March 12th 2020, US banned immigration from people who has been in the Schengen area for the past 14 days.

Does this ban also apply for someone arriving from the Schengen area to Puerto Rico?

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    @Daniil: I think the question is whether a person who has been in the Schengen Area can enter Puerto Rico – user102008 Jul 2 at 17:25
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    @Daniil because Puerto Rico is partially under US immigration law – JonathanReez Jul 2 at 17:29
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    Puerto Rico is under US immigration law. There's no such thing as a Puerto Rican visa or travel authorization. If you can enter the US then you can enter Puerto Rico, if you aren't allowed in the US then you can't enter Puerto Rico because doing so would constitute being in the US. – Robert Columbia Jul 2 at 17:35
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    not sure why this got closed as a dupe. "Is Puerto Rico subject to the same immigration controls as the rest of the US" is not answered by the linked question. The answer might seem obvious if you already know the answer, but it's not hard to believe that someone might not know it. – mlc Jul 3 at 1:31
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    @Anyon yes, normally there are flights to San Juan from Madrid and Frankfurt (in addition to a number of non-US airports in Latin America and the Caribbean), but SJU is not one of the limited number of airports authorized to receive flights containing passengers who have been in the Schengen area while the current restrictions remain in effect. – mlc Jul 3 at 20:13

Yes, the restrictions on entry to the United States for people who have been in the Schengen Area (or Mainland China, Iran, the UK, Ireland, or Brazil; see this question) also restrict entry to Puerto Rico, because Puerto Rico is part of the "United States" for immigration purposes.

INA 101(a)(38) (8 USC 1101(a)(38)) defines "United States" for the purposes of the Immigration and Nationality Act:

The term “United States”, except as otherwise specifically herein provided, when used in a geographical sense, means the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands of the United States, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

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    Does it not apply to American Samoa (not included in your quote)? – gerrit Jul 3 at 8:40
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    @gerrit I was surprised to see that too, and ended up doing a bit of reading about American Samoa on Wikipedia - indeed it does not include American Samoa as the status of AS is quite different to other territories – Midavalo Jul 3 at 15:00
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    @gerrit: The situation with American Samoa is not so clear. American Samoa is outside the US immigration system, so that, e.g. birth in American Samoa doesn't confer US citizenship; US visas can't be used to enter American Samoa -- it has its own entry permits; you can't get a green card in American Samoa -- it has its own residence permits; etc. – user102008 Jul 3 at 17:57
  • @gerrit: The proclamation says "entry into the United States", and the underlying legal authority, INA 212(f) says "entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States", so it should be bound by the definition of "United States" in the INA, which doesn't include American Samoa. – user102008 Jul 3 at 17:59
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    @gerrit Only American Samoa residents are permitted to travel there, but as far as I can tell all potentially-usable flights are currently suspended anyway. – mlc Jul 7 at 19:57

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