I asked before whether UK citizen can enter after 15-day stopover in Bermuda and the answer seemed to be "yes." I have some critical new information that I believe justified a follow-up question.
I just spoke with the US government (US Citizens Crisis Assistance from travel.state.gov) and someone there told me this is not possible, that only US citizens and lawful permanent residents are allowed to enter the US, even after having been out for 14 days.
But the government website seems pretty clear:
foreign nationals who have been in any of the following countries during the past 14 days may not enter the United States
It does not say anything about foreign nationals who have not been in those countries during the past 14 days. Surely it would be easier for them to just say "no foreign nationals, at all"? Why enumerate the 14 day rule if the reality is different?
I have received contradictory information and was wondering if anyone here could help clear it up.
Maybe there is confusion on their end between the "no new visas" and the "no foreigners who've been in Europe/China/Iran/Brazil in past 14 days" rules? The UK citizen in question is not attempting to permanently immigrate for any reason–and already has an ESTA from September 2019 (valid for 2yrs).
Edit I think this question is just different enough due to how interesting it is that I was told seemingly contradictory information to many official online US government sources. The old question was already edited and full of comments. I apologize to anyone whose time I may have wasted.
Second edit I re-worded the question to stress that my question is about the contradiction between advice received from the US State Department Crisis Hotline (+1(202) 501-4444) and official advice. Please, stop trying to close this question as there is still lively truth-seeking going on.
Final edit I called Customs and Border Protection and they said the 14-day rule is the law. They also said they have no idea why the state department said what they did.