Europe coronavirus travel ban: Your questions answered

Traveling for spring break amidst coronavirus concerns
Traveling for spring break amidst coronavirus concerns

President Donald Trump's decision to restrict travel to the United States from several European countries due to the novel coronavirus is likely to bring about chaos for travelers across the world.

The announcement, which was made on Wednesday, has understandably left tourists with impending travel to the US booked, as well as American citizens, with many concerns.

Trump's decision came as the number of confirmed cases in the US rose to over 1,200, while the global total increased to more than 118,000, with a death toll of over 4,000.

"While these new travel restrictions will be disruptive to some travelers, this decisive action is needed to protect the American public from further exposure to the potentially deadly coronavirus," Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf said in a statement after the ban was revealed.

Here's everything you need to know about the US coronavirus travel ban for Europe:

Who does the ban apply to?

The travel restrictions apply to foreign nationals who have visited countries in the Schengen zone -- an area of open-border travel within Europe -- during the past 14 days.

These include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.