US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, participates in an event on how to reopen safely … [+] American schools during the Covid-19 pandemic. This comes as Trump announces that European, British, and Irish students holding international student visas in the United States are now exempt from his travel ban on arrivals to Europe. Getty Images International students from Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland are now exempt from President Trump’s travel ban to the United States. The ban no longer applies to students from these places who already have study visas, the US State Department told Congress last week. “Students traveling from Schengen, the UK and Ireland with valid F-1 and M-1 visas do not need to apply for a national interest exception to travel,” says the Department. state on its website. “Students from these regions who travel on a D-1 can contact the nearest embassy or consulate to request an exception.” Trump’s ban, in effect since March, previously applied to any traveler wishing to visit America from the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, or Ireland. It is if they have spent the last 14 days in one of these countries. Students are now dodging this ban. Who is exempt: F-1 visas or “student visas” are used by foreign nationals to attend school in the United States at different educational levels. M-1 visas are intended for non-university or professional studies. J-1 visas are exchange visas for researchers, teachers and others. These visa holders are not immediately exempt but can apply for one. There are no such waivers announced for students from China, Brazil and Iran who “face similar travel bans,” reports Reuters. “… students from these countries were not included in the US exemptions.” Students also do not wait for interviews at American embassies and consulates. Earlier in July, the United States said it would not allow international students to stay in the country … [+] if all their classes were moved online in the fall due to the coronavirus crisis. It is now decided to abandon this plan, but only authorizes European, Irish and British students. They are now exempt from Trump’s travel ban on arrivals to the EU. Students from China, Brazil and other countries are banned. AFP via Getty Images The move comes days after the Trump administration canceled a controversial plan for online courses only for international students. He is said to have seen tens of thousands of them stripped of their visas and threatened with expulsion. “The reversal occurred amid the legal challenges of large universities and pressures from business and technology companies,” said the report. Are there other exemptions? Yes but not much. Exceptions continue to enter the United States for “purposes related to humanitarian travel, public health response and national security,” the government said. According to the Wall Street Journal and Reuters, a note sent to lawmakers also raised the possibility of extending the exceptions to au pairs and family members of US visa holders. Spouses and children of foreigners with the “H-1B prized for highly skilled workers” may also be exempt, he said. These possible additional exemptions have not yet been announced by the State Department, with the Trump administration gradually reopening international travel. Reciprocity at stake? A traveler is displayed on a monitor while passing a thermal camera test system which … [+] check body temperatures at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), California. The system is tested until September and can report passengers with fever upon arrival. Getty Images The decision to exempt only students for now is an interesting one. Given that the European Union has recommended its members to do the exact same thing. The EU started to lift travel restrictions for tourists and other “non-essential” travelers from 1 July. The list of safe countries to which it has opened its borders was reviewed on July 15. The United States is still not on this list of 13 nations. Two countries have been abandoned due to their Covid-19 epidemiology. The ban on the Americans should be in place for some time. Although it is revised every two weeks. The EU however urges its members to make more exceptions for students, au pairs, highly skilled workers, long-term partners and family members of EU citizens. Only some, including Denmark, have formalized these exceptions. The echo of the exemptions granted to students on both sides of the Atlantic highlights the reciprocity policy in force in these travel bans. The EU has not hidden this (China, for example, has received the green light for travel to Europe, but only if it does the same for Europeans). Travel ban is for everyone Maxence Dellacherie, Harvard graduate student, attends rally in Boston at State House … [+] on July 13 against the visa rules of the ICE which provided for the withdrawal of international students in the United States their visas, the expulsion of many of them and the prevention of others from returning. Now, this plan has been abandoned as Trump announces the lifting of his travel ban in Europe for those from the EU, Britain and Ireland on student visas. Boston Globe via Getty Images Apart from the students, it seems that the travel ban is not avoided for anyone traveling from the Schengen area. Despite Trump’s promise almost two months ago that there would soon be “announcements” about the opening of the United States to travelers from low-risk countries in Europe and elsewhere. For now, Europeans who want to get around Trump’s ban must spend 14 days elsewhere before continuing to America. Many have done so in Serbia, or in other non-Schengen European countries. .