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COVID-19 Doing business in the United States of America

The outbreak of COVID-19 has consequences for doing business abroad. The American government has taken measures to keep the virus from spreading further. These measures differ per state and may change daily.

Coronavirus measures in the United States of America

The American government has taken the following measures nationwide:

  • The country is in a state of emergency.
  • Gatherings of more than ten people are discouraged. In some states, these gatherings are a punishable offence. Events with more than ten people, such as sports events and trade shows, have been cancelled.>
  • In most states, schools are closed. Other public places, such as museums, are closed in many states.
  • State measures may limit your freedom of movement. Most states have a ‘stay-at-home policy’. People are allowed to go outside for essential groceries only.
  • New measures to discourage immigration apply from 23 April. These will be in place for at least 60 days. The goal of these measures is to protect the American labour market.
The measures are changing quickly. It is a good idea to check local media and the website of the state you are in for the latest information. The American Enterprise Institute has an overview of the coronavirus measures per state.
 

Lifting coronavirus measures

States are beginning to 'reopen'. For more information, check CNN’s state list.

Travelling to the United States of America (U.S.)

  • Since 12 March, entry into the U.S. is no longer allowed for people who were in the Schengen zone or the U.K or Ireland 14 days before their intended visit. The Schengen zone includes Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
  • Non-essential travel from Canada and Mexico to the U.S. is no longer allowed.
  • New measures to discourage immigration apply from 23 April. These will be in place for at least 60 days. The goal of these measures is to protect the American labour market.

Travelling within the U.S.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers information on travelling within the U.S. See the CDC website for details.

Trade missions

All missions and events, including those to Texas and Atlanta, have been postponed until further notice.

Supplies and products from the U.S.

Some companies have decided to close their factories or scale back production. However, this situation can change quickly. In the long term, production may be affected. Contact your local suppliers in the U.S. for more information. For consequences of the delay of shipments from the U.S., check the clauses in your contract with the supplier.

Transportation of goods between the Netherlands and the U.S.

Freight transport is still allowed. But, 50% of air cargo travels by passenger aircraft. As many passenger flights have been cancelled, the transportation of goods may take longer than usual.

State map

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) provides a state map with information on COVID-19 measures. It includes measures such as mandatory quarantine for visitors, restricted state travel for state employees, the size limit of gatherings and orders for residents to stay indoors. The AEI updates their state map daily.

Veterinary and phytosanitary measures

Contact the agricultural attaché and the agricultural team in the U.S. for your questions via email.

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