phoog
    Apr 11, 2020 at 0:42

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