On Jan. 25, 2021, the President of the United States issued the first of several proclamations suspending entry to the United States to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Generally, this proclamation, and additional Presidential proclamations, prohibit travel from certain countries to the United States if a traveler has been physically present in the identified country during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.

The proclamations do not apply to:

  • U.S. citizens
  • Lawful permanent residents
  • Spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents
  • Parents or legal guardians of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident unmarried minor child
  • Siblings of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident child, provided both are unmarried and under the age of 21
  • Air and sea crew members
  • U.S. noncitizen nationals – not applicable to China (Proclamation 9984) and Iran (Proclamation 9992)
  • Diplomats
  • Any noncitizen who is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and any noncitizen who is a spouse or child of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Certain U.S. Government invitees for the purpose of the containment or mitigation of COVID-19
  • Certain travelers whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security or their designees

Travelers that are not covered by the above exemptions may apply for a National Interest Exception (NIE). Travelers attending NBAA-BACE would likely fall into one of the following categories that are eligible for NIE consideration. Travelers who believe their travel is within one of the below categories should consult the website of the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for instructions on applying for an NIE.

Affected Countries

Each country below is linked to the appropriate U.S. Embassy or consulate.

Application Guidance

In applying for an NIE, each applicant should include as much information as possible that supports why traveling to the United States in the best interest of the U.S. Data points could include:

  • Enhancing or addressing safety, through maintenance, inspection or training
  • Significant economic investment that has already been committed in support of NBAA BACE that assists with attracting customers and in support of the U.S. aviation industry
  • Meetings and demonstrations with customers and government officials that are not easily supported virtually
  • Resolving supplier issues from U.S. manufacturers
  • Finalizing component and aircraft manufacturing specifications in support of government approvals
  • Plans to release new, innovative or improved products and services in support of the U.S. aviation industry
  • How your travel supports aviation as a critical infrastructure in the U.S.
    • Aviation as defined by CISA includes aircraft, air traffic control systems, and about 19,700 airports, heliports, and landing strips. Approximately 500 provide commercial aviation services at civil and joint-use military airports, heliports and seaplane bases. In addition, the aviation mode includes commercial and recreational aircraft (manned and unmanned) and a wide-variety of support services, such as aircraft repair stations, fueling facilities, navigation aids and flight schools.
  • Other information that can describe or highlight the value of the person’s travel to the U.S., U.S. aviation industry, the Las Vegas economy and NBAA-BACE.

Applicants should verify the exact information required by each U.S. Embassy or consulate to support the NIE application. Each country may have unique requirements to apply. At a minimum, travelers should expect to provide the following information:

  • A scanned copy of each traveler’s visa or ESTA authorization
  • A scanned copy of each traveler’s passport photo page
  • Purpose of travel and any supporting documents that clearly show how you qualify for an NIE
  • A copy of your flight itinerary or proposed travel dates

Many embassies and consulates in the affected countries are experiencing backlogs in processing NIEs and you are encouraged to submit your applications as soon as possible.

Please direct any questions to ops@nbaa.org.

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