Travel Restrictions Lifted for International Athletes, Wrestling Not Included

Several organizations and businesses have been affected due to the travel ban imposed by all the countries, and WWE and AEW are going through the same problems.

The Department of Homeland Security is now allowing professional athletes and essential staff to travel into the USA, as per their recent announcement. However, at this time, this doesn’t apply to professional wrestling or UFC. The list currently includes MLB, NBA, WNBA, PGA, LPGA, NHL, ATP, and WTA.

It was noted that other companies could be added at the discretion of the DHS.

The order was signed by Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf. This also includes the ‘essential staff and their dependents’ for foreign athletes.

Wolf said: “Professional sporting events provide much needed economic benefits, but equally important, they provide community pride and national unity. In today’s environment, Americans need their sports. It’s time to reopen the economy and it’s time we get our professional athletes back to work.”


WWE had to drop Finn Balor vs WALTER feud due to the travel ban and had to organize an Interim Cruiserweight Championship tourney as the original champion Jordan Devlin couldn’t enter the country.

AEW also had to give up on their newest stable, Death Triangle, as Pentagon and PAC couldn’t cross the borders. Mr. Brodie Lee will also have several of his Dark Order followers returning, as Evil Uno, Stu Grayson and Jake Evans will be joining once the travel ban is lifted.

Brock Lesnar may be a resident of Canada, but as we reported a few weeks ago, he was able to make his way into the country as WWE pulled some strings to ensure he defended his title at WrestleMania 36.

WWE and AEW will greatly benefit from this rule, provided they are added to the list, as it could help bring a fresh feel to their shows.