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I need to reach the United States from a Schengen Country (I am an Italian Citizen), but as you may know, President Trump has issued a travel ban preventing to enter the US to those who have been in the Schengen area (plus UK and Ireland) in the last 14 days. Please note that I am already fine with visa and the rest of the documentation that I need to show at the US border.

To comply with the proclamation, I'm looking for the most convenient place to do this. For convenient I mean that:

  • the 14-day "quarantine" country admits Italian citizens into its borders;

  • there is a reliable airlines that does not stop again in the Schengen area while reaching the US (otherwise I would invalidate the 14 days out).

  • if the place is nice or not too expensive (or both) it would be nice as well, but this is secondary compared to the previous two points.

As for now, I identified Istanbul (Turkey) as I heard that Turkish Airlines is good and I see it has a direct flight to Miami. I was also trying to understand if the Dominican Republic admits Italians into its territory (I'm waiting for an answer from the embassy).

Does someone know/has tried other good options?

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Here is the list of countries published by the CDC that are included in the 14-day rule:

(Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City)

There are a few Europe countries not on this list that are close to Italy:

  • Croatia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Serbia
  • Montenegro
  • North Macedonia
  • Albania

From the above countries, taking into account both distance from Italy and direct flights to the USA, Serbia was the best.

Entry requirements to Serbia for Italian citizens (obtained here):

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Serbia has lifted their entry restrictions so you can enter there.

To travel to the USA, I found direct flights run by Air Serbia from BEG Belgrade Nikola Tesla -> JFK New York John F. Kennedy.

These direct flights seem to run every other day/every 3 days:

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Therefore, I recommend:

  • Flying to Serbia from Italy
  • Spending 14 days in Serbia
  • Flying direct to the USA
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    I've heard many stories of airlines selling tickets and then cancelling flights, which is not very surprising. However, I can say that I know a few people who have flown on this flight in the last few weeks, so it may be a better bet than some other options. – phoog Jul 6 '20 at 19:15

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