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MDTI-WA-2020-399
Date: 22 May 2020

US NEW YORK AUTHORITIES HAVE LIFTED CERTAIN BUSINESS RESTRICTIONS IN SOME AREAS AS OF 21MAY

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES
Affected Areas: NEW YORK
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

As of May 21, authorities in New York have lifted certain business restrictions in seven of the state’s ten regions, as part of their four-phase coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery plan. The move has allowed businesses in the construction, manufacturing, wholesale supply chain, agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industries to resume operations in the impacted areas. Retail shops will also be allowed to reopen, albeit for curbside pickup and drop-off services. The affected regions encompass the following counties:

Capital Region : Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington counties.
Western New York: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara counties
Finger Lakes : Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties
Southern Tier : Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins counties
Mohawk Valley : Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, and Schoharie counties
North Country : Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties
Central New York : Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego counties

Under New York State’s recovery plan, as a prerequisite to reopening, individual regions must meet seven specific criteria established as indicators of local capacity to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Authorities have also lifted restrictions on some low-risk businesses and outdoor recreational activities statewide, including landscaping, gardening, drive-in movie theaters, and tennis, since May 15.

Significant transport and business disruptions are likely. Authorities will almost certainly keep additional security personnel deployed to assist in enforcing the state’s measures. Officials could amend the order on short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.


MDTI-WA-2020-398
Date: 22 May 2020

US ALASKA TO START THE PHASE 3 OF THE STATE’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES
Affected Areas: ALASKA
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy announced the start of Phase 3 of the state’s economic recovery plan on May 22 with the lifting of most business restrictions that had been put in place to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Starting May 22, all businesses, recreational activities, places of worship, museums and libraries, and sports activities will be allowed, without limits on the number of customers or participants . Large events, such as concerts or festivals, must obtain permission from health authorities to be organized. Authorities also encourage residents to use face coverings when in public and when close to others, and for people already sick to stay at home.

Orders requiring all travelers entering the state from abroad or from another US state to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival will remain in place through at least June 2. Intrastate travel is allowed between communities through the road system or the marine highway system, while travel off the road or marine system is only allowed to those conducting essential services, and for people with critical needs.

MDTI-WA-2020-397
Date: 22 May 2020

ITALY PLANS TO ALLOW ALL AIRPORTS IN THE COUNTRY TO REOPEN FROM 03JUN 2020

Country of Territory: ITALY
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Italy plan to allow all airports in the country to reopen from June 3 after several airports were closed in March during the lockdown intended to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In addition, authorities plan to allow travel between regions with low COVID-19 contagion risk, after inter-regional travel was suspended in March.

Other restrictions on movement and some nonessential shops and public spaces have been allowed to reopen in recent weeks:
– The following restrictions remain in place nationwide:
– Interregional travel is suspended until June 3.
– Facemasks must be worn in enclosed public spaces.
– Social distancing of at least one meter (3 feet) must be observed where possible.
– Schools remain closed until September.

Controls are in place at all Italian borders denying entry to most travelers, and travelers with a valid reason for traveling to Italy are required to fill out a declaration form prior to entry. All international arrivals in Italy are subject to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation order, though cross-border workers, health workers, and freight transporters are excluded from this measure.


MDTI-WA-2020-396
Date: 22 May 2020

SOUTH AMERICA – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF 22MAY

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: SOUTH AMERICA
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities across South America will maintain travel, business, and movement restrictions of varying degrees through at least the end of May as part of their efforts to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The exact duration of the measures will almost certainly depend on disease activity and the preparedness of local authorities to respond to the disease. The following measures are in place as of May 21:

Argentina: Nonresident foreign nationals remain barred from entering until further notice. A mandatory quarantine order has been extended through at least May 25. Domestic flights remain canceled, and there are tight controls on interprovincial transport.

Brazil: Officials have extended entry for all nonresident foreign nationals by air through at least May 28. All land borders are closed through May 29, and arrivals by sea remain banned through May 24. State and federal level restrictions are in place, including in the states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, until at least May 31.

Chile: Officials have banned entry by nonresident foreign nationals indefinitely, while Chilean citizens and residents must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the country. A nightly 2200-0500 curfew remains in force until further notice. Additional regional restrictions and localized quarantines are in place.

Colombia: All international and domestic air travel will remain suspended until June 30; all ground and maritime borders are closed until further notice. A nationwide lockdown has been extended through at least May 31. Additional restrictions based on national identification card numbers are enforced in some cities.

Paraguay: All international flights are suspended, and land borders remain closed. A mandatory curfew between 2100-0500 will be in place through May 25. In the remaining hours, residents may only leave their homes for essential tasks. Vehicular restrictions are also in place.

Peru: The country’s borders remain closed to all passenger traffic, and international flights remain canceled. A nationwide 1800-0400 curfew is in force through at least May 24, with some regions being under a 1600-0400 curfew. Residents are not allowed to leave their homes on Sundays.

Venezuela: All domestic and international passenger flights are suspended until June 12. The nationwide quarantine measures will also remain in place through at least June 12, with exceptions allowed for essential activities. Nighttime curfew orders remain in place in border areas.


MDTI-WA-2020-395
Date: 22 May 2020

UKRAINE HAVE EXTENDED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS UNTIL 22JUN 2020

Country of Territory: UKRAINE
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Ukraine have extended restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through at least June 22, though plan to ease measures May 22, when urban and intraregional public transport will resume, and hotels will be permitted to reopen subject to social-distancing requirements. Kindergartens will begin to reopen from May 25. The easing of restrictions will vary by location based upon local disease activity. Restrictions extended through at least June 22 include:
– Public gatherings of more than two people are banned
– Citizens must wear facemasks and carry ID in public at all times
– Entertainment and leisure facilities are closed
– Intercity public transport is suspended
– Most foreigners are barred from entry

The majority of Ukraine’s land border crossings remain closed. Freight transport operations are permitted through open checkpoints. All international passenger air, rail, and maritime services are suspended; freight transport is unaffected . All arrivals in Ukraine will be placed under 14-day observation ; the measures do not apply to diplomats, representatives of international organizations, international freight truck drivers, and aircraft and vessel crewmembers.


MDTI-WA-2020-394
Date: 22 May 2020

SPAIN – OFFICIALS VOTED TO EXTENDED STATE ALARM UNTIIL 06JUN 2020

Country of Territory: SPAIN
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Spanish officials voted to extend the nationwide state of alarm, which empowers the government to curtail freedom of movement, to June 6 in order to control the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Despite this extension, Spanish authorities continue to ease measures imposed to combat COVID-19. The islands of Formentera, Cabrera, La Graciosa, El Hierro, and La Gomera have progressed to Phase 2 of the government’s four-phase recovery plan aimed at gradually lifting COVID-19-related restrictions.

Much of the country remains at Phase 0, the preparatory phase, including Madrid and Barcelona; however, restrictions in these cities have been relaxed somewhat . As of May 18, certain small businesses – such as hardware stores and restaurants – are allowed to reopen for customers without an appointment. Hair salons and barbershops are allowed to reopen, and personal fitness training sessions may resume.

Additionally, authorities now require many international arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days. During the self-isolation period, individuals may only leave their residence for essential purposes, such as buying groceries or seeking medical attention. This measure does not apply to freight transport workers, aircraft crew members, cross-border workers, residents of Spain, Schengen Area residents transiting to their home countries, cross-border commuters for essential work, diplomats, and others with exceptional circumstances . Authorities are maintaining controls at air, land, and sea borders; most foreign nationals remain barred from entering Spain.


MDTI-WA-2020-393
Date: 22 May 2020

NORTH AMERICA- UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF 21MAY 2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: NORTH AMERICA
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

US : Authorities announced the extension of the closure of US land borders with Canada and Mexico to nonessential travel through at least June 22. Officials are also maintaining a ban on entry for foreign nationals, who in the previous 14 days have been in China, Iran, the UK, Ireland, or any of the 26 European countries in the Schengen Area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Returning US citizens and legal permanent residents who have traveled to the restricted country list within 14 days of arrival must self-quarantine for 14 days. Citizens have been advised not to travel internationally.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that incoming flights from the above-mentioned countries are limited to landing in the following 13 airports only:

Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS)
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX)
Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Canada: Authorities extended the closure of the land border with the US for nonessential travel through at least June 22 , while still allowing US citizens for essential travel, and barred nonresident foreign nationals from entering through at least late June. Officials have redirected all international passenger flights to four airports:

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Montreal Trudeau Airport (YUL)
Calgary International Airport (YYC)

Persons exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including Canadian nationals, will not be allowed to board international planes destined for Canada. No cruise ships with more than 500 passengers will be allowed to dock in Canadian ports until at least July 1. Authorities have also banned any person exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms from boarding interprovincial flights or trains within Canada. Regional governments are implementing various restrictions, including limiting the entrance of residents of other provinces or ordering visitors to self-quarantine for 14 days. Most provinces began easing restrictions in May.

Mexico: Mexican authorities have closed the land border with the US to nonessential travel until at least June 22 , but have not suspended or limited entry for foreign nationals arriving in the country by plane. However, there is limited flight availability due to entry restrictions in most countries worldwide. Officials have announced increased screening measures at airports for all travelers coming from the most-affected areas, including China, Iran, and Europe. Officials have asked all Mexican residents to avoid all nonessential international travel. In areas not affected by COVID-19, businesses began to reopen starting May 18.

MDTI-WA-2020-392
Date: 22 May 2020

JAPAN GOVERNMENT LIFTED CERTAIN COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS IN SOME AREAS AS OF 21MAY

Country of Territory: JAPAN
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

The Japanese government lifted a state of emergency order for Osaka, Hyogo, and Kyoto prefectures May 21, due to reduced coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity . The government continues to recommend that residents nationwide continue to limit unnecessary contact and practice physical distancing. The state of emergency will remain in place for the Tokyo Metropolitan Area, including Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba prefectures, and Hokkaido Prefecture through at least May 31.

Flights from South Korea and China are only authorized to land at Narita International Airport (NRT) and Kansai International Airport (KIX). Additional restrictions on international flights remain possible. Flight disruptions will probably continue in the coming weeks, and possibly months, due to decreased demand.

Travel Restrictions:
The government is maintaining a ban on foreign nationals from more than 100 countries, including China, South Korea, Australia, the US, Canada, France, Germany, the UK, Turkey, and Egypt. Authorities require travelers entering the country, including Japanese nationals, to quarantine for 14 days; isolation may take place at a designated facility or at home. Individuals under quarantine orders must refrain from using public transportation . Officials also require all passengers arriving from specified areas to undergo polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, which involves medical personnel taking a nasopharyngeal swab, upon arrival. Authorities could expand such policies to cover additional areas at short notice, depending on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity.


MDTI-WA-2020-391
Date: 21 May 2020

PACIFIC UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF 21MAY 2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: PACIFIC
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

American Samoa: The territory remains under a state of emergency through at least June 1. The government has maintained a Code Blue threat level, which includes provisions such as requiring businesses to operate 0600-1800 only, quarantining arriving passengers, closing public and private schools, and suspending all public gatherings until further notice. Travelers from outside the US must spend 14 days in Hawaii before arrival. Inbound passengers must acquire health clearances within three days before departure. Officials have reduced commercial passenger flights.

Cook Islands : The government requires all incoming passengers to quarantine in New Zealand for 14 days before travel. A 14-day quarantine is also in place for all arriving passengers before travelers can proceed to the country’s outer islands. Foreigners remain banned from entering the country until further notice, except for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents and Australians living in New Zealand. Flights from other destinations remain suspended.

Fiji: Most foreign nationals have been effectively banned from entering the country. All arrivals, regardless of nationality, must undergo 28-day self-quarantine . Authorities have called on Fijian nationals to suspend outbound travel. Inter-island transport has resumed, and Fiji Link (FJ) has restarted limited domestic flights. The government continues to ban all cruise ships from docking.

Guam: Officials have extended the public health emergency through at least June 5
.Authorities continue to ban entry by individuals who traveled in mainland China within 14 days of arrival. All arriving visitors, regardless of their country of origin, are required to quarantine for up to 14 days. Nonresidents will have to pay for their quarantine.

Northern Mariana Islands: Most flights to the territory remain suspended. Officials are no longer requiring arriving passengers to submit a health screening showing a negative test result for COVID-19. Authorities will quarantine all arriving travelers at designated facilities for five-seven days and undergo testing before release. Officials continue to enforce a nightly 2200-0500 curfew. Inter-island travel has resumed; while the government is not requiring health declarations for passengers who have not left the commonwealth, local carrier Star Marianas Air (US Airline Code: 1SQ) continues to require the measure as of May 21. Passengers can obtain a health clearance at Saipan International Airport (SPN) before departure.

Palau: Inbound movement from abroad to remain suspended until further notice.


MDTI-WA-2020-390
Date: 21 May 2020

EUROPE – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF 21MAY 2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: EUROPE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Governments in Europe are maintaining travel and other restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of May 20. Specific measures vary by country, though major restrictions include:

Austria: Nonessential businesses are permitted to reopen, depending on social distancing measures. Public gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Authorities have barred entry for most foreigners.

Belgium: Authorities began easing restrictions May 4. A limited number of businesses have been permitted to reopen, and public transport has resumed, though passengers are required to wear facemasks. Public gatherings remain prohibited.

Bulgaria: Many nonessential businesses and public spaces are permitted to reopen, and the ban on intercity travel has been lifted. Facemasks are mandatory on public transport. Non-EU citizens, as well as citizens of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK, are prohibited from entering the country, with the exception of freight and health workers and diplomats.

Czech Republic: The ban on nonessential movement has been lifted. A phased reopening of some businesses and public facilities is ongoing. Residents must still wear protective face masks in public; strict social distancing requirements remain in force; most foreigners remain barred from entry.

Denmark: Shops are permitted to reopen; cafes, restaurants, libraries, and churches were permitted to reopen from May 18. Cultural and entertainment facilities remain closed. Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Authorities have extended border controls through at least June 1; most foreigners remain barred from entry.

Finland: Border controls with Schengen Area and associated countries have been relaxed to allow commuter and essential traffic. Most foreign nationals remain barred through at least June 14. Educational facilities began to reopen from May 14; most nonessential public-facing businesses remain closed. Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.

France: A nationwide state of emergency is in effect until July 10. Certain types of businesses have been permitted to reopen and individuals may travel freely within 100 km (60 miles) of their homes. Border controls will remain in place through at least June 15; most foreigners remain barred from entry.

Germany: Authorities continue to ease restrictions, with additional nonessential establishments being permitted to reopen under certain conditions. Border controls remain in effect through at least Jun 15; most foreigners are barred from entry.

Greece: Restrictions on interregional movement on the mainland and some islands have been lifted. Shopping malls and places of worship are permitted to reopen. Land borders with Albania, North Macedonia, and Turkey are closed. Commercial flights between Greece and Albania, North Macedonia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the Netherlands are banned through at least May 31.

Ireland: Some nonessential businesses are allowed to open from May 18. Residents are requested to leave their homes only on essential business and remain within 5 km (3 miles). All public gatherings of more than four people are prohibited.

Italy: Authorities continue to ease restrictions. Movement within regions is allowed, while movement between regions remains suspended until at least June 3. Residents may engage in individual exercise activities outdoors without restrictions. Certain businesses have been permitted to reopen. Public gatherings remain prohibited. Facemasks are required within enclosed public places.

Netherlands: Some nonessential commercial premises are permitted to operate under certain criteria. Entry restrictions are in place for non-EEA or UK nationals.

Norway: Educational facilities and some nonessential businesses have reopened, and public gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted. Enhanced border controls remain in effect.

Poland: Authorities have extended the domestic and international flight ban until at least May 23. Certain businesses have been allowed to reopen, and residents may leave their homes for recreational purposes. International passenger rail traffic remains suspended, and most foreigners barred from entry indefinitely.

Portugal: Certain businesses have been permitted to reopen, subject to social distancing requirements. Facemasks are mandatory on public transport. Border controls with Spain remain in place through at least June 15.

Spain: Many nonessential businesses have been permitted to reopen, and intraregional travel restrictions have been lifted in certain areas. Tighter restrictions remain in effect in some areas, including Barcelona and Madrid. The nationwide state of emergency is in effect until at least May 24; most foreigners remain barred from entry and all international arrivals are subject to 14-day self-isolation.

Sweden: Some educational facilities are currently closed. Public gatherings of more than 50 participants are prohibited. Foreign nationals from outside the EEA and Switzerland are currently barred from entry.

Switzerland: Shops and public establishments have been gradually reopening, subject to social distancing requirements. Public transport has resumed. A ban on gatherings of more than five people remains in effect, and most foreigners remain barred from entry.

UK: Most nonessential public-facing businesses remain closed, and public gatherings of more than two people from different households are prohibited.

Ukraine: Authorities have extended the state of emergency through at least May 22. Certain businesses have been permitted to reopen, and residents may visit parks and recreation areas. Public gatherings are prohibited, and individuals must wear facemasks and carry proper identification documents when in public. Interregional traffic remains suspended, and most foreigners are barred from entry.

MDTI-WA-2020-389
Date: 21 May 2020

INDIA OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED THAT SOME DOMESTIC COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO RESUME FROM 25MAY

Country of Territory: INDIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Late May 20, Indian officials announced that some domestic commercial passenger flights will be allowed to resume from May 25. Airports and airlines will be required to adhere to social distancing restrictions, and only limited numbers of domestic flights will be allowed to operate. Specific details regarding which airports will be allowed to operate and how many flights will be authorized were not immediately publicized in the May 20 announcement.

Officials have been allowing some foreign citizens, residents, and long-term visa holders stranded in India to buy seats on Air India (AI) repatriation flights leaving India through June 3. The flights depart from India primarily to bring home Indian nationals who had been stranded abroad amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These flights serve airports in several countries, including the UK, US, Bangladesh, Malaysia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, as well as multiple Central Asian nations. Foreigners looking to board repatriation flights need to confirm their entry eligibility with the embassy of the intended destination country and book their tickets through the websites of AI or its subsidiary, Air India Express (IX).


MDTI-WA-2020-388
Date: 21 May 2020

NEPAL – OFFICIALS HAVE EXTENDED THE NATIONWIDE SUSPENSION OF INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

Country of Territory: NEPAL
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: PREVENTIVE RESTRICTIONS

Nepalese officials have extended the nationwide suspension of international and domestic flights – except for cargo, emergency, and repatriation flights – through June 14. Other nationwide restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by limiting nonessential movement, business, and social gatherings are to remain in place through at least June 2. International land border crossing points are scheduled to remain closed for passenger transit until at least May 31, though a further extension of border crossing restrictions is highly likely. The movement of goods is permitted at international borders.

Additional Travel Restrictions:

Although flight and land border restrictions have effectively ended nearly all inbound international travel, Nepal is maintaining a specific ban on travel or transit for passengers from Europe, Gulf Arab countries, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea. Nepal has also suspended on-arrival and electronic visa issuance for all foreign nationals and nonresident Nepalese until further notice. Health checks are mandatory at all entry points. Officials are advising incoming travelers, regardless of nationality, to self-isolate for two weeks or undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or in a medical facility based on medical screening outcomes. As of May 20, intensified land border patrols to prevent the entry of individuals, except for stranded Nepali citizens, have continued, especially along the India-Nepal border; sporadic arrests and clashes will likely continue in the coming weeks.

MDTI-WA-2020-387
Date: 21 May 2020

USA HAVE EXTENDED GROUND BORDER CLOSURES WITH CANADA AND MEXICO UNTIL 22JUN 2020

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

US authorities have extended the ground border closures with Canada and Mexico to all nonessential travel through at least June 22 , as part of the countries’ efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The closures, which are also in place for pleasure boat travels, will not affect trade, movement of essential goods and workers, food, medicines, or cargo trucks.

Additional travel restrictions are ongoing. US officials have suspended entry for foreign nationals who have been in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), Iran, UK, Ireland, and the Schengen Area within the last 14 days. The Schengen Area includes 26 European countries: 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. US citizens and legal permanent residents who have traveled to a country on the restricted list within 14 days of arrival must self-quarantine for 14 days.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has previously announced that incoming flights from the listed countries would be permitted to land only at the following 13 airports:

Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS)
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX)
Miami International Airport (MIA)
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Department of State officials have also advised US citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Authorities urge anyone entering the country from abroad to self-quarantine and monitor their health for 14 days.


MDTI-WA-2020-386
Date: 21 May 2020

CAMBODIA – GOVERNMENT HAS LIFTED ENTRY RESTRICTIONS FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS TRAVELING FROM CERTAIN COUNTRIES

Country of Territory: CAMBODIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

The government has lifted entry restrictions for foreign nationals traveling from France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain, and the US amid attempts to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Issuance of tourist visas and e-visas, visa-on-arrival services, and visa exemption remain suspended. Foreign nationals intending to visit the country need to obtain a visa from a Cambodian diplomatic mission by submitting documentation of medical insurance worth at least USD 50,000 and a medical certificate from local health authorities stating they are free from COVID-19 within 72 hours of departure. Diplomatic and official visa holders are exempt from the requirements . Officials will test all arriving passengers for COVID-19 and require all travelers to quarantine for 14 days if any passenger tests positive for the disease. Authorities will permit travelers that test negative to self-quarantine. Most border checkpoints remain closed. The government has also banned cross-border travel for Cambodian and Vietnamese citizens.


MDTI-WA-2020-385
Date: 21 May 2020

NETHERLANDS PARTIALLY RELAXED RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED AS OF 20MAY

Country of Territory: NETHERLANDS
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Officials in the Netherlands partially relaxed restrictions imposed to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) May 19 . The government still advises people to work from home where possible. From June 1, people using public transport will be legally required to wear facemasks. Although some nonessential businesses, including hairdressers, beauticians, and other similar professions, are permitted to operate, cafes and restaurants will remain closed until 1200 June 1. There is no scheduled date as to when fitness centers will reopen.

Authorities have extended an entry ban on foreign nationals until June 15 ; Netherlands residents and nationals of the EU, the Schengen Area, and the UK are exempt. Individuals arriving on flights from high-risk destinations are required to complete a health screening before boarding and are strongly advised to self-isolate for 14-days.


MDTI-WA-2020-384
Date: 21 May 2020

TAIWAN-UPDATED TRAVEL AND OTHER COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AS OF 21MAY 2020

Country of Territory: TAIWAN
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Several major cities in Taiwan are beginning to reopen more closed businesses – primarily entertainment venues – as of May 20, amid reduced coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity on the island. Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu is allowing businesses, such as karaoke bars, massage parlors, and dance venues, that meet Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) requirements to reopen from May 20. Meanwhile, officials in Taipei will permit affected businesses to resume operations from May 21 after passing inspections and completing training for contact tracing. Officials in Tainan have already allowed similar businesses to resume.

Enhanced screening measures are likely to cause delays at transport hubs across the island, especially at airports in Taipei (TPE, TSA) and Kaohsiung (KHH) and main railway stations. Authorities have not stipulated any penalties for defying social distancing measures

Travel Restrictions:
Officials have extended restrictions on flights to mainland China indefinitely . Under the measures, airlines are only allowed to fly to airports in Beijing (PEK), Shanghai (SHA, PVG), Xiamen (XMN), and Chengdu (CTU). Taiwan-based carriers China Airlines (CA) and EVA Air (BR) continue to cancel most flight services to mainland China . An entry ban for foreign nationals also remains in place; however, exceptions are in place for foreign residents, diplomats, and business travelers executing contracts. Authorities have extended a ban on international transit passengers indefinitely. All arriving passengers, regardless of nationality or residency, must self-quarantine for 14 days. Authorities are requiring some inbound travelers from Southeast Asian countries to undergo a 14-day quarantine at government-designated hotels. Officials will direct arriving passengers living with people with chronic illnesses, children younger than six years old, or adults older than 65 to the facilities. Health officials continue intensified screenings for arriving passengers, including blood samples from passengers who display respiratory symptoms or fever. Passengers bound for Taiwan who do not accurately report their travel history could face fines of up to NTD 150,000 (USD 5,000).


MDTI-WA-2020-383
Date: 21 May 2020

INDONESIA GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO IMPLEMENT COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: INDONESIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Authorities continue to implement social distancing measures and transport restrictions in several localities to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of May 20. Regional governments in areas with significant COVID-19 activity can apply to the central authorities to enact social distancing measures, which are extendable between two to four weeks at a time. A nationwide public health emergency declaration remains in effect through May 29.Authorities have banned travel to and from areas with social distancing restrictions or with a high number of COVID-19 cases through May 31. Officials have also restricted the use of commercial flight, ferry, and railway services in these affected regions.

Bali Province is maintaining a state of emergency through May 29 ; all arrivals from outside the province will undergo 14 days of self-quarantine. Additional localities could enact similar measures in the coming weeks. A nationwide public health emergency declaration remains in effect through May 29.

International Travel Restrictions:
Authorities have banned foreign nationals from entering and transiting the country . The restriction exempts permanent residents, diplomats, and transport workers. Returning travelers, regardless of nationality, that show COVID-19 symptoms will undergo quarantine at government premises. Authorities will advise all inbound passengers to self-quarantine for two weeks.


MDTI-WA-2020-382
Date: 20 May 2020

SINGAPORE – AUTHORITIES TO EASE DOMESTIC RESTRICTIONS FROM 02JUN 2020 DUE TO REDUCED COVID-19 ACTIVITY

Country of Territory: SINGAPORE
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Singapore plan to ease some domestic restrictions from June 2 due to reduced coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in the community. Select businesses, including financial and insurance services, shipping and logistics services, and manufacturing plants of nonessential products, will be allowed to resume operations with social distancing measures in place. Essential services, including medical and transport services, food retailers, and industries important to global supply chains, can continue to operate.

State carrier Singapore Airlines (SQ) and its subsidiaries, Scoot (TR) and SilkAir (MI), continue to suspend most of their scheduled flights. Singapore-based airline JetStar Asia Airways (3K) has resumed routes to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and Manila.

Travel Restrictions
Only Singaporean citizens and permanent residents can enter the country, with limited exceptions . Authorities have banned entry for all short-term visa holders; the measure extends to work pass holders and their dependents, except for those providing essential services. Long-term visit pass and student pass holders will need to apply for government approval before traveling to Singapore. All arrivals have to submit an online health declaration up to three days before entering the country . Officials are continuing to conduct enhanced health screenings for incoming travelers at all points of entry; passengers who show COVID-19 symptoms must undergo a swab test. Inbound travelers will undergo two-week quarantine at government-designated facilities. Authorities have advised residents to avoid nonessential international travel. The Johor Causeway, which links Singapore to Malaysia, is open 0700-1900 daily. The government may reintroduce or expand measures in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country.


MDTI-WA-2020-381
Date: 20 May 2020

HONGKONG – GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO RESTRICT LAND BORDER CROSSINGS

Country of Territory: HONG KONG
Affected Areas: HONG KONG
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

The Hong Kong government has extended limitations on public gatherings, banning groupings of more than eight people, through June 4 to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). While restrictions on leisure facilities have been eased, venues must enforce social-distancing measures for patrons

Hong Kong continues to restrict land border crossings with mainland China to the Shenzhen Bay checkpoint and along the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. Immigration processing centers at Ocean Terminal and Kai Tak Cruise Terminal remain closed. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) remains open, though airlines have significantly reduced flights due to decreased demand, and further cancellations are likely.

Travel Restrictions
A ban on all nonresident foreign nationals from entering or transiting the territory remains in place indefinitely . Travelers from Macau, Taiwan, and mainland China may enter Hong Kong, provided they have no recent travel history elsewhere; arriving travelers must self-quarantine for two weeks until June 7.


MDTI-WA-2020-380
Date: 20 May 2020

TURKEY – GOVERNMENT WILL IMPLEMENT A FOUR-DAY NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN FROM 23MAY TO 27MAY 2020

Country of Territory: TURKEY
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Turkish authorities will implement a four-day nationwide lockdown 0001 May 23 to 0001 May 27 as part of the nation’s effort to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measure coincides with Turkey’s long holiday weekend during Eid al-Fitr religious holidays; authorities have imposed similar restrictions over previous long holiday weekends in order to discourage public excursions.

In addition authorities extended an intercity travel ban for Ankara, Balikeseir, Bursa, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Izmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Manisa, Sakarya, Samsun, Van, and Zonguldak until June 1; authorities previously lifted the ban for the rest of the country. Intercity travel will, however, be suspended nationwide during the lockdown May 23-27. Authorities also indicated that places of worship will be allowed to gradually reopen from May 29.

Certain land, air, and sea travel restrictions remain in place; freight and emergency transport operations are exempt. Some international commercial passenger flights departing Turkey for major cities in Europe and the US are occurring on an ad hoc basis; however, service is very limited and sporadic. Departure schedules and flight availability may vary significantly from week to week. Additionally, individual airlines have suspended operations, with Turkish Airlines (TK) halting regularly scheduled flights until at least May 28, and Pegasus Airlines (PC) suspending their commercial flights indefinitely. All regularly scheduled international passenger flights are suspended indefinitely. Residents returning to Turkey must be tested for COVID-19 on arrival, potentially resulting in quarantine or other mobility restrictions. Turkey’s borders with Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Greece, Iran, and Iraq are closed indefinitely; freight trucks are still permitted to cross, subject to health screening.


MDTI-WA-2020-379
Date: 20 May 2020

MOROCCO EXTENDED THE EXISTING HEALTH STATE OF EMERGENCY THROUGH 10JUN 2020

Country of Territory: MOROCCO
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Morocco have extended the existing health state of emergency from May 20 through June 10 as part of their efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The decree, which was initially introduced March 20, prohibits residents from leaving their homes without permission from local authorities; failure to comply with the order will result in punitive action. Moroccan authorities amended the nationwide nightly curfew through the end of Ramadan, May 24. Curfew hours have been shortened by two hours and now run 1900-0500 nightly, rather than the previous 1800-0600.

Sea travel to Spain, Gibraltar, and France is suspended, and the border with the Spanish autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla, located on the north coast of Africa, is closed until further notice.

Authorities could institute further preventive restrictions, depending on the evolution of disease activity in the coming days and weeks.


MDTI-WA-2020-378
Date: 20 May 2020

UAE- GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO ENFORCE TRAVEL AND OTHER COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) extended the existing nationwide nightly curfew to 2000-0600 from May 19 until further notice, to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19); the previous curfew was in effect from 2200-0600. During curfew periods, officials will only permit residents to leave their homes for essential purposes, such as purchasing food, seeking medical assistance, and working in vital sectors.

Emirati flag carrier Emirates Airlines (EK) announced they would operate multiple regular, non-repatriation flights to several locations in Europe, the US, Canada, and Australia from May 21. Passengers will only be permitted to fly if they comply with the entry criteria and requirements of their destination countries . Passengers wishing to return to the UAE must be an Emirati national or resident. Travelers to the UAE must first receive approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship through the Twajudi Resident Service. All passengers arriving in the UAE will undergo testing, a mandatory 14-day quarantine period, and a follow-up test before release . Dubai-based Emirates and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways (EY ) had earlier announced that they would operate several inbound flights from several destinations in Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Asia, beginning May 10.

All visas, entry permits, and identification cards that may have already expired will remain valid through Dec. 31. Officials will also extend residency visas that expired in early March through December 2020. Moreover, visit visas that expired in early March and held by persons currently inside the UAE will similarly be extended through the end of 2020.

Major tourist sites and cultural venues, public beaches, swimming pools, places of worship, movie theaters, and gyms remain closed.


MDTI-WA-2020-377
Date: 20 May 2020

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA – TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS TO REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL 30MAY 2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Travel and other restrictions intended to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will remain in effect in countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region through at least May 30 . Cargo, humanitarian, diplomatic, and repatriation flights and shipments are largely ongoing. The duration of the measures will likely depend on the evolution of the disease activity in the coming weeks.

Bahrain: Flights to and from Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, and Morocco are suspended until further notice . Travelers who transited through or departed from Iraq, Lebanon, and Iran in the 14 days prior to arrival will be denied entry (this measure excludes Bahraini or GCC citizens). All arrivals will be subjected to health screenings and a 14-day home quarantine. Bahrain’s flag carrier – Gulf Air (GF) – announced April 4 that transit through Bahrain International Airport (BAH) is now permitted for international travelers. Entry into Bahrain remains restricted to nationals, residents, and travelers holding a letter of prior permission to enter. A uthorities have suspended visas on-arrival until further notice.

Egypt: Air traffic at all of the nation’s airports remains suspended until further notice . All modes of private and public transport must cease operation during the curfew hours of 2100-0600.

Israel:
All foreigners are barred from entering Israel until further notice . Israeli citizens and permanent residents are permitted to enter. All border crossings with Jordan and Egypt are closed. A mandatory quarantine order for all residents returning from abroad has been in effect since March 20. El Al (LY) Airlines suspended all passenger flights to and from Israel through at least May 30.

Kuwait: All commercial flights to and from Kuwait are suspended until further notice.

Morocco: All flights to and from Morocco are suspended indefinitely. Suspension of sea travel to Spain, Gibraltar, and France and the closure of the border with the Spanish autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla on the north coast of Africa have been in effect from March 16.

Qatar: Authorities have indefinitely extended the nation’s existing suspension of inbound flights . Transit flights are exempt from the measure. Foreigners are barred from entering the country; however, residents returning from abroad will be permitted to enter and will be placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine . Qatari citizens are not allowed to exit the country. All public transport is suspended.

Saudi Arabia: All domestic flights and public transport remain suspended. All international flights have been indefinitely suspended. The King Fahd Causeway linking Saudi Arabia and Bahrain remains temporarily closed. Land border crossings with Kuwait, Yemen, and the UAE remain closed until further notice.

Countries could expand restrictions in the coming days, particularly if the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 increases.


MDTI-WA-2020-376
Date: 20 May 2020

USA ALASKA – ALL TRAVELERS ENTERING THE STATE ARE REQUIRED TO UNDERGO 14-DAY SELF QUARANTINE UPON ARRIVAL THROUGH AT LEAST 02JUN 2020

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES
Affected Areas: ALASKA
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy extended the order that requires all travelers entering the state from abroad or from another US state to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival through at least June 2. The measure is part of the state’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Previously, authorities had eased intra-state travel restrictions, allowing all travel between communities through the road system or the marine highway system, while limiting travel off the road or marine system only to those conducting essential services, and people with critical needs. Transport and business disruptions are likely. Authorities will deploy additional security personnel to assist in enforcing the measures. Officials could amend the orders at short notice, depending on disease activity in the coming weeks.


MDTI-WA-2020-375
Date: 20 May 2020

USA – TEXAS GOVERNMENT ORDERED LIFTING OF CERTAIN COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES
Affected Areas: TEXAS
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order to lift restrictions on additional businesses and activities May 18-31, as part of the state’s phase 2 of economic reopening . The restrictions have been in place to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The order encourages all residents, but especially those 65 years and older and those with underlying medical conditions, to minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with people from outside of their household.

The requirement for anyone entering Texas from the states of California, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, or Washington, as well as from the cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, or Miami to quarantine for 14 days, remains in place . This order does not apply to persons in transit to locations outside of Texas , nor to those involved in military, emergency, health, or critical infrastructure operations


MDTI-WA-2020-374
Date: 20 May 2020

UNITED KINGDOM – GOVERNMENT BEGAN TO EASE CERTAIN COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: UNITED KINGDOM
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

The Northern Ireland Executive began the first stage of its five-stage coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery plan May 18. As of this date, individuals in Northern Ireland who cannot work from home are encouraged to return to work, up to six individuals from different households may gather outdoors, some outdoor sports are allowed, and garden centers are permitted to reopen. The UK government began easing restrictions in England May 13 , allowing unlimited outdoor exercise, permitting outdoor gatherings of two individuals from different households, and encouraging those who cannot work from home to return to work. Authorities in Scotland and Wales are not currently encouraging nonessential workers to return to work, though they have lifted limits on outdoor exercise. Additional movement and business restrictions in England are currently slated to be lifted June 1 and July 4, contingent upon the Joint Biosecurity Centre’s (JBC) disease activity assessment. Preliminary reports indicate that travelers arriving in the UK from abroad may be asked to self-isolate for 14 days in the future.

MDTI-WA-2020-373
Date: 20 May 2020

SOUTH ASIA – GOVERNMENTS CONTINUE TO ENFORCE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: SOUTH ASIA
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Several nations in South Asia have advised citizens to avoid nonessential international travel due to the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Countries are also advising all incoming travelers, regardless of nationality, to self-isolate for two weeks or undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or in a medical facility based on medical screening outcomes. As of May 19, the following restrictions were in place, modified, or planned:

Bangladesh: Authorities have extended the ban on international flights, except for services to and from China, through at least May 30 . Land borders with India and Myanmar are closed to travelers . While on-arrival visa issuance remains suspended, additional travel bans continue for those with travel history to the EU or Iran since March 1 . Foreign nationals arriving in Bangladesh are required to provide a medical certificate (with an English translation) no older than 72 hours on arrival, indicating that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms . Officials still require persons to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

India: A ban on all domestic and international commercial flights will continue until at least May 31 . Authorities have suspended visa issuance and canceled previously issued visas of all international travelers – except diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, and project visas – of all international travelers. Travelers already in the country may receive visa extensions upon online application . Officials are also maintaining an earlier ban on travelers from Afghanistan, the EU, the European Free Trade Association, Malaysia, Philippines, Turkey, and the UK . The suspension of international cruises, passenger buses, and train services continues.

Maldives : Maldivian authorities are permitting special entry for some categories of international travelers, including diplomatic , official, UN/international organizations, and business owners related to the resort sector. Earlier, officials banned travelers from or transiting through Bangladesh, France’s Ile-de-France and Grand Est; Germany’s Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, and Baden-Wurttemberg; Iran; Italy; mainland China; Malaysia; Spain; the UK; and South Korea’s North Gyeongsang and South Gyeongsang provinces. Authorities will quarantine Maldivian citizens arriving from the US at a designated facility for 14 days; those returning from other foreign countries will need to self-isolate for 14 days. Authorities have also suspended direct flights to and from China since Jan. 30 and barred cruise ships from Maldivian waters from Feb. 28.

Nepal: Officials are extending a ban on all inbound and outbound international passenger flights through at least May 31 , except for some charter flights repatriating stranded citizens. Nepal has suspended on-arrival and electronic visa issuance for all foreign nationals and nonresident Nepalese until further notice. In addition, Nepal is barring entry to those with travel or transit history to Europe, Gulf Arab countries, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea. Foreigners already in Nepal will receive a free visa extension until officials lift exit restrictions. Closure of all land border crossings for passenger traffic with India and China remain in place; authorities permit cargo transit.

Pakistan: Authorities are extending the validity of visas for foreign nationals in the country through June 30, amid an ongoing ban on international commercial passenger flights until at least 2359 May 31; repatriation and cargo flights continue. Travelers must undergo health screening and practice social distancing. Pakistani authorities are permitting the exchange of citizens along land border checkpoints with Afghanistan; the export of essential goods is allowed through the Spin Boldak and Torkham crossings Sunday-Thursday weekly. Officials have also opened the Pishin and Rimdan border crossings with Iran, allowing limited transport of goods. The Attari-Wagah border with India remains closed amid the cancellation of bus and train services between India and Pakistan.

Sri Lanka: Authorities have suspended the issuance of all visa types – including electronic, landing, multiple entry, and residential – to foreigners regardless of nationality, until further notice; previously issued visas for foreign nationals, including residential permits, stand temporarily suspended. Such travelers will not be allowed to enter Sri Lanka. The restrictions do not apply to holders of diplomatic, official, and service passports . Foreigners who have entered Sri Lanka on or before March 14 will receive visa extensions at least up to June 11. Officials suspended all inbound international passenger flights until further notice; however, cargo transport, passenger transit, and international departures will continue at the Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). O fficials had previously ordered all international services at the Jaffna International Airport (JAF) – Sri Lanka’s only other functional international airport – has also halted.


MDTI-WA-2020-372
Date: 20 May 2020

SOUTHEAST ASIA -GOVERNMENTS CONTINUES TO ENFORCE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF 19MAY 2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: SOUTHEAST ASIA
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Countries in Southeast Asia continue to enforce travel restrictions and enhanced health screenings to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measures vary across the region; the following restrictions are in effect as of May 19:

Brunei: Authorities have banned foreigners, including long-term pass holders, from entering or transiting the country , and suspended all travel, student, and dependent visas. The government has also banned locals, permanent residents, and foreigners holding Bruneian identification cards from leaving the country. Only foreigners undergoing a medical emergency or resuming studies overseas can depart with approval from the Prime Minister’s Office . Officials are requiring all travelers entering the country to undergo quarantine at designated facilities for 14 days.

Cambodia: Foreign nationals traveling from France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain, and the US will not be able to enter Cambodia until further notice . Issuance of tourist visas and e-visas, visa-on-arrival services, and visa exemption also remain suspended. Foreign visitors will need to obtain a visa from Cambodian diplomatic missions and provide proof of medical insurance worth at least USD 50,000 and a medical certificate from local health authorities stating they have not tested positive for COVID-19. Authorities are quarantining all arrivals at government facilities, which are located at air, sea, and land points of entry for 14 days . Most border checkpoints with Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam remain closed.

Indonesia: The government has banned foreigners from entering or transiting the country . The restriction exempts permanent residents, diplomats, and transport workers. Inbound travelers, regardless of nationality, who show COVID-19 symptoms, will undergo quarantine at government premises . Authorities are advising all incoming passengers to self-quarantine for two weeks.

Laos : Authorities continue to ban international travel and suspend visa issuance until further notice , with some limited exceptions. The government is allowing foreigners already in the country to depart, while citizens can travel overseas for urgent reasons, such as essential government duties or medical purposes. Only foreign nationals visiting Laos for non-tourism purposes can obtain visas by submitting relevant documents to Lao diplomatic missions. These foreign nationals will need to get a health document stating they are free from COVID-19 within 72 hours before boarding Laos-bound flights. All arriving travelers will undergo isolation for two weeks at government-designated facilities.

Malaysia: Authorities have prohibited foreign nationals from entering Malaysia through at least June 9, with some limited exemptions such as foreign spouses and dependents of Malaysian citizens. All inbound passengers will have to undergo 14 days of quarantine at government facilities upon arrival. Authorities are also prohibiting Malaysian nationals from traveling abroad while the restrictions are in place.

Myanmar: Officials have stopped all international flights, except for relief or cargo flights, through at least May 31 and banned foreign nationals from entering through land border checkpoints. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also suspended visa issuance and visa-free travel to the country, with exemptions for diplomats, UN officials, and aircraft and ship crew. Returning Myanmar citizens and incoming foreigners, with some exceptions, will need to undergo a 21-day quarantine at government facilities and subsequent one-week self-isolation. Diplomats and resident UN officials can self-quarantine at their residence.

Philippines: The government continues to suspend all visas, including visas that the government has already issued, and visa-free privileges, effectively banning foreigners from entering the country. The restriction exempts foreign spouses and children of Philippine citizens and diplomatic staff and their dependents. All arriving travelers will undergo a two-week quarantine at government-designated facilities. Philippine citizens, except for Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and uniformed personnel on official duty, remain banned from departing the country.

Singapore: Officials have banned entry or transit of all short-term visa holders; the measure extends to work pass holders and their dependents, with exemptions for those providing essential services like healthcare and transport. All long-term visit pass and student pass holders will also need to apply for government approval before traveling to Singapore. Authorities are requiring all arriving passengers to submit an online health declaration up to three days before entering the country . Officials are also continuing to conduct enhanced health screenings for incoming travelers at all points of entry; passengers who show COVID-19 symptoms must undergo a swab test. Authorities will transfer suspected cases to hospitals for further checks. All inbound travelers will undergo quarantine at government-designated facilities for 14 days.

Thailand: Officials have extended a ban on inbound passenger flights through June 30 . The government has also banned foreigners from entering the country, with limited exemptions, including for diplomats and transport workers.

Vietnam: Officials have banned entry for all foreign nationals into the country , with exemptions for essential and skilled workers. All travelers allowed into the country will undergo quarantine at designated government-run facilities for 14 days. Authorities have also suspended all inbound international passenger flights . Officials have closed the country’s land borders with Cambodia and Laos for passenger transit.


MDTI-WA-2020-371
Date: 20 May 2020

NORTHEAST ASIA CONTINUE TO ENFORCE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF 19MAY

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: NORTHEAST ASIA
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Governments in Northeast Asia continue to enforce travel restrictions to prevent the transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Measures vary throughout the region; as of May 19, the following restrictions are in place:

Mainland China: A uthorities continue to bar all foreign nationals from entering the country ; exceptions are in place for diplomatic personnel and C visa holders, which officials generally issue to members of flight and shipping crews. Most travelers, regardless of nationality, are barred from entering or exiting land border checkpoints. Officials are allowing “fast track” entry for business travelers from South Korea to 10 Chinese locations, including Shanghai and Liaoning, Shandong, Jiangsu, and Anhui provinces . Passengers must have an invitation from a Chinese business to qualify for entry. Approved travelers will have to undergo testing in South Korea within 72 hours of travel and undergo testing again during a one- or two-day quarantine in China. Reports indicate the government is also allowing executive travel for certain businesses under a similar model. Authorities in many provinces, municipalities, and ethnic autonomous regions are enforcing quarantine measures for international travelers.

Hong Kong: The government is maintaining a ban on all nonresident foreign nationals, as well as residents of Hubei Province, mainland China . Travelers from Macau, Taiwan, and mainland China are exempt from restrictions provided they do not have a recent travel history to Hubei or elsewhere. Arriving passengers from these areas, as well as foreign countries, must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon entry into the territory. Hong Kong continues to restrict land border crossings with mainland China to the Shenzhen Bay checkpoint and along the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.

Japan: An entry ban remains in place for foreign nationals with a travel history to more than 100 countries , including Russia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the US, Canada, the UK, Schengen Area countries, China, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand, within 14 days of arrival. Officials also require all passengers arriving from affected countries to undergo polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, which involves medical personnel taking a nasopharyngeal swab, upon arrival . Any inbound passenger allowed into Japan is required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period, either at home or in a government-designated facility.

Macau: Officials have banned nonresident foreign nationals from entering the territory . Travelers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China – except Hubei Province – are exempt from the measure but will not be allowed to enter if they have traveled elsewhere in the previous two weeks. Residents and allowed travelers that have visited “high-risk” countries, including the Schengen Area, the UK, the US, Canada, Brazil, Egypt, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Iran, and New Zealand, within 14 days of arrival, will face mandatory quarantine at designated hotels . Residents and travelers who visited Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other countries may be allowed to self-isolate at home.

Mongolia: The government has effectively banned international travel. Border closures are ongoing with Russia and China, though some commercial transport is occurring. Commercial flights connecting Mongolia with Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey remain suspended . Authorities are placing arriving Mongolian citizens under a 14-day quarantine at their own expense.

North Korea: Authorities have effectively suspended inbound travel by foreign nationals . Officials are conducting increased health screenings and have imposed quarantine periods on foreign nationals, along with North Koreans arriving in Pyongyang.

South Korea: The government continues to ban all foreign travelers who have visited China’s Hubei Province within 14 days of arrival from entering the country . South Koreans who traveled to Hubei Province will need to self-quarantine for 14 days. Officials have halted visa-free and visa-waiver programs with countries that have entry bans for South Korean citizens. The restriction impacts travelers from 90 countries, including Australia, Canada, and most European nations. Authorities have also canceled existing short-term visas issued before April 5, requiring travelers to reapply for entry documents. The government plans to limit all but essential or urgent travel for foreign nationals to the country . Officials are testing all arriving travelers from the US and Europe. Officials will send arriving passengers that exhibit COVID-19 symptoms to designated quarantine facilities for testing. All inbound passengers, regardless of nationality and testing outcomes, are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Staff could send patients that test positive to designated quarantine facilities.

Taiwan: Authorities continue to ban nonresidents from entering Taiwan , though some exceptions are in place for diplomats and business travelers executing contracts. Officials have extended a ban on transiting passengers indefinitely. All arriving passengers, regardless of nationality or residency, must self-quarantine for 14 days. Inbound travelers from Southeast Asian countries may have to undergo a 14-day quarantine at government-designated hotels. Staff will direct arriving passengers living with people with chronic illnesses, children younger than six years old, or adults older than 65 to the facilities.


MDTI-WA-2020-370
Date: 19 May 2020

AUSTRIA – LEISURE FACILITIES AND OTHER TOURIST ATTRACTIONS WILL BE ALLOWED TO REOPEN FOR VISITORS FROM 29MAY 2020

Country of Territory: AUSTRIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Austrian authorities are gradually easing coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related restrictions from May 15. In addition, places of worship, museums, exhibitions, libraries, and zoos were allowed to reopen. From May 29, accommodation facilities, tourist sites, swimming pools, and other leisure facilities will be allowed to reopen for visitors . Airports in the country remain open, albeit with a reduced schedule; Austrian Airlines (OS) have suspended commercial flights until May 31. Travelers entering Austria must either present a medical certificate no more than four days old showing a negative COVID-19 test result or else they are required to begin a 14-day quarantine . Testing is available at Vienna International Airport (VIE) for citizens and residents of Austria .

Rail services between Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Switzerland remain suspended; trains to Germany and Czech Republic are operating with a reduced schedule; trains within Austria are operating on a normal schedule since May 11.
Entry to Austria is prohibited temporarily for travelers from countries outside the Schengen Area.


MDTI-WA-2020-369
Date: 19 May 2020

USA-MASSACHUSETTS – PHASE 1 OF FOUR-STAGE PLAN LAUNCHED LAST 18MAY 2020 TO REOPEN ECONOMY

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Affected Areas: MASSACHUSETTS
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker launched a four-stage plan to reopen the commonwealth’s economy, beginning with phase 1 on May 18. Authorities also issued a safer-at-home advisory, which encourages residents, especially those 65 years or older and those with underlying medical conditions, to remain at home except to perform essential tasks, as part of the administration’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). According to the advisory, residents must not participate in close-contact activities and are required to wear face coverings whenever they cannot maintain proper distance from others. Gatherings of 10 people or more remain banned. All businesses must follow specific guidelines, including social distancing measures, enhanced sanitation procedures, and limiting the number of customers or attendees within their premises. All travelers entering Massachusetts are urged to self-quarantine for 14 days, upon arrival . In-person lessons at public schools will remain canceled through the end of the school year.


MDTI-WA-2020-368
Date: 19 May 2020

BRUNEI – SOME BUSINESSES WERE ALLOWED TO REOPEN STARTING 19MAY 2020

Country of Territory: BRUNEI
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Bruneian authorities have allowed some businesses and public facilities to reopen amid attempts to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19 ). Driving schools, golf courses, gyms and fitness centers, markets, and most sports facilities have restarted operations with precautions in place while dining in can resume at food establishments. Safeguards include temperature screenings for workers and customers. Individuals caught breaching regulations could face a BND 10,000 (USD 7,100) fine and six months’ imprisonment. Other public places, including bowling alleys, cinemas, and swimming pools, remain closed.

Travel Restrictions
Foreign nationals, including long-term pass holders, remain banned from entering or transiting Brunei . Only foreigners whose work relates to matters of national interest, such as transporting essential goods, can enter the country . Existing travel, student, and dependent visas remain suspended. All arriving travelers will undergo a 14-day quarantine at designated facilities. Officials have barred local nationals, permanent residents, and foreigners holding Bruneian identification cards from leaving the country.

MDTI-WA-2020-367
Date: 19 May 2020

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA- FOREIGN EMBASSIES IN MUSLIM COUNTRIES WILL CLOSE DURING OBSERVANCE OF EID AL FITR

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA
Incident: OBSERVANCE OF EID AL FITR

Muslims will celebrate Eid Al-Fitr (the Feast of Breaking the Ramadan Fast) throughout the Middle East and North Africa starting on or around May 23 ; the official start date depends on the sighting of the new crescent moon and countries’ individual schedules. The feast marks the end of Ramadan, the holiest month of the Islamic calendar. Government offices, private businesses, financial institutions, and schools typically close for at least three days for the Eid observance. Many foreign embassies in Muslim countries will close during the official holiday period, though emergency assistance is usually available by phone at embassies and consulates .

Many countries in the region will likely impose curfews and other restrictions to limit the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during the holiday. COVID-19-related restrictions have already been announced in Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the Palestinian Territories. Many countries have closed mosques through Ramadan to prevent large public gatherings from materializing . Increased deployment of security personnel is likely regionwide to enforce these measures.

MDTI-WA-2020-366
Date: 19 May 2020

BULGARIA – HAVE EASED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS FROM 18MAY 2020

Country of Territory: BULGARIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Bulgarian authorities eased certain coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related restrictions from May 18 , allowing shopping malls except for dining and entertainment areas with some exceptions, and gyms with a maximum of 1 customer per 4 square meters (43 square feet) to reopen. Previously, authorities downgraded the health state of emergency to a declaration of an epidemic situation, which will last until at least June 14. Although the government has eased certain related restrictions, many remain in place.

Sofia International Airport (SOF) remains open, albeit operating on a severely reduced schedule. All arriving international passengers must self-isolate for 14 days. In addition to the EU’s ban on nonresidents entering the bloc, the administration in Sofia has indefinitely barred entry to nonresidents of Bulgaria traveling from Austria, Spain, Italy, the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Iceland, Lichtenstein, and Luxembourg. Authorities may extend or otherwise amend restrictions in the coming days in response to disease activity in the country.


MDTI-WA-2020-365
Date: 19 May 2020

PAKISTAN – INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER FLIGHTS REMAIN SUSPENDED THROUGH 31MAY 2020

Country of Territory: PAKISTAN
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

As of May 18, authorities have ordered further easing of business and transport restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). International passenger flights remain suspended through May 31.

Authorities have resumed some domestic flights between airports serving Karachi (KHI), Lahore (LHE), Islamabad (ISB), Peshawar (PEW), and Quetta (UET) since May 16. Passengers will be required to fill in a health declaration form detailing travel history and current health status. Authorities will conduct health screenings of people at boarding and only allow passengers to fill 50 percent of plane seats. Officials may resume flights at airports in other cities in the coming days as the government continues to relax restrictions.

Travel Restrictions
Pakistan is extending the validity of visas for foreign nationals in the country through June 30 amid an ongoing ban on international commercial passenger flights until at least May 31 ; further restrictions are likely. Cargo, emergency, and repatriation flights are unaffected. While air travel restrictions remain in place, Pakistani authorities have begun opening border crossings with Iran and Afghanistan for trade – mainly of essential goods – and exchange of stranded citizens.


MDTI-WA-2020-364
Date: 19 May 2020

NEPAL – WILL EXTEND NATIONWIDE MEASURES AGAINTS COVID-19 UNTIL 02JUN 2020

Country of Territory: NEPAL
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Nepal will extend ongoing nationwide measures to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through at least June 2 . The restrictions limit nonessential movement, business, and social gatherings. Additionally, the suspension of international and domestic flights – except for cargo, emergency, and repatriation flights – will be in place through at least May 31. International land border crossing points will also remain closed for passenger transit until May 31, though trade is permitted.

Additional Travel Restrictions
Although flight and land border restrictions have effectively ended nearly all inbound international travel, Nepal is maintaining a specific ban on travel or transit for passengers from Europe, Gulf Arab countries, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea . Nepal has also suspended on-arrival and electronic visa issuance for all foreign nationals and non-resident Nepalese until further notice. Those wishing to travel to Nepal must contact their local Nepali diplomatic mission for visa approval and submit the results of a swab test demonstrating that the individual is COVID-19 free within seven days before the intended travel date. Officials have advised Nepali citizens against nonessential international travel. Health checks are mandatory at all entry points. Officials are advising incoming travelers, regardless of nationality, to self-isolate for two weeks or undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or in a medical facility based on medical screening outcomes. As of May 18, land border patrols to prevent the entry of all but stranded Nepali citizens have intensified, especially along the India-Nepal border; sporadic arrests and clashes will likely continue in the coming weeks.


MDTI-WA-2020-363
Date: 19 May 2020

PORTUGAL BORDER CONTROLS ARE EXTENDED THROUGH AT LEAST 15JUN 2020

Country of Territory: PORTUGAL
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Portugal began the second phase of the multi-step COVID-19 exit plan May 18, though border controls are extended through at least June 15.

Nonetheless, authorities in Portugal have extended COVID-19 related border controls through at least June 15. Air, rail, sea, and land travel with Spain is halted, except for nationals and residents returning home, individuals with close family in Portugal, cross-border workers, diplomats, and freight transport. Airports in the country remain open ; flights from Italy and non-Schengen Area countries are currently suspended, excluding the UK, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Canada, USA, Venezuela, South Africa, and all Lusophone countries. All individuals entering the country, excluding freight and diplomats, are required to self-quarantine for 14-days. Officials have closed several land border checkpoints to facilitate these restrictions. Processing delays are likely at open crossings.

All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.


MDTI-WA-2020-362
Date: 19 May 2020

QATAR – TIGHTENING NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS ON COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES THROUGH 30MAY 2020

Country of Territory: QATAR
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Qatari authorities are tightening restrictions on commercial activities nationwide through May 30 to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). All shops, except pharmacies, food supply stores, and food deliveries, will close during this period. Authorities are also requiring residents to download the EHTERAZ mobile application for COVID-19 updates and contact tracing starting May 22. Vehicles must also not contain more than two people, with a maximum of three in cases of chauffeured vehicles.The wearing of face masks in public remains mandatory nationwide. The rule applies to all individuals except those driving alone in a car. Individuals who do not comply with the regulation will face fines and imprisonment.

An indefinite suspension of inbound flights to the country . Transit and cargo flights are exempt from the measure. Foreigners are barred from entering the country. However, residents returning from abroad will be permitted entry and required to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Qatari nationals in Qatar are not allowed to exit the country.


MDTI-WA-2020-361
Date: 18 May 2020

USA-FLORIDA STATE HAVE EASED ADDITIONAL BUSINESS RESTRICTIONS

STARTING 18MAY 2020

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES
Affected Areas: FLORIDA
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Florida plan to ease additional business restrictions starting May 18 as part of “Full Phase 1” of the state’s coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery plan . Any establishments or facilities that resume operation must comply with certain state mandates aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, including limits on the number of persons inside the premises at any given time, social distancing guidelines, and other measures. Specific requirements may vary by industry. Other businesses, such as bars, nightclubs, and movie theaters must remain closed . Amusement parks are also closed but may submit reopening plans to state authorities. Vacation rentals require state approval to operate.

Officials have also extended orders for travelers entering the state from New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The order does not apply to persons employed by airlines or those performing military, emergency, or health service.State authorities have not set any estimate as to when Phase 2 of the recovery plan will begin. Significant transport and business disruptions remain likely.


MDTI-WA-2020-360
Date: 18 May 2020

MEXICO- AUTHORITIES HAVE EASED RESTRICTIONS IN CERTAIN MUNCIPALITIES

AS OF 18MAY 2020

Country of Territory: MEXICO
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Mexican authorities plan have eased restrictions in 269 of the nation’s 2,464 municipalities on May 18 as the first stage of their coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery plan. Of the townships affected, 171 are in the state of Oaxaca, while 17 are in Sonora, 14 in Puebla, 12 in Jalisco, 11 in Veracruz, and 10 in Guerrero . Most restrictions will remain unchanged in the rest of the country.

Mexico’s border with the US remains closed to all nonessential ground travel through at least May 20. According to authorities in both countries, commerce and emergency services are not affected by the closure, which has been in place since March 21. The Mexican government continues to advise its citizens to avoid nonessential travel abroad.

Authorities could expand or extend their preventative measures and movement restrictions over the coming days and weeks. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.


MDTI-WA-2020-359
Date: 18 May 2020

HUNGARY- HAVE EASED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS FROM 18MAY 2020

Country of Territory: HUNGARY
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Hungarian authorities will ease certain coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related restrictions in Budapest from May 18 . Movement restrictions in Budapest will also be lifted, except for people over the age of 65, who can shop in pharmacies and groceries 0900-1200 daily.

Hungary has reimposed checks on its land borders . Foreign nationals, excluding residents of the European Economic Area, are currently prohibited from entering the country; however, cross-border freight traffic is permitted . Any persons entering from areas with high COVID-19 activity are required to enter quarantine for 14 days.

Budapest Ferenc Liszt Airport (BUD) remains open ; foreign nationals are permitted to leave the country, though airline operations are significantly reduced throughout Europe, and many governments have suspended or curtailed flights .


MDTI-WA-2020-358
Date: 18 May 2020

KUWAIT – MANDATORY WEARING OF FACE MASK IN PUBLIC NATIONWIDE AS OF 18MAY 2020

Country of Territory: KUWAIT
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Kuwaiti authorities have ordered the mandatory wearing of face masks in public nationwide as of May 18 to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Individuals who do not comply with the regulation will face fines or imprisonment. A 24-hour nationwide curfew remains in place through May 30. All nonessential businesses remain closed for the duration of the measure. Public sector employees are required to work remotely, and banks are closed but still provide electronic services. Grocery stores are allowed to open; however, residents have to book an appointment in advance, and only one person per family is permitted to shop.

All commercial flights to and from Kuwait remain indefinitely suspended since March 13 . International arrivals are limited to Kuwaiti nationals and cargo planes. Authorities have also banned Kuwaiti citizens from meeting in restaurants, cafes, and commercial centers. Additional restrictions remain likely, depending on the evolution of disease activity over the coming days and weeks.


MDTI-WA-2020-357
Date: 18 May 2020

INDIA EXTENDING NATIONWIDE COVID-19 RELATED MEASURES THROUGH

AT LEAST 31MAY 2020

Country of Territory: INDIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Indian authorities are extending nationwide measures to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through at least May 31 with a significant easing of business restrictions. Most domestic and international passenger travel, except for distressed passengers, remain suspended; cargo transport is unaffected.

Domestic and international commercial flights will remain banned, except for the repatriation of stranded passengers . All interstate passenger travel is banned unless prior permission is obtained online from authorities in both origin and destination states ; similar online permission forms are also necessary for interdistrict travel within a state. Transport restrictions do not apply to cargo shipments.

Officials have been allowing some foreign citizens, residents, and long-term visa holders stranded in India to buy seats on Air India (AI) repatriation flights leaving India through June 3. The flights depart India primarily to bring home Indian nationals who had been stranded abroad amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These flights serve several countries, including the UK, US, Bangladesh, Malaysia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, as well as multiple Central Asian nations . Foreigners looking to board repatriation flights need to confirm their entry eligibility with the embassy of the intended destination country, and book their tickets through the websites of AI or its subsidiary, Air India Express (IX).

Travel Restrictions:
Most international travel remains effectively banned. All domestic and international commercial passenger flights, with some exceptions for repatriation of Indian nationals and foreign nationals stranded in India, remain suspended through at least May 31. Authorities are advising Indian citizens to delay all nonessential international travel. Indian officials are maintaining a ban on travelers from Afghanistan, the EU, the European Free Trade Association, Malaysia, Philippines, Turkey, and the UK; authorities have barred airlines from boarding India-bound passengers from the countries above . All incoming travelers, including Indian nationals, arriving from or having visited mainland China, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, South Korea, the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and Spain on or after Feb. 15 are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or in a medical facility ; authorities advise all other travelers to self-isolate for two weeks. Travelers that have visited Italy and South Korea also need to provide a certificate of having tested negative for COVID-19 from an authorized facility. Authorities have suspended visa issuance and canceled previously issued visas for all international travelers , except for holders of diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, and project visas. Foreign nationals already in the country will receive a visa extension upon online application.

Additional measures could be introduced in the coming days, especially if the number of in-country cases increases.


MDTI-WA-2020-356
Date: 18 May 2020

THAILAND – EXTENDED BAN ON INBOUND PASSENGER FLIGHTS THROUGH 30JUN 2020

Country of Territory: THAILAND
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Officials have extended a ban on inbound passenger flights through June 30 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Cargo, emergency, and repatriation flights and government aircraft will continue operating.

Authorities are maintaining a nationwide state of emergency through at least May 31. A nationwide 2300-0400 nightly curfew remains in effect, with exceptions for essential and emergency purposes. The government continues to ban public gatherings and close educational institutions. Officials have advised residents – especially those under the age of five, over the age of 70, or with preexisting health conditions – to remain at home.

Travel Restrictions
The government has banned foreigners from entering the country, with some exemptions, including for diplomats and transport workers. Authorities have approved visa extensions for foreigners already in Thailand through July 31.


MDTI-WA-2020-355
Date: 18 May 2020

USA – WEST VIRGINIA ADDITIONAL BUSINESSES ALLOWED TO REOPEN BETWEEN 18 MAY AND 21 MAY 2020

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES
Affected Areas: WEST VIRGINIA
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

West Virginia Governor James Justice announced additional businesses will be allowed to reopen May 18 and 21, as part of stage 4 of the state’s economic reopening . Restrictions have been in place to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). A safer-at-home order remains in place since May 4 until further notice. According to the order, all residents are strongly encouraged to remain home, except to perform essential tasks, such as obtaining basic goods, attending a medical issue, caring for a person in need, performing outdoor recreational activities as long as they maintain a proper distance from others, and going to work at an essential business or service. All businesses must implement social distancing as much as possible and enhance sanitation. Workers and customers must wear face coverings.

Travelers who have been in New York, Louisiana, Connecticut, New Jersey, Italy, or China in the 14 days prior to their entry in West Virginia must self-quarantine for 14 days. The measure will not apply to any commercial activity, including truckers or people who move in and out of the state for work purposes. The requirement for travelers is scheduled to be lifted May 21.


MDTI-WA-2020-354
Date: 18 May 2020

ITALY – HAVE EASED CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS STARTING 18MAY 2020

Country of Territory: ITALY
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Italy will ease further restrictions introduced to combat the spread of COVID-19 from May 18 . As of this date restrictions on movement within regions are lifted, individuals will no longer be required to complete a document stating their reason for being outside the home. Also from May 18, further businesses are permitted to reopen, including beauty salons, cafes, and restaurants, provided they adhere to strict hygiene measures. These are in addition to previous measures easing restrictions on movement and allowing some nonessential shops and public spaces to reopen in recent weeks. Controls are in place at all Italian borders denying entry to most travelers, and travelers with a valid reason for traveling to Italy are required to fill out a declaration form prior to entry. All international arrivals in Italy are subject to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation order, though cross-border workers, health workers, and freight transporters are excluded from this measure.

All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.


MDTI-WA-2020-353
Date: 18 May 2020

GREECE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS EXTENDED UNTIL 31MAY 2020

Country of Territory: GREECE
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Greece have extended international travel restrictions through at least May 31 as part of the country’s effort to combat coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Flights between Greece and Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands are banned through at least May 31; flights between Greece and Albania, North Macedonia, and Turkey are banned through at least June 14. Commercial flights may only land at Athens International Airport (ATH) through May 31 . The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is allowing certain exceptions to the flight restrictions, including medical flights, designated flights for repatriating Greek citizens or permanent residents, military, cargo, emergency, and humanitarian flights, and aircraft arrivals during which no passengers are disembarked. The ban on non-EU and non-Schengen Area citizens entering the country is also extended through at least May 31. All international arrivals must self-isolate for 14 days or be subject to a fine and/or enforced quarantine.The borders with Albania, North Macedonia, and Turkey remain closed to passenger traffic until further notice. Airlines are operating significantly reduced services across the region. All international ferry services remain suspended; ferry services between the Greek islands and the mainland will begin to increase the number of services offered from May 18.

All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.


MDTI-WA-2020-352
Date: 18 May 2020

USA – UTAH STATE TO MOVE FROM MODERATE RISK LEVEL (ORANGE) TO

LOW RISK LEVEL (YELLOW)

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES
Affected Areas: UTAH
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced that most of the state would move from a moderate risk level (o range) to a low-risk level (yellow) starting May 16 on the state’s four-tier recovery plan, enabling additional businesses to resume operations. However, Salt Lake City, West Valley City, and Wasatch, Summit, and Grand counties will remain at a moderate risk level (orange). These measures are part of Utah’s response to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

At the low-risk level, the limit on the number of allowed people in gatherings increases to 50. Close-contact sports will be allowed, with a symptom check for participants.

In Salt Lake City, West Valley City, and Wasatch, Summit, and Grand counties, the moderate-risk level restrictions will remain in place until further notice. Gatherings of more than 20 people are banned, as well as close-contact team sports. Restaurants are allowed to open for limited dining-in services and retail stores may operate, provided they limit the number of persons inside such establishments at any given time.

Authorities also require that travelers entering the state from high-risk areas self-quarantine for 14 days, and urge all residents to wear face coverings whenever social distance cannot be maintained. In-person lessons at schools will remain canceled until the end of the academic year.

Transport and business disruptions are likely. Authorities are likely to keep additional security personnel deployed to assist in enforcing all restrictions. Officials could amend the orders at short notice, depending on disease activity in the coming weeks.


MDTI-WA-2020-351
Date: 18 May 2020

PAKISTAN- EASED CERTAIN TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AND RESUMED SOME DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

Country of Territory: PAKISTAN
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Pakistan authorities are resuming some domestic flights between five cities from May 16 as part of plans to gradually ease restrictions introduced to control the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Officials will resume flights between airports serving Karachi (KHI), Lahore (LHE), Islamabad (ISB), Peshawar (PEW), and Quetta (UET). Passengers will be required to fill in a health declaration form detailing travel history and current health status. Authorities will conduct health screenings of people at boarding and only allow passengers to fill 50 percent of plane seats. Officials may resume flights at airports in other cities in the coming days as the government continues to relax restrictions.

Travel Restrictions

Pakistan is extending the validity of visas for foreign nationals in the country through June 30 amid an ongoing ban on international commercial passenger flights until at least May 31 ; further restrictions are likely. Cargo, emergency, and repatriation flights are unaffected.

While air travel restrictions remain in place, Pakistani authorities have begun opening border crossings with Iran and Afghanistan for trade – mainly of essential goods – and exchange of stranded citizens. Despite the borders reopening, cargo transit remains disrupted at Pakistan’s land border crossings with Afghanistan and Iran. Officials have closed the Attari-Wagah border with India, except for repatriation. Bus and train services between India and Pakistan remain suspended. Any incoming travelers to the country, including Pakistani nationals, are advised to self-isolate for two weeks or are mandated to undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or in a medical facility, based on medical screening outcomes.


MDTI-WA-2020-350
Date: 18 May 2020

LAOS – INDEFINITE EXTENSION OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: LAOS
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities have indefinitely extended international travel restrictions as of May 15 to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). However, officials will relax some domestic controls relaxed from May 18. Domestic flights and inter-provincial travel may resume from May 18. Bars and casinos remain closed nationwide, and gatherings of over 50 individuals continue to be banned.

Travel Restrictions:
Except for repatriation, most international travel in and out of Laos remains effectively banned . Issuance of tourist visas, visas-on-arrival, and visa exemptions remain suspended indefinitely. The government is allowing foreigners already in the country to depart, while citizens can travel abroad only for specific reasons, such as essential government duties or for medical purposes. Some foreign nationals employed in Laos may be allowed to return to the country. International commercial flights are banned and border checkpoints are closed. Any individuals entering Laos will undergo isolation for two weeks at government-designated facilities. The cross-border movement of goods remains authorized.


MDTI-WA-2020-349
Date: 18 May 2020

MALDIVES – AUTHORITIES CONTINUE TO ENFORCE MULTIPLE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: MALDIVES
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in the Maldives continue to enforce multiple measures to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of May 15. Nationwide restrictions, such as a ban on public gatherings, as well as the closure of educational institutions, recreation facilities, public parks, and tourist sites, remain in effect . Leaders have advised residents across the Maldives to stay at home whenever possible and comply with social distancing standards when going out to attend to essential tasks. Authorities have also advised nonessential public and private entities to utilize telecommuting facilities. Commercial domestic flights remain suspended.

Travel Restrictions:
Authorities have suspended visa-on-arrival issuance for all foreigners at all ports of entry, effectively banning most inbound travel by nonresident foreign nationals, though officials are permitting entry for diplomats, officials of international organizations, and business travelers such as resort owners and investors. International maritime passenger transport remains banned. Officials continue to ban foreign nationals with recent travel history in China, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Iran, Italy, France, Germany, the UK, along with North Gyeongsang Province, Daegu, and Busan in South Korea. Foreign nationals planning on essential travel to the Maldives must contact the nearest Maldivian diplomatic mission for visa issuance after medical checks. Officials have advised Maldivian nationals to suspend all nonessential international travel. Maldivian citizens arriving from many countries, including the US, are quarantined at a designated facility for 14 days; those returning from other foreign countries will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

F oreign tourists already in the country cannot check into hotels or guesthouses across the Maldives ; they must stay in resorts, where officials may enforce temporary movement and exit restrictions in the event of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases.


MDTI-WA-2020-348
Date: 18 May 2020

USA – NEVADA LIFTED MULTIPLE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS SINCE 15MAY 2020

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES
Affected Areas: NEVADA
Incident: COVID19 RESTRICTIONS

As of May 15, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has issued orders lifting multiple business restrictions, which were in place to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). T he orders, which will be in place until further notice, still urge residents, especially those 65 years and older or with underlying medical conditions, to remain at their homes except to perform essential tasks and for all residents to wear face coverings when in public. Gatherings of ten people or more remain banned.

The following businesses and services are allowed to operate, albeit with restrictions:
– Retail stores
– Drive-in theaters and drive-in religious services
– Auto dealerships and showrooms
– Personal care businesses, such as barbershops and hair salons
– Restaurants and other food establishments
– State parks

Businesses must limit the number of customers within their premises to 50 percent of their maximum capacity. Personal care businesses must provide services by appointment only. All businesses must enhance sanitation procedures, require workers who interact with the public to wear face coverings, and ensure the proper distance between customers and employees. Significant transport and business disruptions are likely. Authorities will deploy additional security personnel to assist in enforcing the measures. Officials could amend the order on short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks

MDTI-WA-2020-347
Date: 18 May 2020

MYANMAR – NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS EXTENDED UNTIL 31MAY 2020

Country of Territory: MYANMAR
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

The National Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of COVID-19 has extended restrictions nationwide to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through at least May 31 . Internal movement controls remain in place in many parts of the country, but restrictions vary by location. Gatherings of more than five people are banned, with exemptions for public servants, factory workers, among others. Locals in some parts of Myanmar have opposed movement controls, and demonstrations are possible in the coming weeks.

Travel Restrictions:
All international flights, except for relief and cargo flights, remain suspended through May 31 . The government has restricted cross-border movements, allowing only the transport of goods. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also suspended visa issuance and visa-free travel to the country; diplomats, UN officials, and aircraft and ship crew members are exempt from the restrictions. Arriving travelers, with some exceptions, must undergo a 21-day quarantine at a designated government facility, followed by one week of self-isolation.


MDTI-WA-2020-346
Date: 15 May 2020

SRI LANKA – GOVERNMENT IS REVISING CERTAIN COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

AS OF 15 MAY 2020

Country of Territory: SRI LANKA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Sri Lanka are revising restrictions placed to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of May 15. Besides the resumption of most business activities with social distancing measures, movement controls are also easing. All districts except Colombo and Gampaha will follow a nationwide curfew 0500 May 17-0500 May 18, in addition to ongoing daily curfew 2000-0500. Officials will continue enforcing 24-hour curfews in Colombo and Gampaha districts until further notice. Extended curfew hours may also apply to identified localities with COVID-19 clusters.

Travel Restrictions:
Sri Lankan authorities have indefinitely suspended the issuance of all visa types – including electronic, landing, multiple-entry, and residential – to foreigners, regardless of nationality ; previously issued visas for foreign nationals, including residential permits, stand temporarily suspended. Such travelers will not be allowed to enter Sri Lanka. The restrictions do not apply to holders of diplomatic, official, and service passports. Foreigners who have entered Sri Lanka on or before March 14 will receive visa extensions at least until June 11.

Officials have also suspended all inbound international passenger flights indefinitely ; however, cargo transport, passenger transit, and international departures will continue at the Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Officials had previously halted all international services at the Jaffna International Airport (JAF) – Sri Lanka’s only other functional international airport. While domestic flights are unaffected, international passenger ships such as cruises and ferries are barred indefinitely; port operations for goods transport continue.


MDTI-WA-2020-345
Date: 15 May 2020

US – NEW MEXICO EXTENDED STAY-AT-HOME ORDER THROUGH AT LEAST 31 MAY 2020

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES
Affected Areas: NEW MEXICO
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has extended her administration’s stay-at-home order through at least May 31 as part of the state’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Nevertheless, authorities also plan to ease restrictions on some businesses and activities starting May 16. Retail stores and office-based businesses will be allowed to resume operating, provided the number of persons inside establishments at any given time does not exceed 25 percent of the facility’s capacity. Houses of worship may also reopen, albeit under strict capacity limitations. Some state parks will also reopen.

New Mexico has also renewed an order requiring all out-of-state travelers entering either by air or land to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The order includes state residents but exempts individuals working at essential businesses, including healthcare workers, airline employees, and employees of shipping and freight companies.


MDTI-WA-2020-344
Date: 15 May 2020

POLAND – BORDER CLOSURE EXTENDED UNTIL 12 JUNE 2020

Country of Territory: POLAND
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Polish authorities have extended the nation’s current border closures through June 12, as part of their response to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Only Polish citizens and their immediate families, permanent residents, persons on temporary stay permits, diplomats, and freight transporters will be able to enter the country at officially designated border crossings for the duration of the measure . Special entry permits may still be granted by the border police. Arriving travelers must undergo a 14-day quarantine period; freight transporters and persons who are entering for professional, business, economic, or educational purposes are exempt.

The country’s existing domestic and international flight ban remains in effect until May 23. Cargo, repatriation, and humanitarian flights, as well as certain charter flights, are exempt from the ban. LOT Polish Airlines (LO) has canceled all of its flights until May 31.

In addition, the government will ease several restrictions from May 18 as part of Stage 3 of the nation’s four-stage COVID-19 recovery plan . The new directive will enable hair salons, cosmetics studios, restaurants, cafes, bars, and gyms to reopen for business.

Restrictions that are currently slated to remain in effect indefinitely include :
– Ban on most foreigners entering Poland
– Ban on international rail traffic
– Requirement on wearing protective masks in public
– Ban on mass gatherings
– Transport restrictions do not apply to freight and cargo traffic. Authorities will probably begin lifting travel restrictions gradually, depending on the level of success experienced with the recovery plan.

Restrictions may be extended, reimposed, or otherwise amended at any time based on disease activity over the coming weeks.


MDTI-WA-2020-343
Date: 15 May 2020

UAE – EMIRATES AIRLINES (EK) ANNOUNCED THAT THEY’D OPERATE MULTIPLE REGULAR, NON REPATRIATION FLIGHTS TO SEVERAL COUNTRIES BY 21 MAY 2020

Country of Territory: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) flag carrier Emirates Airlines (EK) announced they would operate multiple regular, non-repatriation flights to several locations in Europe, the US, Canada, and Australia from May 21. Passengers will only be permitted to fly if they comply with the entry criteria and requirements of their destination countries . Passengers wishing to return to the UAE must be an Emirati national or resident. Travelers to the UAE must first receive approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship through the Twajudi Resident Service. All passengers arriving in the UAE will undergo testing, a mandatory 14-day quarantine period, and a follow-up test before release. The UAE initially grounded inbound and outbound flights March 24 as part of the country’s efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Dubai-based Emirates and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways (EY) had earlier announced that they would operate several inbound flights from several destinations in Europe, the Americas, and Asia, beginning May 10. The airlines will also operate additional outbound flights to the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

Authorities in Dubai further eased COVID-19 related restrictions, allowing tram, marine, and shared transportation services to resume from May 13. Tram services, suspended since April 5, will now run 0700-2300 Sunday through Thursday and 1000-2300 on Fridays. Marine transportation, including the Dubai Ferry, water taxis, and abras, can operate from 0830-2100. Additionally, Dubai authorities reopened public parks and allowed sports and recreational activities in open spaces for up to five people. The use of masks in public transportation and spaces remains mandatory.


MDTI-WA-2020-342
Date: 15 May 2020

CHILE – AMENDED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF 14 MAY 2020

Country of Territory: CHILE
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Nonresident foreign nationals are banned from entering the country. Such persons are permitted to leave Chile, but flights are likely to be limited. Returning Chilean citizens and residents are subject to a 14-day quarantine period , and people entering the country must fill out an affidavit about their health and undergo health screening..

Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 must remain quarantined for 14 days or until they no longer present symptoms, whichever is longer . All persons who have had at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, as well as anyone who has spent two or more hours in a home, hotel, or office with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, must likewise remain in quarantine for at least 14 days.

All persons are required to wear protective face masks in most vehicles and buildings, including stores, schools, airports, factories, and offices. Under the regulation, improvised masks may be used in place of medical-grade masks so long as they cover both the nose and mouth.

MDTI-WA-2020-341
Date: 15 May 2020

SOUTH AMERICA – UPDATED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: SOUTH AMERICA
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities across South America will maintain travel, business, and movement restrictions of varying degrees through at least mid-May as part of their efforts to reduce the spread of coronavirus diseas e (COVID-19). The exact duration of the measures will almost certainly depend on disease activity. The following measures are in place as of May 14:

Argentina: Nonresident foreign nationals remain barred from entering until further notice . A mandatory quarantine order has been extended through at least May 25 . Domestic flights remain canceled, and there are tight controls on interprovincial transport. As of May 11, a progressive reopening of the economy has begun across the country, except in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area.

Bolivia: All land borders remain closed to nonresident foreigners; all international passenger flights remain suspended , and passenger vehicles are prohibited from interdepartmental road travel. A regional three-tiered system of varying restrictions has been implemented as of May 11, with all major population centers and departmental capitals categorized as high-risk, the highest level . Internal movements are regulated by the last digit of the individual’s national identification card or passport.

Brazil: Officials have extended entry for all nonresident foreign nationals by air through at least May 28 . All land borders are closed through May 29, and arrivals by sea remain banned through May 24. State and federal level restrictions are in place, including in the states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, until at least May 31; nonessential commercial activity remains limited.

Chile: Officials have banned entry by nonresident foreign nationals indefinitely, while Chilean citizens and residents must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the country . A nightly 2200-0500 curfew remains in force until further notice. Additional regional restrictions and localized quarantines are in place.

Peru: The country’s borders remain closed to all passenger traffic, and international flights remain canceled . A nationwide 1800-0400 curfew is in force through at least May 24, with some regions being under a 1600-0400 curfew. Residents are not allowed to leave their homes on Sundays.

Venezuela: All domestic and international passenger flights are suspended until June 12 . The nationwide quarantine measures will also remain in place through at least June 12, with exceptions allowed for essential activities.

Most ports of entry are still closed across the region, and repatriation options are limited. However, in all countries and territories where ports of entry and exit have been closed, or where flights have been suspended, the restrictions have been placed on passenger movements and not on cargo, freight, or humanitarian transportation. All restrictions are subject to amendments at short notice, and the relaxing of any restrictions is reversible.

MDTI-WA-2020-340
Date: 15 May 2020

MACAU- AS OF 14MAY 2020 FOREIGN NATIONALS ARE STILL BAN FROM ENTERING THE COUNTRY

Country of Territory: MACAU
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: PREVENTIVE RESTRICTIONS

Officials in the Macau Special Administrative Region continue to ban most foreign nationals from entering the territory as of May 14 to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19 ). Only Macau residents and travelers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China are allowed to enter Macau . However, individuals from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China who have traveled to other countries within 14 days cannot enter Macau.

Individuals arriving from mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan are subject to health questionnaires and screenings . Individuals who have visited “high-risk” countries, including the Schengen Area, the UK, the US, Canada, Brazil, Egypt, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Iran, and New Zealand, within 14 days of arrival undergo mandatory quarantine at designated hotels.

Travel between Macau and Hong Kong remains available only via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge due to transport restrictions in Hong Kong. Thermal scanners are in place at all points of entry into Macau, as well as at all casinos and many other businesses. While casinos have reopened, additional closures and associated business disruptions are possible. Several airlines have suspended flights at Macau International Airport (MFM ); further flight cancellations are highly likely due to decreased demand. Several countries have effectively barred entry by travelers using Macau passports.

Travel restrictions may be modified in the coming days and weeks.

MDTI-WA-2020-339
Date: 15 May 2020

JAPAN – ARRIVING TRAVELERS FROM SPECIFIED AREAS ( INCLUDING JAPANESE NATIONALS) ARE REQUIRED TO UNDERGO PRC TESTING

Country of Territory: JAPAN
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Japan lifted a state of emergency for 39 prefectures in the country, May 14 , due to reduced coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. However, the government is recommending that residents in these areas continue to limit unnecessary contact and practice physical distancing. The state of emergency will remain in place for Hokkaido, Hyogo, and Kyoto prefectures; the Tokyo Metropolitan Area, including Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba prefectures; and Osaka through at least May 31. Governors in these areas can request that residents limit movement to only essential activity and close educational institutions, childcare facilities, and entertainment venues.

Flights from South Korea and China are only authorized to land at Narita International Airport (NRT) and Kansai International Airport (KIX). Additional restrictions on international flights remain possible . Even in the absence of further official controls, flight disruptions will probably continue in the coming weeks, and possibly months, due to the severely decreased demand. Operators of the country’s major rail networks have drastically cut service due to lower ridership . Authorities have also suspended international passenger ferry services.

Travel Restrictions:
The government continues to ban foreign nationals who have traveled to 89 countries, including China, Korea, Australia, the US, Canada, France, Germany, the UK, Turkey, and Egypt, within 14 days from entering Japan. Authorities require travelers entering the country, including Japanese nationals, to quarantine for 14 days ; isolation may take place either at a designated facility or at home. Individuals under quarantine orders must refrain from using public transportation. Officials also require all passengers arriving from specified areas to undergo polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, which involves medical personnel taking a nasopharyngeal swab, upon arrival . Authorities could expand such policies to cover additional areas at short notice, depending on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity.


MDTI-WA-2020-338
Date: 15 May 2020

THAILAND – LOCKDOWN EXTENSION UNTIL 31MAY 2020

Country of Territory: THAILAND
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Authorities are maintaining a nationwide state of emergency through at least May 31 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). A nationwide 2200-0400 nightly curfew remains in effect, with exceptions for essential and emergency purposes. Domestic flights have restarted operations with precautions, such as leaving empty seats in each row, requiring passengers to wear face masks, and not serving food and beverages

Travel to and from Phuket Province remains restricted as of May 14. Arrivals in several other provinces, including Buri Ram, Chiang Mai, and Phitsanulok, will require self-quarantine for 14 days; affected individuals without a residence can undergo isolation at government-designated facilities. Chiang Rai Province requires people who have recently spent more than one day in Bangkok and the capital’s neighboring provinces, and Narathiwat, Pattani, Phuket, Satun, and Yala provinces to self-quarantine for two weeks. The local government in Pattaya has closed all beaches through May 31.

Travel Restrictions:
Th e government has banned foreigners from entering the country, with some exemptions, including for diplomats and transport workers. A ban on inbound passenger flights remains in effect through May 31. Cargo, emergency, and repatriation flights and government aircraft will continue operating. Authorities have approved visa extensions for foreigners already in Thailand through July 31.


MDTI-WA-2020-337
Date: 14 May 2020

BANGLADESH – EXTENDING NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS THROUGH AT LEAST 30MAY 2020

Country of Territory: BANGLADESH
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Bangladesh are extending nationwide measures through at least 2359 May 30 to control the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Officials indicated they would enforce strict nationwide movement restrictions in the lead up to, during, and immediately after Eid-al-Fitr celebrations, occurring either May 24 or 25, based on the lunar sighting. Authorities are likely to announce details of the holiday measures in the coming days.

Residents are to remain within their homes as much as possible, in addition to following a nightly curfew 2200-0600. Domestic transport restrictions prohibiting the movement of long-distance bus, ferry, and train services and private vehicles continue, except for essential purposes.

Travel Restrictions:
As of May 14, land border crossings remain closed for passenger transit, though trade is permitted . Reports indicate disruptions to ground freight transport at the border with India’s West Bengal State, mainly at the Petrapole-Benapole checkpoint, where thousands of trucks remain stranded due to state-specific preventive measures. Trains are carrying essential goods into West Bengal State instead. Trade at all other border points remains functional and limited mostly to essential goods.

Officials have extended a ban on domestic and international commercial flights, except those between Bangladesh and mainland China, through at least May 16; further extensions are likely. However, international cargo, medical, and humanitarian flights continue to operate. Visa-on-arrival services also remain suspended until further notice . Authorities are requiring any foreign nationals arriving in Bangladesh to provide a medical certificate (with an English translation) within 72 hours of arrival, indicating that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Arriving passengers must self-isolate for 14 days after arrival. Officials will quarantine inbound travelers with a No Visa Required (NVR) certificate and without a medical certificate for 14 days.

MDTI-WA-2020-336
Date: 14 May 2020

EUROPE – GOVERNMENTS IN THE REGION MAINTAIN TRAVEL AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS AS OF 13MAY 2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: EUROPE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Governments in Europe are maintaining travel and other restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of May 13. Specific measures vary by country, though major restrictions include:

Austria: Movement restrictions eased from May 1, though measures to ensure social distancing will remain . Some nonessential businesses have been permitted to reopen. Public gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Authorities have barred entry for most foreigners.

Belgium: Authorities began easing restrictions as of May 4. A limited number of businesses have been permitted to reopen and public transport has resumed, though passengers are required to wear facemasks. Public gatherings remain prohibited.

Bulgaria: Authorities have not renewed the state of emergency that expired on May 13. Many nonessential businesses and public spaces are permitted to reopen and the ban on intercity travel is lifted. Facemasks are mandatory on public transport. Non-EU citizens, as well as citizens of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK, are prohibited from entering the country, with the exception of freight and health workers and diplomats.

Czech Republic : A state of emergency is in effect until May 17. The ban on nonessential movement has been lifted. A phased reopening of some businesses and public facilities began April 27. Residents must still wear protective face masks in public; strict social distancing requirements remain in force.

Denmark: Authorities began easing restrictions on May 11. Shops have been allowed to reopen; cafes, restaurants, libraries, and churches will be permitted to reopen starting May 18. Cultural and entertainment facilities will remain closed. Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Authorities have extended border controls through at least June 1; most foreigners remain barred from entry.

Finland: Border controls with Schengen Area and associated countries have been relaxed to allow commuter and essential traffic from May 14. Most foreign nationals remain barred through at least June 14. Educational facilities begin to reopen from May 14; most nonessential public-facing businesses remain closed.

France: A nationwide state of emergency is in effect until July 10. C ertain types of businesses have been permitted to reopen and individuals may travel freely within 100 km (60 miles) of their homes. Border controls will remain in place through at least June 15; most foreigners remain barred from entry.

Germany: Authorities continue to ease restrictions , with additional nonessential establishments being permitted to reopen under certain conditions. Border controls remain in effect through at least Jun 15; most foreigners are barred from entry.

Greece: Restrictions on movement within residents’ home prefectures have been lifted , although wider travel remains prohibited. Certain businesses are permitted to reopen. Land borders with Albania, North Macedonia, and Turkey are closed. Commercial flights between Greece and Albania, North Macedonia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the Netherlands are banned through at least May 15 .
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Ireland: Authorities have extended restrictions through at least May 18. Residents are requested to leave their homes only on essential business. All nonessential establishments are closed indefinitely. All public gatherings of more than four people are prohibited.

Italy: Authorities continue to ease restrictions. Movement within regions is allowed while movement between regions remains suspended. Residents may engage in individual exercise activities outdoors without restrictions. Certain businesses have been permitted to reopen. Public gatherings remain prohibited.

Netherlands: Some nonessential commercial premises are permitted to operate under certain criteria. All public gatherings of more than three people are prohibited. Entry restrictions are in place for non-EEA or UK nationals.

Norway: Authorities continue to ease restrictions . Educational facilities and some nonessential businesses may reopen, and public gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted. Enhanced border controls remain in effect until at least May 16 .

Poland: Authorities have extended the domestic and international flight ban until at least May 23. Certain businesses have been allowed to reopen and residents may leave their homes for recreational purposes. International passenger rail traffic remains suspended and most foreigners barred from entry indefinitely.

Portugal: Certain businesses have been permitted to reopen, and individual sporting activities are allowed to resume. Bans on nonessential movement and gatherings of more than five people remain in place. Border controls with Spain remain in place through at least May 15.

Spain: Authorities continue to ease restrictions . Many nonessential businesses have been permitted to reopen, and intraregional travel restrictions have been lifted in certain areas. Tighter restrictions remain in effect in some areas, including Barcelona and Madrid. The nationwide state of emergency is in effect until at least May 24; most foreigners remain barred from entry and all international arrivals are subject to 14-day self-isolation.

Sweden: Some educational facilities are currently closed. Public gatherings of more than 50 participants are prohibited. Foreign nationals from outside the EEA and Switzerland are currently barred from entry.

Switzerland: Authorities continue to ease restrictions. Shops and public establishments have been gradually reopening. Public transport has resumed. A ban on gatherings of more than five people remains in effect and most foreigners remain barred from entry.

UK: Authorities began easing restrictions as of May 13. In England, individuals who cannot work from home are being encouraged to return to their jobs, and limits on outdoor exercise have been lifted. Across UK, most nonessential public-facing businesses remain closed, and public gatherings of more than two people from different households are prohibited.

Ukraine: Authorities have extended the state of emergency through at least May 22. Still, certain businesses have been permitted to reopen and residents may visit parks and recreation areas. Public gatherings are prohibited and individuals must wear face masks and carry proper identification documents when in public. Interregional traffic remains suspended, and most foreigners are barred from entry.


MDTI-WA-2020-335
Date: 14 May 2020

EGYPT – AUTHORITIES PLAN TO EASE CERTAIN COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

STARTING 15MAY 2020

Country of Territory: EGYPT
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Egypt plan to ease certain restrictions related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) beginning May 15 . Resorts and hotels on the Red Sea can reopen for domestic tourism, provided they do not exceed 25 percent of their occupancy capacity . All hotels are required to obtain a safety certificate from the ministries of health and tourism before they may resume operations.

Egypt’s existing nationwide nightly curfew will remain in force through May 24. However, authorities have implemented amended curfew hours of 2100-0600 and eased restrictions on some businesses for the month of Ramadan, which started April 24.

The Egyptian government previously announced a series of preventive restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions include:
– A ir traffic for all of the nation’s airports is suspended until further notice ; the measure does not apply to emergency and cargo flights.
– All modes of private and public transport are suspended during curfew hours.
– Most government institutions are closed, except those working in security, healthcare, and other critical fields.
All hotels and tourist spots must be disinfected.
Further travel restrictions and other preventative measures are possible , depending on the evolution of the disease activity in the coming days.


MDTI-WA-2020-334
Date: 14 May 2020

UNITED STATES – KENTUCKY GOVERNOR ANNOUNCED TENTATIVE SCHEDULE TO LIFT ADDITIONAL COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS BETWEEN 22MAY – 01JUL 2020

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES
Affected Areas: KENTUCKY
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced a tentative schedule to lift additional business restrictions between May 22 and July 1, as part of the commonwealth’s Phase 2 of the economic reopening in response to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The tentative schedule for additional businesses and services to reopen is the following:
May 22: Dine-in services at restaurants, limited to 33 percent of its capacity indoors, or outdoor seating.
– May 25: Personal care businesses, including hair salons, barber shops, and tanning salons.
– June 1: Movie theaters, gyms and fitness centers, and bowling alleys.
– June 11: Private and public campgrounds.
– June 15: Childcare centers with reduced capacity, and outdoor low-contact youth sports.

Phase 3 of the economic reopening plan would start July 1 if COVID-19 activity continues to decrease. Companies in the food, media, security, transport, and critical infrastructure industries, including banks, pharmacies, fuel stations, and grocery stores, can continue to have in-person operations. Employees should continue to work from home in all businesses whenever possible .

Travelers entering Kentucky are required to self-quarantine for 14 days since the time of their arrival, except for those working in essential businesses, those purchasing basic goods, or those who routinely move in and out of the state for work or residence reasons. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 are not allowed to enter Kentucky.


MDTI-WA-2020-333
Date: 14 May 2020

FINLAND – HAVE EASED BORDER/ TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS STARTING 14 MAY 2020

Country of Territory: FINLAND
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: PREVENTIVE RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Finland plan to ease restrictions introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from May 14. From this date, border controls with Schengen Area and associated countries will be relaxed to allow passage of commuter and essential traffic. Helsinki (HEL), Mariehamn (MHQ), and Turku (TKU) airports and the seaports of Helsinki, Langnas, Turku, and Vaasa are the only facilities currently accepting passenger traffic. Nationals of other countries remain barred from entry through at least June 14; the restrictions do not apply to freight transport.

The government plans to ease further restrictions from June 1, depending upon the evolution of disease activity in the country.All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.

MDTI-WA-2020-332
Date: 14 May 2020

NEPAL – SUSPENSION OF INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC FLIGHTS IN PLACED UNTIL AT LEAST 31MAY 2020

Country of Territory: NEPAL
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: PREVENTIVE RESTRICTIONS

Effective May 14, Nepal will prohibit all inter-district movement except for essential workers with a special permit, as part of measures to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Other nationwide restrictions on movement, business, and social gatherings will continue through at least May 18 . Additionally, the suspension of international and domestic flights – except for cargo, emergency, and repatriation flights – will be in place until at least May 31. International land border crossing points will also remain closed for passenger transit until at least May 31, though trade is permitted.

Authorities are enforcing expanded measures in some provinces and localities . As of May 13, officials in Province 5 have sealed off Kapilvastu district through May 18, as well as Arghakhanchi and Rupandehi districts until further notice; similar measures are in place across Bara and Parsa districts in Province 2, indefinitely. .

Additional Travel Restrictions:
Although flight and land border restrictions have effectively ended nearly all inbound international travel, Nepal is maintaining a specific ban on travel or transit for passengers from Europe, Gulf Arab countries, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea. Nepal has also suspended on-arrival and electronic visa issuance for all foreign nationals and non-resident Nepalese until further notice. Those wishing to travel to Nepal must contact their local Nepali diplomatic mission for visa approval and submit the results of a swab test demonstrating that the individual is COVID-19 free within seven days before the intended travel date. Officials have advised Nepali citizens against nonessential international travel. Health checks are mandatory at all entry points. Officials are advising incoming travelers, regardless of nationality, to self-isolate for two weeks or undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or in a medical facility based on medical screening outcomes.


MDTI-WA-2020-331
Date: 13 May 2020

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA- TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS TO REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL 30 MAY 2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Travel and other restrictions intended to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will remain in effect in countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region through at least May 30. Cargo, humanitarian, diplomatic, and repatriation flights and shipments are largely ongoing. The duration of the measures will likely depend on the evolution of the disease activity in the coming weeks.

Bahrain: Flights to and from Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, and Morocco are suspended until further notice . Travelers who transited through or departed from Iraq, Lebanon, and Iran in the 14 days prior to arrival will be denied entry (this measure excludes Bahraini or GCC citizens). All arrivals will be subjected to health screenings and a 14-day home quarantine. Bahrain’s flag carrier – Gulf Air (GF) – announced April 4 that transit through Bahrain International Airport (BAH) is now permitted for international travelers. Entry into Bahrain remains restricted to nationals, residents, and travelers holding a letter of prior permission to enter. Authorities have suspended visas on-arrival until further notice.

Egypt: Air traffic at all of the nation’s airports remains suspended until further notice . All modes of private and public transport must cease operation during the curfew hours of 2100-0600.

Israel: All foreigners are barred from entering Israel until further notice . Israeli citizens and permanent residents are permitted to enter. All border crossings with Jordan and Egypt are closed. A mandatory quarantine order for all residents returning from abroad has been in effect since March 20. El Al (LY) Airlines suspended all passenger flights to and from Israel through at least May 30. Public transportation has begun gradually increasing operations nationwide.

Kuwait: All commercial flights to and from Kuwait are suspended until further notice.

Morocco: All flights to and from Morocco are suspended indefinitely . Suspension of sea travel to Spain, Gibraltar, and France and the closure of the border with the Spanish autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla on the north coast of Africa have been in effect from March 16.

Oman: An indefinite ban on foreigners entering Oman has been in effect from March 18 . Only Omani nationals will be permitted entry, with a mandatory 14-day quarantine period. Commercial flights remain suspended until further notice; domestic flights between Muscat and Musandam Governorate are still operating.

Qatar: Qatari authorities have indefinitely extended the nation’s existing suspension of inbound flights. Transit flights are exempt from the measure. Foreigners are barred from entering the country; however, residents returning from abroad will be permitted to enter and will be placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Saudi Arabia: All domestic flights and public transport remain suspended. All international flights have been indefinitely suspended. The King Fahd Causeway linking Saudi Arabia and Bahrain remains temporarily closed. Land border crossings with Kuwait, Yemen, and the UAE remain closed until further notice. Travel between provinces is prohibited until further notice.

United Arab Emirates: Flag carriers Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways (EY) and Dubai-based Emirates Airlines (EK) have announced that they will operate several inbound flights from several destinations in Europe, the Americas, and Asia beginning May 10. The airlines will also operate additional outbound flights to the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Travelers to the UAE must first receive approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship through the Twajudi Resident Service. All passengers arriving in the UAE will undergo testing, a mandatory 14-day quarantine period, and a follow-up test before release. The UAE initially grounded inbound and outbound flights March 24. Etihad Airways and Emirates Airlines have been operating outbound repatriation flights for foreigners wishing to leave the UAE since April 29. Only citizens of the destination country will be permitted to board the flights. Only Emirati nationals and residents will be permitted to board repatriation flights into the UAE. Regular inbound, outbound, and transit passenger flights remain suspended until further notice. All visas on-arrival to foreigners, except those with diplomatic passports, have been suspended since March 17. Authorities announced March 20 that they would deny entry to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nationals until further notice. Emirati officials imposed a temporary ban on citizens traveling abroad until further notice.

Countries could expand restrictions in the coming days, particularly if the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 increases.


MDTI-WA-2020-330
Date: 13 May 2020

SOUTH PACIFIC- REVISED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF 13MAY 2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: SOUTH PACIFIC
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Countries and territories in the South Pacific region continue to enforce revised transport and business restrictions to halt the spread of coronavirus disease ( COVID-19) activity. Several governments have declared public health emergencies; however, the severity of screening measures and travel restrictions vary across the region. The following restrictions are in place:

American Samoa : The territory remains under a state of emergency through at least June 1 . The government has maintained a Code Blue threat level, which includes provisions such as requiring businesses to operate 0600-1800 only, quarantining arriving passengers, closing public and private schools, and suspending all public gatherings until further notice. Officials may prosecute individuals ignoring the restriction on gatherings. Travelers from outside the US must spend 14 days in Hawaii before arrival . Inbound passengers must acquire health clearances within three days before departure. Officials have reduced commercial passenger flights.
Cook Islands: The government requires all incoming passengers to quarantine in New Zealand for 14 days before travel . A 14-day quarantine is also in place for all arriving passengers before travelers can proceed to outer islands in the country. Foreigners remain banned from entering the country until further notice , except for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents and Australians living in New Zealand . Flights from other destinations remain suspended.
Fiji : Most foreign nationals have been effectively banned from entering the country . All arrivals, regardless of nationality, must undergo 28-day self-quarantine. Authorities have reduced the nationwide curfew to 2200-0500 daily. Officers are monitoring roads during the curfew and will send people home except for work or life-threatening reasons. Authorities have called on Fijian nationals to suspend outbound travel. Inter-island transport has resumed, and Fiji Link (FJ) has restarted limited domestic flights. The government continues to ban all cruise ships from docking.
Guam: Officials have extended the public health emergency through at least June 5. Authorities continue to ban entry by individuals who traveled in mainland China within 14 days of arrival. All arriving visitors, regardless of their country of origin, are required to quarantine for up to 14 days. Nonresidents will have to pay for their quarantine measures. The government has closed public offices, restricted public gatherings, and suspended school.
Palau : Inbound movement from abroad to remain suspended until further notice.
Samoa: Inbound international travel remains banned . Authorities are allowing ferry travel between Upolu and Savai’i islands on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Most businesses continue to operate, but with limits on the number of patrons.


MDTI-WA-2020-329
Date: 13 May 2020

FRANCE – EXTENDED NATIONWIDE HEALTH EMERGENCY UNTIL AT LEAST 10JULY 2020

Country of Territory: FRANCE
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in France have extended a nationwide state of health emergency until at least July 10 to combat coronavirus disease (COVID-19). French air and land borders will remain closed until at least June 15 ; most travelers will be denied entry, and travelers with a valid reason for traveling to France will be required to fill out a declaration form before entering. Repatriation flights will continue . From June 15, persons entering France, including French nationals, from a country assessed to have a high rate of disease activity will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Travelers arriving from the EU, the Schengen Area, or the UK will not be subject to this requirement.

Authorities previously relaxed several measures introduced to combat the spread of COVID-19, from May 11. Individuals may now travel without restriction within 100 km (62 miles) of their home; journeys beyond this distance will continue to require individuals to fill out an attestation form with evidence of a compelling reason for travel.

Authorities reserve the right to reintroduce restrictions based upon disease activity in the country, and local governments are empowered to amend or maintain restrictions at their discretion. Officials will continue to monitor and designate each department of France as “green” or “red” based on disease activity in the area; as of May 7, red departments are identified throughout the northeast quarter of the country. The national government may reintroduce or ease restrictions in red or green departments on a case-by-case basis.


MDTI-WA-2020-328
Date: 13 May 2020

TURKEY – GOVERNMENT TO IMPLEMENT A FOUR-DAY LOCKDOWN IN SEVERAL PROVINCES FROM 16MAY-20MAY

Country of Territory: TURKEY
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Turkish authorities plan to implement a four-day lockdown in several provinces from 0001 May 16 to 0001 May 20 as part of the nation’s effort to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measure coincides with Turkey’s long holiday weekend marking the Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day on May 19; authorities have imposed similar restrictions over previous long holiday weekends in order to discourage excursions.

Certain land, air, and sea travel restrictions remain in place ; freight and emergency transport operations are exempt. Some international commercial passenger flights departing Turkey for major cities in Europe and the US are occurring on an ad hoc basis ; however, service is very limited and sporadic. Departure schedules and flight availability may vary significantly from week to week. Additionally, individual airlines have suspended operations, with Turkish Airlines (TK) halting regularly scheduled flights until at least May 28 , and Pegasus Airlines (PC) suspending their flights until May 15 .

Residents returning to Turkey must be tested for COVID-19 on arrival , potentially resulting in quarantine or other mobility restrictions.

Turkey’s borders with Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Greece, Iran, and Iraq are closed indefinitely; freight trucks are still permitted to cross, subject to health screening.

The further easing or reimplementation of restrictions will be contingent upon no major increase in disease activity over the coming weeks. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.


MDTI-WA-2020-327
Date: 13 May 2020

UAE – DUBAI FURTHER EASED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS FROM 13MAY 2020

Country of Territory: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Dubai further eased coronavirus disease (COVID-19) related restrictions , allowing tram, marine, and shared transportation services to resume from May 13. Tram services, suspended since April 5, will now run 0700-2300 Sunday through Thursday and 1000-2300 on Fridays. Marine transportation, including the Dubai Ferry, water taxis, and abras, can operate from 0830-2100. Additionally, Dubai authorities reopened public parks and allowed sports and recreational activities in open spaces for up to five people . The use of masks in public transportation and spaces remains mandatory.

United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) flag carriers Abu Dhabi-basedEtihad Airways (EY) and Dubai-based Emirates Airlines (EK) previously announced that they will operate several inbound flights from several destinations in Europe, the Americas, and Asia, beginning May 10. The airlines will also operate additional outbound flights to the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Travelers to the UAE must first receive approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship through the Twajudi Resident Service. All passengers arriving in the UAE will undergo testing, a mandatory 14-day quarantine period, and a follow-up test before release. The UAE initially grounded inbound and outbound flights March 24 as part of the country’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.


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Date: 13 May 2020

NORTHEAST ASIA – GOVERNMENTS TO CONTINUE ENFORCING TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: NORTHEAST ASIA
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Governments in Northeast Asia continue to enforce travel restrictions to prevent the transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Measures vary throughout the region; as of May 12, the following restrictions are in place:

Mainland China : Authorities continue to bar all foreign nationals from entering the country; exceptions are in place for diplomatic personnel and C visa holders, which officials generally issue to members of flight and shipping crews . Most travelers, regardless of nationality, are barred from entering or exiting land border checkpoints. Officials are allowing “fast track” entry for business travelers from South Korea to 10 Chinese locations, including Shanghai and Liaoning, Shandong, Jiangsu, and Anhui provinces.

Hong Kong: The government is maintaining a ban on all nonresident foreign nationals, as well as residents of Hubei Province, mainland China. Travelers from Macau, Taiwan, and mainland China are exempt from restrictions provided they do not have a recent travel history to Hubei or elsewhere. Arriving passengers from these areas, as well as foreign countries, must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon entry into the territory.

Japan: An entry ban remains in place for foreign nationals with a travel history to almost 90 countries , including Russia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the US, Canada, the UK, Schengen Area countries, China, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand, within 14 days of arrival. Officials also require all passengers arriving from affected countries to undergo polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing , which involves medical personnel taking a nasopharyngeal swab, upon arrival. Any inbound passenger allowed into Japan is required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period, either at home or in a government-designated facility.

Macau: Officials have banned nonresident foreign nationals from entering the territory . Travelers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China – except Hubei Province – are exempt from the measure but will not be allowed to enter if they have traveled elsewhere in the previous two weeks . Residents and allowed travelers that have visited “high-risk” countries, including the Schengen Area, the UK, the US, Canada, Brazil, Egypt, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Iran, and New Zealand, within 14 days of arrival , will face mandatory quarantine at designated hotels.

Mongolia: The government has effectively banned international travel. Border closures are ongoing with Russia and China, though some commercial transport is occurring. Commercial flights connecting Mongolia with Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey remain suspended . Authorities are placing arriving Mongolian citizens under a 14-day quarantine at their own expense.

North Korea : Authorities have effectively suspended inbound travel by foreign nationals . Officials are conducting increased health screenings and have imposed quarantine periods on foreign nationals, along with North Koreans arriving in Pyongyang.

South Korea: The government continues to ban all foreign travelers who have visited China’s Hubei Province within 14 days of arrival from entering the country. South Koreans who traveled to Hubei Province will need to self-quarantine for 14 days. Officials have halted visa-free and visa-waiver programs with countries that have entry bans for South Korean citizens. The restriction impacts travelers from 90 countries , including Australia, Canada, and most European nations. Authorities have also canceled existing short-term visas issued before April 5 , requiring travelers to reapply for entry documents. The government plans to limit all but essential or urgent travel for foreign nationals to the country . Officials are testing all arriving travelers from the US and Europe . Officials will send arriving passengers that exhibit COVID-19 symptoms to designated quarantine facilities for testing. All inbound passengers, regardless of nationality and testing outcomes, are required to self-quarantine for 14 days . Staff could send patients that test positive to designated quarantine facilities.

Governments could expand their response in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases or imported cases continue to rise.


MDTI-WA-2020-325
Date: 13 May 2020

NEW ZEALAND WILL LOWER ALERT FOR COVID-19 TO LEVEL 2 STARTING 13MAY 2020

Country of Territory: NEW ZEALAND
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

New Zealand will lower its alert for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to Level 2, the second-lowest level, from 2359 May 13 amid reduced COVID-19 activity in the country . Leaders have not specified if or when they will further lower the COVID-19 level, but authorities are reviewing the level every two weeks. An ongoing state of emergency, which allows the government to ban gatherings, take over facilities, requisition equipment, and supplies, and close roads, among other measures, remains in effect through at least May 13. The declaration requires renewal every seven days, and additional extensions are possible.

Under Level 2, officials will allow groups of up to 10 people, regardless of venue; the limit applies to public gatherings and home visits, religious and cultural services, and weddings and funerals. Authorities are also not requiring residents to wear masks. The government will reopen all public venues and lands, including museums, markets, playgrounds, and public pools. Sporting events may also occur if they adhere to group number limits. .

Public transport has mostly resumed, but riders need to abide by social distancing recommendations and avoid peak-hour travel . Some local governments are requiring or suggesting passengers wear masks on public transport. Residents can also travel throughout the country, though officials continue to warn against nonessential journeys. Air New Zealand (NZ) will expand domestic operations to include most airports, though the airline will operate only 20 percent of its usual flight schedule.

Travel Restrictions:
New Zealand continues to ban all foreign nationals from entering the country . The measure includes citizens of Pacific nations; however, exceptions will continue for citizens from the region and other foreign nationals for humanitarian reasons.


MDTI-WA-2020-324
Date: 13 May 2020

SWITZERLAND – BEGAN STEP TWO OF THEIR 3-STEP PLAN TO EASE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: SWITZERLAND
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: ENTRY RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Switzerland began step two of their three-step plan to ease coronavirus (COVID-19)-related restrictions as of May 11. From this date, shops, markets, restaurants, and cultural institutions such as museums and libraries may reopen, provided they can implement strict hygiene and social distancing measures.

While temporary entry and exit restrictions for most foreigners remain in place , authorities have opened additional checkpoints and will begin processing a backlog of entry applications from EU/EFTA individuals conducting business in the country. Individuals without a valid reason for travel will continue to be denied permission to enter Switzerland. The restrictions do not apply to Swiss nationals and residents, citizens of Liechtenstein, individuals traveling for work, or to freight traffic. It is unclear how long these measures will remain in effect.

Authorities intend to begin step three of easing restrictions on travel and businesses on June 8, dependent upon the evolution of disease activity in the country. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.


MDTI-WA-2020-323
Date: 13 May 2020

US: NEW YORK STATE TO LIFT CERTAIN COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS STARTING MAY 15

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES
Affected Areas: NEW YORK STATE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in New York plan to lift certain business restrictions in the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Mohawk Valley regions starting May 15 as part of the state’s four-phase coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery plan . The move will allow businesses in the construction, manufacturing, wholesale supply chain, agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industries to resume operations. Retail shops will also be allowed to reopen, albeit for curbside pickup and drop-off services. The affected regions encompass the following counties:

Finger Lakes: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties
Southern Tier: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins counties
Mohawk Valley: Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, and Schoharie counties

Under New York State’s recovery plan, as a prerequisite to reopening, individual regions must meet seven specific criteria established as indicators of local capacity to minimize the spread of COVID-19 . North Country (Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties) and Central New York (Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego counties) have met six of the criteria and could be the next regions in the state to see restrictions lifted.

Significant transport and business disruptions are likely. Authorities will almost certainly keep additional security personnel deployed to assist in enforcing the state’s measures. Officials could amend the order on short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.Authorities in Saudi Arabia announced May 7 that they will ban gatherings of more than five people until further notice as part of the country’s efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The new restrictions prohibit residents from congregating in shopping malls and retail stores.


MDTI-WA-2020-322
Date: 13 May 2020

BULGARIA – HAVE EASED CERTAIN COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: BULGARIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Bulgarian authorities do not intend to extend the nation’s existing health state of emergency beyond its current May 13 expiration date . Still, though the government has eased certain restrictions that were implemented as part of its effort to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), many will remain in place.

Sofia International Airport (SOF) remains open, albeit operating on a severely reduced schedule. All arriving international passengers must self-isolate for 14-days.

In addition to the EU’s ban on nonresidents entering the bloc, the administration in Sofia has indefinitely barred entry to nonresidents of Bulgaria traveling from Austria, Spain, Italy, the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Iceland, Lichtenstein, and Luxembourg . Authorities may extend or otherwise amend restrictions in the coming days in response to disease activity in the country.


MDTI-WA-2020-321
Date: 13 May 2020

UNITED STATES- WASHINGTON STATE LIFTED ADDITIONAL COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES
Affected Areas: WASHINGTON STATE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has lifted additional business restrictions in seven counties, which have moved into Phase 2 of the state’s reopening, as part of the government’s response to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of May 12. Counties with less than 75,000 residents can request state authorities to lift additional restrictions within their jurisdictions. Officials have approved such requests in Columbia, Garfield, Lincoln, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Skamania, Stevens, and Wahkiakum counties. In Phase 2, the following additional activities and businesses are allowed:

– Gatherings of up to five people.
– All outdoor recreational activities, with a maximum of five people from a different household.
– All remaining manufacturing activities, and new construction work.
– In-person services at retail stores.
– Office-based businesses.
– Personal care businesses, including barber shops and hair salons.
– Dine-in services at restaurants, with a 50 percent maximum capacity and tables with a maximum of five people.

Statewide, Phase 1 will remain in place through at least May 26. Employers must ensure social distancing measures, enhance sanitation procedures, and prevent employees with symptoms to attend work. Other nonessential services must remain closed, although employees can work from home whenever possible.

A stay at home order also remains in place statewide through at least May 31 . The order stipulates that residents may only leave their homes for essential tasks, such as obtaining basic goods, attending to a medical issue, caring for a person in need, or attending work at a business or service allowed to operate.


MDTI-WA-2020-320
Date: 12 May 2020

TAIWAN – BEGUN TO EASE BUSINESS RESTRICTIONS AMID REDUCED COVID-19 ACTIVITY

Country of Territory: TAIWAN
Affected Areas: TAIWAN
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Taiwan has begun to ease business restrictions, as of May 11, amid reduced coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity on the island . The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that closed businesses – primarily entertainment venues – can resume operations, provided they implement CECC recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications also announced that passengers on trains and inter-city buses, travelers entering highway rest stops, and customers at Chunghwa Post offices must wear masks. Officials have also installed thermal scanners at rail stations, airports, ports, post offices, and bus hubs across the island . Staff will deny entrance for any passenger with a fever. Enhanced screening measures are likely to cause delays at transport hubs across the island, especially at airports in Taipei (TPE, TSA) and Kaohsiung (KHH) and main railway stations .

Officials have extended restrictions on flights to mainland China indefinitely . Under the measures, airlines are only allowed to fly to airports in Beijing (PEK), Shanghai (SHA, PVG), Xiamen (XMN), and Chengdu (CTU). Taiwan-based carriers China Airlines (CA) and EVA Air (BR) continue to cancel most flight services to mainland China. Several airlines serving international routes have also canceled flights to the island amid reduced demand. Taiwan continues to ban cruise ships from docking at ports on the island. Reduced demand for travel within Taiwan has also prompted the cancellation of some domestic flights and high-speed rail services.

Travel Restrictions:
An entry ban for foreign nationals also remains in place; however, exceptions are in place for foreign residents, diplomats, and business travelers executing contracts. Authorities have extended a ban on international transit passengers indefinitely. All arriving passengers, regardless of nationality or residency, must self-quarantine for 14 days. Authorities are requiring some inbound travelers from Southeast Asian countries to undergo a 14-day quarantine at government-designated hotels. Officials will direct arriving passengers living with people with chronic illnesses, children younger than six years old, or adults older than 65 to the facilities. Health officials continue intensified screenings for arriving passengers, including blood samples from passengers who display respiratory symptoms or fever. Passengers bound for Taiwan who do not accurately report their travel history could face fines of up to NTD 150,000 (USD 5,000).


MDTI-WA-2020-319
Date: 12 May 2020

AUSTRALIA – SEVERAL STATES TO EASE SOME COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: AUSTRALIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities have begun to ease some restrictions across Australia, as of May 11 , due to decreased coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. The federal government has outlined a three-stage process for reopening the economy nationwide. Under Step 1, people can host up to five visitors in the home, and public gatherings of up to 10 people can take place. Governments can also reopen retail, restaurants and cafes, playgrounds, and local and regional travel, with physical distancing and hygiene measures in place. Officials will further reduce restrictions under Step 2; authorities will allow public gatherings of up to 20 people and reopen nonessential businesses such as gyms, salons, cinemas, and museums, among others. Employees can continue to work from home, if possible. Some interstate travel can take place. Step 3 will allow public gatherings of up to 100 people, employees to return to the workplace, and inter-state travel to resume. Officials will also reopen food courts and saunas. The federal government plans to review measures every three weeks.

Despite federal guidelines, state governments have the autonomy to move between the steps and determine the time frame for reducing measures depending on COVID-19 activity, and restrictions will likely vary by state.

Travel Restrictions: An entry ban for foreign nationals remains in effect. Permanent residents and long-term pass holders, as well as their immediate relatives, can enter the country . The government is requiring all returning passengers to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is maintaining its outbound international travel advisory for citizens at “Do Not Travel,” the highest level, and the country has banned most citizens from outbound travel.


MDTI-WA-2020-318
Date: 12 May 2020

ISRAEL (EXCLUDING PALESTINE)-FURTHER MEASURES EASING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: ISRAEL (EXCLUDING PALESTINE)
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Israeli authorities announced further measures easing restrictions related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) due to the country’s declining rate of new cases. Beginning May 11, authorities will allow individuals returning from abroad to self-isolate at home for two weeks instead of state-run facilities, provided their accommodation meets requirements for self-isolation . Additionally, the government is lifting the 1800-0300 curfew on shops and businesses in Muslim-majority towns outside COVID-19 hotspot areas beginning May 11. Officials will also allow entry to parks and nature reserves from May 11.

El Al (LY) Airlines – the flag carrier of Israel – previously extended its suspension of all passenger flights to and from Israel until at least May 30. El Al officials stated that the company would continue to operate emergency and cargo flights. The airline initially suspended flights from March 27 as part of Israel’s efforts to combat COVID-19.

COVID-19-related restrictions that remain in effect nationwide include:
– Authorities have barred all foreigners from entering Israel until further notice since March 18.
– All border crossings with Jordan and Egypt remain closed to passenger travel.
– Wearing masks in public is mandatory.


MDTI-WA-2020-317
Date: 11 May 2020

SRI LANKA – TO REVISE SEVERAL COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS STARTING MAY 11

Country of Territory: SRI LANKA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Sri Lanka are revising restrictions placed to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of May 11. In addition to the resumption of most business activities with social distancing measures, movement controls are easing. Officials will enforce a nationwide daily curfew 2000-0500, except in the Colombo and Gampaha districts, where the ongoing 24-hour curfew will continue. Extended curfew hours may also apply to identified localities with COVID-19 clusters.

The use of face masks in public remains mandatory. During the curfew, residents must stay at home except for emergency, essential, and work purposes. Authorities will restrict the outdoor movement of citizens for essential purchases by identity card number; those with cards ending in numbers one and two can go out on Monday, in three and four on Tuesday, and so on. While government offices will function with up to half its staff capacity, private offices may open from 1000 daily with adequate hygiene and social distancing measures. Public transport such as buses and trains will resume for essential and work-related travel, with reduced capacity.

Travel Restrictions:
Sri Lankan authorities have indefinitely suspended the issuance of all visa types – including electronic, landing, multiple-entry, and residential – to foreigners, regardless of nationality; previously issued visas for foreign nationals, including residential permits, stand temporarily suspended. Such travelers will not be allowed to enter Sri Lanka. The restrictions do not apply to holders of diplomatic, official, and service passports. Foreigners who have entered Sri Lanka on or before March 14 will receive visa extensions at least until June 11.

Officials have also suspended all inbound international passenger flights indefinitely ; however, cargo transport, passenger transit, and international departures will continue at the Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB).


MDTI-WA-2020-316
Date: 11 May 2020

UAE – ETIHAD AIRWAYS (EY) AND EMIRATES AIRLINES (EK) TO OPERATE SEVERAL INBOUND FLIGHTS FROM EUROPE, US, AND ASIA STARTING MAY 10

Country of Territory: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) flag carriers Abu Dhabi-basedEtihad Airways (EY) and Dubai-based Emirates Airlines (EK) have announced that they will operate several inbound flights from several destinations in Europe, the Americas, and Asia beginning May 10. The airlines will also operate additional outbound flights to the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Travelers to the UAE must first receive approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship through the Twajudi Resident Service. All passengers arriving in the UAE will undergo testing, a mandatory 14-day quarantine period, and a follow-up test before release.

Previously enacted restrictions in the UAE include:
– On April 29, Etihad Airways extended the suspension of passenger flights through June 16. However, Etihad and Emirates Airlines have been operating outbound repatriation flights for foreigners wishing to leave the UAE since then.
– The UAE Identity and Citizenship Authority had announced April 13 that all visas, entry permits, and identification cards that may have already expired will remain valid through Dec. 31, 2020, to mitigate the impact of the nation’s COVID-19 restrictions. Officials will also extend residency visas that expired in early March through December 2020. Moreover, visit visas that expired in early March that are held by persons currently inside the UAE will similarly be extended through the end of 2020.
– On April 9, authorities extended the closure of places of worship until further notice.
– Officials in Dubai suspended metro and tram services from April 5 until further notice.
– Officials imposed a ban on entry to valid visa holders who are currently overseas through April 16.
– Officials have imposed an indefinite ban on Emirati citizens traveling abroad since March 18. Work permits were suspended effective March 19, except for internal transportation permits and employment permits for Expo 2020.
– Officials are suspending the issuance of all visas to foreigners, except those with diplomatic passports as of March 17.
– Commercial ships entering UAE’s ports are required to provide a statement detailing the health status of their crew 72 hours before arrival.
– Major tourist sites and cultural venues, beaches, public parks, swimming pools, movie theaters, and gyms remain closed.


MDTI-WA-2020-315
Date: 11 May 2020

MALAYSIA – EXTENDED NATIONWIDE CONDITIONAL MOVEMENT CONTROL ORDER (CMCO) UNTIL 09 JUNE 2020

Country of Territory: MALAYSIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Malaysia have extended the nationwide movement control order (CMCO) to at least June 9 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Under the CMCO, central authorities are allowing some nonessential businesses to restart operations with hygiene and social distancing measures in place. However, a ban on public gatherings and businesses in places where social distancing measures are difficult to implement, such as open-air markets and nightclubs, is still in effect. Educational institutions, most religious sites, and sports and leisure venues remain closed. Essential businesses, such as convenience stores, grocery shops, restaurants, and supermarkets, continue to operate.

Most interstate movement within the country remains suspended. Individuals who wish to travel between states need to obtain travel permits from authorities. Public transport can operate with half the passenger capacity. Officials are also allowing four members of the same household to travel in a private vehicle. Trains between Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) and downtown Kuala Lumpur resumed May 4.

Foreign Nationals:
Foreigners are not able to enter Malaysia, with exceptions for resident diplomats, foreign spouses and dependents of Malaysian citizens, and long-term visa holders working in essential industries who can present a letter from their employer upon entering the country. Malaysian nationals, including citizens who commute to Singapore for employment, remain banned from traveling abroad while the restrictions are in place . Emergency repatriation of Malaysian citizens stranded abroad has occurred on a case-by-case basis. Officials are quarantining inbound passengers at government facilities for 14 days, with exemptions for Malaysian nationals working in Singapore if they pass medical screenings before entry.

Officials in Malaysia will require foreign workers nationwide to undergo testing for coronavirus disease (COVID-19); authorities have not specified the start date .


MDTI-WA-2020-314
Date: 11 May 2020

ARGENTINA- LOCKDOWN EXTENSION UNTIL MAY 24

Country of Territory: ARGENTINA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

President Alberto Fernandez announced the extension of Argentina’s nationwide quarantine through at least May 24. The measure is part of the government’s attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities also announced that the economy would reopen progressively nationwide and select industries will be allowed to resume operations in the coming days. However, Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area will continue to remain under strict quarantine.

Other preventative measures that were earlier issued include:
-Residents are allowed to venture outside for essential activities, such as purchasing food and medicine or attending jobs in critical sectors, such as government, health, security, the production of essential goods, and in some provinces, critical and other authorized industries.
-All schools and other educational institutions remain closed.
-All public and private social, cultural, recreational, sports, and religious gatherings are prohibited.
-The government has implemented strict controls on interprovincial movements and restrictions on public transport nationwide, and all domestic flights are suspended.
-A temporary entry ban for all nonresident foreign nationals remains in place until further notice . Departing flights for repatriation purposes have occurred in limited numbers . International cargo transport is not affected; however, drivers and crews are subject to enhanced screening measures.

The government has suspended the sale of tickets for all commercial passenger flights through Sept. 1.


MDTI-WA-2020-313
Date: 11 May 2020

NORWAY- HAVE EASED CERTAIN COVID-19 RELATED RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: NORWAY
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Norway have eased certain restrictions related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of May 9 . Primary schools have opened; middle and high schools will reopen May 11, while soccer leagues will be authorized to resume their activities from June 16. Private events that do not exceed 20 people and public gatherings of up to 50 people are now allowed. Norwegian authorities have canceled all public events related to the country’s Constitution Day, which is celebrated May 17. Certain businesses, including movie theaters and hair salons, are also permitted to resume operations.

Other measures taken by the government of Norway include:
-Closure of sea ports since March 16. However, airports have remained open and flights have been operating out of the country’s major airports.
-Sport, leisure, and entertainment venues remain closed.
-Restaurants may only offer delivery services.
-Festivals, parades, and cultural celebrations that exceed 50 people are banned through June 15.
-Public transport remains operational; however, face masks are mandatory for commuters.
-Market places, medical facilities, fuel stations, and laundromats remain open.
-Authorities have mandated a 14-day self-quarantine for travelers that have arrived in Norway from anywhere other than Scandinavia since Feb. 27.

Authorities could ease further restrictions or institute additional preventative measures, depending on the disease activity in the coming days and weeks.


MDTI-WA-2020-312
Date: 11 May 2020

SAUDI ARABIA- EASED CERTAIN COVID-19 RELATED RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: SAUDI ARABIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Saudi Arabia eased certain restrictions related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Medina’s six districts of Al-Shuraibat, Bani Dhafar, Qurban, Al-Jumah, parts of Al-Iskan, and Bani Khadrah from May 9. Residents in these districts will now be allowed freedom of movement between the hours of 0900 and 1700. Saudi authorities had imposed full lockdown measures in several parts of the Medina Region to combat the spread of COVID-19 on March 27.

International and domestic passenger flights, public transportation – including buses, taxis, and trains – and the operations of nonessential government agencies and private businesses remain suspended indefinitely . The measures do not apply to transport associated with vital sectors, including health, cargo, and energy.

Domestic travel in and out of all the Kingdom’s 13 provinces, as well as the cities of Riyadh, Mecca, and Medina, remains banned. Essential workers in some public and private sectors are exempt.

Authorities could introduce further restrictive measures relating to the COVID-19 pandemic with little warning; such measures could be ambiguous and occasionally contradictory.


MDTI-WA-2020-311
Date: 11 May 2020

EUROPE UNION: TRAVEL BAN FOR NON-EU RESIDENTS EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 15

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: EU NATIONS PLUS ICELAND,LIECHTENSTEIN,NORWAY AND SWITZERLAND
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

The European Commission (EC) has called upon Schengen member states and Schengen associated states to extend an existing measure denying nonessential entry by non-EU residents through at least June 15 as part of the bloc’s efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Countries participating in the measure comprise the so-called “EU+ Area,” which includes all EU Schengen member states; non-Schengen EU members Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania; and the four non-EU Schengen-associated states Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. While the EC’s communique does not constitute a mandate, all countries involved will likely assent and extend their respective restrictions.

MDTI-WA-2020-310
Date: 08 May 2020

SAUDI ARABIA – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF MAY 7, 2020

Country of Territory: SAUDI ARABIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Saudi Arabia announced May 7 that they will ban gatherings of more than five people until further notice as part of the country’s efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The new restrictions prohibit residents from congregating in shopping malls and retail stores.

Authorities barred entry and exit to Dammam’s Second Industrial City from May 3 until further notice. Officials will allow cargo shipments to enter and exit the city; vital factories in the area will be permitted to operate at one-third capacity. A previous lockdown imposed on Dammam’s al-Atheer neighborhood was lifted May 2.

Complete lockdowns are in effect in Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran, Hofuf, and across Jeddah, Taif, and Khobar governorates until further notice. Certain neighborhoods in Medina are also under a similar lockdown. Authorities are prohibiting residents in the affected areas from leaving their homes, with officials delivering essential goods and services.

International and domestic passenger flights, public transportation – including buses, taxis, and trains – and the operations of nonessential government agencies and private businesses remain suspended indefinitely. The measures do not apply to transport associated with vital sectors, including health, cargo, and energy.

Domestic travel in and out of all the Kingdom’s 13 provinces, as well as the cities of Riyadh, Mecca, and Medina, remains banned. Essential workers in some public and private sectors are exempt.



MDTI-WA-2020-309
Date: 08 May 2020

DENMARK – EASES RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: DENMARK
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: EASING OF RESTRICTIONS

Danish authorities will ease certain restrictions introduced to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from May 11 and 18. Officials will allow the entire retail sector to reopen from May 11. From May 18, cafes, restaurants, and taverns, as well as libraries and churches, will be allowed to reopen. Students in grades 6 to 10 will be allowed to return to school; municipalities and schools are given flexibility in how they will organize this.

Restrictions that will remain in place are:
– The closure of all cultural, entertainment, and educational facilities not included in the eased restrictions mentioned above
– A ban on gatherings of more than 10 people
– Instructions for all noncritical public employees to work from home

Authorities have also extended the closure of all Denmark’s borders through at least June 1. Officials will bar all non-nationals from entry; the rule does not apply to Danish passport holders, EU citizens holding a Danish social security card and third-country nationals with a Danish residency permit. Persons wishing to leave will be allowed to do so. Authorities will make exceptions for foreign nationals in some emergencies, such as attending a medical visit or persons in transit with onward travel documentation. The restriction does not apply to the movement of goods and will not impact supply chains. Authorities have suspended cruise ship travel.



MDTI-WA-2020-308
Date: 08 May 2020

EGYPT – EXTENSION OF NATIONWIDE CURFEW UNTIL MAY 24, 2020

Country of Territory: EGYPT
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Egyptian authorities announced May 7 they would extend the country’s nationwide existing nightly curfew through May 24. On April 23, authorities amended the nightly curfew hours of 2100-0600HRS and eased restrictions on some businesses for the month of Ramadan, which started April 24.

The Egyptian government previously announced a series of preventive restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The restrictions include the following:
– Suspension of air traffic for all of the nation’s airports until further notice; the measure does not apply to emergency and cargo flights
– Suspension of all modes of private and public transport during curfew hours
– Closure of most government institutions, except those working in security, healthcare, and other critical fields
– Disinfection of all hotels and tourist spots
– Nationwide closure of all nonessential businesses, except grocery stores and pharmacies; restaurants restricted to delivery services only
– A ban on all large social gatherings, including sporting events and concerts, until further notice; the ban includes the closure of mosques and churches
– Closure of schools and universities nationwide until further notice



MDTI-WA-2020-307
Date: 08 May 2020

SOUTH AMERICA – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF MAY 7, 2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: SOUTH AMERICA
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in all South American countries will maintain travel, business, and movement restrictions of varying degrees through at least mid-May. The following measures are in place as of May 7:

Argentina: Nonresident foreign nationals remain barred from entering until further notice. A mandatory quarantine has been extended through at least May 10, particularly in cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants. Conditional easing of restrictions is permitted in smaller areas under certain conditions. The use of a protective mask in public has been mandated in Buenos Aires and other provinces. Domestic flights remain canceled. There are tight controls on interprovincial transport.
Bolivia: All land borders remain closed to nonresident foreigners; all international passenger flights remain suspended, and passenger vehicles prohibited from interdepartmental road travel. Nationwide quarantine is in place through at least May 10. Residents are permitted to purchase essential goods between 0700-1200HRS on days determined by the last digit of the individual’s national identification card or passport.
Brazil: Officials have extended the entry for all nonresident foreign nationals by air through at least May 28. All land borders are closed through May 29, and arrivals by sea remain banned through May 24. State and federal level restrictions are in place, including in the states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro until at least May 10 and May 11, respectively; nonessential commercial activity remains limited.
Chile: Officials have banned entry by nonresident foreign nationals indefinitely, while Chilean citizens and residents must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the country. A nightly 2200-0500HRS curfew remains in force until further notice. Additional regional restrictions and localized quarantines are in place.
Colombia: All international and domestic air travel will remain suspended until May 30; all ground and maritime borders are closed until further notice. A nationwide lockdown has been extended through at least May 25. Localized restrictions based on gender or national identification card numbers are enforced in some cities.
Ecuador: Temporary entry ban for nonresidents, citizens, and legal residents, as well as the closure of all land borders, remains in place. All interprovincial public transport services and all domestic passenger flights are suspended indefinitely. A 1400-0500HRS curfew remains in effect until May 31 in most of the country; no private movement is allowed on weekends. Residents may use their cars only one day between Monday-Friday, as determined by their license plate numbers.
Falkland Islands: Temporary entry ban for nonresidents; arriving residents are to self-quarantine for 14 days. Nonessential business and services limited.
French Guiana: Most international flights remain suspended. Any traveler arriving through Cayenne’s Felix Eboue Airport (CAY) will be forced to quarantine for 14 days. Authorities extended movement restrictions through May 11. Residents may leave their homes to purchase basic goods, obtain medical care, or engage in essential economic activities.
Guyana: Officials have suspended all incoming international flights. Land borders and seaports are closed to passenger traffic. Ferry services remain suspended. A nightly 1800-0600HRS curfew is in effect through at least June 3.
Paraguay: All international flights are suspended, and land borders remain closed. A mandatory curfew between 2100-0500HRS will be in place through May 25. In the remaining hours, residents may only leave their homes for essential tasks. Vehicular restrictions also in place.
Peru: Borders remain closed to all passenger traffic, and international flights remain canceled. A nationwide 1800-0400HRS curfew is in force through at least May 10, with some regions being under a 1600-0400HRS curfew. Residents are not allowed to leave their homes on Sundays.
Suriname: All land, air, and sea ports of entry remain until at least May 10. A nightly 2000-0600HRS curfew is in force through at least May 10.
Uruguay: Officials have banned the entry of nonresident foreign nationals, except citizens of Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina who are on transit to their countries. Multiple business restrictions and a ban on gatherings of 10 or more people are also in place until further notice.
Venezuela: All flights from Europe, Colombia, Panama, and the Dominican Republic remain canceled through at least late May. Nationwide movement restrictions will remain in place through at least May 12, with exceptions allowed for essential activities.

Most ports of entry have been closed across the region, and repatriation options are limited. However, in all countries and territories where ports of entry and exit have been closed, or where flights have been suspended, the restrictions have been placed on passenger movements and not on cargo, freight, or humanitarian transportation. All restrictions are subject to amend at short notice and the relaxing of any restrictions is reversible.



MDTI-WA-2020-306
Date: 08 May 2020
RUSSIA – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF MAY 7, 2020

Country of Territory: RUSSIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

The Mayor of Moscow announced on May 7 the extension of most restrictions in Moscow until May 31, and the easing of some restrictions from May 12, in a continuing effort in Russia to deal with and stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

President Vladimir Putin previously announced April 28 that the nation’s official “nonwork period” has been extended until May 11. Public offices, public utility services, public transport, medical facilities, pharmacies, grocery stores, and financial institutions have been deemed essential and will continue to operate. All entry to the country via overland border crossings, rail crossings, river ports, and seaports, has been suspended; Russian diplomats and freight transporters are exempt. Regular and charter flights between Russian and foreign airports have been suspended indefinitely since March 25. There has been a significant reduction in high-speed and long-distance rail services from April 7.

Although restrictions vary slightly from region to region, residents are largely prohibited from leaving their homes. Exceptions include visits to grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, government offices, and healthcare facilities. Emergency services personnel, security forces personnel, healthcare workers, public utility workers, and workers in essential services and industries are exempt from the restrictions. Additionally, authorities in Chechnya have imposed a nightly curfew 2000-0800 and limited entry to and exit from the region; freight vehicles, security forces, officials and emergency personnel will likely be exempt from this restriction. Entry to and exit from the cities of Abdulino (Orenburg Oblast) and Makhachkala (Republic of Dagestan) is similarly prohibited. Authorities in Bashkortostan have also imposed a regionwide 1800-1300 curfew on children and an 1800-1000 curfew on persons over the age of 65. The regions of Krasnoyarsk, Tomsk, Tyumen, and Irkutsk have each introduced a 14-day mandatory self-isolation policy for all persons arriving by air from Moscow and Saint Petersburg.



MDTI-WA-2020-305
Date: 08 May 2020

DELAWARE, HAWAII, WEST VIRGINIA – EASES RESTRICTIONS AS OF MAY 7, 2020

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES
Affected Areas: DELAWARE, HAWAII, WEST VIRGINIA
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Delaware: Delaware Governor announced the lifting of some restrictions for businesses to reopen, May 8, while maintaining orders for residents to stay home, except to perform essential tasks, through at least May 15. Workers and customers must wear face coverings at all times.

Hawaii: Hawaii Governor issued an executive order that allows some businesses to reopen starting May 7, and maintains orders requiring residents to remain at home, except to perform essential tasks, through at least May 31, as part of the state’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Local authorities may maintain or impose additional restrictions. Officials in the City and County of Honolulu will allow the reopening of retail stores but only starting May 15, while authorities in Maui County will lift restrictions on the same businesses as the state, starting May 11.

State authorities have also extended travel restrictions through May 31. Any person entering the state of Hawaii, either visitors or returning residents, are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

West Virginia: West Virginia Governor announced additional businesses will be allowed to reopen starting May 11, as part of the state’s response to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). A safer-at-home order remains in place since May 4 until further notice. All businesses must implement social distancing as much as possible, and enhance sanitation. Workers and customers must wear face coverings.

Travelers who have been in New York, Louisiana, Connecticut, New Jersey, Italy, or China in the 14 days prior to their entry in West Virginia must self-quarantine for 14 days. The measure will not apply to any commercial activity, including truckers or people who move in and out of the state for work purposes.



MDTI-WA-2020-304
Date: 08 May 2020

UKRAINE – EXTENSION OF NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS UNTIL MAY 22, 2020

Country of Territory: UKRAINE
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Ukraine have extended the existing quarantine measures through at least May 22 in order to combat the spread of COVID-19; however, from May 11 some movement and business restrictions will be lifted.

Restrictions extended through at least May 22 include:
– A ban on public gatherings of more than two people.
– A mask or respirator must be worn, and ID carried in public at all times.
– The closure of entertainment and leisure facilities.
– The suspension of intercity and interregional public transport.
– Most foreigners barred from entry.

From April 7, officials closed 115 border crossing points; 19 vehicular border crossings remain open, and all pedestrian traffic is barred. Freight transport operations are permitted through open checkpoints. Authorities previously closed all international rail crossings and suspended international passenger flight and maritime services from March 28; freight transport is unaffected. All arrivals in Ukraine will be placed under 14-day observation; the measures do not apply to diplomats, representatives of international organizations, international freight truck drivers, and aircraft and vessel crewmembers.



MDTI-WA-2020-303
Date: 08 May 2020

BERLIN – AIRPORT CLOSURE FOR TWO MONTHS STARTING JUNE 1, 2020

Country of Territory: GERMANY
Affected Areas: BERLIN
Incident: AIRPORT CLOSURE

Authorities plan to suspend operations at Berlin’s Tegel Airport (TXL) for two months from June 1, due to decreased passenger demand during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Flights currently operating from TXL will relocate to Berlin Schonefeld Airport (SXF), which will remain open.

TXL is usually Berlin’s busiest airport, though it has seen a considerable drop in passenger numbers as a result of COVID-19. Many regional governments and airlines have also suspended or curtailed flight operations. Further service reductions, as well as airport closures, are possible at short notice. Despite the low numbers of air passengers, increased demand for seats is possible on those flights that remain in operation.



MDTI-WA-2020-302
Date: 08 May 2020

VIETNAM – EASES RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: VIETNAM
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Authorities have lifted social distancing regulations for public transport nationwide from May 7 due to reduced coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Buses, taxis, trains, ships, and planes can operate at full passenger capacity, though wearing masks remains compulsory for passengers. Other precautions include requiring passengers to complete health declaration forms and regularly sanitize their hands. The government previously allowed airlines to add additional flight capacity, especially on the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City route and services between Da Nang and Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Authorities intend to further increase capacity along these routes and to other locations in the country from May 16. Train operators have restarted services, with a maximum of three trains between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in each direction per day, while other routes can serve one train in each direction daily.

The government has also lifted the strictest social distancing measures in most parts of the country. As of May 7, authorities are not classifying any province or municipality as a high-risk area. However, officials have designated Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and Bac Ninh and Ha Giang provinces as medium-risk areas.

Travel Restrictions:
Authorities continue to ban foreign nationals from entering the country, with exceptions for essential and skilled workers. Individuals who can enter the country will undergo quarantine for 14 days at government-run facilities. Land borders with Cambodia and Laos remain closed for passenger travel. Officials could expand restrictions in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country.



MDTI-WA-2020-301
Date: 08 May 2020

QATAR – EASES RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: QATAR
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Doha reopened the industrial area from streets 1-32, with entry and exit regulations in place, as of May 7. Officials had previously closed the area due to the high number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Companies are allowed to resume work, and individuals working in the zone are allowed to enter and leave the area.

Previously enacted measures in Qatar include:
– Extending a temporary suspension of non-emergency medical services provided by private health clinics.
– Extending work-from-home periods for nonessential employees in the government and private sectors until further notice.
– The suspension of all nonessential commercial activities over the weekend – Friday and Saturday – until further notice. While the measure impacts shopping malls, cinemas, sit-in restaurants, gyms, and other commercial activities, it does not apply to grocery stores, restaurant deliveries, medical services, and other essential services.
– An indefinite suspension of inbound flights to the country. Transit and cargo flights are exempt from the measure. Foreigners are barred from entering the country. However, residents returning from abroad will be permitted to enter and will be placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Qatari nationals in Qatar are not allowed to exit the country.
– The closure of schools, universities, and all modes of public transportation until further notice.

MDTI-WA-2020-300
Date: 07 May 2020

NIGERIA – EXTENDED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF MAY 6, 2020

Country of Territory: NIGERIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

On May 6, authorities in Nigeria extended suspension of flights by four weeks through at least June 6 as part of their efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measure does not apply to cargo and emergency flights.

Authorities announced April 27 that they would implement a phased and gradual easing of restrictive measures in the capital, Abuja, and in Ogun and Lagos states from May 4. The details of these eased restrictions have to be released.




MDTI-WA-2020-299
Date: 07 May 2020

TEXAS, PENNSYLVANIA, OREGON – UPDATED MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS AS OF MAY 6, 2020

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES
Affected Areas: TEXAS, PENNSYLVANIA, OREGON
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Texas: Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on May 6 to lift restrictions on additional businesses for restarting operations from May 8; other businesses will be able to restart from May 18. Authorities encourage residents until at least May 15 to minimize gatherings and contact with people from outside of their households and have urged residents 65 years or older to remain at home, except to perform essential tasks.

Officials in Texas require anyone entering from the states of California, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and the cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, and Miami to quarantine for 14 days. This order does not apply to persons in transit to locations outside of Texas, nor to those involved in military, emergency, health, or critical infrastructure operations.

Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued orders to lift business restrictions in 24 of the commonwealth’s 67 counties starting May 8, while maintaining business restrictions and a stay-at-home order in the rest of Pennsylvania until further notice as part of the government’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Oregon: As of May 6, Oregon Governor Katherine Brown maintains orders requiring residents to stay at home except to perform essential tasks, and nonessential businesses are to remain closed, until further notice, as part of the state’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The orders, in place since March 24, stipulate that residents may only leave their homes to obtain basic goods, attend to a medical issue, care for a person in need, perform recreational outdoor activities while maintaining a proper distance from others, or to go to work at an essential business or service.



MDTI-WA-2020-298
Date: 07 May 2020

EUROPE – UPDATED TRAVEL AND PREVENTIVE RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: EUROPE
Incident: COVID-19 RELATED RESTRICTIONS

Governments in Europe are maintaining travel and other restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Specific measures vary by country, though major restrictions include:

Albania: A state of emergency is in effect until June 23. A partial lockdown is in effect, with individuals only permitted to leave their homes on essential business. All nonessential establishments are closed indefinitely. All air and sea ports of entry are closed indefinitely.

Armenia: Authorities began easing restrictions as of May 4; individuals can travel within the country without restriction and some nonessential businesses are permitted to resume operation. A state of emergency remains in effect until at least May 14; most foreigners are barred from entry.

Austria: Movement restrictions eased from May 1, though measures to ensure social distancing will remain. Smaller commercial establishments have begun to reopen. Public gatherings of more than five people are prohibited. Authorities have barred entry for most foreigners.

Azerbaijan: Authorities began easing restrictions as of May 4. Limited businesses and public spaces are permitted to reopen, and private interregional travel is permitted to resume in most locations. The special quarantine regime is extended through May 31; public gatherings of more than 10 are prohibited and international passenger traffic remains suspended.

Belgium: Authorities began easing restrictions as of May 4; limited businesses are permitted to reopen and public transport is resumed though passengers are required to wear facemasks. Public gatherings remain prohibited. Most nonessential shops remain closed until at least May 11.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: A partial curfew is in effect for persons over 65 or under 18 years of age. A general nightly curfew remains in effect in Republika Srpska until at least May 10. All nonessential establishments are closed indefinitely. Foreign nationals are currently prohibited from entering the country, with the exception of Bosnian residents.

Bulgaria: A state of emergency is in effect until at least May 13. Individuals are requested only to leave their homes on essential business. All nonessential establishments are closed indefinitely. Entry to and exit from the capital Sofia is currently restricted. Public gatherings of more than two people are prohibited. Non-EU citizens, as well as citizens of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK, are prohibited from entering the country, with the exception of freight and health workers and diplomats. Land borders with North Macedonia, Serbia, and Turkey are currently closed to non-commercial traffic.

Croatia: Authorities began a phased reopening of commercial premises and some public facilities, as well as a resumption of city and suburban public transport, April 27. Strict social distancing mandates remain in force. Public gatherings of more than five people are prohibited. Non-EU citizens will likely be prohibited from entering the country until at least May 15.

Cyprus: Authorities began easing restrictions as of May 4; individuals may now leave their homes three times per day and many businesses are permitted to reopen. A nightly 2200-0600HRS curfew remains in effect through at least May 21. Authorities have banned incoming passenger flights until May 17.

Czech Republic: A state of emergency is in effect until May 17. Authorities began gradually easing restrictions on April 24. The ban on nonessential movement has been lifted. A phased reopening of some businesses and public facilities began April 27. Residents must still wear protective face masks in public; strict social distancing requirements remain in force.

Denmark: Nonessential establishments, including some educational facilities, are closed until at least May 10, though nurseries and primary schools are permitted to reopen under certain conditions. Public gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. All air and sea borders are closed through May 10; the land border with Germany is partially closed. Foreign nationals are prohibited from entry.

Estonia: Authorities have declared an emergency situation and constituent restrictions through at least May 17. Public gatherings of more than two people prohibited. Most foreign nationals barred from entry.

Finland: Nonessential establishments, including educational facilities, are closed until at least May 13. Public gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Finland’s international borders are closed to nonessential traffic until May 13.

France: Individuals are only permitted to leave their homes on essential business until at least May 11. All nonessential establishments are closed until at least that date. All public gatherings are prohibited. The borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, and Spain are closed.

Georgia: A state of emergency is in effect through May 22. Authorities are maintaining a nightly 2100-0600HRS curfew, as well as a ban on nonessential travel and travel between municipalities. Some nonessential establishments, including open-air markets, have begun to reopen under certain conditions. All public gatherings of more than three people are prohibited. All foreign nationals are barred from entry, with the exception of legal residents and relatives of Georgian citizens, until at least May 22. International flights are suspended; land borders are closed except to returning Georgian citizens and foreigners exiting to return to their home countries.

Germany: Some nonessential establishments have begun to reopen under certain conditions. All public gatherings of more than two people are prohibited. Foreigners are prohibited from entry, except European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and residents, and Swiss and UK nationals. The borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, and Denmark are partially closed.

Greece: Authorities began easing restrictions as of May 4; restrictions on movement within residents’ home prefectures are lifted, wider travel remains prohibited. Certain businesses are permitted to reopen. Land borders with Albania, North Macedonia, and Turkey are closed. Commercial flights between Greece and Albania, North Macedonia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the Netherlands are banned through May 15.

Hungary: Authorities began easing restrictions as of May 1; restrictions on movement outside of Budapest and Pest County are lifted and some businesses permitted to resume operation. Foreign nationals, excluding residents of the EEA, are currently prohibited from entry.

Ireland: Authorities extended restrictions through at least May 18. Individuals are requested to leave their homes only on essential business. All nonessential establishments are closed indefinitely. All public gatherings of more than four people are prohibited.

Italy: Authorities continued easing restrictions as of May 4; movement within regions is allowed while movement between regions remains suspended, and individual outdoor exercise may be taken without restrictions. Certain businesses were permitted to reopen as of April 14. Public gatherings remain prohibited.

Kosovo: Authorities began easing restrictions as of May 4; individuals are now permitted to leave their homes for two 90-minute sessions for essential purposes per day, and certain businesses are permitted to resume operation. Further restrictions are scheduled to be eased May 18 and June 1. Most nonessential establishments remain closed. Foreign nationals remain barred from entry.

Latvia: A state of emergency is in effect until May 12. Educational facilities are closed indefinitely. Public gatherings are prohibited. Foreign nationals and nonresidents are barred from entry.

Lithuania: Nonessential establishments are closed indefinitely. Most foreign nationals and nonresidents are barred from entry until at least May 11.

Malta: Nonessential establishments are currently closed and public gatherings of more than three people are prohibited. An indefinite ban on incoming flights is in effect. Officials have halted sea passenger travel with continental Europe.

Montenegro: A nightly 2300-0500HRS curfew and travel restrictions are in place until at least May 18. Authorities have banned international passenger travel, excluding Montenegrin nationals returning home. Nonessential intercity travel is prohibited. There is a ban on gatherings of people from different households. As of May 4, certain businesses are permitted to resume operation.

Netherlands: Some nonessential commercial premises are permitted to operate under certain criteria. All public gatherings of more than three people are prohibited. Entry restrictions are in place for non-EEA or UK nationals.

Northern Cyprus: A nightly 2100-0600HRS curfew is in effect, and all nonessential establishments are closed until at least May 15. All public gatherings are prohibited. Foreign nationals are barred from entry. As of May 4, intercity travel is permitted to resume.

North Macedonia: A state of emergency is in effect until May 17. A 1900-0500HRS curfew is in effect on weekdays, a 1500-0500HRS curfew on Saturdays, and a full curfew on Sundays. All nonessential establishments are closed. Most foreign nationals are barred from entry.

Norway: Nonessential establishments are currently closed, though primary schools have begun to reopen under certain conditions. Enhanced border controls are in effect until at least May 16.

Poland: Authorities continued easing restrictions as of May 4 permitting further shops to reopen. Nurseries and kindergartens are permitted to reopen as of May 6. Individuals are permitted to leave their homes for recreational purposes as of April 20. International passenger air and rail traffic remains suspended and most foreigners barred from entry.

Portugal: Authorities began easing restrictions as of May 4; certain businesses are permitted to reopen and individual sporting activities are permitted to resume. Bans on nonessential movement and on gatherings of more than five people remain in place. Border controls with Spain remain in place through at least May 15.

Romania: A state of emergency is in effect until at least May 14. Individuals are only permitted to leave their homes on essential business. Public gatherings of more than three people are prohibited. Most foreign nationals are currently barred from entry.

Serbia: The state of emergency has been lifted as of May 6; the nightly curfew will be lifted May 7. Certain businesses are permitted to reopen and intercity road and rail traffic is resumed. Unnecessary travel and public gatherings remain prohibited. Nonresident foreign nationals remain barred from entering Serbia indefinitely.

Slovakia: Authorities eased some restrictions April 22, allowing smaller nonessential establishments to open. Many larger nonessential establishments remain closed indefinitely. All international passenger flights remain suspended. Nonresidents are barred from entry.

Slovenia: Authorities began easing restrictions as of April 30; intercity travel is permitted to resume and as of May 4 certain businesses are permitted to reopen. The ban on gatherings remains in effect. Passenger air traffic is suspended through at least May 12; border restrictions remain in effect.

Spain: A state of emergency is in effect until May 24. Individuals are only permitted to leave their homes on essential business until further notice. Nonessential establishments are closed, though some commercial activity is permitted to resume under certain criteria. All public gatherings are prohibited. The borders with France, Morocco, and Portugal, as well as sea borders, including those on the Canary and Balearic islands, are closed indefinitely. Most foreign nationals are currently barred from entry.

Sweden: Some educational facilities are currently closed. Public gatherings of more than 50 participants are prohibited. Foreign nationals from outside of the EEA and Switzerland are currently barred from entry.

Switzerland: Individuals are requested to minimize nonessential movement outside their homes. Authorities have announced a phased reopening of commercial premises – under certain circumstances – from April 27. All public gatherings of more than five people are prohibited. Most foreigners are barred from entry.

UK: Individuals are requested only to leave their homes on essential business until at least May 11. All nonessential establishments are closed indefinitely. All public gatherings are prohibited. Public transport services are operating reduced services, particularly in London.

Ukraine: A state of emergency is in effect until at least May 11; nonessential establishments are closed. All public gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Most foreigners are barred from entry. All passenger air traffic has been suspended.

In most cases, freight transport is still permitted to cross international borders, though localized movement restrictions are possible at short notice. Many governments have also imposed quarantine requirements for travelers arriving from areas of high COVID-19 activity. Public transport operators and airlines will likely operate significantly reduced services. Many governments and airlines have suspended or curtailed flight operations; further service reductions, as well as airport closures, could be announced at short notice.



MDTI-WA-2020-297
Date: 07 May 2020

NEPAL – EXTENSION OF PREVENTIVE RESTRICTIONS AS OF MAY 6, 2020

Country of Territory: NEPAL
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: PREVENTIVE RESTRICTIONS

On May 6, officials announced that nationwide business and gathering restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will be extended to at least May 18. Bans on nonessential business, movement, and travel will continue. Additionally, the suspension of international and domestic flights – except for cargo, emergency, and repatriation flights – will continue until at least May 31. International and border crossing points will also remain closed until at least May 31.

Authorities are enforcing expanded measures in some provinces and localities. Karnali Pradesh, also knows as Province 6, will remain sealed through May 12, with no entry or exit allowed. Nepalgunj City in Banke District of Province 5 will be under curfew through at least 2359HRS May 7. Further localized control measures are possible in the coming days.

Additional Travel Restrictions:
Although flight and land border restrictions have effectively ended nearly all inbound international travel, Nepal is maintaining a specific ban on travel or transit for passengers from Europe, Gulf Arab countries, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea. Nepal has also suspended on-arrival and electronic visa issuance for all foreign nationals and nonresident Nepalese until further notice. Those wishing to travel to Nepal must contact their local Nepali diplomatic mission for visa approval and submit the results of a swab test demonstrating that the individual is COVID-19 free within seven days prior to the intended travel date. Officials have advised Nepali citizens against nonessential international travel. Health checks are mandatory at all entry points. Officials are advising incoming travelers, regardless of nationality, to self-isolate for two weeks or undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or in a medical facility based on medical screening outcomes.



MDTI-WA-2020-296
Date: 07 May 2020

INDIA – EXTENSION OF NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS UNTIL MAY 17, 2020

Country of Territory: INDIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Officials will allow some foreign citizens, residents, and long-term visa holders stranded in India to buy seats on Air India (AI) repatriation flights leaving India from May 7. The flights are intended to bring home Indian nationals who had been stranded abroad amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Air India flights will travel to several countries, including the UK, US, Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Saudi Arabia, to pick up the Indian nationals and deliver the stranded foreigners. Foreigners looking to board repatriation flights need to apply to the Ministry of Civil Aviation or a similar agency that will determine whether the destination country will allow incoming passengers.

Authorities have introduced a color-coded health threat rating scheme to districts throughout the country effective May 4, assigning Green, Orange, or Red assessments to each district based on COVID-19 activity. Variations in the scope and timing of relaxations are certain across states.

Travel Restrictions:
With some exceptions for repatriation of Indian nationals and foreign nationals stranded in India, most international travel remains effectively banned as of May 6. All domestic and international commercial passenger flights remain suspended until at least May 17. Authorities are advising Indian nationals to delay all nonessential international travel. Indian officials are maintaining a ban on travelers from Afghanistan, the EU, the European Free Trade Association, Malaysia, Philippines, Turkey, and the UK; authorities have barred airlines from boarding India-bound passengers from the aforementioned countries. All incoming travelers, including Indian nationals, arriving from or having visited mainland China, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, South Korea, the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and Spain, on or after Feb. 15, are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or in a medical facility; all other travelers are advised to self-isolate for two weeks. Travelers that have visited Italy and South Korea also need to provide a certificate of having tested negative for COVID-19 from an authorized facility. Authorities have suspended visa issuance and canceled previously issued visas – except diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, and project visas – of all international travelers. Foreign nationals already in the country will receive a visa extension upon online application.



MDTI-WA-2020-295
Date: 07 May 2020

MALAYSIA – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: MALAYSIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Officials in Malaysia will require foreign workers nationwide to undergo testing for coronavirus disease (COVID-19); authorities have not specified the start date. A conditional movement control order (CMCO) remains in place through May 12. Under the CMCO, central authorities are allowing some nonessential businesses to restart operations with hygiene and social distancing measures in place.

Most interstate movement within the country remains suspended. Individuals who wish to travel between states need to obtain travel permits from authorities. Public transport can operate with half the passenger capacity. Trains between Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) and downtown Kuala Lumpur resumed May 4.

Travel Restrictions:
Foreigners will not able to enter Malaysia, except for resident diplomats, foreign spouses and dependents of Malaysian citizens, and long-term visa holders working in essential industries who can present a letter from their employer upon entering the country. Malaysian nationals, including citizens who commute to Singapore for employment, remain banned from traveling abroad while the restrictions are in place. Emergency repatriation of Malaysian citizens stranded abroad has occurred on a case-by-case basis. Officials are quarantining inbound passengers at government facilities for 14 days, with exemptions for Malaysian nationals working in Singapore that passed the medical screenings before entry.



MDTI-WA-2020-294
Date: 06 May 2020

FRANCE – EXTENSION OF NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS UNTIL JULY 24, 2020

Country of Territory: FRANCE
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in France have extended the nationwide health state of emergency through July 24 as part of their efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measure will require French citizens and travelers to undergo a two-week mandatory quarantine upon arrival to France. It remains unclear if travelers will be required to self-isolate at home or in hotels. Beginning May 11, residents will also be required to wear face masks when in public.

Other measures taken by the French government include:
– On April 13, authorities extended the nationwide lockdown through at least May 11 but have stated that kindergartens, schools, and universities will likely progressively open from May 11. The measure continues to require residents to remain in their homes except to perform essential tasks.
– France’s land borders with other Schengen Area nations will remain closed.
– Previously, President Emmanuel Macron ordered the closure of multiple businesses nationwide, including cafes, bars, restaurants, shops, and movie theaters. Grocery stores, fueling stations, banks, and pharmacies are exempt from the closure order.
– Ban on unnecessary travel.
– Suspension of demonstrations, gatherings, and public or private events of any type (including cultural, sporting, recreational, or religious activities); suspension of discotheque and nightspot operations.
– Closure of resorts, swimming pools, and gyms.
– Closure of museums and other cultural sites.
– Closure of all schools at all levels and suspension of classes and school activities, including professional and university courses, except distance learning classes and medical or healthcare training.

Authorities could impose additional requirements or ease existing restrictions, depending on the disease activity in the coming days.



MDTI-WA-2020-293
Date: 06 May 2020

ALASKA – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF MAY 4, 2020

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES
Affected Areas: ALASKA
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Alaska maintain travel restrictions for those entering the state through at least May 19, and have lifted multiple business restrictions, as part of the government’s response to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). All travelers entering the state of Alaska from abroad or from another US state, even if they are residents, must self-quarantine for 14 days from the moment of their arrival until at least May 19. People working in essential services are exempted from this order.

Authorities have also ordered all residents to wear face coverings when in public and to enhance personal sanitation. Vulnerable populations and those most at risk of being infected are encouraged to remain at home as much as possible.

Transport and business disruptions are likely. Authorities will deploy additional security personnel to assist in enforcing the measures. Officials could amend the orders at short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.



MDTI-WA-2020-292
Date: 06 May 2020

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF MAY 4, 2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Travel and other restrictions intended to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will remain in effect in countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region through at least early May. Cargo, humanitarian, diplomatic, and repatriation flights and shipments are largely ongoing. The duration of the measures will likely depend on the evolution of the disease activity in the coming weeks.

Algeria: Land, air, and sea connections for passenger travel are suspended until further notice. On April 1, Air Algerie (AH) extended the suspension of all its passenger flights until further notice; the carrier had initially suspended operations through April 4.

Bahrain: Flights to and from Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, and Morocco are suspended until further notice. Travelers who transited through or departed from Iraq, Lebanon, and Iran in the 14 days prior to arrival will be denied entry (this measure excludes Bahraini or GCC citizens). All arrivals will be subjected to health screenings and a 14-day home quarantine. Bahrain’s flag carrier – Gulf Air (GF) – announced April 4 that transit through Bahrain International Airport (BAH) is now permitted for international travelers. Entry into Bahrain remains restricted to nationals, residents, and travelers holding a letter of prior permission to enter. Authorities have suspended visas on-arrival until further notice.

Egypt: Air traffic at all of the nation’s airports remains suspended until further notice. All modes of private and public transport must cease operation during the curfew hours of 2100-0600.

Iran: Iranian authorities lifted an intercity travel ban and permitted shopping centers to reopen April 20 amid a gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

Iraq: Commercial flights remain suspended until at least May 22. Through at least May 22, an 1800-0600 curfew will be in place Sunday through Thursday, while a 24-hour curfew will be in force on Fridays and Saturdays.

Israel: All foreigners are barred from entering Israel until further notice. Israeli citizens and permanent residents are permitted to enter. All border crossings with Jordan and Egypt are closed. Public transportation is significantly reduced. A mandatory quarantine order for all residents returning from abroad has been in effect since March 20. El Al (LY) Airlines suspended all passenger flights to and from Israel through at least May 2. Public transportation has begun gradually increasing operations nationwide.

Jordan: All flights to and from Jordan are suspended, and all land borders and seaports are closed until further notice. Travel between governorates is banned. Public transportation will resume normal operations on May 6.

Kuwait: All commercial flights to and from Kuwait are suspended until further notice.

Lebanon: Operations at Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY), regional airports, and all seaports have remained suspended since March 18; the closure does not apply to UN, diplomatic, and cargo flights.

Libya: Movement and travel restrictive measures are likely to be implemented sporadically throughout Libya through May in response to COVID-19. The response to COVID-19 has been disjointed to date and communication on efforts limited. The ongoing conflict in the country will further complicate efforts and conflict-related developments may also result in further restrictions. The Tripoli-based, internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) has imposed a 1800-0600 curfew in Tripoli and surrounding cities under its control through May 7. The GNA has also restricted travel and reduced government working hours to 0900-1200. The Tobruk-based government in eastern Libya, which supports self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) leader Khalifa Haftar, has also imposed a 1800-0600 curfew through May 7.

Morocco: All flights to and from Morocco are suspended indefinitely. Suspension of sea travel to Spain, Gibraltar, and France and the closure of the border with the Spanish autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla on the north coast of Africa have been in effect from March 16.

Oman: An indefinite ban on foreigners entering Oman has been in effect from March 18. Only Omani nationals will be permitted entry, with a mandatory 14-day quarantine period. Commercial flights remain suspended until further notice; domestic flights between Muscat and Musandam Governorate are still operating.

Palestinian Territories: Travel between governorates in the West Bank is banned; border crossings to the West Bank and Gaza Strip have closed to commercial traffic until further notice.

Qatar: Qatari authorities have indefinitely extended the nation’s existing suspension of inbound flights. Transit flights are exempt from the measure. Foreigners are barred from entering the country; however, residents returning from abroad will be permitted to enter and will be placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Qatari citizens are not allowed to exit the country. All public transport is suspended.

Saudi Arabia: All domestic flights and public transport remain suspended. All international flights have been indefinitely suspended. The King Fahd Causeway linking Saudi Arabia and Bahrain remains temporarily closed. Land border crossings with Kuwait, Yemen, and the UAE remain closed until further notice. Travel between provinces is prohibited until further notice.

Syria: Public transportation is suspended in all governorates, and the border with Lebanon is closed.

Tunisia: Tunisia’s land, air, and sea borders are closed to passenger travel indefinitely.

United Arab Emirates: Flag carriers Etihad (EY) and Emirates (EK) began operating limited repatriation flights out of the UAE to a select number of destinations from April 5 and 6, respectively. Only citizens of the destination country will be permitted to board the flights. Only Emirati nationals will be permitted to board repatriation flights into the UAE. Regular inbound, outbound, and transit passenger flights remain suspended until further notice. All visas on-arrival to foreigners, except those with diplomatic passports, have been suspended since March 17. Authorities announced March 20 that they would deny entry to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nationals until further notice. Emirati officials imposed a temporary ban on citizens traveling abroad until further notice. Officials in Dubai suspended tram services from April 5 until further notice.

Western Sahara: Morocco’s travel restrictions apply.

Yemen: Movement and travel restrictive measures are likely to be implemented sporadically throughout Yemen through May in response to COVID-19. Government response has so far been disjointed and communication on efforts limited. The ongoing conflict in the country and recent separatist action in Aden will further complicate efforts, and conflict-related developments may also result in further restrictions



MDTI-WA-2020-291
Date: 06 May 2020

NORTHEAST ASIA – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF MAY 5, 2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: NORTHEAST ASIA
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Governments in Northeast Asia continue to enforce travel restrictions to prevent the transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Measures vary throughout the region; as of May 5, the following restrictions are in place:

Mainland China: Authorities continue to bar all foreign nationals from entering the country; exceptions are in place for diplomatic personnel and C visa holders, which officials generally issue to members of flight and shipping crews. Leaders have enhanced movement controls in border areas; most travelers, regardless of nationality, are barred from entering or exiting land border checkpoints.

Hong Kong: The government is maintaining a ban on all non-resident foreign nationals. Travelers from Macau, Taiwan, and mainland China are exempt from restrictions but will be barred if they have a recent travel history elsewhere. Arriving passengers from these areas, including Hong Kong residents, have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon entry into the territory. Authorities continue to require all passengers from Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea; Iran; and the Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, and Veneto regions in Italy to quarantine for two weeks in government facilities. Hong Kong continues to restrict land border crossings with mainland China to the Shenzhen Bay checkpoint and along the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.

Japan: Authorities expanded an entry ban to include foreign nationals from 14 countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar, April 27. Entry restrictions remain in place for foreigners with a travel history to 75 countries and territories, including the US, Canada, the UK, Schengen Area countries, China, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand, within 14 days of arrival. Officials also require all passengers arriving from these countries to undergo polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, which involves medical personnel taking a nasopharyngeal swab, upon arrival. Any inbound passenger allowed into Japan is required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period, either at home or in a government-designated facility.

Macau: Officials have banned nonresident foreign nationals from entering the territory. Travelers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China – except Hubei Province – are exempt from the measure but will not be allowed to enter if they have traveled elsewhere in the previous two weeks. Residents and any allowed travelers that have visited “high-risk” countries, including the Schengen Area, the UK, the US, Canada, Brazil, Egypt, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Iran, and New Zealand, within 14 days of arrival, will face mandatory quarantine at designated hotels. Residents and travelers who visited Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other countries may be allowed to self-isolate at home.

Mongolia: The government has effectively banned international travel. The country closed its last open border crossing with Russia March 28. Commercial flights connecting Mongolia with Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey remain suspended. International train services with Russia have stopped through at least April 30. Authorities are placing arriving Mongolian citizens who have recently traveled in China, Japan, South Korea, Italy, or Iran under a 14-day quarantine at their own expense.

North Korea: Authorities have effectively suspended inbound travel by foreign nationals. Officials are conducting increased health screenings and have imposed quarantine periods on foreign nationals, along with North Koreans arriving in Pyongyang.

South Korea: The government continues to ban all foreign travelers who have visited China’s Hubei Province within 14 days of arrival from entering the country. South Koreans who traveled to Hubei Province will need to self-quarantine for 14 days. Officials have halted visa-free and visa-waiver programs with countries that have entry bans for South Korean citizens. The restriction impacts travelers from 90 countries, including Australia, Canada, and most European nations. Authorities have also canceled existing short-term visas issued before April 5, requiring travelers to reapply for entry documents. The government plans to limit all but essential or urgent travel for foreign nationals to the country. Officials are testing all arriving travelers from the US and Europe. Officials will send arriving passengers that exhibit COVID-19 symptoms to designated quarantine facilities for testing. All inbound passengers, regardless of nationality and testing outcomes, are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Staff could send patients that test positive to designated quarantine facilities.

Governments could expand their response in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country or imported cases continue to rise. The measures may lead to immigration delays, especially for passengers from locations with significant numbers of COVID-19 cases. Government flight bans and airline flight reductions due to decreased demand are likely to continue in the near term. The operational status of flights can change without notice.


MDTI-WA-2020-290
Date: 06 May 2020

SOUTH ASIA – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF MAY 5, 2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: SOUTH ASIA
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Several nations in South Asia have advised citizens to avoid non-essential international travel due to the prevalent coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Countries are also advising all incoming travelers, regardless of nationality, to self-isolate for two weeks or undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or in a medical facility based on medical screening outcomes. Other measures include a ban on public gatherings, enhanced health screenings for incoming passengers, travel restrictions, and flight suspensions. As of May 5, the following restrictions were in place, modified, or planned:

Afghanistan: The opening of land borders with Iran and Pakistan is limited to trade – mainly of essential goods – and exchange of stranded citizens. Enhanced health screenings are underway at all entry points – mainly land border crossings with Iran. Authorities briefly enforced a travel ban and land border closures between Afghanistan and Iran Feb. 25-26; such restrictions could recur intermittently in the coming weeks. Restrictions on international flights, imposed by Afghan authorities, remain in place as of May 5. Afghan carriers are mainly operating services from Dubai and Pakistan; however, flight availability remains limited by bans on Afghan flights by several countries. Officials have also limited domestic passenger flights as of May 5 due to COVID-19 concerns.

Bhutan: Ongoing restrictions on entry and re-entry for all foreigners with any form of visa, work permit, and immigration permit will continue until further notice. Officials will also deny entry to those holding diplomatic, official, and international organization passports; only Bhutanese citizens and residents may enter. All returnees will undergo a 21-day quarantine. Foreigners may leave the country. The Bhutanese government has closed all international borders, including the border with India, for passenger transit, and is severely restricting cargo transport. Authorities have increased security along informal border crossings. Officials had earlier mandated thermal scanning at all entry points; although passenger traffic at land crossings with India is limited, cross-border trade continues. Bhutanese air carriers such as Druk Air (KB) and Bhutan Airlines (B3) are operating limited international and domestic flights to repatriate stranded Bhutanese citizens.

Bangladesh: Authorities have extended the ban on international flights, except for services to and from China, through at least May 7. Domestic passenger flights remain suspended. Land borders with India and Myanmar are closed to travelers. While on-arrival visa issuance remains suspended, additional travel bans continue for those with travel history to the EU or Iran since March 1. Foreign nationals arriving in Bangladesh are required to provide a medical certificate (with an English translation) no older than 72 hours on arrival, indicating that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Officials still require persons to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

India: A ban on all domestic and international commercial flights will continue until at least May 17. Authorities have suspended visa issuance and canceled previously issued visas of all international travelers – except diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, and project visas – of all international travelers. Travelers already in the country may receive visa extensions upon online application. Those planning on essential travel to India can contact Indian consulates for visa issuance after medical checks. Indian authorities have temporarily stopped passenger traffic at all air, land, river, and sea ports since March 18. Officials are also maintaining a ban on travelers from Afghanistan, the EU, the European Free Trade Association, Malaysia, Philippines, Turkey, and the UK as of April 28; authorities have barred airlines from boarding India-bound passengers from the aforementioned countries. The suspension of international cruises, passenger buses, and train services continues.

Maldives: Maldivian authorities are permitting special entry for some categories of international travelers, including diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, as well as business owners related to the resort sector. On-arrival visa facilities for all other foreigners remain suspended from 0001HRS March 27, at all air and sea ports; visas will remain valid for travelers already in the country. Those planning on essential travel to the Maldives can contact the nearest Maldivian consulate for visa issuance after medical checks. Earlier, officials banned travelers from or transiting through Bangladesh, France’s Ile-de-France and Grand Est, Germany’s Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Wurttemberg, Iran, Italy, mainland China, Malaysia, Spain, the United Kingdom, as well as South Korea’s North Gyeongsang and South Gyeongsang provinces. Authorities will quarantine Maldivian citizens arriving from the US at a designated facility for 14 days; those returning from other foreign countries will need to self-isolate for 14 days. Authorities have also suspended direct flights to and from China since Jan. 30 and barred cruise ships from Maldivian waters from Feb. 28.

Nepal: Officials are extending a ban on all inbound and outbound international passenger flights through at least May 15, except for some charter flights repatriating stranded citizens. Nepal has suspended on-arrival and electronic visa issuance for all foreign nationals and nonresident Nepalese until further notice. Those wishing to travel to Nepal must contact their local Nepali diplomatic mission for visa approval and submit the results of a swab test conducted within seven days before the intended travel date that demonstrates that the individual is free of COVID-19. In addition, Nepal is barring entry to those with travel or transit history to Europe, Gulf Arab countries, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea. Foreigners already in Nepal will receive a free visa extension until officials lift exit restrictions. Closure of all land border crossings for passenger traffic with India and China remain in place; authorities permit cargo transit.

Pakistan: Authorities are extending the validity of visas for foreign nationals in the country through June 30, amid an ongoing ban on international commercial passenger flights until at least 2359HRS May 15; further restrictions are likely. Domestic passenger flights remain suspended until further notice. While commercial flights are banned, emergency services from Islamabad to Gilgit-Baltistan, as well as repatriation of Pakistani nationals stranded abroad, will continue. Officials had also banned flights to and from Iran and closed the Gwadar (GWD) and Turbat (TUK) airports for international air traffic. Pakistani authorities are permitting the exchange of citizens along land border checkposts with Afghanistan; export of essential goods is allowed through the Spin Boldak and Torkham crossings from Sunday to Thursday weekly. Officials have also opened the Pishin and Rimdan border crossings with Iran as of May 5, allowing limited transport of goods. The Attari-Wagah border with India is also closed amid the cancellation of bus and train services between India and Pakistan.

Sri Lanka: Authorities have suspended the issuance of all visa types – including electronic, landing, multiple entry, and residential – to foreigners regardless of nationality, until further notice; previously issued visas for foreign nationals, including residential permits, stand temporarily suspended. Such travelers will not be allowed to enter Sri Lanka. The restrictions do not apply to holders of diplomatic, official, and service passports. Foreigners who have entered Sri Lanka on or before March 14 will receive visa extensions at least up to May 12. Officials suspended all inbound international passenger flights until further notice; however, cargo transport, passenger transit, and international departures will continue at the Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Officials had previously ordered all international services at the Jaffna International Airport (JAF) – Sri Lanka’s only other functional international airport – has also halted. While domestic flights are unaffected, international passenger ships such as cruises and ferries are barred indefinitely; port operations for goods transport continue.

Additional measures may lead to entry restrictions, immigration delays, and possible quarantine for travelers from countries with significant cases of COVID-19. Increased health screenings are likely to result in increased wait times at all ports of entry. Airlines serving and operating out of impacted countries may suspend or curtail both domestic and international passenger services due to precautionary measures, government restrictions, or low consumer demand.


MDTI-WA-2020-289
Date: 05 May 2020

SOUTHEAST ASIA – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: SOUTHEAST ASIA
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Countries in Southeast Asia continue to enforce travel restrictions and enhanced health screenings to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measures vary across the region; the following restrictions are in effect as of May 5:

Brunei: Authorities have banned foreigners, including long-term pass holders, from entering or transiting the country, and suspended all travel, student, and dependent visas. The government has also banned local nationals, permanent residents, and foreigners holding Bruneian identification cards from leaving the country. Only foreigners undergoing a medical emergency or resuming studies overseas can depart with approval from the Prime Minister’s Office. Authorities are requiring all travelers, including citizens and foreigners, entering the country to undergo quarantine at designated facilities for 14 days.

Cambodia: Foreign nationals traveling from France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain, and the US will not be able to enter Cambodia until further notice. Issuance of tourist visas and e-visas, visa-on-arrival services, and visa exemption also remain suspended. Foreign visitors will need to obtain a visa from Cambodian diplomatic missions and provide proof of medical insurance worth at least USD 50,000 and a medical certificate from local health authorities stating they have not tested positive for COVID-19. Authorities are quarantining all arrivals at government facilities, which are located at air, sea, and land points of entry, for 14 days. Most border checkpoints with Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam remain closed.

Indonesia: The government has banned foreigners from entering or transiting the country. The restriction exempts permanent residents, diplomats, and transport workers. Inbound travelers, regardless of nationality, who show COVID-19 symptoms, will need to undergo quarantine at government premises. Authorities are advising all inbound passengers to self-quarantine for two weeks.

Laos: Authorities have extended an international travel ban through May 17, with some limited exceptions. The government is allowing foreigners already in the country to depart, while citizens can travel overseas for urgent reasons, such as essential government duties or medical purposes. Visa issuance for all countries also remains suspended through May 17. Only persons who intend to visit Laos for non-tourism purposes can obtain visas by submitting relevant documents, including a health declaration form, to Lao diplomatic missions; these travelers will likely have to self-isolate for two weeks upon arrival in Laos. Officials are requiring overseas Lao workers returning to the country to undergo self-quarantine for two weeks.

Malaysia: Authorities have prohibited foreign nationals from entering Malaysia through at least May 12, with some limited exemptions such as foreign spouses and dependents of Malaysian citizens. All inbound passengers will have to undergo 14 days of quarantine at government facilities upon arrival. Authorities are also prohibiting Malaysian nationals from traveling abroad while the restrictions are in place.

Myanmar: Officials have stopped all international flights, except for relief or cargo flights, through at least May 15 and banned foreign nationals from entering through land border checkpoints. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also suspended visa issuance and visa-free travel to the country. Diplomats, UN officials, and aircraft and ship crew are exempt from visa restrictions. Returning Myanmar citizens and incoming foreigners, with some exceptions, will need to undergo a 21-day quarantine at government facilities and subsequent one-week self-isolation. Authorities are allowing diplomats and resident UN officials to self-quarantine at their residence.

Philippines: Authorities have banned inbound flights, with exemptions for cargo, medical, utilities, and maintenance flights. The government also continues to prevent Filipino citizens, except for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and uniformed personnel on official duty, from departing the country.

Singapore: Officials have banned entry or transit of all short-term visa holders; the measure extends to work pass holders and their dependents, with exemptions for those providing essential services like healthcare and transport. All long-term visit pass and student pass holders will also need to apply for government approval before traveling to Singapore. Authorities are requiring all arriving passengers to submit an online health declaration up to three days before entering the country. Officials are also continuing to conduct enhanced health screenings for incoming travelers at all points of entry; passengers who show COVID-19 symptoms must undergo a swab test. Authorities will transfer suspected cases to hospitals for further checks. The government requires all inbound travelers to self-isolate at designated facilities for 14 days.

Thailand: Officials have extended a ban on inbound passenger flights through May 31. The government has also banned foreigners from entering the country through at least May 31, with limited exemptions, including for diplomats and transport workers.

Timor-Leste: Officials have closed the country’s borders to all travelers, including East Timorese citizens; exemptions from the travel restrictions require approval from the Prime Minister’s Office. People who can enter the country will undergo a 14-day quarantine at government facilities.

Vietnam: Officials have banned entry for all foreign nationals into the country, with exemptions for essential and skilled workers. All travelers allowed into the country will undergo quarantine at designated government-run facilities for 14 days. Authorities have also suspended all inbound international passenger flights. Officials have closed the country’s land borders with Cambodia and Laos for passenger transit.

Governments could expand their response in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country. The measures may lead to immigration delays, especially for passengers from locations with significant numbers of COVID-19 cases. Government flight bans and airline flight reductions due to decreased demand are likely to continue in the near term. The operational status of flights can change without notice.


MDTI-WA-2020-288
Date: 05 May 2020

CZECH REPUBLIC – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF MAY 4, 2020

Country of Territory: CZECH REPUBLIC
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Czech Republic announced on May 4 that they plan to reopen international rail and bus transport from May 11. As of April 24, Czech citizens are permitted to leave the country, though they must be tested for COVID-19 or quarantine upon re-entry. As of April 27, EU citizens are permitted to enter the country for business or study purposes, provided they can produce evidence they do not have COVID-19 or agree to be quarantined for 14 days; most other foreigners remain barred from entry.

Czech lawmakers previously extended the nation’s state of emergency related to COVID-19 until May 17. The government is continuing its phased COVID-19 recovery plan, which currently envisions a gradual easing of a significant number of restrictions by May 25.

MDTI-WA-2020-287
Date: 05 May 2020

TURKEY – EASES NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: TURKEY
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: EASING OF COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Turkish authorities on May 4 announced that starting May 11 they will ease certain coronavirus disease (COVID-1)-related restrictions in the country. The easing restrictions are:
– Travel restrictions will be lifted in the provinces of Antalya, Aydin, Erzurum, Hatay, Malatya, Mersin, and Mugla from May 11; the travel restrictions remain in place in the rest of the country.
– Hair salons, shopping malls, and some stores will be allowed to reopen from May 11.
– People over age 65 will be permitted to leave their homes for four hours daily from May 11.
– From May 13, youth under the age of 14 will be allowed within walking distance of their homes from 1100-1500.

A ban on travel remains in place that applies to all traffic via land, air, and sea, with the exception of freight and emergency vehicles and for travel within the seven aforementioned provinces. Additionally, airlines have suspended all domestic flights; Turkish Airlines (TK) until May 28 at least, and Pegasus Airlines (PC) until May 15, at least.

Other restrictions include the following:
– All international flights are suspended indefinitely, with the exception of cargo flights.
– All resignations of public and private health personnel are suspended through at least June 27.
– The Sale of nonessential items is prohibited.
– No more than 50 people are allowed inside an enclosed marketplace at a time.
– Residents returning to the country must be tested for COVID-19 on arrival, potentially resulting in quarantine or other mobility restrictions.
– Turkey’s borders with Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Greece, Iran, and Iraq are closed indefinitely; freight trucks are still permitted to cross, subject to health screening.
– All education facilities, restaurants, bars, and cafes are closed, and all sporting events and mass religious events are suspended indefinitely.

MDTI-WA-2020-286
Date: 05 May 2020

GERMANY – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF MAY 5, 2020

Country of Territory: GERMANY
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

German authorities eased certain coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related restrictions from May 1. Measures that remain in place are as follows:
– Individuals are required to observe social distancing by remaining at least 1.5 meters (5 feet) apart.
– Many nonessential businesses, as well as entertainment and cultural venues, are closed.
– All restaurants are restricted to carry-out or delivery services only.

Authorities had previously extended temporary entry and exit restrictions at the country’s land, air, and sea borders. Furthermore, a number of land border crossings have been closed to funnel travelers to specific crossings where officials can carry out checks more effectively. Authorities will deny entry to individuals without a necessary reason for travel; travelers should bring evidence of valid travel reasons to present upon arrival. Valid reasons for travel include nationals and residents returning home, cross-border commuters, and freight transport. Processing delays at checkpoints are likely. Individuals returning or traveling to Germany are required to self-isolate at home for 14 days.


MDTI-WA-2020-285
Date: 05 May 2020

JAPAN – EXTENSION OF NATIONWIDE BAN UNTIL MAY 31, 2020

Country of Territory: JAPAN
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

The Japanese government has extended the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related state of emergency through May 31. Authorities have stated that they will consider lifting the state of emergency before May 31 in areas experiencing fewer COVID-19 cases.

Additional International Travel Restrictions:
In addition to the travel bans on foreign nationals with recent travel history in designated countries and territories, the government requires that travelers entering the country, including Japanese nationals, undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. The isolation period may take place either at a designated facility or the individual’s home. Individuals under quarantine orders are also to refrain from using public transportation. Inbound travel bans on specific countries and quarantine measures upon arrival will remain in place through at least the end of May, but extensions are possible.

Flights from South Korea and China are only authorized to land at Narita International Airport (NRT) and Kansai International Airport (KIX). Japanese officials have issued international travel bans to foreign nationals who have traveled to 89 countries as of May 4. Foreigners with recent travel history in countries such as China, Korea, Australia, the US, Canada, France, Germany, the UK, Turkey, and Egypt are barred from entering Japan. Any foreigners who have been to the designated countries and territories within the last 14 days cannot enter Japan. Officials also require all passengers arriving from specified areas to undergo polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, which involves medical personnel taking a nasopharyngeal swab, upon arrival.

MDTI-WA-2020-284
Date: 05 May 2020

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – EASES NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities have lifted the 2200-0500HRS curfew over the National Capital District and Central Province as of May 4 due to a reduction in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. While public gathering restrictions remain in effect, exceptions are made for multiple locations, including hotels, banks, pharmacies, and supermarkets. Public transport has resumed, albeit with limitations on passenger numbers.

Leaders have also cleared the resumption of domestic flights. Flag carrier Air Niugini (PX) will operate a regular schedule to most destinations; flights remain regulated to border provinces with Indonesia. Authorities are requiring passengers to complete a travel application with the airline at least 24 hours prior to flights. The government has also lifted a ban on international flights, though inbound passengers remain restricted to Papua New Guinean nationals and permanent residents. PX maintained limited services to Singapore, Brisbane, and Cairns under previous orders, primarily for cargo flights and departing passengers.

Despite eased restrictions, a nationwide state of emergency remains in place through at least June 5.

Travel Restrictions:
Authorities continue to ban most foreign nationals from entering the country, except for permanent residents. Officials have intensified health screenings for inbound passengers. Staff at Jacksons International Airport (POM) and other ports of entry are using thermal scanners to monitor patients for possible symptoms. Immigration and customs officials also require health declarations and travel history information before allowing passengers into the country. Officials may deny entry, require self-quarantine, or quarantine arriving passengers that they suspect of having COVID-19, depending on the severity of the symptoms.


MDTI-WA-2020-283
Date: 05 May 2020

BANGLADESH – EXTENSION OF NATIONWIDE BAN UNTIL MAY 15, 2020

Country of Territory: BANGLADESH
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Bangladesh have extended ongoing nationwide control measures through at least 2359HRS May 15. The ban on all social and public gatherings, as well as the closure of public spaces will remain in effect during the period. Officials have also imposed a nightly 1800-0600HRS curfew. The ban on domestic and international passenger flight services will also continue until at least May 7. Exempted flights include those to and from China, as well as for emergency, cargo, and repatriation purposes. National carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BG) is extending its suspension of domestic and international flights through May 15.

Domestic transport restrictions prohibiting the movement of long-distance bus, ferry, and train services and private vehicles continue, except for essential purposes. Additional movement controls remain in place across at least 46 out of 64 districts of Bangladesh as of April 28.

International Travel Restrictions:
International commercial passenger flights, except those between Bangladesh and mainland China, are to remain suspended through at least May 7. As of May 4, land border crossings remain closed for passenger transit, though trade is permitted. While the restrictions on international flights and land crossings have effectively shut down most inbound international travel, authorities in Bangladesh have maintained additional travel restrictions. Any foreign nationals arriving in Bangladesh will be required to provide a medical certificate (with an English translation) no older than 72 hours on arrival, indicating that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Persons will still need to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival. Officials will quarantine persons arriving with a No Visa Required (NVR) certificate and without a medical certificate for 14 days. Persons with both documents will need to self-isolate for 14 days. International cargo, medical, and humanitarian flights remain ongoing.

MDTI-WA-2020-282
Date: 05 May 2020

IRELAND – EXTENSION OF NATIONWIDE BAN UNTIL MAY 18, 2020

Country of Territory: IRELAND
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-RELATED RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Ireland have extended nationwide restrictions implemented to combat COVID-19. The measures will now remain in force through May 18.

Authorities maintain the ban on gatherings of more than four people in public and the closure of most nonessential businesses, educational facilities, and public locations. Public transport remains largely functional, though reduced service is enforced in some sectors. Airports in the country remain open, although with a severely reduced schedule.

Authorities announced intentions to begin easing COVID-19 restrictions in five stages from May 18-Aug. 10 which will include a gradual lifting of measures limiting travel, gatherings, and business operations.


MDTI-WA-2020-281
Date: 04 May 2020

ISRAEL – ADDITIONAL PREVENTIVE AND TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: ISRAEL (EXCLUDING PALESTINE)
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Israeli authorities announced the closure of Jerusalem’s Romema Mercaz neighborhood and neighborhoods Nine and Ten of Hura from 2300HRS April 30 – 2359 May 3 to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Additionally, authorities extended the closure of Ramat Beit Shemesh from 0600HRS May 1 – 2359HRS May 3. The decision follows increased COVID-19 infection rates in these areas. Entry to and exit from these areas will be prohibited. Authorities lifted the previous closure on Netivot and the Nachala and Menucha neighborhoods in Beit Shemesh effective April 30 due to improved COVID-19 data.

Israeli authorities previously approved additional restrictions for the month of Ramadan (April 23-May 24). During Ramadan, all shops in Muslim-majority towns, except for pharmacies, will close from 1800-0300HRS. The measure will be in effect through at least May 3.

COVID-19-related restrictions that remain in effect nationwide include:
– Authorities have barred all foreigners from entering Israel until further notice since March 18.
– Israel’s national flag carrier, El Al (LY) Airlines, has suspended all passenger flights until at least May 2. The company continues to operate emergency and cargo flights.
– All border crossings with Jordan and Egypt remain closed to passenger travel.
– Schools, universities, and synagogues remain closed until further notice.
– Weddings cannot have any guests, while only 20 people may attend funeral services; up to 10 people may attend a circumcision ceremony.
– Wearing masks in public is mandatory.
– Shopping malls and open-air markets remain closed.


MDTI-WA-2020-280
Date: 04 May 2020

MALAYSIA – EXTENSION OF NATIONWIDE BAN UNTIL MAY 12, 2020

Country of Territory: MALAYSIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Effective May 4, authorities in Malaysia will ease business restrictions introduced earlier to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The ongoing nationwide movement control order, introduced March 18, will continue through at least May 12. Authorities are likely to revise the restriction’s scope and duration in the coming weeks, depending on the number of in-country cases.

International Travel Restrictions:
The movement control order halts inbound and outbound international travel. Foreigners are not able to enter Malaysia, with few exceptions. The measure exempts resident diplomats, foreign spouses and dependents of Malaysian citizens, and long-term visa holders working in essential industries who can present a letter from their employer upon entering Malaysia. Authorities have banned Malaysian nationals from traveling abroad while the restrictions are in place; the ban on outbound foreign travel also applies to Malaysian citizens who commute to Singapore for employment. Emergency repatriation of Malaysian citizens stranded abroad has occurred on a case-by-case basis. Officials are continuing to quarantine any inbound passengers at government facilities for 14 days. Malaysian citizens working in Singapore will be exempt from the requirement, provided that they pass medical screening before entry.


MDTI-WA-2020-279
Date: 04 May 2020

INDIA – EXTENSION OF NATIONWIDE BAN UNTIL MAY 17, 2020

Country of Territory: INDIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

On May 1, Indian authorities announced that nationwide movement, gathering, and business restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will be extended to May 17. Under the measures, domestic and international commercial flights are to remain banned. Passenger rail, metro, bus, and inter-state road transport will also remain suspended, with exceptions for special services to transport stranded workers to their home states. Passengers transported to their home states are required to undergo quarantine for at least 14 days at home or in a state facility after arrival. Transport restrictions do not apply to cargo shipments. The ban on all public gatherings and the closure of educational institutions, tourist sites, places of worship, entertainment sites, and public spaces will remain in place nationwide.

Travel Restrictions :
With some exceptions for repatriation of Indian nationals and foreign nationals stranded in India, most international travel remains effectively banned as of May 1. All domestic and international commercial passenger flights remain suspended until at least May 17. Authorities are advising Indian nationals to delay all nonessential international travel. Indian officials are maintaining a ban on travelers from Afghanistan, the EU, the European Free Trade Association, Malaysia, Philippines, Turkey, and the UK; authorities have barred airlines from boarding India-bound passengers from the aforementioned countries. All incoming travelers, including Indian nationals, arriving from or having visited mainland China, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, South Korea, the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and Spain, on or after Feb. 15, are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or in a medical facility; all other travelers are advised to self-isolate for two weeks. Travelers that have visited Italy and South Korea also need to provide a certificate of having tested negative for COVID-19 from an authorized facility. Authorities have suspended visa issuance and canceled previously issued visas – except diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, and project visas – of all international travelers. Foreign nationals already in the country will receive a visa extension until at least 2359HRS May 3, upon online application.

Additional measures could be introduced in the coming days, especially if the number of in-country cases increases.


MDTI-WA-2020-278
Date: 04 May 2020

BELGIUM – EASES NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: BELGIUM
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: EASING OF RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Belgium on April 30 announced that from May 4 they will commence phase one of a multi-step COVID-19 exit strategy. It remains currently unclear when the second phase might start.

Officials have banned most social gatherings for the duration of the measure, and mass public events will be prohibited until at least August 31. Police are enforcing the restrictions and failure to comply may result in fines.

Belgium’s land borders with other Schengen Area nations remain open, though nonessential travel to or out of the country is prohibited. Travelers arriving in Belgium from abroad are mandated to self-isolate at home for 14 days after arrival.

Implementation of future recovery stages is contingent upon no major increase in disease activity over the coming weeks. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.


MDTI-WA-2020-277
Date: 04 May 2020

PORTUGAL – EASES NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: PORTUGAL
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: EASING OF RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Portugal on April 30 announced a multistep coronavirus disease (COVID-19) exit plan; the first phase of the plan will commence on May 4. The second phase of the plan is expected to commence no earlier than May 18.

Portugal has temporarily introduced border controls with Spain through May 15. Air, rail, sea, and land travel between the two countries is halted, except for nationals and residents returning home, individuals with close family in Portugal, cross-border workers, diplomats, and freight transport. Airports in the country remain open; flights from Italy are currently suspended. All individuals entering the country, excluding freight and diplomats, will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Officials have closed several land border checkpoints to facilitate these restrictions. Processing delays are likely at open crossings.

Implementation of future recovery stages is contingent upon no major increase in disease activity over the coming weeks. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.


MDTI-WA-2020-276
Date: 04 May 2020

CANADA – EXTENSION OF COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: CANADA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Canada have extended the closure of the country’s land border with the US to nonessential travel through May 20 as part of their effort to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Aside from the land border closure, the federal government in Canada will continue its series of nationwide COVID-related restrictions through at least late May.

A ban on entry for nonresident foreign nationals remains in place through at least June 30, with the exception of aircrew members and diplomats, as well as immediate family members of Canadian citizens and US citizens traveling by plane for essential purposes. No person exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms is allowed to board planes flying to Canada, including Canadian citizens. Canadian authorities have also banned individuals displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19 from domestic air and train travel since March 30 until further notice. Travelers who are denied boarding will be barred from air or train travel for at least 14 days unless they can produce a medical certificate confirming that any symptoms are unrelated to COVID-19.

All international flights to Canada – with the exception of trade and business flights, as well as flights from the US, Mexico, Caribbean, and St. Pierre and Miquelon – are landing only at Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Toronto, Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Montreal Trudeau Airport (YUL), and Calgary International Airport (YYC). Canadian citizens and residents returning from abroad must self-quarantine for 14 days. Authorities may order those entering the country to isolate at a hotel if they believe the traveler may put others at risk, such as if the traveler has family members 65 years or older. Authorities had previously banned any ship carrying more than 500 passengers from docking in Canadian ports through at least July 1. All air passengers are required, and all maritime and land passengers are encouraged to wear face masks.

Provincial-level restrictions currently in effect in Canada include:

Alberta: Officials ordered the closure of nonessential businesses and banned gatherings of 15 people or more until further notice. Starting May 1, some provincial parks and golf courses will reopen.

British Columbia: A state of emergency remains in place through at least May 12, and gatherings of 50 people or more are banned until further notice. While authorities have not ordered nonessential businesses to close, many have suspended operations in order to avoid large gatherings of people and maintain social distancing. People entering British Columbia must provide personal information, and plans to self-quarantine for 14 days. If asymptomatic, travelers may only leave their homes to obtain basic goods, or to attend an urgent matter while wearing a protective mask. Officials have also ordered the closure of all provincial parks.

Manitoba: Officials have ordered all persons entering the province from elsewhere in Canada to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, except those working in essential services. Authorities have also ordered the closure of nonessential businesses and a ban on gatherings of 10 or more people until further notice. Multiple businesses will reopen starting May 4, with limitations, including retail stores, museums, and outdoor dining in restaurants.

New Brunswick: Nonessential travel into the province is prohibited, and police are authorized to deny entry. Anyone allowed to enter the province will need to self-quarantine for 14 days, except those working in essential services. Starting April 24, parks, beaches, and golf courses reopened to the public.

Newfoundland and Labrador: All persons entering the province from elsewhere in Canada must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, except those working in essential services. Gatherings of five people or more are banned. Most nonessential businesses remain closed. Some outdoor locations, such as parks and golf courses, and professional services such as law firms, will be allowed to reopen starting May 11.

Northwest Territories: Most travel into the region by air, land, or water has been banned since March 21. Nonessential businesses remain closed.

Nova Scotia: A state of emergency remains in effect. All persons entering the province from elsewhere in Canada must self-isolate for 14 days upon their arrival, except those working in essential services. Authorities have also limited all gatherings to five people or fewer, and ordered the closure of nonessential businesses, parks, and beaches.

Nunavut: Officials banned nonresidents from entering the territory starting March 24. Only people working in critical services will be allowed to enter. Residents who do enter must self-isolate for 14 days. Nonessential businesses remain closed.

Ontario: Officials have extended an emergency declaration in the province that orders the closure of nonessential businesses and bans gatherings; the closure is now in effect through at least May 12. Residents must remain inside their homes and limit the use of public transport, except to perform essential tasks. Starting May 4, some construction projects will be allowed to resume.

Prince Edward Island: Officials have ordered all people entering the province from elsewhere in Canada to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, except those working in essential services. Most nonessential businesses remain closed and gatherings of five or more people are banned. Starting May 1, elective medical services, and construction work may resume. Retail businesses are scheduled to reopen May 22.

Quebec: Officials have ordered the closure of nonessential businesses until further notice, and have asked residents to remain inside their homes, except to perform essential tasks. Among the businesses that remain open are healthcare facilities, essential government services, pharmacies, grocery stores, banks, and those in the telecommunications, security, and transport sectors. Housing construction and mining projects will be allowed starting April 15, with some restrictions.

Saskatchewan: Officials have banned gatherings of 10 or more people. Starting May 1, elective medical and dental services may resume. Outdoor recreational activities, such as fishing and golfing, will be allowed since May 15.

Yukon: Officials have ordered all people entering the province to self-quarantine for 14 days, except those working in essential services. Nonessential businesses have been ordered to close and gatherings of 10 or more people are banned.

MDTI-WA-2020-275
Date: 04 May 2020

SINGAPORE – EXTENSION OF TRAVEL AND PREVENTIVE RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: SINGAPORE
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Singapore have extended the enhanced restrictions, initially announced for two weeks, until May 12; restrictions on domestic gathering and nonessential businesses will remain until June 1.

Officials are maintaining Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) Orange, the second-highest level. Officials have closed all tourist attractions, casinos, sports and recreation facilities, places of worship, and educational centers; schools are employing remote learning measures. The government has also banned all social gatherings by people who do not live together. Although officials have scheduled these restrictions to remain in effect through June 1, the Ministry of Health is empowered to enforce the measures through at least Oct. 7.

State carrier Singapore Airlines (SQ) and its subsidiaries, Scoot (TR) and SilkAir (MI), have suspended most of their scheduled flights. From April 21, Singapore-based airline JetStar Asia Airways (3K) is temporarily resuming some routes to Bangkok, Manila, and Kuala Lumpur. JetStar is only providing flights for citizens and permanent residents who are returning to their home country and passengers who have documentation approving their travel.

Travel Restrictions:
With few exceptions, only Singaporean citizens and permanent residents are allowed to enter the country. Officials have banned entry or transit of all short-term visa holders; the measure extends to work pass holders and their dependents, with exemptions for those providing essential services like healthcare and transport. All long-term visit pass and student pass holders will also need to apply for government approval before traveling to Singapore. Authorities are requiring all arriving passengers to submit an online health declaration up to three days before entering the country. Officials are also continuing to conduct enhanced health screenings for incoming travelers at all points of entry; passengers who show COVID-19 symptoms must undergo a swab test. The government requires all inbound travelers to self-isolate at designated facilities for 14 days. The government has also advised residents to avoid nonessential international travel. The Johor Causeway linking Singapore to Malaysia will only be open 0700-1900HRS from April 24. Authorities may further expand travel restrictions and other measures in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country.


MDTI-WA-2020-274
Date: 04 May 2020

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Sharjah Emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have announced that they will ease restrictions related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and allow some malls, salons, and dine-in restaurants to reopen from May 3 for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which runs April 23-May 24.

Previously enacted restrictions in the UAE include:
– On April 29, UAE flag carrier and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways (EY) extended the suspension of passenger flights through June 16. Etihad and Dubai-based Emirates Airlines (EK) have been operating outbound repatriation flights for foreigners wishing to leave the UAE.
-The UAE Identity and Citizenship Authority had announced April 13 that all visas, entry permits, and identification cards that may have already expired will remain valid through Dec. 31, 2020. Officials will also extend residency visas that expired in early March through December 2020. Moreover, visit visas that expired in early March that are held by persons currently inside the UAE will similarly be extended through the end of 2020.
– On April 9, authorities extended the closure of places of worship until further notice.
– Officials in Dubai suspended metro and tram services from April 5 until further notice.
– Officials imposed a ban on entry to valid visa holders who are currently overseas through April 16.
– Officials have imposed an indefinite prohibition on entry by Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nationals, which entered into effect March 20.
– Officials have imposed an indefinite ban on Emirati citizens traveling abroad since March 18. Work permits were suspended effective March 19, except for internal transportation permits and employment permits for Expo 2020.
– Officials are suspending the issuance of all visas to foreigners, except those with diplomatic passports as of March 17.
– Commercial ships entering UAE’s ports are required to provide a statement detailing the health status of their crew 72 hours before arrival.
– Major tourist sites and cultural venues, beaches, public parks, swimming pools, movie theaters, and gyms remain closed.


MDTI-WA-2020-273
Date: 30 April 2020

CHINA – RELAXED STRICT COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS IN SOME PROVINCES

Country of Territory: CHINA
Affected Areas: MAINLAND CHINA
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Officials in Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei Province have relaxed domestic entry requirements as of April 30 due to reduced coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Government authorities lowered the (COVID-19) response level from Level I (the most severe level) to Level II April 29. Beijing authorities are no longer requiring people from low-risk areas traveling to the municipality to quarantine for 14 days and have lifted the requirement for those already under self-quarantine in the city. However, people arriving from overseas as well as from high-risk areas, such as Hubei, Heilongjiang, and Guangdong provinces, must still quarantine for 14-days. Similar measures are possible in other major international cities in the country. Officials in Beijing are also allowing some tourist sites, such as libraries and museums, to resume operations, with capacity restrictions. Many entertainment venues, including clubs, gyms, sporting venues, and theaters, remain closed.

Local governments could tighten measures in major cities in border provinces if COVID-19 cases increase . Officials in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang Province, continue to implement movement and gathering restrictions as of April 30, following a rise in imported cases that caused dozes of infections in the city.

Most internal movement controls have ended . However, mandatory temperature checks and other health screenings continue at transport hubs nationwide. Health screenings are increasing passenger clearance times at airports, train stations, and subway stations.

Authorities continue to limit Chinese airlines to one route per week to one city per foreign country . Foreign airlines may only fly one weekly route to a destination in China. Both inbound and outbound flights are allowed to operate at 75-percent capacity or less. The restrictions will continue to prompt significant flight cancellations for international services . Many airlines have suspended services to and from China due to health concerns and significantly decreased demand.

Travel Restrictions:
Authorities continue to ban most foreign nationals from entering China indefinitely, with exceptions for diplomatic personnel and holders of C visas, which are generally issued to members of flight and shipping crews . Officials will also allow “fast track” entry for business travelers from South Korea to 10 Chinese locations from May 1, t hough flights are only operating to Shanghai and Liaoning, Shandong, Jiangsu, and Anhui provinces as of April 30. Passengers must have an invitation from a Chinese business to qualify for entry. Approved travelers will have to undergo testing in South Korea within 72 hours of travel and undergo testing again during a one or two-day quarantine in China. Foreign nationals present in China before the ban are not required to leave the country. Authorities in many provinces, municipalities, and ethnic autonomous regions are enforcing quarantine measures for international travelers. As of April 1, officials are conducting nucleic acid testing for all arriving travelers at ports of entry nationwide. Inbound Chinese nationals must also provide health information through the WeChat mobile phone app before boarding flights.

Offici als in Beijing continue to divert some international flights to nearby cities, where passengers receive health scans; symptomatic passengers receive treatment locally. Asymptomatic passengers are then allowed to continue to Beijing. All inbound international flights must land at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK), where passengers will undergo further health assessments and review their travel history with authorities before going into quarantine.


MDTI-WA-2020-272
Date: 30 April 2020

UAE – ETIHAD AIRWAYS (EY) EXTENDED FLIGHTS SUSPENSION THROUGH 16 JUNE

Country of Territory: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

On April 29, United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag carrier and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways (EY) extended the suspension of passenger flights through June 16 as part of the country’s efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This is the second extension in the past week; Etihad announced April 25, the suspension of passenger flights through May 16. Etihad and Dubai-based Emirates Airlines (EK), however, have been operating outbound flights for foreigners who want to leave the UAE.

Authorities in UAE modified the existing nationwide nightly curfew to 2200-0600 for the month of Ramadan (April 23-May 24 ). The previous curfew was in effect from 2000-0600.

Emirates had previously suspended all inbound and outbound passenger and transit flights starting March 24 to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Officials are suspending the issuance of all visas to foreigners, except those with diplomatic passports as of March 17.

Commercial ships entering UAE’s ports are required to provide a statement detailing the health status of their crew 72 hours before arrival.

Major tourist sites and cultural venues, beaches, public parks, swimming pools, movie theaters, and gyms remain closed.


MDTI-WA-2020-271
Date: 30 April 2020

MALDIVES – UPDATED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: MALDIVES
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Officials have extended a curfew across the Greater Male region until at least 2359 May 14. Authorities have also initiated an indefinite nationwide ban on congregational prayers effective April 20, while maintaining other measures to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Domestic air travel is significantly limited after the national carrier, Maldivian Airlines, indefinitely suspended domestic passenger flights from April 15.

Travel Restrictions:
International maritime passenger transport remains banned . Travel restrictions and low demand have affected multiple international and domestic flights. Officials continue to ban foreign nationals with recent travel history in China, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Iran, Italy, France, Germany, the UK, along with North Gyeongsang Province, Daegu, and Busan in South Korea. Authorities have suspended visa-on-arrival issuance for all foreigners at all ports of entry, effectively banning most inbound travel by nonresident foreign nationals. Foreign nationals planning on essential travel to the Maldives must contact the nearest Maldivian diplomatic mission for visa issuance after medical checks. Foreign tourists already in the county cannot check into hotels or guesthouses across the Maldives; they must stay in resorts, where officials may enforce temporary movement and exit restrictions in the event of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases.


MDTI-WA-2020-270
Date: 30 April 2020

EUROPE – COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AS OF 30 APRIL

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: EUROPE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Governments in Europe are maintaining travel and other restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Specific measures vary by country, though major restrictions include:

Austria: Movement restrictions will ease from May 1, though measures to ensure social distancing will remain. Smaller commercial establishments have begun to reopen. Public gatherings of more than five people are prohibited. Authorities have barred entry for most foreigners.

Belgium : Individuals are requested to leave their homes only on essential business until at least May 3. All nonessential establishments are closed until May 11. All public gatherings are prohibited..

Bulgaria: A state of emergency is in effect until at least May 13. Individuals are requested only to leave their homes on essential business. All nonessential establishments are closed indefinitely. Entry to and exit from the capital Sofia is currently restricted. Public gatherings of more than two people are prohibited. Non-EU citizens, as well as citizens of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, are prohibited from entering the country, with the exception of freight and health workers and diplomats. Land borders with North Macedonia, Serbia, and Turkey are currently closed to non-commercial traffic.

Croatia: Authorities began a phased reopening of commercial premises and some public facilities, as well as a resumption of city and suburban public transport, April 27. Strict social distancing mandates remain in force. Public gatherings of more than five people are prohibited. Non-EU citizens will likely be prohibited from entering the country until at least May 15.

Czech Republic: A state of emergency is in effect until May 17. Authorities began gradually easing restrictions on April 24. The ban on nonessential movement has been lifted. A phased reopening of some businesses and public facilities began April 27. Residents must still wear protective face masks in public; strict social distancing requirements remain in force.

Denmark: Nonessential establishments, including some educational facilities, are closed until at least May 10, though nurseries and primary schools are permitted to reopen under certain conditions. Public gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. All air and sea borders are closed through May 10; the land border with Germany is partially closed. Foreign nationals are prohibited from entry.

Finland: Nonessential establishments, including educational facilities, are closed until at least May 13. Public gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Finland’s international borders are closed to nonessential traffic until May 13.

France: Individuals are only permitted to leave their homes on essential business until at least May 11. All nonessential establishments are closed until at least that date. All public gatherings are prohibited. The borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, and Spain are closed.

Germany: Individuals are requested only to leave their homes on essential business until at least May 4. Some nonessential establishments have begun to reopen under certain conditions. All public gatherings of more than two people are prohibited. Foreigners are prohibited from entry, except European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and residents, and Swiss and UK nationals. The borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, and Denmark are partially closed.

Greece: Individuals are only permitted to leave their homes on essential business until at least May 4. All nonessential establishments are closed, and large public gatherings are prohibited until further notice. Land borders with Albania, North Macedonia, and Turkey are closed. Commercial flights between Greece and Albania, North Macedonia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the Netherlands are banned through May 15.

Ireland: Individuals are requested to leave their homes only on essential business until at least May 5. All nonessential establishments are closed indefinitely. All public gatherings of more than four people are prohibited.

Italy: Individuals are only permitted to leave their homes on essential business until at least May 3. Nonessential establishments are closed, though certain businesses, including bookshops and children’s clothing stores, are permitted to reopen. Public gatherings are prohibited.

Netherlands: Some nonessential commercial premises are permitted to operate under certain criteria. All public gatherings of more than three people are prohibited. Entry restrictions are in place for non-EEA or UK nationals.

Norway: Nonessential establishments are currently closed, though primary schools have begun to reopen under certain conditions. Enhanced border controls are in effect until at least May 5. All sea and airports are closed.

Poland: Authorities began easing restrictions April 20. Smaller stores and some public parks have reopened. Individuals may leave their homes for exercise. Many establishments remain closed indefinitely, including restaurants. Public gatherings of more than two people from different households are prohibited. Most foreign nationals are barred from entry through at least May 3.

Portugal: A state of emergency is in effect through May 2. A ban on unnecessary travel is in effect. Border controls are implemented with Spain. Nonessential establishments are closed. There is a ban on gatherings of more than five people.

Spain: A state of emergency is in effect until May 9. Individuals are only permitted to leave their homes on essential business until further notice. Nonessential establishments are closed, though some commercial activity is permitted to resume under certain criteria. All public gatherings are prohibited. The borders with France, Morocco, and Portugal, as well as sea borders, including those on the Canary and Balearic islands, are closed indefinitely. Most foreign nationals are currently barred from entry.

Sweden: Some educational facilities are currently closed. Public gatherings of more than 50 participants are prohibited. Foreign nationals from outside of the EEA and Switzerland are currently barred from entry.

Switzerland: Individuals are requested to minimize nonessential movement outside their homes. Authorities have announced a phased reopening of commercial premises – under certain circumstances – from April 27. All public gatherings of more than five people are prohibited. Most foreigners are barred from entry.

UK: Individuals are requested only to leave their homes on essential business until at least May 7. All nonessential establishments are closed indefinitely. All public gatherings are prohibited. Public transport services are operating reduced services, particularly in London.

Ukraine: A state of emergency is in effect until at least May 11; nonessential establishments are closed. All public gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Most foreigners are barred from entry. All passenger air traffic has been suspended.

MDTI-WA-2020- 269
Date: 30 April 2020

HONGKONG – REDUCED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR TRAVELERS FROM MAINLAND CHINA STARTING 29 APRIL

Country of Territory: HONG KONG
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Hong Kong officials are decreasing travel restrictions for some travelers from mainland China from April 29 due to reduced coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity . Authorities are permitting cross-border teachers and students, as well as businesspeople whose activities officials deem economically beneficial to the territory, to enter Hong Kong without having to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine. The Hong Kong government has extended the expiration date for mandatory 14-day quarantines for other travelers from mainland China to June 7.

Authorities are maintaining social distancing restrictions in the territory through at least May 7.

Hong Kong continues to restrict land border crossings with mainland China to the Shenzhen Bay checkpoint and along the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. Immigration processing centers at Ocean Terminal and Kai Tak Cruise Terminal remain closed. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) remains open, though airlines have significantly reduced flights due to decreased demand, and further cancellations are likely.

Many businesses are implementing work-from-home policies. Increased employee absenteeism will very likely continue, particularly for employees who reside in mainland China.

Travel Restrictions
A ban on all nonresident foreign nationals from entering the territory remains in place indefinitely . Travelers from Macau, Taiwan, and mainland China may enter Hong Kong, provided they have no recent travel history elsewhere . Several countries have imposed precautionary restrictions on travelers from Hong Kong.


MDTI-WA-2020-268
Date: 29 April 2020

CZECH REPUBLIC- LOCKDOWN EXTENSION UNTIL MAY 17

Country of Territory: CZECH REPUBLIC
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Czech lawmakers voted on April 28 to extend the nation’s state of emergency related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) until only May 17 , instead of granting the extension through May 25 sought by the administration of Prime Minister Andrej Babis. Nevertheless, the government is continuing its phased COVID-19 recovery plan, which currently envisions gradually easing a significant number of restrictions by May 25.

As of April 27, EU citizens are permitted to enter the country for business or study purposes, provided they can produce evidence they do not have COVID-19 or agree to be quarantined for 14 days; most other foreigners remain barred from entry. Additionally, some businesses having less than 2,500 square meters (27,000 square feet) of floor space are permitted to reopen, as are some fitness and sports centers.

Most other nonessential establishments remain closed for the time being, though authorities have laid out a timetable for reopening further businesses, cultural, and leisure facilities; however, implementation of future recovery stages are contingent upon no major increase in disease activity over the coming weeks. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.

MDTI-WA-2020-267
Date: 29 April 2020

GREECE -IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS OVER THE COMING WEEKS

Country of Territory: GREECE
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Greece will implement a three-stage recovery plan over the coming weeks , gradually easing restrictions that had been implemented as part of the nation’s effort to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The first stage will begin on May 4 and include the following measures:

Restrictions on movement within residents’ home prefectures lifted; travel to other prefectures or to islands within one’s home prefecture will remain prohibited.

In the meanwhile, TrainOSE rail services remain scaled back nationwide; public transport services in Athens remain significantly reduced, and the Athens Ring Road remains closed except for commuters . A ban on commercial flights to and from Albania, Northern Macedonia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the Netherlands is in effect through at least May 15. Commercial flights from Germany may only land at Athens International Airport (ATH) through May 15 . The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is allowing certain exceptions to the flight restrictions, including medical flights; designated flights for repatriating Greek citizens or permanent residents; military, cargo, emergency, and humanitarian flights; and aircraft arrivals during which no passengers are disembarked.

Non-EU and non-Schengen Area citizens are prohibited from entry until at least May 15, with the following exceptions:
Family members of EU or Schengen member-state citizens, Healthcare professionals, Third-country citizens who are permanent residents or long-term visa holders of an EU or Schengen Area country, Diplomats, military or international organization personnel, humanitarian aid workers in the performance of their duties, Flight crews, Persons on imperative family or business travel with authorization from a Greek consulate .

The borders with Albania, North Macedonia, and Turkey remained closed until further notice. Airlines are operating significantly reduced services across the region .


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Date: 29 April 2020

SOUTH PACIFIC – UPDATED TRAVEL AND OTHER COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: SOUTH PACIFIC
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

As of April 29, countries and territories in the South Pacific region continue to enforce transport and business restrictions to halt the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Several governments have declared public health emergencies; however, the severity of screening measures and travel restrictions vary across the region. The following restrictions are in place:

American Samoa: The territory remains under a state of emergency. The government has maintained a Code Blue threat level, which includes provisions such as requiring businesses to operate 0600-1800 only, quarantining arriving passengers, closing public and private schools, and suspending all public gatherings until further notice. Officials may prosecute individuals ignoring the restriction on gatherings. Travelers from outside the US must spend 14 days in Hawaii before arrival. Inbound passengers must acquire health clearances within three days before departure. Officials have reduced commercial passenger flights.

Cook Islands: The government requires all incoming passengers to quarantine in New Zealand for 14 days before travel. A 14-day quarantine is also in place for all arriving passengers before travelers can proceed to outer islands in the country. Foreigners remain banned from entering the country until further notice, except for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents and Australians living in New Zealand. Flights from other destinations, including Australia and French Polynesia, are suspended.

Fiji: Most foreign nationals have been effectively banned from entering the country. All arrivals, regardless of nationality, must undergo 14-day self-quarantine. Authorities have called on Fijian nationals to suspend outbound travel. Fiji Airways subsidiary Fiji Link (FJ) resumed limited domestic flights from April 26. Authorities have reduced the nationwide curfew to be active 2200-0500; the curfew was previously in effect 2000-0500.

French Polynesia: Inbound international commercial flights are suspended through at least early May. Authorities are relaxing some restrictions for a two-week period between April 29 and May 13. Officials will shorten the curfew to be active 2100-0500; the curfew had previously been in effect 2000-0500. Police will no longer require people to carry travel certificates outside of or during curfew. Authorities will also permit travel between Tahiti and Moorea islands and will allow shops to reopen. The measure applies to all inbound passengers, who must present the clearance at check-in counters before boarding aircraft. The government has suspended all but critical travel to countries with COVID-19 activity and banned all cruise ships from docking.

Guam: Officials have extended the public health emergency through at least May 5.Authorities continue to ban entry by individuals who traveled in mainland China within 14 days of arrival. All arriving visitors, regardless of their country of origin, are required to quarantine for up to 14 days. Nonresidents will have to pay for their quarantine measures. The government has closed public offices, restricted public gatherings, and suspended school.

Northern Mariana Islands: Most flights to the territory remain suspended. Any arriving passengers are required to submit a health screening showing a negative test result for COVID-19.

Palau: Inbound movement from abroad to remain suspended through at least April 30.

Samoa: Inbound international travel remains banned. Authorities are allowing ferry travel between Upolu and Savai’i islands on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Most businesses continue to operate, but with limits on the number of patrons.

Tonga: Authorities have extended an existing state of emergency until May 15; the government will maintain a border closure and related flight ban through June 12. A ban on all foreign nationals remains in effect. Tongan citizens and emergency personnel are allowed to enter the country but must quarantine for two weeks. Officials will quarantine any symptomatic passengers at a military facility in Tongatapu. Authorities continue to require health declaration forms upon entry for all passengers. The government has banned cruise ships from docking indefinitely.


MDTI-WA-2020-265
Date: 29 April 2020

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA- UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF APRIL 29

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE CCOUNTRIES
Affected Areas: MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Travel and other restrictions intended to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will remain in effect in countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region through at least early May. Cargo, humanitarian, diplomatic, and repatriation flights and shipments are largely ongoing. The duration of the measures will likely depend on the evolution of the disease activity in the coming weeks.

Bahrain: Flights to and from Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, and Morocco are suspended until further notice. Travelers who transited through or departed from Iraq, Lebanon, and Iran in the 14 days prior to arrival will be denied entry (this measure excludes Bahraini or GCC citizens). All arrivals will be subjected to health screenings and a 14-day home quarantine. Bahrain’s flag carrier – Gulf Air (GF) – announced April 4 that transit through Bahrain International Airport (BAH) is now permitted for international travelers. Entry into Bahrain remains restricted to nationals, residents, and travelers holding a letter of prior permission to enter. Authorities have suspended visas on-arrival until further notice.

Egypt: Air traffic at all of the nation’s airports remains suspended until further notice. All modes of private and public transport must cease operation during the curfew hours of 2000-0600.

Israel: All foreigners are barred from entering Israel until further notice. Israeli citizens and permanent residents are permitted to enter. All border crossings with Jordan and Egypt are closed. Public transportation is significantly reduced. A mandatory quarantine order for all residents returning from abroad has been in effect since March 20. El Al (LY) Airlines suspended all passenger flights to and from Israel through at least May 2.

Kuwait: All commercial flights to and from Kuwait are suspended until further notice.

Morocco: All flights to and from Morocco are suspended indefinitely. Suspension of sea travel to Spain, Gibraltar, and France and the closure of the border with the Spanish autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla on the north coast of Africa have been in effect from March 16.

Oman: An indefinite ban on foreigners entering Oman has been in effect from March 18. Only Omani nationals will be permitted entry, with a mandatory 14-day quarantine period. Commercial flights remain suspended until further notice; domestic flights between Muscat and Musandam Governorate are still operating.

Qatar: Qatari authorities have indefinitely extended the nation’s existing suspension of inbound flights. Transit flights are exempt from the measure. Foreigners are barred from entering the country; however, residents returning from abroad will be permitted to enter and will be placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Qatari citizens are not allowed to exit the country. All public transport is suspended.

Saudi Arabia: All domestic flights and public transport remain suspended. All international flights have been indefinitely suspended. The King Fahd Causeway linking Saudi Arabia and Bahrain remains temporarily closed. Land border crossings with Kuwait, Yemen, and the UAE remain closed until further notice. Travel between provinces is prohibited until further notice.

United Arab Emirates: Flag carriers Etihad (EY) and Emirates (EK) began operating limited repatriation flights out of the UAE to a select number of destinations from April 5 and 6, respectively. Additional destinations may be added at a later date subject to governmental approval. Only citizens of the destination country will be permitted to board the flights. Only Emirati nationals will be permitted to board repatriation flights into the UAE. Regular inbound, outbound, and transit passenger flights remain suspended until further notice. All visas on-arrival to foreigners, except those with diplomatic passports, have been suspended since March 17. Authorities announced March 20 that they would deny entry to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nationals until further notice. Emirati officials imposed a temporary ban on Emirati citizens traveling abroad until further notice. Officials in Dubai suspended tram services from April 5 until further notice.


MDTI-WA-2020-264
Date: 05 May 2020

SOUTH ASIA- UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF APRIL 29

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: SOUTH ASIA
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Several nations in South Asia have advised citizens to avoid non-essential international travel due to the prevalent coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Countries are also advising all incoming travelers, regardless of nationality, to self-isolate for two weeks or undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or in a medical facility based on medical screening outcomes..

As of April 29, the following restrictions were in place, modified, or planned:

Afghanistan: The opening of land borders with Pakistan is limited to trade – mainly of essential goods – and exchange of stranded citizens . Enhanced health screenings are underway at all entry points – mainly land border crossings with Iran. Authorities briefly enforced a travel ban and land border closures between Afghanistan and Iran Feb. 25-26; such restrictions could recur intermittently in the coming weeks. Restrictions on international flights, imposed by Afghan authorities, remain in place as of April 28.

Bhutan : Ongoing restrictions on entry and re-entry for all foreigners with any form of visa, work permit, and immigration permit will continue until further notice. Officials will also deny entry to those holding diplomatic, official, and international organization passports; only Bhutanese citizens and residents may enter. All returnees will undergo a 21-day quarantine. Foreigners may leave the country. The Bhutanese government has closed all international borders, including the border with India, for passenger transit, and is severely restricting cargo transport. Bhutanese air carriers such as Druk Air (KB) and Bhutan Airlines (B3) are operating limited international and domestic flights to repatriate stranded Bhutanese citizens.

Bangladesh: Authorities have extended the ban on international flights, except for services to and from China, through at least May 7. Domestic passenger flights remain suspended. Land borders with India and Myanmar are closed to travelers. While on-arrival visa issuance remains suspended, additional travel bans continue for those with travel history to the EU or Iran since March 1. Foreign nationals arriving in Bangladesh are required to provide a medical certificate (with an English translation) no older than 72 hours on arrival, indicating that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Officials still require persons to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

India: Authorities have suspended visa issuance and canceled previously issued visas of all international travelers – except diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, and project visas – of all international travelers . Visas will remain valid until 2359 May 3 for travelers already in the country. Those planning on essential travel to India can contact Indian consulates for visa issuance after medical checks. Indian authorities have temporarily stopped passenger traffic at all air, land, river, and sea ports since March 18. A ban on all domestic and international commercial flights will continue until at least 2359 May 3. Officials are also maintaining a ban on travelers from Afghanistan, the EU, the European Free Trade Association, Malaysia, Philippines, Turkey, and the UK as of April 28; authorities have barred airlines from boarding India-bound passengers from the aforementioned countries.

Maldives: Maldivian authorities suspended on-arrival visa facilities for all foreigners, effective 0001 March 27, at all air and sea ports; visas will remain valid for travelers already in the country. Those planning on essential travel to the Maldives can contact the nearest Maldivian consulate for visa issuance after medical checks. Authorities will quarantine Maldivian citizens arriving from the US at a designated facility for 14 days ; those returning from other foreign countries will need to self-isolate for 14 days. Authorities have also suspended direct flights to and from China since Jan. 30 and barred cruise ships from Maldivian waters from Feb. 28.

Nepal: Officials are extending a ban on all inbound and outbound international passenger flights through at least May 15 , except for some charter flights repatriating stranded citizens. Nepal has suspended on-arrival and electronic visa issuance for all foreign nationals and nonresident Nepalese until further notice. In addition, Nepal is barring entry to those with travel or transit history to Europe, Gulf Arab countries, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea. Foreigners already in Nepal will receive a free visa extension until officials lift exit restrictions. Closure of all land border crossings for passenger traffic with India and China remain in place; authorities permit cargo transit.

Pakistan: Authorities have announced that all commercial passenger flights, including domestic and international services, will remain suspended indefinitely . While commercial flights are banned, emergency services from Islamabad to Gilgit-Baltistan, as well as repatriation of Pakistani nationals stranded abroad, will continue. Earlier, Pakistan was barring entry to all incoming air passengers, including Pakistani nationals, if they do not produce RT-PCR test results for COVID-19 taken 24 hours before boarding. Officials had also banned flights to and from Iran and closed the Gwadar (GWD) and Turbat (TUK) airports for international air traffic. Pakistan International Airlines (PK) flights to mainland China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and Qatar remain suspended; additional disruptions are likely to disrupt air travel to other affected countries.

Sri Lanka: Authorities have suspended the issuance of all visa types – including electronic, landing, multiple entry, and residential – to foreigners regardless of nationality, until further notice ; previously issued visas for foreign nationals, including residential permits, stand temporarily suspended. Such travelers will not be allowed to enter Sri Lanka. The restrictions do not apply to holders of diplomatic, official, and service passports. Foreigners who have entered Sri Lanka on or before March 14 will receive visa extensions at least up to May 12. Officials suspended all inbound international passenger flights until further notice; however, cargo transport, passenger transit, and international departures will continue at the Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Officials had previously ordered all international services at the Jaffna International Airport (JAF) – Sri Lanka’s only other functional international airport – has also halted.


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Date: 29 April 2020

THAILAND LOCKDOWN EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 31

Country of Territory: THAILAND
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Thailand extended a state of emergency through May 31 as it continues efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Under the order, a 2200-0400 nightly curfew will remain in effect nationwide, with exceptions for essential and emergency purposes. Authorities have advised residents – especially those under the age of five, over the age of 70, or with preexisting health conditions – to remain at home. Authorities intend to begin easing some restrictions on businesses, provided employers can ensure social distancing for customers and staff; however, officials have not publicized details.

Public transport remains suspended 2130-0400 daily nationwide, with interprovincial travel limited to essential needs. Additionally, several provincial or city officials are maintaining local-level movement restrictions. Phuket Province has suspended all incoming transport through April 30, with exemptions for the transport of essential goods, and banned crew members of cargo ships from disembarking at its ports. Authorities are also banning travel to and from Phang Nga Province, with limited exemptions.

Travel Restrictions
The government has banned foreigners from entering the country, with some limited exemptions, including for diplomats and transport workers. Officials have extended a ban on inbound passenger flights through May 31. Cargo, emergency, and repatriation flights, and government aircraft will continue operating. The Thai government has approved visa extensions for foreigners already in Thailand through July 31.

MDTI-WA-2020-262
Date: 29 April 2020

RUSSIA LOCKDOWN EXTENSION

Country of Territory: RUSSIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

President Vladimir Putin announced April 28 that the nation’s official “non-work period” has been extended until May 11 in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The lockdown in Moscow, on the other hand, which requires residents to obtain an electronic permit from the city’s official website to be outside their homes, has been extended until May 13. Russia’s presidential cabinet is examining possible scenarios for easing restrictions from May 12.

All entry to the country via overland border crossings, rail crossings, river ports, and seaports, has been suspended; Russian diplomats and freight transporters are exempt. Regular and charter flights between Russian and foreign airports have been indefinitely suspended since March 25.

Entry to and exit from the cities of Abdulino (Orenburg Oblast) and Makhachkala (Republic of Dagestan) is similarly prohibited. Authorities in Bashkortostan have also imposed a region-wide 1800-1300 curfew on children and an 1800-1000 curfew on persons over the age of 65. The regions of Krasnoyarsk, Tomsk, Tyumen, and Irkutsk have each introduced a 14-day mandatory self-isolation policy for all persons arriving by air from Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Any such restrictions may be extended further or otherwise amended with little-to-no advance notice. Failure to comply with these restrictions could result in a fine or imprisonment.


MDTI-WA-2020-261
Date: 29 April 2020

SOUTHEAST ASIA – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: SOUTHEAST ASIA
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Countries in Southeast Asia continue to enforce travel restrictions and enhanced health screenings to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measures vary across the region; the following restrictions are in effect as of April 28:

Brunei: Authorities have banned foreigners , including long-term pass holders, from entering or transiting the country, and suspended all travel, student, and dependent visas. The government has also banned local nationals, permanent residents, and foreigners holding Bruneian identification cards from leaving the country.

Cambodia: Foreign nationals traveling from France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain, and the US will not be able to enter Cambodia until further notice . Issuance of tourist visas and e-visas, visa-on-arrival services, and visa exemption also remain suspended. Authorities are quarantining all arrivals at government facilities, which are located at air, sea, and land points of entry, for 14 days. Most border checkpoints with Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam remain closed.

Indonesia: The government has banned foreigners from entering or transiting the country . The restriction exempts permanent residents, diplomats, and transport workers. Inbound travelers, regardless of nationality, who show COVID-19 symptoms, will need to undergo quarantine at government premises. Authorities are advising all inbound passengers to self-quarantine for two weeks.

Laos: Authorities have extended an international travel ban through May 3, with some limited exceptions . The government is allowing foreigners already in the country to depart, while citizens can travel overseas for urgent reasons, such as essential government duties or medical purposes. Visa issuance for all countries also remains suspended through May 3. Officials are requiring overseas Lao workers returning to the country to undergo self-quarantine for two weeks.

Malaysia: Authorities have prohibited foreign nationals from entering Malaysia through at least May 12 , with some limited exemptions such as foreign spouses and dependents of Malaysian citizens. All inbound passengers will have to undergo 14 days of quarantine at government facilities upon arrival. Authorities are also prohibiting Malaysian nationals from traveling abroad while the restrictions are in place.

Myanmar: Officials have stopped all international flights, except for relief or cargo flights, through at least May 15 and banned foreign nationals from entering through land border checkpoints. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also suspended visa issuance and visa-free travel to the country. Diplomats, UN officials, and aircraft and ship crew are exempt from visa restrictions. Returning Myanmar citizens and incoming foreigners, with some exceptions, will need to undergo a 21-day quarantine at government facilities and subsequent one-week self-isolation . Authorities are allowing diplomats and resident UN officials to self-quarantine at their residence.

Philippines: The government has suspended all visas, including visas that the government has already issued, and visa-free privileges, effectively banning foreigners from entering the country . The restriction exempts foreign spouses and children of Filipino citizens and diplomatic staff and their dependents. The measure also does not affect visa holders who are already in the Philippines. The government continues to prevent Filipino citizens, except for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and uniformed personnel on official duty, from departing the country.

Singapore: Officials have banned entry or transit of all short-term visa holders; the measure extends to work pass holders and their dependents, with exemptions for those providing essential services like healthcare and transport. All long-term visit pass and student pass holders will also need to apply for government approval before traveling to Singapore. Authorities are requiring all arriving passengers to submit an online health declaration up to three days before entering the country.

Thailand: Officials have extended a ban on inbound passenger flights through May 31. The government has also banned foreigners from entering the country through at least May 31, with limited exemptions, including for diplomats and transport workers.

Timor-Leste: Officials have closed the country’s borders to all travelers, including East Timorese citizens ; exemptions from the travel restrictions require approval from the Prime Minister’s Office. People who can enter the country will undergo a 14-day quarantine at government facilities.

Vietnam: Officials have banned entry for all foreign nationals into the country, with exemptions for essential and skilled workers. All travelers allowed into the country will undergo quarantine at designated government-run facilities for 14 days. Authorities have also suspended all inbound international passenger flights. Officials have closed the country’s land borders with Cambodia and Laos for passenger transit.

Governments could expand their response in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country. The measures may lead to immigration delays, especially for passengers from locations with significant numbers of COVID-19 cases.


MDTI-WA-2020-260
Date: 29 April 2020

NORTHEAST ASIA – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRY
Affected Areas: NORTHEAST ASIA
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Mainland China: Authorities continue to bar all foreign nationals from entering the country ; exceptions are in place for diplomatic personnel and C visa holders, which officials generally issue to members of flight and shipping crews. Leaders have enhanced movement controls in border areas; most travelers, regardless of nationality, are barred from entering or exiting land border checkpoints.

Hong Kong: The government is maintaining a ban on all nonresident foreign nationals . Travelers from Macau, Taiwan, and mainland China are exempt from restrictions but will be barred if they have a recent travel history elsewhere. Arriving passengers from these areas, including Hong Kong residents, have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon entry into the territory. Hong Kong continues to restrict land border crossings with mainland China to the Shenzhen Bay checkpoint and along the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge .

Japan: Authorities expanded an entry ban to include foreign nationals from 14 countries , including Russia, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar, April 27. Entry restrictions remain in place for foreigners with a travel history to 75 countries and territories, including the US, Canada, the UK, Schengen Area countries, China, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand, within 14 days of arrival. Officials also require all passengers arriving from these countries to undergo polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, which involves medical personnel taking a nasopharyngeal swab, upon arrival. Any inbound passenger allowed into Japan is required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period, either at home or in a government-designated facility.

Macau: Officials have banned nonresident foreign nationals from entering the territory. Travelers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China – except Hubei Province – are exempt from the measure but will not be allowed to enter if they have traveled elsewhere in the previous two weeks. Residents and allowed travelers that have visited “high-risk” countries, including the Schengen Area, the UK, the US, Canada, Brazil, Egypt, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Iran, and New Zealand, within 14 days of arrival, will face mandatory quarantine at designated hotels.

Mongolia: The government has effectively banned international travel. The country closed its last open border crossing with Russia from March 28. Commercial flights connecting Mongolia with Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey remain suspended.

North Korea: Authorities have effectively suspended inbound travel by foreign nationals . Officials are conducting increased health screenings and have imposed quarantine periods on foreign nationals, along with North Koreans arriving in Pyongyang.

South Korea: The government continues to ban all foreign travelers who have visited China’s Hubei Province within 14 days of arrival from entering the country. South Koreans who traveled to Hubei Province will need to self-quarantine for 14 days. Officials have halted visa-free and visa-waiver programs with countries that have entry bans for South Korean citizens. The restriction impacts travelers from 90 countries, including Australia, Canada, and most European nations. Authorities have also canceled existing short-term visas issued before April 5, requiring travelers to reapply for entry documents. The government plans to limit all but essential or urgent travel for foreign nationals to the country . Officials are testing all arriving travelers from the US and Europe.

Taiwan: Officials have expanded restrictions on flights to mainland China, as well as a ban on transiting passengers indefinitely. Authorities continue to ban nonresidents from entering Taiwan, though some exceptions are in place for diplomats and business travelers executing contracts. All arriving passengers, regardless of nationality or residency, must self-quarantine for 14 days. Inbound travelers from Southeast Asian countries may have to undergo a 14-day quarantine at government-designated hotels. Staff will direct arriving passengers living with people with chronic illnesses, children younger than six years old, or adults older than 65 to the facilities.

Governments could expand their response in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country or imported cases continue to rise.


MDTI-WA-2020-259
Date: 29 April 2020

AUSTRALIA – SEVERAL AUSTRALIAN STATES TO EASE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AS OF APRIL 29

Country of Territory: AUSTRALIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in some Australian states are beginning to ease restrictions, as of April 28 , amid decreased coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Western Australia is allowing gatherings of up to 10 people. Officials in the state have also lifted restrictions on the use of recreational areas, and activities – such as picnics, boating, and group exercise – are allowed. Queensland will start easing measures from 2359 May 1. Authorities will allow residents to travel up to 50 km (31 miles) from their homes and shop for nonessential goods. Officials will also reopen national parks in the state. However, only people from the same household can travel together. Governments in both states require people to adhere to social distancing recommendations while in public.

National restrictions continue to apply in other states through at least May 11 . Though the federal government’s announcement is nonbinding, state and territory governments are enforcing the guidelines in most areas.

The closure of nonessential social venues – including cafes, casinos, clubs, gymnasiums, religious buildings, pubs, restaurants, and sports venues – will also continue through at least May 11 . Most retail shops and offices remain open. Hotels also generally remain operational; however, restaurants and other social venues on their premises must close. Officials recommend that residents cancel nonessential domestic travel; however, Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated that work-related essential travel and travel on compassionate grounds may continue. While some state leaders, especially in Victoria and New South Wales, intend to continue with these more restrictive measures, authorities could start to ease restrictions in the coming days.

Several states, including Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia, and Tasmania , are maintaining movement restrictions at state borders . Queensland officials have closed all crossings with New South Wales, except Highway 1 (M1), Gold Coast Highway, and Griffith Street . Western Australia has banned all border crossings , except for essential personnel such as medical workers, shipping and airline crews, and defense personnel. Checkpoints have been set up at many state border crossings across the country to monitor cross-border traffic. Authorities in states with border restrictions require all arriving travelers – including mainland Australian and Tasmanian residents – to self-quarantine for two weeks.

While some Australian airlines have resumed domestic operations, flights remain limited to key routes between major cities. Authorities are only allowing essential travelers to board the flights. International flight disruptions are ongoing. Officials have also banned cruise ships from docking in Australia.

Travel Restrictions:
An entry ban for foreign nationals remains in effect. Permanent residents and long-term pass holders, as well as their immediate relatives, are allowed to enter the country. The government is requiring all returning passengers to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is maintaining its outbound international travel advisory for citizens at “Do Not Travel,” the highest level, and the country has banned most citizens from outbound travel. Citizens living in other countries, government officials on business, and workers at offshore facilities are exempt from the restriction. Exceptions are also in place for airline and maritime staff and crews for international cargo shipments.


MDTI-WA-2020-258
Date: 29 April 2020

MOROCCO – AMENDED NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS THROUGH END OF RAMADAN, MAY 24

Country of Territory: MOROCCO
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Moroccan authorities have amended the nationwide nightly curfew through the end of Ramadan, May 24. Existing curfew hours, which were put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), have been shortened by two hours and will run 1900-0500 nightly, rather than the previous 1800-0600.

On April 18, authorities extended the existing health state of emergency through May 20. The decree, which was initially introduced March 20, prohibits residents from leaving their homes without permission from local authorities; failure to comply with the order will result in punitive action. On April 23, authorities extended Morocco’s suspension of all flights to and from the country through May 31. The measure does not include emergency and cargo flights.

Suspension of sea travel to Spain, Gibraltar, and France; and the closure of the border with the Spanish autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla, located on the north coast of Africa until further notice

Authorities could institute further preventive restrictions, depending on the evolution of disease activity in the coming days and weeks.


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Date: 28 April 2020

TURKEY – ADDITIONAL COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: TURKEY
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Turkey will impose a three-day curfew in 31 provinces 0001 May 1-2359 May 3 in order to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Affected provinces include Ankara, Adana, Antalya, Aydin, Balikesir, Bursa, Denizli, Diyarbakir, Erzurum, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Istanbul, Izmir, Kahramanmaras, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Malatya, Manisa, Mardin, Mersin, Mugla, Ordu, Sakarya, Samsun, Sanliurfa, Tekirdag, Trabzon, Van, and Zonguldak. Grocery stores will, however, be open 0900-1400 May 1. .

Turkey’s Interior Ministry has extended a ban on entry to and exit from the 31 affected provinces to May 4 . The ban applies to all traffic via land, air, and sea, with the exception of freight and emergency vehicles.

Additionally, officials have indefinitely suspended intercity public transport and restricted domestic flights since March 28. Turkish Airlines (TK) is operating reduced domestic flights from Ankara Esenboga Airport (ESB) and Istanbul Airport (IST) to select major cities. Pegasus Airlines (PC) has suspended all domestic flight services through at least April 30.

Other restrictions include:
– All international flights suspended indefinitely, with the exception of cargo flights
– All resignations of public and private health personnel suspended through at least June 27
– Turkey’s borders with Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Greece, Iran, and Iraq closed indefinitely; freight trucks still permitted to cross, subject to health screening

Authorities could introduce or amend restrictions depending on the evolution of disease activity in the coming days.


MDTI-WA-2020-256
Date: 28 April 2020

TAIWAN – INDEFINITE SUSPENSION ON FLIGHTS TO MAINLAND CHINA AS OF APRIL 28, 2020

Country of Territory: TAIWAN
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Taiwan has extended restrictions on flights to mainland China indefinitely as of April 28 t o prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the island. Under the measures, airlines are only allowed to fly to airports in Beijing (PEK), Shanghai (SHA, PVG), Xiamen (XMN), and Chengdu (CTU).

Authorities also indefinitely extended a ban on international transit passengers .

The restrictions have prompted Taiwan-based carriers China Airlines (CA) and EVA Air (BR) to cancel most flight services to mainland China. Several airlines serving international routes have also canceled flights to the island amid reduced demand.

Enhanced screening measures are likely to cause delays at transport hubs across the island, especially at airports in Taipei (TPE, TSA) and Kaohsiung (KHH) and main railway stations. Authorities have not stipulated any penalties for defying social distancing measures.

However, officials have warned that they could establish fines and other punishments in the future, depending on the public’s adoption of the requirement.


MDTI-WA-2020-252
Date: 27 April 2020

NEPAL – EXTENSION OF NATIONWIDE BAN UNTIL MAY 7, 2020/ADDITIONAL TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: NEPAL
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: PREVENTIVE RESTRICTIONS

Nepal has extended the nationwide ban on nonessential business, movement, and travel through at least May 7 to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The ongoing suspension of international and domestic flights – except for cargo, emergency, and repatriation flights – will continue until at least May 15.

Travel Restrictions :
International land borders with India and China remain closed for passenger transit, though cargo movement continues. Although flight and land border restrictions have effectively ended nearly all inbound international travel, Nepal is maintaining a specific ban on travel or transit for passengers from Europe, Gulf Arab countries, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea. Nepal has also suspended on-arrival and electronic visa issuance for all foreign nationals and nonresident Nepalese until further notice. Those wishing to travel to Nepal must contact their local Nepali diplomatic mission for visa approval and submit the results of a swab test demonstrating that the individual is COVID-19 free within seven days prior to the intended travel date. Officials have advised Nepali citizens against nonessential international travel. Health checks are mandatory at all entry points. Officials are advising incoming travelers, regardless of nationality, to self-isolate for two weeks or undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or in a medical facility based on medical screening outcomes.

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Date: 27 April 2020

SRI LANKA – REVISION OF PREVENTIVE AND TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF APRIL 27, 2020

Country of Territory: SRI LANKA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Sri Lanka are revising restrictions placed to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as of April 27. While an extended nationwide curfew is in place through 0500HRS April 28 to facilitate movement of army personnel, officials have limited daily curfew hours to 2000-0500HRS in most parts of Sri Lanka from April 28. The use of face masks in public remains mandatory. Stringent movement, travel, and business restrictions continue across high-risk zones, including the capital city of Colombo.

Travel Restrictions :
Sri Lankan authorities have indefinitely suspended the issuance of all visa types – including electronic, landing, multiple-entry, and residential – to foreigners, regardless of nationality; previously issued visas for foreign nationals, including residential permits, stand temporarily suspended. Such travelers will not be allowed to enter Sri Lanka. The restrictions do not apply to holders of diplomatic, official, and service passports. Foreigners who have entered Sri Lanka on or before March 14 will receive visa extensions at least up to May 12.

Officials have also suspended all inbound international passenger flights indefinitely; however, cargo transport, passenger transit, and international departures will continue at the Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Officials had previously halted all international services at the Jaffna International Airport (JAF) – Sri Lanka’s only other functional international airport.


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Date: 27 April 2020

JORDAN – SUSPENSION IS EXTENDED UNTIL END OF RAMADAN (MAY 23, 2020)

Country of Territory: JORDAN
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Jordanian authorities extended the suspension of nonessential government ministries and institutions until the end of Ramadan May 23. Essential service providers in the public and private sectors, such as those relating to healthcare, energy, and banking, will continue to operate but with reduced staff numbers. The measures are intended to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities also announced that public transportation would partially resume nationwide April 29.

Additionally, the government eased curfew restrictions in Mafraq Governorate, April 26. Officials previously eased restrictions related to COVID-19 in Karak, Tafilah, Ma’an, Irbid and Aqaba governorates. Commercial facilities and businesses in these governorates are permitted to resume daily operations between 0800-1800HRS. Residents will be allowed to travel freely on foot and in vehicles (except Irbid) during these hours.

Excluding the aforementioned governorates, a nationwide indefinite curfew remains in effect from 0700HRS March 21. The Jordanian army has deployed at entrances and exits of main cities to enforce the restrictions.

Jordan’s borders and airports remain closed until at least the end of the month of Ramadan (April 23 – May 23). The closure, which originally went into effect March 17, affects all inbound and outbound international passenger flights, as well as land and sea borders.


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Date: 24 April 2020

INDONESIA – NATIONWIDE BAN ON COMMERCIAL DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS UNTIL JUNE 01

Country of Territory: INDONESIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Indonesian officials have announced nationwide restrictions on air, maritime, and ground transport effective from 0001 April 24 to stop the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The order bans commercial international and domestic flights through June 1 , while international ferry passenger services will be banned until June 8 . Exceptions will be made for services that are repatriating Indonesian citizens and flights that facilitate the movement of specified officials. The restrictions, announced late April 23, will effectively ban the vast majority of inbound and outbound international passenger travel. Cargo shipments are exempted from the air and maritime movement controls. A nationwide public health emergency declaration remains in effect.

Ground transportation bans will be imposed from 0001 April 24 in areas under social distancing orders, including Jakarta, to prevent traditional visits to hometown areas during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Private vehicle movement to and from areas under social distancing measures is to be banned until May 31. Emergency response vehicles and vehicles carrying cargo are exempted from the bans. Railway services are also to remain banned in affected areas through June 15.

International Travel Restrictions:

Authorities have banned foreign nationals from entering and transiting the country . The restriction exempts permanent residents, diplomats, and transport workers. Returning travelers, regardless of nationality, that show COVID-19 symptoms will undergo quarantine at government premises . Authorities will advise all inbound passengers to self-quarantine for two weeks.


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Date: 24 April 2020

MALAYSIA -LOCKDOWN EXTENSION UNTIL MAY 12,2020

Country of Territory: MALAYSIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Malaysia have extended the nationwide movement control order to at least May 12 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measure suspends international travel and most interstate movement within the country. Individuals wishing to travel between states need to obtain travel permits from district police headquarters. Authorities have also suspended KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit rail services, which connect the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) to downtown Kuala Lumpur. The movement controls were initially imposed March 18 and subsequently extended.

Officials have also implemented enhanced movement control orders at several locations . The measure bars residents from leaving an area or a building and bans entry for non-residents. Affected places have included Jalan Masjid India and Menara City One building in Kuala Lumpur, Johor’s Simpang Renggang Town, and parts of Selangor State’s Hulu Langat District.


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Date: 24 April 2020

AFRICA- UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF APRIL 23,2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: AFRICA
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

African governments are maintaining travel restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The majority of countries have implemented heightened screening measures at border points and port of entries and/or closed ports of entry. The transport of essential cargo and personnel remains largely unhindered. Repatriation flights for foreign nationals are also underway in numerous areas as of April 23. Domestic movement restrictions, including bans on gatherings and stay-at-home orders, have also been enforced. As of April 23, the following high-level restrictions are in place.

Angola: The government has extended the state of emergency through 2359 April 25. The country’s land, sea, and air borders are closed. Interprovincial travel is banned.

Cape Verde: The government has declared a state of emergency nationwide through at least April 26; this will almost certainly be extended. Movement will be highly restricted. All nonessential services and businesses will remain closed for this period; the island of Boa Vista remains under quarantine.

Ghana: Authorities have closed borders at least through April. All international flights in and out of the country have been suspended. Movement restrictions have also been relaxed for the Accra and Kumasi regions.

Guinea: Border closures and the suspension of all international travel is in effect through mid-May.

Kenya: Kenyan authorities have placed movement restrictions on Nairobi from April 6 and on Mombasa, Kilifi, and Kwale counties from April 8. All international flights are suspended until at least May 6, although some repatriation flights are ongoing. Authorities are prohibiting travelers arriving from any country with reported cases of COVID-19 from entering Kenya. An indefinite nationwide 1900-0500 curfew is in place. Mandera County announced movement restrictions until May 8.

Mauritius: A nationwide shutdown and 2000-0800 curfew remain in effect until at least May 5. The shutdown includes the suspension of nonessential businesses and services, internal travel, cruise ships from disembarking, and all international commercial inbound and outbound flights until April 30.

Nigeria: The Nigerian government closed all land borders to passenger traffic effective March 23. All international airports remain closed except for repatriation flights. Authorities have also announced travel and movement restrictions for Lagos, Abuja, and Ogun State March 30-May 1. State governors have taken similar restrictions.

Republic of Congo : Congolese authorities declared a public health state of emergency effective March 31, imposing severe containment restrictions. An indefinite 2000-0500 nightly curfew is in place.

South Africa : Authorities have imposed nationwide restrictions through at least April 30. A stay-at-home order is in place. Regional and international flights remain suspended until April 30. Land border crossings are closed.

All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in the coming weeks.


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Date: 24 April 2020

THAILAND -MULTIPLE THAI AIRLINES INTEND TO RESUME DOMESTIC FLIGHTS FROM MAY 1

Country of Territory: THAILAND
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Multiple Thai airlines intend to resume domestic flights from May 1 with enhanced health procedures to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Thai AirAsia (FD), Thai Lion Air (SL), Nok Air (DD), and Bangkok Airways (PG), intend to resume with certain precautions in place ; authorities will leave empty seats in each row, have passengers wear face masks , and not serve food and beverages due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19.

Other nationwide measures, which are ongoing as part of a state of emergency declared through April 30, continue; a nationwide curfew remains in effect 2200-0400 daily, with limited exceptions for essential and emergency purposes. Public transport nationwide remains suspended 2130-0400 daily, with interprovincial travel limited to essential needs.

While there have been no transport restrictions at the national level, provincial officials have implemented transport bans. Several provinces, such as Narathiwat, Pattani, Phang Nga, Phuket, Satun, Songkhla, and Yala, are maintaining provincewide movement restrictions as of April 23 . Phuket Province has suspended all incoming transport through April 30, with exemptions for the transport of essential goods, and banned crew members of cargo ships from disembarking at its ports.

City administrations have also issued restrictions. Authorities in Bangkok, in addition to the closure of public parks, entertainment venues, and some sporting venues, have also ordered the closure of retail outlets such as convenience stores and supermarkets 0000-0500 daily during the state of emergency.

Travel Restrictions:
Officials extended a ban on inbound international passenger flights through April 30 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The government has also banned foreigners from entering the country, with some limited exemptions, including for diplomats and transport workers. The Thai government also approved visa extensions for foreigners already in Thailand through July 31.


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Date: 24 April 2020

MYANMAR UPATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF APRIL 24,2020

Country of Territory: MYANMAR
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Officials continue to expand restrictions within Myanmar to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Central authorities have ordered factories nationwide to close for checks and will allow facilities to reopen only after passing inspection.

Internal movement controls remain in place across much of Myanmar but vary by location . Local officials in Naypyidaw have set up checkpoints and will quarantine travelers showing COVID-19 symptoms for 21 days. Residents in Yangon’s Bahan, Hlaingthaya, Insein, Mayangon, Pabedan, Shwepyitha, and South Okkalapa townships must stay at home, with limited exemptions for workers; only one person from each household can leave to purchase essential supplies.

Myanmar National Airlines (UB) flights remain suspended through April 30. Yangon’s regional government is allowing trucks to operate 0700-2000 to accommodate curfew hours. Further transport disruptions are possible in the coming weeks.

Locals in some parts of Myanmar have opposed movement controls and may stage demonstrations in the coming weeks.

Travel Restrictions:
All international flights, except for relief or cargo flights, remain suspended through at least April 30 . The government has restricted border movements, allowing only the transport of goods. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also suspended visa issuance and visa-free travel to the country through April 30. Returning Myanmar citizens and incoming foreigners, with some exceptions, will need to undergo a 21-day quarantine at government facilities and a subsequent one-week self-isolation. Officials could expand their response in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country.


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Date: 24 April 2020

VIETNAM- TO EASE SOME COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS STARTING APRIL 24.2020

Country of Territory: VIETNAM
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

The g overnment is lifting strict social distancing measures in most parts of Vietnam amid attempts to stem the spread of coronavirus disease ( COVID-19). Authorities are no longer classifying any province or municipality as a high-risk area; however, the designation may apply to specific districts or towns. Officials have categorized Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as Bac Ninh and Ha Giang Provinces, as medium-risk areas; restrictions in these areas include capping gatherings outside workplaces at 10 people and requiring a physical distancing of two meters from one another. Authorities have designated all other provinces and municipalities as low-risk, with a 30-people limit to gatherings and a one-meter distancing rule.

Authorities are also easing transport restrictions. Although most domestic flights remain suspended through April 30, the government is allowing additional flights for important routes, such as between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Officials have also permitted other routes to resume traffic.

Travel Restrictions:
Authorities continue to ban foreign nationals from entering the country , with exceptions for essential and skilled workers. Individuals who can enter the country will undergo quarantine for 14 days at government-run facilities. State carrier Vietnam Airlines (VN) has also halted international flights through at least April 30 . Land borders with Cambodia and Laos remain closed for passenger travel. Officials could expand restrictions in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country.


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Date: 24 April 2020

PHILIPPINES ENHANCED COMMUNITY QUARANTINE EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 15

Country of Territory: PHILIPPINES
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

The national government has extended enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and other areas that officials are classifying as high-risk through May 15 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Residents in these locations should stay at home and suspend on-site work, except for essential services such as the medical sector.

Enhanced community quarantine will also continue elsewhere in Luzon Island, including Albay, Bataan, Batangas, Benguet, Bulacan, Catanduanes, Cavite, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Quezon, Rizal, Tarlac, and Zambales provinces. In the Mindanao region, Davao de Oro and Davao del Norte provinces and Davao City will also remain under enhanced community quarantine. Measures will also continue in Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Cebu, and Iloilo provinces and Cebu City in the Visayas region. The government may downgrade the risk level of these locations in the coming weeks. Officials have designated other locations as low- and moderate-risk areas and will implement the less restrictive general community quarantine in these places through May 15.


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Date: 23 April 2020

EUROPE REGION- UPDATED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AS OF APRIL 23,2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: EUROPE REGION
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Governments in Europe are maintaining travel and other restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Specific measures vary by country, though major restrictions include:

Austria: Individuals are requested only to leave their homes on essential business . Nonessential establishments are closed, though smaller commercial establishments have begun to reopen. Public gatherings of more than five people are prohibited. Authorities have barred entry for most foreigners.

Belgium: Individuals are requested to leave their homes only on essential business until at least May 3. All nonessential establishments are closed indefinitely. All public gatherings are prohibited.

Bulgaria: A state of emergency is in effect until at least May 13 . Individuals are requested only to leave their homes on essential business. All nonessential establishments are closed indefinitely. Entry to and exit from the capital Sofia is currently restricted. Public gatherings of more than two people are prohibited. Non-EU citizens, as well as citizens of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, are prohibited from entering the country, with the exception of freight and health workers and diplomats. Land borders with North Macedonia, Serbia, and Turkey are currently closed to non-commercial traffic.

Czech Republic: A state of emergency is in effect until at least April 30 . Individuals are only permitted to leave their homes on essential business. Authorities have temporarily barred entry for most foreigners and placed restrictions on local nationals leaving the country. Public gatherings of more than two people are prohibited. Border controls are in operation at the land borders with Austria and Germany; the border with Slovakia is temporarily closed.

Denmark: Nonessential establishments, including educational facilities, are closed until at least May 10 , though nurseries and primary schools are permitted to reopen under certain conditions. All air and sea borders are closed through May 10; the land border with Germany is partially closed. Foreign nationals are prohibited from entry.

Finland: Authorities relaxed entry and exit restrictions around the Uusimaa region starting April 15.

Finland’s international borders are closed to nonessential traffic until May 13.

France: Individuals are only permitted to leave their homes on essential business until at least May 11 . The borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, and Spain are closed.

Germany: Individuals are requested only to leave their homes on essential business until at least May 4. Foreigners are prohibited from entry, except European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and residents, and Swiss and UK nationals. The borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, and Denmark are partially closed.

Greece: Individuals are only permitted to leave their homes on essential business until at least April 27. Land borders with Albania, North Macedonia, and Turkey are closed. Commercial flights between Greece and Albania, North Macedonia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the Netherlands are banned through May 15.

Italy: Individuals are only permitted to leave their homes on essential business until at least May 3. More stringent restrictions are in place in the Lombardy Region.

Netherlands: Nonessential establishments are closed until at least April 28, though some commercial premises are permitted to operate under certain criteria. Entry restrictions are in place for non-EEA or UK nationals.

Norway: Nonessential establishments are currently closed indefinitely. Enhanced border controls are in effect until at least May 5. All sea and airports are closed.

Poland: Authorities began easing restrictions April 20. Most foreign nationals are barred from entry through at least May 3.

Portugal: A state of emergency is in effect through May 2. A ban on unnecessary travel is in effect. Border controls are implemented with Spain. Nonessential establishments are closed.

Spain: A state of emergency is in effect until May 9 . The borders with France, Morocco, and Portugal, as well as sea borders, including those on the Canary and Balearic islands, are closed indefinitely. Most foreign nationals are currently barred from entry.

Sweden: Foreign nationals from outside of the EEA and Switzerland are currently barred from entry.

Switzerland:
Individuals are requested only to leave their homes on essential business until at least April 26 ; Most foreigners are barred from entry.

UK: Individuals are requested only to leave their homes on essential business until at least May 7. All nonessential establishments are closed indefinitely.

Ukraine: A state of emergency is in effect;Most foreigners are barred from entry. All passenger air traffic has been suspended indefinitely.

Governments could expand their responses in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country. Immigration delays are possible, especially for passengers from countries with significant numbers of COVID-19 cases. Some countries could also incrementally relax related restrictions in the coming weeks if they judge the pandemic threat to be under control.


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Date: 23 April 2020

PACIFIC- UPDATED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AS OF APRIL 23,2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: SOUTH PACIFIC
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

As of April 23, countries and territories in the South Pacific region continue to enforce transport and business restrictions to halt the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Several governments have declared public health emergencies; however, the severity of screening measures and travel restrictions vary across the region. The following restrictions are in place:

American Samoa: The territory remains under a state of emergency. Travelers from outside the US must spend 14 days in Hawaii before arrival. Inbound passengers must acquire health clearances within three days before departure. Officials have reduced commercial passenger flights.

Cook Islands: The government requires all incoming passengers to quarantine in New Zealand for 14 days before travel . A 14-day quarantine is also in place for all arriving passengers before travelers can proceed to outer islands in the country. Foreigners remain banned from entering the country until further notice, except for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents and Australians living in New Zealand. Flights from other destinations, including Australia and French Polynesia, are suspended.

Fiji: Most foreign nationals have been effectively banned from entering the country . All arrivals, regardless of nationality, must undergo 14-day self-quarantine. Authorities have called on Fijian nationals to suspend outbound travel. Authorities have extended a nationwide 2000-0500 curfew; Inter-island transport remains suspended; officials are allowing ferries to transport goods between islands. The government has also banned all cruise ships from docking.

Guam: Officials have extended the public health emergency through at least May 5 .Authorities continue to ban entry by individuals who traveled in mainland China within 14 days of arrival. All arriving visitors, regardless of their country of origin, are required to quarantine for up to 14 days. Nonresidents will have to pay for their quarantine measures.

Palau: Inbound movement from abroad to remain suspended through at least April 30 .

Tonga: Authorities have extended an existing state of emergency until May 15 ; the government will maintain a border closure and related flight ban through June 12. A ban on all foreign nationals remains in effect. Tongan citizens and emergency personnel are allowed to enter the country but must quarantine for two weeks. Officials will quarantine any symptomatic passengers at a military facility in Tongatapu.

Countries and territories could further adjust their response in the coming days, depending on the severity of COVID-19 cases.


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Date: 23 April 2020

ALASKA – STAY HOME ORDER EXTENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AS OF APRIL 22,2020

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES
Affected Areas: ALASKA
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Alaskan Governor Michael Dunleavy announced the reopening of certain businesses in the state starting April 24, and extended the stay-at-home order until further notice, as part of the state’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Travel restrictions also remain in place. Restaurants and retail stores will be allowed to provide limited in-person services, as well as barbers and hair salons, starting April 24. However, in the city of Anchorage, reopenings will start April 27.

All travelers entering the state of Alaska from abroad or from another US state , even if they are residents, must self-quarantine for 14 days from the moment of their arrival until at least May 19. People working in essential services are exempted from this order.

Significant transport and business disruptions are likely. Authorities will deploy additional security personnel to assist in enforcing the measures. Officials could amend the orders at short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.


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Date: 23 April 2020

CHILE- AMENDED TRAVEL AND MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS AS OF APRIL 23,2020

Country of Territory: CHILE
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Chile has amended travel, movement, and other restrictions that are in force on the national and local levels as part of the country’s effort to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measures below are in place as of April 22.

Nationwide:
Nonresident foreign nationals are banned from entering the country.
Such persons are permitted to leave Chile, but flights are likely to be limited. Returning Chilean citizens and residents are subject to a 14-day quarantine period. A nightly 2200-0500 curfew is currently in effect indefinitely; residents are to remain in homes during curfew hours. Persons above the age of 80 may not leave their homes at any time.

All measures are subject to change at short notice.


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Date: 23 April 2020

BANGLADESH- NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN UNTIL MAY 5,2020

Country of Territory: BANGLADESH
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Bangladesh have extended nationwide restrictions through May 5 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The control measures, initially introduced in late March, were previously scheduled to expire April 25. Officials have also imposed a nightly 1800-0600 curfew. Violators of the order could face legal sanctions.

Domestic flights remain banned through at least April 30. A prohibition on private vehicle movement, except for vehicles carrying essential supplies, has continued. Long-distance bus, ferry, and train services are also suspended. Domestic transport restrictions could be extended further or modified in the coming days.

International Travel Restrictions:
International commercial passenger flights, except those between Bangladesh and mainland China, are to remain suspended through at least April 30. As of April 22, land border crossing checkpoints remain closed. While the restrictions on international flights and land crossings have effectively shut down most inbound international travel, authorities in Bangladesh have maintained additional travel restrictions. Any foreign nationals arriving in Bangladesh will be required to provide a medical certificate (with an English translation) no older than 72 hours on arrival, indicating that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms . Self-isolation for 14 days is still required after arrival .


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Date: 23 April 2020

MONGOLIA- UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF APRIL 23,2020

Country of Territory: MONGOLIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Travel Restrictions:
An effective ban on foreign nationals remains in place. Officials have suspended international flights and train services through at least April 30, and foreign nationals cannot utilize ports of entry on the Russian border. Officials are placing arriving Mongolian citizens who have recently traveled in China, Japan, South Korea, Italy, or Iran under a 14-day quarantine at their own expense. Mongolian nationals are barred from traveling to Russia through at least April 30, while a travel ban for residents to China remains in effect.


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Date: 23 April 2020

NORTH AMERICA – US, CANADA AND MEXICO – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF APRIL 23,2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: REGIONAL
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in the US, Canada, and Mexico plan to continue implementing travel restrictions, additional health screening measures, and internal movement and business restrictions through at least May to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

US: Authorities announced the extension of the closure of US land borders with Canada and Mexico to nonessential travel through at least May 20. Officials are also maintaining a ban on entry for foreign nationals, who in the previous 14 days have been in China, Iran, the UK, Ireland, or any of the 26 European countries in the Schengen Area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Returning US citizens and legal permanent residents who have traveled to the restricted country list within 14 days of arrival must self-quarantine for 14 days. Citizens have been advised not to travel internationally.

Canada: Authorities extended the closure of the land border with the US for nonessential travel through at least May 20 while still allowing US citizens for essential travel, and barred nonresident foreign nationals from entering through at least late April. Officials have redirected all international passenger flights to four airports:

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Montreal Trudeau Airport (YUL)
Calgary International Airport (YYC)

Mexico: Mexican authorities have closed the land border with the US to nonessential travel until at least May 20, but have not suspended or limited entry for foreign nationals arriving in the country by plane. However, there is limited flight availability due to entry restrictions in most countries worldwide. Officials have announced increased screening measures at airports for all travelers coming from the most affected areas, including China, Iran, and Europe.


MDTI-WA-2020-235
Date: 22 April 2020

SRI LANKA TO EASE SOME COVID-19 RELATED RESTRICTIONS BY APRIL 22,2020

Country of Territory: SRI LANKA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Sri Lanka are easing restrictions placed to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as of April 22 . Officials have limited or plan to limit daily curfew hours to 2000-0500 in most parts of Sri Lanka, in addition to mandating the use of face masks in public. Stringent movement, travel, and business restrictions remain in place across high-risk zones, including the capital city of Colombo. The details of the restrictions are:

All districts except high-risk districts and areas: Daily curfew imposed 2000-0500 from April 20, with extended weekend curfew from 2000 April 24-0500 April 27.

High-risk districts: Revised curfew hours 2000-0500 will come into effect from April 27 in the Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, and Puttalam districts.

Travel Restrictions:
Sri Lankan authorities have indefinitely suspended the issuance of all visa types – including electronic, landing, multiple-entry, and residential – to foreigners, regardless of nationality , through at least March 31; previously issued visas for foreign nationals, including residential permits, stand temporarily suspended. Such travelers will not be allowed to enter Sri Lanka. The restrictions do not apply to holders of diplomatic, official, and service passports. Foreigners who have entered Sri Lanka on or before March 14 will receive visa extensions at least up to May 12.

Officials have also suspended all inbound international passenger flights indefinitely; however, cargo transport, passenger transit, and international departures will continue at the Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Officials had previously halted all international services at the Jaffna International Airport (JAF) – Sri Lanka’s only other functional international airport. While domestic flights are unaffected, international passenger ships such as cruises and ferries are barred indefinitely; port operations for goods transport continue.


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Date: 22 April 2020

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF APRIL 22, 2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Algeria: Land, air, and sea connections for passenger travel are suspended until further notice . On April 1, Air Algerie (AH) extended the suspension of all its passenger flights until further notice; the carrier had initially suspended operations through April 4.

Bahrain: Flights to and from Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, and Morocco are suspended until further notice . Travelers who transited through or departed from Iraq, Lebanon, and Iran in the 14 days prior to arrival will be denied entry (this measure excludes Bahraini or GCC citizens). All arrivals will be subjected to health screenings and a 14-day home quarantine. Bahrain’s flag carrier – Gulf Air (GF) – announced April 4 that transit through Bahrain International Airport (BAH) is now permitted for international travelers.

Egypt: Air traffic at all of the nation’s airports is suspended through April 24 . All modes of private and public transport must cease operation during the curfew hours of 2000-0600.

Israel: All foreigners are barred from entering Israel until further notice . Israeli citizens and permanent residents are permitted to enter. All border crossings with Jordan and Egypt are closed. Public transportation is significantly reduced. A mandatory quarantine order for all residents returning from abroad has been in effect since March 20. El Al (LY) Airlines suspended all passenger flights to and from Israel through at least May 2.

Kuwait: All commercial flights to and from Kuwait are suspended until further notice.

Morocco: All flights to and from Morocco are suspended indefinitely . Suspension of sea travel to Spain, Gibraltar, and France and the closure of the border with the Spanish autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla on the north coast of Africa have been in effect from March 16.

Oman: An indefinite ban on foreigners entering Oman has been in effect from March 18. Only Omani nationals will be permitted entry, with a mandatory 14-day quarantine period. Commercial flights remain suspended until further notice ; domestic flights between Muscat and Musandam Governorate are still operating.

Qatar: Qatari authorities have indefinitely extended the nation’s existing suspension of inbound flights . Transit flights are exempt from the measure. Foreigners are barred from entering the country; however, residents returning from abroad will be permitted to enter and will be placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Qatari citizens are not allowed to exit the country. All public transport is suspended .

Saudi Arabia : All domestic flights and public transport remain suspended. All international flights have been indefinitely suspended. Land border crossings with Kuwait, Yemen, and the UAE remain closed until further notice.

United Arab Emirates: Flag carriers Etihad (EY) and Emirates (EK) began operating limited repatriation flights out of the UAE to a select number of destinations from April 5 and 6, respectively .

EY will operate repatriation flights to Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, and South Korea.

EK will operate repatriation flights to Algeria, Afghanistan, Belgium, France, Germany, Indonesia, Philippines, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, and the UK .

Additional destinations may be added at a later date subject to governmental approval . Regular inbound, outbound, and transit passenger flights remain suspended until further notice.


MDTI-WA-2020-233
Date: 22 April 2020

TURKEY EXTENSION OF ENTRY AND EXIT BAN FROM 31 PROVINCES UP TO MAY 4, 2020

Country of Territory: TURKEY
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Turkey will impose a four-day curfew in 31 provinces 0001 April 23-2359 April 26 in order to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Affected provinces include Ankara, Adana, Antalya, Aydin, Balikesir, Bursa, Denizli, Diyarbakir, Erzurum, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Istanbul, Izmir, Kahramanmaras, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Malatya, Manisa, Mardin, Mersin, Mugla, Ordu, Sakarya, Samsun, Sanliurfa, Tekirdag, Trabzon, Van, and Zonguldak .

Turkey’s Interior Ministry has extended a ban on entry to and exit from the 31 provinces mentioned above to May 4. The ban applies to all traffic via land, air, and sea, with the exception of freight and emergency vehicles. Additionally, officials have indefinitely suspended intercity public transport and restricted domestic flights since March 28.

Authorities announced an indefinite suspension of all international flights . The restrictions do not apply to cargo flights or ground freight transport. Authorities could introduce or amend restrictions depending on the evolution of disease activity in the coming days.


MDTI-WA-2020-232
Date: 22 April 2020

SOUTH ASIA – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF APRIL 22,2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: SOUTH ASIA
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Several nations in South Asia have advised citizens to avoid non-essential international travel due to the prevalent coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Countries are also advising all incoming travelers, regardless of nationality, to self-isolate for two weeks or undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or in a medical facility based on medical screening outcomes.

As of April 21, the following restrictions were in place, modified, or planned:

Afghanistan: Enhanced health screenings are underway at all entry points – mainly land border crossings with Iran. Authorities briefly enforced a travel ban and land border closures between Afghanistan and Iran Feb. 25-26; such restrictions could recur intermittently in the coming weeks. Restrictions on international flights, imposed by Afghan authorities, remain in place as of April 21. Afghan carriers are mainly operating services from Dubai and Pakistan; however, flight availability remains limited by bans on Afghan flights by several countries.

Bhutan: Ongoing restrictions on entry and re-entry for all foreigners with any form of visa, work permits, and immigration permits will continue until further notice. Those holding diplomatic, official, and international organization passports will also be denied entry; only Bhutanese citizens and residents may enter. All returnees will undergo a 21-day quarantine. Foreigners may exit. The Bhutanese government has closed all international borders, including the border with India, for passenger transit, and is severely restricting cargo transport. Bhutanese air carriers such as Druk Air (KB) and Bhutan Airlines (B3) are operating limited international and domestic flights to repatriate stranded Bhutanese citizens.

Bangladesh : International flights, except services to and from China, suspended until at least April 30 . Land borders with India and Myanmar closed to travelers. While on-arrival visa issuance remains suspended, additional travel bans continue for those with travel history to the EU or Iran since March 1. Foreign nationals arriving in Bangladesh are required to provide a medical certificate (with an English translation) no older than 72 hours on arrival indicating that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

India: India has suspended visa issuance and canceled previously issued visas of all international travelers – except diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, and project visas – of all international travelers. Visas will remain valid until 2359 May 3 for travelers already in the country. A ban on all domestic and international commercial flights will continue until at least 2359 May 3. Officials are also maintaining a ban on travelers from Afghanistan, the EU, the European Free Trade Association, Malaysia, Philippines, Turkey, and the UK as of April 21; authorities have barred airlines from boarding India-bound passengers from the aforementioned countries. The suspension of international cruises, passenger buses, and train services continues.

Maldives: Maldivian authorities have suspended on-arrival visa facilities for all foreigners, effective 0001 March 27, at all air and sea ports ; visas will remain valid for travelers already in the country. Those planning on essential travel to the Maldives can contact the nearest Maldivian consulate for visa issuance after medical checks. Earlier, officials banned travelers from or transiting through Bangladesh, France’s Île-de-France and Grand Est, Germany’s Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, Iran, Italy, mainland China, Malaysia, Spain, the United Kingdom, as well as South Korea’s North Gyeongsang and South Gyeongsang provinces.

Nepal: Nepal has suspended on-arrival and electronic visa issuance for all foreign nationals and non-resident Nepalese through at least April 30. In addition, Nepal is barring entry to those with travel or transit history to Europe, Gulf Arab countries, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea until further notice. Nepalese officials are extending a ban on all inbound and outbound international passenger flights until at least April 30 , except for some charter flights repatriating stranded citizens. Closure of all land border crossings for passenger traffic with India and China remain in place; cargo transit is permitted.

Pakistan: Pakistani authorities have announced that all commercial passenger flights , including domestic and international services, will remain suspended indefinitely . While commercial flights are banned, emergency services from Islamabad to Gilgit-Baltistan, as well as to repatriate Pakistani nationals stranded abroad will continue. Earlier, Pakistan was barring entry to all incoming air passengers, including Pakistani nationals, if they do not produce RT-PCR test results for COVID-19 taken 24 hours before boarding . Officials had also banned flights to and from Iran and closed the Gwadar (GWD) and Turbat (TUK) airports for international air traffic. Pakistan International Airlines (PK) flights to mainland China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and Qatar remain suspended; additional disruptions are likely to disrupt air travel to other affected countries.

Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan authorities have suspended the issuance of all visa types – including electronic, landing, multiple entry, and residential – to foreigners regardless of nationality , until further notice; previously issued visas for foreign nationals, including residential permits stand temporarily suspended. Such travelers will not be allowed to enter Sri Lanka. All inbound international passenger flights are suspended until further notice ; however, cargo transport, passenger transit, and international departures will continue at the Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Officials had previously ordered all international services at the Jaffna International Airport (JAF) – Sri Lanka’s only other functional international airport – has also halted.

Additional measures may lead to entry restrictions, immigration delays, and possible quarantine for travelers from countries with significant cases of COVID-19.


MDTI-WA-2020-231
Date: 22 April 2020

SINGAPORE COVID-19 RELATED TRAVEL AND HEALTH RESTRICTIONS EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 01, 2020

Country of Territory: SINGAPORE
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

The government has extended domestic gathering and business restrictions through June 1 to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Officials are strictly enhancing restrictions for a two-week period through May 4, which was the date when the restrictions were previously scheduled to end. Restrictions will then be reassessed and possibly eased, though many controls are set to continue through at least June 1. Authorities will designate specific days that people can enter these high-population areas depending on the last digit of their National Registration Identification Card or their Foreign Identification Number.

Officials are maintaining Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON ) orange, the second-highest level. Officials have closed all tourist attractions, casinos, sports and recreation facilities, places of worship, and educational centers; schools are employing remote learning measures. Additionally, the government is requiring people to wear face masks when outside home, with exemptions for those having strenuous exercise and children below two years old.

State carrier Singapore Airlines (SQ) and its subsidiaries, Scoot (TR) and SilkAir (MI), have suspended most of their scheduled flights . From April 21, Singapore-based airline JetStar Asia Airways (3K) is temporarily resuming some routes to Bangkok, Manila, and Kuala Lumpur.

JetStar is only providing flights for citizens and permanent residents who are returning to their home country and passengers who have documentation approving their travel.

Travel Restrictions:
With few exceptions, only Singaporean citizens and permanent residents are allowed to enter the country
. Officials have banned entry or transit of all short-term visa holders; the measure extends to work pass holders and their dependents, with exemptions for those providing essential services like healthcare and transport. All long-term visit pass and student pass holders will also need to apply for government approval before traveling to Singapore. Authorities are requiring all arriving passengers to submit an online health declaration up to three days before entering the country.

The Johor Causeway linking Singapore to Malaysia will only be open 0700-1900 from April 24. Authorities may further expand travel restrictions and other measures in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country.


MDTI-WA-2020-230
Date: 22 April 2020

ASIA – MUSLIM COUNTRIES THROUGHOUT ASIA TO OBSERVE HOLY MONTH OF RAMADAN FROM APRIL 23- MAY 24

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: MUSLIM-MAJORITY COUNTRIES AND AREAS IN EAST, SOUTH, AND SOUTHEAST ASIA
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Muslims throughout Asia will observe the holy month of Ramadan, April 23-May 24 . Ramadan begins with the first sighting of the crescent moon; as such, start and end dates may vary by one to two days in different countries, depending on the findings of local Islamic authorities. The impact of Ramadan on government and business operations is likely to be more pronounced in predominantly Muslim countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, the Maldives, Malaysia, and Pakistan. Measures introduced by countries to halt the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), such as domestic and international travel restrictions, movement controls, business closures, and ban on public gatherings are all likely to impact festivities this year.

Eid al-Fitr (Feast of Breaking the Fast) occurs at the end of Ramadan on or around May 24. Celebrations may last one to seven days. Significant air, road, rail, and maritime travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19 are likely to continue through Ramadan to prevent widespread movement of people.

Pakistani authorities may partially lift domestic travel restrictions for the festival, prompting overcrowding and high demand for available transportation; some other states may introduce such relaxations if in-country cases fall.

Other high-risk areas include Uighur Muslim-populated areas of western China, states in India with a significant Muslim population, as well as Sri Lanka. While clashes between Hindus and Muslims in India during Ramadan are typically over the illegal slaughter of cows, inter-religious relations remain volatile in Sri Lanka following the series of deadly blasts in April 2019 by the local Islamist militant group National Thowheeth Jama’ath.

Potential Terrorism and/or Sectarian Problem Areas
Afghanistan
Pakistan
Bangladesh
India: Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh
Thailand: Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala, Songkhla
Indonesia: Jakarta, Maluku, Central Sulawesi, Papua
Philippines: Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Zamboanga City
China: Ningxia, Gansu, Qinghai, Xi’an, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region


MDTI-WA-2020-229
Date: 22 April 2020

TAIWAN INBOUND TRAVELERS FROM SOUTHEAST ASIA TO UNDERGO A 14DAY MANDATORY QUARANTINE AT GOVERNMENT DESIGNATED HOTELS STARTING APRIL 21

Country of Territory: TAIWAN
Affected Areas: TAIWAN
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Taiwan authorities are requiring some inbound travelers from Southeast Asian countries to undergo a 14-day quarantine at government-designated hotels from April 21 to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the island. Authorities will allow travelers from the region living alone or with en suite bathrooms to self-quarantine at home.

Enhanced screening measures are likely to cause delays at transport hubs across the island, especially at airports in Taipei (TPE, TSA) and Kaohsiung (KHH) and main railway stations. As of April 21, authorities have not stipulated any penalties for defying social distancing measures, but officials have warned that they could establish fines and other punishments in the future, depending on the public’s adoption of social distancing measures.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications has restricted flights to mainland China; under the measures, airlines are only allowed to fly to airports in Beijing (PEK), Shanghai (SHA, PVG), Xiamen (XMN), and Chengdu (CTU) through April 29. The restriction has prompted Taiwan-based carriers China Airlines (CA) and EVA Air (BR) to cancel most flight services to mainland China.


MDTI-WA-2020-228
Date: 21 April 2020

SOUTHEAST ASIA -UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF APRIL 21, 2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: SOUTH EAST ASIA
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Countries in Southeast Asia continue to enforce travel restrictions and enhanced health screenings to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measures vary across the region; the following restrictions are in effect as of April 21:

Brunei: Authorities have banned foreigners, including long-term pass holders, from entering or transiting the country, and suspended all travel, student, and dependent visas . The government has also banned Bruneian nationals from leaving the country, except for medical emergency or educational reasons.

Cambodia: Foreign nationals traveling from France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain, and the US will not be able to enter Cambodia until further notice. Issuance of tourist visas and e-visas, visa-on-arrival services, and visa exemption also remain suspended. Foreign visitors will need to obtain a visa from Cambodian diplomatic missions and provide proof of medical insurance worth at least USD 50,000 and a medical certificate from local health authorities stating they have not tested positive for COVID-19. Authorities are quarantining all arrivals at government facilities, which are located at air, sea, and land points of entry, for 14 days . Most border checkpoints with Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam remain closed.

Indonesia: The government has banned foreigners from entering or transiting the country . The restriction exempts permanent residents, diplomats, and transport workers. Inbound travelers, regardless of nationality, who show COVID-19 symptoms, will need to undergo quarantine at government premises .

Laos: Authorities have extended an international travel ban through May 3 , with some limited exceptions. The government is allowing foreigners already in the country to depart, while citizens can travel overseas for urgent reasons, such as essential government duties or medical purposes. Visa issuance for all countries also remains suspended through May 3 .

Malaysia: Authorities have prohibited foreign nationals from entering Malaysia through at least April 28, with some limited exemptions such as foreign spouses and dependents of Malaysian citizens. All inbound passengers will have to undergo 14 days of quarantine at government facilities upon arrival.

Myanmar: Officials have stopped all international flights, except for relief or cargo flights , through at least April 30 and banned foreign nationals from entering through land border checkpoints. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also suspended visa issuance and visa-free travel to the country through April 30. Returning Myanmar citizens and incoming foreigners, with some exceptions, will need to undergo a 21-day quarantine at government facilities and subsequent one-week self-isolation.

Philippines: The government has suspended all visas, including visas that the government has already issued, and visa-free privileges, effectively banning foreigners from entering the country . The restriction exempts foreign spouses and children of Filipino citizens and diplomatic staff and their dependents. The measure also does not affect visa holders who are already in the Philippines . The government continues to prevent Filipino citizens, except for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and uniformed personnel on official duty, from departing the country.

Singapore: Officials have banned entry or transit of all short-term visa holders ; the measure extends to work pass holders and their dependents, with exemptions for those providing essential services like healthcare and transport. All long-term visit pass and student pass holders will also need to apply for government approval before traveling to Singapore. Authorities are requiring all arriving passengers to submit an online health declaration up to three days before entering the country.

Thailand: Officials have extended a ban on inbound passenger flights through April 30. The government has also banned foreigners from entering the country, with some limited exemptions, including for diplomats and transport workers, through the April 30 end date of the state of emergency.

Timor-Leste: Authorities are banning foreign nationals from entering the country through at least April 26 . The restriction does not apply to foreign nationals born in Timor-Leste, diplomats, or workers on oil rigs. International commercial passenger flights remain suspended.

Vietnam: Officials have banned entry for all foreign nationals into the country , with exemptions for essential and skilled workers. All travelers allowed into the country will undergo quarantine at designated government-run facilities for 14 days. Authorities have also suspended all inbound international passenger flights. Officials have closed the country’s land borders with Cambodia and Laos for passenger transit.

Governments could expand their response in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country. The measures may lead to immigration delays, especially for passengers from locations with significant numbers of COVID-19 cases.


MDTI-WA-2020-227
Date: 21 April 2020

HONGKONG- – COVID-19 RELATED RESTRICTIONS EXTENDED UP TO MAY 7,2020

Country of Territory: HONG KONG
Affected Areas: HONG KONG
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Hong Kong has extended social distancing restrictions in the territory through at least May 7 despite reductions in new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Public gatherings of more than four people, with certain exceptions, including weddings, funerals, and government functions, remain banned. Those found violating the orders could face a fine of HKD 50,000 (USD 6,450) and six months in jail.

Hong Kong continues to restrict land border crossings with mainland China to the Shenzhen Bay checkpoint and along the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.

Immigration processing centers at Ocean Terminal and Kai Tak Cruise Terminal remain closed.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) remains open, though airlines have significantly reduced flights due to decreased demand, and further cancellations are likely.

Travel Restrictions:
A ban on all nonresident foreign nationals from entering the territory remains in place indefinitely . Travelers from Macau, Taiwan, and mainland China may enter Hong Kong, provided they have no recent travel history elsewhere. Arriving passengers from these areas, including Hong Kong residents, will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon entry into Hong Kong. Several countries have imposed precautionary restrictions on travelers from Hong Kong.


MDTI-WA-2020-226
Date: 21 April 2020

NEW ZEALAND – EXTENSION OF ALERT LEVEL 4 (HIGHEST LEVEL) AND ASSOCIATED RESTRICTIONS THROUGH APRIL 27, 2020

Country of Territory: NEW ZEALAND
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

The country will transition to a Level 3 alert April 28 through at least May 11; leaders will review the level every two weeks. Officials have stressed that a significant reduction in restrictions will not occur under Level 3. Authorities will continue to enforce social distancing and encourage people to stay at home as much as possible.


MDTI-WA-2020-225
Date: 21 April 2020

UNITED STATES- GROUND BORDER CLOSURE WITH CANADA AND MEXICO EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 20, 2020

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

US authorities have extended the ground border closures with Canada and Mexico to nonessential travel through at least May 20, as part of the countries’ efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The closures will not affect trade, movement of essential goods and workers, food, medicines, or cargo trucks. The initial orders to close the ground borders were set to expire April 21.

Additional travel restrictions are ongoing . US officials have suspended entry for foreign nationals who have been in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), Iran, UK, Ireland, and the Schengen Area within the last 14 days. The Schengen Area includes 26 European countries: 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. US citizens and legal permanent residents who have traveled to a country on the restricted list within 14 days of arrival must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Department of State officials have also advised US citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.

As of April 20, 47 states and the District of Columbia have canceled classes in all public schools through at least April. Officials in at least 43 states and the District of Columbia have issued stay-at-home orders, through at least April 30.


MDTI-WA-2020-224
Date: 21 April 2020

NORTHEAST ASIA-UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF APRIL 21, 2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: NORTHEAST ASIA
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Governments in Northeast Asia continue to enforce travel restrictions to prevent the transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Measures vary throughout the region; as of April 21, the following restrictions are in place:

Mainland China: Authorities continue to bar all foreign nationals from entering the country ; exceptions are in place for diplomatic personnel and C visa holders, which officials generally issue to members of flight and shipping crews.

Hong Kong: The government is maintaining a ban on all nonresident foreign nationals. Travelers from Macau, Taiwan, and mainland China are exempt from restrictions but will be barred if they have a recent travel history elsewhere . Arriving passengers from these areas, including Hong Kong residents, have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon entry into the territory. Authorities continue to require all passengers from Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea; Iran; and the Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, and Veneto regions in Italy to quarantine for two weeks in government facilities.

Japan : Entry ban for foreign nationals with recent travel history to 75 countries and territories, including the US, Canada, the UK, Schengen Area countries, China, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand, within 14 days remains in place . Officials also require all passengers arriving from these countries to undergo polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, which involves medical personnel taking a nasopharyngeal swab, upon arrival. Any inbound passenger allowed into Japan is required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period, either at home or in a government-designated facility.

Macau: Officials have banned nonresident foreign nationals from entering the territory . Travelers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China – except Hubei Province – are exempt from the measure but will not be allowed to enter if they have traveled elsewhere in the previous two weeks . Residents and allowed travelers that have visited “high-risk” countries, including the Schengen Area, the UK, the US, Canada, Brazil, Egypt, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Iran, and New Zealand, within 14 days of arrival will face mandatory quarantine at designated hotels.

Mongolia: The government has effectively banned international travel. The country closed its last open border crossing with Russia from March 28. Commercial flights connecting Mongolia with Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey remain suspended. International train services with Russia have stopped through at least April 30.

North Korea: Inbound travel by foreign nationals has been effectively suspended . Officials are conducting increased health screenings and have imposed quarantine periods on foreign nationals, along with North Koreans arriving in Pyongyang.

South Korea: The government continues to ban all foreign travelers who have visited China’s Hubei Province within 14 days of arrival from entering the country . South Koreans who traveled to Hubei Province will need to self-quarantine for 14 days. Officials have halted visa-free and visa-waiver programs with countries that have entry bans for South Korean citizens. The restriction impacts travelers from 90 countries, including Australia, Canada, and most European nations. Authorities have also canceled existing short-term visas issued before April 5, requiring travelers to reapply for entry documents .

Taiwan: Officials continue to ban noncitizens from entering Taiwan, though some exceptions are in place for foreign residents, diplomats, and business travelers executing contracts. All arriving passengers, regardless of nationality or residency, must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Governments could expand their response in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country or imported cases continue to rise. The measures may lead to immigration delays, especially for passengers from locations with significant numbers of COVID-19 cases. Government flight bans and airline flight reductions due to decreased demand are likely to continue in the near term. The operational status of flights can change without notice.


MDTI-WA-2020-223
Date: 21 April 2020

OMAN – MUSCAT GOVERNORATE LOCKDWON EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 8,2020

Country of Territory: OMAN
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Omani authorities have extended the existing lockdown on Muscat Governorate until 1000 May 8 as part of their efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities previously restricted most access into or out of Muscat’s Muttrah, Ruwi, Wadi Kabir, and Darsait districts from April 1

Suspension of all domestic and international passenger flights effective March 29 , with the general exception of flights between Muscat International Airport (MCT) and Khasab Airport (KHS) in Musandam Governorate . Cargo flights are not affected;

Indefinite closure of all nonessential businesses except groceries, pharmacies, and medical facilities starting March 18. The government had already banned public gatherings and shut down tourist sites, parks, and beaches; An indefinite government ban on foreigners entering Oman via any entry point effective March 18.

Only Omani nationals are permitted to enter but must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine period ; Omani nationals have been prevented from leaving the country since March 18.


MDTI-WA-2020-222
Date: 21 April 2020

INDONESIA- NATIONWIDE COVID-19 RELATED RESTRICTIONS EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 7,2020

Country of Territory: INDONESIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

The central government continues to allow areas across the country to implement social distancing restrictions to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Officials inWest Java Province’s Greater Bandung area and West Sumatra Province will enact social distancing restrictions April 22-May 5, while similar measures will be in effect inMakassar city, South Sulawesi Province April 24-May 7.

A nationwide public health emergency declaration remains in effect. Central government officials have also announced transport restrictions ahead of the Eid al-Fitr public holiday, May 24-25, when people nationwide travel to their hometowns.

Travel Restrictions:
A uthorities have banned foreign nationals from entering and transiting the country. The restriction exempts permanent residents, diplomats, and transport workers. Returning travelers, regardless of nationality, that show COVID-19 symptoms will undergo quarantine at government premises. Authorities will advise all inbound passengers to self-quarantine for two weeks.


MDTI-WA-2020-221
Date: 21 April 2020

PAKISTAN TO EXTEND BAN ON DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER FLIGHT THROUGH APRIL 30,2020

Country of Territory: PAKISTAN
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Pakistan will extend an ongoing ban on domestic and international passenger flight operations through 2359 April 30 ; the restriction was initially set to end April 21. Cargo flights are unaffected. As of April 20, officials are easing business restrictions introduced as part of a series of nationwide policies meant to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Authorities have also permitted resumption of congregational prayers at mosques across the country with precautions. Nationwide domestic control measures, including a ban on all social and public gatherings, as well as the closure of other public spaces like educational institutions, tourist attractions, dine-in restaurants, public squares, and entertainment venues, will continue at least through April 30.

Travel Restrictions:
In addition to the air travel restrictions, Pakistani authorities have sealed off all border crossings with Iran and Afghanistan.

Commercial operations – except for transport of essential goods – also remain suspended.

Officials have closed the Attari-Wagah border with India , though a handful of Pakistani and Indian citizens have been allowed to repatriate through the crossing on an emergency basis.

Any incoming travelers permitted in the country, including Pakistani nationals, are advised to self-isolate for two weeks or are mandated to undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or in a medical facility based on medical screening outcomes.


MDTI-WA-2020-220
Date: 20 April 2020

NEW ZEALAND – EXTENSION OF ALERT LEVEL 4 (HIGHEST LEVEL) AND ASSOCIATED RESTRICTIONS THROUGH APRIL 27, 2020

Country of Territory: NEW ZEALAND
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

New Zealand has extended a Level 4 alert, the highest level , and associated restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through 2359 April 27.

All events, regardless of size, are banned . Schools are closed to all but the children of essential service workers. Hospitals are deferring elective services and procedures. Officials are also limiting transport operations; only essential workers can use public transport . Police are also monitoring road traffic and have reportedly erected roadblocks to prevent nonessential travel. Authoritiescould punish people in violation of the orders as much as NZD 4,000 (USD 2,200) or up to six months in jail.

The country will transition to a Level 3 alert April 28 through at least May 11; leaders will review the level every two weeks. Officials have stressed that a significant reduction in restrictions will not occur under Level 3. Authorities will continue to enforce social distancing and encourage people to stay at home as much as possible.

Travel Restrictions
New Zealand continues to ban all foreign nationals from entering the country . The measure includes citizens of Pacific nations , who were previously excluded from travel restrictions; however, exceptions will continue for citizens from the region and other foreign nationals for humanitarian reasons. Staff are conducting health screenings of all incoming passengers . Officials continue to require inbound passengers to remain at government-designated facilities for 14 days.


MDTI-WA-2020-219
Date: 20 April 2020

MYANMAR ALL (TO AND FROM THE COUNTRY) INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER FLIGHTSREMAIN SUSPENDED THROUGH APRIL 30, 2020

Country of Territory: MYANMAR
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Authorities continue to expand restrictions within Myanmar to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The central government has ordered the extension of movement control measures in Yangon’s Bahan, Hlaingthaya, Insein, Mayangon, Pabedan, Shwepyitha, and South Okkalapa townships as of April 20. The national government has banned gatherings of more than five people, with exemptions for public servants and factory workers commuting to and from their workplaces and medical emergencies, among others.

Transport restrictions are ongoing in some areas . Shan State suspended public transport through April 21, while Mandalay city officials banned travel in and out of the city through April 21. Myanmar National Airlines (UB) flights remain suspended through April 30; further flight cancellations and transport disruptions are possible in the coming weeks, depending on government orders.

Travel Restrictions:
All international flights, except for relief or cargo flights, remain suspended through at least April 30. The government has restricted border movements, allowing only the transport of goods. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also suspended visa issuance and visa-free travel to the country through April 30. Returning Myanmar citizens and incoming foreigners, with some exceptions, will need to undergo a 21-day quarantine at government facilities and a subsequent one-week self-isolation. Officials could expand their response in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country.


MDTI-WA-2020-218
Date: 20 April 2020

TURKEY EXTENSION ON BAN TO ENTER AN EXIT 31 PROVINCES IN TURKEY UP TO MAY 4, 2020

Country of Territory: TURKEY
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Turkey’s Interior Ministry has extended a ban on entry to and exit from 31 provinces to May 4 in order to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The ban applies to the provinces of Ankara, Adana, Antalya, Aydin, Balikesir, Bursa, Denizli, Diyarbakir, Erzurum, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Istanbul, Izmir, Kahramanmaras, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Malatya, Manisa, Mardin, Mersin, Mugla, Ordu, Sakarya, Samsun, Sanliurfa, Tekirdag, Trabzon, Van, and Zonguldak.

The ban applies to all traffic via land, air, and sea, with the exception of freight and emergency vehicles. Residents may also travel outside their city or district, but must remain within the province, to attend funerals or receive medical care. Residents can apply to the Travel Permission Council to receive exceptional authorization for travel.

Additionally, officials have indefinitely suspended intercity public transport and restricted domestic flights since March 28.

Turkish Airlines (TK) is operating reduced domestic flights from Ankara Esenboga Airport (ESB) and Istanbul Airport (IST) to select major cities as of March 28.

Pegasus Airlines (PC) has suspended all domestic flight services through at least April 30.


MDTI-WA-2020-217
Date: 20 April 2020

MORROCO- SUSPENSION OF ALL FLIGHTS TO AND FROM MORROCO EXTENDED

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AS OF APRIL 20,2020

Country of Territory: MORROCO
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

On April 18, Moroccan authorities extended the country’s existing health state of emergency and 1800-0600 curfew through May 20 as part of their efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The decree, which was initially introduced March 20, prohibits residents from leaving their homes without permission from local authorities; failure to comply with the order will result in punitive action.

Other measures taken by the government of Morocco include:

Closure of all educational institutions and cancellation of political, social, and sporting events;

Suspension of all flights to and from Morocco; suspension of sea travel to Spain, Gibraltar, and France; and the closure of the border with the Spanish autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla, located on the north coast of Africa.

Authorities could institute further preventive restrictions, depending on the evolution of disease activity in the coming days and weeks.


MDTI-WA-2020-216
Date: 20 April 2020

SPAIN – PRIME MINISTER PEDRO SANCHEZ PROPOSED EXTENSION OF COUNTRY’S STATE OF EMERGENCY UNTIL MAY 9, 2020

Country of Territory: SPAIN
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is seeking parliamentary approval to extend the country’s existing nationwide state of emergency through May 9 as part of efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19); the measure was originally set to expire on April 25. Sanchez’ plan also seeks to relax restrictions on children’s movements to allow them outside of their homes starting April 27. The current state of emergency allows authorities to continue a series of nationwide restrictions:

– Closure of nonessential retail businesses, with employers urged to implement telecommuting policies; essential businesses, such as grocery stores, fueling stations, pharmacies, among others, will remain open.
Ban on unnecessary travel
– Closure of resorts, swimming pools, and gyms
– Closure of museums and other cultural sites
– Closure of all schools and other educational institutions

These measures are in addition to a ban on foreign nationals entering Spain . Persons exempted from this measure include residents of Spain, Schengen Area residents transiting to their home countries, cross-border commuters for essential work, diplomats, and others with exceptional circumstances. The restrictions do not apply to freight transport.


MDTI-WA-2020-215
Date: 20 April 2020

SOUTH KOREA – SOCIAL DISTANCING AND OTHER COVID RELATED RESTGRICTIONS EXTENDED UP TO MAY 5,2020

Country of Territory: SOUTH KOREA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID RELATED RESTRICTIONS

Authorities have extended an ongoing social distancing campaign across South Korea through at least May 5 amid reduced coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity . However, owners and staff at open facilities must maintain distancing measures to limit the spread of the disease. The government intends to review restrictions every two weeks, and officials could intensify or reduce restrictions further in the coming weeks, depending on COVID-19 activity.

Authorities are maintaining the alert level for COVID-19 at red , the highest level, empowering the government to implement movement restrictions, cancel school, and alter public transport services, among other measures. South Korean officials have not announced any domestic travel restrictions as of April 20.

The government continues to ban cruise ships from docking at ports in the country , including in Jeju.

Airlines have suspended routes and reduced flights amid decreased demand . Major industrial plants have closed in South Korea after employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Travel Restrictions:
The government continues to ban all foreign travelers who have visited China’s Hubei Province within 14 days of arrival from entering the country.

A suspension of visa-free and visa-waiver programs with countries that have entry bans for South Korean citizens remains in place. The restriction impacts travelers from 90 countries, including Australia, Canada, and most European nations.

Authorities have also canceled existing short-term visas issued before April 5 , requiring travelers to reapply for entry documents. The government plans to limit all but essential or urgent travel for foreign nationals to the country.


MDTI-WA-2020-214
Date: 20 April 2020

CANADA-EXTENDED CLOSURE OF THE COUNTRY’S LAND BORDER WITH THE US THROUGH MAY 20,2020

Country of Territory: CANADA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID RELATED RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Canada have extended the closure of the country’s land border with the US to nonessential travel through May 20 as part of their effort to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The closure, which was originally scheduled to expire on April 20, does not affect trade; basic goods, food, and medicines continue to move between the two countries, and cargo trucks are not affected. The extension is based on an agreement between the two governments in Ottawa and Washington.

Aside from the land border closure, the federal government in Canada will continue its series of nationwide COVID-related restrictions through at least April 30, while some individual provinces have adjusted their own responses to the disease activity, in some cases extending local restrictions into mid-May.

On the national level, Canadian authorities have banned individuals displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19 from domestic air and train travel through at least April 30. Travelers who are denied boarding will be barred from air or train travel for at least 14 days unless they can produce a medical certificate confirming that any symptoms are unrelated to COVID-19.

All international flights to Canada – with the exception of trade and business flights, as well as flights from the US, Mexico, Caribbean, and St. Pierre and Miquelon – are landing only at Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Toronto, Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Montreal Trudeau Airport (YUL), and Calgary International Airport (YYC). Canadian citizens and residents returning from abroad are being ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days.


MDTI-WA-2020-213
Date: 20 April 2020

UAE – PARTIAL FLIGHT RESUMPTION AS OF APRIL 20,2020

Country of Territory: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Affected Areas: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Incident: FLIGHT RESUMPTION

United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag carriers Emirates (EK) and Etihad Airways (EY) announced plans to begin reinstating additional destinations from May 1 . While both EK and EY are accepting bookings for commercial flights from May 1 , a full resumption of regular operations is still subject to government approval.

Currently, EK and EY are permitted to operate limited repatriation flights to certain destinations.


MDTI-WA-2020-212
Date: 20 April 2020

BULGARIA- DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM BULGARIA AND THE UK INDEFINITELY SUSPENDED, INCLUDING REPATRIATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Country of Territory: BULGARIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

As of April 17, authorities have prohibited all movement by private vehicles in and out of Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia , in order to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The ban also applies to intercity buses. Freight, emergency services and public utility vehicles are exempt. Traffic within Sofia is not being restricted at this time.

Additionally, direct flights between Bulgaria and the UK have been indefinitely suspended, including repatriation and humanitarian flights.

Bulgaria previously introduced a number of measures to combat COVID-19. A state of emergency is in effect until at least May 13. All nonessential businesses are closed. Essential businesses include supermarkets, grocery stores, pharmacies, and banks. Persons under the age of 60 are prohibited from going to grocery stores 0830-1030 daily.

In addition to the EU-wide 30-day ban on non-EU citizens entering the region, Bulgarian authorities have indefinitely barred entry to nonresident persons traveling from Austria, Spain, Italy, the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Iceland, Lichtenstein, and Luxembourg. Authorities may tighten or amend preventive measures in the coming days in response to disease activity in the country.


MDTI-WA-2020-211
Date: 20 April 2020

PORTUGAL – STATE OF EMERGENCY EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 2.2020

Country of Territory: PORTUGAL
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RELATED RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Portugal have extended the current state of emergency until at least May 2 as part of the country’s effort to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measure, which officials introduced March 18, had already been extended twice and had been due to expire April 17.

Portugal has temporarily introduced border controls with Spain through May 15. Air, rail, sea, and land travel between the two countries will be denied, except for nationals and residents returning home , individuals with close family in Portugal, cross-border workers, diplomats, and freight transport. Flights from Italy are also currently suspended. Officials have closed several land border checkpoints to facilitate these restrictions. Processing delays are likely at open crossings.

All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.


MDTI-WA-2020-210
Date: 20 April 2020

POLAND- UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF APRIL 20,2020

Country of Territory: POLAND
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RELATED RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Poland announced that, on April 20, the government will begin implementing a four-stage plan to ease restrictions that have been put in place as part of the nation’s effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The first stage of the plan will allow greater freedom of movement for recreational purposes, including access to forests and parks. It will also permit stores with less than 100 square meters (1,076 square feet) of floor space to reopen with specific restrictions on the number of patrons and employees that may be inside an establishment at a given time. Children aged 13 years and older will be allowed outside their homes without adult supervision. Social distancing guidelines and the use of protective masks will remain mandatory for all persons. There is no change to the existing requirement that attendance at religious services be limited to one person per 15 square meters (161 square feet).

Coronavirus-related restrictions that are currently slated to remain in effect indefinitely in Poland, but as yet are not specifically addressed by the government’s new plan, include:
– Ban on most foreigners entering Poland
– Mandatory 14-day quarantine for arrivals in Poland
– Ban on international rail traffic
– Ban on passenger air traffic
– Public transport operating but limited to half capacity

The restrictions do not apply to freight transport. Authorities will probably begin lifting travel restrictions gradually, depending on the level of success experienced with the new four-stage plan.


MDTI-WA-2020-209
Date: 17 April 2020

EUROPEAN UNION PLUS ICELAND, LIECHTENSTEIN,NORWAY AND SWITZERLAND & ALL SCHENGEN EU MEMBER STATES TO DENY ENTRY TO NON EU CITIZEN UNTIL MAY 15,2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: EUROPEAN UNION PLUS ICELAND, LIECHTENSTEIN,NORWAY AND SWITZERLAND
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

The European Commission has extended a measure advising thirty European nations to deny entry to non-EU citizens through at least May 15 as part of the bloc’s efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Countries included in the measure are referred to as the “EU+ Area” and include all Schengen EU-member states, including Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania, and the four Schengen EU-associated states, namely Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland; it is likely that all countries will adhere to this restriction.

Persons exempted from the closure will include family members of EU nationals, diplomats, foreigners with legal residency permits, cross-border and healthcare workers, and truck drivers transporting freight. The restriction will not prohibit the movement of people within the EU.

MDTI-WA-2020-208
Date: 17 April 2020

JAPAN PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE ANNOUNCED NATIONWIDE STATE OF EMERGENCY UNTIL MAY 6,2020

Country of Territory: JAPAN
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a nationwide state of emergency late April 16 to halt the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19); the measure is to remain in place through at least May 6. Officials had previously declared a state of emergency only in specific prefectures and cities. As of April 16, the measures do not impact public transport, utilities, supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies, banks, or post offices.

In Tokyo, where restrictions are most widespread, authorities have requested that entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, gyms, public pools, and nightclubs, close . Officials have also asked restaurants and bars to limit operating hours. Kanagawa Prefecture has adopted the same measures in a bid to reduce travel between the prefecture and Tokyo. Saitama and Chiba prefectures are mostly following similar restrictions as of April 16. Osaka and Fukuoka have also requested business closures.

Travel Restrictions:
The government continues to require that travelers entering the country, including Japanese nationals, undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival; the isolation period may take place either at a designated facility or the individual’s home. Individuals under quarantine orders are also to refrain from using public transportation.

As of April 16, the government continues to ban foreign nationals who have traveled to 75 countries, including the US, Canada, the UK, Schengen Area countries, China, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand, within 14 days from entering the country. International travel bans and mandatory medical testing upon arrival will continue until further notice.

Flights from South Korea and China are only authorized to land at Narita International Airport (NRT) and Kansai International Airport (KIX). Additional restrictions on international flights are possible in the coming days.


MDTI-WA-2020-207
Date: 17 April 2020

AUSTRALIA DOMESTIC MOVEMENT RESTRTICTION EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 14,2020

Country of Territory: AUSTRALIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RELATED RESTRICTIONS

Australian authorities are maintaining domestic movement restrictions to help curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). On April 16, officials announced that restrictions would remain in place until at least May 14. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also encouraged all residents over 70, individuals with preexisting conditions above 60, and indigenous people above 50 to remain indoors.

Several Australian airlines will resume flights from April 17 following major service suspensions due to severely reduced demand and financial difficulties. The government is providing major airlines Virgin Australia (VA) and Qantas (QF) with funding, enabling them to resume limited domestic operations on key routes between major cities. Virgin Australia will resume some domestic flights from April 17 through at least June 7. Authorities are only allowing essential travelers to board the flights. The airline will operate 64 round-trip flights per week between airports serving Melbourne (MEL), Brisbane (BNE), Sydney (SYD), Canberra (CBR), Perth (PER), and Adelaide (ADL).

Several states, including Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia, and Tasmania, are maintaining movement restrictions at state borders as of April 16. Queensland officials have closed all crossings with New South Wales, except Highway 1 (M1), Gold Coast Highway, and Griffith Street. Western Australia has banned all border crossings, except for essential personnel such as medical workers, shipping and airline crews, and defense personnel

International Travel Restrictions:
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade maintained its outbound international travel advisory for citizens at the highest level (“Do Not Travel”) as of April 16 , and the country has banned residents from most outbound travel.

An entry ban for foreign nationals remains in effect. Permanent residents and long-term pass holders, as well as their immediate relatives, are exempt from the restriction. As of April 16, the government is requiring all returning passengers to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities.

Travel restrictions have significantly impacted international flight operations. Qantas has canceled its international flights. Meanwhile, Virgin Australia has halted all international operations through June 14. Virgin Australia subsidiary Tigerair Australia (TT) has suspended all flight services from March 31, though TT could adjust its operational plans in the coming days. Officials have also banned cruise ships from docking in Australia.


MDTI-WA-2020-206
Date: 17 April 2020

UNITED KINGDOM -EXTENSION OF NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN UNTIL MAY 7,2020

Country of Territory: UNITED KINGDOM
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RELATED RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in the UK announced on April 16 that they would be extending existing restrictions – including the country’s nationwide lockdown – through at least May 7 as part of the effort to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities are instructing citizens, residents, and travelers to continue to remain in their homes, except when performing essential tasks. Residents may leave their homes to shop for basic necessities, to attend to medical needs, or to travel to and from their places of employment in instances where remote working is not possible.

Additionally, the London Underground (Tube) network remains partially closed. Other public transport services, including buses, have also been reduced.

Major airlines, including British Airways (BA) and Ryanair (FR), have canceled hundreds of flights due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Higher demand is possible for flights on airlines operating parallel routes. Further flight cancellations and schedule changes could be announced at short notice.


MDTI-WA-2020-205
Date: 17 April 2020

US-NEW YORK LOCKDOWN EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 15,2020

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Affected Areas: NEW YORK
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo extended orders requiring residents to stay at home , except to perform essential tasks, and nonessential businesses to close until at least May 15 as part of the state’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Residents may only leave their homes to obtain basic goods, attend to a medical issue, care for a person in need, or travel to work at an essential business or service .

Additionally, beginning April 17, authorities will require all persons, including essential workers, to wear protective masks when in public and whenever they cannot maintain proper distance between themselves and others. US authorities have advised residents of New York and nearby states to refrain from traveling to other parts of the country due to the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

Authorities will almost certainly deploy additional security personnel to assist in enforcing the measure. Officials could amend the order on short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.


MDTI-WA-2020-204
Date: 17 April 2020

CAMBODIA EXTENSION OF TRAVEL BAN FOR FOREIGNERS WITH TRAVEL HISTORY TO SPECIFIC COUNTRIES – SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY AS OF APRIL 17.2020

Country of Territory: CAMBODIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

The government has extended an entry ban for foreigners with recent travel history to specific countries and a suspension of visa issuance indefinitely, as of April 17 , to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Foreign nationals traveling from France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain, and the US will not be able to enter Cambodia until further notice . Issuance of tourist visas and e-visas, visa-on-arrival services, and visa exemption also remain suspended.

Foreign nationals intending to visit the country need to obtain a visa from their nearest Cambodian diplomatic mission. The foreign citizens must provide documentation of medical insurance worth at least USD50,000 and present a medical certificate from local health authorities stating they have not tested positive for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their departure.

All border checkpoints with Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam remain closed. The government has also banned cross-border travel for Cambodian and Vietnamese citizens.

The government could expand its response in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country.


MDTI-WA-2020-203
Date: 17 April 2020

MALDIVES

Country of Territory: MALDIVES
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Officials are enforcing a 24-hour curfew across Greater Male region from 1530 April 15, while maintaining other measures to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities had previously lifted a daily 1700-2000 curfew in Male, April 9. Residents must stay at home during the curfew period unless they obtain special movement permits from the nearest police station for essential or emergency needs. Domestic air travel is significantly limited after the national carrier, Maldivian Airlines, indefinitely suspended domestic passenger flights from April 15.

Travel Restrictions:
International maritime passenger transport remains banned. Travel restrictions and low demand have affected multiple international and domestic flights. Officials continue to ban foreign nationals with recent travel history in China, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Iran, Italy, France, Germany, the UK, along with North Gyeongsang Province, Daegu, and Busan in South Korea. Authorities have suspended visa-on-arrival issuance for all foreigners at all ports of entry , effectively banning most inbound travel by nonresident foreign nationals. Foreign nationals planning on essential travel to the Maldives must contact the nearest Maldivian diplomatic mission for visa issuance after medical checks. Officials have advised Maldivian nationals to suspend all nonessential international travel.

Foreign tourists already in the county cannot check into hotels or guesthouses across the Maldives; they must stay in resorts , where officials may enforce temporary movement and exit restrictions in the event of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases.


MDTI-WA-2020-202
Date: 17 April 2020

SOUTH AMERICA UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF APRIL 16,2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: SOUTH AMERICA
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in all South American countries will maintain travel, business and movement restrictions through at least late April as part of their efforts to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The exact duration of the measures will almost certainly depend on disease activity. The following measures are in place as of April 16:

Argentina: Nonresident foreign nationals remain barred from entering until further notice. A mandatory quarantine nationwide has been extended through April 26. Several provinces and the city of Buenos Aires have ordered residents to wear protective masks whenever in public. Domestic flights and long-distance trains remain canceled. There are tight controls on interprovincial transport.

Brazil: Officials have banned the entry of all nonresident foreign nationals by air through April 30. All land borders are closed through May 2, and arrivals by sea remain banned through April 30. State and federal level restrictions are in place, including in the states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro until at least April 22 and April 30, respectively; nonessential commercial activity remains limited.

Chile: Officials have banned entry by nonresident foreign nationals indefinitely, while Chilean citizens and residents must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the country.

Colombia: Authorities have banned all entry into the country since March 24. All land borders remain closed, although cross-border freight transport is allowed. A nationwide lockdown is in place until at least April 26.

Peru: A nationwide 1800-0400 curfew is in force through at least April 26, with some regions being under a 1600-0400 curfew. Borders remain closed to all passenger traffic, and international flights remain canceled. Residents may leave their homes only for essential activities between 0400-1800. Only one person per household is allowed to leave to perform essential tasks. Residents are not allowed to leave their homes on Sundays.

Uruguay: Officials have banned the entry of nonresident foreign nationals, except citizens of Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina who are on transit to their countries.

Venezuela: Nationwide movement restrictions will remain in place through at least May 12, with exceptions allowed for essential activities. All flights from Europe, Colombia, Panama, and the Dominican Republic remain canceled through at least May.

Countries could expand restrictions in the coming days, particularly if the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 increases.


MDTI-WA-2020-201
Date: 17 April 2020

ISRAEL EXTENDED MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS IN SEVERAL AREAS OF JERUSALEM THROUGH APRIL 19

Country of Territory: ISRAEL(EXCLUDING PALESTINE)
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID RELATED RESTRICTIONS

Israeli authorities have extended movement restrictions in several of Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods through April 19 as part of their effort to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The extension specifically applies to the Shmuel HaNavi, Neven Yaacov, Ramat Shlomo, Romema, Har Nof, Mea Shearim, Makor Baruch, and Bocharim neighborhoods, as well as some surrounding areas. Residents of these areas are required to stay at home and may only leave their residences to perform . Additionally, authorities have eased lockdown restrictions on Bnei Brak – a predominantly ultra-Orthodox Jewish town just east of Tel Aviv – through April 20.

All foreigners have been barred from entering Israel until further notice since March 18.

Israel’s national flag carrier, El Al (LY) Airlines, has suspended all passenger flights until at least May 2. The company will continue to operate emergency and cargo flights.

All border crossings with Jordan and Egypt are closed to passenger travel.

All incoming flights have been suspended since April 11. The suspension will continue until Home Front Command obtains the requisite legal permission to transfer arriving travelers to designated facilities to wait out their 14-day quarantine.


MDTI-WA-2020-200
Date: 17 April 2020

VIETNAM TRAVEL AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS EXTENDED UNTIL APRIL 22,2020

Country of Territory: VIETNAM
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

The Vietnamese government has extended social distancing measures nationwide , with different measures by locality , through April 22, to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities have continued implementing strict restrictions in 12 high-risk areas , including Da Nang, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh cities, and Bac Ninh, Binh Thuan, Ha Tinh, Khanh Hoa, Lao Cai, Ninh Binh, Quang Nam, Quang Ninh, and Tay Ninh provinces.

Authorities in Hanoi have banned movement in and out of Ha Loi Village through May 5, while similar measures are in place in Ngo Khe 3 Village in Ha Nam Province. Officials in Da Nang are quarantining arrivals from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, including Da Nang residents, at government facilities for 14 days.

Travel Restrictions:
Authorities have banned foreign nationals from entering the country, with exemptions for essential and skilled workers. Individuals who can enter the country will need to undergo quarantine for 14 days at designated government-run facilities. The state carrier Vietnam Airlines (VN) has also halted international flights through at least April 30. Land borders with Cambodia and Laos remain closed for passenger travel. Officials could expand restrictions in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country.


MDTI-WA-2020-199
Date: 16 April 2020

FINLAND – ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS ON CROSS – BORDER TRAVEL TO LAST UNTIL MAY 13, 2020

Country of Territory: FINLAND
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Finnish authorities have announced that restrictions on travel between Uusimaa Region, including the capital Helsinki, and other parts of the country will be lifted starting April 15. Other measures aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) remain in effect. Officials continue to advise the public to avoid unnecessary travel.

Restrictions on cross-border travel are currently scheduled to last until May 13. Any worker crossing the borders with Sweden and Norway must possess a certificate from their employer stating that their job is essential; healthcare, elderly care, and rescue services personnel are considered essential. Individuals who work on a permanent basis in the areas along the borders with Sweden and Norway are also allowed to travel across the border but must remain in self-isolation when in Finland. Authorities have also suspended passenger rail services between Finland and Russia.

Foreign nationals are currently prohibited from entering the country , with the exception of permanent residents and EU nationals staying in Finland. Any person arriving in Finland is subject to a mandatory 14-day home self-isolation;

essential emergency and freight transport personnel are exempt. Foreign nationals are permitted to return to their home countries. On the Finland-Sweden border, only the Karesuvanto, Kolari, Muonio, Pello, Tornio, and Ylitornio crossings are open. Airports have largely closed for international flights, with the exception of Helsinki (HEL), Mariehamn (MHQ), and Turku (TKU).


MDTI-WA-2020-198
Date: 16 April 2020

EUROPE REGION – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF APRIL 16, 2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: EUROPE REGION
Incident: COVID RELATED RESTRICTIONS

Governments in Europe are maintaining travel and other restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Specific measures vary by country, though major restrictions include:

Austria: Individuals are requested only to leave their homes on essential business. Nonessential establishments are closed, though smaller commercial establishments have begun to reopen. Public gatherings of more than five people are prohibited. Authorities have barred entry for most foreigners.

Bulgaria : A state of emergency is in effect until at least May 13. Individuals are requested only to leave their homes on essential business. All nonessential establishments are closed indefinitely. Public gatherings of more than two people are prohibited. Non-EU citizens, as well as citizens of Italy, Spain, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, are prohibited from entering the country until at least April 17, with the exception of freight and health workers and diplomats. Land borders with North Macedonia, Serbia, and Turkey are currently closed to non-commercial traffic.

Czech Republic: A state of emergency is in effect until at least April 30. Individuals are only permitted to leave their homes on essential business. Nonessential businesses and public establishments are closed, though reports suggest that smaller commercial operations will begin to reopen from April 20. Authorities have temporarily barred entry for most foreigners and placed restrictions on local nationals leaving the country.

Finland: Authorities relaxed entry and exit restrictions around the Uusimaa region April 15. Nonessential establishments, including educational facilities, are closed until at least May 13. Public gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Finland’s international borders are closed to nonessential traffic until May 13.

France: Individuals are permitted only to leave their homes on essential business until at least May 11. All nonessential establishments are closed until at least that date. All public gatherings are prohibited. The borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, and Spain are closed.

Germany: Individuals are requested only to leave their homes on essential business until at least April 19. All nonessential establishments are closed indefinitely. All public gatherings of more than two people are prohibited. Foreigners are prohibited from entry, except European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and residents, and Swiss and UK nationals. The borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, and Denmark are partially closed.

Greece: Individuals are only permitted to leave their homes on essential business until at least April 27. All nonessential establishments are closed, and large public gatherings are prohibited until further notice. The borders with Albania, North Macedonia, and Turkey are closed. Non-EU nationals are prohibited from entry until at least April 18.

Ireland: Individuals are requested only to leave their homes on essential business until at least May 5. All nonessential establishments are closed indefinitely. All public gatherings of more than four people are prohibited.

Italy: Individuals are only permitted to leave their homes on essential business until at least May 3. Nonessential establishments are closed, though certain businesses, including bookshops and children’s clothing stores, are permitted to reopen. Public gatherings are prohibited. More stringent restrictions are in place in the Lombardy Region.

Netherlands: Nonessential establishments are closed until at least April 28, though some commercial premises are permitted to operate under certain criteria. All public gatherings of more than three people are prohibited. Entry restrictions are in place for non-EEA or UK nationals.

Poland: Individuals are only permitted to leave their homes on essential business, and all nonessential establishments are closed until at least April 19. Public gatherings of more than two people from different households are prohibited. Most foreign nationals are barred from entry through at least May 3.

Portugal: A state of emergency is in effect through April 17. A ban on unnecessary travel is in effect. Border controls are implemented with Spain. Nonessential establishments are closed. There is a ban on gatherings of more than five people.

Spain: A state of emergency is in effect until April 26. Individuals are only permitted to leave their homes on essential business until further notice. The borders with France, Morocco, and Portugal, as well as sea borders, including those on the Canary and Balearic islands, are closed indefinitely. Most foreign nationals are currently barred from entry.

Sweden: Some educational facilities are currently closed. Public gatherings of more than 50 participants are prohibited. Foreign nationals from outside of the EEA and Switzerland are currently barred from entry.

Switzerland: Individuals are requested only to leave their homes on essential business until at least April 26; all nonessential establishments are closed. All public gatherings of more than five people are prohibited. Most foreigners are barred from entry.

UK: Individuals are requested only to leave their homes on essential business until further notice. All nonessential establishments are closed indefinitely. All public gatherings are prohibited. Public transport services are operating reduced services, particularly in London.

Ukraine: A state of emergency is in effect until April 24; all nonessential establishments are closed. All public gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Most foreigners are barred from entry. All passenger air traffic has been suspended indefinitely.

Governments could expand their responses in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country. Immigration delays are possible, especially for passengers from countries with significant numbers of COVID-19 cases.


MDTI-WA-2020-197
Date: 16 April 2020

CZECH REPUBLIC – EXTENSION OF CONTROLS IMPLEMENTED ALONG BORDERS WITH GERMANY AND AUSTRIA UNTIL APRIL 25

Country of Territory: CZECH REPUBLIC
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Czech officials have extended the nation’s existing State of Emergency and constituent restrictions until at least April 30 as part of the effort to combat COVID-19. Restrictions include:
– Ban on nonessential movement outside the home
– Ban on gatherings of more than two persons
– Closure of nonessential establishments
Ban on entry to most foreigners, excluding residents
Ban on most residents leaving the country
Requirement for all arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days

Cross-border workers and freight transport are exempt from international travel restrictions. Additionally, Czech officials have extended the controls they had implemented along their country’s borders with Germany and Austria as part of efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The controls along the land borders with Germany and Austria, as well as controls at all air borders, will now remain in place through at least April 25.

Officials have suspended all passenger bus and train services indefinitely; inter-district and inter-provincial transport remain limited to cargo, emergency, and official transit.

MDTI-WA-2020-196
Date: 16 April 2020

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA-UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF APRIL 16, 2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
Incident: COVID RELATED RESTRICTIONS

Travel and other restrictions intended to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will remain in effect in countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region through at least late April . Cargo, humanitarian, diplomatic, and repatriation flights and shipments are largely ongoing. The duration of the measures will likely depend on the evolution of the disease activity in the coming weeks.

Algeria: Land, air, and sea connections for passenger travel are suspended until further notice. On April 1, Air Algerie (AH) extended the suspension of all its passenger flights until further notice; the carrier had initially suspended operations through April 4.

Bahrain: Flights to and from Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, and Morocco are suspended until further notice. Travelers who transited through or departed from Iraq, Lebanon, and Iran in the 14 days prior to arrival will be denied entry (this measure excludes Bahraini or GCC citizens). All arrivals will be subjected to health screenings and a 14-day home quarantine. Bahrain’s flag carrier – Gulf Air (GF) – announced April 4 that transit through Bahrain International Airport (BAH) is now permitted for international travelers.

Egypt: Air traffic at all of the nation’s airports is suspended through April 24. All modes of private and public transport must cease operation during curfew hours.

Israel: All foreigners are barred from entering Israel until further notice. Israeli citizens and permanent residents are permitted to enter. All border crossings with Jordan and Egypt are closed. Public transportation is significantly reduced. A mandatory quarantine order for all residents returning from abroad has been in effect since March 20. El Al (LY) Airlines suspended all passenger flights to and from Israel through at least May 2.

Jordan: All flights to and from Jordan are suspended, and all land borders and seaports are closed until further notice. All public transportation services are suspended. Travel between governorates is also banned.

Morocco: All flights to and from Morocco are suspended indefinitely. Suspension of sea travel to Spain, Gibraltar, and France and the closure of the border with the Spanish autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla on the north coast of Africa have been in effect from March 16.

Qatar: Qatari authorities have indefinitely extended the nation’s existing suspension of inbound flights. Transit flights are exempt from the measure. Foreigners are barred from entering the country; however, residents returning from abroad will be permitted to enter and will be placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

United Arab Emirates: Flag carriers Etihad (EY) and Emirates (EK) began operating limited repatriation flights out of the UAE to a select number of destinations from April 5 and 6, respectively. EY will operate repatriation flights to Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, and South Korea. EK will operate repatriation flights to Algeria, Afghanistan, Belgium, France, Germany, Indonesia, Philippines, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, and the UK. Additional destinations may be added at a later date subject to governmental approval. Only citizens of the destination country will be permitted to board the flights. Only Emirati nationals will be permitted to board repatriation flights into the UAE. Regular inbound, outbound, and transit passenger flights remain suspended until further notice.

Countries could expand restrictions in the coming days, particularly if the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 increases.


MDTI-WA-2020-195
Date: 16 April 2020

MYANMAR – TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS/ ALL INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER FLIGHTS SUSPENDED UNTIL APRIL 30, 2020

Country of Territory: MYANMAR
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

The Myanmar government has expanded border closures and domestic movement controls as of April 15 to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Officials closed the border with Bangladesh from April 13 until further notice , only exempting vehicles transporting goods and returning citizens. The Sagaing regional government has also imposed a 2200-0400 curfew across Sagaing Region from April 13.

The enhanced restrictions have been implemented amid other government-enforced social distancing measures and movement controls to stem the spread of COVID-19 during the annual Thingyan festival celebrating the Myanmar New Year April 13-16.

The movement restrictions have led some airlines to suspend flights during the holiday ; state carrier Myanmar National Airline (UB) has canceled flights April 13-19, while Air KBZ (K7) will suspend flights April 11-18.

Travel Restrictions:
Officials have stopped all international flights, except for relief or cargo flights, through at least April 30 and have also closed borders with India, China, Laos, and Thailand. Authorities are allowing returning citizens and commercial activity through land-based border checkpoints but are banning foreign nationals from entering. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also suspended visa issuance and visa-free travel to the country through April 30.


MDTI-WA-2020-194
Date: 16 April 2020

GREECE -BAN ON COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS TO AND FROM ALBANIA, NORTHER MACEDONIA, ITALY, SPAIN, TURKEY, THE UK, AND THE NETHERLANDS THROUGH AT LEAST MAY 15, 2020

Country of Territory: GREECE
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Greece have extended their existing ban on commercial flights to and from Albania, Northern Macedonia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the Netherlands through at least May 15 as part of the nation’s effort to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Commercial flights from Germany may only land at Athens International Airport (ATH) through May 15. The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is allowing certain exceptions to the flight restrictions , including medical flights; designated flights for repatriating Greek citizens or permanent residents; military, cargo, emergency, and humanitarian flights; and aircraft arrivals during which no passengers are disembarked.

In addition to the flight restrictions, the nation’s stay-at-home order remains in place through at least April 27. Residents must obtain permits to leave their homes; authorities are only issuing permits for travel to essential work, medical necessities, food shopping, family emergencies, attendance of funerals, and religious or cultural ceremonies, personal exercise, and dog-walking.

Non-EU and non-Schengen Area citizens are prohibited from entry until at least May 15 , with the following exceptions:

Family members of EU or Schengen member-state citizens

All international ferry services remain suspended; ferry services between the Greek islands and the mainland continue to operate for permanent Greek residents only. All travelers, including Greek nationals, who arrive from any foreign destination must self-isolate for 14 days or be subject to a fine and/or enforced quarantine.


MDTI-WA-2020-193
Date: 16 April 2020

INDIA – NATIONWIDE CURFEW EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 3, 2020

Country of Territory: INDIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

India has introduced extended guidelines April 15 to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In addition to the extended nationwide curfew until at least May 3, the use of facial masks or other coverings is compulsory in public spaces effective immediately.

The ban on all international and domestic commercial passenger flights will be in effect until further notice . Authorities have also temporarily stopped incoming passenger traffic at all air, land, river, and seaports since March 18. International cruise services remain suspended. The ban does not apply to the transportation of essential goods and supplies; however, some seaports are facing backlogs.

Travel Restrictions:
Authorities are advising Indian nationals to delay all nonessential international travel. Indian officials are maintaining a ban on travelers from Afghanistan, the EU, the European Free Trade Association, Malaysia, Philippines, Turkey, and the UK; authorities have barred airlines from boarding India-bound passengers from the aforementioned countries. All incoming travelers, including Indian nationals, arriving from or having visited mainland China, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, South Korea, the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and Spain on or after Feb. 15 are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or in a medical facility; all other travelers are advised to self-isolate for two weeks.


MDTI-WA-2020-192
Date: 16 April 2020

NEPAL- EXTENDED SUSPENSION ON DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER FLIGHT UNTIL APRIL 30,2020

Country of Territory: NEPAL
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Nepali authorities have extended the nationwide ban on nonessential business, movement, and travel through at least April 27 . The measure is to halt the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The government has mandated all residents to stay at home and ensure social distancing when going out for essential needs. A ban on all public gatherings and the closure of educational institutions, tourist sites, public venues, and entertainment sites, will remain in place nationwide through April.

Travel Restrictions:
All domestic and international passenger flights remain suspended through at least April 30; cargo, emergency, and repatriation flights are operational. International land borders with India and China remain closed for passenger transit, though cargo movement continues . Although flight and land border restrictions have effectively ended nearly all inbound international travel, Nepal is maintaining a specific ban on travel or transit for passengers from Europe, Gulf Arab countries, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea. Nepal has also suspended on-arrival and electronic visa issuance for all foreign nationals and nonresident Nepalese through at least April 30.

Officials have suspended all passenger bus and train services indefinitely; inter-district and inter-provincial transport remain limited to cargo, emergency, and official transit.


MDTI-WA-2020-191
Date: 15 April 2020

SOUTH PACIFIC – COOK ISLANDS, FIJI, GUAM, PALAU ETC. ADDITIONAL TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF APRIL 15.2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: SOUTH PACIFIC
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Countries and territories in the South Pacific region continue to enforce transport and business restrictions to halt the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Several governments have declared public health emergencies; however, the severity of screening measures and travel restrictions vary across the region. As of April 15, the following restrictions are in place:

Cook Islands: Officials are enforcing 14-day quarantine for all arriving passengers before travelers can proceed to outer islands in the country. Authorities are requiring all incoming passengers to quarantine in New Zealand for 14 days before travel. The government is also banning foreigners from entering the country until further notice, making exceptions for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents as well as Australians who live in New Zealand. Flights from other destinations, including Australia and French Polynesia, are suspended. The government has canceled at least 11 planned cruise ship port visits through April. Officials are also banning travelers who have been to Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam within 14 days of arriving at the Cook Islands.

Fiji: The government is prohibiting people who have recently traveled to the US, Europe, the UK, Iran, South Korea, and mainland China from entering the country. All arrivals, regardless of nationality, must undergo 14-day self-quarantine. Authorities have extended a nationwide 2000-0500 curfew. Officials have banned public gatherings of 20 or more people. Inter-island transport remains suspended; officials are allowing ferries to transport goods between islands. Nadi International Airport (NAN) remains closed indefinitely. The government has also banned all cruise ships from docking.

Guam: Officials have extended the public health emergency through at least May 5.Authorities continue to ban entry by individuals who traveled in mainland China within 14 days of arrival. All arriving visitors, regardless of their country of origin, are required to quarantine for up to 14 days. Nonresidents will have to pay for their quarantine measures

Palau: Authorities issued a public health emergency from March 17. The government continues to ban foreign travelers who have visited China as of April 14, including Hong Kong and Macau. Officials in New Zealand are conducting health checks before departure.

Countries and territories could further expand their response in the coming days, particularly to include countries where COVID-19 cases increase.


MDTI-WA-2020-190
Date: 15 April 2020

PAKISTAN – DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL PASSENGER FLIGHT OPERATIONS SUSPENDED THROUGH APRIL 21, 2020

Country of Territory: PAKISTAN
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Officials have suspended all passenger bus and train services indefinitely; inter-district and inter-provincial transport remain limited to cargo, emergency, and official transit.


MDTI-WA-2020-189
Date: 15 April 2020

PAKISTAN – DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL PASSENGER FLIGHT OPERATIONS SUSPENDED THROUGH APRIL 21, 2020

Country of Territory: PAKISTAN
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Starting April 15, Pakistan is easing business restrictions introduced as part of a series of nationwide policies meant to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Other than essential and emergency services, operations relating to the agriculture, construction, electronic commerce, energy, export, manufacturing, mining, and software sectors may function with social distancing measures.

Officials have suspended all passenger bus and train services indefinitely; inter-district and inter-provincial transport remain limited to cargo, emergency, and official transit.

Travel Restrictions:
Both domestic and international commercial passenger flight operations, except for emergency and rescue flights, will remain suspended through at least April 21;
cargo flights are operational.

Pakistani authorities have sealed off all border crossings with Iran and Afghanistan . Commercial operations – except for transport of essential goods – also remain suspended.

Officials have closed the Attari-Wagah border with India, though a handful of Pakistani and Indian citizens have been allowed to repatriate through the crossing on an emergency basis.


MDTI-WA-2020-188
Date: 15 April 2020

CANADA NATIONWIDE TRAVEL AND MOVEMENT RESRTRICTIONS TO CONTINUE UNTIL APRIL 30, 2020

Country of Territory: CANADA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: TRAVEL AND MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS

The federal government in Canada will continue its series of nationwide restrictions as part of the country’s effort to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through at least April 30, while some individual provinces have adjusted their own responses to the disease activity, in some cases extending local restrictions into mid-May.

On the national level, Canadian authorities have banned individuals displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19 from domestic air and train travel through at least April 30 .

Canadian authorities have indicated that they plan to extend the current closure of the nation’s land border with the US to nonessential travel beyond its scheduled April 20 expiration date.

All international flights to Canada – with the exception of trade and business flights, as well as flights from the US, Mexico, Caribbean, and St. Pierre and Miquelon – arelanding only atPearson International Airport (YYZ) in Toronto,Vancouver International Airport (YVR),Montreal Trudeau Airport (YUL), and Calgary International Airport (YYC).

Canadian citizens and residents returning from abroad are being ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days. Authorities may order those entering the country to isolate at a hotel, if they believe the traveler may put others at risk, including family members 65 years or older.


MDTI-WA-2020-187
Date: 15 April 2020

SOUTH ASIA UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR BANGLADESH, INDIA, MALDIVES,PAKISTAN, ETC. AS OF APRIL 15,2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: SOUTH ASIA
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Several nations in South Asia have advised citizens to avoid non-essential international travel due to the prevalent coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Countries are also advising all incoming travelers, regardless of nationality, to self-isolate for two weeks or undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or in a medical facility based on medical screening outcomes.

As of April 15 , the following restrictions were in place, modified, or planned:

Afghanistan: Enhanced health screenings are underway at all entry points – mainly land border crossings with Iran. Authorities briefly enforced a travel ban and land border closures between Afghanistan and Iran Feb. 25-26; such restrictions could recur intermittently in the coming weeks. All land borders with Pakistan remain closed. Restrictions on international flights, imposed by Afghan authorities, remain in place as of April 15.

Bhutan: Ongoing restrictions on entry and re-entry for all foreigners with any form of visa , work permits, and immigration permits will continue until further notice. Those holding diplomatic, official, and international organization passports will also be denied entry ; only Bhutanese citizens and residents may enter. All returnees will undergo a 21-day quarantine. Foreigners may exit. The Bhutanese government has closed all international borders, including the border with India . Bhutanese air carriers such as Druk Air (KB) and Bhutan Airlines (B3) are operating limited international and domestic flights to repatriate stranded Bhutanese citizens.

Bangladesh: International flights, except services to and from China, suspended until at least April 30 . Land borders with India and Myanmar closed to travelers. While on-arrival visa issuance remains suspended, additional travel bans continue for those with travel history to the EU or Iran since March 1.

India: India has suspended visa issuance and canceled previously issued visas of all international travelers – except diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, and project visas – of all international travelers. Visas will remain valid until April 30 for travelers already in the country . A ban on all domestic and international commercial flights will continue until at least 2359 May 3. Officials are also maintaining a ban on travelers from Afghanistan, the EU, the European Free Trade Association, Malaysia, Philippines, Turkey, and the UK as of April 15; authorities have barred airlines from boarding India-bound passengers from the aforementioned countries.

Maldives: Maldivian authorities have suspended on-arrival visa facilities for all foreigners , effective 0001 March 27, at all air and sea ports; visas will remain valid for travelers already in the country.Earlier, officials banned travelers from or transiting through Bangladesh, Fr ance’s Île-de-France and Grand Est, Germany’s Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, Iran, Italy, mainland China, Malaysia, Spain, the United Kingdom, as well as South Korea’s North Gyeongsang and South Gyeongsang provinces

Nepal: Nepal has suspended on-arrival and electronic visa issuance for all foreign nationals and non-resident Nepalese through at least April 30. In addition, Nepal is barring entry to those with travel or transit history to Europe, Gulf Arab countries, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea until further notice. Nepalese officials are extending a ban on all inbound and outbound international passenger flights until at least April 30 , except for some charter flights repatriating stranded citizens.

Pakistan: Pakistani authorities have announced that all commercial passenger flights, including domestic and international services, will remain suspended through at least April 21 .

Sri Lanka : Sri Lankan authorities have suspended the issuance of all visa types – including electronic, landing, multiple entry, and residential – to foreigners regardless of nationality , until further notice; previously issued visas for foreign nationals, including residential permits stand temporarily suspended. Such travelers will not be allowed to enter Sri Lanka. All inbound international passenger flights are suspended until further notice; however, cargo transport, passenger transit, and international departures will continue at the Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB).

Airlines serving and operating out of impacted countries may suspend or curtail both domestic and international passenger services due to precautionary measures, government restrictions, or low consumer demand.


MDTI-WA-2020-186
Date: 15 April 2020

NORTH AMERICA – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR US, CANADA AND MEXICO AS OF APRIL 15, 2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: REGIONAL
Incident: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in the US, Canada, and Mexico plan to continue implementing travel restrictions , additional health screening measures, and internal movement and business restrictions, through at least late April, to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

US: Authorities closed US land borders with Canada and Mexico to nonessential travel, and are maintaining a ban on entry for foreign nationals , who in the previous 14 days have been in China, Iran, the UK, Ireland, or any of the 26 European countries in the Schengen Area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Returning US citizens and legal permanent residents who have traveled to the restricted country list within 14 days of arrival must self-quarantine for 14 days. Citizens have been advised not to travel internationally.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that incoming flights from the above-affected countries are limited to landing in the following 13 airports only:

Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS)
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX)
Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Canada: Authorities have closed the land border with the US for nonessential travel, while still allowing US citizens for essential travel, and barred nonresident foreign nationals from entering through at least late April. Officials have redirected all international passenger flights to four airports : Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Toronto, Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Montreal Trudeau Airport (YUL), and Calgary International Airport (YYC). Persons exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including Canadian nationals, will not be allowed to board international planes destined for Canada. No cruise ships with more than 500 passengers will be allowed to dock in Canadian ports until at least July 1.

Mexico : Mexico closed its land border with the US to nonessential travel until at least April 21 , but has not suspended or limited entry for foreign nationals arriving in the country by plane. However, there is limited flight availability due to entry restrictions in most countries worldwide. Officials have announced increased screening measures at airports for all travelers coming from the most affected areas, including China, Iran, and Europe. Officials have asked all Mexican residents to return to the country as soon as possible and advised Mexican nationals to avoid all nonessential international travel.

Countries could expand their restrictions in the coming days, particularly if the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increase.


MDTI-WA-2020-185
Date: 15 April 2020

TURKEY- TWO DAY NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN FROM APRIL 17-19,2020

Country of Territory: TURKEY
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Turkey will impose a two-day lockdown nationwide 2359 April 17-2359 April 19 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated the weekend lockdowns would continue indefinitely depending on disease activity in the country.

Officials previously issued a 15-day ban on vehicles entering or leaving 30 designated major metropolitan areas – including Ankara, Istanbul, Adana, Bursa, Izmir, and several other provincial capitals – as well as the entirety of Zonguldak Province, starting April 4.

Residents can also apply to the Travel Permission Council to receive exceptional authorization for travel . Intercity public transport has been indefinitely suspended and domestic flights restricted since March 28. Turkish Airlines (TK) is operating reduced domestic flights from Ankara Esenboga Airport (ESB) and Istanbul Airport (IST) to select major cities as of March 28. Pegasus Airlines (PC) has suspended all domestic flight services through at least April 30.

On March 27, authorities announced an indefinite suspension of all international flights. The restrictions do not apply to cargo flights or ground freight transport.

Authorities have indefinitely closed all education facilities, restaurants, bars, and cafes. All sporting events and mass religious events have been suspended.

Authorities could introduce or amend restrictions depending on the evolution of disease activity in the coming days.


MDTI-WA-2020-184
Date: 15 April 2020

NORTH EAST ASIA- UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIOS AS OF APRIL 14, 2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: NORTHEAST ASIA
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Governments in Northeast Asia continue to enforce travel restrictions to prevent the transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Measures vary throughout the region; as of April 14, the following restrictions are in place:

Mainland China : Authorities continue to bar all foreign nationals from entering the country; exceptions are in place for diplomatic personnel and C visa holders, which officials generally issue to members of flight and shipping crews.

Hong Kong: The government is maintaining a ban on all nonresident foreign nationals. Travelers from Macau, Taiwan, and mainland China are exempt from restrictions but will be barred if they have a recent travel history elsewhere. Arriving passengers from these areas, including Hong Kong residents, will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon entry into the territory. Authorities continue to require all passengers from Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea; Iran; and the Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, and Veneto regions in Italy to quarantine for two weeks in government facilities. Hong Kong continues to restrict land border crossings with mainland China to the Shenzhen Bay checkpoint and along the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.

Japan: The entry ban for foreign nationals with recent travel history to 75 countries, including the US, Canada, the UK, Schengen Area countries, China, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand, within 14 days remains in place. Officials also require all passengers arriving from these countries to undergo polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, which involves medical personnel taking a nasopharyngeal swab, upon arrival. Any inbound passenger allowed into Japan is required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period, either at home or in a government-designated facility.

Macau: Officials have banned nonresident foreign nationals from entering the territory. Travelers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China – except Hubei Province – are exempt from the measure but will not be allowed to enter if they have traveled elsewhere in the previous two weeks. Residents and travelers who visited Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other countries may be allowed to self-isolate at home.

Mongolia: The government has effectively banned international travel. The country closed its last open border crossing with Russia March 28. Commercial flights connecting Mongolia with Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey remain suspended.

North Korea: Tourist visits remain suspended, and the Dandong-Sinuiju border crossing remains closed to foreign travelers. Officials are conducting increased health screenings and have imposed quarantine periods on foreign nationals, along with North Koreans arriving in Pyongyang.

South Korea: The government continues to ban all foreign travelers who have visited China’s Hubei Province within 14 days of arrival from entering the country. South Koreans who traveled to Hubei Province will need to self-quarantine for 14 days. Officials have halted visa-free and visa-waiver programs with countries that have entry bans for South Korean citizens. The restriction impacts travelers from 90 countries, including Australia, Canada, and most European nations. Authorities have also canceled existing short-term visas issued before April 5, requiring travelers to reapply for entry documents. The government plans to limit all but essential or urgent travel for foreign nationals to the country.

Government flight bans and airline flight reductions due to decreased demand are likely to continue in the near term. The operational status of flights can change without notice.


MDTI-WA-2020-183
Date: 15 April 2020

INDONESIA – ADDITIONAL MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS FOR JAKARTA AS OF APRIL 14, 2020

Country of Territory: INDONESIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

The national government has allowed additional areas in the Jakarta metropolitan area to implement social distancing restrictions to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Jakarta government has limited gatherings to five people and reduced operating hours for public transport to 0600-1800. Movement in and out of Jakarta remains unaffected.

A nationwide public health emergency declaration remains in effect. Central government officials have also announced transport restrictions ahead of the Eid al-Fitr public holiday, May 24-25 , when people nationwide travel to their hometowns.

Travel Restrictions:
Authorities have banned foreign nationals from entering and transiting the country . The restriction exempts permanent residents, diplomats, and transport workers . Returning travelers, regardless of nationality, that show COVID-19 symptoms will undergo quarantine at government premises . Authorities will advise all inbound passengers to self-quarantine for two weeks.


MDTI-WA-2020-182
Date: 14 April 2020

SOUTH EAST ASIA UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF APRIL 14, 2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: SOUTHEAST ASIA
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Countries in Southeast Asia continue to enforce travel restrictions and enhanced health screenings to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measures vary across the region; the following restrictions are in effect as of April 14:

Brunei: Authorities have banned foreigners, including long-term pass holders, from entering or transiting the country, and suspended all travel, student, and dependent visas. Authorities are requiring all travelers, including citizens and foreigners, entering the country to undergo quarantine at designated facilities for 14 days.

Cambodia: Officials have barred entry for foreign nationals coming from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the US through April 17 and foreign citizens arriving from Iran through April 18. The government has stopped issuing tourist and e-visas and suspended visa exemption policies through April 30. Foreign visitors will need to obtain a visa from Cambodian diplomatic missions and provide proof of medical insurance worth at least USD 50,000 and a medical certificate from local health authorities stating they have not tested positive for COVID-19.

Indonesia: The government has banned foreigners from entering or transiting the country. Inbound travelers, regardless of nationality, who show COVID-19 symptoms, will need to undergo quarantine at government premises. Authorities are advising all inbound passengers to self-quarantine for two weeks.

Laos: Authorities have suspended international passenger travel through April 19, with some limited exceptions. The government is allowing foreigners already in the country to depart, while citizens can travel overseas for urgent reasons, such as essential government duties or medical purposes. Authorities have suspended visa issuance for all countries through April 20.

Malaysia: Authorities have prohibited foreign nationals from entering Malaysia through at least April 28, with some limited exemptions such as foreign spouses and dependents of Malaysian citizens. All inbound passengers will have to undergo 14 days of quarantine at government facilities upon arrival.

Myanmar : Officials have stopped all international flights, except for relief or cargo flights, through at least April 30 and banned foreign nationals from entering through land border checkpoints. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also suspended visa issuance and visa-free travel to the country through April 30.

Philippines: The government has suspended all visas, including visas that the government has already issued, and visa-free privileges, effectively banning foreigners from entering the country. The restriction exempts foreign spouses and children of Filipino citizens and diplomatic staff and their dependents. The measure also does not affect visa holders who are already in the Philippines. The government continues to prevent Filipino citizens, except for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and uniformed personnel on official duty, from departing the country.

Singapore: Officials have banned entry or transit of all short-term visa holders; the measure extends to work pass holders and their dependents, with exemptions for those providing essential services like healthcare and transport. All long-term visit pass and student pass holders will also need to apply for government approval before traveling to Singapore

Thailand: The government has banned all international arrivals, including by Thai citizens, through at least 1700 April 18. Authorities have also banned foreign nationals from entering the country through at least April 30; the measure exempts foreign diplomatic officials and some transport personnel. All arriving travelers must pass several health screenings and submit a completed health form. Local officials halted all transport to Phuket through April 30.

Vietnam: Officials have banned entry for all foreign nationals into the country, with exemptions for essential and skilled workers. All travelers allowed into the country will undergo quarantine at designated government-run facilities for 14 days.

Government flight bans and airline flight reductions due to decreased demand are likely to continue in the near term. The operational status of flights can change without notice.


MDTI-WA-2020-181
Date: 14 April 2020

JAPAN – HOKKAIDO, AICHI AND ISHIKAWA TO DECLARE STATE OF EMERGENCY FOLLOWING TOKYO, OSAKA, CHIBA, AND FUKUOKA THROUGH MAY 6,2020

Country of Territory: JAPAN
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Prefectural governments in Aichi, Hokkaido, and Ishikawa have declared states of emergency to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of April 14. Although not legally binding, governors in the prefectures have used the declaration to close schools through May 6 and call on residents to remain indoors, except for essential reasons. The local declarations follow a central government state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka, and Chiba, Fukuoka, Hyogo, Kanagawa, and Saitama prefectures through May 6.

In Tokyo , where restrictions are most widespread, authorities have requested that entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, gyms, public pools, and nightclubs, close . Officials have also asked restaurants and bars to limit operating hours.

Osaka and Fukuoka intend to request business closures from April 14, though restrictions may not be as pervasive. Local governments cannot enforce movement restrictions, and reports indicate mixed levels of the adoption of government requests.

Flights from South Korea and China are only authorized to land at Narita International Airport (NRT) and Kansai International Airport (KIX). Additional restrictions on international flights are possible in the coming days. Even in the absence of further official control measures, flight disruptions will probably continue in the coming weeks, and possibly months, due to severely decreased demand. Authorities have suspended international passenger ferry services.

Travel Restrictions:
The government continues to require that travelers entering the country, including Japanese nationals, undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival ; the isolation period may take place either at a designated facility or the individual’s home. Individuals under quarantine orders are also to refrain from using public transportation.

As of April 14, the government continues to ban foreign nationals who have traveled to 75 countries, including the US, Canada, the UK, Schengen Area countries, China, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand, within 14 days from entering the country.


MDTI-WA-2020-180
Date: 14 April 2020

INDIA- BAN ON ALL INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC PASSENGER FLIGHTS STILL IN EFFECT AFTER NATIONWIDE CURFEW EXTENSION HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED AS OF APRIL 14, 2020

Country of Territory: INDIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

India has extended the ongoing nationwide curfew until at least May 3 , with conditional relaxation for select locations and economic sectors from April 20. The curfew, which first began March 25 for a period of 21 days, along with other restrictive measures, are to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). All nonessential activities are suspended . Authorities will release extended guidelines April 15.

The ban on all international and domestic commercial passenger flights will be in effect until further notice .

Travel Restrictions:
Authorities are advising Indian nationals to delay all nonessential international travel. Indian officials are maintaining a ban on travelers from Afghanistan, the EU, the European Free Trade Association, Malaysia, Philippines, Turkey, and the UK; authorities have barred airlines from boarding India-bound passengers from the aforementioned countries . All incoming travelers, including Indian nationals, arriving from or having visited mainland China, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, South Korea, the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and Spain on or after Feb. 15 are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or in a medical facility ; all other travelers are advised to self-isolate for two weeks. Travelers that have visited Italy and South Korea will also need to provide a certificate of having tested negative from COVID-19 from an authorized facility. Earlier, authorities suspended visa issuance and canceled previously issued visas – except diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, and project visas – of all international travelers. Travelers already in the country will receive visa extension until at least 2359 April 30, upon online application


MDTI-WA-2020-179
Date: 14 April 2020

SOUTH KOREA- MANDATORY COVID-19 TESTING WITHIN 3 DAYS OF ARRIVAL FOR ALL TRAVELERS COMING FROM USA

Country of Territory: SOUTH KOREA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Officials require all arriving travelers from the US t o undergo coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing within three days of arrival as of April 13 . Data indicates that many imported cases of COVID-19 in recent days arrived from the US. Mandatory testing remains in place for all travelers arriving from Europe . Authorities in Seoul require all inbound international passengers who intend to stay in the city to undergo COVID-19 tests upon arrival.

As of April 14 , the US has maintained its warning on South Korea at Level Three (Reconsider Travel), the second-highest alert level in a four-tiered ranking system.

Travel Restrictions:
The government continues to ban all foreign travelers who have visited China’s Hubei Province within 14 days of arrival from entering the country.

Officials have halted visa-free and visa-waiver programs with countries that have entry bans for South Korean citizens. The restriction impacts travelers from 90 countries, including Australia, Canada, and most European nations.

Authorities have also canceled existing short-term visas issued before April 5 , requiring travelers to reapply for entry documents. The government plans to limit all but essential or urgent travel for foreign nationals to the country.

A 14-day self-quarantine requirement remains in place for all international travelers , regardless of testing outcomes. Authorities will quarantine foreigners who do not have a place of residence in the country at government facilities at their own expense.

The governor of Puerto Rico announced the extension of the movement restriction measures with revisions, effective April 13-May 3. The measures are part of the government’s efforts to stem the curb of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). From April 13, the curfew will be reduced to 2100-0500 from 1900-0500, except for people with medical emergencies and those providing essential services.


MDTI-WA-2020-178
Date: 14 April 2020

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES- VALIDITY EXTENSION OF ALL VISAS, ENTRY PERMITS AND IDENTIFICATION CARDS

Country of Territory: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Identity and Citizenship Authority announced April 13 that all visas, entry permits, and identification cards that may have already expired will remain valid through Dec. 31, 2020 in an effort to mitigate the impact of the nation’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. Residency visas that expired in early March will be extended through the new expiration date whether the holder is currently in the UAE or abroad. Moreover, visit visas that expired in early March that are held by persons currently inside the UAE will similarly be extended through the end of 2020.


MDTI-WA-2020-177
Date: 14 April 2020

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES- EMIRATES AIRLINES (EK) TO OPERATE A LIMITED NUMBER OF OUTBOUND INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS FROM DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT’S (DXB) T3

Country of Territory: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

On April 13, UAE flag carrier Emirates Airlines (EK) announced it would begin operating a limited number of outbound international passenger flights from Dubai International Airport’s (DXB) Terminal 3 to select destinations. These flights will serve the following cities on the dates or schedules indicated below:

Algiers, Algeria – April 16
Chicago, US – April 18
Frankfurt – Germany – three times weekly
Jakarta, Indonesia – April 15
Kabul, Afghanistan – three times weekly from April 16
London, UK – four times weekly
Manila, Philippines – April 15 and 16
Taipei, Taiwan – April 18
Tunis, Tunisia – April 15

Only citizens of the destination county will be permitted to board the flights. The airline has advised travelers to contact the company directly for further information. All departing passengers will be subject to thermal screening. The Emirates Airlines had previously suspended all inbound and outbound passenger and transit flights starting March 24 to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).


MDTI-WA-2020-176
Date: 14 April 2020

DENMARK- SEVERAL TRAVEL AND MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 10,2020

Country of Territory: DENAMARK
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Danish authorities will ease a limited number of restrictions introduced to curb the spread of COVID-19 from April 15.

Officials have confirmed that all other restrictions intended to curb the spread of COVID-19 are extended through at least May 10.

Authorities have also extended the closure of all Denmark’s borders through at least May 10. Officials will bar all non-nationals from entry; the rule does not apply to Danish passport holders, EU citizens holding a Danish social security card, and third-country nationals with a Danish residency permit. Persons wishing to leave will be allowed to do so. Authorities will make exceptions for foreign nationals in some emergencies, such as attending a medical visit or persons in transit with onward travel documentation. The restriction does not apply to the movement of goods and will not impact supply chains. Authorities have suspended cruise ship travel.


MDTI-WA-2020-175
Date: 14 April 2020

FRANCE-EXTENDED NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN UNTIL MAY 11, 2020

Country of Territory: FRANCE
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

French authorities announced April 13 that they were extending the existing nationwide lockdown through at least May 11 to help stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), adding that kindergartens, schools, and universities will likely progressively open from May 11.

Other measures by the French government include:
– Ban on unnecessary travel
– Suspension of demonstrations, gatherings, and public or private events of any type (including cultural, sporting, recreational, or religious activities); suspension of discotheque and nightspot operations.

Authorities could impose additional requirements and restrictions, or extend the lockdown further based on disease activity throughout the country.


MDTI-WA-2020-174
Date: 14 April 2020

CAMBODIA- ALL ARRIVALS INTO THE COUNTRY ARE REQUIRED TO GO ON QUARANTINE AT THE DESIGNATED GOVT. FACILITIES FOR 14DAYS

Country of Territory: CAMBODIA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Cambodia are banning interprovincial and inter-district travel nationwide through April 16 , to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Officials are closing district and provincial borders to transport, though exceptions are in place for air, land, and sea freight, as well as for civil servants and garment workers.

Officials have banned large gatherings during Khmer New Year celebrations, April 13-16, and ordered people to observe the occasion within their families. Authorities have also postponed the public observance of Khmer New Year. Cambodia has also closed all border checkpoints with Vietnam and banned cross-border travel for Cambodian and Vietnamese citizens. The government could expand its response in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country.

Travel Restrictions:
Authorities are quarantining all arrivals into the country at government facilities for 14 days ; officials have established facilities at points of entry nationwide. Cambodia continues to bar foreign nationals traveling from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the US through April 17 and foreign citizens arriving from Iran through April 18. Issuance of tourist visas and e-visas, visa-on-arrival services, and visa exemption remain suspended through at least April 30.


MDTI-WA-2020-173
Date: 14 April 2020

PAKISTAN – SUSPENSION OF ALL DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT OPERATIONS EXTENDED UNTIL APRIL 21, 2020

Country of Territory: PAKISTAN
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Pakistani authorities have extended the suspension of all domestic and international flight operations through at least 2359 April 21 . The restrictions began in late March. While commercial and private flights are banned, Pakistani authorities are arranging some emergency services to repatriate Pakistani nationals stranded abroad.

Pakistani authorities have sealed off all border crossings with Iran and Afghanistan . Commercial operations – except for transport of essential goods – also remain suspended. Officials have closed the Attari-Wagah border with India, though a handful of Pakistani and Indian citizens have been allowed to repatriate through the crossing on an emergency basis. Bus and train services between India and Pakistan remain suspended. Any incoming travelers permitted in the country, including Pakistani nationals, are advised to self-isolate for two weeks or are mandated to undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or in a medical facility based on medical screening outcomes.

Officials have suspended all passenger train services indefinitely. Bus services remain closed. Major highways are only open for government vehicles and trucks carrying essential goods, such as food and fuel.


MDTI-WA-2020-172
Date: 14 April 2020

SOUTH AMERICA-TRAVEL AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS AS OF APRIL 14, 2020

Country of Territory: SOUTH AMERICA
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

As of April 14, authorities in South American countries have implemented travel and other restrictions through at least late April as part of their efforts to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The duration of the measures will likely depend on the course of the outbreak.

Argentina: Nonresident foreign nationals barred from entering until further notice. Mandatory quarantine nationwide through April 13. Residents may only leave their homes to attend essential businesses and purchase basic goods. Domestic flights and long-distance trains remain canceled.

Bolivia: Closure of all land borders to nonresident foreigners; all international passenger flights remain suspended, and passenger vehicles prohibited from inter-departmental road travel. Nationwide quarantine imposed through at least April 15.

Chile: Officials have banned the entry of nonresident foreign nationals indefinitely, while Chilean citizens and residents must self-quarantine for 14 days since the moment they enter the country. Authorities have imposed a nightly curfew between 2200-0500 until further notice. Additional regional restrictions are in place.

Colombia: Authorities have banned all entries into the country starting March 24. All land borders remain closed except for commercial transport. A nationwide lockdown is in place until at least April 26.

Peru: Officials impose nationwide curfew 1800-0400 through at least April 26. Some regions under 1600-0400 curfew. Borders remain closed to all passenger traffic, and international flights remain canceled

Venezuela: Nationwide movement restrictions imposed starting March 17; exceptions allowed for essential activities. All flights from Europe, Colombia, Panama, and the Dominican Republic remain canceled through at least April 15.

Countries could expand restrictions in the coming days, particularly if the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 increases.


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