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MDTI-WA-2020-8
Date: 20 August 2020

ISRAEL – NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: ISRAEL (EXCLUDING PALESTINE)
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Israel’s flag carrier El Al Airlines (LY) has extended its suspension of regular passenger flights until at least Sept. 30 due to continued coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions on passengers arriving from most countries. Cargo and emergency flights remain unaffected. Nonresident foreign nationals remain banned from entering Israel through at least Sept. 1. The Ministry of Health has exempted Israeli citizens and residents returning from certain countries with low COVID-19 infection rates from the nation’s mandatory 14-day quarantine beginning Aug. 16. The specific countries in question are Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Slovenia, and the UK. Israeli citizens and legal residents returning from any other destinations are subject to the quarantine requirement. Arriving travelers who cannot demonstrate that they can self-quarantine at home will be isolated at a government-established facility.

The government is working on implementing a color-coded system by Sept. 1, which will enable authorities to assess and track COVID-19 disease activity on a local level, and tailor responses accordingly. Authorities previously stated that they plan to increase enforcement of public health precautions in COVID-19 hotspots. Gyms and dance studios remain closed. Restaurants are permitted to continue dine-in services but at reduced capacity. Government ministries have reduced their staff presence by 50 percent.

The government reserves the authority to shut down any establishments that fail to comply with mandates to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as compulsory use of face coverings, daily temperature checks of employees, and regular sanitization of communal surfaces, among other requirements.

MDTI-WA-2020-850
Date: 20 August 2020

NORWAY – NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS

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

Beginning Aug. 22, Norwegian authorities will reintroduce certain international entry restrictions as part of the country’s ongoing response to the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Austria, Greece, Ireland, UK, and the Capital Region of Denmark have been added to the nation’s travel advisory list of “red” or high-risk countries. Travelers from countries with a red designation are required to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. Current red locations in Europe include Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, parts of Denmark, Faroe Islands, France, Iceland, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands Portugal, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Spain, and parts of Sweden.

The Norrbotten region in Sweden has been downgraded to a “yellow” risk rating. Locations designated as yellow pose a medium risk of COVID-19 infections. Arrivals from yellow locations are not required to self-isolate upon entry. European Economic Area (EEA) member states not listed as red (high-risk) locations are rated under the yellow category, as are the North Jutland and Southern Denmark regions in Denmark, and the Kalmar, Sodermanland, and Vasterbotten regions in Sweden.

Travelers from most other countries are currently prohibited from entering Norway. Individuals with close family in Norway and individuals who have been granted permits to work or study in the country are exempt from the travel ban. Travelers entering under these exemptions must self-isolate for 10 days. Authorities continue to advise against all nonessential travel abroad.

As of Aug. 19, most domestic businesses and services have been permitted to resume operations, albeit with strict hygiene and social-distancing measures in place. Public gatherings of up to 200 people are permitted and private gatherings of up to 20 people are allowed. Authorities are not mandating the use of protective face coverings. An existing ban prohibiting ships with more than 100 passengers from docking in Norwegian ports has been extended until at least Aug. 23.

MDTI-WA-2020-849
Date: 20 August 2020

UNITED STATES – RESTRICTIONS IN OHIO

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

Health officials in Ohio have removed Alabama and Texas from the state’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related travel advisory list on Aug. 19. Per the most recent directives, travelers entering Ohio from Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, and Nevada are advised to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival and Ohio residents are urged to avoid nonessential travel to those states. Authorities recommend all persons arriving from other US states reporting positive COVID-19 testing rates of 15 percent or higher to self-quarantine for two weeks. Ohio’s travel advisory list is updated weekly.

Ohio continues to employ its Health Advisory System to monitor COVID-19 activity and impose additional restrictions in the most affected counties.

MDTI-WA-2020-848
Date: 20 August 2020

UNITED STATES – RESTRICTIONS IN HAWAII

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

Citing an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases and community spread, authorities in Hawaii have delayed the implementation of the state’s Pre-Travel Testing Program until at least Oct. 1. Once the program becomes operational, individuals will be allowed to travel to the islands without quarantining if they produce proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 within the previous 72 hours.

As a result of the program’s delay, travelers arriving in Hawaii from out of state are still required quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Additionally, officials are requiring inter-island travelers arriving in Kaua’i, Hawai’i, Maui, and Kalawao counties to self-isolate for a 14-days or the entire length of the visit, whichever is shorter.

The City of Honolulu previously reimposed restrictions through Aug. 31.

MDTI-WA-2020-847
Date: 20 August 2020

NEPAL – TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

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

Nepali authorities have put all repatriation flights on hold until further notice. Domestic and international commercial flights remain suspended. Authorities are allowing chartered flights for humanitarian, cargo, and other essential purposes into the country. The Nepali government announced that it plans to resume international flights no sooner than Aug. 31; however, officials may delay or cancel the scheduled resumption of flights with little-to-no advance notice. Authorities have also banned nonessential long-distance domestic ground travel through Aug. 31. Domestic travelers with prior permission remain exempt from the measures; cargo transport transit will remain unaffected.

Nepal has also suspended on-arrival and electronic visa issuance for all foreign nationals and nonresident Nepalese until further notice. Earlier, authorities mandated that travelers contact their local Nepali diplomatic mission for visa approval and submit a swab test results demonstrating that the individual is COVID-19-free within seven days before the intended travel date. Officials continue to advise 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. Intensified land border patrols to prevent unauthorized entry continue, especially along the India-Nepal border; sporadic arrests and clashes are possible.

Nepal is permitting citizens returning from neighboring countries through land border crossings to enter only via 10 checkpoints through at least Sept. 16, namely Birgunj of Parsa District, Belahiya in Rupandehi District, Gaddachauki in Kanchanpur District, Gaur in Rautahat district, Gauriphanta in Kailai District, Jamunaha in Banke District, Kakarbhitta in Jhapa District, Krishnanagar in Kapilvastu District, Madar in Siraha District, and Rani in Morang District. Officials are allowing cargo transit at land borders. The Rasuwagadi and Tatopani crossings with China are open. Cargo handlers must follow health precautions, including wearing protective gear and undergoing frequent medical screenings. Land border trade with India is limited to the import of essential items as well. Shipping disruptions are possible, especially if Nepalese authorities reintroduce the mandate prohibiting transporters without Nepalese citizenship.

MDTI-WA-2020-846
Date: 19 August 2020

GEORGIA – NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS

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

Authorities in Georgia have extended a coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related ban on international regular commercial flights until Oct. 1 despite a steady infection rate in the country. Flights between Tbilisi International Airport (TBS) and Munich Airport (MUC), Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), and Riga International Airport (RIX) are exempt from the ban. International flights were previously slated to resume Sept. 1.

Officials are prohibiting entry to most foreign nationals, except for citizens and residents of France, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, and Lithuania arriving on direct flights. Travelers from the aforementioned countries do not need to self-isolate upon entry. Citizens and residents of Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Sweden are also permitted to travel to Georgia; however, they must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Business travelers of any nationality must apply for a permit before travel; successful applicants will need to present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test upon arrival and be tested every 72 hours for 12 days during their stay. Citizens of Georgia are required to self-isolate for 12 days upon arrival.

Most businesses have resumed services, provided they implement strict social distancing and hygiene requirements. Individuals must wear protective face coverings in enclosed public spaces, including public transport, and where people cannot maintain social distancing.

MDTI-WA-2020-845
Date: 19 August 2020

INDONESIA – NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS

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

Indonesian authorities continue to adjust restrictions, including large-scale social distancing measures known as PSBB, in several localities to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of Aug. 19. Regional governments in areas with significant COVID-19 activity can apply to the central authorities to enact large-scale social distancing measures that are extendable by up to four weeks. While controls vary by location, common restrictions in these areas include suspending schools and closing or limiting the operating hours of most workplaces, except for some essential sectors like food and medicine. Entry and exit restrictions are also in effect in locations implementing large-scale social distancing regulations. Exemptions are in place for government officials, medical workers, businesspeople in essential sectors, and people attending family funerals or visiting critically ill relatives, among others. A nationwide public health emergency declaration remains in effect until further notice.

The central government requires intercity land and sea travelers to produce certificates stating they have tested negative for COVID-19. Domestic air travelers need to provide a doctor’s letter certifying the absence of flu-like symptoms, or medical certification with a maximum 14-day validity confirming negative results of a swab or rapid COVID-19 test. Passengers also have to show their identification documents and download the PeduliLindungi contact tracing application. Authorities also require planes and public land transport to operate at 70 percent of their capacity, and private-hire vehicles and taxis at 50 percent capacity. There is no capacity limit for sea transport, though other health protocols are in place. The government’s level of enforcement of restrictions is unclear. Authorities have sometimes provided conflicting information about COVID-19 controls in recent weeks; changes to measures may occur at short notice.

MDTI-WA-2020-844
Date: 19 August 2020

SOUTH KOREA – NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS

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

Authorities plan to tighten social distancing measures further in the Seoul, Incheon and Gyeonggi Provinces through at least Aug. 30 amid an increase in new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Officials recently raised the region’s social distancing status to Level 2 of the three-tier system. The government continues to ban cruise ships from docking at ports in the country, including Jeju. Korean air carriers are gradually resuming flight operations, but service remains limited. Additional international flight disruptions are likely amid decreased demand.

Travel Restrictions:
Foreign nationals with long-term visas that wish to return to South Korea after traveling abroad must obtain permits before departing the country and present medical screenings with proof of a negative COVID-19 test result before reentry. Visa-free and visa-waiver programs remain suspended with countries that have banned entry for South Korean citizens, impacting travelers from 90 countries, including Australia, Canada, and many European nations. All short-term visas issued before April 5 remain canceled; travelers must reapply for entry documents. Authorities have suspended visa-free entry for foreign sailors, who must obtain visas and provide a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test result issued within 48 hours before departure, to enter the country.

Authorities have tightened entry procedures for foreign nationals traveling from high-risk countries, such as Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Pakistan. Authorities are limiting visas for foreigners and reducing flight capacity for passengers from affected countries. Officials also require a medical certificate confirming that they received a negative PCR COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of departing for South Korea. Passengers who do not have the certificates are banned. Diplomats and people on urgent business travel from affected countries are exempt from the restriction.

Most incoming travelers, including those from the US and Europe, must undergo COVID-19 testing within three days of arrival. Mandatory screenings are ongoing for international arrivals at all ports of entry nationwide, and testing is almost certain for symptomatic passengers. Authorities in Seoul require all inbound international passengers who intend to stay in the city to undergo COVID-19 tests upon arrival, regardless of nationality. Officials will screen travelers with COVID-19 symptoms immediately, and transport other passengers from Incheon International Airport (ICN) to designated testing facilities in Seoul. A 14-day self-quarantine requirement remains in place for all international travelers, regardless of testing outcomes. Officials will quarantine foreigners who do not have a residence in South Korea at government facilities at the traveler’s own expense.

MDTI-WA-2020-843
Date: 19 August 2020

UNITED STATES – RESTRICTIONS IN ILLINOIS

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

As of Aug. 18, Illinois Governor Jay Robert Pritzker has imposed additional restrictions in seven of the state’s 102 counties due to an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Restrictions for the rest of the state remain unchanged. The new directives impact Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, and Washington counties and will be in place through at least Sept. 1.

At a local level, authorities in the city of Chicago have imposed quarantine orders for some out-of-state travelers. As of Aug. 18, travelers entering Chicago from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Failing to do so may lead to fines. Starting Aug. 21, travelers from Nebraska and Wisconsin will not be required to quarantine; however, individuals arriving from Iowa and Kansas will be required to self-quarantine.

All establishments that operate must comply with strict mandates aimed at preventing further spread of COVID-19, including limitations on operating capacity, use of protective face coverings or other personal protective equipment, and enforcement of social distancing guidelines, among other things. Such mandates may vary by industry or type of business.

MDTI-WA-2020-842
Date: 19 August 2020

UNITED STATES – RESTRICTIONS IN PENNSYLVANIA

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

Authorities in Pennsylvania have released an updated travel advisory list as part of ongoing efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Travelers arriving from states or territories on Pennsylvania’s travel advisory list are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The most recent version of the list, which was revised in mid-August, includes the following: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Officials in Philadelphia County also urge any travelers from those states to self-quarantine, as well as anyone entering the county from Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, Utah, and Wisconsin

All residents and visitors must wear protective face coverings while in indoor public locations, as well as outdoor settings, whenever social-distancing measures are not possible. All businesses open for in-person services must comply with strict social distancing and hygiene mandates. Most outdoor recreational facilities are permitted to operate.

MDTI-WA-2020-841
Date: 19 August 2020

UNITED STATES – RESTRICTIONS IN NEW JERSEY

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

On Aug. 18, authorities in New Jersey released an updated travel advisory list as part of ongoing efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Travelers arriving from states or territories on New Jersey’s travel advisory list are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. Per the most recent publication, Alaska and Delaware have been added to this list.

As of Aug. 18, authorities recommend that all individuals entering New Jersey from the following states and territories self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Virgin Islands, and Wisconsin. According to the advisory, although self-isolation is voluntary, compliance is expected. Hotels in New Jersey have been asked to notify any guests arriving from affected states that they should comply with the instruction. Business travelers, critical workers, and seasonal migrant farmworkers are exempt from these measure.

MDTI-WA-2020-840
Date: 19 August 2020

UNITED STATES – RESTRICTIONS IN NEW YORK STATE

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

On Aug. 18, authorities in New York State issued an update to the list of states and territories from which travelers are subject to mandatory quarantine upon arrival as part of ongoing efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Per the most recent update, Alaska and Delaware have been added to the list.

All individuals entering New York from any state or territory that has higher than 10 confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents or a positivity rate of 10 percent or higher over a seven-day average must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

As of Aug. 18, travelers from the following states must self-quarantine for two weeks: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, the Virgin Islands, and Wisconsin

The list of impacted states is revised and updated every week. Authorities in New York City have established COVID-19 traveler checkpoints at key entry points to the city to ensure out-of-state travelers are complying with state quarantine requirements. State officers have also been deployed to all airports throughout New York, ensuring travelers are following the guidance and completing the state’s traveler form upon arrival. Travelers entering New York by train or car must complete the traveler form online.

Essential businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, health care providers, banks, fuel stations, transportation providers, construction companies, and manufacturers, have not been subject to mandatory COVID-19-related closures. Authorities require all persons, including essential workers, to wear protective face coverings when in public and whenever they cannot adhere to social-distancing guidelines.

MDTI-WA-2020-839
Date: 19 August 2020

UNITED STATES – RESTRICTIONS IN CONNECTICUT

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

Authorities in Connecticut have issued an update to the list of states and territories from which travelers are subject to mandatory quarantine upon arrival to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Per the most recent update, officials have added Alaska and Delaware to the list and removed Washington.

As of Aug. 18, all individuals entering Connecticut from the following states must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Virgin Islands, and Wisconsin

Individuals must wear protective face coverings when in public and unable to comply with social-distancing guidelines. Business disruptions remain likely. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

MDTI-WA-2020-838
Date: 19 August 2020

UNITED STATES – RESTRICTIONS IN MISSISSIPPI

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

Mississippi Governor has issued orders extending restrictions currently in place through at least Aug. 31, to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities have also issued guidelines for school-related gatherings, limiting attendance to extracurricular activities to a maximum of two people per student, and requiring all participants, workers, and people in attendance to wear face coverings.

Under the current directives, residents over the age of five must wear protective face coverings whenever they are inside a business, school, or any other indoor space open to the public or in outdoor settings when social distancing measures cannot be implemented.

All businesses are allowed to operate statewide.

County and municipal authorities are allowed to impose stricter restrictions within their jurisdictions if they consider it necessary. Business disruptions remain likely. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

MDTI-WA-2020-837
Date: 19 August 2020

NETHERLANDS – NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS

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

As of Aug. 18, authorities in the Netherlands have eased international entry restrictions put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Per the new directives, travelers arriving from Andorra and most of Sweden, excluding travelers from Vastra Gotaland, are no longer requested to self-isolate upon arrival. Although authorities had previously removed entry restrictions for travelers from European Economic Area countries, officials have reimposed specific travel advisories for certain areas in this bloc. As of Aug. 18, restrictions have been reimposed on travelers from Bulgaria, Croatia, Malta, Romania, and parts of Belgium (Antwerp and Brussels), France (Paris and the Bouches-du-Rhône region), Portugal (Lisbon), and Spain (Almeria, Barcelona, Lerida, Burgos, Huesca, Madrid, Navarra, Salamanca, Soriel, Teruel, Zaragoza, and the Balearic Islands).

Additionally, residents of Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and the UK are exempt from any entry restrictions. Residents of all other countries remain barred from entry, though exceptions are made for individuals with an essential function or need, such as health workers, freight workers, and diplomats; all such arrivals are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Authorities are making testing available for arrivals from high-risk areas at Schiphol Airport (AMS); such individuals must self-isolate until the result is received.

MDTI-WA-2020-836
Date: 19 August 2020

IRELAND – NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS

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

Authorities previously began allowing travelers from countries deemed epidemiologically safe to enter Ireland without self-isolating. The latest version of country’s “Travel Green List” was published Aug. 6 and includes Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and the Slovak Republic (Slovakia). Authorities have been reviewing and updating the list on a bi-weekly basis. All travelers, including Irish citizens entering Ireland from other locations, must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Each traveler must also fill out a passenger locator form indicating the address where they will be staying. Freight transport workers, maritime employees, and pilots are exempt from these measures. Authorities continue to advise against nonessential travel abroad for Irish citizens.

Ireland’s borders remain open for international travel, though airports are operating on a reduced schedule. Public transport remains largely functional, though reduced services are provided in some areas.

MDTI-WA-2020-835
Date: 19 August 2020

SWITZERLAND – NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS

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

Swiss authorities regularly update a coronavirus (COVID-19) related list of high-risk countries from which travelers must undergo a mandatory 10-day self-quarantine. They have added Belgium, the Balearic Islands in Spain, Albania, Andorra, Aruba, Belize, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Guam, India, Malta, Monaco, and Namibia.

Other nations maintained on the list of high-risk countries include the following: Argentina, Armenia, The Bahamas. Bahrain, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eswatini, Guatemala, Honduras, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Palestinian Territories, Oman, Panama, Peru, Qatar, Romania, Sint Maarten, Spain (excluding Canary Islands), South Africa, Suriname, Turks and Caicos, and the United States. Authorities have have removed Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, and Singapore

Officials previously removed entry restrictions for residents of Schengen Area countries and the UK. Entry restrictions were also removed for travelers from the following countries: Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, Monaco, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and Vatican City

Travelers will still have to observe a 10-day self-quarantine if the country is placed on the list of high-risk countries. Restrictions do not apply to freight traffic, individuals in transit, and those with compelling reasons for travel.

MDTI-WA-2020-834
Date: 19 August 2020

AUSTRIA – NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS

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

Authorities in Austria are maintaining current restrictions introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of Aug. 18, while continuing to update the list of countries with which travel is restricted. Officials previously removed entry restrictions for nationals of EU and Schengen Area countries, and the UK. However, authorities have issued travel warnings for multiple countries, including from within the European bloc; permitted travelers arriving from these countries, or having visited these countries in the preceding 10 days, are required to present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test no older than 72 hours, or get tested within 48 hours of arrival and self-isolate while waiting for the result. As of Aug. 18 countries with travel warnings are: Albania, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China (Hubei Province) Croatia, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kosovo, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Spain (mainland only), Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, and the US. Entry to Austria remains prohibited indefinitely for third-country nationals from states outside the EU, Schengen Area, and the UK. Exceptions are in place for health workers, freight workers, diplomats, individuals in transit, and urgent or essential reasons decided on a case-by-case basis.


MDTI-WA-2020-833
Date: 19 August 2020

NORTHEAST ASIA – 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 Aug. 18, the following restrictions are in effect:

Mainland China: Authorities continue to bar most foreign nationals from entering the country; exceptions are in place for specific categories, including South Korean workers and students, nationals from 36 European countries with valid Chinese resident permits, skilled workers with invitation letters from Chinese municipal or provincial governments, diplomatic personnel, and C visa holders, which officials generally issue to flight and shipping crews. All travelers, regardless of nationality, must take a nucleic acid COVID-19 test at designated facilities in the country of origin within five days of departure. Most travelers, regardless of nationality, are barred from entering or exiting land border checkpoints; however, officials are allowing Macau locals to enter mainland China without quarantine starting Aug. 12, provided they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and have not traveled outside the territory in the previous two weeks. Guangdong authorities are requiring a negative COVID-19 test result for travelers from Hong Kong, as well as quarantine for 14 days, unless exempted. 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, undergo testing in South Korea within 72 hours of travel, and undergo testing again during a one- or two-day quarantine in China. Authorities are also allowing “fast track” entry for essential business travelers from Singapore to Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang provinces and Chongqing, Shanghai, and Tianjin municipalities. Travelers must receive a special pass from an inviting institution, test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours of their departure, and obtain a visa. Passengers will undergo COVID-19 testing again upon arrival in China and isolate at designated facilities until their results are available. Business travelers testing negative will adhere to a pre-agreed itinerary and refrain from using public transport, except for private hire vehicles, for the first 14 days. The travelers will also have to download and use a health pass while in the country. Reports indicate the government is also allowing executive travel for some individual businesses under a similar model. Officials in many areas are enforcing quarantine measures for international travelers. Authorities are generally allowing nonresident passengers to stay in government-designated hotels at their own cost. While most quarantine periods are 14 days, some cities in border areas require inbound travelers to self-quarantine and undergo medical observation for an additional 14 days. The Shanghai government has eased quarantine requirements for inbound travelers. Under the new measures, passengers who have a residence in the city can quarantine at a designated facility for seven days and self-quarantine for another seven days at home. Travelers must receive a negative COVID-19 test result in quarantine before release from designated facilities.

Hong Kong: The government is maintaining a ban on all nonresident foreign nationals. Travelers from Macau, Taiwan, and mainland China can enter Hong Kong, provided they have no recent travel history elsewhere. Authorities have designated Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, and the US as high risk due to COVID-19 transmission. Permitted passengers from these locations must provide several documents, including evidence of a negative COVID-19 result from a test taken within 72 hours of departure and a hotel reservation for the entire quarantine period before boarding flights. All arriving travelers must undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival and self-quarantine for two weeks; officials may quarantine symptomatic passengers or people testing positive for COVID-19 at government-designated facilities. Authorities have permitted some mainland Chinese teachers and students, as well as businesspeople whose activities officials deem economically beneficial to the territory, to enter without having to undergo quarantine. Hong Kong continues to restrict land border crossings with mainland China at the Shenzhen Bay checkpoint and along the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. Authorities are also tightening quarantine requirements for sea and air crewmembers in the territory. Under the new requirements, ships without cargo cannot exchange crews. On other ships, workers are no longer allowed to enter the territory and must travel directly to the airport after disembarking if completing their service onboard. Inbound ship crews and flight crew members will have to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of departure for Hong Kong.

Japan: Authorities continue to ban entry for most foreign nationals with a travel history to 146 countries and territories, including China, India, Pakistan, South Korea, the US, Australia, and the EU. However, officials will permit foreigners with student or work visas, permanent residents, long-term resident visa holders, and spouses and children of Japanese nationals and permanent residents to enter the country from Aug. 5. Entry is only permissible for foreign residents that departed before an entry ban for their respective country came into effect. Travelers must get a Re-entry Confirmation Letter from the nearest Japanese diplomatic mission and obtain a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of departure to enter the country. Officials also require all passengers from banned countries to receive a PCR COVID-19 test upon arrival. Any inbound passenger allowed into Japan must undergo a 14-day quarantine period, either at home or in a government-designated facility.

Macau: Authorities continue to ban nonresident foreign nationals from entering the territory. Travelers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China are exempt from the measure but will not be allowed to enter if they have traveled elsewhere in the previous two weeks. Visitors from Hong Kong must provide evidence of negative COVID-19 test results taken within 24 hours of arrival. Macau authorities are also requiring arrivals with recent travel history in Hong Kong and designated “high-risk” locations Urumqi and Dalian in mainland China to undergo 14-day quarantines at designated facilities. Travelers from elsewhere in mainland China can enter Macau without quarantine or medical certificates that prove negative COVID-19 status. Officials are allowing tourist visits from neighboring Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, to resume from Aug. 12. 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 other countries or Taiwan and 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: Authorities are limiting visas for foreign nationals from Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Pakistan, and two other unidentified countries; diplomats and people on urgent business travel are exempt from the restriction. The government is restricting flight capacity from these countries and requires inbound foreign nationals to provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test upon entry. 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 short-term visas issued before April 5, requiring travelers to reapply for entry documents. Officials are testing all arriving travelers from the US and Europe. Authorities 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 foreign nationals for tourism and social visits. The government is testing all arriving passengers from the Philippines and mandating quarantine for 14 days in government-designated facilities. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) will require foreign nationals, except Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) and resident visa holders, arriving from the Philippines to provide documentation of a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of departure and pay for quarantine at TWD 1,500 (USD 51) per day. However, the CECC continues to ease entry restrictions for foreign nationals for approved reasons. International travelers can apply for entry for medical care; the measure does not include aesthetic procedures and health checks. Foreigners can also apply for entry for internships and training programs, conferences and trade shows, exchange programs, volunteering and missionary activities, and job searches, among others. Residents from Hong Kong and Macau can apply for entry for humanitarian and emergency reasons, to fulfill contractual agreements, or as part of a transfer within multinationals. Authorities allow children under six years old from mainland China with residence permits to enter Taiwan with one parent, provided they can complete a 14-day self-quarantine requirement. Officials will require people allowed into Taiwan to present a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result conducted within three days of their departing flight. Diplomats are also allowed to enter. All non-exempt inbound passengers must self-quarantine for 14 days. Authorities are conducting mandatory COVID-19 tests on all passengers, regardless of nationality, arriving from the Philippines. Symptomatic passengers will be held at government quarantine facilities until test results are available. Some 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. The CECC classifies Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, Laos, Macau, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Palau, and Thailand as low risk and Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam as medium risk. People visiting from low-risk areas need to quarantine for five days, while those traveling from medium-risk destinations must quarantine for seven days; isolation will occur at government-designated facilities. Travelers must also pay for a COVID-19 test before their release. Authorities removed these entry privileges for travelers from Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong following spikes in COVID-19 activity. Officials have lifted a ban on transiting passengers at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE). Passengers must connect with the same airline through TPE and limit connections in Taiwan to eight hours. Officials have cleared China Airlines (CI), EVA Air (BR), and Cathay Pacific (CX) to operate transit flights, except to mainland China.


MDTI-WA-2020-832
Date: 18 August 2020

HONG KONG – RESTRICTIONS

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

Hong Kong authorities have further extended ongoing business and gathering restrictions until at least Aug. 25 to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Under the controls, officials continue to ban public gatherings of more than two people and require residents to wear protective face coverings in all outdoor public areas, on public transport, and in indoor public areas, except office spaces.

Hong Kong continues to indefinitely restrict land border crossings with mainland China to the Shenzhen Bay checkpoint and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. Immigration processing centers at Ocean Terminal and Kai Tak Cruise Terminal remain closed. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) is open. Authorities are allowing some flight transits at HKG if grouped in a single booking and the connection time is less than 24 hours. Airport Authority Hong Kong is permitting transit flights from mainland China through Oct. 15 under the same rules. However, transit flights to mainland China remain banned. Airlines have significantly reduced flights due to decreased demand, and further cancellations are likely.

Travel Restrictions:
All nonresident foreign nationals remain prohibited from entering the territory. Travelers from Macau, Taiwan, and mainland China can enter Hong Kong, provided they have no recent travel history elsewhere. Hong Kong has designated Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, and the US as high risk due to COVID-19 transmission. Permitted passengers arriving from these locations must provide several documents, including proof of a negative COVID-19 result from a test taken within 72 hours prior departure and a hotel reservation for the entire quarantine period before boarding flights. All arriving travelers must undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival and self-quarantine for two weeks; officials may quarantine symptomatic passengers or people testing positive for COVID-19 at government-designated facilities. Authorities have exempted some mainland Chinese teachers and students, as well as businesspeople whose activities officials deem economically beneficial to the territory, from the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Authorities are maintaining quarantine measures for sea and aircrews indefinitely. Under the new requirements, ships without cargo cannot exchange crews. On other ships, workers are no longer allowed to enter the territory and must travel directly to the airport after disembarking if completing their service onboard. Inbound ship crews and flight crew members will have to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of departure for Hong Kong. Both airlines and shipping companies must arrange point-to-point transport for employees to limit interaction with the public.

MDTI-WA-2020-831
Date: 18 August 2020

UNITED STATES – RESTRICTIONS IN VERMONT

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

Vermont Governor has extended current restrictions put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through at least Sept. 15. The governor is deferring to local officials regarding imposing or easing restrictions on gatherings and alcohol consumption.

Authorities also extended current travel directives, which permit travelers from locations within the US Northeastern region – specifically Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia – to travel to Vermont for leisure with no need to quarantine, provided their county of residence has fewer than 400 active cases of COVID-19 per million inhabitants. Leisure travelers to Vermont from any other US state, or from any county located in a Northeastern region state and which has 400 or more active cases per million persons, must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Alternatively, travelers to Vermont can self-quarantine for seven days upon arrival if they take a COVID-19 test that has a negative result. Business travelers are exempt from the quarantine requirement provided they are entering Vermont to perform authorized essential work, have not been in contact with a person with COVID-19 during the past 24 hours, and have not exhibited COVID-19-like symptom within the past 24 hours.

Other restrictions remain in place.

MDTI-WA-2020-830
Date: 18 August 2020

MOROCCO – NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS

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

Authorities in Morocco have reimposed restrictions related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Marrakesh following a rise in the number of cases as of Aug. 18. Officials have closed several neighborhoods within the city until further notice. Authorities previously reimposed a series of restrictions in Tangier and Fez cities from Aug. 5, following a rise in COVID-19 cases. Authorities have also extended the existing nationwide state of emergency through Sept. 10 as part of the nation’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Officials previously implemented a travel ban for the cities of Berrechid, Casablanca, Fez, Meknes, Settat, Tangier, and Tetouan, beginning July 26. The measure prohibits individuals from entering or exiting the cities, except for essential travel, such as seeking medical care or transporting goods. Public and private sector employees who must travel for work may acquire travel permits from local authorities. It is unclear how long the restriction will remain in place.

International passenger flights remain suspended until further notice; emergency and cargo flights can still operate normally. Sea travel to Spain, Gibraltar, and France remain suspended. The border with the Spanish autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla, located on the north coast of Africa, is closed until further notice. All educational institutions are closed, and all political, social, and sporting events remain canceled.

For disease monitoring and tracking purposes, the Moroccan government has classified certain areas in the country as “Zone 1” or “Zone 2” regions based on the local level of COVID-19 activity. In Zone 1 regions, authorities have eased restrictions due to lower disease activity. Residents can leave their homes without special permits but must carry their national identity cards at all times. Certain commercial establishments, such as restaurants, cafes, hotels, beaches, and public baths, are allowed to reopen; all businesses must operate at 50 percent capacity and comply with the country’s social distancing guidelines. Zone 2 areas are those where authorities have eased only some restrictions; individuals may not travel outside their municipality of residence without a special permit.

MDTI-WA-2020-829
Date: 18 August 2020

NORTHEAST INDIA – RESTRICTIONS

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

As of Aug. 18, nightly curfews continue across most northeastern Indian states as part of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. Under such measures, entry and exit remain limited to select transit points and for essential purposes only; officials continue banning all public transport and nonessential private transport. Businesses – mainly providing essential services – will function with minimal workforce; residents must stay home and use delivery services to the extent possible.

Outside of curfew hours, limited public buses and private transport are operational in areas outside of containment zones with COVID-19 clusters. Officials are also permitting special intercity trains for stranded passengers and limited domestic flights. Travelers from other states or countries will typically undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or in a government facility, depending on medical screening and local rules. While businesses are resuming with social distancing measures, entertainment venues and most public sites remain closed.

Strict restrictions such as suspension of nonessential activity are in place across hotspots with reported COVID-19 clusters. Urban centers such as Agartala, Guwahati, and Imphal have reported no significant decrease in cases, delaying normalization.

Local administration and police will continue to enforce and facilitate control measures. Emergency and utility services remain operational nationwide. While banks and businesses selling essential goods, such as fuel, food, and medicines, remain open in containment zones, officials will almost certainly regulate price, supply, and opening hours. Panic-buying and associated localized shortages of essential goods may occur in some areas. Sporadic clashes are possible if groups attempt to enforce business closures or defy official orders. Police may forcibly disperse unruly crowds. Violators may face legal action. Authorities could modify restrictions at short notice, mainly in urban centers.

Nationwide restrictions, including the mandatory use of masks in public, the closure of public spaces, such as educational and entertainment venues, a ban on large gatherings, and suspension of non-repatriation international travel, continue. Nonetheless, businesses and limited public transport can operate outside containment zones with hygiene and social distancing guidelines.

MDTI-WA-2020-828
Date: 18 August 2020

BAHAMAS – NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS

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

Authorities in the Bahamas have extended the existing lockdown measures in place on most large islands, through at least Aug. 25, in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Stricter restrictions will be applied in New Providence during this period due to higher disease activity. Lockdown measures remain lifted on the smaller islands of Mayaguana, Inagua, Crooked Island, Acklins, Long Cay, Long Island, Rum Cay, and Ragged Island. All regular commercial, social, and religious activities may resume in these areas.

International and Domestic Travel:
International commercial flights may enter the Bahamas (except via New Providence). Still, all travelers, regardless of country of origin, are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine in a government facility upon arrival at their own expense. Travelers must also present a negative COVID-19 test certificate taken up to 10 days before travel. Travelers who fail to present this document will be denied entry. Contact tracing applications must be installed on smartphones. All inter-island travel has been suspended. Local and international cargo and emergency aircraft and sea vessels continue to operate.

MDTI-WA-2020-827
Date: 18 August 2020

PHILIPPINES – NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS

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

Officials in the Philippines continue to implement varying community quarantine restrictions nationwide through at least Aug. 31 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The country remains under Code Red Sublevel 2 on the code alert system, indicating ongoing local virus transmission with greater numbers of cases than the government can address. At-risk groups, including people below the age of 21 and above the age of 60, cannot work on-site, with limited exceptions.

No locality is currently under the two strictest levels of control, termed the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). However, Metro Manila and its surrounding areas, including Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal provinces, will ease their restrictions and enact the general community quarantine (GCQ), the third-strictest level of measures, Aug. 19-31.

Additionally, GCQ is currently in place through Aug. 31 in the following locations:
– Luzon: Batangas, Nueva Ecija, and Quezon provinces
– Visayas: Cebu City, Iloilo, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, and Talisay cities and Consolacion and Minglanilla municipalities

Modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), which is the least severe level of measures, is in effect for all other localities through Aug. 31.

Travel Restrictions:
Authorities continue to ban most foreign nationals from entering the country. However, officials are allowing entry for foreign nationals with long-term visas. Inbound foreign nationals must secure a quarantine facility and a COVID-19 testing provider in advance of arrival. Other visas and applications and visa-free privileges remain suspended. Exemptions for foreign spouses and children of Philippine citizens and diplomatic staff and dependents are in place. Arriving travelers must undergo a two-week quarantine at government-designated facilities. The central government re-imposed a ban on nonessential outbound travel July 23. People who had confirmed their overseas travel booking as of July 20 can still depart, as well as overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and uniformed personnel on official duty.

MDTI-WA-2020-826
Date: 18 August 2020

PHILIPPINES – MAJOR EARTHQUAKE

Country of Territory: PHILIPPINES
Affected Areas: CENTRAL PHILIPPINES
Incident: MAJOR EARTHQUAKE

A magnitude-6.6 earthquake struck in central Philippines in Samar Sea, at around 0803 Aug. 18. The epicenter was about 70 km (43 miles) southeast of Masbate City, Masbate Province. The tremor occurred at a depth of about 10 km (6 miles), and strong shaking took place in areas nearby the epicenter, including parts of Masbate Province. Moderate to light shaking was likely felt throughout the Visayas Region and northern Mindanao area. The temblor damaged houses and roads in Cataingan and Uson municipalities, Masbate Province. The tremor caused at least one death and injury to one person. Comprehensive damage assessments will likely be delayed, especially in remote areas. Aftershocks are possible. Authorities have not issued a tsunami warning.

Officials may temporarily shut down transportation infrastructure in the tremor zone and other areas of the Visayas and northern Mindanao regions to check for damage. Minor disruptions could occur during shutdowns, but service will likely resume quickly if no damage is found. Utility outages are possible near the epicenter.

MDTI-WA-2020-825
Date: 17 August 2020

SOUTHEAST ASIA – TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: SOUTHEAST ASIA
Incident: COVID-19 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 Aug. 15:

Brunei: Authorities have banned most foreigners, including long-term pass holders, from entering or transiting the country. Foreigners with essential or business needs can transit Brunei by land, provided they comply with certain protocols. These include limits on the time allowed to cross the country. Foreigners whose work relates to the national interest, such as those in the oil and gas sector or transport of essential goods, can also enter the country. Officials require inbound foreign workers in the oil and gas industry to undergo COVID-19 tests before entry and upon arrival in the country. Such persons must take the pre-trip test within 48 hours before departing for Brunei. Existing travel, student, and dependent visas remain suspended. Arrivals must 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. Only people departing to seek medical treatment or resume studies overseas can leave the country, after obtaining approval from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Cambodia: Diplomatic and official visa holders, including international organization officials, must obtain a document stating they are free from COVID-19 within 72 hours before traveling to Cambodia. Such individuals must undergo COVID-19 tests upon arriving in Cambodia and isolate at designated sites while waiting for test results. People who test negative must self-isolate for 14 days, while those testing positive will be quarantined. Authorities will bear the test costs; however, embassies or international organizations will have to cover expenses for their personnel who test positive. Foreign business travelers to enter the country are exempt from the two-week self-isolation requirement, although they must still isolate at designated facilities for several days upon arrival in Cambodia while waiting for COVID-19 test results. Additionally, these visitors may still have to quarantine for 14 days if any passenger on their Cambodia-bound flight tests positive for COVID-19. Business travelers must adhere to other protocols, including obtaining sponsorship from a local company. Officials have suspended flights from Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Issuance of tourist visas and e-visas, visa-on-arrival services, and visa exemption remain suspended. Most foreign visitors must obtain a visa from Cambodian diplomatic missions and provide proof of medical insurance in a coverage amount of at least USD 50,000, as well as a medical certificate from local health authorities stating they have not tested positive for COVID-19. Incoming passengers have to test for COVID-19; travelers who test positive – along with all other passengers on the same flight – must quarantine for 14 days, while other travelers can self-quarantine for two weeks. Inbound foreign nationals must pay a USD 2,000 deposit to cover the costs, including USD 100 for the COVID-19 testing and USD 30 for a certificate stating they do not carry the virus, with limited exceptions. Most border checkpoints remain closed. Officials have allowed cross-border travel with Vietnam for non-tourism purposes to resume; travelers will have to adhere to relevant health protocols.

Indonesia: The government has banned foreigners from entering or transiting the country. The restriction exempts permanent residents, diplomats, and transport workers. Officials require inbound passengers to produce documents stating they are free from COVID-19; travelers without such documentation must undergo tests upon arrival in Indonesia and be isolated in a government-designated facility until test results are released. Arrivals must also download the PeduliLindungi contact tracing application. Inbound travelers who show COVID-19 symptoms will undergo quarantine at government-designated premises. Authorities are advising all incoming passengers to self-quarantine for two weeks. Officials are also requiring individuals leaving Indonesia to produce certificates that they do not carry COVID-19. The government has sometimes provided conflicting information about COVID-19 restrictions in recent weeks; changes to measures may occur at short notice.

Laos: Inbound travel restrictions are in effect through at least Aug. 31. Most inbound travel remains banned, with exceptions for resident diplomats and essential workers, among others. Issuance of tourist visas, visas-on-arrival, and visa exemptions remain suspended. People wishing to enter Laos must test negative for COVID-19 at a medical institution in their country of origin within 72 hours before the trip. Officials require symptomatic arrivals to undergo tests and quarantine at selected hospitals. Other incoming passengers are required to isolate for two weeks at government-designated facilities; authorities may allow diplomats, employees of international organizations, and their family members to self-quarantine at their residences.

Malaysia: Most foreigners are still unable to enter the country; exemptions are currently in place for resident diplomats, foreign spouses and dependents of Malaysian citizens, and expatriate employees working in essential industries and their dependents. Malaysian and Singaporean authorities began receiving limited cross-border travel applications for business and work purposes from Aug. 10. Those planning single-entry trips under the reciprocal green lane (RGL) scheme must present approval letters from immigration authorities and a company or government agency in the destination country, as well as any required visas, and undergo COVID-19 swab testing within 72 hours before travel date and upon arrival. Such travelers must also adhere to certain protocols, including a pre-approved itinerary for 14 days. Passengers undertaking multiple-entry visits under the periodic commuting arrangement (PCA) program will serve quarantine at designated facilities for at least seven days. Officials require arrivals to undergo quarantine at designated facilities, with limited exceptions. These travelers must also download the MySejahtera mobile app. Malaysian nationals remain banned from traveling abroad. Foreigners based in Malaysia who travel overseas are prohibited from re-entering the country until further notice.

Myanmar: Myanmar’s government has extended the ban on most international flights through at least Aug. 31; relief and cargo flights can continue operating. Authorities may also allow special flights to transport citizens to and from Myanmar on a case-by-case basis. Visa-on-arrival and e-visa issuance for tourism purposes remain suspended. Returning Myanmar nationals must undergo a 21-day quarantine at government-designated sites, followed by one week of self-isolation. Most foreign nationals remain banned from entering the country, with limited exceptions for diplomatic personnel. Authorities had also announced that resident diplomats and UN officials might undergo quarantine at their residence for two weeks. Additionally, authorities are allowing business trips for essential sectors, such as oil and gas and power, from mainland China and Japan in a so-called fast lane arrangement. Personnel will have to obtain a medical document stating they do not carry COVID-19 within 36 hours of boarding Myanmar-bound flights. The passengers will also have to undergo COVID-19 tests upon arriving in Myanmar and after completing five days of quarantine at designated facilities. The government has restricted cross-border movements at land checkpoints, allowing only the transport of goods.

Philippines: Authorities have allowed long-term visa holders to re-enter the Philippines since Aug. 1. These travelers must adhere to several protocols, including having prebooked a quarantine facility and a COVID-19 testing provider in the Philippines. Other types of previously issued visas and visa-free privileges remain suspended. Exemptions for foreign spouses and children of Philippine citizens and diplomatic staff and dependents remain in place. Officials also said that they would not accept new visa applications. All arriving travelers must undergo a two-week quarantine at a government-designated facility. The central government reimposed a ban on nonessential outbound travel July 23. People who had confirmed their overseas travel booking as of July 20 are allowed to depart. Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and uniformed personnel on official duty can continue traveling overseas.

Singapore: Authorities have banned the entry of short-term visa holders, with limited exceptions. Singaporean authorities began accepting applications for work and business travel from Malaysia from Aug. 10 under two schemes – the reciprocal green lane (RGL) and the periodic commuting arrangement (PCA) programs for short-visit and long-term travelers respectively. Travelers under the RGL scheme must obtain sponsorship by a Singaporean host company or government agency, test for COVID-19 upon arrival, and remain at their accommodations until the test returns negative; travelers under RGL scheme can stay in Singapore for up to two weeks. The PCA scheme is limited to long-term pass holders intending to stay in Singapore for at least 90 days and whose employers must submit applications on their behalf; these travelers must remain at the quarantine venue for at least seven days or until they test negative for COVID-19, whichever is later. Incoming passengers have to submit an online health declaration up to three days before entering the country. Inbound travelers must take a COVID-19 test at their own expense near the end of their mandatory 14-day quarantine periods, with limited exemptions. Travelers from most areas are required to undergo two-week quarantine at a government-designated facility at their own expense. However, arriving passengers who continuously spent the previous 14 days in specified countries and regions can self-quarantine in their residences; this measure applies to travelers arriving from Australia (except Victoria State), Brunei, mainland China, Macau, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Incoming travelers from these locations must use electronic monitoring devices to ensure they remain inside their residences; children 12 years old and younger are exempt from the measure. The government is advising residents to avoid nonessential international travel. Authorities are allowing business trips to and from select parts of China, including Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang provinces and Chongqing, Shanghai, and Tianjin municipalities; these business travelers must adhere to health protocols. While these travelers do not need to undergo two-week quarantine upon arrival in Singapore, they must be tested for COVID-19 again and must self-isolate in their accommodations until test results are available. Officials are allowing foreign nationals flying with Singapore Airlines (SQ), Scoot (TR), and Silk Air (MI) from select cities to transit via Singapore Changi Airport (SIN); the specific cities include Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney in Australia; Chongqing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai in mainland China; Hong Kong; Osaka and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT) in Japan; Seoul in South Korea; and Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand. Passenger transit at SIN remains banned for flights to the affected cities.

Thailand: Authorities in Thailand have allowed additional categories of foreigners to enter the country since Aug. 4. These include permanent residents and work permit holders with their spouses and children; foreigners with special arrangements, such as the Thailand Elite Card – a program for frequent business visitors; and migrant workers whose employers have obtained approval for employees’ entry. These foreigners must adhere to health protocols, such as two weeks of quarantine at designated facilities. Other groups of foreigners, including spouses, parents, and children of Thai citizens, resident diplomats, people seeking medical treatment, students of Thai educational institutions, and transport workers, can continue to enter. Authorities have suspended international inbound flights until further notice, though repatriation flights may occur on a case-by-case basis. The government has reopened 37 border checkpoints for the transport of goods and traders; foreign tourists remain banned from entering Thailand through border checkpoints. Officials have approved visa extensions through Sept. 26 for foreigners already in Thailand. Authorities have sometimes provided conflicting information about COVID-19 restrictions in recent weeks; changes to measures may occur at short notice.

Timor-Leste: The country’s borders remain closed to foreigners, with limited exceptions. Authorities have previously allowed entry for permanent residents of Timor-Leste, foreigners born in the country, and people working at oil rigs, among others. People who can enter the country must undergo a 14-day quarantine at government facilities. International passenger flights remain suspended, except for medical evacuation, humanitarian, and governmental flights.

Vietnam: Vietnamese authorities continue to bar entry for foreign nationals, with limited exceptions, even though officials have started to reissue electronic visas to foreign nationals from 80 locations. These locations include Australia, mainland China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, the UK, and the US. Foreigners who can still enter Vietnam include essential and skilled workers. Individuals who can enter the country will undergo a 14-day quarantine at government-run facilities. Authorities have approved visa extensions through Aug. 31 for foreigners already in Vietnam. Inbound flights to Vietnam continue to operate, except to Da Nang; international flights to Da Nang have been suspended after new community transmission cases were confirmed.

MDTI-WA-2020-824
Date: 17 August 2020

UNITED STATES – NATIONWIDE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

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

US authorities extended the existing closure of the nation’s land borders with Canada and Mexico to all nonessential travel through at least Sept. 21 as part of their efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The closures, which initially entered into force March 21, do not affect trade, movement of essential goods and workers, transport of food or medicines, or transit by cargo trucks. US citizens and legal residents returning to the country, as well as individuals traveling to attend educational institutions, are exempt.

The government in Washington continues to advise US residents to avoid nonessential travel to most countries in the world due to COVID-19 concerns. As of Aug. 16, US authorities still consider only 20 countries and territories worldwide to have low- or very low-risk of COVID-19, including New Zealand, Thailand, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Laos, New Caledonia, and Taiwan; there are no governmental advisories against travel to designated low- or very low-risk destinations, except for persons having special risk factors. Travelers returning from all other locations are urged to remain at home as much as possible, wear protective face coverings, and practice social distancing.

Additional COVID-19-related travel restrictions are still in effect. US officials have suspended entry for foreign nationals who have been in Brazil, China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), Iran, UK, Ireland, and the Schengen Area within the previous 14 days. US citizens and legal residents who have traveled to a country on the restricted list within 14 days of their return are urged to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Incoming flights from restricted countries may land only at the following 15 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)
– Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
– George Bush International Airport in Houston (IAH)
– 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)

MDTI-WA-2020-823
Date: 17 August 2020

BRUNEI – NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS

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

Authorities in Brunei are further easing domestic controls, including reopening some facilities and relaxing curbs for places that have previously restarted operations, as of Aug. 17 amid reduced coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity.

Travel Restrictions:
Most foreign nationals, including long-term pass holders, remain banned from entering or transiting Brunei. Foreigners with essential or business needs can transit through Brunei by land, with protocols in place. Measures include limiting the duration of the travel through Brunei, such as one hour for those going from Labu to Ujong Jalan in eastern Brunei or three hours for people traveling from Kuala Lurah to Sungai Tujoh in western Brunei. Additionally, foreigners whose work relates to matters of national interest, including the oil and gas sector and transport of essential goods, can also enter the country. Officials are requiring inbound foreign workers in the oil and gas industry to undergo COVID-19 tests before entering and upon arrival in the country. The employees will need to take the pre-trip test within 48 hours before departing for Brunei. Existing travel, student, and dependent visas remain suspended. Arrivals 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. Only people departing to seek medical treatment or to resume studies overseas can leave the country, after obtaining approval from the Prime Minister’s Office. Outbound local citizens and permanent residents who require COVID-19 tests have to pay BND 100 (USD 72), while outbound foreign nationals will have to pay BND 200 (USD 144); authorities have exempted students, government employees on official duty, and people with permission from the Ministry of Health.

MDTI-WA-2020-822
Date: 14 August 2020

NEW ZEALAND – EXTENDS NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS AT LEAST UNTIL AUGUST 26, 2020

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

New Zealand has extended domestic restrictions nationwide through at least 2359 Aug. 26 due to ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity linked to a cluster in Auckland. Authorities are maintaining Level 3 restrictions, the second-highest level in a four-tiered response system, in the Auckland Region. Residents are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible; nonessential gatherings are banned, and weddings and funerals are limited to 10 people. Most public venues, including gyms, cinemas, and playgrounds, are closed. Bars and restaurants are also closed, though food delivery services remain operational. Staff must work from home if possible; only essential workers can work outside of their homes. Schools and childcare centers will only allow attendance by the children of essential workers. Authorities are prohibiting nonresidents from traveling to the region. Police will deploy to enforce the restrictions; officials have erected roadblocks and identification checks on the boundaries of the Auckland Region to ensure compliance with control measures.

Travel Restrictions:
An entry ban for most foreign nationals remains in place. Authorities have allowed select foreign nationals to enter the country. However, officials may tighten restrictions on inbound travel at short notice. Officials lifted a requirement for partners and dependents of citizens to return to the country together, provided they have a visa based on the relationship or usually reside in New Zealand. Such travelers and diplomats posted in New Zealand can enter the country without obtaining prior consent from the government. Authorities permit partners, dependents, and legal guardians of citizens without visas to enter the country. Entry is also possible for humanitarian reasons, Australian citizens and permanent residents that live in New Zealand, and Samoan and Tongan citizens on essential trips approved by their governments.

The government is also permitting some critical workers to travel to New Zealand on short-term visas valid up to six months. Companies must apply for a visa and demonstrate that the employee is working on infrastructure projects or possesses technical skills unobtainable within the country. Additionally, the government will allow some long-term, essential workers provided they meet short-term entrance criteria and earn twice the median salary in the country or participate in a government-backed event. The government requires people from these groups to receive permission before traveling to the country and will review applications for travel on a case-by-case basis.

Authorities continue to quarantine inbound passengers at government-designated facilities for 14 days. Quarantined passengers must test negative for COVID-19 and undergo two additional tests before departing facilities. Authorities have also extended the ban on cruise ships entering New Zealand ports; cargo and fishing vessels will be allowed to load and unload and undertake repairs. Vessel crews arriving in New Zealand are required to spend 14 days in quarantine unless they had been on the vessel for 28 days before docking at the port.

Officials have instituted a quarantine fee structure for inbound travelers. Under the program, most travelers allowed into the country will have to pay NZD 3,100 (USD 2,050) for the first person and NZD 950 (USD 628) for each additional adult and NZD 475 (USD 314) per additional child. Officials do not charge for children under three years of age if they are staying with another person. New Zealand citizens, residence visa holders, and Australian citizens and permanent residents who typically reside in New Zealand are exempt from costs, provided they departed before Aug. 11 and intend to stay in the country longer than 90 days upon their return. Temporary visa holders are also exempt from fees if they were residents in New Zealand as of March 19 and were outside the country before that date. Companies can cover the quarantine costs for inbound critical workers.


MDTI-WA-2020-821
Date: 14 August 2020

UNITED STATES – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS OF SEVERAL STATES AS OF AUGUST 14, 2020

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES
Affected Areas: MULTIPLE U.S. STATES
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Kansas: Authorities in Kansas have amended an order requiring travelers from certain locations to self-quarantine for 14 days as part of the state’s ongoing efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As of Aug. 13, travelers entering Kansas who have attended a mass gathering of 500 or more people since Aug. 11 must self-quarantine for 14 days. Additionally, anyone who traveled to Florida between June 26 and Aug. 11 is required to self-quarantine for two weeks upon their arrival in the state. A previous directive requiring travelers arriving from certain international destinations, including China, Iran, the European Schengen Area, the UK, Ireland, and Brazil, as well as anyone who was a passenger on a cruise ship or river cruise, to self-quarantine remains in force.

Localized business restrictions remain in place, and a statewide mandate requiring persons to wear a protective face covering is still in effect. Authorities in Sedgwick county continue to require bars and nightclubs to stay closed, and personal care businesses are only allowed to operate by appointment. Social gatherings of more than 15 people are banned. In Wyandotte and Douglas counties, officials continue to ban any gatherings larger than 45 people; however, businesses have been permitted to open at 75-percent capacity. In Douglas county, bars and nightclubs must remain closed. In Shawnee County, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs with the capacity for more than 100 people must operate at 50 percent. Authorities urge individuals to avoid any gatherings of more than 45 people unless social distancing measures are in place.

Massachusetts: As of Aug. 13, authorities in Massachusetts have amended the commonwealth’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related restrictions to limit the number of people allowed in gatherings, while maintaining other business and travel restrictions. The ban on indoor gatherings of more than 25 people, in public or on private property, remains unchanged, but the limit for outdoor gatherings has been reduced from 100 to a maximum of 50 people. All people must wear facemasks in any gathering with more than 10 people from different households. Additionally, officials have ordered restaurants to only serve alcohol whenever food is also served.

Additionally, authorities in Massachusetts maintain travel restrictions. The directive stipulates that persons entering Massachusetts from international destinations, or any US state not designated by the government in Boston as being at low risk for COVID-19 infection, must complete a travel form and self-quarantine for 14 days. States designated as low-risk locations, which are exempt from the travel restrictions, are New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Hawaii. Alternatively, travelers from restricted locations can show proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 within the 72 hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts. Travelers can also be tested upon arrival but must remain in self-quarantine until they obtain a negative result.

Ohio: Health officials in Ohio have released an updated coronavirus disease (COVID-19) travel advisory list on Aug. 12. Travelers entering Ohio from Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, and Texas are advised to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, and Ohio residents are urged to avoid nonessential travel to those states. Authorities update Ohio’s travel advisory weekly, urging all persons arriving from other US states reporting positive testing rates of 15 percent or higher for COVID-19, to self-quarantine for two weeks. Per the most recent directives published Aug. 12, Arizona was removed from the Ohio’s travel advisory list, and Texas was added.

Previously imposed COVID-19-related restrictions remain unchanged. Gatherings of more than 10 people are banned statewide; businesses, education centers, and religious services are exempt from the public assembly ban. The sale of alcohol after 2200 nightly is prohibited. All persons over the age of 10 must wear protective face coverings while in indoor public locations, outdoor settings where social distancing measures are not possible, and while using public transportation, taxis, or app-based private transport services.

Ohio continues to employ its Health Advisory System to monitor COVID-19 activity and impose additional restrictions in the most affected counties. Under the system, counties are divided into four color-coded public emergency levels, with Level 1 (yellow) representing the lowest level of risk of COVID-19 infection and Level 4 (purple), the highest. Several indicators, including the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases and hospital bed availability, are used to assign counties to the appropriate level.

MDTI-WA-2020-820
Date: 14 August 2020

UNITED KINGDOM – IMPLEMENTS ADDITIONAL TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR SEVERAL COUNTRIES STARTING AUGUST 15, 2020

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

Authorities in the UK require travelers from France, Netherlands, Monaco, Turks & Caicos, and Aruba to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, starting 0400 Aug. 15, due to spike in COVID-19 activity. All international travelers entering the UK must provide contact details and their travel history over the previous 14 days. Additionally, travelers arriving in the UK from Andorra, Belgium, and the Bahamas must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival; the same will apply for travelers arriving from these countries in England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

Authorities continue to exempt travelers from more than 70 countries and overseas territories – including Australia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Brunei, Malaysia, and New Zealand – from the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days upon entering the UK. International passengers of any nationality arriving by air, rail, or ferry from a nonexempt location to self-isolate for 14 days; health officials may perform spot checks to ensure compliance. Persons without suitable accommodations will be required to stay in facilities arranged by the government at their own expense. Freight drivers and healthcare workers are exempt from the requirement. Officials review the measures every three weeks.

Nationwide, the UK continues gradually easing restrictions it had implemented to curb the spread of COVID-19, though tighter measures remain in force in some locations, including Aberdeen, Greater Manchester, and parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire. Most nonessential businesses around the UK have reopened; however, they must adhere to strict hygiene practices, including limits on the number of customers in stores to maintain social distancing, and encourage customers to use hand sanitizer when entering the premises, among other things. International flights remain limited, but cargo and repatriation services have continued. Public transport services are operating across the country. Precise COVID-19 restrictions, such as social distancing guidelines, vary among England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Protective face coverings remain mandatory on public transport nationwide and inside shops in Scotland. Authorities continue to recommend residents work from home where possible.

MDTI-WA-2020-819
Date: 14 August 2020

NETHERLANDS – MAINTAINS RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 13, 2020

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

Authorities in the Netherlands are maintaining restrictions introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of Aug. 13, while continuing to update the lists of countries with which travel is permitted. Authorities have removed entry restrictions for travelers from EU and Schengen Area countries and the UK. However, officials have issued specific travel advisories for certain areas in this bloc from which travelers must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. As of Aug. 13, these areas are Malta; Morocco; Sweden; Bulgaria; Romania; Croatia; Aruba; Sint Maarten; Barcelona, Lerida, Huesca, Zaragoza, Teruel, and Soria in Spain; Vale do Tejo in Portugal; Leicester in the UK; and Antwerp in Belgium.

Additionally, authorities previously removed entry restrictions for residents of Australia, Georgia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay. Residents of all other countries remain barred from entry, though exceptions are made for individuals with an essential function or need, such as health workers, freight workers, and diplomats; all such arrivals are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Authorities are making testing available for arrivals from high-risk areas at Schiphol Airport (AMS); such individuals must self-isolate until the result is received.

As of Aug. 13, authorities in the Netherlands have permitted most businesses and services to resume operation, provided they implement strict social distancing and hygiene requirements. Protective facemasks are mandatory on public transport nationwide. As of Aug. 5, local authorities are empowered to introduce tougher restrictions in response to increasing case numbers; currently, facemasks are mandatory in certain high foot-traffic areas of central Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Individuals must observe social distancing at all times, where possible; authorities continue to advise those who can to work from home to facilitate this.

MDTI-WA-2020-818
Date: 14 August 2020

VIETNAM – EXTENDS RESTRICTIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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

Authorities in Vietnam have extended some movement and gathering controls, initially imposed in Da Nang from late July due to a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, to the nearby city of Hoi An, Quang Nam Province. From Aug. 14 onward until further notice, public gatherings in Hoi An are limited to no more than two people. Schools, tourist venues, bars religious sites, and beaches will remain closed for the duration of the restrictive period. Public transport services are suspended. The restrictions also apply to the Cham Islands.

Restrictions are scheduled to remain in place in Da Nang until at least Aug. 25. Residents of Da Nang are only allowed outside their homes for specific purposes, including purchasing food, seeking medical care, and working in essential services. Only one person per household is authorized to leave their home once every three days to buy food and other essential supplies. Public gatherings are limited to two people. People must wear protective face coverings when in public.

Commercial passenger flights, trains, and long-distance bus services remain banned from serving Da Nang. Trains linking northern and southern Vietnam have continued to operate, though they pass through Da Nang without stopping in the city. Private vehicles are not allowed to leave Da Nang. Authorities have also suspended ferry services linking the city with nearby islands. Commuter bus services and taxis are not allowed to operate. Transport restrictions only apply to passenger services; cargo movement remains authorized. Officials have organized some evacuation flights for domestic travelers stranded in the city. Any individuals who are allowed to leave Da Nang are required to undergo COVID-19 testing and self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival at their residences.

MDTI-WA-2020-817
Date: 14 August 2020

INDONESIA – CONTINUES RESTRICTIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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

Indonesian authorities continue to adjust restrictions, including large-scale social distancing measures known as PSBB in several localities to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Regional governments in areas with significant COVID-19 activity can apply to the central authorities to enact large-scale social distancing measures that are extendable up to four weeks. While controls vary by location, common restrictions in these areas include suspending schools and closing most workplaces, except for some essential sectors like food and medicine. Entry and exit restrictions are also in effect in locations implementing large-scale social distancing regulations. Exemptions are in place for government officials, medical workers, businesspeople in essential sectors, and people attending family funerals or visiting critically ill relatives, among others. A nationwide public health emergency declaration remains in effect until further notice.

The central government requires intercity land and sea travelers to produce certificates stating they have tested negative for COVID-19. Domestic air travelers need to provide a doctor’s letter certifying the absence of flu-like symptoms, or medical certification with a maximum 14-day validity confirming negative results of a swab or rapid COVID-19 test. Passengers also have to show their identification documents and download the PeduliLindungi contact tracing application. Authorities also require planes and public land transport to operate at 70 percent of their capacity, and private-hire vehicles and taxis at 50 percent capacity. There is no capacity limit for sea transport, though other health protocols are in place. The government’s level of enforcement of restrictions is unclear. Authorities have sometimes provided conflicting information about COVID-19 controls in recent weeks; changes to measures may occur at short notice.

MDTI-WA-2020-816
Date: 14 August 2020

SOUTH ASIA – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 14, 2020

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

South Asian states are maintaining travel restrictions due to the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Some nations in South Asia are advising citizens to avoid nonessential international travel. Countries are also urging 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. These measures have expanded as in-country cases increase across the region. As of Aug. 14, the following restrictions were in place, modified, or planned:

Afghanistan: International flights resumed in Afghanistan July 1, though availability is affected by low demand and travel restrictions on Afghan citizens and carriers; domestic flights are also operational. The opening of land borders with Iran and Pakistan is largely limited to trade – mainly import of essential goods – and exchange of stranded citizens. Pakistani authorities are allowing limited cargo movement through land ports on the Afghan-Pakistani border at Chaman, Ghulam Khan, and Torkham, as well as transit trade through the Wagah border at the Indo-Pakistani border. However, violence has occurred – especially at the Chaman border with Pakistan – due to occasional civilian protests over entry and transporters’ demonstrations against processing delays and rule changes. 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; Pakistan has also enforced border closures at short notice in the past month. Such restrictions could recur intermittently in the coming weeks if in-country cases increase or significant violence occurs at checkpoints.

Bhutan: Ongoing restrictions on entry and re-entry for all foreigners with any visa or work and immigration permits 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; officials have also severely restricted cargo transport. Authorities have increased security at informal border crossings. Officials had earlier mandated thermal scanning at all entry points; although passenger traffic at land crossings with India is limited, crossborder 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 resumed some international flights June 16, and intend to reopen more flight routes in the coming weeks gradually. Outgoing passengers must obtain medical certification from a government-approved facility confirming a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result, only if mandated by their air carrier or destination country. Limited domestic passenger flights have resumed since June 1, though cancellations are likely due to low demand. Land borders with India and Myanmar are closed to travelers. Temporary shipping disruptions and occasional protests are likely to continue at lndo-Bangladeshi land ports, mainly the Petrapole-Benapole land crossing, due to grievances related to cargo transit rules. On-arrival visa issuance remains suspended, and additional travel bans continue for those with travel history to the EU or Iran since March 1. Permitted foreign nationals, such as business travelers arriving in Bangladesh, must provide a medical certificate (with an English translation) no older than 72 hours on their arrival, indicating that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Officials still require persons to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

India: Most international flights remain banned through at least Aug. 31. Authorities are allowing limited commercial flights with France, Germany, UAE, and the US through Aug. 31; there are plans for similar flights with the UK from Sept. 1. However, entry is limited to currently permitted categories of travelers: Indian citizens, Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders and their relatives, business travelers other than those with B-3 sporting visas, holders of diplomatic, official, or UN/international organization and their family members. Authorities may introduce similar measures with other countries in the coming weeks. Permitted travelers may also avail charter services. Authorities have suspended visa issuance and canceled previously issued visas of all other international travelers. Travelers already in the country may receive visa extensions upon online application. Effective Aug. 8, all entrants to the country must undergo a paid institutional quarantine of seven days, followed by a week-long home quarantine. Exemptions are possible for some categories of asymptomatic passengers, including those with a negative swab test for COVID-19 obtained within 96 hours before entry, requiring special care such as elderly or pregnant women, and parents accompanied by children aged below ten years. Arriving passengers must register online within 72 hours before travel; different states may impose variable quarantine and testing requirements. Domestic flights resumed May 25. Indian authorities stopped passenger traffic at all land, river, and sea ports since March 18. The suspension of international cruises, passenger buses, and train services continues.

Maldives: Authorities reopened borders July 15 for all foreigners with on-arrival visas and pre-booked accommodation at venues approved by the Ministry of Tourism; asymptomatic entrants neither need to produce negative COVID-19 test results nor undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing or quarantine in the Maldives. International and domestic flights, as well as maritime transport, are operational. Officials may modify restrictions at short notice, depending on local cases.

Nepal: Nepal is extending a ban on all inbound and outbound international passenger flights, as well as domestic passenger flights through Aug. 31. Authorities have exempted charter flights repatriating stranded citizens and providing essential goods and services. Entry is limited to Nepali citizens and residents; officials have suspended on-arrival and electronic visa issuance for all others. Those wishing to travel to Nepal must contact their local Nepali diplomatic mission for visa approval and submit results of a swab test conducted within seven days before the intended travel date that demonstrates that the individual is free of COVID-19. Additionally, Nepal is barring those with travel or transit history to Europe, Gulf Arab countries, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea from entering. Foreigners already in Nepal will receive a free visa extension until officials lift exit restrictions. Nepali citizens returning via land routes may only use ten land crossings through at least Sept. 16, namely Birgunj of Parsa District, Belahiya in Rupandehi District, Gaddachauki in Kanchanpur District, Gaur in Rautahat district, Gauriphanta in Kailai District, Jamunaha in Banke District, Kakarbhitta in Jhapa District, Krishnanagar in Kapilvastu District, Madar in Siraha District, and Rani in Morang District. Officials are allowing cargo transit at land borders, mainly with China and India. Cargo handlers must follow health precautions, including wearing protective gear and undergoing frequent medical screenings.

Pakistan: Authorities have permitted the resumption of domestic and international passenger flight operations at all international airports. However, flights remain severely restricted in number and routes due to low demand and travel restrictions affecting Pakistani citizens and air carriers. Cargo, charter, and repatriation flights are also operational. Officials are extending the validity of visas for foreign nationals in the country through Aug. 31. Any incoming travelers to the country, including Pakistani nationals, must self-isolate for two weeks if asymptomatic. Symptomatic passengers are mandated to undergo testing and a 14-day quarantine at home, paid accommodation, or in a medical facility, based on health assessments. Authorities are permitting the limited exchange of citizens and cargo with Afghanistan; occasional clashes reported at the Chaman border will probably continue, prompting intermittent border closures. 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 are already in Sri Lanka may apply for visa extensions. Officials have 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 – to be halted. While domestic flights are unaffected, international passenger ships such as cruises and ferries are barred indefinitely; port operations for goods transport continue. Officials have indefinitely deferred plans to allow entry to foreigners from Aug. 1, due to new local COVID-19 cases.


MDTI-WA-2020-815
Date: 13 August 2020

TAIWAN UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 13, 2020

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

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has moved Vietnam to its medium-risk travel list as of Aug. 13 due to rising coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. The CECC classifies Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, Laos, Macau, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Palau, and Thailand as low risk and Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam as medium risk. People visiting from low-risk areas need to quarantine for five days, while those traveling from medium-risk destinations must quarantine for seven days; isolation will occur at government-designated facilities. Travelers must also pay for a COVID-19 test before their release.

Taiwan requires all arriving passengers from the Philippines to quarantine for 14 days in government-designated facilities since Aug. 12 due to a rise in imported COVID-19 cases from the country. Authorities require foreign nationals, except Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) and resident visa holders, arriving from the Philippines to provide documentation of a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure. Airlines will not allow travelers without certifications to board flights. Officials are conducting COVID-19 tests on all arriving passengers from the Philippines and require foreign nationals to pay for quarantine at TWD 1,500 (USD 51) per day; foreign nationals with an ARC or resident visa and Taiwan citizens are exempt from the fee.

All arrivals, except business travelers from low- and medium-risk countries, must self-quarantine for 14 days. Authorities require 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 below six years old, or adults above 65 years old to the facilities. Officials require all people allowed into Taiwan to present a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test obtained within three business days of their departing flight. Health officials continue intensified screenings for arriving passengers, including blood samples from passengers who display or report respiratory symptoms or fever. Passengers bound for Taiwan who do not accurately report their travel and medical history could face fines of up to NTD 150,000 (USD 5,000).

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) is allowing people to transit; however, passengers must connect with the same airline through TPE and limit connections in Taiwan to eight hours. Officials have cleared China Airlines (CI), EVA Air (BR), and Cathay Pacific (CX) to operate transit flights, but connecting flights to or from mainland China remain banned. Taiwan is maintaining limits 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), though officials are reportedly planning to approve more cities in the coming weeks. CI and BR continue to cancel most flight services to mainland China.


MDTI-WA-2020-814
Date: 13 August 2020

HONG KONG HAVE EXTENDED RESTRICTIONS THROUGH AT LEAST AUGUST 18, 2020

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

Hong Kong authorities have extended ongoing restrictions through at least Aug. 18 to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

All nonresident foreign nationals remain prohibited from entering the territory. Travelers from Macau, Taiwan, and mainland China can enter Hong Kong, provided they have no recent travel history elsewhere. Hong Kong has designated Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, and the US as high risk due to COVID-19 transmission. Permitted passengers from these locations must provide several documents, including evidence of a negative COVID-19 result from a test taken within 72 hours of departure and a hotel reservation for the entire quarantine period before boarding flights. All arriving travelers must undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival and self-quarantine for two weeks; officials may quarantine symptomatic passengers or people testing positive for COVID-19 at government-designated facilities. Authorities have exempted some mainland Chinese teachers and students, as well as businesspeople whose activities officials deem economically beneficial to the territory, from the mandatory 14-day quarantine.


MDTI-WA-2020-813
Date: 13 August 2020

USA UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 13, 2020

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

US authorities have amended the guidelines for traveling abroad while maintaining the closure of the nation’s land borders with Canada and Mexico to all nonessential travel through at least Aug. 2, as part of their efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Additionally, as of Aug. 12, officials have amended guidelines for international travel, including for travelers returning to the US from abroad. The government in Washington advises US residents to avoid nonessential travel to most countries in the world due to COVID-19 concerns. US authorities consider only 20 countries and territories worldwide to have low- or very low-risk of COVID-19, including New Zealand, Thailand, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Laos, New Caledonia, and Taiwan; there are no governmental advisories against travel to designated low- or very low-risk destinations, except for persons having special risk factors.

Additional travel restrictions are still in effect. US officials have suspended entry for foreign nationals who have been in Brazil, China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), Iran, UK, Ireland, and the Schengen Area within the previous 14 days. US citizens and legal residents who have traveled to a country on the restricted list within 14 days of their return are urged to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Incoming flights from restricted countries may land only at the following 15 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)
– Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
– George Bush International Airport in Houston (IAH)
– 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)


MDTI-WA-2020-812
Date: 13 August 2020

CHINA GRADUALLY EASES DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 13, 2020

Country of Territory: CHINA
Affected Areas: MAINLAND CHINA
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Authorities are gradually easing domestic controls and international travel restrictions for mainland China amid a national reduction in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. While inbound travel remains banned for most foreign nationals, travel has been reauthorized on a conditional basis for some groups of foreign nationals. Exceptions to the travel ban exist for some nationals of European countries with residence permits issued in China, business travelers from South Korea and Singapore, South Korean students and workers, and skilled foreign workers with invitation letters from Chinese officials. Visas issued prior to March 28 remain invalid; travelers covered by entry ban exemptions must reapply for visas before entering China.

On Aug. 12, Chinese authorities announced that nationals of 36 European countries, including Germany, France, Spain, and the UK, can reapply for Chinese visas if they are already in possession of a valid Chinese residence permit. The measure applies to the following countries: Albania, Ireland, Estonia, Austria, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Belgium, Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Denmark, Germany, France, Finland, Netherlands, Montenegro, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Romania, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Serbia, Cyprus, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, and the UK.

Chinese authorities are also issuing new visas for South Koreans who have valid Chinese residence permits, Z (work) visas, or who plan to study in China. Additionally, specially designated foreign workers with invitation letters issued by provincial or municipal government officials in China are being allowed to apply for visas and authorized to reenter the country. Diplomatic personnel and C visa holders – generally flight and shipping crew members – can enter the country. All foreign nationals allowed into China are required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test. Additionally, with the exception of “fast-track” business travelers from Singapore and South Korea, foreign nationals allowed into the country are subject to mandatory 14-day quarantines in government-run facilities upon arrival.

Travel restrictions: The CAAC announced that it will require all arriving passengers, regardless of nationality, to receive a nucleic acid COVID-19 test at designated facilities in the country of origin within five days prior to departure for China. Foreign nationals must apply for a health certificate with their local Chinese diplomatic mission before travel. Arriving Chinese nationals must update their information through WeChat or other health code mini-program before boarding flights. As of Aug. 13, the measure has only been applied to passengers traveling from certain countries, though the controls are likely to be expanded to additional countries in the coming weeks.

Officials are permitting essential business travel from Singapore and South Korea under fast-track arrangements. Travel is possible between Singapore and Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang provinces and Chongqing, Shanghai, and Tianjin municipalities. However, officials will continue to limit the total number of passengers under the program. Companies or government agencies can apply for special passes for inbound visitors, who will be required to test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours of their departure and obtain a visa; visa-free travel remains suspended for Singaporean nationals. Passengers will undergo COVID-19 testing again upon arrival in China and isolate at designated facilities (usually hotels) until their results are available. Business travelers testing negative will adhere to an preplanned itinerary and refrain from using public transport, except for private hire vehicles, for the first 14 days. The travelers will also have to download and use a health pass while in the country. Arriving passengers testing positive for COVID-19 will undergo health treatment at their own expense. Authorities previously approved a fast-track arrangement 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 again during a one- or two-day quarantine in China.


MDTI-WA-2020-811
Date: 13 August 2020

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 13, 2020

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

From Aug. 12, residents of the UAE no longer require approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) to return to the country. The ICA will automatically grant pre-approval for expatriate residents wishing to return without the need to apply for an entry permit. Residents are advised to provide their passport number, Emirates ID number, and personal data. In the past, regulations announced regarding the UAE have not always been applied to Dubai Emirate. Authorities have yet to clarify if this is the case. Other measures in effect in the UAE are included below:

Since Aug. 1, all inbound and transit passengers traveling to the UAE must have a negative COVID-19 test certificate. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure and from any government-approved lab. This excludes children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability. On Aug. 4, authorities expanded a list of approved facilities providing COVID-19 test results for travelers. Previously, travelers were required to take a test from facilities recognized only by the Emirati government.

Abu Dhabi residents are allowed to take 48-hour trips to other emirates. Residents must be tested in Abu Dhabi before leaving. Authorities will check results upon returning to Abu Dhabi. If traveling outside of Abu Dhabi for longer than 48-hours, residents will have to take a new test.

All inbound passengers will undergo another COVID-19 test upon arrival to Abu Dhabi. Some flights from Abu Dhabi require a COVID-19 test result before departure. Regular inbound flights for tourists and visitors are not yet occurring.

International tourists have been permitted into Dubai since July 7. Arrivals have to download the “COVID-19 DXB” app. All travelers to Dubai, including passengers with a connecting flight, must complete a health declaration form.

Foreign nationals whose visas expired March 1-31 have been given three months from July 11 to renew their documents, after authorities revoked an earlier decision to extend their validity through Dec. 31. Foreign nationals currently abroad have been given a grace period to return once flights between their location and the UAE resume.


MDTI-WA-2020-810
Date: 13 August 2020

BELGIUM UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 13, 2020

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

Authorities in Brussels have announced that the use of protective face masks is compulsory in all public places, including shops, from Aug. 12 after cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) over the capital in the past seven days reached 50 per 100,000 population. Persons under the age of 12, those engaged in strenuous physical activity, and those who cannot wear face masks for medical reasons are exempt from the requirement. Authorities in the city of Antwerp also require face masks to be worn in densely populated public areas; the city introduced a 28-day 2330-0600 curfew July 28 in response to rising local cases, though has suspended the measure for the duration of an ongoing heatwave.

National authorities require all international arrivals to fill out a Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before arrival as part of the country’s measures to combat the spread of COVID-19. Individuals staying in Belgium for less than 48 hours and Belgian residents traveling abroad for less than 48 hours are not required to fill out the form.

The government had previously lifted entry restrictions on travelers from most EU and Schengen Area countries and the UK. However, officials have designated several regions within this bloc as “Red Zones” due to high COVID-19 activity; nonessential travel with these areas is not permitted, and all arrivals are required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival and self-isolate for 14 days. As of Aug. 12, the following are designated as Red Zones:
– Bulgaria: Severoiztochen, YugozapadenCroatia (Vukovar-Srijem)Finland
– France: Mayenne
– Lithuania
– Romania: Center, South-East, South-Muntenia, Sud-Vest Oltenia
– Spain: Aragon, Navarre, Barcelona, Lleida, Aranda de Duero, Iscar, Pedrajas de San Esteban
– Switzerland: Lake Geneva Region (Vaud, Valais, Geneve)
– UK: Aberdeen, Leicester

Nonessential travel from other countries remains prohibited, and any arrivals will also require testing and 14 days of self-isolation; exceptions include diplomats, health workers, and cargo transport staff.


MDTI-WA-2020-809
Date: 12 August 2020

POLAND – UPDATED INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 12, 2020

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

Authorities in Poland have updated the nation’s list of coronavirus (COVID-19)-related international commercial flight restrictions. Effective Aug. 12, flights will be not be permitted to or from 44 countries’ including Brazil, China, Israel, Mexico, Russia, the US, and South Africa due to COVID-19 activity at those locations. Flights are allowed to/from all countries of the European Union and Schengen Area, except Andorra and Luxembourg. This measure will be in place until Aug. 25.

Officials have also lifted land border controls with the EU and Schengen countries; there are no border checks or self-isolation requirements for travelers entering Poland from another EU/EFTA Schengen country. Travelers from non-Schengen Area countries (Ireland, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, or Cyprus, and the UK), must past through passport control but are not required to self-isolate upon arrival. Restrictions on entry for travelers who are not EU citizens or residents remain in place, except:

– Travelers from Albania, Georgia, Canada, Japan, South Korea
– Spouses, children, or dependants of Polish citizens
– Foreigners who hold a Karta Polaka
– Foreigners who are permanent or temporary residents of Poland
– Students enrolled in Polish educational institutions
– Scientists who are conducting research or developmental work in Poland
– Foreigners with valid work visas

Other persons crossing the Polish border from a country outside the EU, as well as individuals who have been close to people infected with COVID-19 or who live with a person who is self-isolating, must self-isolate for 14 days.


MDTI-WA-2020-808
Date: 12 August 2020

GREECE UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 12, 2020

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

Authorities in Greece will require all visitors from Belgium, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden, as well as all persons entering via a land border, to produce proof of having tested negative for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours prior to arrival. The measure, which already applies to visitors from Bulgaria, Malta, Romania, and the United Arab Emirates, will come into force Aug. 17 and is in response to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the country.

Authorities previously extended an ongoing ban on entry by non-European Economic Area (EEA) citizens and residents until at least Aug. 15. Citizens of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, the UK, and the United Arab Emirates are exempt from the entry ban, as are freight transporters, diplomats, students enrolled at Greek universities, seasonal workers, healthcare workers, and passengers in transit.

While all Greece’s airports are open as of Aug. 11, most are operating only at limited capacity. Moreover, commercial, general aviation, and business aviation flights from Albania and North Macedonia will be restricted to landing only at Athens International Airport (ATH) until Aug. 15; flights to and from Turkey remain banned through the same date.

Travelers entering Greece are not automatically subject to a mandatory quarantine period; however, they could be required to complete a detailed declaration providing their contact details, country of origin, and travel history over the previous 15 days, among other information. Authorities conduct targeted COVID-19 testing of arriving travelers based on information provided in the declarations; persons testing positive for the virus could be required to quarantine for 14 days in government-provided accommodations.


MDTI-WA-2020-807
Date: 12 August 2020

USA: UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 12, 2020

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES
Affected Areas: MULTIPLE U.S. STATES
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Kentucky: Officials in Kentucky are easing certain business restrictions effective Aug. 11 while maintaining the travel advisory and other existing measures as part of the commonwealth’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Most businesses and facilities are allowed to operate, albeit with certain limitations, including concert halls, convention centers, and sports stadiums, along with retail stores, government offices, barber shops, and hair salons. Office-based businesses, gyms and fitness centers, and indoor entertainment facilities have reopened, as have campgrounds and construction, manufacturing, and landscaping businesses. All establishments in operation must comply with certain mandates aimed at preventing the further spread of COVID-19, such as operating capacity limitations, social-distancing requirements, and enhanced sanitization procedures. Such requirements may vary by industry or type of establishment.

New York: On Aug. 11, authorities in New York State issued an update to the list of states and territories from which travelers are subject to mandatory quarantine upon arrival, as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Hawaii, South Dakota, and the Virgin Islands were added to the list, while Alaska, New Mexico, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Washington were removed. All individuals entering New York from any state or territory that has higher than 10 confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents or a positivity rate of 10 percent or higher over a seven-day average must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in New York. As of the Aug. 11 updated list, travelers from the following states must self-quarantine for two weeks: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, the Virgin Islands, and Wisconsin.

Connecticut: Authorities in Connecticut have issued an update to the list of states from which travelers are subject to mandatory quarantine upon arrival to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Officials added Hawaii, South Dakota, and the Virgin Islands to the list and removed Alaska, New Mexico, Ohio, and Rhode Island. As of Aug. 11, all individuals entering Connecticut from the following states must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Virgin Islands, Washington, and Wisconsin.


MDTI-WA-2020-806
Date: 12 August 2020

NEW ZEALAND UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 12, 2020

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

New Zealand is reimposing domestic control measures nationwide from 1200 Aug. 12 onward after four cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were confirmed in Auckland. The cases were the first instances of confirmed community transmission within the country since early May. Authorities are imposing Level 2 restrictions in all locations outside of the Auckland Region, while Auckland itself faces stricter Level 3 controls, the second-highest level in a four-tiered response system. The intended duration of the controls was not immediately announced, but will likely depend on the extent and potential spread of COVID-19 activity. Restrictions may be expanded in geographic scope or intensified to higher levels in the coming days and possibly weeks.

Travel Restrictions: An entry ban for most foreign nationals remains in place. Authorities have allowed select foreign nationals to enter the country. However, restrictions on inbound travel may be tightened at short notice. Officials lifted a requirement for partners and dependents of citizens to return to the country together, provided they have a visa based on the relationship or usually reside in New Zealand. Such travelers and diplomats posted in New Zealand can enter the country without obtaining prior consent from the government. Authorities permit partners, dependents, and legal guardians of citizens without visas to enter the country. Entry is also possible for humanitarian reasons, Australian citizens and permanent residents that live in New Zealand, and Samoan and Tongan citizens on essential trips approved by their governments.

The government is also permitting some critical workers to travel to New Zealand on short-term visas valid up to six months. Companies must apply for a visa and demonstrate that the employee is working on infrastructure projects or possesses technical skills unobtainable within the country. Additionally, the government will allow some long-term, essential workers provided they meet short-term entrance criteria and earn twice the median salary in the country or participate in a government-backed event. The government requires people from these groups to receive permission before traveling to the country and will review applications for travel on a case-by-case basis.

Authorities continue to quarantine inbound passengers at government-designated facilities for 14 days. Quarantined passengers must test negative for COVID-19 and undergo two additional tests before departing facilities. Authorities have also extended the ban on cruise ships entering New Zealand ports; cargo and fishing vessels will be allowed to load and unload and undertake repairs. Vessel crews arriving in New Zealand are required to spend 14 days in quarantine unless they had been on the vessel for 28 days before docking at the port.

Officials have instituted a quarantine fee structure for inbound travelers. Under the program, most travelers allowed into the country will have to pay NZD 3,100 (USD 2,050) for the first person and NZD 950 (USD 628) for each additional adult and NZD 475 (USD 314) per additional child. Officials do not charge for children under three years of age if they are staying with another person. New Zealand citizens, residence visa holders, and Australian citizens and permanent residents who typically reside in New Zealand are exempt from costs, provided they departed before Aug. 11 and intend to stay in the country longer than 90 days upon their return. Temporary visa holders are also exempt from fees if they were residents in New Zealand as of March 19 and were outside the country before that date. Companies can cover the quarantine costs for inbound critical workers.


MDTI-WA-2020-805
Date: 12 August 2020

NORTHEAST ASIA UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 11, 2020

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

Mainland China: Authorities continue to bar most foreign nationals from entering the country; exceptions are in place for diplomatic personnel and C visa holders, which officials generally issue to flight and shipping crews. All travelers, regardless of nationality, must take a nucleic acid COVID-19 test at designated facilities in the country of origin within five days of departure. Most travelers, regardless of nationality, are barred from entering or exiting land border checkpoints; however, officials are allowing Macau locals to enter mainland China without quarantine starting Aug. 12, provided they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and have not traveled outside the territory in the previous two weeks. Guangdong authorities are requiring a negative COVID-19 test result for travelers from Hong Kong, as well as quarantine for 14 days, unless exempted. 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, undergo testing in South Korea within 72 hours of travel, and undergo testing again during a one- or two-day quarantine in China. Authorities are also allowing “fast track” entry for essential business travelers from Singapore to Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang provinces and Chongqing, Shanghai, and Tianjin municipalities. Travelers must receive a special pass from an inviting institution, test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours of their departure, and obtain a visa. Passengers will undergo COVID-19 testing again upon arrival in China and isolate at designated facilities until their results are available. Business travelers testing negative will adhere to a pre-agreed itinerary and refrain from using public transport, except for private hire vehicles, for the first 14 days. The travelers will also have to download and use a health pass while in the country. Reports indicate the government is also allowing executive travel for some individual businesses under a similar model. Officials in many areas are enforcing quarantine measures for international travelers. Authorities are generally allowing nonresident passengers to stay in government-designated hotels at their own cost. While most quarantine periods are 14 days, some cities in border areas require inbound travelers to self-quarantine and undergo medical observation for an additional 14 days. The Shanghai government has eased quarantine requirements for inbound travelers. Under the new measures, passengers who have a residence in the city can quarantine at a designated facility for seven days and self-quarantine for another seven days at home. Travelers must receive a negative COVID-19 test result in quarantine before release from designated facilities.

Hong Kong: The government is maintaining a ban on all nonresident foreign nationals. Authorities require several documents, including evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result, for arriving passengers from “high-risk” countries, such as Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Nepal, South Africa, the US, and Kazakhstan. All arrivals from high-risk countries must undergo a two-week quarantine in government-designated hotels. Travelers from Macau, Taiwan, and mainland China are exempt from restrictions provided they do not have a recent travel history elsewhere. Arriving passengers must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon entry into the territory. Authorities have permitted some mainland Chinese teachers and students, as well as businesspeople whose activities officials deem economically beneficial to the territory, to enter without having to undergo quarantine. Hong Kong continues to restrict land border crossings with mainland China at the Shenzhen Bay checkpoint and along the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. Authorities are also tightening quarantine requirements for sea and air crewmembers in the territory. Under the new requirements, ships without cargo cannot exchange crews. On other ships, workers are no longer allowed to enter the territory and must travel directly to the airport after disembarking if completing their service onboard. Inbound ship crews and flight crew members will have to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of departure for Hong Kong.

Japan: Authorities continue to ban entry for most foreign nationals with a travel history to 146 countries and territories, including China, India, Pakistan, South Korea, the US, Australia, and the EU. However, officials will permit foreigners with student or work visas, permanent residents, long-term resident visa holders, and spouses and children of Japanese nationals and permanent residents to enter the country from Aug. 5. Entry is only permissible for foreign residents that departed before an entry ban for their respective country came into effect. Travelers must get a Re-entry Confirmation Letter from the nearest Japanese diplomatic mission and obtain a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of departure to enter the country. Officials also require all passengers from banned countries to receive a PCR COVID-19 test upon arrival. Any inbound passenger allowed into Japan must undergo a 14-day quarantine period, either at home or in a government-designated facility.

Macau: Authorities continue to ban nonresident foreign nationals from entering the territory. Travelers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China are exempt from the measure but will not be allowed to enter if they have traveled elsewhere in the previous two weeks. Visitors from Hong Kong must provide evidence of negative COVID-19 test results taken within 24 hours of arrival. Macau authorities are also requiring arrivals with recent travel history in Hong Kong and designated “high-risk” locations Urumqi and Dalian in mainland China to undergo 14-day quarantines at designated facilities. Travelers from elsewhere in mainland China can enter Macau without quarantine or medical certificates that prove negative COVID-19 status. Officials are allowing tourist visits from neighboring Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, to resume from Aug. 12. 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 other countries or Taiwan and may be allowed to self-isolate at home.

South Korea: The government ended travel restrictions on foreign nationals who visited Hubei Province, China, Aug. 10. Authorities are limiting visas for foreign nationals from Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Pakistan, and two other unidentified countries; diplomats and people on urgent business travel are exempt from the restriction. The government is restricting flight capacity from these countries and requires inbound foreign nationals to provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test upon entry. 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 short-term visas issued before April 5, requiring travelers to reapply for entry documents. Officials are testing all arriving travelers from the US and Europe. Authorities 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 foreign nationals for tourism and social visits. The government is testing all arriving passengers from the Philippines and mandating quarantine for 14 days in government-designated facilities starting Aug. 12. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) will require foreign nationals, except ARC and resident visa holders, arriving from the Philippines to provide documentation of a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of departure and pay for quarantine at TWD 1,500 (USD 51) per day. However, the CECC continues to ease entry restrictions for foreign nationals for approved reasons. International travelers can apply for entry for medical care; the measure does not include aesthetic procedures and health checks. Foreigners can also apply for entry for internships and training programs, conferences and trade shows, exchange programs, volunteering and missionary activities, and job searches, among others. Residents from Hong Kong and Macau can apply for entry for humanitarian and emergency reasons, to fulfill contractual agreements, or as part of a transfer within multinationals. Officials will require people allowed into Taiwan to present a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result conducted within three days of their departing flight. Diplomats are also allowed to enter. All non-exempt inbound passengers must self-quarantine for 14 days. Authorities are conducting mandatory COVID-19 tests on all passengers, regardless of nationality, arriving from the Philippines. Symptomatic passengers will be held at government quarantine facilities until test results are available. Some 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. Officials are allowing essential business travelers and graduating students from New Zealand, Macau, Palau, Fiji, Brunei, Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia, and Bhutan. People visiting from these designated low-risk areas must quarantine for five days. Officials are also permitting essential business travel from South Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore; travelers from these countries must quarantine for seven days. Authorities removed these entry privileges for travelers from Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong following spikes in COVID-19 activity. Officials have lifted a ban on transiting passengers at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE). Passengers must connect with the same airline through TPE and limit connections in Taiwan to eight hours. Officials have cleared China Airlines (CI), EVA Air (BR), and Cathay Pacific (CX) to operate transit flights, except to mainland China.


MDTI-WA-2020-804
Date: 11 August 2020

NEW ZEALAND HAS INSTITUTED A QUARANTINE FEE STRUCTURE FOR INBOUND TRAVELERS AS OF AUGUST 11, 2020

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

New Zealand has instituted a quarantine fee structure for inbound travelers as of Aug. 11. Under the program, most travelers allowed into the country will have to pay NZD 3,100 (USD 2,050) for the first person and NZD 950 (USD 628) for each additional adult and NZD 475 (USD 314) per additional child. Officials do not charge for children under three years of age if they are staying with another person. New Zealand citizens, residence visa holders, and Australian citizens and permanent residents who typically reside in New Zealand are exempt from costs, provided they departed before Aug. 11 and intend to stay in the country longer than 90 days upon their return. Temporary visa holders are also exempt from fees if they were residents in New Zealand as of March 19 and were outside the country before that date. Companies can cover the quarantine costs for inbound critical workers.

An entry ban for most foreign nationals remains in place; however, authorities are allowing select foreign nationals to enter the country. Officials lifted a requirement for partners and dependents of citizens to return to the country together, provided they have a visa based on the relationship or usually reside in New Zealand. Such travelers and diplomats posted in New Zealand can enter the country without prior consent from the government. Authorities permit partners, dependents, and legal guardians of citizens without visas to enter the country. Entry is also possible for humanitarian reasons, Australian citizens and permanent residents that live in New Zealand, and Samoan and Tongan citizens on essential trips approved by their governments.

The government is also permitting critical workers to travel to New Zealand on short-term visas valid up to six months. Companies must apply for a visa and demonstrate that the employee is working on infrastructure projects or possesses technical skills unobtainable within the country. Additionally, the government will allow some long-term, essential workers provided they meet short-term entrance criteria and earn twice the median salary in the country or participate in a government-backed event. The government requires people from these groups to receive permission before traveling to the country and will review applications for travel on a case-by-case basis.

Officials continue to quarantine inbound passengers at government-designated facilities for 14 days. Quarantined passengers must test negative for COVID-19 and undergo two additional tests before departing facilities.


MDTI-WA-2020-803
Date: 11 August 2020

WASHINGTON DC UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 10, 2020

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

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser has added Alaska, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Minnesota to the list of states from which travelers will face restrictions when entering the District from Aug. 10, while maintaining other business restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Since July 27, a 14-day self-quarantine order has been in effect for travelers entering Washington, DC, for nonessential activities from states with a seven-day average of 10 daily new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents. Maryland and Virginia are exempt. As of Aug. 10, and until Aug. 24, the affected 29 states are: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin. Delaware, Ohio, and Washington have been removed from the list from Aug. 10.


MDTI-WA-2020-802
Date: 11 August 2020

ITALY EXTENDS COVID-19 RELATED RESTRICTIONS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 7, 2020

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

Authorities in Italy passed a decree extending the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related restrictions until at least Sept. 7, at which point they will be reviewed for possible renewal. Previously, authorities extended COVID-19 related state of emergency measures until at least Oct. 15. Current measures include protective face coverings in enclosed public spaces and observation of social distancing of at least one meter (3 feet), where possible. Most businesses and social activities are permitted to resume, provided strict social distancing and hygiene requirements are enforced.

All international arrivals are required to fill out a form that must be presented to authorities upon request. Unrestricted travel is permitted from EU and Schengen Area countries, and the UK, though travelers from Bulgaria and Romania must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Travelers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay are permitted to enter Italy but must register with authorities and self-isolate for 14 days. All travel from Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kosovo, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, and Serbia is prohibited except for Italian residents and their immediate families, and government workers. Most travel is prohibited from all other countries with the exception of that being conducted for study, proven work needs, and urgent reasons such as health; all such arrivals are also required to register and self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Transport and health workers, individuals in-transit through Italy, and those staying in Italy for less than 120 hours for work reasons are not required to self-isolate.

Authorities have removed restrictions on travel within Italy; however, regional authorities may require health screenings. Rail passengers are subject to a mandatory temperature check before boarding. Any individuals displaying symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted to travel.


MDTI-WA-2020-800
Date: 10 August 2020

ASIA: UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 10, 2020

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

Indonesia: The central government requires intercity land and sea travelers to produce certificates stating they have tested negative for COVID-19. Domestic air travelers need to provide a doctor’s letter certifying the absence of flu-like symptoms, or medical certification with a maximum 14-day validity confirming negative results of a swab or rapid COVID-19 test. Passengers also have to show their identification documents and download the PeduliLindungi contact tracing application. Authorities also require planes and public land transport to operate at 70 percent of their capacity, and private-hire vehicles and taxis at 50 percent capacity. There is no capacity limit for sea transport, though other health protocols are in place.

Taiwan: Government will require all arriving passengers from the Philippines to quarantine for 14 days in government-designated facilities starting Aug. 12 due to rising coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) will also require foreign nationals to pay for quarantine at TWD 1,500 (USD 51) per day; foreign nationals with an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) or resident visa and Taiwan citizens are exempt from the fee. Additionally, the authorities will require foreign nationals, except ARC and resident visa holders, arriving from the Philippines to provide documentation of a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure. Airlines will not allow travelers without certifications to board flights. The CECC said it will conduct COVID-19 tests on all arriving passengers from the Philippines, regardless of symptoms.

The CECC continues to allow shortened quarantine periods for travelers from low- and medium-risk countries. The CECC classifies Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, Laos, Macau, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Palau, Thailand, and Vietnam as low risk and Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Sri Lanka as medium risk. People visiting from low-risk areas need to quarantine for five days, while those traveling from medium-risk destinations must quarantine for seven days; isolation will occur at government-designated facilities. Travelers will also have to pay for another COVID-19 test before their release.

All arrivals, except business travelers from low- and medium-risk countries, must self-quarantine for 14 days. Authorities require 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 below six years old, or adults above 65 years old to the facilities. Officials require all people allowed into Taiwan to present a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test obtained within three business days of their departing flight. Health officials continue intensified screenings for arriving passengers, including blood samples from passengers who display or report respiratory symptoms or fever. Passengers bound for Taiwan who do not accurately report their travel and medical history could face fines of up to NTD 150,000 (USD 5,000).

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) is allowing people to transit; however, passengers must connect with the same airline through TPE and limit connections in Taiwan to eight hours. Officials have cleared China Airlines (CI), EVA Air (BR), and Cathay Pacific (CX) to operate transit flights, but connecting flights to or from mainland China remain banned. Taiwan is maintaining limits 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), though officials are reportedly planning to approve more cities in the coming weeks. CI and BR continue to cancel most flight services to mainland China. Taiwan is maintaining a ban on cruise ships.

Macau: Authorities in Macau will allow tourist travel from neighboring Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, from Aug. 12 due to reduced coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in both locations. Macau residents can also travel to mainland China without quarantine requirements, provided they have not gone elsewhere, including Hong Kong, within the previous 14 days and obtain a negative nucleic acid COVID-19 test within seven days of entry.

Officials have further tightened testing requirements for travelers from Hong Kong since Aug. 7; visitors from the territory must now provide evidence of negative COVID-19 test results taken within 24 hours of arrival. Macau authorities are also requiring arrivals with recent travel history in Hong Kong and designated “high-risk” locations in mainland China to undergo 14-day quarantines at designated facilities. Travelers who have visited Urumqi and Dalian in mainland China within the previous two weeks must quarantine.

Macau continues to ban most foreign nationals from entering the territory. Macau residents and passengers from Taiwan and mainland China can enter the special administrative region provided they have not traveled to other countries or territories within 14 days. Individuals arriving from mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan are subject to health questionnaires and screenings. Travelers who have visited “high-risk” countries, including the Schengen Area, the UK, the US, Australia, South Korea, and Japan, within 14 days of arrival must undergo mandatory quarantine at designated hotels


MDTI-WA-2020-799
Date: 10 August 2020

AUSTRALIA: UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 8, 2020

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

Queensland : Queensland has banned all residents from designated hotspots Victoria, New South Wales, and the Australian Capital Territory from entering the state since 0001 Aug. 8. Returning residents, people moving permanently to Queensland, or those traveling for essential reasons – such as state or national security personnel, skilled labor in demand, and transport workers – are still allowed to enter from hotspot areas. Travelers from hotspots are also banned from crossing the border using road transport, though exceptions are in place for cargo and logistics workers, truck drivers, essential functions, and border zone residents. Travelers from hotspots must complete a Queensland Health Declaration Pass before entering the state, agree to receive COVID-19 testing if symptoms develop, and quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.

People living in border towns with New South Wales are exempt from travel bans and quarantine requirements. Queensland residents can travel into designated areas of New South Wales for any reason but cannot leave border communities. Residents in border areas of New South Wales can also go to border areas of Queensland, provided they do not leave border zones in either state.

All travelers entering Australia must quarantine in government-designated facilities for 14 days in the city of arrival. Queensland charges all arriving travelers for quarantine, including Australian citizens and permanent residents, payable at the end of the quarantine period. Quarantine fees are AUD 2,800 (USD 2,005) for the first adult, AUD 3,710 (USD 2,658) for two adults, and AUD 4,620 (USD 3,310) for two adults and two children. Authorities require quarantined travelers to take a COVID-19 test before release. Refusal to take tests will result in an additional 10 days in quarantine.

Australian National Territory: Officials have banned Victoria residents from entering the ACT, except for returning residents and case-by-case exemptions. The New South Wales-Victoria border remains closed; however, New South Wales authorities will allow ACT residents to cross the border through 1200 Aug. 11; returning residents must drive directly to ACT. From midday Aug. 11, travel between Victoria and ACT is only available via Canberra Airport (CBR). Returning residents and approved travelers from Victoria must notify health authorities in advance and provide evidence of residency or exemption upon arrival at CBR. The ACT government requires travelers from high-risk locations in Australia quarantine for 14 days after arrival, including all people traveling from Victoria and those who visited venues in New South Wales during time frames and dates with reported COVID-19 cases. All travelers entering Australia must quarantine in government-designated facilities for 14 days in the city of arrival. The ACT government continues to pay for quarantine costs for international travelers; however, authorities could institute a fee structure at short notice.

South Australia: South Australia continues to tighten its border restrictions due to ongoing COVID-19 activity in Victoria and New South Wales. Authorities have banned all travelers – including residents – from entering from Victoria, with exceptions for essential reasons. Travel from all other states is possible; however, inbound visitors must complete a Cross Border Travel Registration at least 72 hours before arrival. Travelers from New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival and take COVID-19 tests on day one and day 12 of isolation. Queensland, Northern Territory, Tasmania, and Western Australia are not required to quarantine upon entry. Ground transport is restricted to specific highways, and staffed checkpoints on approved highways and at Adelaide Airport (ADL) will screen inbound passengers.

Residents in border communities of both Victoria and New South Wales can enter South Australia without quarantine for essential reasons. However, residents from Victoria are limited to travel within 40 km (25 miles) of the border, while New South Wales border residents can only visit 50 km (31 miles) inside the state.

All travelers entering Australia must quarantine in government-designated facilities for 14 days in the city of arrival. South Australia charges all arriving travelers for quarantine, including Australian citizens and permanent residents, payable after the quarantine period. Quarantine fees are AUD 3,000 (USD 2,150) for the first adult and AUD 1,000 (USD 715) for each additional adult or AUD 500 (USD 358) for children, except those under three years old. People who purchased tickets before 1200 ACST July 13 are exempt from payment.

Western Australia: Officials have postponed plans to reopen the state border in Step 6 indefinitely. Travel from all other parts of Australia remains prohibited, except for essential reasons or to carry out government functions. Approved travelers must apply for a G2G PASS to enter the state, bring a mask, and wear it during work. Almost all arrivals into Western Australia must quarantine for 14 days. Arriving travelers from Victoria and New South Wales can only fly into Perth Airport (PER). Passengers from both states must take a COVID-19 test upon arrival and on day 11 of isolation. Authorities may require some visitors from Victoria to quarantine in designated facilities. The Western Australia government continues to limit international passengers to 525 per week through at least Aug. 12. All travelers entering Australia must quarantine in government-designated facilities for 14 days in the city of arrival. Western Australia charges all arriving travelers for quarantine, including Australian citizens and permanent residents, payable after the quarantine period. Quarantine fees are AUD 2,520 (USD 1,805) for one adult or AUD 3,360 (USD 2,407) for two adults in the same room. Additional people in a party cost AUD 840 (USD 602) per room, except for children under six years old. People entering the state must quarantine for 14 days and take a COVID-19 test before release.

New South Wales: All travelers entering Australia must quarantine in government-designated facilities for 14 days in the city of arrival. New South Wales charges all arriving travelers for quarantine, including Australian citizens and permanent residents, payable at the end of the quarantine period. Quarantine fees are AUD 3,000 (USD 2,130) for the first adult and AUD 1,000 (USD 710) per additional adult and AUD 355 per child; the government does not charge fees for children under three years old. Travelers who purchased tickets with a confirmed arrival date before 2359 July 12 are exempt from payment. Authorities require quarantined travelers to take a COVID-19 test on the 10th day of quarantine. Refusal to take tests will result in an additional ten days in quarantine.

Tasmania: All travelers entering Australia must quarantine in government-designated facilities for 14 days in the city of arrival. Tasmania is charging all arriving travelers for quarantine, including Australian citizens and permanent residents, payable after the quarantine period. Quarantine fees are AUD 2,800 (USD 2,006) for the first adult and AUD 1,000 (USD 715) for each additional adult or AUD 500 (USD 358) for children, except those under three years old. People who were in government-designated quarantine facilities before July 31 are exempt from payment.


MDTI-WA-2020-798
Date: 10 August 2020

PENNSYLVANIA: UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 8, 2020

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

Authorities in Pennsylvania have modified the list of states from which travelers are urged to self-quarantine upon entry. As of Aug. 7, state officials recommend that anyone traveling from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Officials in Philadelphia County additionally urge visitors from Maryland, Minnesota, or New Mexico to self-quarantine.

Other restrictions remain in place. Restaurants and bars can offer indoor services only at 25-percent capacity or a maximum of 25 people, including staff. All clients must be seated. Additionally, all nightclubs must remain closed, and indoor events of more than 25 people and outdoor events of more than 250 people continue to be banned. All businesses that are able must allow employees to work from home. Gyms and fitness centers may continue indoor operations but must prioritize outdoor fitness activities.


MDTI-WA-2020-796
Date: 10 August 2020

FINLAND UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 10, 2020

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

Authorities in Finland will reimpose coronavirus (COVID-19) related internal border controls for travelers from Belgium and The Netherlands, as well as external border controls for travelers from Andorra. Travelers entering Finland from Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Slovenia, and Switzerland must use crossing points where border controls have been reinstated; 14-day self-isolation will be recommended upon entry. Travelers from Andorra Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, UK, and Monaco are required to pass similar border controls and are allowed entry under the same conditions as the aforementioned countries.

As of Aug. 10, there will be no internal border controls for travelers from Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Malta, Norway, and Slovakia. Travel will also be permitted without restrictions for several non-EU states such as China, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Travel for all but essential purposes is prohibited from all other countries. Travelers from countries in which restrictions remain in force may be requested to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.


MDTI-WA-2020-795
Date: 10 August 2020

SWITZERLAND: UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 8, 2020

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

Swiss authorities regularly update a coronavirus (COVID-19) related list of high-risk countries from which travelers must undergo a mandatory 10-day self-quarantine. They have added Spain (with the exception of the Balearic and Canary Islands), the Bahamas, Equatorial Guinea, Romania, Sao Tome and Principe, Singapore, and Sint Maarten. They have removed Azerbaijan, Russia and UAE. The high-risk list currently includes Argentina, Armenia, Bahrain, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eswatini, Guatemala, Honduras, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Palestinian Territories, Oman, Panama, Peru, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, Turks and Caicos, and the United States.

Officials previously removed entry restrictions for residents of Schengen Area countries and the United Kingdom; entry restrictions were also removed for travelers from Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, Monaco, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and Vatican City. Restrictions do not apply to freight traffic, individuals in transit, and those with compelling reasons for travel.


MDTI-WA-2020-794
Date: 10 August 2020

IRELAND IMPOSES ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS BEGINNING AUGUST 8, 2020

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

Authorities in Ireland will impose additional coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions for the counties of Kildare, Laois and Offaly beginning Aug. 8. Travel to these counties for non-residents will be suspended except for work, medical appointments, and family emergencies. Residents will be required to restrict their movement within the county. Cafes, restaurants, and pubs that serve as restaurants, must close from Aug. 8; takeout and outdoor seating for up to 15 people are permitted; cinemas, theaters, museums, galleries, casinos, betting shops, gyms, swimming pools, sports clubs and other indoor recreational and cultural outlets must also close. In addition all sporting events have been suspended; non-contact outdoor sports and training may continue for up to 15 people. Furthermore, indoor gatherings are limited to six people from a maximum of three different households, while outdoor gatherings are limited to 15 people.

Authorities previously began allowing travelers from 15 countries deemed epidemiologically safe to enter Ireland without self-isolating upon arrival. The country’s new “Travel Green List,” which was released on July 21, includes Estonia, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, and Slovakia. Authorities plan to review and update the list on a bi-weekly basis. All travelers, including Irish citizens, entering Ireland from other locations will have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. All travelers must also fill out a passenger locator form indicating the address where they will be staying. Freight transport workers, maritime employees, and pilots are exempt from these measures. Authorities continue to advise against nonessential travel abroad for Irish citizens.


MDTI-WA-2020-793
Date: 10 August 2020

NORWAY REINTRODUCES INTERNATIONAL ENTRY RESTRICTIONS FROM AUGUST 8, 2020

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

Authorities are reintroducing international entry restrictions from Aug. 8 for travelers from the Czech Republic, France, Monaco, Switzerland, and parts of Sweden as part of their ongoing response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Due to rising COVID-19 cases, they are now designated red, which means that travelers from these locations require ten days’ self-isolation on arrival. Existing red locations include Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, and Spain; all of Sweden, except for the regions of Blekinge, Dalarna, Kalmar, Orebro, Ostergotland, Södermanland, Uppsala, Varmland, and Vasterbotten, is now classified as red. Other European Economic Area (EEA) member states, as well as the UK, are currently rated as green, and arrivals from these locations are not required to self-isolate.

Most travelers from all other countries are currently prohibited from entry, excluding those with close family in Norway and individuals who have been granted permits to work or study in Norway; in these cases, arrivals are required to self-isolate for ten days.

As of Aug. 7, most domestic business activity has resumed, subject to strict hygiene and social distancing measures. Public gatherings of up to 200 people are permitted; private gatherings may not exceed 20 people. Authorities are not currently advising individuals to wear protective face coverings, though they will decide on whether to make them mandatory on Aug. 14.


MDTI-WA-2020-692
Date: 7 August 2020

VIETNAM – RESTRICTIONS

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

Authorities continue to tighten domestic measures in parts of Vietnam, including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, as of Aug. 7 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The policies come after officials in Da Nang confirmed new COVID-19 community transmission cases in late July; the cases were Vietnam’s first since April. The government requires people arriving from Da Nang to isolate at their residence for 14 days. Authorities in several areas may also implement additional localized measures for returnees from Da Nang. The local government in Da Nang has suspended travel to and from the city, nonessential businesses, and gatherings of over 30 people.

Travel Restrictions:
Officials continue to bar entry for foreign nationals, with limited exceptions. Authorities stated, June 24, that Vietnam was not ready to admit foreign tourists back into the country, even though officials started to issue electronic visas to foreign nationals from 80 locations July 1. These locations include Australia, mainland China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, the UK, and the US. Flights to Vietnam remain operational, though only Vietnamese citizens and limited groups of foreigners can board. Foreigners who can still enter Vietnam include essential and skilled workers. Individuals who can enter the country will undergo a 14-day quarantine at government-run facilities. Authorities have approved visa extensions for foreigners already in Vietnam through Aug. 31.


MDTI-WA-2020-691
Date: 7 August 2020

SOUTH ASIA – TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

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

South Asian states are maintaining travel restrictions due to the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Some nations in South Asia are advising citizens to avoid nonessential international travel. Countries are also urging 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. These measures have expanded as in-country cases increase across the region.

As of Aug. 7, the following restrictions were in place, modified, or planned:

Afghanistan: International flights resumed in Afghanistan July 1, though availability is affected by low demand and travel restrictions on Afghan citizens and carriers; domestic flights are also operational. The opening of land borders with Iran and Pakistan is largely limited to trade. Authorities briefly enforced a travel ban and land border closures between Afghanistan and Iran Feb. 25-26; Pakistan has also enforced border closures at short notice in the past month. Such restrictions could recur intermittently in the coming weeks if in-country cases increase or significant violence occurs at checkpoints.

Bhutan: Ongoing restrictions on entry and re-entry for all foreigners with any visa or work and immigration permits 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; officials have also severely restricted cargo transport.

Bangladesh: Authorities resumed some international flights June 16, and intend to reopen more flight routes in the coming weeks gradually. Outgoing passengers must obtain medical certification from a government-approved facility confirming a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result, only if mandated by their air carrier or destination country. Limited domestic passenger flights have resumed since June 1, though cancellations are likely due to low demand. Land borders with India and Myanmar are closed to travelers. On-arrival visa issuance remains suspended, and additional travel bans continue for those with travel history to the EU or Iran since March 1. Permitted foreign nationals, such as business travelers arriving in Bangladesh, must provide a medical certificate (with an English translation) no older than 72 hours on their arrival, indicating that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Officials still require persons to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

India: Most international flights remain banned through at least Aug. 31. Authorities are allowing limited commercial flights with France, Germany, UAE, and the US through Aug. 31; there are plans for similar flights with the UK from Sept. 1. However, entry is limited to currently permitted categories of travelers: Indian citizens, Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders and their relatives, business travelers other than those with B-3 sporting visas, holders of diplomatic, official, or UN/international organization and their family members. Authorities may introduce similar measures with other countries in the coming weeks. Permitted travelers may also avail charter services. Authorities have suspended visa issuance and canceled previously issued visas of all other international travelers. Travelers already in the country may receive visa extensions upon online application. Effective Aug. 8, all entrants to the country must undergo a paid institutional quarantine of seven days, followed by a week-long home quarantine. Exemptions are possible for some categories of asymptomatic passengers, including those with a negative swab test for COVID-19 obtained within 96 hours before entry, requiring special care such as elderly or pregnant women, and parents accompanied by children aged below ten years. Arriving passengers must register online within 72 hours before travel; different states may impose variable quarantine and testing requirements. Domestic flights resumed May 25.

Nepal: Nepal is maintaining a ban on all inbound and outbound international passenger flights, as well as domestic passenger flights until Aug. 17. Authorities have been exempting charter flights repatriating stranded citizens and providing essential goods and services. Officials have 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 results of a swab test conducted within seven days before the intended travel date that demonstrates that the individual is free of COVID-19. Additionally, Nepal is barring those with travel or transit history to Europe, Gulf Arab countries, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea from entering. Foreigners already in Nepal will receive a free visa extension until officials lift exit restrictions.

Pakistan: Authorities have permitted the resumption of international passenger flight operations at all international airports in the country, except those serving Gwadar (GWD) and Turbat (TUK), from June 20. However, flights are severely restricted in number and routes due to low demand and travel restrictions affecting Pakistani citizens and air carriers. Cargo, charter, and repatriation flights are also operational. Officials are extending the validity of visas for foreign nationals in the country through Aug. 31. Any incoming travelers to the country, including Pakistani nationals, must self-isolate for two weeks if asymptomatic. Symptomatic passengers are mandated to undergo testing and a 14-day quarantine at home, paid accommodation, or in a medical facility, based on health assessments.

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 are already in Sri Lanka may apply for visa extensions. Officials suspended all inbound international passenger flights until further notice.


MDTI-WA-2020-690
Date: 7 August 2020

INDIA – RESTRICTIONS

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

As of Aug. 6, nightly curfews and limited bans on nonessential activity continue across several north Indian states as part of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. Under such measures, entry and exit remain limited to select transit points and for essential purposes only; officials continue banning all public transport and nonessential private transport. Businesses – mainly providing essential services – will function with minimal workforce; residents must stay home and use delivery services to the extent possible.

Limited public buses and private transport are operational with social distancing measures during non-curfew hours outside of containment zones with COVID-19 clusters. Officials are also permitting special intercity trains for stranded passengers and limited domestic flights. Travelers from other states or countries will typically undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or in a government facility, depending on medical screening and local rules. While businesses are resuming with social distancing measures, educational institutions, entertainment venues, and most public sites remain closed. Mask wearing in public is mandatory. Authorities have banned all social, religious, and political gatherings until further notice. Urban centers have reported no significant decrease in cases, delaying normalization.


MDTI-WA-2020-689
Date: 7 August 2020

UK – NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS

Country of Territory: UNITED KINGDOM
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Wales and England have updated their countries’ coronavirus (COVID-19)-related entry restrictions. As of 0001 Aug. 7, all travelers arriving in Wales from Andorra, Belgium, and the Bahamas will have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival; the same will apply for travelers arriving from these countries in England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland effective 0400 Aug. 8. This measure comes after an increase in COVID-19 infection rates in the targeted countries. In addition, travelers from Brunei and Malaysia will be able to enter UK without restrictions from 0400 Aug. 11 following a decrease in infection rates in those two countries.

All international travelers entering the UK must provide contact details, as well as their travel history over the previous 14 days. Authorities have exempted travelers arriving from 75 countries and overseas territories – including Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and New Zealand, and Luxembourg – from the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days upon entering the UK. The exempted countries had been assessed to pose a reduced threat from COVID-19. International passengers of any nationality arriving by air, rail, or ferry from a nonexempt location are required to self-isolate for 14 days; health officials may perform spot checks to ensure compliance. Persons without suitable accommodations will be required to stay in facilities arranged by the government at their own expense. Freight drivers and healthcare workers are exempt from the requirement. The measures are reviewed every three weeks.


MDTI-WA-2020-688
Date: 7 August 2020

ISRAEL – NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS

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

The Israeli government decided on Aug. 5 to lift weekend restrictions on business and leisure activities after health officials determined that the previously imposed measures were ineffective in lowering coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection rates. Authorities do, however, plan to increase enforcement of public health precautions in COVID-19 hotspots. The government is also working on implementing a color-coded system by Sep. 1, which will enable authorities to assess and track disease activity on a local level, and tailor responses accordingly. Health officials have warned, however, that the country could reimpose a nationwide lockdown in the coming weeks if infection rates do not decrease.

Prior to the move, essential businesses, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, were permitted to remain open from 1700 Fridays through 0500 Sundays; however, nonessential shops and facilities, including malls, open-air markets, hair salons, barbershops, libraries, zoos, museums, tourist sites, and cable cars, were required to close.

Israel’s existing ban on entry by nonresident foreign nationals is in effect though at least Sept. 1. The measure has been in place since March 18. Israel’s flag carrier El Al Airlines (LY) has extended its suspension of regular passenger flights until at least Aug. 31; cargo and emergency flights remain unaffected. Israeli citizens and legal residents may return to Israel but are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Arriving travelers who cannot demonstrate that they can self-quarantine at home will be isolated at a government-established facility.


MDTI-WA-2020-687
Date: 7 August 2020

GERMANY – COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

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

Authorities will introduce mandatory testing for international arrivals from designated high-risk areas from Aug. 8 amid a rising number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country. The testing will be free of charge and take place at international travel hubs, including airports and railway stations. Where necessary, testing facilities will also be available for those arriving by car, though the precise nature of the procedure is currently unclear. Quarantine requirements will be waived for travelers who are found to be COVID-19-free. As a result of the new testing, processing delays are possible for travelers arriving from higher-risk areas. The Robert Koch Institute lists locations currently considered to be high risk for COVID-19.

Authorities are maintaining entry restrictions for many locations as of Aug. 6. Travelers from outside of the EU and Schengen Area, with the exception of those from Australia, Canada, Georgia, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia, the UK, and Uruguay, remain subject to restrictions, including a mandatory 14-day self-isolation if arriving from a location of high COVID-19 activity. Arrivals can avoid quarantine if in possession of a medical certificate issued within the previous 48 hours by an EU member state or a state listed by the Robert Koch Institute, declaring them to be COVID-free. Germany has issued travel warnings for locations where new COVID-19 cases exceed 50 per 100,000 inhabitants over a seven-day period; travel warnings have therefore been issued for Luxembourg and parts of Belgium and Spain.

Authorities have eased most internal COVID-19 measures. Residents are required to wear facemasks in most public spaces, including public transport and retail shops; where possible, people from different households should remain a minimum of 1.5 m (5 feet) apart. Major public events, including parades and fairs, are banned until Oct. 31. Hotels and other short-term accommodations have reopened; hygiene and social-distancing guidelines must be observed. All retailers and nonessential businesses are permitted to reopen; however, limits have been placed on the number of customers in the store, and queues should be avoided.


MDTI-WA-2020-686
Date: 7 August 2020

FRANCE – COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

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

Authorities in France are maintaining international travel restrictions to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of Aug. 6. International arrivals from the European Economic Area (EEA), and from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, the UK, and Uruguay are permitted to enter without restriction. Citizens of other destinations remain barred from entry , though exceptions will be made for certain categories of traveler , including health workers, freight and transport workers, diplomats, students, and those visiting for urgent family reasons. All such arrivals are required to fill out a form declaring them to be COVID-19-free, and self-isolate for 14 days on arrival; they must also complete and present a certificate declaring the reason for their travel, which can be accessed online. Travel with Guyana and Mayotte is currently suspended indefinitely; from July 11, travel to all other overseas territories will require a negative COVID-19 test taken in the previous 72 hours.

Most businesses and services have resumed operation, provided they implement strict social distancing and hygiene requirements; mandatory social distancing of at least 1 meter (3 feet) is required between people from different households. Public gatherings of more than 10 people remain prohibited, and face coverings are mandatory for persons over the age of 11 years on public transport, including transport hubs, and in enclosed public spaces. In Toulouse, facemasks are compulsory on busy streets; other cities, including Paris, could introduce similar requirements in the coming days.

Authorities could reintroduce, ease, or otherwise amend restrictions at any time based upon disease activity; local governments have the authority to tighten or loosen restrictions at their own discretion. As of Aug. 6, all departments in Metropolitan France are rated “green” on the nation’s three-tiered color-coded COVID-19 activity scale, indicating the lowest rates of infection, though.


MDTI-WA-2020-685
Date: 7 August 2020

CAMBODIA – TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

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

Cambodian authorities continue to adjust restrictions as of Aug. 6 amid efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The government announced Aug. 5 that it requires diplomatic and official visa holders, including international organizations’ officials, to obtain a document stating they are free from COVID-19 within 72 hours before traveling to Cambodia. The visa holders will undergo COVID-19 tests upon arriving in Cambodia and isolate at designated sites while waiting for test results. People who test negative will self-isolate for 14 days, while those testing positive will be quarantined. Authorities will bear the test costs; however, embassies or international organizations will have to cover expenses for visa holders who test positive.

Travel Restrictions:
Issuance of tourist visas and e-visas, visa-on-arrival services, and visa exemption remain suspended. Foreign nationals intending to visit Cambodia need to comply with several protocols, with limited exceptions. Requirements include obtaining a visa from a Cambodian diplomatic mission by submitting, up to 72 hours before departure, 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. Arrivals have to test for COVID-19; travelers who test positive, and other passengers on the same flight, must quarantine for 14 days, while other travelers will self-quarantine for two weeks. Inbound foreign nationals have to pay a USD 2,000 deposit to cover costs, including USD 100 for COVID-19 testing and USD 30 for a certificate stating that they are free from the virus, with limited exceptions.

The government has allowed foreign business travelers to enter Cambodia with exemptions from the typical two-week self-isolation requirement for arrivals. However, business visitors will still have to isolate at designated sites for several days upon arrival in Cambodia while waiting for COVID-19 test results. Additionally, these visitors may still have to quarantine for 14 days if any passenger on their Cambodia-bound flight tests positive for COVID-19. Other protocols include obtaining sponsorship from a local company and health insurance from an approved provider.

Officials have suspended flights from Indonesia and Malaysia since Aug. 1. Cross-border travel with Vietnam for non-tourism purposes has resumed with health protocols in place. Most border checkpoints remain closed.


MDTI-WA-2020-684
Date: 6 August 2020

UNITED STATES – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS OF SEVERAL STATES AS OF AUGUST 6, 2020

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES
Affected Areas: MULTIPLE U.S. STATES
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Alaska: Authorities in Alaska will implement new protocols for arriving travelers effective Aug. 11. Under the new directive, all non-residents entering the state must provide proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken within 72 hours prior to departure for Alaska; they must then upload their test results to the Alaska Travel Portal. Alternatively, incoming non-residents may provide proof of a pending PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure and remain in quarantine until the results arrive. Non-residents who arrive without the required proof of COVID-19 testing will be able to get tested locally at their own expense – paying a USD 250 fee – but must quarantine while awaiting the results. Alaska residents returning to the state have the option of a 14-day quarantine in lieu of testing; local COVID-19 testing is free of charge to Alaska residents.

Under current protocols, which remain in force until Aug. 11, travelers can enter the state if they have a negative result from a molecular-based COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before departure for Alaska. Alternatively, arriving travelers may produce proof of obtaining a negative result from a molecular-based COVID-19 test taken within five days before departure for Alaska and undergo a second test upon arrival; such persons must limit interactions until the results of the second test return. Travelers without the prerequisite proof of testing may take a qualifying COVID-19 test upon arrival in Alaska; however, they must enter quarantine until the results become available. In all cases, travelers must limit interactions until taking a second test between 7-14 days after arrival. Persons testing positive must remain in quarantine for the duration of the illness. Travelers currently may also enter Alaska without the need to self-quarantine if they have previously tested positive for COVID-19, show no current symptoms, and have a note of recovery from a medical provider indicating their release from isolation.

All other persons entering Alaska must self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. All travelers are encouraged to wear masks, adhere to social distancing guidelines, and exercise proper sanitization practices. Other restrictions remain unchanged.

Illinois: As of Aug. 5, Illinois Governor is maintaining certain restrictions statewide as part of Phase 4 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery plan, while officials in Chicago have amended the city’s travel restrictions. Additionally, authorities in Cook County have issued guidelines to further restrict business operations.

There are no requirements for travelers entering Illinois State; however, authorities in the city of Chicago are imposing quarantine orders for some out-of-state travelers. All travelers entering Chicago from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Failing to do so may lead to fines. Starting Aug. 7, Puerto Rico will be added to the list.

Louisiana: Louisiana Governor issued orders to extend the current Phase Two business and movement restrictions, including the statewide mask mandate, through at least Aug. 28 to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Massachusetts: Authorities in Massachusetts have amended the commonwealth’s coronavirus (COVID-19)-related travel restrictions list to add Rhode Island effective Aug. 7. The move will require travelers entering Massachusetts from Rhode Island to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The policy applies to both out-of-state residents and Massachusetts residents returning home.

The directive stipulates that persons entering Massachusetts from international destinations or any US state not designated by the government in Boston as being at low risk for COVID-19 infection must complete a travel form and self-quarantine for 14 days. States designated as low-risk locations are New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Hawaii. Alternatively, travelers from restricted locations can show proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 within the 72 hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts. Travelers can also be tested upon arrival, but must remain in self-quarantine until they obtain a negative result.

Otherwise, Massachusetts remains on Phase 3 of its economic reopening plan. Authorities require all residents and visitors to wear a protective face covering in public places when social-distancing measures are not possible


MDTI-WA-2020-683
Date: 6 August 2020

GEORGIA – MAINTAINS RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 5, 2020

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

Authorities in Georgia are maintaining restrictions on international travel as of Aug.5. All land borders will remain closed until at least Sept. 1; international flight connections will only be permitted with France, Germany, and Latvia during this period. With the exception of citizens and residents of France, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, and Lithuania arriving on direct flights, most foreign nationals, including Georgian residents, are prohibited from entry. Business travelers of any nationality must apply for a permit before travel; successful applicants will need to undergo 14-day isolation or be tested every 72 hours during their stay. Citizens and residents of Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Sweden are permitted to travel to Georgia but must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

Most businesses have resumed services, provided they implement strict social distancing and hygiene requirements. Individuals must wear protective face coverings in enclosed public spaces, including public transport, and where social distancing cannot be observed. A maximum of three people is permitted to travel in the same taxi.


MDTI-WA-2020-682
Date: 6 August 2020

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA – EXTENDS RESTRICTIONS UNTIL AUGUST 15, 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 Aug. 15. Cargo, humanitarian, diplomatic, and repatriation flights and shipments are largely ongoing.

Algeria: Land, air, and sea connections for passenger travel remain suspended until further notice.

Bahrain: Flights to and from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, and Morocco remain suspended until further notice. Travelers who transited through or departed from Iraq, Lebanon, or Iran in the 14 days before arrival will be denied entry, except for Bahraini or Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens. All arrivals are subject to health screenings and a 14-day home quarantine. According to Bahrain’s flag carrier Gulf Air (GF), international travelers can transit through Bahrain International Airport (BAH). Entry into Bahrain remains restricted to Bahraini nationals and residents, as well as other travelers holding a letter of prior permission to enter. Authorities have suspended on-arrival visas until further notice.

Egypt: Air traffic at all of the nation’s airports resumed July 1. All modes of public transport can operate from 0400-2359.

Iran: Authorities have lifted most COVID-19 restrictions; however, they intermittently impose sanctions on cities and areas where there is a sudden uptick in the number of cases.

Iraq: Commercial flights resumed July 23. The border crossings of al-Munzariyah and al-Shaib with Iran, and Safwan with Kuwait, also reopened July 23. All travel between governorates is banned. The Federal Government of Iraq plans to impose a nationwide 24-hour daily curfew, July 30-Aug. 9.

Israel: Authorities in Israel have extended the nationwide entry ban on foreign nationals until Sept. 1. Israeli residents are permitted to return to Israel but are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Israel’s flag carrier El Al Airlines (LY) has extended its suspension of regular passenger flights through at least Aug. 31.

Jordan: All land borders and seaports are closed until further notice. Travel between governorates has resumed. Officials have reduced the nationwide daily curfew to 0100-0600. Authorities will permit international commercial flights from certain approved countries to resume at airports nationwide beginning Aug. 5. The countries on the approved travel list, which the government in Amman has compiled based on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity data, are Austria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Thailand. Authorities may update or change the list of countries over the coming weeks.

Kuwait: All commercial flights to and from Kuwait resumed beginning Aug. 1.

Lebanon: Commercial flights at Beirut International Airport (BEY) resumed July 1, albeit with a reduced operating capacity of 10 percent, compared to July 2019. Private flights to and from BEY resumed June 24. Passengers will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and notified of their test result within 24 hours. In the event of a positive test result, affected travelers will need to self-quarantine per instructions from the Ministry of Health. Nonresidents traveling to Lebanon are required to have a valid health insurance policy for the duration of their trip.

Libya: Movement and travel restrictions will likely be implemented sporadically throughout Libya through August. The response to COVID-19 has been disjointed to date, and communication concerning efforts limited.

Morocco & Western Sahara: All international passenger flights to and from Morocco remain suspended indefinitely; however, domestic flights resumed June 27. The suspension of sea travel to Spain, Gibraltar, and France, and the border closure with the Spanish autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla on the north coast of Africa remain in place.

Oman: Authorities have banned foreigners from entering Oman indefinitely. 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: Authorities have extended the existing state of emergency through Sept. 4 to combat COVID-19. Additionally, all nonessential businesses throughout the West Bank will be required to close on weekends beginning Aug. 6 until further notice. The weekend closure will go into effect 2100 on Thursday evenings and extend until Sunday mornings. Authorities did not specify an exact end time on Sundays. Businesses are permitted to operate from 0700 until 2359 during the week. Border crossings to the West Bank and Gaza Strip are closed to commercial traffic until further notice.

Qatar: Authorities have indefinitely extended the nation’s existing suspension of inbound flights. Transit flights are exempt from the measure. Foreigners remain barred from entering the country; however, authorities will allow permanent residents returning from abroad to enter, but they will undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Qatari citizens are not allowed to exit the country. All public transport remains suspended.

Saudi Arabia: Domestic flights have resumed; however, all international flights remain suspended until further notice. The King Fahd Causeway linking Saudi Arabia and Bahrain remains shut. Land border crossings with Kuwait, Yemen, and the UAE are closed until further notice. Travel between provinces resumed May 31.

Syria: Authorities have lifted most COVID-19 restrictions; however, they intermittently impose sanctions on cities and areas where there is a sudden uptick in the number of cases.

Tunisia: Tunisia’s land, air, and sea borders reopened June 27.

United Arab Emirates: Emirates Airlines (EK) and Etihad Airways (EY) are operating multiple regular, nonrepatriation flights to several locations in Europe, North America, and Australia. Authorities will only permit passengers to fly if they comply with their destination countries’ entry criteria and requirements. Dubai began accepting international tourists July 7. Tourists must obtain a negative COVID-19 test obtained 96 hours before departure.

Yemen: Movement and travel restrictions will likely be implemented sporadically throughout Yemen through July. The responses by the Al-Houthi rebels in northern Yemen and the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabo Mansour al-Hadi in southern Yemen have been disjointed, with 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 additional restrictions.


MDTI-WA-2020-681
Date: 6 August 2020

AUSTRALIA – TIGHTENS RESTRICTIONS DUE TO INCREASE OF COVID-19 CASES

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

Several states, including New South Wales and Queensland, have tightened measures as of Aug. following an increase in cases of Covid-19. The increased controls include banning entry for nonresidents coming from Victoria, the location of the largest outbreak. As of Aug. 5, the following rules are in place:

Australian Capital Territory: The territory is following modified guidelines for Step 2. Officials are allowing social gatherings of up to 100 people. There is no limit on household visitation. Most businesses can operate with limited seating capacity and physical distancing restrictions. Retail outlets, restaurants and cafes, bars and clubs, entertainment venues, and personal services have reopened. Gyms can also open with capacity limits. Officials have banned entry for nonresidents traveling from Victoria, with limited exemptions; residents returning from Victoria have to quarantine for 14 days. The government has also advised travelers from New South Wales to quarantine upon entering the territory.

New South Wales: The local government plans to require people coming from Victoria to quarantine at hotels for two weeks at their own expense from Aug. 7. Travelers from Victoria can enter New South Wales only through Sydney Airport (SYD), with exemptions for border communities and people with critical work permits. New South Wales residents who cross the border into Victoria beyond the border zone must self-isolate for 14 days after returning. Authorities earlier required Victoria residents to apply for travel permits to enter New South Wales, after establishing a new border zone along the Murray River; people who can request a permit include defense officials, medical professionals, and workers in energy, mining, and construction sectors. Residents may reapply for permits on the Service NSW website. Officials are also recommending that individuals who have visited places associated with outbreaks get tested and self-isolate for 14 days. Authorities have required hospitality establishments, including pubs, restaurants, and hotels, institute contact tracing and employ a COVID-19 safety marshal during open hours for establishments with more than 250 capacity or peak hours for venues with capacity under 250. Under current restrictions, groups are limited to 20 people, while venues cannot hold more than 300 people. Authorities are also limiting attendance at weddings and corporate events to 150 and attendance at funerals and places of worship to 100 people. Businesses must still adhere to Step 3 recommendations on capacity limits. Employees can still work from home when practical. The government is permitting nonessential travel within the state. Authorities require quarantined travelers to take COVID-19 tests. Refusal to take tests will result in an additional 10 days in quarantine. The government is only allowing people to cross the border for work, education, or access to health care.

Queensland: The state government will ban travelers from New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory from entering from 0100 Aug. 8, with limited exemptions. Returning Queensland residents with recent travel history to the specified locations must quarantine at hotels at their own expense. Travelers from Victoria are also banned from entering the state, regardless of residency. The government is allowing gatherings up to 100 people under Step 3 measures. Nonessential businesses such as concert venues, theaters, museums, food courts, night clubs can reopen, provided they follow federal government capacity guidelines. Sports stadiums can also restart operations but remain limited to 50 percent capacity with a maximum seating of 25,000 people. The government allows nonessential travel within the state, except for trips to specific First Nations communities.

Northern Territory: Authorities have allowed almost all businesses and facilities, including theaters, music and dance venues, bars, nightclubs, community centers, amusement parks, and state-operated public parks and reserves, to reopen. Businesses must complete a government safety checklist and continue to implement physical distancing of 1.5 meters (5 feet) or limit interactions to 15 minutes if distancing is impossible. Team sports can take place, though events with more than 500 people require official approval of a distinct COVID-19 safety plan. The government permits nonessential travel within the state, including to remote communities. Authorities have reopened the interstate border and lifted quarantine requirements for most domestic Australian travelers. However, officials have designated Sydney’s 30 local government areas and all of Victoria as hotspots. People traveling to the territory from these areas will still have to self-quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.

South Australia: The state is currently following modified Step 3 guidelines. Officials have lifted limits on social gatherings. Authorities have also permitted nonessential businesses, such as pubs and nightclubs, gyms, and personal services, to resume. Companies must limit capacity to one person per two square meters (21 square feet). Noncontact outdoor sports are authorized. The government also permits nonessential travel within the state. Authorities have banned all travelers, including South Australian residents, from entering from Victoria; exemptions are in place for essential travelers. South Australia residents traveling from the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales will still be allowed in but will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Authorities are also limiting gatherings in private homes to 50 people, while only 100 people can attend weddings and funerals.

Tasmania: The state government extended a state of emergency declaration through Aug. 31. Authorities have delayed plans to ease border controls; officials will continue to ban entry for nonresidents through Aug. 31, with limited exceptions. Authorities will conduct health screenings on arriving passengers and will require symptomatic people to undergo testing. Tested individuals must quarantine until the results are released. Authorities will refuse entry to people who refuse to take the test. Officials are allowing home visits of up to 20 people. Nonessential businesses, such as bars, clubs, tattoo parlors, and beauty salons, have reopened; patrons must be seated at bars and clubs. Authorities allow indoor gatherings of up to 250 people and outdoor groups of up to 500 people, provided venues adhere to a density limit of one person per two square meters (21 square feet).

Victoria: Officials have tightened restrictions for residents in the Melbourne Metropolitan area through at least Sept. 13. A state of disaster, which will provide authorities additional policing powers to enforce the new measures, is in effect across Victoria State since Aug. 2. Protective face masks remain mandatory in public. A daily 2000-0500 curfew is in place for Melbourne. Residents must stay within 5 km (3 miles) of their homes throughout the affected period, with exemptions. Only one person per household can leave their homes each day to purchase essential goods, and recreational activity is restricted to one hour of exercise every day. Groups are limited to two people, with exemptions for those with children. Regional Victoria is implementing stage three restrictions through at least Sept. 13. Nonessential companies and venues, such as personal care services, gyms, entertainment venues, and cultural attractions, will remain closed. Restaurants and cafes can offer only takeaway and delivery options. All students, except for children of essential workers and students with special needs, are returning to remote learning across Victoria from Aug. 5. Travelers arriving in the state must quarantine and receive COVID-19 tests on the third and eleventh days of isolation. Refusal to take the tests will result in 10 further days of quarantine.

Western Australia: State authorities have moved to Step 4 of its six-step recovery roadmap. The government allows people to attend sporting venues, concerts, and nightclubs, without seating requirements. Sporting venues will operate at 50 percent capacity. Officials have lifted gathering numbers provided businesses limit crowd sizes to one person per every two square meters (21 square feet). Gyms can operate without onsite staff. Most companies have reopened; officials have lifted seating requirements for establishments serving alcohol and ended customer registrations at food businesses. Nonessential travel is possible within most of the state; however, entry restrictions remain in place for some Aboriginal communities. The government has delayed plans to enter Step 5 of its reopening scheme until at least Aug. 15. Officials have also postponed plans to reopen the state border in Step 6. People entering the state must quarantine for 14 days, with COVID-19 testing required on the 12th day of isolation.

Many states are requiring cross-border travelers to complete health declaration forms. Authorities in states with border restrictions require all arriving travelers to self-quarantine for two weeks. Some state governments may require visitors from Victoria to quarantine in designated facilities at their own expense if they can enter. Only essential personnel are exempt from the requirement.

Travel Restrictions:
The government is limiting international arrivals in Australia. The reduction will cut seat availability by 4,000 weekly so authorities can focus on contact tracing and managing COVID-19 within the country. Several state governments will begin to charge international and interstate arrivals for quarantine costs at the urging of the federal government. Multiple states are requiring entrants to pay quarantine fees, including Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, and New South Wales. However, entrants to New South Wales who booked flights prior to July 13 are not required to pay for quarantine. Costs vary by state. 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. 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-2020-680
Date: 5 August 2020

UNITED STATES – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS OF SEVERAL STATES AS OF AUGUST 4, 2020

Country of Territory: UNITED STATES
Affected Areas: MULTIPLE U.S. STATES
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Connecticut: Authorities in Connecticut have issued an update to the list of states from which travelers are subject to mandatory quarantine upon arrival to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Officials added Rhode Island to the list and removed Delaware and the District of Columbia.

As of Aug. 4, all individuals entering Connecticut from the following states must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

New Jersey: Authorities in New Jersey have released an updated travel advisory list delineating those states from which travelers are advised to quarantine upon arrival as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), starting Aug. 4. Rhode Island was added to the list, while Delaware and the District of Columbia were removed.

As of Aug. 4, authorities recommend that all individuals entering New Jersey from the following states and territories self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. According to the advisory, although self-isolation is voluntary, compliance is expected. Hotels in New Jersey have been asked to notify any guests arriving from affected states that they should comply with the instruction. Business travelers, critical workers, and seasonal migrant farmworkers are exempt from these measures.

New York State: On Aug. 4, authorities in New York State issued an update to the list of states from which travelers are subject to mandatory quarantine upon arrival as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Rhode Island was added to the list, while Delaware and the District of Columbia were removed.

All individuals entering New York from any state that has a positive COVID-19 test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or positivity rate of 10 percent or higher over a seven-day average, must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The specific states and territories affected by the directive as of Aug. 4 are: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Ohio: Authorities in Ohio have amended certain restrictions previously implemented to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The state’s travel advisory, which recommends all travelers entering Ohio from other US states with COVID-19 positive testing rates of 15 percent or higher to self-quarantine for 14 days, has been updated as of July 29. States currently subject to Ohio’s travel advisory are Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, and South Carolina, with Georgia, Nevada, and Texas having been removed from the list.

Ohio continues to employ its Health Advisory System to track increases in COVID-19 activity and impose additional restrictions in the most affected counties.

South Carolina: While South Carolina is continuing to lift restrictions under its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery plan, authorities in the state have imposed some new directives on certain types of businesses in an effort to prevent spikes in disease activity. The state government ordered that a set of guidelines for restaurants, bars, and similar establishments that attract groups of people be made mandatory as of Aug. 3.

Other restrictions remain unchanged. Numerous businesses, public facilities, and other establishments have reopened, including retail stores, gyms and fitness centers, personal care businesses, museums, historic buildings, amusement parks, public beaches, and piers. Essential businesses, including grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and those in security, transport, media, and critical manufacturing, have not been subject to mandatory COVID-19-related closures. Authorities encourage all residents to remain at home, limit interactions with others, and wear protective face coverings whenever in public.

Wisconsin: As of Aug. 4, lingering business disruptions are likely to continue in Wisconsin, despite a May 13 decision by the state’s Supreme Court that ordered the lifting of most statewide restrictions. The restrictions had been put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Starting Aug. 1, following an order by the Governor, all residents in Wisconsin over the age of four are required to wear facemasks whenever they are in indoor or enclosed spaces with people from outside of their household.


MDTI-WA-2020-679
Date: 5 August 2020

EUROPE – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS OF SEVERAL COUNTRIES AS OF AUGUST 4, 2020

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

Belgium: Authorities in Belgium require all international arrivals to fill out a Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before arrival as of Aug. 1. Individuals staying in Belgium for less than 48 hours and Belgian residents traveling abroad for less than 48 hours are not required to fill out the form.

Authorities have designated several regions “Red Zones” due to high COVID-19 activity; nonessential travel with these areas is not permitted, and all arrivals are required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival and self-isolate for 14 days. As of Aug. 3, the following are designated as Red Zones:
– Bulgaria: Severoiztochen, Yugozapaden
– France: Mayenne
– Romania: Center, South-East, South-Muntenia, Sud-Vest Oltenia
– Spain: Aragon, Navarre, Barcelona, Lleida
– Switzerland: Lake Geneva Region (Vaud, Valais, Geneve)
– UK: Leicester

Nonessential travel from other countries remains prohibited, and any arrivals will also require testing and 14 days of self-isolation; exceptions include diplomats, health workers, and cargo transport staff.

Denmark: Denmark updated its international travel restrictions Aug. 1. Authorities are maintaining restriction-free entry for travelers from all EU and Schengen Area countries, except for Bulgaria, Romania, and Luxembourg; travelers are however required to stay for a minimum of six nights in Denmark. Travelers from locations outside of the EU and Schengen Area, including the UK, except those arriving from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay, remain subject to restrictions. For these restricted locations, arrivals are only allowed for essential purposes, including for urgent family and business reasons; authorities will require proof of the reason for travel. Danish nationals and residents are permitted to enter the country from any location without restrictions. Most nonessential businesses have reopened in Denmark, subject to strict hygiene and social distancing measures. Public gatherings of more than 200 people remain prohibited.

Germany: Authorities in Germany are maintaining current restrictions as of Aug. 4. Authorities have removed entry restrictions on travelers from all EU and Schengen Area countries and the UK. Travelers from non-EU countries, with the exception of Australia, Georgia, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay, remain subject to restrictions, including a mandatory 14-day self-isolation if arriving from a location of high COVID-19 activity; arrivals can avoid quarantine if in possession of a medical certificate issued within the previous 48 hours by an EU member state or a state listed by the Robert Koch Institute declaring them to be COVID-free. Germany has issued travel warnings for locations where new COVID-19 cases over a seven-day period exceed 50 per 100,000 inhabitants; travel warnings have therefore been issued for Luxembourg and parts of Spain.

Authorities have eased most internal COVID-19 measures. Residents are required to wear facemasks in most public spaces, including public transport and retail shops; where possible, people from different households should remain a minimum of 1.5 m (5 feet) apart. Major public events, including parades and fairs, are banned until Oct. 31. Hotels and other short-term accommodations have reopened; hygiene and social-distancing guidelines must be observed. All retailers and nonessential businesses are permitted to reopen; however, limits have been placed on the number of customers in the store, and queues should be avoided.

Greece: Authorities in Greece have extended the nation’s existing ban on entry by non-EU citizens and residents through at least Aug. 15 as part of efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Citizens of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and the United Arab Emirates are exempt from the entry ban, as are freight transporters, diplomats, students enrolled at Greek universities, seasonal workers, healthcare workers, and passengers in transit. Travelers arriving by air from Bulgaria, Romania, and the United Arab Emirates must produce proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours prior to arrival.

While all of Greece’s 27 airports are open as of Aug. 3, most are operating only at limited capacity. Moreover, commercial, general aviation, and business aviation flights from Albania and North Macedonia will be restricted to landing only at Athens International Airport (ATH) until Aug. 15; flights to and from Turkey remain banned through the same date. Travelers entering Greece are not automatically subject to a mandatory quarantine period; however, they are be required to complete a detailed declaration providing their contact details, country of origin, and travel history over the past 15 days, among other information. Authorities conduct targeted COVID-19 testing of arriving travelers based on information provided in the declarations; persons testing positive for the virus may be required to quarantine for 14 days in government-provided accommodations.

With regard to other COVID-19-related restrictions, the Greek government has allowed most businesses to reopen nationwide. Nevertheless, the use of protective face coverings is mandatory in all public indoor areas.

Switzerland: Authorities in Switzerland are maintaining restrictions. Officials previously removed entry restrictions for residents of Schengen Area countries and the UK; as of July 20, entry restrictions were also removed for travelers from Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, Monaco, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and the Vatican City. Most residents of other countries remain prohibited from entry; however, this measure does not apply to freight traffic, individuals in transit, and individuals with compelling reasons for travel to be approved by authorities on a case by case basis.

Swiss authorities are also maintaining a list of high-risk countries from which travelers must undergo a mandatory 10-day self-quarantine. The list was last updated July 23 and includes Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eswatini, Guatemala, Honduras, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Oman, Panama, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, the Turks and Caicos Islands, UAE, and the United States.

As of Aug. 3, authorities have permitted most activities and businesses to resume, provided social distancing, and hygiene requirements are implemented. Authorities no longer recommend work from home, and social distancing measures have been reduced to 1.5 meters (5 feet).


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Date: 5 August 2020

JORDAN – POSTPONES RESUMPTION OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

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

Authorities in Jordan postponed the resumption of international commercial flights until further notice, Aug. 4, due to concerns regarding the global increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Jordan will continue to operate repatriation flights. Authorities had previously announced that international commercial flights from certain approved countries would resume at airports nationwide beginning Aug. 5. The countries on the approved travel list, which the government compiled based on COVID-19 activity data, were Austria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Thailand.

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Date: 5 August 2020

INDIA – MODIFIES ENTRY GUIDELINES EFFECTIVE AUGUST 8, 2020

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

India has modified entry guidelines related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) effective 0001hrs Aug. 8. All entrants to the country must undergo a paid institutional quarantine of seven days, followed by a week-long home quarantine. Exemptions are possible for some categories of asymptomatic passengers, including those with a negative swab test for COVID-19 obtained within 96 hours before entry, requiring special care such as elderly or pregnant women, and parents accompanied by children aged below ten years. Arriving passengers must register online within 72 hours before travel; different states may impose variable quarantine and testing requirements.

Travel Restrictions:
Authorities are advising Indian citizens to delay all nonessential international travel. Most international passenger travel remains effectively banned until further notice, with some exceptions for the repatriation of Indian citizens and foreign nationals stranded in India, business travelers other than those with B-3 sporting visas, and OCI cardholders and their relatives. Family members of those in India with diplomatic, official, or UN/international organization visas are also permitted to enter India. Mentioned travelers must approach Indian consulates for new visas, regardless of previous visa status; they may enter the country via nonscheduled flights, or limited scheduled flights permitted under bilateral agreements through Aug. 31 due to an ongoing ban on most commercial international passenger flights. Such arrangements are planned or operational between India and countries like the US, France, Germany, UK, and UAE; modifications at short notice are possible. Arriving passengers must undergo self-paid institutional quarantine for seven days, followed by seven days of home quarantine; passengers seeking exemptions and waivers must do so from authorities in all intended destinations and transit states before arrival. Officials have suspended visa issuance and canceled previously issued visas for all international travelers, except for holders of most business, diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, and project visas. Foreign nationals already in the country can apply online to avail of a free visa extension valid for 30 days after the resumption of regular international commercial flights.

Officials are 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 July. The flights operate primarily to bring home Indian nationals who have been stranded abroad amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These flights serve airports in several countries, including the UK, the US, Bangladesh, Malaysia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and 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-2020-676
Date: 5 August 2020

NORTHEAST ASIA – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 4, 2020

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

Governments in Northeast Asia continue to enforce travel restrictions to prevent the transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of Aug. 4.

Mainland China: Authorities continue to bar most foreign nationals from entering the country; exceptions are in place for diplomatic personnel and C visa holders, which officials generally issue to flight and shipping crews. Most travelers, regardless of nationality, are barred from entering or exiting land border checkpoints; however, Guangdong Province has lifted quarantine requirements for travelers from Macau, provided they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and have not traveled outside the territory in the previous two weeks. Macau residents must complete a nucleic acid test, convert to a Guangdong health code, and complete a health declaration form before entering. Guangdong authorities require a negative COVID-19 test result and a one-day quarantine for travelers from Hong Kong unless exempted. 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, undergo testing in South Korea within 72 hours of travel, and undergo testing again during a one- or two-day quarantine in China. Authorities are also allowing “fast track” entry for essential business travelers from Singapore to Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang provinces and Chongqing, Shanghai, and Tianjin municipalities. Travelers must receive a special pass from an inviting institution, test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours of their departure, and obtain a visa. Passengers will undergo COVID-19 testing again upon arrival in China and isolate at designated facilities until their results are available. Business travelers testing negative will adhere to a pre-agreed itinerary and refrain from using public transport, except for private hire vehicles, for the first 14 days. The travelers will also have to download and use a health pass while in the country. Reports indicate the government is also allowing executive travel for some individual businesses under a similar model. Officials in many areas are enforcing quarantine measures for international travelers. Authorities are generally allowing nonresident passengers to stay in government-designated hotels at their own cost. While most quarantine periods are 14 days, some cities in border areas require inbound travelers to self-quarantine and undergo medical observation for an additional 14 days. The Shanghai government has eased quarantine requirements for inbound travelers. Under the new measures, passengers who have a residence in the city can quarantine at a designated facility for seven days and self-quarantine for another seven days at home. Travelers must receive a negative COVID-19 test result in quarantine before release from designated facilities.

Hong Kong: The government is maintaining a ban on all nonresident foreign nationals. Authorities require several documents, including evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result, for arriving passengers from “high-risk” countries, such as Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Nepal, South Africa, the US, and Kazakhstan. All arrivals from high-risk countries must undergo a two-week quarantine in government-designated hotels. Travelers from Macau, Taiwan, and mainland China are exempt from restrictions provided they do not have a recent travel history elsewhere. Arriving passengers must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon entry into the territory. Authorities have permitted some mainland Chinese teachers and students, as well as businesspeople whose activities officials deem economically beneficial to the territory, to enter without having to undergo quarantine. Hong Kong continues to restrict land border crossings with mainland China at the Shenzhen Bay checkpoint and along the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. Authorities are also tightening quarantine requirements for sea and air crewmembers in the territory. Under the new requirements, ships without cargo cannot exchange crews. On other ships, workers are no longer allowed to enter the territory and must travel directly to the airport after disembarking if completing their service onboard. Inbound ship crews and flight crew members will have to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of departure for Hong Kong.

Japan: Authorities continue to ban entry for most foreign nationals with a travel history to 146 countries and territories, including China, India, Pakistan, South Korea, the US, Australia, and the European Union. However, officials will permit foreigners with student or work visas, permanent residents, long-term resident visa holders, and spouses and children of Japanese nationals and permanent residents to enter the country from Aug. 5. Entry is only permissible for foreign residents that departed before an entry ban for their respective country came into effect. Travelers must get a Re-entry Confirmation Letter from the nearest Japanese diplomatic mission and obtain a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of departure to enter the country. Officials also require all passengers from banned countries to receive a PCR COVID-19 test upon arrival. Any inbound passenger allowed into Japan must undergo a 14-day quarantine period, either at home or in a government-designated facility.

Macau: Authorities continue to ban nonresident foreign nationals from entering the territory. Travelers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China are exempt from the measure but will not be allowed to enter if they have traveled elsewhere in the previous two weeks. Travelers from mainland China can enter Macau without quarantine or medical certificates that prove negative COVID-19 status. 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 other countries or Hong Kong and Taiwan and 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. Authorities are limiting visas for foreign nationals from Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Pakistan, and two other unidentified countries; diplomats and people on urgent business travel are exempt from the restriction. The government is restricting flight capacity from these countries and requires inbound foreign nationals to provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test upon entry. 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 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 foreign nationals for tourism and social visits. However, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has begun to ease entry restrictions for foreign nationals for approved reasons. International travelers can apply for entry for medical care; the measure does not include aesthetic procedures and health checks. Foreigners can also apply for entry for internships and training programs, conferences and trade shows, exchange programs, volunteering and missionary activities, and job searches, among others. Residents from Hong Kong and Macau can apply for entry for humanitarian and emergency reasons, to fulfill contractual agreements, or as part of a transfer within multinationals. Officials will require people allowed into Taiwan to present a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test result conducted within three days of their departing flight. Diplomats are also allowed to enter. All non-exempt inbound passengers must self-quarantine for 14 days. Authorities are conducting mandatory COVID-19 tests on all passengers, regardless of nationality, arriving from the Philippines. Symptomatic passengers will be held at government quarantine facilities until test results are available. Some 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. Officials are allowing essential business travelers and graduating students from New Zealand, Macau, Palau, Fiji, Brunei, Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia, and Bhutan. People visiting from these designated low-risk areas must quarantine for five days. Officials are also permitting essential business travel from South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore; travelers from these countries must quarantine for seven days. Authorities removed these entry privileges for travelers from Australia and Hong Kong following spikes in COVID-19 activity. Officials have lifted a ban on transiting passengers at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE). Passengers must connect with the same airline through TPE and limit connections in Taiwan to eight hours. Officials have cleared China Airlines (CI), EVA Air (BR), and Cathay Pacific (CX) to operate transit flights, except to mainland China.


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Date: 5 August 2020

SOUTHEAST ASIA – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 4, 2020

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

Countries in Southeast Asia continue to enforce travel restrictions and enhanced health screenings to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The following restrictions are in effect as of Aug. 4:

Brunei: Authorities have banned most foreigners, including long-term pass holders, from entering or transiting the country. Foreigners with essential or business needs can transit through Brunei by land, with protocols in place. Measures include limiting the travel duration through Brunei, such as one hour for those going from Labu to Ujong Jalan in eastern Brunei or three hours for people traveling from Kuala Lurah to Sungai Tujoh in western Brunei. Additionally, foreigners whose work relates to the national interest, such as the oil and gas sector and transport of essential goods, can also enter the country. Officials require inbound foreign workers in the oil and gas industry to undergo COVID-19 tests before entry and upon arrival in the country. The employees will need to take the pre-trip test within 48 hours before departing for Brunei. Existing travel, student, and dependent visas remain suspended. Arrivals 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. Only people departing to seek medical treatment or resume studies overseas can leave the country, after obtaining approval from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Cambodia: The government has allowed foreign business travelers to enter the country with exemptions from a typical two-week self-isolation requirement for arrivals. However, business visitors will still have to isolate at designated facilities for several days upon arrival in Cambodia while waiting for COVID-19 test results. Additionally, these visitors may still have to quarantine for 14 days if any passenger on their Cambodia-bound flight tests positive for COVID-19. Business travelers will have to adhere to other protocols, including obtaining sponsorship from a local company. Officials have suspended flights from Indonesia and Malaysia since Aug. 1. Issuance of tourist visas and e-visas, visa-on-arrival services, and visa exemption remain suspended. Most 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. Incoming passengers have to test for COVID-19; travelers who test positive, and other passengers on the same flight, must quarantine for 14 days, while other travelers can self-quarantine for two weeks. Inbound foreign nationals will have to pay a USD 2,000 deposit to cover the costs, including USD 100 for the COVID-19 testing and USD 30 for a certificate stating they do not carry the virus. Most border checkpoints remain closed. Officials have allowed cross-border travel with Vietnam for non-tourism purposes to resume; travelers will have to adhere to relevant health protocols.

Indonesia: The government has banned foreigners from entering or transiting the country. The restriction exempts permanent residents, diplomats, and transport workers. Officials require inbound passengers to produce documents stating they are free from COVID-19; travelers without the certificates will undergo tests upon arrival in Indonesia and be isolated in government-designated facilities until test results are released. Arrivals will also have to download the PeduliLindungi contact tracing application. Inbound travelers who show COVID-19 symptoms will undergo quarantine at government-designated premises. Authorities are advising all incoming passengers to self-quarantine for two weeks. Officials are also requiring individuals leaving Indonesia to produce certificates that they do not carry COVID-19. The government has sometimes provided conflicting information about COVID-19 restrictions in recent weeks; changes to measures may occur at short notice.

Laos: Inbound travel restrictions are in effect through at least Aug. 31. Most inbound travel remains banned, with exceptions for resident diplomats and essential workers, among others. Issuance of tourist visas, visas-on-arrival, and visa exemptions remain suspended. People wishing to enter Laos must test negative for COVID-19 at a medical institution in the country where they come from within 72 hours before the trip. Officials will require symptomatic arrivals to undergo tests and quarantine at selected hospitals. Other incoming passengers are required to isolate for two weeks at government-designated facilities; authorities may allow diplomats, employees of international organizations, and their family members to self-quarantine at their residence.

Malaysia: Most foreigners are still unable to enter the country; exemptions are currently in place for resident diplomats, foreign spouses and dependents of Malaysian citizens, and expatriate employees working in essential industries and their dependents. Malaysian and Singaporean authorities plan to start receiving limited cross-border travel applications for business and work purposes from Aug. 10. Those planning single-entry trips under the reciprocal green lane (RGL) scheme must present approval letters by immigration authorities and a company or government agency in the destination country, visas if required, and undergo COVID-19 swab testing within 72 hours before travel date and upon arrival. Such travelers must also adhere to protocols, including a pre-approved itinerary for 14 days. Passengers undertaking multiple-entry visits under the periodic commuting arrangement (PCA) program will serve quarantine at designated facilities for at least seven days. Officials require arrivals to undergo quarantine at designated facilities, with limited exceptions. These travelers will also have to download the MySejahtera mobile app. Malaysian nationals remain banned from traveling abroad. Foreigners based in Malaysia who travel overseas will not be allowed re-entry into the country until further notice.

Myanmar: Myanmar’s government has extended the ban on most international flights through at least Aug. 31; relief and cargo flights can continue operating. Authorities may also allow special flights to transport citizens to and from Myanmar on a case-by-case basis. Visa-on-arrival and e-visa issuance for tourism purposes remain suspended. Returning Myanmar nationals must undergo a 21-day quarantine at government-designated sites, followed by one week of self-isolation. Most foreign nationals remain banned from entering the country, with limited exceptions for diplomatic personnel. Authorities had also announced that resident diplomats and UN officials might undergo quarantine at their residence for two weeks. Additionally, authorities are allowing business trips for essential sectors, such as oil and gas and power, from mainland China and Japan in a so-called fast lane arrangement. Personnel will have to obtain a medical document stating they do not carry COVID-19 within 36 hours of boarding Myanmar-bound flights. The passengers will also have to undergo COVID-19 tests upon arriving in Myanmar and after completing five days of quarantine at designated facilities. The government has restricted cross-border movements at land checkpoints, allowing only the transport of goods.

Philippines: Authorities have allowed long-term visa holders to re-enter the Philippines since Aug. 1. These travelers will need to adhere to several protocols, including having prebooked a quarantine facility and a COVID-19 testing provider in the Philippines. Other types of previously issued visas and visa-free privileges remain suspended. Exemptions for foreign spouses and children of Philippine citizens and diplomatic staff and dependents will remain in place. Officials also said that they would not accept new visa applications. All arriving travelers will undergo a two-week quarantine at government-designated facilities. The central government reimposed a ban on nonessential outbound travel July 23. People who had confirmed their overseas travel booking as of July 20 will be allowed to depart. Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and uniformed personnel on official duty can continue traveling overseas.

Singapore: Authorities have banned the entry of short-term visa holders, with limited exceptions. Singaporean authorities plan to accept applications for work and business travel from Malaysia from Aug. 10 under two schemes, the reciprocal green lane (RGL), and the periodic commuting arrangement (PCA) programs for short-visit and long-term travelers respectively. Travelers under the RGL scheme must obtain sponsorship by a Singaporean host company or government agency, test for COVID-19 upon arrivals, and remain at their self-sourced accommodation until the test returns negative; travelers under RGL scheme can stay in Singapore for up to two weeks. The PCA scheme is limited to long-term pass holders intending to stay in Singapore for at least 90 days whose employers must submit applications on their behalf; these travelers will have to remain at the quarantine venue for at least seven days or until they test negative for COVID-19, whichever is later. Incoming passengers have to submit an online health declaration up to three days before entering the country. Inbound travelers must undergo and pay for a COVID-19 test near the end of their mandatory 14-day quarantine periods, with limited exemptions. Travelers from most areas are required to undergo two-week quarantine at government-designated facilities at their own cost. However, arriving passengers who continuously spent the previous 14 days in specified countries and regions can self-quarantine in their residences; this measure will apply to travelers arriving from Australia (except Victoria State), Brunei, mainland China, Macau, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam. From Aug. 11, incoming travelers from these locations will have to use electronic monitoring devices to ensure they remain inside their residence; children 12 years old and younger are exempt from the measure. The government is advising residents to avoid nonessential international travel. Authorities are allowing business trips to and from select parts of China, including Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang provinces and Chongqing, Shanghai, and Tianjin municipalities; these business travelers will need to adhere to health protocols. While these travelers will not need to undergo two-week quarantine upon arrival in Singapore, they will be tested for COVID-19 again and must self-isolate in accommodations until test results are available. Officials are allowing foreign nationals flying with Singapore Airlines (SQ), Scoot (TR), and Silk Air (MI) from selected cities to transit at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN); the selected cities include Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney in Australia; Chongqing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai in mainland China; Hong Kong; Osaka and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT) in Japan; Seoul in South Korea; and Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand. Passenger transit at SIN remains banned for flights to the affected cities.

Thailand: Authorities in Thailand are allowing additional categories of foreigners to enter the country from Aug. 4. The group includes permanent residents and work permit holders with their spouses and children; foreigners with special arrangements, such as the Thailand Elite Card, a program for frequent business visitors; and migrant workers whose employers have obtained approval for employees’ entry. These foreigners will have to adhere to health protocols, such as two weeks of quarantine at designated facilities. Other groups of foreigners, including spouses, parents, and children of Thai citizens, resident diplomats, people seeking medical treatment, students of Thai educational institutions, and transport workers, can continue to enter. Authorities have suspended international inbound flights until further notice, though repatriation flights may occur on a case-by-case basis. The government has reopened 37 border checkpoints for the transport of goods and traders; foreign tourists remain banned from entering Thailand through border checkpoints. Officials have approved visa extensions for foreigners already in Thailand through Sept. 26. Authorities have sometimes provided conflicting information about COVID-19 restrictions in recent weeks; changes to measures may occur at short notice.

Timor-Leste: The country’s borders remain closed to foreigners, with limited exceptions. Authorities have previously allowed entry for permanent residents of Timor-Leste, foreigners born in the country, and people working at oil rigs, among others. People who can enter the country must undergo a 14-day quarantine at government facilities. International passenger flights remain suspended, except for medical evacuation, humanitarian flights, and government operations.

Vietnam: Vietnamese authorities continue to bar entry for foreign nationals, with limited exceptions, even though officials started to reissue electronic visas to foreign nationals from 80 locations since July 1. These locations include Australia, mainland China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, the UK, and the US. Foreigners who can still enter Vietnam include essential and skilled workers. Individuals who can enter the country will undergo a 14-day quarantine at government-run facilities. Authorities have approved visa extensions for foreigners already in Vietnam through Aug. 31. While inbound flights to Vietnam remain operational, officials in Da Nang city have banned international flights to the city after confirming new community transmission cases.


MDTI-WA-2020-674
Date: 3 August 2020

CANADA – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 3, 2020

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

Officials in Canada have tightened border restrictions for persons transiting Canada to reach Alaska from the 48 contiguous US states on essential travel. Starting July 31, foreign nationals traveling by land to Alaska from the US Lower 48 may only enter Canada through one of five border crossings: Abbotsford-Huntington, Kingsgate, or Osoyoos in British Columbia; North Portal, Saskatchewan; or Coutts, Alberta. Travelers who attempt to enter Canada through any other border crossing will be denied entry and rerouted to an approved crossing. Persons entering Canada from Alaska may use any border crossing. The new regulations specify that the traveler must take the most direct route through Canada and avoid stopping at leisure sites or national parks. Violators could face fines. Nonessential ground travel through the US-Canada border remains suspended through at least Aug. 21.

Additionally, Canadian authorities are maintaining a ban on entry for most nonresident foreign nationals until Aug. 31. However, immediate family members of Canadian citizens or residents can enter, provided they plan to stay for at least 15 days and are able to quarantine for the first 14 days of their stay. Other nonresident foreign nationals allowed to enter must be traveling for essential reasons, and must travel either from the US or be exempt from the restrictions by virtue of being temporary workers, international students, diplomats, aircrew members, or French citizens who live in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.

Persons exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to board planes to Canada, including Canadian citizens. Canadian authorities have also banned individuals displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19 from domestic air and train travel 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 – except for 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. All air passengers are required to wear protective face coverings, and all maritime and land passengers are encouraged to do the same. Officials have recommended all residents wear some form of protective face covering whenever social distancing is not possible.

To know the COVID-19 response measures of individual, please refer to the attached file.

MDTI-WA-2020-673
Date: 3 August 2020

UNITED STATES – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS OF SEVERAL STATES AS OF AUGUST 3, 2020

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

Georgia: Georgia Governor has extended restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through at least Aug. 15. Under the current statewide directives, unchanged since July 1, gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed; gatherings with more than 50 people will be allowed if participants comply with social distancing measures. Residents 65 years and older, and those with underlying health conditions, are required to remain at home except to perform essential tasks.

State authorities strongly encourage residents to wear protective face coverings while in public; however, they have prohibited local authorities from imposing face mask mandates within their jurisdictions. In Georgia, there is an ongoing dispute regarding the implementations of COVID-19 restrictions at the state and local level.

Despite the state prohibition on localized face covering mandates, authorities in Atlanta have issued a requirement for residents to wear protective face masks while in public; failure to do so could incur fines. Municipal authorities have also reimposed stay at home orders except to perform essential tasks. Additionally, nonessential businesses must close except to provide delivery and pickup services.

Maryland: Maryland Governor issued orders July 29 to expand the requirement for residents to wear protective face masks in public, and advising against travel to certain states, as part of the efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities also indicated that the state will remain on Stage 2 of its economic recovery plan until further notice. Officials also issued a travel advisory, which strongly urges residents to avoid travel to other US states with COVID-19 positivity rates over 10 percent, and recommends anyone traveling from those areas to obtain a COVID-19 and self-quarantine while they wait for the test results. As of July 30, the states affected under the advisory are Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nebraska, Texas, and South Carolina.

Mississippi: Mississippi officials have extended current restrictions previously put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through at least Aug. 17. Authorities also added eight counties to the jurisdictions where the use of protective face coverings are required due to increased COVID-19 activity.

Previously, 29 of the state’s 82 counties mandated the use of protective face coverings while in public places. Beginning Aug. 3, the directive will be extended to eight additional counties – Carroll, Coahoma, Jones, Lee, Leflore, Lowndes, Noxubee, and Pontotoc. Counties where face coverings are already required are: Bolivar, Calhoun, Claiborne, Covington, Desoto, Forrest, Grenada, Harrison, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Madison, Montgomery, Panola, Quitman, Rankin, Sharkey, Simpson, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Walthall, Washington, Wayne, Winston, and Yalobusha.

Missouri: Authorities in Saint Louis County will reimpose some business restrictions from July 31 in response to an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases; Missouri will continue maintaining some restrictions in place through early August.

Missouri will continue maintaining some statewide restrictions. Nevertheless, businesses that have reopened must still comply with certain mandates aimed at preventing new spikes in disease activity, such as performing temperature checks, enhancing sanitation procedures, enforcing social distancing guidelines, monitoring employees for symptoms, and minimizing business travel, among other things. Moreover, state directives empower city and county officials to maintain stricter restrictions within their jurisdictions if they consider it necessary to protect public health.

Nebraska: Authorities in Nebraska have issued orders to ease restrictions in multiple counties starting Aug. 1, while extending current restrictions in 66 of the state’s 93 counties through Aug. 31. Starting Aug. 1, 18 counties will move into Phase 4 of the state’s economic recovery plan, joining another nine counties that have been in Phase 4 since July 24.

Travelers entering Nebraska from international destinations are encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor their health.

New Mexico: Authorities in New Mexico have extended the state’s existing coronavirus (COVID-19)-related travel and business restrictions until Aug. 28. All restrictions currently in force remain unaltered for the duration of the extension. Additionally, all persons in New Mexico must wear protective face coverings whenever in public.

Oregon: Oregon Governor has issued orders to tighten restrictions in Umatilla and Morrow counties as of July 31 due to increased coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in those jurisdictions. The state’s remaining 36 counties will maintain their current restrictions until further notice. Oregon continues to implement its four-tier economic recovery plan, which consists of Baseline Stay Home through Phase 3 levels.

Rhode Island: Rhode Island Governor has extended restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through Aug. 28, keeping the state on Phase 3 of its economic recovery plan. Authorities only amended restrictions on social gatherings, reducing the maximum limit of permitted gatherings from 25 to 15. The rest of the restrictions will remain unchanged until at least Aug. 28. Travelers entering from states with 5 percent or greater positivity rate of COVID-19 must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, unless they have a negative COVID-19 test taken within the 72 hours prior to their arrival in Rhode Island. As of July 30, travelers from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming, as well as from Puerto Rico, must follow these guidelines. Authorities will update the list of impacted states and territories every week. Travelers arriving in Rhode Island from outside the US are also required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Vermont: Vermont Governor has issued orders to expand the protective facemask requirement statewide, starting Aug. 1. The new directive orders all residents over the age of two to wear facemasks in indoor and outdoor settings whenever social distancing is not possible.

Other travel and business restrictions remain in effect until further notice. Travelers from states within the US Northeastern region – specifically those from Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia – may enter Vermont for leisure travel with no need to quarantine upon arrival, provided their county of residence has fewer than 400 active cases of COVID-19 per million inhabitants. Leisure travelers to Vermont from any other US state, or from any county located in a Northeastern region state and which has 400 or more active cases per million persons, must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Alternatively, travelers to Vermont can self-quarantine for seven days upon arrival if they take a COVID-19 test that has a negative result. Business travelers are exempt from the quarantine requirement provided they are entering Vermont to perform authorized essential work, have not been in contact with a person with COVID-19 during the past 24 hours, and have not exhibited COVID-like symptom within the past 24 hours.

Wyoming: Wyoming Governor has extended current restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) until at least Aug. 15. Other businesses can operate, as long as they enhance sanitation procedures, and ensure social distancing measures, including indoor and outdoor service at restaurants, bars, and cafes; cinemas, theaters, and other performance venues; gyms and fitness centers; and retail stores. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and banks, as well as businesses in the healthcare, agriculture, transport, security, media, and critical infrastructure sectors, are considered essential and have not been subject to mandatory closures.


MDTI-WA-2020-672
Date: 3 August 2020

MALAYSIA – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 3, 2020

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

Malaysian authorities continue to modify and enforce measures to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of Aug. 3. Wearing a facemask is compulsory on public transport, and in crowded public places such as markets, as of Aug. 3. Officials are further urging citizens to wear masks in public to the extent possible. Most foreigners are still not able to enter or re-enter the country; exemptions are currently in place for resident diplomats, foreign spouses, and dependents of Malaysian citizens, as well as expatriate employees working in essential industries and their dependents. The expatriate employees must present a letter for approval by authorities. Arrivals must download the MySejahtera mobile app, and undergo quarantine at designated facilities.

Malaysian nationals remain banned from traveling abroad. Emergency repatriation of Malaysian citizens stranded abroad has occurred on a case-by-case basis. Malaysian and Singaporean authorities plan to receive cross-border travel applications for select groups from Aug. 10. Those planning single-entry trips for essential business and official purposes under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) must present approval letters by immigration authorities as well as a company or government agency in the destination country, visas if required according to nationality, and undergo COVID-19 swab testing within 72 hours prior to travel date as well as upon arrival. Such travelers must also adhere to a pre-approved itinerary limited to a maximum of 14 days, and follow local rules for social distancing. Passengers with long-term work visas traveling under the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) can undertake multiple-entry visits through land border crossings at Woodlands or Tuas for 90-day stays once companies succeed in the application process. Entrants will serve quarantine at designated facilities for at least seven days, and undergo a self-paid or employer-sponsored COVID-19 swab test; such travelers are eligible for a short home leave after every minimum stay of 90 days in the destination country.

At the domestic level, interstate travel has resumed under RMCO, though the ban will continue for residents of localities implementing more stringent restrictions due to increased COVID-19 activity. Officials are allowing additional businesses and public places, including hair salons and museums, to reopen. The central government has allowed day and night markets and noncontact sports to resume. Several state governments are maintaining additional business or social distancing restrictions on top of measures mandated in RMCO.


MDTI-WA-2020-671
Date: 3 August 2020

EUROPE – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS OF SEVERAL COUNTRIES AS OF AUGUST 3, 2020

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

Austria: Authorities in Austria have lifted a suspension on direct flights from Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Iran, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Ukraine as of Aug. 1. Additionally, as of Aug. 1, authorities will allow indoor events with up to 500 attendees and 750 attendees in outdoor areas; all events with more than 100 people must have a COVID-19 representative and must implement safety protocols, including social distancing and marked seating.

Entry to Austria remains prohibited indefinitely for third-country nationals from states outside the Schengen Area. Exceptions are in place for health workers, freight workers, diplomats, individuals in transit, and urgent or essential reasons decided on a case-by-case basis. Travelers who are citizens of countries in the EU, Schengen Area, and Switzerland, and are arriving from Albania, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China-Hubei Province, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kosovo, Mexico, Moldavia, Montenegro, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, and the US must present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test no older than 72 hours, or get tested within 48 hours upon arrival and self-isolate while waiting for the results. Travelers arriving from all other EU, Schengen Area, and associated countries, including the UK, may enter Austria without restrictions, provided they have not traveled to any COVID-19 high-risk countries in the last 10 days; this measure applies only to residents of these countries or Austrian citizens.

Bulgaria: Bulgarian authorities have extended the nation’s coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic emergency until Aug. 31. The move is in response to a nationwide increase in infection rates and allows for easier enforcement of temporary restrictions. Additionally, as of July 31, Bulgaria began allowing citizens of Ukraine and Jordan to enter the country without first having tested negative for COVID-19 using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

Bulgaria currently allows citizens of from EU and the Schengen Area, as well as UK, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay to enter without restrictions. Travelers from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Kosovo, Kuwait, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, and Serbia are allowed entry, provided they have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to arrival. Additionally, all medical professionals, transport staff, foreign officials, seasonal workers, and persons traveling for humanitarian reasons are being granted entry with a negative COVID-19 PCR test regardless of their citizenship.

Netherlands: Authorities in the Netherlands are maintaining restrictions introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of July 31. Authorities have removed entry restrictions for travelers from EU and Schengen Area countries, and the UK. However, officials have issued specific travel advisories for certain areas in this bloc from which travelers are strongly advised to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival; as of July 31 these areas are Sweden; Bulgaria; Romania; Croatia; Segria, La Marina-Lugo, and Barcelona in Spain; Vale do Tejo in Portugal; Leicester in the UK; and Antwerp in Belgium.

Additionally, authorities previously removed entry restrictions for residents of Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, Canada, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay. Residents of all other countries remain barred from entry, though exceptions are made for individuals with an essential function or need, such as health workers, freight workers, and diplomats; all such arrivals are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

Norway: Authorities in Norway will update their entry restrictions introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from Aug. 1, and will add Belgium to the list of countries designated red. Travelers from countries designated red must self-isolate for 10 days, while travelers from green countries do not need to self-isolate on arrival.

Current red designated countries, in addition to Belgium, are Andorra, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and all of Sweden other than the counties of Skane, Blekinge, Kronoberg, Varmland, Orebro, Ostre Gotaland, and Kalmar. Current green designated countries are all other member countries of the EU, the Schengen Area, and associated countries including the UK.

Most travelers from all other countries are currently prohibited from entry, excluding those with close family in Norway and individuals who have been granted permits to work or study in Norway; in these cases, arrivals are required to self-isolate for 10 days.

Portugal: Authorities in Portugal stated they will lift some coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related restrictions for 19 out of the 24 districts in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (LMA) from Aug. 1 due to a decrease in infection rates. The majority of establishments in the Lisbon area are still mandated to close at 2000hrs, while restaurants may stay open until 0100hrs; the ban on the sale of alcohol remains in force. Gatherings in Lisbon are limited to 10 people.

Authorities are permitting passenger flights from the following locations as of Aug. 1: All EU, Schengen Area, and associated countries; All Portuguese-speaking countries for essential purposes; Australia; Canada; China; Georgia; Japan; Morocco; New Zealand; Rwanda; South Korea; Thailand; Tunisia; Uruguay.

All travelers are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours upon arrival. Portuguese citizens, permanent residents, and foreign diplomats accredited in the country who do not posses a negative test will have to take a test upon arrival, in facilities inside the airport at their own expense. All foreign travelers who are not in possession of a negative test upon arrival will be refused entry into the country.

Slovenia: The Slovenian government is maintaining international travel restrictions as of July 31, as part of its response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Travelers from so-called Green – or epidemiologically safe – locations can enter without restriction. Arrivals from elsewhere must self-isolate for 14 days. Slovenian citizens or residents do not need to self-isolate if arriving from Yellow countries.

Most nonessential businesses have been allowed to reopen providing they can adhere to hygiene and social-distancing recommendations; persons from different households are required to maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters (5 feet). Protective face masks are mandatory in indoor public places and on public transport. Domestic public transport operations have resumed, though the requirement for strict hygiene and social distancing means service disruptions are likely. Public gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.

Spain: Regional authorities lifted the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related lockdown of Lleida and the municipalities of Alcarras, Aitona, the Granja de Escarp, Seros, Soses, and Torres de Segre in Segria County from July 30; strong restrictions were imposed on these municipalities from early July due to an increase in infection rates. Authorities lifted movement restrictions; and have allowed shops to reopen with 50-percent capacity; outdoor areas of bars and restaurants are also allowed to reopen. Gatherings in Segria County and Barcelona are limited to ten people; gyms and cinemas are allowed to reopen; the ban on cultural activities is lifted.

Authorities in Madrid have also tightened restrictions as of July 30; protective face coverings are mandatory in public spaces, except for when engaging in sport activities. In addition, gatherings are limited to 10 people in both public and private spaces.

Spain had been gradually recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing entry for citizens of EU and the Schengen Area, as well as 12 non-EU countries deemed epidemiologically safe by the European Council. All travelers allowed to enter will not be required to self-isolate upon arrival. Authorities have introduced a mandatory Sanitary Control Form that all travelers arriving in the country by air must complete. After filling out the form, travelers will receive a unique QR code that they will have to show on arrival at the airport.

United Kingdom: Authorities in England, UK, will tighten coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions as of July 31 in the Greater Manchester area, the local authority areas of Blackburn, Bradford, Burnley, Calderdale, Darwen, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, and Kirklees, as well as the city of Leicester.

Additionally, effective 0001hrs July 31, authorities in England and Scotland will impose a directive requiring all travelers arriving from Luxembourg to self-isolate upon arrival due to a recent spike in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in that country. Authorities had earlier exempted travelers arriving from 75 countries and overseas territories, including Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and New Zealand, and Luxembourg – from a requirement to self-isolate for 14 days upon entering the UK. The exempted countries had been assessed to pose a reduced threat from COVID-19.

All international travelers entering the UK must provide contact details, as well as their travel history over the previous 14 days. International passengers of any nationality arriving by air, rail, or ferry from a nonexempt location are required to self-isolate for 14 days; health officials may perform spot checks to ensure compliance. Persons without suitable accommodations will be required to stay in facilities arranged by the government at their own expense. Freight drivers and healthcare workers are exempt from the requirement. Authorities in Scotland have lifted quarantine requirements for travelers from Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as of July 28 following a decrease in COVID-19 activity in those countries.

MDTI-WA-2020-670
Date: 3 August 2020

MIDDLE EAST – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS FROM SEVERAL COUNTRIES AS OF AUGUST 3, 2020

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

Bahrain: Authorities in Bahrain plan to reopen gyms, outdoor sports fields, sports halls, and swimming pools from Aug. 6. Authorities also decided to allow the gradual reopening of tourism restaurants, including those located in four and five-star hotels. Gatherings of up to 20 people are also allowed for special occasions.

Other measures taken by the government of Bahrain include:
– Saudi Arabian nationals currently residing in Bahrain are permitted to return to Saudi Arabia via the King Fahd Causeway without prior permission. The causeway has remained closed to regular travel since March 7.
– Several economic activities, such as salons, barbershops, and nonessential medical services, resumed operations May 28. Employees and customers are required to observe social distancing guidelines. Outdoor cinemas are also allowed to reopen, but indoor theaters and recreational centers remain closed until further notice. Restaurants remain restricted to food delivery and takeaway only.
– International travelers are allowed to transit through Bahrain International Airport (BAH). Full entry into Bahrain remains restricted to Bahraini citizens and residents only.
– The wearing of protective face coverings while out in public is compulsory.
– Authorities extended all valid and expired visit visas through at least Oct. 21. Visas on arrival remain suspended for foreigners until further notice since March 18. Electronic visa services and other types of visas are open to the public, and visas issued by authorities before the introduction of COVID-19-associated restrictions will still be valid. Since March 18, all nondiplomatic passengers to the country must obtain an e-visa before their departure.
– Gulf Air (GF) is operating to multiple locations on reduced service, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Mumbai.
– Flights to and from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, and Morocco remain suspended until further notice.
– All individuals arriving in-country from other destinations will be subject to medical examinations recommended by the WHO and will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of their arrival.
– All public and private schools, universities, and nurseries remain closed until further notice.

Jordan: Authorities in Jordan are continuing to gradually ease the country’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions; the government has shortened the nationwide nightly curfew by one hour as of July 30. Businesses nationwide may now remain open until 0100hrs daily. Medical personnel and other essential workers are exempt from the curfew.

Authorities in Jordan previously announced that international commercial flights from certain approved countries will resume at airports nationwide beginning Aug. 5. The countries on the approved travel list, which the government in Amman has compiled based on COVID-19 activity data, are Austria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Thailand. Authorities may update or change the list of countries depending on the evolution of disease activity over the coming weeks.

Travelers arriving from one of the approved countries must have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to their flight and must undergo another test upon arrival in Jordan. No passenger may leave the airport until receiving a negative test result. Foreign nationals will be required to provide proof of current health insurance for the duration of their stay. Furthermore, all arrivals will be required to provide personal details to authorities, download the government’s COVID-19 mobile application, and verify that they had stayed in one of the approved countries for at least 14 days prior to their arrival.

The following restrictions have been eased:
– Non-essential travel between governorates is permitted.
– Hotels, restaurants, and tourist sites nationwide have resumed operations.
– Sporting events have resumed; however, spectators are not permitted at this time.
– Mosques, churches, and other houses of worship are open for prayer.
– Public transportation have resumed operations at 50-percent capacity.

Kuwait: Authorities in Kuwait lifted a ban on international travel, permitting residents and nationals to fly into and out of the country from Aug. 1. Commercial flights to and from 31 countries, including but not limited to Bangladesh, Egypt, Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Iran, and Nepal, remain suspended until further notice.

Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabian authorities extended the validity of all expired visas for expatriates who are currently outside the kingdom for a period of three months from July 27. The measure is an attempt to ease the return of Saudi Arabian residents who cannot return to the kingdom due to a ban on all commercial international flights.

MDTI-WA-2020-669
Date: 3 August 2020

AUSTRALIA – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF AUGUST 2, 2020

Country of Territory: AUSTRALIA
Affected Areas: VICTORIA STATE (INCLUDING GREATER MELBOURNE)
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Victoria officials will further tighten restrictions for residents in the Melbourne Metropolitan area from 1800hrs Aug. 2 through at least Sept. 13 amid ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. A daily 2000-0500hrs curfew will be in place under the stage four measures. People can only leave their homes to purchase essential goods, seek or provide medical care, go to work or school, or exercise. Public transport services will reduce during curfew hours.

The federal government has diverted international flights from airports in Melbourne (MEL, AVV) per the Victoria government’s request due to concerns over quarantine capacity and effectiveness. Since July 1, officials have rerouted inbound flights to other states, effectively halting international flights into Melbourne. Incoming passengers will have to undergo quarantine before traveling to Victoria.


MDTI-WA-2020-668
Date: 30 July 2020

NEW ZEALAND – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 30, 2020

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

New Zealand continues to restrict entry to the country for residents and citizens due to limited capacity at coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine facilities. National carrier Air New Zealand (NZ) has extended a suspension of new inbound bookings through at least Aug. 9. The government is reportedly working with NZ to create a voucher system for new arrivals, and further extensions are possible until the measure is in place. Authorities are maintaining the alert for COVID-19 at Level 1, though domestic measures – including transport restrictions – have ended.

An entry ban for most foreign nationals remains in place; however, authorities are allowing select foreign nationals to enter the country. Officials lifted a requirement for partners and dependents of citizens to return to the country together, provided they have a visa based on the relationship or usually reside in New Zealand. Such travelers and diplomats posted in New Zealand can enter the country without prior consent from the government. Authorities permit partners, dependents, and legal guardians of citizens without visas to enter the country. Entry is also possible for humanitarian reasons, Australian citizens and permanent residents that live in New Zealand, and Samoan and Tongan citizens on essential trips approved by their governments.

The government is also permitting critical workers to travel to New Zealand on short-term visas valid up to six months. Companies must apply for a visa and demonstrate that the worker’s technical skills are unobtainable within the country, or they are working on infrastructure projects. Additionally, the government will allow some long-term, essential workers provided they meet short-term entrance criteria and earn twice the median salary in the country or participate in a government-backed event. The government requires people from these groups to receive permission before traveling to the country and will review applications for travel on a case-by-case basis.

Authorities are conducting health screenings of all incoming passengers. Officials continue to quarantine inbound passengers at government-designated facilities for 14 days; companies will have to cover the costs for inbound critical workers’ isolation. The government has also introduced a bill in Parliament that would require passengers to pay for quarantine costs, with exceptions. However, it is unclear if or when the regulation will take effect. Quarantined passengers must test negative for COVID-19 and undergo two additional tests before departing facilities. Authorities have also extended the ban on cruise ships entering New Zealand ports; cargo and fishing vessels will be allowed to load and unload and undertake repairs. Vessel crews arriving in New Zealand are required to spend 14 days in quarantine unless they had been on the vessel for 28 days before docking at the port.


MDTI-WA-2020-667
Date: 30 July 2020

THAILAND – EXTENDED THE NATIONWIDE STATE OF EMERGENCY THROUGH AUGUST 31, 2020

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

Authorities have extended the nationwide state of emergency through Aug. 31 to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), amid the continued easing of some measures. Businesses can operate with social distancing measures in place. Conferences, seminars, and concerts can also occur with health controls. Protocols include frequently sanitizing the venues and requiring the use of masks and temperature monitoring. Most schools have reopened. Domestic flights can operate with full passenger capacity as long as safeguards, such as requiring passengers to wear protective face coverings, are in place. Public transport has resumed with 70 percent of passenger capacity and other precautions.

Local authorities in several provinces may also enforce localized measures. Provincial officials may screen arrivals and quarantine symptomatic passengers, while governments in other areas may isolate all incoming travelers regardless of symptoms. Officials may reestablish or introduce nationwide or local-level restrictions in the coming weeks if COVID-19 cases increase. Authorities have sometimes provided conflicting information about COVID-19 restrictions in recent weeks; changes to measures may occur at short notice.

Travel Restrictions:
Most inbound international flights remain banned. Exemptions are in place for cargo, emergency, and repatriation flights and government aircraft. People who can still enter Thailand will undergo a 14-day quarantine at government-designated facilities upon arrival, with limited exemptions. The government may allow resident diplomats and their family members to isolate at their residence for two weeks. Authorities have reopened several land checkpoints, though officials continue to ban foreigners from entering the country through border checkpoints.

The government announced plans to allow entry for more groups of foreigners, but the start date of the measure is unclear. The categories of foreigners include business people, migrant workers from Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar, people participating in exhibitions, film crew members, people seeking medical treatment in Thailand, and those holding a Thailand Elite Card, a program for frequent business visitors. While authorities have extended short-term visas for foreigners already in Thailand through Sept. 26, these foreigners will not be able to remain in the country past that date, with exemptions for people who are ill, among others.


MDTI-WA-2020-666
Date: 30 July 2020

MYANMAR – EXTENDED VARIOUS NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS THROUGH AT LEAST AUGUST 15, 2020

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

The central government has extended various nationwide restrictions through at least Aug. 15 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), amid the easing of some controls. Authorities plan to increase the limit for mass gatherings from five to fifteen people from Aug. 1. Exemptions include public servants, government-related meetings, food establishments, and essential businesses. Factories may operate after passing government inspections. Restaurants can serve dine-in customers with precautions; employees must wear masks and set up partitions between customers. High schools have reopened. Officials plan to allow cinemas to reopen from mid-August. Authorities continue to advise the public to wear face coverings.

Travel Restrictions:
Officials have extended the ban on most international flights through at least Aug. 31. Relief and cargo flights can continue operating. Authorities may also allow special flights to transport citizens to and from Myanmar on a case-by-case basis. Visa-on-arrival and e-visa issuance for tourism purposes remain suspended. Returning Myanmar nationals must undergo a 21-day quarantine at government-designated sites, followed by one week of self-isolation. Most foreign nationals remain banned from entering the country, with limited exceptions for diplomatic personnel. Resident diplomats and UN officials may undergo quarantine at their residence for two weeks.

Additionally, authorities are allowing business trips for essential sectors, such as oil, gas, and power, from mainland China and Japan in a so-called fast lane arrangement. Personnel will have to obtain a medical document stating they do not carry COVID-19 within 36 hours of boarding Myanmar-bound flights, and will also have to undergo COVID-19 tests upon arriving in Myanmar and after completing five days of quarantine at designated facilities. Officials said they plan to add more countries to the fast lane scheme in the coming months. The government has restricted cross-border movements at land checkpoints, allowing only the transport of goods.


MDTI-WA-2020-665
Date: 30 July 2020

ILLINOIS – MAINTAINS CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS STATEWIDE AS PART OF COVID-19 RECOVERY PLAN AS OF JULY 30, 2020

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

As of July 29, Illinois Governor Jay Robert Pritzker is maintaining certain restrictions statewide as part of Phase 4 of his administration’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery plan, while officials in Chicago have added new states to the city’s travel restrictions.Under Phase 4 of the state’s plan, gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed, and the following businesses, events, and services are allowed to operate: Indoor dining at restaurants and bars, with certain capacity limits Office-based businesses Indoor recreation facilities, such as bowling alleys, cinemas, and theaters, at 50-percent capacity Gyms and fitness centers, at 50-percent capacity Museums and zoos, at 25-percent capacity Retail stores at 50-percent capacity Personal care businesses, by reservation only Outdoor spectator events Youth and recreational sports events All outdoor recreational activities.

Travel Restrictions:
There are no requirements for travelers entering Illinois State; however, authorities in the city of Chicago are imposing quarantine orders for some out-of-state travelers. All travelers entering Chicago from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Failing to do so may lead to fines. Starting July 31, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin will be added to the list.


MDTI-WA-2020-664
Date: 3 August 2020

VIETNAM – TIGHTENS DOMESTIC MEASURES AS OF JULY 30, 2020

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

Vietnamese authorities are tightening domestic measures as of July 30 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The policies come after officials in Da Nang confirmed new COVID-19 community transmission cases in late July; the cases were Vietnam’s first since April. The government requires people arriving from Da Nang to isolate at their residence for 14 days. Authorities in several areas are also implementing localized measures. The local government in Da Nang has suspended travel to and from the city, nonessential businesses, and gatherings of over 30 people. Authorities in Hanoi have banned businesses and activities involving crowds since July 29. The local governments in several places, including Phu Yen and Quang Nam provinces, have suspended tourism activities.

Travel Restrictions:
Officials continue to bar entry for foreign nationals, with limited exceptions. Authorities stated, June 24, that Vietnam was not ready to admit foreign tourists back into the country, even though officials started to issue electronic visas to foreign nationals from 80 locations July 1. These locations include Australia, mainland China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, the UK, and the US. Flights to Vietnam remain operational, though only Vietnamese citizens and limited groups of foreigners can board. Foreigners who can still enter Vietnam include essential and skilled workers. Individuals who can enter the country will undergo a 14-day quarantine at government-run facilities. Authorities have approved visa extensions for foreigners already in Vietnam through July 31.


MDTI-WA-2020-663
Date: 29 July 2020

POLAND – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 28, 2020

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

Travel Restrictions:
Authorities in Poland have updated the list of destinations, as of July 28, to which flights to and from Poland are permitted. From this date, flights will be allowed to all countries of the European Union and Schengen Area, except Luxembourg, Portugal, and Sweden, as well as the non-EU countries of Albania, Algeria, Australia, Belarus, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, and Uruguay. This measure will be in place until Aug. 11.

Officials have also lifted land border controls with the EU and Schengen countries; there are no border checks and no requirements for self-isolation for travelers entering Poland from another EU/EFTA Schengen country. Travelers from a non-Schengen Area country (Ireland, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, or Cyp rus, and the UK), will need to pass passport control but are not required to self-isolate upon arrival. Restrictions on entry for travelers who are not EU citizens or residents remain in place, except: Foreigners who are spouses or children of Polish citizens remain under the constant care of Polish citizens, foreigners who hold a Karta Polaka, foreigners who have the right of permanent or temporary residence in Poland, pupils, students, graduate students, and postgraduate students enrolled in Polish educational institutions. Scientists who are conducting research or developmental work in Poland. Foreigners with valid work visas.


MDTI-WA-2020-662
Date: 29 July 2020

ITALY – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 29, 2020

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

Authorities in Italy have extended the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) related state of emergency until Oct. 15 despite a major decrease in infection rates in the country. Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte argued that the extension is necessary to allow for the hiring of volunteers for the civil protection agency, expedite recruitment of health staff, allow further work of the COVID-19 advisory board, and continue to implement local lockdowns at short notice. No new restrictions are being introduced.

Travel Restrictions:
Authorities previously imposed mandatory 14-day self-isolation from July 24 for travelers who have stayed in Bulgaria and Romania in the previous 14 days. Authorities are allowing unrestricted travel to resume with all other EU, Schengen Area, and associated countries. Travelers from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay are permitted to enter Italy but are required to register with authorities and self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Travel from all other countries remains prohibited, bar a few exceptions, including study, proven work needs, and urgent reasons such as health; all such arrivals are also required to register and self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

Authorities have removed restrictions on interregional travel within Italy; however, regional authorities may require health screenings for arrivals. Interregional rail schedules have increased, though all passengers are subject to a mandatory temperature check before boarding. Any individuals displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are not permitted to travel and must remain home.


MDTI-WA-2020-661
Date: 29 July 2020

UNITED STATES – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS OF SEVERAL STATES AS OF JULY 29, 2020

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

Kentucky: Government issued orders to increase restrictions on several businesses on July 28, due to an increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the commonwealth. Officials ordered the closure of all bars statewide, starting July 28 and through at least Aug. 11, and ordered restaurants to reduce capacity limits to indoor service to 25 percent. Restaurants may continue offering outdoor service without capacity limits, but following social-distancing measures. State authorities have also requested public and private schools to avoid offering in-person lessons until at least the third week of August.

Connecticut: Authorities in Connecticut have issued an update to the list of states from which travelers are subject to mandatory quarantine upon arrival as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, as well as Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico, were added to the list. As of July 28, all individuals entering Connecticut from the following states must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

New York: On July 28, authorities in New York have issued an update to the list of states from which travelers are subject to mandatory quarantine upon arrival as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, as well as Puerto Rico and Washington, DC, were added to the list.


MDTI-WA-2020-660
Date: 29 July 2020

UNITED STATES – NEW JERSEY’S UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 29, 2020

Country of Territory: UNITED STATED
Affected Areas: NEW JERSEY
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in New Jersey have released an updated travel advisory list delineating those states from which travelers are advised to quarantine upon arrival as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Illinois, Kentucky and Minnesota, as well as Puerto Rico and Washington, DC, were added to the list.

Travel restrictions:
As of July 28, authorities recommend that all individuals entering New Jersey from the following states and territories self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. According to the advisory, although self-isolation is voluntary, compliance is expected. Hotels in New Jersey have been asked to notify any guests arriving from affected states that they should comply with the instruction. Business travelers, critical workers, and seasonal migrant farmworkers are exempt from these measures


MDTI-WA-2020-659
Date: 28 July 2020

SOUTH ASIA – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 28, 2020

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

Afghanistan: International flights resumed in Afghanistan July 1, though availability is affected by low demand and travel restrictions on Afghan citizens and carriers; domestic flights are also operational. The opening of land borders with Iran and Pakistan is largely limited to trade – mainly import of essential goods – and exchange of stranded citizens.

Bhutan: Ongoing restrictions on entry and re-entry for all foreigners with any visa or work and immigration permits 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; officials have also severely restricted cargo transport. Authorities have increased security at informal border crossings. Officials had earlier mandated thermal scanning at all entry points; although passenger traffic at land crossings with India is limited, crossborder 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 resumed some international flights June 16, and intend to reopen more flight routes in the coming weeks gradually. All citizens and foreigners exiting the country via flight – except children below the age of 10, holders of diplomatic, official, or international organizations’ passports, as well as foreigners who have stayed in Bangladesh for less than 14 days – must obtain medical certification from a government-approved facility confirming a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result. Limited domestic passenger flights have resumed since June 1, though cancellations are likely due to low demand. Land borders with India and Myanmar are closed to travelers.

India: Most international flights remain banned through at least July 31. Authorities are allowing limited commercial flights with France, Germany, and the US through Aug. 31. However, entry is limited to currently permitted categories of travelers: Indian citizens, Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders and their relatives, business travelers other than those with B-3 sporting visas, holders of diplomatic, official, or UN/international organization and their family members. Authorities may introduce similar measures with other countries such as the UK and the UAE. Charter services for business travelers, family members of official or diplomatic visa holders, and OCI cardholders and their relatives are allowed, provided they obtain a fresh visa. Authorities have suspended visa issuance and canceled previously issued visas of all other international travelers – except diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, and project visas. Travelers already in the country may receive visa extensions upon online application. Passengers arriving from abroad are subject to mandatory 14-day quarantines. Those planning on essential travel to India can contact Indian consulates for visa issuance after medical checks. Domestic flights resumed May 25. Indian authorities stopped passenger traffic at all land, river, and sea ports since March 18. 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: Authorities reopened borders July 15 for all foreigners with on-arrival visas and pre-booked accommodation at venues approved by the Ministry of Tourism; asymptomatic entrants neither need to produce negative COVID-19 test results nor undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing or quarantine in the Maldives. International and domestic flights, as well as maritime transport, are operational. Officials may modify restrictions at short notice, depending on local cases.

Nepal: Nepal is maintaining a ban on all inbound and outbound international passenger flights, as well as domestic passenger flights until Aug. 17. Authorities have been exempting charter flights repatriating stranded citizens and providing essential goods and services. Officials have 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 results of a swab test conducted within seven days before the intended travel date that demonstrates that the individual is free of COVID-19. Additionally, Nepal is barring those with travel or transit history to Europe, Gulf Arab countries, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea from entering. Foreigners already in Nepal will receive a free visa extension until officials lift exit restrictions. Closure of all land border crossings for non-repatriation passenger traffic with India and China remain in place; authorities permit limited cargo transit.

Pakistan: Authorities are exempting Pakistani citizens from an ongoing ban on inbound international commercial passenger flights since June 20; however, only limited flights – mainly from the Middle East – will operate to serve stranded Pakistanis. Foreign nationals remain barred from entering Pakistan through commercial flights pending further notice. Limited outbound international services, repatriation flights organized by consulates, and cargo flights will continue. Some domestic passenger flights have resumed from airports serving Karachi (KHI), Lahore (LHE), Islamabad (ISB), Peshawar (PEW), Quetta (UET), and Sialkot (SKT) as of June 18; travelers must undergo health screening and practice social distancing. Officials are extending the validity of visas for foreign nationals in the country through Aug. 31.

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 are already in Sri Lanka may apply for visa extensions. 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 – to be halted. While domestic flights are unaffected, international passenger ships such as cruises and ferries are barred indefinitely; port operations for goods transport continue. Officials have indefinitely deferred plans to allow entry to foreigners from Aug. 1, due to new local COVID-19 cases.


MDTI-WA-2020-658
Date: 28 July 2020

UNITED STATES – PENNSYLVANIA RESTRICT CERTAIN BUSINESS OPERATIONS STARTING JULY 16, 2020

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

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued orders to restrict certain business operations starting July 16, to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Under the new directives, restaurants and bars can offer indoor services only at 25-percent capacity or a maximum of 25 people, including staff. All clients must be seated.

Additionally, all nightclubs must close, and indoor events of more than 25 people and outdoor events of more than 250 people are banned. All businesses that are able must allow employees to work from home. Gyms and fitness centers may continue operating indoors but must prioritize outdoor fitness activities.

Other restrictions may continue under the stipulations of Phase Green of the commonwealth’s economic recovery plan. Retail stores can operate at 75-percent capacity; personal care businesses and indoor entertainment venues may operate at 50-percent capacity. Local authorities have the authority to tighten restrictions if they consider it necessary. Additional local business restrictions and limitations on public gatherings remain in force in Allegheny and Philadelphia counties.

Travel restrictions:
Authorities in Pennsylvania have also issued guidelines to restrict travel into the commonwealth. As of July 24, officials recommend anyone traveling from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, or Wyoming to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The list of states may change in the coming days, depending on COVID-19 activity. Officials in Philadelphia County also urge visitors from those states and New Mexico, North Dakota, and Wisconsin to self-quarantine upon arrival.


MDTI-WA-2020-657
Date: 28 July 2020

NEPAL – DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS REMAIN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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

Officials in Biratnagar Metropolitan City are suspending all nonessential activities from July 27 until further notice due to increased coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Entry and exit are allowed only for essential services. Residents of affected areas are required to remain in their homes to the extent possible and utilize home delivery services. Although banks and businesses selling essential goods such as fuel, food, and medicines would likely remain open, panic-buying and associated localized shortages of essential goods may occur in some areas. While transport availability is significantly affected, industries can apply for special permits to maintain supply delivery. Nepalese authorities may reimpose similar movement and commercial restrictions in other higher-risk areas experiencing escalating COVID-19 activity.

Travel Restrictions:
Domestic and international commercial flights remain suspended as of July 22. Authorities are allowing chartered flights for humanitarian, cargo, and other essential purposes into the country.

Nepal has also suspended on-arrival and electronic visa issuance for all foreign nationals and nonresident Nepalese until further notice. Earlier, authorities mandated travelers to contact their local Nepali diplomatic mission for visa approval and submit a swab test results demonstrating that the individual is COVID-19-free within seven days before the intended travel date. Officials continue to advise 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. Intensified land border patrols to prevent unauthorized entry continue, especially along the India-Nepal border; sporadic arrests and clashes are possible.


MDTI-WA-2020-656
Date: 28 July 2020

HONG KONG – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 27, 2020

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

Hong Kong continues to expand restrictions to counter an ongoing rise in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the territory. Authorities will ban public gatherings of more than two people from July 29. Officials will also expand a requirement for residents to wear face coverings in all outdoor public areas. Face coverings are already mandated on public transport and in indoor public areas, except office spaces. The government will also suspend dine-in services at all restaurants, though takeaway services are still allowed. The measures will remain in place through at least Aug. 7.

Travel Restrictions:
All nonresident foreign nationals remain prohibited from entering or transiting the territory. Authorities require a health certificate with evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result for arriving passengers from designated “high-risk” countries, including Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Nepal, and South Africa. The measure will also apply to travelers from the US and Kazakhstan from July 29. All arrivals from high-risk countries will be required to undergo a two-week quarantine in government-designated hotels.

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. Authorities have permitted some mainland Chinese teachers and students, as well as businesspeople whose activities officials deem economically beneficial to the territory, to enter Hong Kong without undergoing a mandatory 14-day quarantine.


MDTI-WA-2020-655
Date: 27 July 2020

UNITED STATES – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS OF SEVERAL STATES AS OF JULY 27, 2020

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

Arizona: Arizona Governor issued an executive order to extend business and gathering restrictions currently in place until further notice, due to an increase in COVID-19 activity in the state. The orders will be revised every 14 days. According to the directives, organized events of more than 50 people are banned, even if social distancing measures are in place. Bars, indoor gyms and fitness centers, indoor movie theaters, water parks, and tubing operations must remain closed. Officials have also suspended the issuance of licenses for special events. Indoor services at restaurants must be limited at 50-percent capacity. Pools can remain open, but gatherings of more than 10 people in or around pools will be banned.

State authorities have also allowed local officials to impose orders for residents to wear masks if they choose to. Officials in Tucson and Phoenix have imposed such measures. All residents, especially those 65 years or older or those with underlying medical conditions, are advised to limit their time outside their homes and maintain an appropriate distance from people from outside their household.

District of Columbia – Washington, DC Mayor issued orders to impose restrictions on travelers entering the District from certain US states starting July 27, while maintaining other business restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Travelers entering Washington, DC, for nonessential activities from states with a seven-day average of 10 daily new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents must self-quarantine for 14 days. The list of states will be published July 27, and it will be reviewed every 14 days. Maryland and Virginia will be exempted.

Essential businesses, such as pharmacies, grocery stores, and banks, as well as those in the energy, telecommunications, agriculture, transport, construction, media, and security industries, continue to operate and have not been subject to mandatory closures. Essential government services continue to be provided. All businesses must implement enhanced sanitation procedures and social distancing measures, among other special measures aimed at preventing any upswing in COVID-19 activity. All businesses are encouraged to allow employers to work from home whenever possible.

Kansas: As of July 24, Kansas Governor has maintained an order requiring travelers entering the state from certain locations to self-quarantine, while officials in several counties have imposed additional business restrictions due to an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. As of July 24, travelers entering the state from the US states of Arizona and Florida, as well as passengers from cruise ships or river cruises, must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Travelers arriving from multiple international destinations, including Bahrain, French Guiana, China, Iran, the European Schengen Area, the UK, Ireland, and Brazil, must also self-quarantine for 14 days. Additionally, residents statewide must wear face coverings whenever they are in public.

While orders restricting businesses and gatherings have been lifted statewide, officials in multiple counties are imposing new restrictions. Authorities in Sedgwick county have ordered bars and nightclubs to close and personal care businesses to operate by appointment only starting July 24. Social gatherings of more than 15 people are banned. Officials in Wyandotte and Douglas counties will maintain current restrictions until further notice, including a ban on groups larger than 45 people. Businesses can operate at 75-percent capacity. In Douglas county, bars and nightclubs cannot operate.

West Virginia: As of July 24, authorities in West Virginia have imposed additional restrictions due to an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in recent weeks. All residents over the age of eight must wear facemasks whenever they are in indoor public settings and social distancing cannot be maintained. Additionally, officials have ordered the statewide cancellation of all fairs, festivals, and concerts, both indoors and outdoors, and have reduced the number of people allowed in social gatherings from 100 to 25. This limit does not apply to businesses or certain events such as religious ceremonies, weddings, or conferences. State authorities have also ordered the closure of all bars in Monongalia county, which includes the city of Morgantown, until at least Aug. 3.

Otherwise, the state maintains the same restrictions since week 10 of its economic recovery plan. Most nonessential businesses and other facilities, including casinos, movie theaters, bars, restaurants, barbershops, hair salons, and gyms, as well as amusement parks, can operate. All establishments that reopen are required to comply with certain mandates aimed at preventing the further spread of the virus, including directives on enhanced sanitization procedures, use of personal protective equipment, and social distancing guidelines.


MDTI-WA-2020-654
Date: 27 July 2020

EUROPE – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS OF SEVERAL COUNTRIES AS OF JULY 27, 2020

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

Belgium: Belgium is maintaining international travel restrictions as of July 24 as part of efforts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities have removed entry restrictions on travelers from most EU and Schengen Area countries, and the UK, though arrivals from zones of high COVID-19 activity within Portugal, Spain, the UK – as designated by the Department of Foreign Affairs – currently require a COVID-19 test and 14-days of self-isolation. Nonessential travel from other countries remains prohibited, and any arrivals will also require testing and 14-days’ self-isolation; exceptions are in effect for persons engaged in certain types of essential travel, such as diplomats, health workers, and cargo transport staff.

Most nonessential businesses in Belgium have now reopened, providing they comply with strict hygiene and social distancing requirements. Protective masks are mandatory in crowded public spaces, including on public transport. Public gatherings of up to 200 people are permitted at indoor venues and up to 400 people at outdoor venues. Private social gatherings of more than 15 people from different households are prohibited.

Denmark: Denmark is maintaining international travel restrictions as of July 24 as part of efforts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities have removed entry restrictions on travelers from all EU and Schengen Area countries, except Portugal and Luxembourg. Swedish residents from outside of Blekinge, Kronoberg, Skane, and Vasterbotten counties still face restrictions. Travelers from locations outside of the EU and Schengen Area, with the exception of those arriving from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, the UK, and Uruguay, also remain subject to restrictions. For those locations where restrictions remain in place, arrivals are only permitted for essential purposes, including for urgent family and business reasons; proof of the reason for travel is required. Danish nationals and residents are permitted to enter the country without restriction from any location.

Most nonessential businesses have reopened in Denmark, subject to strict hygiene and social distancing measures. Indoor sports venues, higher education facilities, and nightclubs will remain closed until at least early August, when authorities are expecting to move into the fourth and final phase of their COVID-19 de-restriction strategy. Public gatherings of more than 50 people remain prohibited.

Finland: Authorities in Finland will suspend entry for travelers from Australia and Algeria from July 27 due to an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection rates in those two countries. Authorities will also reimpose internal border controls for travelers arriving from Austria, Slovenia, and Switzerland; travelers from these countries, as well as Spain, Luxembourg, Portugal, Poland, France, Sweden, and the Czech Republic, which were previously added to the list, will be urged to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

As of July 27, there will no internal border controls for travelers from Andorra, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, San Marino, Slovakia, and the Vatican. Travel will also be permitted without restrictions for several non-EU states such as China, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay; travel to and from these countries was permitted only for essential and work purposes until July 27.

Travel for all but essential purposes is prohibited from all other countries. Travelers from countries with which restrictions remain in force may be requested to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

Greece: Authorities in Greece have tightened land border entry restrictions from July 21 until Aug. 4 due to an increase of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in neighboring countries. Essential travel to Greece is only permitted at the following border crossings:
– Border with Albania – Kakavia, Krystallopigi,
– Border with Bulgaria – Promachonas, Nymfaia
– Border with North Macedonia – Evzoni
– Border with Turkey – Kipi

Authorities in Greece had previously reopened a number of entry points to international travel as part of the country’s COVID-19 recovery plan. As of July 1, all of the nation’s 27 airports, as well as seven seaports are open; travelers from the EU and 18 non-EU countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, South Korea, and Tunisia, are allowed entry. Nonessential travel from certain countries with high risk for COVID-19, such as Israel, North Macedonia, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Serbia, Turkey, UAE, and the US, will remain banned.

While travelers arriving in Greece will not be subject to a mandatory quarantine period, they will be required to complete a detailed declaration providing their contact details, country of origin, and travel history over the past 15 days, among other information. Authorities will conduct targeted COVID-19 testing of arriving travelers based on information provided in the declarations; persons testing positive for the virus may be required to quarantine for 14 days in government-provided accommodations. All travelers to Greece must abide by the country’s social distancing guidelines and wear protective face coverings on airplanes and at airports, on public transportation, and in certain business establishments.

Italy: Authorities in Italy have imposed mandatory 14-day self-isolation for travelers who have stayed in Bulgaria and Romania in the last 14 days from July 24 due to increased coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in those two countries. Authorities are allowing unrestricted travel to resume with all other EU, Schengen Area, and associated countries. Travelers from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay are permitted to enter Italy, but are required to register with authorities and self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Travel from all other countries remains prohibited, bar a few exceptions, including study, proven work needs, and urgent reasons such as health; all such arrivals are also required to register and self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

Previously, authorities extended COVID-19 related extraordinary measures through at least July 31. These measures include the requirement for individuals to wear protective face coverings in enclosed public spaces and observe social distancing of at least one meter (3 feet) where possible. Most businesses and activities are permitted to resume, provided strict social distancing and hygiene requirements are enforced.

Authorities have removed restrictions on interregional travel within Italy; however, regional authorities may require health screenings for arrivals. Interregional rail schedules have increased, though all passengers are subject to a mandatory temperature check before boarding. Any individuals displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are not permitted to travel and must remain home.

Norway: Authorities in Norway will update their entry restrictions introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from July 25. From this date, travelers from Spain and Andorra will be added to the list of red countries; Hungary and the regions of Varmland, Orebro, Ostre Gotaland and Kalmarwill in Sweden will be now marked as green. Travelers from countries designated green do not need to self-isolate on arrival, while arrivals from red countries must self-isolate for 10 days. Current red designated countries, in addition to Spain and Andorra, are Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, and all of Sweden, apart from the counties of Skane, Blekinge, Kronoberg, Varmland, Orebro, Ostre Gotaland, and Kalmar. Most travelers from all other countries are currently prohibited from entry, excluding those with close family in Norway and individuals who have been granted permits to work or study in Norway; in these cases, arrivals are required to self-isolate for 10 days.

Authorities have previously eased a number of domestic restrictions. As of July 17, most businesses and activities are permitted to resume, provided strict hygiene measures are adhered to. Public gatherings of up to 200 people are permitted; private gatherings may not exceed 20 attendees. Authorities are not currently advising individuals to wear face coverings.

United Kingdom: Effective 0001hrs July 26, authorities in England and Northern Ireland will reimpose a directive requiring all travelers arriving from Spain to self-quarantine for 14 days due to a recent spike in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in that country. While the governments of Wales and Scotland have as yet made no official announcements on the matter, it is likely that they will implement similar measures over the coming days. Scotland had only placed Spain on its list of “exempted countries,” thereby lifting its earlier requirement that travelers arriving from there self-isolate, as of July 23.

Authorities had earlier exempted travelers arriving from 75 countries and overseas territories, including Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and New Zealand – and, initially, Spain – from a requirement to self-isolate for 14 days upon entering the UK. The exempted countries had been assessed to pose a reduced threat from COVID-19. All international travelers entering the UK must provide contact details, as well as their travel history over the previous 14 days. International passengers of any nationality arriving by air, rail, or ferry from a nonexempt location are required to self-isolate for 14 days; health officials may perform spot checks to ensure compliance. Persons without suitable accommodations will be required to stay in facilities arranged by the government at their own expense. Freight drivers and healthcare workers are exempt from the requirement. Authorities in Scotland plan to lift quarantine requirements for travelers from Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as of July 28 following a decrease in COVID-19 activity in those countries.


MDTI-WA-2020-653
Date: 27 July 2020

RUSSIA – RESUMES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS BEGINNING AUGUST 1, 2020

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

Authorities in Russia will allow international flights to and from Russia to resume from Aug. 1 after a four-month suspension due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. In the early phases, passengers will be able to fly via Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO), Vnukovo Airport (VKO), and Domodedovo Airport (DME) in Moscow, Pulkovo Airport in Saint Petersburg (LED), and Rostov-on-Don Airport (RVI) to the current three pre-approved countries of the UK, Tanzania, and Turkey. Only citizens of these three countries will initially be allowed entry to Russia.

Reports indicate that authorities are currently negotiating the resumption of international flights with 30 additional countries. Foreign travelers arriving in Russia will need to present negative COVID-19 test results taken no longer than 72 hours before departure; Russian citizens must produce a negative COVID-19 test within three days upon arrival or self-isolate for 14 days. All other foreign citizens remain barred from entry into the country with certain exceptions, which include for medical treatment or to care for family members. All entry into the country via overland border crossings, rail crossings, river ports, and seaports remains suspended; those mentioned above, freight transporters, and diplomats are exempt. Since June 9, Russian citizens have been permitted to travel abroad for work, education, family, and medical reasons.


MDTI-WA-2020-652
Date: 27 July 2020

JORDAN – PERMITS INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS FROM SEVERAL COUNTRIES STARTING AUGUST 5, 2020

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

Authorities in Jordan will permit international commercial flights from certain approved countries to resume at airports nationwide beginning Aug. 5. The countries on the approved travel list, which the government in Amman has compiled based on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity data, are Austria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Thailand. Authorities may update or change the list of countries over the coming weeks.

Travelers arriving from one of the approved countries must have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to their flight and must undergo another test upon arrival in Jordan. No passenger may leave the airport until receiving a negative test result. Foreign nationals will be required to provide proof of current health insurance for the duration of their stay. Furthermore, all arrivals will be required to provide personal details to authorities, download the government’s COVID-19 mobile application, and verify that they had stayed in one of the approved countries for at least 14 days prior to their arrival.

Jordanian authorities are continuing to gradually ease the kingdom’s COVID-19 restrictions. The government has shortened the country’s nationwide nightly curfew by one hour. The new curfew hours are 0100-0600. Additionally businesses nationwide may now remain open until 2359 daily. Medical personnel and other essential workers are exempt from the curfew.


MDTI-WA-2020-651
Date: 27 July 2020

KUWAIT – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 24, 2020

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

Authorities in Kuwait will change the nationwide nightly curfew from 2000-0500hrs to 2100-0300hrs, beginning July 28 until further notice. Workers employed in essential sectors, such as health, security, and construction, are exempt from the curfew.

Other measures taken by the government of Kuwait include:
– On June 30, authorities in Kuwait approved a three-phased plan to resume commercial flights from Kuwait International Airport from Aug. 1. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will oversee a three-phased plan, where flight services will operate at 30 percent in the first stage, 60 percent in the second stage, and 100 percent capacity in the third and final stage. Until Aug. 1, all commercial flights to and from Kuwait remain suspended. International arrivals are limited to Kuwaiti nationals and cargo planes.
– Protective face coverings must be worn in public. Violators may face fines or imprisonment of up to three months.
– Kuwaiti sea ports have been prohibited from receiving foreign vessels arriving from or departing to several foreign countries, including China, Hong Kong SAR, and Iran.

MDTI-WA-2020-650
Date: 27 July 2020

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 24, 2020

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

All inbound and transit passengers traveling to the UAE must have a negative COVID-19 test certificate from Aug. 1. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure and from a pre-approved lab. This excludes children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability. While the announcement says that it applies to all seven emirates of the UAE, in the past, regulations announced regarding the UAE have not always been applied to Dubai Emirate. Authorities have yet to clarify if this is the case.

Other measures in effect in the UAE are included below:
– Abu Dhabi residents are allowed to take 48-hour trips to other emirates. Residents must be tested in Abu Dhabi before leaving. Authorities will check results upon returning to Abu Dhabi. If traveling outside of Abu Dhabi for longer than 48-hours, residents will have to take a new test.
– If flying to Abu Dhabi, it is compulsory to have approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) and present a negative COVID-19 test result. Upon arrival, all inbound passengers will undergo another COVID-19 test. Some flights from Abu Dhabi require a COVID-19 test result before departure. Regular inbound flights for tourists and visitors are not yet occurring.
– International tourists have been permitted into Dubai since July 7. Arrivals have to download the “COVID-19 DXB” app. All travelers to Dubai, including passengers with a connecting flight, must complete a health declaration form.
– Foreign nationals whose visas expired March 1-31 have been given three months from July 11 to renew their documents, after authorities revoked an earlier decision to extend their validity through Dec. 31. Foreign nationals currently abroad have been given a grace period to return once flights between their location and the UAE resume.
– All residents are required to wear protective face coverings in public and maintain adequate social distancing.
– Stringent precautionary measures will continue to be enforced in public areas and facilities across Abu Dhabi and Dubai based on guidelines issued by local and federal authorities.
– Work permits were suspended effective March 19, except for internal transportation permits and employment permits for Expo 2020.

MDTI-WA-2020-649
Date: 27 July 2020

AUSTRALIA – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 24, 2020

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

Several states have delayed or instituted measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) following an outbreak stemming from a hotel in Casula, New South Wales (NSW), and due to ongoing COVID-19 activity in Victoria. Despite the outbreaks, many areas of Australia continue to have low levels of COVID-19 activity. The federal government continues to implement a three-step plan to ease gathering, business, and transport restrictions, and most states are in or plan to enter Step 3 through July. State and territory governments have the autonomy to move between the steps and determine the time frame for reducing measures depending on local COVID-19 activity, and restrictions vary by state. As of July 24, the following rules are in place:

Australian Capital Territory: The territory is following modified guidelines for Step 2. Officials are allowing social gatherings of up to 100 people. There is no limit on household visitation. Most businesses can operate with limited seating capacity and physical distancing restrictions. Retail outlets, restaurants and cafes, bars and clubs, entertainment venues, and personal services have reopened. Gyms can also open with capacity limits.

New South Wales: Authorities have tightened restrictions on hospitality establishments as of July 24 following the outbreak in Casula. Pubs, restaurants, and hotels must institute contact tracing and employ a COVID-19 safety marshal during open hours for establishments with more than 250 capacity or peak hours for venues with capacity under 250. Under current restrictions, groups are limited to 20 people, while venues cannot hold more than 300 people. Authorities are also limiting attendance at weddings and corporate events to 150 and attendance at funerals and places of worship to 100 people. Businesses must still adhere to Step 3 recommendations on capacity limits. Employees can still work from home when practical. The government is permitting nonessential travel within the state. Authorities require quarantined travelers to take COVID-19 tests. Refusal to take tests will result in an additional 10 days in quarantine. Authorities are requiring Victoria residents to reapply for travel permits to enter New South Wales, as officials have established a new border zone along the Murray River. Residents may reapply for permits on the Service NSW website. The government is only allowing people to cross the border for work, education, or access to health care. New South Wales residents who cross the border into Victoria beyond the border zone are required to self-isolate for 14 days after returning. Authorities are also recommending that individuals who have visited places associated with outbreaks get tested and self-isolate for 14 days.

Queensland: The state government has banned travelers from Liverpool and Campbelltown local government areas as of July 24. Nonresidents with a travel history to the two locations will be stopped at the border, while Queensland residents must quarantine at designated hotels at their own expense. Travelers from Victoria are also banned from entering the state, regardless of residency. The government is allowing gatherings up to 100 people under Step 3 measures. Nonessential businesses such as concert venues, theaters, museums, food courts, night clubs can reopen, provided they follow federal government capacity guidelines. Sports stadiums can also restart operations but remain limited to 50 percent capacity with a maximum seating of 25,000 people. The government allows nonessential travel within the state, except for trips to specific First Nations communities. Authorities will expand border restrictions to include people entering Queensland from Fairfield local government area from 0100 July 27.

Northern Territory: Authorities have allowed almost all businesses and facilities, including theaters, music and dance venues, bars, nightclubs, community centers, amusement parks, and state-operated public parks and reserves, to reopen. Businesses must complete a government safety checklist and continue to implement physical distancing of 1.5 meters (5 feet) or limit interactions to 15 minutes if distancing is impossible. Team sports are also allowed to begin, though events with more than 500 people require official approval of a distinct COVID-19 safety plan. The government permits nonessential travel within the state, including to remote communities. Authorities have reopened the interstate border and lifted quarantine requirements for most domestic Australian travelers. However, officials have designated Sydney’s 30 local government areas and all of Victoria as hotspots. People traveling to the territory from these areas will still have to self-quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.

South Australia: The state is currently following modified Step 3 guidelines. Officials have lifted limits on social gatherings. Authorities have also permitted nonessential businesses, such as pubs and nightclubs, gyms, and personal services, to resume. Companies must limit capacity to one person per two square meters (21 square feet). Noncontact outdoor sports are authorized. The government also permits nonessential travel within the state. From July 28, authorities will ban all travelers, including South Australian residents, from entering from Victoria. South Australia residents traveling from the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales will still be allowed in but will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Residents of the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales remain banned from entering. Authorities will also limit family gatherings to 50 people and weddings and funerals to 100 people from July 28.

Tasmania: Officials have extended a state of emergency declaration through Aug. 31. Officials are allowing home visits of up to 20 people. Nonessential businesses, such as bars, clubs, tattoo parlors, and beauty salons, have reopened; patrons must be seated at bars and clubs. Authorities allow indoor gatherings of up to 250 people and outdoor groups of up to 500 people, provided venues adhere to a density limit of one person per two square meters (21 square feet). Travelers from South Australia, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory will be allowed to enter Tasmania from Aug. 7. Authorities will conduct health screenings on arriving passengers and will require symptomatic people to be tested. Tested individuals must quarantine until the test results are released. If a person refuses to take the test, they will be refused entry into the state.

Victoria: The state government has extended the state of emergency through Aug. 16. Authorities have issued stay-at-home orders for Greater Melbourne and Mitchell Shire through at least Aug. 19. Security personnel are enforcing movement restrictions in affected areas. Residents of Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are required to wear face masks in public. Elsewhere in Victoria, officials allow five people to visit residences and limit public gatherings to 10 people, including at religious ceremonies. Most businesses, including restaurants, bars, and clubs, can operate with a maximum capacity of 20 people. Museums, libraries, and theaters can also operate with a limit of 20 people per indoor space. All businesses must ensure that physical distancing measures are in place. Officials permit funeral services with 50 people. The government allows nonessential travel within the state. Employees are required to continue working from home, if possible. Travelers arriving in the state must quarantine and receive COVID-19 tests on the third and eleventh days of isolation. Refusal to take the tests will result in 10 further days of quarantine.

Western Australia: State authorities have moved to Step 4 of its six-step recovery roadmap. The government allows people to attend sporting venues, concerts, and nightclubs, without seating requirements. Sporting venues will operate at 50 percent capacity. Officials have lifted gathering numbers provided businesses limit crowd sizes to one person per every two square meters (21 square feet). Gyms can operate without onsite staff. Most companies have reopened; officials have lifted seating requirements for establishments serving alcohol and ended customer registrations at food businesses. Nonessential travel is possible within most of the state; however, entry restrictions remain in place for some Aboriginal communities. The government has delayed plans to enter Step 5 of its reopening scheme until at least Aug. 1 from July 18. Officials also postponed plans to reopen the state border in Step 6 indefinitely. People entering the state must quarantine for 14 days, with COVID-19 testing required on the 12th day of isolation.

Despite the easing of border restrictions in some areas, state authorities will likely maintain roadblocks and checkpoints to prevent travelers from Victoria from entering. Many states are requiring cross-border travelers to complete health declaration forms. Authorities in states with border restrictions require all arriving travelers to self-quarantine for two weeks. Some state governments may require visitors from Victoria to quarantine in designated facilities at their own expense if they can enter. Only essential personnel are exempt from the requirement. Some state governments are requiring isolated people to take mandatory COVID-19 tests before releasing them from confinement. Refusal to take the tests may result in an extended quarantine period. Additional state governments may also issue testing requirements in the coming days, depending on their caseloads.

Travel Restrictions:
The government is limiting international arrivals in Australia. The reduction will cut seat availability by 4,000 weekly so authorities can focus on contact tracing and managing COVID-19 within the country. Several state governments will begin to charge international and interstate arrivals for quarantine costs at the urging of the federal government. Multiple states are requiring entrants to pay quarantine fees, including Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, and New South Wales. However, entrants to New South Wales who booked flights prior to July 13 are not required to pay for quarantine. Costs vary by state. 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. 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-2020-648
Date: 27 July 2020

INDONESIA – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 27, 2020

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

Indonesian authorities continue to implement large-scale social distancing measures, known as PSBB, in several localities as of July 27 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). A nationwide public health emergency declaration remains in effect until further notice.

Localized controls are in effect in several locations that are not enacting large-scale social distancing measures. Since July 8, South Sulawesi Province’s Makassar requires people traveling to and from the city to present health certificates stating they are free from COVID-19. Bali Province has allowed residents to resume visiting tourist sites since July 9, while domestic tourists from other parts of Indonesia can visit Bali again from July 31.

The central government requires intercity land and sea travelers to produce certificates stating they have tested negative for COVID-19. Domestic air travelers need to undergo rapid testing, which indicates the likelihood of a person carrying COVID-19, though it does not definitively confirm an infection. Passengers also have to show their identification documents and download the PeduliLindungi contact tracing application. Authorities are also requiring planes and public land transport to operate with 70 percent of their capacity, while private-hire vehicles and taxis can operate with 50 percent capacity. There is no capacity limit for sea transport, though other health protocols are in place.

Travel Restrictions:
Authorities continue to ban foreign nationals from entering and transiting the country, with exemptions for permanent residents, diplomats, and transport workers. Officials require inbound passengers to produce documents stating they are free from COVID-19; travelers without the certificates will undergo tests upon arrival in Indonesia and be isolated in government-designated premises until test results are released. Arrivals will also have to download the PeduliLindungi contact tracing application. Symptomatic passengers will undergo quarantine at government-designated facilities. Authorities will advise all inbound passengers to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Officials are also requiring individuals leaving Indonesia to produce certificates stating that they do not carry COVID-19. Indonesia’s central and regional governments have sometimes provided conflicting information on COVID-19 restrictions in recent weeks; changes to measures may occur at short notice.

MDTI-WA-2020-647
Date: 27 July 2020

CAMBODIA – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 24, 2020

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

Cambodian authorities continue to enforce restrictions to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of July 24, amid the easing of some measures. Schools remain closed, though officials plan to allow around 20 educational institutions to reopen in August with social distancing controls in place. Authorities have banned religious gatherings, though religious sites remain open for private activities. Several public facilities, including cinemas and karaoke parlors, remain closed. Casinos can restart limited operations, such as gambling and slot machines, after obtaining official approval. Museums resumed operations in June. The central government has earlier ordered garment manufacturing employees who have recently returned from their hometowns to self-quarantine for two weeks before resuming work.

Authorities passed a law, April 29, that allows the government to declare a state of emergency. However, officials have said that such a declaration is unlikely due to the low number of new COVID-19 cases since early April. Under a state of emergency, the government has the power to prohibit mass gatherings and limit people’s ability to move, among others. The government could expand its response in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country.

Travel Restrictions:
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 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 who test negative to self-quarantine; inbound foreign nationals will have to pay a USD 3,000 deposit to cover the costs, including USD 100 for the COVID-19 testing and USD 30 for a certificate stating they do not carry the virus. Cross-border travel with Vietnam for non-tourism purposes has resumed; travelers will have to adhere to relevant health protocols. Most border checkpoints remain closed.


MDTI-WA-2020-646
Date: 24 July 2020

UNITED STATES – SEVERAL STATES UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 24, 2020

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

Colorado: Restrictions in force in Colorado as part of the state’s effort to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) remain largely unchanged as of July 23, with only minor modifications having been made. On July 21, authorities issued orders restricting liquor sales through at least Aug. 20. Moreover, since July 17, all residents over the age of 10 have been required to wear protective face coverings whenever they are at an indoor public location, including on public transport, taxis, or any vehicle providing app-based ride-hailing services.

Authorities have announced guidelines that would allow some localities to move to phase 3 and further ease restrictions if they meet certain metrics, including a decrease in newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and increased hospital capacity. As of July 23, no locality has been certified to move into phase 3. Essential businesses and services, including pharmacies, grocery stores, fuel stations, healthcare facilities, media organizations, and those involved in maintaining essential services and utilities, such as critical manufacturing, security, and transport, have not been subject to mandatory closures.

Illinois: As of July 23, Illinois Governor is maintaining certain restrictions statewide as part of Phase 4 of his administration’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery plan, while officials in Chicago are increasing business and travel restrictions.

There are no requirements for travelers entering Illinois State; however, authorities in the city of Chicago are imposing quarantine orders for some out-of-state travelers. All travelers entering Chicago from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Failing to do so may lead to fines.

Idaho: Authorities in Idaho have ordered that the state remain under Stage 4 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery plan through at least Aug. 6 due to an increase in disease activity. Stage 4 had been slated to expire at the state level on July 24. While no new statewide restrictions will be imposed, now new COVID-related measures will be lifted, either.

Maryland: Coronavirus (COVID-19)-related restrictions in effect in Maryland remain largely unchanged at the state level as of July 23. Maryland has been at Stage 2 of its four-tier COVID-19 recovery plan since June 5, with no firm projections as to when the state may progress to later phases. At the local level, however, some cities and counties have imposed stricter measures amid recent surges in disease activity.
Ohio: Authorities in Ohio have tightened certain restrictions and measures as of July 22 due to an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. A new travel warning issued by Governor advises all travelers entering Ohio from states with COVID-19 positive testing rates of 15 percent or higher to self-quarantine for 14 days. The affected states are Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina, and Texas; the warning applies to all person arriving from these locations, including Ohio residents.

Additionally, authorities issued an order requiring all person in Ohio over the age of 10 to wear protective face coverings whenever they are in indoor public locations, in outdoor settings when social distancing measures are not possible, and when riding public transportation, taxis or app-based private transport services. The order enters into effect at 1800 July 23. Other restrictions in the state remain unchanged.


MDTI-WA-2020-645
Date: 24 July 2020

QATAR – ALLOWS INBOUND TRAVEL FROM SELECT COUNTRIES

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

Qatari authorities announced that they would begin Phase 3 of its plan to lift the country’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown restrictions from Aug. 1 which allows inbound flights from low-risk countries. Arrivals from low-risk countries must take a COVID-19 test and undergo a one-week quarantine.

National carrier Qatar Airways (QR) has resumed outbound flights to select destinations. Qatari citizens and permanent residents can travel outside the country and return at any time.


MDTI-WA-2020-644
Date: 24 July 2020

BRUNEI – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 23, 2020

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

Authorities in Brunei plan to further ease domestic restrictions from July 27 amid reduced coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity.

Travel Restrictions:
Most foreign nationals, including long-term pass holders, remain banned from entering or transiting Brunei. Foreigners with essential or business needs can transit through Brunei by land, with protocols in place. Measures include limiting the duration of the travel through Brunei, such as one hour for those going from Labu to Ujong Jalan in eastern Brunei or three hours for people traveling from Kuala Lurah to Sungai Tujoh in western Brunei. In addition, foreigners whose work relates to matters of national interest, such as the oil and gas sector and transport of essential goods, can also enter the country. Officials are requiring inbound foreign workers in the oil and gas industry to undergo COVID-19 tests before entering and upon arrival in the country. The employees will need to take the pre-trip test within 48 hours before departing for Brunei. Existing travel, student, and dependent visas remain suspended. Arrivals 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. Only people departing to seek medical treatment or to resume studies overseas can leave the country, after obtaining approval from the Prime Minister’s Office. Outbound local citizens and permanent residents who require COVID-19 tests have to pay BND 100 (USD 72), while outbound foreign nationals will have to pay BND 200 (USD 144); authorities have exempted students, government employees on official duty, and people with permission from the Ministry of Health.


MDTI-WA-2020-643
Date: 24 July 2020

BANGLADESH – REQUIRES MEDICAL CERTIFICATE FOR TRAVELERS EXITING THE COUNTRY

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

Bangladesh announced that all citizens and foreigners exiting the country via flight – except children below the age of 10, holders of diplomatic, official, or international organizations’ passports, as well as foreigners who have stayed in Bangladesh for less than 14 days – must obtain medical certification from a government-approved facility confirming a negative coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test result. The rule will apply to Bangladeshi citizens from July 23, and foreigners from July 26. Other domestic restrictions remain in effect. Restrictions on nonessential activity, movement, and entry and exit in red zones will continue for 21 days to stem the spread of COVID-19. Officials will make exemptions for emergency and essential purposes.

Authorities have reduced measures elsewhere nationwide. Businesses and shops are allowed to reopen if they comply with government-issued health regulations, though local limitations on operating hours apply. Public transport services have partially resumed; bus services for long-distance routes and Dhaka are operating at reduced capacity and are implementing social distancing measures. Rail services have also resumed as of June 26, albeit with reduced capacity and social distancing measures. Domestic flights partially resumed June 1 and are operating on limited routes.

Travel Restrictions:
International commercial flights resumed June 16. Visa-on-arrival services remain suspended until further notice. Authorities require foreign nationals traveling to Bangladesh by air, land, or sea to obtain a medical certificate within 72 hours of departure indicating that they are COVID-19 negative. 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.

Land border crossings remain closed for passenger transit, though trade is permitted. Ground freight transport has reportedly resumed through the Petrapole-Benapole checkpoint on the Bangladesh-India border as of July 15 following earlier disruptions. Trade at all other border points remains functional and limited mostly to essential products.


MDTI-WA-2020-642
Date: 24 July 2020

TAIWAN – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 23, 2020

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

Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has removed Hong Kong and Australia from its list of low- and medium-risk areas due to increasing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in those locations as of July 23. Travelers from Hong Kong and Australia will have to observe the mandatory 14-day quarantine. The CECC classifies Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, Laos, Macau, Mongolia, New Zealand, Palau, Thailand, and Vietnam as low risk, and Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Sri Lanka as medium risk.

The government will allow international travelers to apply for entry for medical care starting Aug. 1; the measure does not include aesthetic procedures and health checks. Applicants must apply at their local Taiwan diplomatic mission and present evidence of adequate health insurance, an affidavit for mandatory quarantine of 14 days, a health declaration, and a disease prevention plan from the treating facility. Approved travelers can bring two people, including family members, to Taiwan during their care; a third companion is possible if they are a caregiver or healthcare worker.

As of July 23, travel for tourism and social reasons remains banned. However, the following exceptions to the entry ban and quarantine requirements are in effect:
– The Ministry of Education is now allowing all final year students to return to the island. Students of all levels traveling from low- and medium-risk locations can enter Taiwan.
– Officials are allowing essential, short-term business travel for residents from low- and medium-risk locations. Business travel must be less than three months for specific activities, such as product inspections, servicing, technical assistance or training, and finalizing contracts. To be eligible for entry, travelers must remain in their home location for the two weeks before departure. Additionally, business visitors must provide documentation from a local entirety for the reason of the trip, full travel itinerary, a disease prevention plan, and results of a COVID-19 test.
– People visiting from low-risk areas must only quarantine for five days, while those traveling from medium-risk destinations must quarantine for seven days; isolation will occur at government-designated facilities. Travelers will also have to pay for another COVID-19 test before their release.
– Residents from Hong Kong and Macau can apply for entry for humanitarian and emergency reasons, to fulfill contractual agreements, or as part of a transfer within multinationals.
– Officials permit foreign nationals possessing an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) and Hong Kong and Macau citizens with residence permits to enter the island without a negative COVID-19 test.
– Foreign nationals can apply to enter Taiwan for internships and training programs, conferences and trade shows, exchange programs, volunteering and missionary activities, and job searches, among others.
– Officials will allow people in self-isolation or quarantine to apply to leave for up to two hours every other day for compassionate reasons, such as to attend or plan a relative’s funeral or to visit a severely ill relative. The option is only available if the returning traveler has been in isolation for at least five days, asymptomatic, and pays for a COVID-19 test before leaving isolation.

All arrivals, except business travelers from low- and medium-risk countries, must self-quarantine for 14 days. Authorities require 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 below six years old, or adults above 65 years old to the facilities. Officials require all people allowed into Taiwan to present a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test obtained within three business days of their departing flight. Health officials continue intensified screenings for arriving passengers, including blood samples from passengers who display or report respiratory symptoms or fever.

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) is allowing people to transit. However, passengers must connect with the same airline through TPE and limit connections in Taiwan to eight hours. Officials have cleared China Airlines (CI), EVA Air (BR), and Cathay Pacific (CX) to operate transit flights. However, connecting flights to or from mainland China remain banned. Taiwan is maintaining limits 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), though officials are reportedly planning to approve more cities in the coming weeks. CA and BR continue to cancel most flight services to mainland China. Taiwan is maintaining a ban on cruise ships.

Domestic Restrictions:
Authorities have lifted gathering restrictions on the island. The CECC has also ended passenger volume restrictions for highway service areas, national parks, and amusement parks. Most major cities have already opened nonessential businesses. Under CECC requirements, companies must ensure customers can maintain 1.5 meters (5 feet) of distance inside establishments, require patrons to wear masks when distancing is not possible, implement temperature checks, and participate in contact tracing efforts.

Transport has also resumed across the island. Officials have also installed thermal scanners at rail stations, airports, ports, post offices, and bus hubs. Staff will deny entry for any passenger with a fever. The Ministry of Transportation and Communications requires that passengers at transport hubs and inter-city buses, highway rest stops, and customers at Chunghwa Post offices wear masks. However, authorities may not require masks onboard transport after customers pass temperature checks and provide contact information unless there is inadequate space for social distancing. Enhanced screening measures could cause delays at transport hubs across the island, especially at airports in Taipei (TPE, TSA) and Kaohsiung (KHH) and main railway stations.


MDTI-WA-2020-641
Date: 23 July 2020

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA – IMPLEMENTED RESTRICTIONS REMAIN THROUGHOUT THE REGION UNTIL END OF JULY 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 the end of July. Cargo, humanitarian, diplomatic, and repatriation flights and shipments are largely ongoing.

Algeria: Land, air, and sea connections for passenger travel remain suspended until further notice.

Bahrain: Flights to and from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, and Morocco remain suspended until further notice. Travelers who transited through or departed from Iraq, Lebanon, or Iran in the 14 days before arrival will be denied entry, except for Bahraini or Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens. All arrivals are subject to health screenings and a 14-day home quarantine. According to Bahrain’s flag carrier Gulf Air (GF), international travelers can transit through Bahrain International Airport (BAH). Entry into Bahrain remains restricted to Bahraini nationals and residents, as well as other travelers holding a letter of prior permission to enter. Authorities have suspended on-arrival visas until further notice.

Egypt: Air traffic at all of the nation’s airports resumed July 1. All modes of public transport can operate from 0400-2359.

Iran: Authorities have lifted most COVID-19 restrictions; however, they intermittently impose sanctions on cities and areas where there is a sudden uptick in the number of cases.

Iraq: Commercial flights will resume July 23. The border crossings of al-Munzariyah and al-Shaib with Iran, and Safwan with Kuwait, will also reopen July 23. All travel between governorates is banned.

Israel: Authorities in Israel have extended the nationwide entry ban on foreign nationals until Sept. 1. Israeli residents are permitted to return to Israel but are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Israel’s flag carrier El Al Airlines (LY) has extended its suspension of regular passenger flights until at least Aug. 31.

Jordan: All flights to and from Jordan remain suspended through July 24; all land borders and seaports are closed until further notice. Travel between governorates has resumed. Authorities have reduced the nationwide daily curfew to 0100-0600.

Kuwait: All commercial flights to and from Kuwait remain suspended until July 31.

Lebanon: Operations at Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY) resumed at reduced capacity July 1. Land borders into Syria remain closed.

Libya: Movement and travel restrictions will likely be implemented sporadically throughout Libya through July. The response to COVID-19 has been disjointed to date, and communication concerning efforts limited.

Morocco: All international passenger flights to and from Morocco remain suspended indefinitely; however, domestic flights resumed June 27. The suspension of sea travel to Spain, Gibraltar, and France, and the border closure with the Spanish autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla on the north coast of Africa remain in place. Authorities have suspended all modes of public transport to and from Tangier until further notice. Officials will only allow residents in Tangier freedom of movement upon obtaining a special permit from authorities.

Oman: Authorities have banned foreigners from entering Oman indefinitely. 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: The Palestinian Authority (PA) extended the lockdown on all West Bank towns and governorates through at least July 26 due to an increase in COVID-19 activity. All businesses except for grocery stores and pharmacies are closed during this period. All nonessential travel in the West Bank is prohibited. Border crossings to the West Bank and Gaza Strip are closed to commercial traffic until further notice.

Qatar: Authorities have indefinitely extended the nation’s existing suspension of inbound flights. Transit flights are exempt from the measure. Foreigners remain barred from entering the country; however, authorities will allow permanent residents returning from abroad to enter, but they will undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Qatari citizens are not allowed to exit the country. All public transport remains suspended.

Saudi Arabia: Domestic flights have resumed; however, all international flights remain suspended until further notice. The King Fahd Causeway linking Saudi Arabia and Bahrain remains closed. Land border crossings with Kuwait, Yemen, and the UAE remain closed until further notice. Travel between provinces resumed May 31.

Syria: Authorities have lifted most COVID-19 restrictions; however, they intermittently impose sanctions on cities and areas where there is a sudden uptick in the number of cases.

Tunisia: Tunisia’s land, air, and sea borders reopened June 27.

United Arab Emirates: Emirates Airlines (EK) and Etihad Airways (EY) are operating multiple regular, nonrepatriation flights to several locations in Europe, North America, and Australia. Authorities will only permit passengers to fly if they comply with their destination countries’ entry criteria and requirements. Dubai began accepting international tourists July 7. Tourists must obtain a negative COVID-19 test obtained 96-hours prior to departure.

Western Sahara: Morocco’s travel restrictions apply.

Yemen: Movement and travel restrictions will likely be implemented sporadically throughout Yemen through July. The responses by the Al-Houthi rebels in northern Yemen and the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabo Mansour al-Hadi in southern Yemen have been disjointed, with 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 additional restrictions.


MDTI-WA-2020-640
Date: 23 July 2020

GEORGIA – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 22, 2020

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

Authorities in Georgia will maintain restrictions on international passenger flights introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through at least Sept. 1. Direct passenger flights will only be permitted with France, Germany, and Latvia during this period, via AirFrance (AF), Lufthansa (LH), and Air Baltic (BT), respectively, though flights are unlikely to be available before Aug. 1.

As of July 8, citizens and residents of France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia are permitted to enter Georgia without the requirement to self-isolate provided they arrive via direct flights only, fill in travel history and trip itinerary forms before travel, and submit to a COVID-19 test on arrival. Citizens and residents of Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Sweden are permitted to travel to Georgia but must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Most foreigners from all other countries remain barred from entry; the restrictions do not apply to Georgian citizens and their immediate families, and diplomatic personnel. Officials state that business travel from other countries is permitted to resume provided arrivals undergo a 14-day quarantine, or produce a negative COVID-19 test every 72 hours; specific business travel arrangements will be arranged between government officials and business sector representatives. Authorities are continuing to prohibit passenger entry via land borders.

Previously authorities in Georgia lifted most domestic travel restrictions and permitted most businesses and services to resume operation, provided they implement strict social distancing and hygiene requirements. Individuals must wear protective face coverings in enclosed public spaces, including public transport, and where social distancing cannot be observed.


MDTI-WA-2020-639
Date: 22 July 2020

SOUTH AMERICA – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 21, 2020

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

Authorities across South America will maintain travel, business, and movement restrictions of varying degrees through at least late July 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 local disease activity and the preparedness of local authorities to respond to the disease. The following measures are in place as of July 21:

Argentina: Nonresident foreign nationals remain barred from entering the country until further notice. Movement restrictions have been eased in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area, where residents may leave their homes on specific days of the week based on their national identification cars numbers. Public transport in the region remains restricted and is to be used only by essential workers. Movement restrictions have been eased in most of the rest of the country. Gatherings of more than 10 people remain banned nationwide.

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 in place since May, with most major population centers and departmental capitals categorized as high-risk, the highest level. Residents must remain at home between 1800-0500 Mondays through Fridays, and all day on Saturdays and Sundays, except to perform outdoor exercise between 0600-1400.

Brazil: Officials have extended a ban on entry for all nonresident foreign nationals by air, land, and water through at least July 29, with exceptions for passengers en route to another country. Most state authorities have imposed business and movement restrictions.

Chile: Officials have prohibited nonresident foreign nationals from entering the country until further notice, while Chilean citizens and residents must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. A nightly 2200-0500 curfew remains in force until further notice. Gatherings of more than 50 people remain banned. Additional regional restrictions and localized quarantines and sanitary cordons are in place.

Colombia: All international and domestic air travel remains suspended, and all ground and maritime borders are closed until further notice, except for cargo and humanitarian reasons. A nationwide lockdown is in place through at least Aug. 1. Additional restrictions are in effect in some cities.

Ecuador: A ban on international flights has been lifted, but all passengers entering the country must have tested negative for COVID-19 and undergo additional screenings upon arrival. Domestic flights are also allowed. Business restrictions and nightly curfews remain in place but vary by region based on local disease activity. In most of the country, a nightly 2100-0500 curfew remains in place, and use of private vehicles is permitted on certain days of the week based on the vehicle’s license plate number.

Falkland Islands: All travelers arriving in the islands, including residents, must self-quarantine for 14 days and provide the address of the place where they will be staying.

French Guiana: A ban on entry by most nonresident foreign nationals remains in place until further notice. Residents and citizens may enter for family, health, or professional reasons but must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Nightly curfews remain in place in most of the territory, and certain neighborhoods are under 24-hour quarantine orders.

Guyana: Officials have suspended all international passenger flights. Land borders and seaports remain closed to passenger traffic. Ferry services remain suspended. Cargo transport and humanitarian travel are exempted. A nightly 2000-0600 curfew remains in effect through at least July 31. Some business restrictions have been lifted.

Paraguay: All international passenger flights remain suspended and land borders are closed, except for cargo and humanitarian purposes. Most of the county has moved to Phase 4 of the nation’s COVID-19 recovery plan, except for the departments of Alto Parana, Asuncion, and Central, which remain under Phase 3 until Aug. 3. Under Phase 4, family gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed, as are cultural events with 20 people and religious ceremonies with up to 50 people. Under Phase 3, restaurants may offer dine-in services and gyms may open under strict guidelines.

Peru: The country’s borders remain closed to all passenger traffic and international flights remain canceled. A nationwide 2200-0400 curfew is in force through at least July 31, with some regions being under a 2000-0400 curfew. Some business restrictions have been lifted. Domestic flights have resumed, albeit under strict health-related directives.

Suriname: All land, air, and sea points of entry remain closed for passengers. A nationwide nightly 2200-0500 curfew has been in place since July 6. Some business restrictions have been relaxed.

Uruguay: Authorities have eased travel restrictions, allowing international passengers to enter for a number of reasons, including family reunification or business. All arriving passengers must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours and take a second test if they remain in the country for more than seven days. Limited international flights to Spain are also resuming. Some business restrictions remain in place.

Venezuela: All domestic and international passenger flights are suspended until at least Aug. 12. Most nonessential businesses remain closed, and residents must stay at home except to perform essential tasks.


MDTI-WA-2020-638
Date: 22 July 2020

UNITED STATES – SEVERAL STATES UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 22, 2020

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

Alaska: As of July 21, authorities in Alaska are maintaining travel restrictions as part of the state’s economic recovery plan due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Under the current directives, travelers from other US states or abroad will have several options to enter Alaska:
1. Travelers can enter the state if they have a negative result from a COVID-19 molecular-based test, taken within 72 hours before departure to Alaska.
2. Travelers can also enter the state if they have a negative result from a COVID-19 molecular-based test taken within five days before their departure to Alaska, and they undergo a second molecular-based test upon arrival. Travelers must limit interactions until the second test result is known.
3. Travelers can also take a COVID-19 molecular-based test upon arrival in Alaska and maintain quarantine until the results are known. If they test negative, they must still limit interactions until they take a second test, between 7-14 days after arrival. If they test positive, they must remain in quarantine for the duration of the illness.
4. Travelers can also enter Alaska without the need to self-quarantine if they have a previous positive COVID-19 molecular-based test, show no current symptoms, and have a note of recovery from a medical provider indicating their release from isolation.
5. Travelers who do not follow any of the previous options can enter the state but must self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival.

All travelers are encouraged to wear masks, maintain social distance, and enhance sanitation procedures.

Arkansas: Authorities in Arkansas have issued orders requiring all persons in the state to wear protective face coverings starting July 20 to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The directive specifically mandates that all persons 10 years of age or older wear face coverings when in any indoor or outdoor environment, except for private residences, where social distancing of at least 2 meters (6 feet) cannot be observed. Exemptions are authorized for persons with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent the wearing of a face covering, as well as certain professional activities in which a face mask would inhibit the safe and effective performance an individual’s job duties.

Connecticut: Authorities in Connecticut have issued an update to the list of states from which travelers are subject to mandatory quarantine upon arrival as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Virginia, and Washington were added to the list; Minnesota was removed from it. As of July 21, all individuals entering Connecticut from the following states must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Additional restrictions related to the pandemic remain in effect. Individuals are required to wear protective face coverings when in public and unable to comply with social distancing guidelines. Business disruptions remain likely.

Kentucky: Kentucky Governor issued orders July 20 reimposing some restrictions, and recommending travelers entering from certain states to self-quarantine, to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The new directives bans gatherings of more than 10 people, except in weddings, restaurants, stores, or public venues. Additionally, authorities in Kentucky have issued a travel advisory, recommending travelers entering the state from certain US states and territories to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. As of July 20, the measure impacts those entering from Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina, and Texas, as well as Puerto Rico.

Other directives remain in place, including a mandate for residents over the age of five to use face coverings in indoor and outdoor settings whenever social distancing of 1.8 meters (six feet) cannot be maintained. Most businesses are allowed to operate.

Mississippi: As of July 21, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has issued several executive orders to extend statewide restrictions currently in place, while imposing additional restrictions on 23 counties, to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The new directives will be in place through at least Aug. 3. In the 23 counties where COVID-19 activity has increased the most in recent weeks, authorities have ordered residents to wear face masks whenever they are in public gatherings or in a shopping environment. Gatherings of more than 10 people indoors, and 20 people outdoors, are banned. The affected counties are: Bolivar, Claiborne, Covington, Desoto, Forrest, Grenada, Harrison, Hinds, Humphreys, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Panola, Quitman, Rankin, Sharkey, Simpson, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Walthall, Washington, and Wayne

Additionally, authorities have extended the Safe Return order, which establishes several restrictions statewide, until at least Aug. 3. The order encourages residents 65 years and older, and those with underlying health conditions, to remain home as much as possible. Outside of the most-affected counties, gatherings of up to 20 people indoors and up to 50 people outdoors are allowed where social distancing measures are not possible; where social distancing is possible, gatherings of up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors are allowed.

Montana: As of July 21, officials in Montana, US, have ordered residents to wear face masks to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), while maintaining business restrictions unchanged. The state remains on phase 2 of its economic recovery plan. Residents must wear a face mask in counties with more than four active COVID-19 cases, whenever they are at an indoor public setting, and at outdoor gatherings of more than 50 people when social distancing measures are not possible. Residents under the age of five, and those with medical conditions are not required to wear them.

Additionally, under phase 2 of Montana’s economic recovery plan authorities urge residents to maintain a proper distance from others when in public, and for those 65 years and older and those with underlying health conditions to stay at home as much as possible. Nonessential travel should be avoided, and indoor gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed.

New Jersey: Authorities in New Jersey have released an updated travel advisory list delineating those states from which travelers are advised to quarantine upon arrival as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Virginia, and Washington were added to the list; Minnesota was removed from it. As of July 21, authorities recommend that all individuals entering New Jersey from the following states self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. According to the advisory, although self-isolation is voluntary, compliance is expected. Hotels in New Jersey have been asked to notify any guests arriving from affected states that they should comply with the instruction. Business travelers, critical workers, and seasonal migrant farm-workers are exempt from these measures.

Other restrictions related to the pandemic remain in effect. Officials have ordered residents to wear face masks in all indoor public spaces, as well as in outdoor settings whenever social distancing measures are not possible.

New York: Authorities in New York have issued an update to the list of states from which travelers are subject to mandatory quarantine upon arrival as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Virginia, and Washington were added to the list; Minnesota was removed from it. All individuals entering New York from any state that has a positive COVID-19 test rate must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The specific states affected by the directive as of July 21 are: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Business restrictions continue to be eased. As of July 21, all regions, including New York City, have moved to Phase 4 of the state’s economic recovery plan, enabling some arts and entertainment businesses to reopen, as well as social gatherings of up to 50 people to resume.

Washington: Officials in Washington State have imposed additional restrictions as of July 21 due to and increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in the state. The new measures include a ban on all live entertainment events statewide, indoors or outdoors, including drive-in concerts, comedy clubs, and music in restaurants. Moreover, restrictions on gatherings in counties currently under Phase 3 of Washington’s four-stage economic recovery plan have been tightened to limit social gatherings to no more than 10 people.

MDTI-WA-2020-637
Date: 22 July 2020

MOROCCO – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 22, 2020

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

Authorities in Morocco have eased a series of restrictions related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of July 21. Hotels can begin operating at full capacity, while intercity transport companies can do so at 75 percent capacity. Despite easing some measures, authorities regularly impose restrictions on cities and regions that experience an uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases. Officials reimposed a series of restrictions COVID-19 in Tangier on July 14 and in Safi, Marrakesh-Safi Region. Authorities extended the health state of emergency through at least Aug. 10; the measure allows them to enforce the lockdown measures that are in place in different regions throughout the country.

Officials allowed domestic flights and public transport, including trains and buses, to resume nationwide June 25. They have also designated some provinces as Zone 1 and Zone 2, according to COVID-19 activity. Zone 1 includes cities and regions, including Rabat and Casablanca, where authorities have eased COVID-19 restrictions due to lesser disease activity. Residents can leave their homes without a permit and access public spaces. All residents, however, must carry their national identity cards at all times. Authorities also allowed the resumption of some commercial activities; all businesses must operate at 50 percent capacity and observe the country’s social distancing guidelines.

Zone 2 includes cities and regions, such as Marrakesh, where authorities have eased only some restrictions. Residents can travel within the cities and areas they are living in without a movement permit. People who wish to travel outside must obtain a permit from local authorities.

International passenger flights are still suspended until further notice; emergency and cargo flights are exempt.


MDTI-WA-2020-636
Date: 22 July 2020

AUSTRIA – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 22, 2020

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

Authorities in Austria are maintaining a suspension on direct flights from Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Iran, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, United Kingdom and Ukraine through at least July 31 due to high rates of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in those countries. Cargo, humanitarian, medical, and expatriation flights are exempt.

Travelers arriving from UK, Sweden, Portugal, Bulgaria, and Romania must present of having tested negative for COVID-19 within the previous four days or undergo a 14-day self-isolation period. Travelers from all other EU, Schengen Area, and associated countries may enter Austria without restriction. Entry for third-country nationals from states outside the Schengen area remains prohibited indefinitely, though exceptions are in place for health workers, freight workers, diplomats, individuals in transit, and for urgent or essential reasons decided on a case-by-case basis.


MDTI-WA-2020-635
Date: 22 July 2020

GERMANY – MAINTAINS CURRENT RESTRICTIONS BUT REMOVES ENTRY BANS FOR SEVERAL COUNTRIES

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

Authorities in Germany are maintaining current restrictions introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of July 21. Authorities have removed entry restrictions on travelers from all EU and Schengen Area countries, and the UK; restrictions were initially maintained for travelers from Sweden, although these have been lifted since July 14. Travelers from non-EU countries, with the exception of Australia, Georgia, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay, remain subject to restrictions, including a mandatory 14-day self-isolation if arriving from a location of high COVID-19 activity.

Authorities have eased most internal COVID-19 measures. Residents are required to wear face masks in most public spaces, including public transport and retail shops; where possible, people from different households should remain a minimum of 1.5 m (5 feet) apart. Major public events, including parades and fairs, are banned until Oct. 31. Hotels and other short-term accommodations have reopened; hygiene and social-distancing guidelines must be observed. All retailers and nonessential businesses are permitted to reopen; however, limits have been placed on the number of customers in the store, and queues should be avoided.


MDTI-WA-2020-634
Date: 22 July 2020

UNITED KINGDOM – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 21, 2020

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

A lockdown in Leicester is due to ease from July 24 after a reported drop in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections; authorities relaxed measures in areas outside of Leicester City and the boroughs of Oadby and Wigston July 18. Residents in areas still under lockdown are being urged to stay home as much as possible; nonessential stores and schools are closed. In addition, only essential travel to and from affected areas is permitted. Authorities elsewhere in England plan to further ease restrictions July 25 by reopening fitness centers and swimming pools.

Authorities lifted a mandatory quarantine requirement for arrivals from 75 countries and overseas territories, including Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and Spain; the selected countries are assessed to pose a reduced threat from COVID-19. Scotland currently retains a quarantine requirement for arrivals from Spain, though authorities there announced July 20 that this measure will be lifted in the coming days. In addition, the Isle of Man lifted entry restrictions for residents only, July 20. All international arrivals to the UK must provide contact details, as well as their travel history over the previous 14 days.

International arrivals of any nationality arriving from nonexempt locations are required to self-isolate for 14 days; health officials may perform spot checks to ensure compliance. Persons without suitable accommodation will be required to stay in facilities arranged by the government at their own expense. The measures apply to arrival by air, rail, and ferry. Freight drivers and healthcare workers are exempt from the requirement. The measures are reviewed every three weeks.

The government mandates minimum social distancing of 1 meter (3.2 feet) for people from different households under most circumstances. Protective face coverings remain mandatory on public transport nationwide and inside shops in Scotland. Authorities continue to recommend citizens work from home where possible. Most nonessential businesses around the UK have reopened, though must adhere to strict hygiene practices, including limits on the number of customers in stores in order to maintain social distancing and the encouragement of customers using hand sanitizer when entering the premises. Retail workers must practice social distancing wherever possible.


MDTI-WA-2020-633
Date: 22 July 2020

JORDAN – PLANS TO RESUME COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS IN AUGUST 2020

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

Jordanian authorities announced July 21, a list of pre-approved countries that can resume commercial flights to Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) from August. Officials did not specify a precise date for the resumption of flights but stated that flights could start as early as the first or second week of the month. The pre-approved list of countries includes Austria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Thailand. Authorities may alter the list of countries depending on the evolution of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Authorities also announced procedures for the resumption of international passenger travel at airports. Passengers must test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before their flight and must undergo another test upon arrival to Jordan. No passenger may leave the airport until they have received their test result. Non-Jordanian citizens will be required to provide proof of active health insurance for the duration of their stay. Furthermore, all arrivals will be required to provide personal details to authorities, download the government’s COVID-19 app, and verify that they were in a pre-approved country in the 14 days before their arrival.

Officials initially suspended commercial flights, March 17, when they closed the country’s borders and airports to international passenger travel. The government has extended the suspension of commercial flights through at least July 24. The measure does not apply to emergency, repatriation, and cargo flights.

MDTI-WA-2020-632
Date: 22 July 2020

ISRAEL – EXTENDS ENTRY BAN UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1, 2020

Country of Territory: ISRAEL (EXCLUDING PALESTINE)
Affected Areas: NATIONWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Israel have extended the country’s existing ban on entry by nonresident foreign nationals though at least Sept. 1 due to an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Israel’s flag carrier El Al Airlines (LY) has extended its suspension of regular passenger flights until at least Aug. 31; cargo and emergency flights remain unaffected. Israeli citizens and legal residents may return to Israel but are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Arriving travelers who cannot demonstrate that they can self-quarantine at home will be isolated at a government-established facility.

Israeli authorities reimposed a series of restrictions nationwide to stem the spread of COVID-19 following a sharp increase in the infection rate. Certain restrictions on business and leisure activities are in force on weekends. While essential businesses, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, can remain open, nonessential shops, as well as malls, open-air markets, hair salons, barbershops, libraries, zoos, museums, tourist sites, and cable cars have been required to close. There are currently no movement restrictions on residents leaving their homes.


MDTI-WA-2020-631
Date: 22 July 2020

SOUTH ASIA – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 21, 2020

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

South Asian states are maintaining travel restrictions due to the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Some nations in South Asia are advising citizens to avoid nonessential international travel. Countries are also urging 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. These measures have expanded as in-country cases increase across the region.

As of July 21, the following restrictions were in place, modified, or planned:

Afghanistan: International flights have resumed in Afghanistan as of July 1, though availability is affected by low demand and travel restrictions on Afghan citizens and carriers; domestic flights are also operational. The opening of land borders with Iran and Pakistan is largely limited to trade – mainly import of essential goods – and exchange of stranded citizens. Enhanced health screenings are underway at all entry points – mainly land border crossings with Iran. As of July 15, Pakistani authorities are allowing cargo import and export through land ports on the Afghan-Pakistani border at Chaman, Ghulam Khan, and Torkham, as well as transit trade through the Wagah border at the Indo-Pakistani border. However, brief and occasional protests by transporters are possible at checkpoints in case of processing delays or rule changes. 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 if in-country cases increase.

Bhutan: Ongoing restrictions on entry and re-entry for all foreigners with any visa or work and immigration permits 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; officials have also severely restricted cargo transport. Authorities have increased security at informal border crossings. Officials had earlier mandated thermal scanning at all entry points; although passenger traffic at land crossings with India is limited, crossborder 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 resumed some international flights June 16, and intend to reopen more flight routes in the coming weeks gradually. Limited domestic passenger flights have resumed since June 1, though cancellations are likely due to low demand. Land borders with India and Myanmar are closed to travelers. Temporary shipping disruptions and occasional protests are likely to continue at lndo-Bangladeshi land ports, mainly the Petrapole-Benapole land crossing, due to grievances related to cargo transit rules. On-arrival visa issuance remains suspended, and additional travel bans continue for those with travel history to the EU or Iran since March 1. Permitted foreign nationals, such as business travelers arriving in Bangladesh, must provide a medical certificate (with an English translation) no older than 72 hours on their arrival, indicating that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Officials still require persons to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

India: Most international flights remain banned through at least July 31. Authorities are allowing limited commercial flights with France and the US through at least Aug. 1. However, entry is limited to currently permitted categories of travelers: Indian citizens, Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders and their relatives, business travelers other than those with B-3 sporting visas, holders of diplomatic, official or UN/international organization and their family members. Similar measures may be introduced with other countries such as Germany, the UK, and the UAE. Charter services for business travelers, family members of official or diplomatic visa holders, and OCI cardholders and their relatives are allowed as of July 21, provided they obtain a fresh visa. Authorities have suspended visa issuance and canceled previously issued visas of all other international travelers – except diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, and project visas. Travelers already in the country may receive visa extensions upon online application. Passengers arriving from abroad are subject to mandatory 14-day quarantines. Those planning on essential travel to India can contact Indian consulates for visa issuance after medical checks. Domestic flights resumed May 25. Indian authorities stopped passenger traffic at all land, river, and sea ports since March 18. 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: Authorities have reopened borders July 15 for all foreigners with on-arrival visas and pre-booked accommodation at venues approved by the Ministry of Tourism; asymptomatic entrants neither need to produce negative COVID-19 test results nor undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing or quarantine in the Maldives. International and domestic flights, as well as maritime transport, has resumed as of July 15. Officials may modify restrictions at short notice, depending on local cases.

Nepal: Nepal is maintaining a ban on all inbound and outbound international passenger flights, as well as domestic passenger flights until Aug. 17. Authorities have been exempting charter flights repatriating stranded citizens and providing essential goods and services. Officials have 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 results of a swab test conducted within seven days before the intended travel date that demonstrates that the individual is free of COVID-19. Additionally, Nepal is barring those with travel or transit history to Europe, Gulf Arab countries, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea from entering. Foreigners already in Nepal will receive a free visa extension until officials lift exit restrictions. Closure of all land border crossings for non-repatriation passenger traffic with India and China remain in place; authorities permit limited cargo transit.

Pakistan: Authorities are exempting Pakistani citizens from an ongoing ban on inbound international commercial passenger flights since June 20; however, only limited flights – mainly from the Middle East – will operate to serve stranded Pakistanis. Foreign nationals remain barred from entering Pakistan through commercial flights pending further notice. Limited outbound international services, repatriation flights organized by consulates, and cargo flights will continue. Some domestic passenger flights have resumed from airports serving Karachi (KHI), Lahore (LHE), Islamabad (ISB), Peshawar (PEW), Quetta (UET), and Sialkot (SKT) as of June 18; travelers must undergo health screening and practice social distancing. Officials are extending the validity of visas for foreign nationals in the country through Aug. 31. Authorities are permitting the exchange of citizens with Afghanistan; they have also lifted an export ban and time limit for cargo transit at land border posts with Afghanistan. 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 are already in Sri Lanka may apply for visa extensions. 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 – to be halted. While domestic flights are unaffected, international passenger ships such as cruises and ferries are barred indefinitely; port operations for goods transport continue. Officials have indefinitely deferred plans to allow entry to foreigners from Aug. 1, due to new local COVID-19 cases.


MDTI-WA-2020-630
Date: 22 July 2020

NORTHEAST ASIA – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 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). As of July 21, the following restrictions are in place:

Mainland China: Authorities continue to bar most 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; however, Guangdong Province has lifted quarantine requirements for travelers from Macau, provided they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and have not traveled outside the territory in the previous two weeks. Macau residents must complete a nucleic acid test, convert to a Guangdong health code, and complete a health declaration form before entry. Guangdong authorities are requiring a negative COVID-19 test result for travelers from Hong Kong, as well as quarantine for 14 days, unless exempted. 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, undergo testing in South Korea within 72 hours of travel, and undergo testing again during a one- or two-day quarantine in China. Authorities are also allowing “fast track” entry for essential business travelers from Singapore to Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang provinces and Chongqing, Shanghai, and Tianjin municipalities. Travelers must receive a special pass from an inviting institution, test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours of their departure, and obtain a visa. Passengers will undergo COVID-19 testing again upon arrival in China and isolate at designated facilities until their results are available. Business travelers testing negative will adhere to a pre-agreed itinerary and refrain from using public transport, except for private hire vehicles, for the first 14 days. The travelers will also have to download and use a health pass while in the country. Reports indicate the government is also allowing executive travel for some individual businesses under a similar model. Officials in many areas are enforcing quarantine measures for international travelers. Authorities are generally allowing nonresident passengers to stay in government-designated hotels at their own cost. While most quarantine periods are 14 days, some cities in border areas are requiring inbound travelers to self-quarantine and undergo medical observation for an additional 14 days.

Hong Kong: The government is maintaining a ban on all nonresident foreign nationals. Travelers from Macau, Taiwan, and mainland China are exempt from restrictions provided they do not have a recent travel history elsewhere. Arriving passengers must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon entry into the territory. Authorities have permitted some mainland Chinese teachers and students, as well as businesspeople whose activities officials deem economically beneficial to the territory, to enter without having to undergo quarantine. 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 on foreign nationals with a travel history to 129 countries, including Russia, the US, China, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and all of Europe, within 14 days of arrival remains in place. Officials also require all passengers 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 must undergo a 14-day quarantine period, either at home or in a government-designated facility.

Macau: Authorities continue to ban nonresident foreign nationals from entering the territory. Travelers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China are exempt from the measure but will not be allowed to enter if they have traveled elsewhere in the previous two weeks. Travelers from mainland China can enter Macau without quarantine or medical certificates proving negative COVID-19 status. 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 other countries or Hong Kong and Taiwan and 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. Authorities are limiting visas for foreign nationals from Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Pakistan; diplomats and people on urgent business travel are exempt from the restriction. The government is also requiring inbound foreign nationals to provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test upon entry and restricting flight capacity from these countries. 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.


MDTI-WA-2020-629
Date: 21 July 2020

SWITZERLAND – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 20, 2020

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

Authorities in Switzerland have lifted a ban on travelers from several countries July 20 due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity declining in those locations. Nationals of Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, Monaco, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and the Vatican City may now enter the country. Travelers from these countries may still be subject to quarantine if they have traveled to a high-risk destination within 14 days of entering Switzerland.

Swiss authorities maintain a list of high-risk countries from which travelers must undergo a mandatory 10-day self-quarantine from July 6. Officials will update the list regularly; countries included on the initial list are Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Iraq, Israel, Kosovo, Kuwait, Moldova, North Macedonia, Oman, Panama, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Serbia, South Africa, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the United States. Previously, authorities in Switzerland reopened all ports of entry to nationals and permanent residents of the EU, UK, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway; travelers from these destinations can visit Switzerland without restriction.


MDTI-WA-2020-628
Date: 21 July 2020

SPAIN – REINTRODUCES RESTRICTIONS IN SEVERAL PROVINCES DUE TO INCREASE IN COVID-19 INFECTIONS

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

Authorities in Spain have introduced localized measures to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in parts of the Catalonia Region until at least Aug. 1. An increase in the rate of COVID-19 infections has prompted the reintroduction of business and movement restrictions in Barcelona, Lleida, Noguera district, and El Segria district of the region. Residents are strongly advised to only leave their homes for essential trips, such as medical appointments and purchasing essential goods. Visits to nursing homes are banned.

Spain has been gradually recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Internal movement restrictions were lifted June 21; residents are now permitted to travel between the country’s different provinces. Authorities previously reopened the country’s borders to travelers from most EU and Schengen Area countries June 21. The land border with Portugal was reopened July 1. Spain also allows entry for citizens of 13 non-EU countries deemed epidemiologically safe by the European Council. All travelers allowed to enter will not be required to self-isolate upon arrival. Authorities have introduced a mandatory Sanitary Control Form that all travelers arriving in the country by air must complete. After filling out the form, travelers will receive a unique QR code that they will have to show on arrival at the airport.

Most nonessential businesses, bars, and restaurants throughout the country have reopened. Hotels, shopping centers, cinemas, theaters, public pools, and places of worship have also reopened, with the recent exception of the Catalonia Region. People may visit public beaches and other public spaces; social distancing guidelines must be maintained. Protective face coverings are mandatory on public transport and in places where social-distancing measures cannot be maintained; a number of regions, including Catalonia, require face coverings to be worn in public at all times, including when social distancing is being observed.

MDTI-WA-2020-627
Date: 21 July 2020

IRELAND – EXTENDS CURRENT PHASE RECOVERY PLAN UNTIL AUGUST 10, 2020

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

Authorities in Ireland have extended Phase 3 of the government’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery plan through at least Aug. 10 due to an increase in the number of infections. Phase 4 was previously scheduled to begin July 20. As of July 20, most businesses and activities are permitted to resume provided strict hygiene and social distancing requirements are implemented.

Ireland’s borders remain open for international travel, though airports are operating a reduced schedule. Anyone entering Ireland from abroad will continue to be required to self-isolate for 14 days; residents of Northern Ireland, freight transport workers, maritime workers, and pilots are exempt from this measure. Public transport remains largely functional, though reduced service is enforced in some sectors.

Authorities previously announced intentions to begin easing COVID-19 restrictions in five stages May 18-Aug. 10, which will include a gradual lifting of measures limiting travel, gatherings, and business operations.


MDTI-WA-2020-626
Date: 21 July 2020

SOUTHEAST ASIA – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 21, 2020

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

Countries in Southeast Asia continue to enforce travel restrictions and enhanced health screenings to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The following restrictions are in effect as of July 21:

Brunei: Authorities have banned foreigners, including long-term pass holders, from entering or transiting the country. Officials have also 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. Arrivals will undergo quarantine at designated facilities for 14 days. Officials require inbound foreign workers in the oil and gas industry to undergo COVID-19 tests before entering and upon arrival in the country. The employees will need to take the pre-trip test within 48 hours before departing for Brunei.

Cambodia: Officials have allowed cross-border travel with Vietnam for non-tourism purposes to resume; travelers will have to adhere to relevant health protocols. Issuance of tourist visas and e-visas, visa-on-arrival services, and visa exemption 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. 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 who test negative to self-quarantine; inbound foreign nationals will have to pay a USD 3,000 deposit to cover the costs, including USD 100 for the COVID-19 testing and USD 30 for a certificate stating they do not carry the virus. Most border checkpoints remain closed.

Indonesia: The government has banned foreigners from entering or transiting the country. The restriction exempts permanent residents, diplomats, and transport workers. Officials require inbound passengers to produce documents stating they are free from COVID-19; travelers without the certificates will undergo tests upon arrival in Indonesia and be isolated in government-designated facilities until test results are released. Arrivals will also have to download the PeduliLindungi contact tracing application. Inbound travelers who show COVID-19 symptoms will undergo quarantine at government-designated premises. Authorities are advising all incoming passengers to self-quarantine for two weeks. Officials are also requiring individuals leaving Indonesia to produce certificates that they do not carry COVID-19. The government has sometimes provided conflicting information about COVID-19 restrictions in recent weeks; changes to measures may occur at short notice.

Laos: Inbound travel restrictions are in effect through at least July 31. Most inbound travel remains banned, with exceptions for resident diplomats and essential workers, among others. Issuance of tourist visas, visas-on-arrival, and visa exemptions remain suspended. People wishing to enter Laos must test negative for COVID-19 at a medical institution in the country where they come from within 72 hours before the trip. Officials will require symptomatic arrivals to undergo tests and quarantine at selected hospitals. Other incoming passengers are required to isolate for two weeks at government-designated facilities; authorities may allow diplomats, employees of international organizations, and their family members to self-quarantine at their residence.

Malaysia: Authorities continue to prohibit most foreign nationals from entering Malaysia. Exemptions are in place for resident diplomats, foreign spouses and dependents of Malaysian citizens, and expatriate employees working in essential industries and their dependents. The expatriate employees will need to present a letter from their employer and obtain approval from authorities. Officials are allowing arrivals, including foreigners who can still enter Malaysia, to undergo 14-day quarantine at their residence. These travelers will also be required to download the MySejahtera mobile application. Malaysian nationals remain banned from traveling abroad while the restrictions are in place. Malaysian and Singaporean authorities plan to allow limited cross-border travel for some groups of people from Aug. 10.

Myanmar: Most international flights remain banned through at least July 31; relief and cargo flights can continue operating. Visa-on-arrival and e-visa issuance for tourism purposes remain suspended. Returning Myanmar nationals must undergo a 21-day quarantine at government-designated sites, followed by one week of self-isolation. Foreigners entering the country for business purposes, such as construction projects, will self-quarantine for seven days in the country of origin, before undergoing seven days of isolation at government-designated facilities upon arrival in Myanmar and seven days of self-quarantine at home. Businesspeople also have to obtain a document stating they are free from COVID-19 prior to the trip. Authorities had also announced that resident diplomats and UN officials may undergo quarantine at their residence for two weeks. The government has restricted cross-border movements, allowing only the transport of goods.

Philippines: Authorities plan to allow long-term visa holders to reenter the Philippines from Aug. 1. These travelers will need to adhere to several protocols, including having prebooked a quarantine facility and a COVID-19 testing provider in the Philippines. Other types of previously issued visas and visa-free privileges will remain suspended. Exemptions for foreign spouses and children of Philippine citizens and diplomatic staff and dependents will remain in place. Officials also said that they would not accept new visa applications. All arriving travelers will undergo a two-week quarantine at government-designated facilities. The central government has lifted a ban on nonessential outbound travel. People traveling overseas will have to comply with health protocols, including having travel health insurance that covers rebooking and accommodation expenses and signing a declaration form acknowledging travel risks. Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and uniformed personnel on official duty can continue traveling overseas.

Singapore: Authorities have banned the entry of short-term visa holders, with limited exceptions; 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 need to apply for government approval before traveling to Singapore. Officials are requiring all arriving passengers to submit an online health declaration up to three days before entering the country. Inbound travelers are required to undergo and pay for a COVID-19 test near the end of their mandatory 14-day quarantine or stay-at-home periods, with limited exemptions. Travelers from most areas are required to undergo two-week quarantine at government-designated facilities at their own cost. However, arriving passengers who spent the previous 14 days continuously in specified countries and regions can self-quarantine in their residences; this measure will apply to travelers arriving from Australia (except Victoria State), Brunei, mainland China, Macau, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Since July 20, people who had visited or transited through Hong Kong, Japan, and Victoria State, Australia, in the last 14 days will have to stay at a designated facility for two weeks; arrivals from these locations had earlier been allowed to self-quarantine at their residence. The government has advised residents to avoid nonessential international travel. Authorities are allowing business trips to and from select parts of China, including Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang provinces and Chongqing, Shanghai, and Tianjin municipalities; these business travelers will need to adhere to health protocols. While these travelers will not need to undergo two-week quarantine upon arrival in Singapore, they will be tested for COVID-19 again and must self-isolate in accommodations until test results are available. Officials are allowing foreign nationals flying with specific airlines from selected cities to transit at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) with precautions in place. As of July 21, only Singapore Airlines (SQ), Scoot (TR), and Silk Air (MI) are allowed to offer transit flights at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) with precautions in place; authorities are allowing transit flights from Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney in Australia; Chongqing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai in mainland China; Hong Kong; Osaka and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT) in Japan; Seoul in South Korea; and Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand. Passenger transit at SIN remains banned for flights to the affected cities. Singaporean and Malaysian authorities plan to allow limited cross-border travel for some groups of people from Aug. 10.

Thailand: Central authorities have suspended international inbound flights until further notice. The government has reopened 37 border checkpoints for the transport of goods and traders; foreign tourists remain banned from entering Thailand through border checkpoints. Officials have approved visa extensions for foreigners already in Thailand through July 31. Authorities have sometimes provided conflicting information about COVID-19 restrictions in recent weeks; changes to measures may occur at short notice.

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: Vietnamese authorities continue to bar entry for foreign nationals, with limited exceptions. Authorities stated June 24 that Vietnam was not ready to admit foreign tourists back into the country, even though officials started to issue electronic visas again to foreign nationals from 80 locations since July 1. These locations include Australia, mainland China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, the UK, and the US. Foreigners who can still enter Vietnam include essential and skilled workers. Individuals who can enter the country will undergo a 14-day quarantine at government-run facilities. Authorities have approved visa extensions for foreigners already in Vietnam through July 31.

MDTI-WA-2020-625
Date: 21 July 2020

CHINA – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 21, 2020

Country of Territory: CHINA
Affected Areas: MAINLAND CHINA
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Authorities continue to gradually ease restrictions across China amid reduced coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity nationally. However, mandatory temperature checks and health screenings are ongoing at businesses, tourist sites, and transport hubs nationwide. Officials require residents to wear masks in public areas across the country. The use of color-coded health passes – most commonly via a mini-program in the WeChat mobile phone app – to track individual movement and access to businesses and long-distance transport continues.

Domestic Restrictions:
Authorities have eased business restrictions throughout much of the country. Officials have allowed cinemas to reopen in low-risk areas of the country as of July 20. Nonessential businesses have also resumed operations. However, operators must ensure physical distancing in indoor areas and implement reservation systems, stagger entrance times for larger venues, and conduct temperature checks, among other measures. Production has restarted at industrial facilities, though some localized disruptions continue. Many companies that have resumed operations continue to restrict operating hours and implement work-from-home policies.

The central government previously approved the resumption of interprovincial tour group travel. As of July 21, at least 10 provincial and municipality governments – including Shanghai, Beijing, Hubei, Guangdong, Jiangxi, and Sichuan – have allowed travel to begin. Tourist sites can also receive visitors up to 50 percent of capacity.

Transport:
Ground transport has resumed nationwide, except locations combating COVID-19 outbreaks. Officials in some major cities require health codes to use public transport. Health checks are increasing passenger clearance times at airports, train stations, and subway stations.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) is allowing more international commercial flights to operate. The CAAC has tied airline flight volume to COVID-19 testing outcomes for passengers. If a foreign carrier achieves three weeks with no passengers testing positive, officials will permit one more flight on preexisting routes. If five passengers test positive for any carrier, CAAC will suspend the airline’s operations for one week and four weeks if 10 of the airline’s passengers test positive. CAAC will limit total international flights to 64 per week. Despite the resumption of more international flights, disruptions are likely to continue in the coming weeks. Authorities continue to limit Chinese airlines’ operations and limit capacity on aircraft. Many airlines have suspended services to and from mainland China due to health concerns and significantly decreased demand. CAAC has lifted all restrictions on cargo flights to airports in Beijing.

Travel Restrictions:
Authorities have banned most foreign nationals from entering China indefinitely, except for diplomatic personnel and C visa holders, which are generally flight and shipping crew members. Foreign nationals present in China before the ban are not required to leave the country. Officials are permitting essential business travel from Singapore and South Korea under fast-track arrangements. Travel is possible between Singapore and Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang provinces and Chongqing, Shanghai, and Tianjin municipalities. However, officials will continue to limit the total number of passengers under the program. Companies or government agencies can apply for special passes for inbound visitors, who will be required to test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours of their departure and obtain a visa; visa-free travel remains suspended for Singaporean nationals. Passengers will undergo COVID-19 testing again upon arrival in China and isolate at designated facilities (usually hotels) until their results are available. Business travelers testing negative will adhere to a pre-agreed itinerary and refrain from using public transport, except for private hire vehicles, for the first 14 days. The travelers will also have to download and use a health pass while in the country. Arriving passengers testing positive for COVID-19 will undergo health treatment at their own expense. Authorities previously approved a fast-track arrangement 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 again during a one- or two-day quarantine in China.

Officials in Beijing continue to divert 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 quarantine. The municipal government allows travelers in specific categories to self-quarantine; residents who live alone, travelers over 70 years old, pregnant women, and travelers with underlying conditions may seek permission to stay at home.

Governments in border provinces continue international movement controls to prevent imported COVID-19 cases. Authorities in Yunnan, Guangxi, Inner Mongolia, and Heilongjiang are restricting the movement through land borders. Most travelers, regardless of nationality, are barred from entering or exiting border checkpoints. Although exceptions are in place for cargo transport, backlogs are possible at border checkpoints. Officials in Guangdong Province allow Macau citizens to travel to nine cities in the province without quarantine requirements for all purposes. After crossing the border, Macau citizens can travel to Zhuhai, Dongguan, Foshan, Guangzhou, Huizhou, Jiangmen, Shenzhen, Zhaoqing, and Zhongshan. Travelers must still receive approval from Macau health authorities via an online application, complete a travel and health declaration, hold a green health code, and provide evidence of a negative nucleic acid COVID-19 test valid for seven days. Macau arrivals must also use the Guangdong Health Code to track their symptoms daily if staying in the province for less than two weeks. Guangdong authorities are requiring a negative COVID-19 test result for travelers from Hong Kong, as well as quarantine for 14 days unless exempted.

Authorities are enforcing quarantine measures for international travelers. Officials generally allow nonresident passengers to stay in government-designated hotels at their own cost. While most quarantine periods are 14 days, some cities in border areas require inbound travelers to self-quarantine and undergo medical observation for another 14 days. Authorities continue to conduct health screenings, including body temperature scans and nucleic acid testing, at ports of entry nationwide. Arriving Chinese nationals must also provide health information through WeChat before boarding flights.

MDTI-WA-2020-624
Date: 21 July 2020

AUSTRALIA – GREATER MELBOURNE TIGHTENS RESTRICTIONS DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 ACTIVITY

Country of Territory: AUSTRALIA
Affected Areas: GREATER MELBOURNE AND MITCHELL SHIRE, VICTORIA
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Victoria officials will further tighten restrictions for residents in Greater Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 2359hrs July 22 amid ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. The government will require all residents above 12 years old to wear face coverings or masks in public areas. Face coverings are not necessary while jogging, running, or cycling, but must be carried. The regulation will apply to delivery drivers or if traveling in private vehicles with someone from a different household. Officials have also banned residents from holding or attending weddings outside of the lockdown area.

State officials continue to enforce stay-at-home orders through Aug. 19, though officials have lifted a strict lockdown at public apartment blocks in Flemington, Kensington, and North Melbourne. Stay-at-home orders are affecting 32 locations in the Melbourne metropolitan area, including Wyndham, Melton, Hume, Whittlesea, Nillumbik Shire, Yarra Ranges Shire, Cardinia Shire, and the Mornington Peninsula, as well as Mitchell Shire. The order prohibits residents from leaving their homes except seeking or providing medical care, purchasing essential goods, going to work or school, and exercising. Residents in other areas of Victoria can only travel into affected cities and shires for the same reasons. Home visits are prohibited, and outdoor exercise must be limited to cohabitants or one other person from another household.

The federal government has diverted international flights from airports in Melbourne (MEL, AVV) per the Victoria government’s request due to concerns over quarantine capacity and effectiveness. Since July 1, officials have rerouted inbound flights to other states, effectively halting international flights into Melbourne. Incoming passengers will have to undergo quarantine before traveling to Victoria.

MDTI-WA-2020-623
Date: 20 July 2020

NORTH AMERICA – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 20, 2020

Country of Territory: MULTIPLE COUNTRIES
Affected Areas: NORTH AMERICA
Incident: COVID-19 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 August 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 Aug. 20. Officials are also maintaining a ban on entry for foreign nationals who, in the previous 14 days, have been in Brazil, 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 permanent residents who have traveled to the restricted country list within 14 days of arrival must self-quarantine for 14 days.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that incoming flights from the above-mentioned countries are limited to landing in the following 15 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) in Hawaii
– Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
– George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston
– Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
– John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York
– 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)

Citizens have been advised not to travel internationally. US officials urge all travelers entering the country to self-quarantine and monitor their health for 14 days. A ban on cruise ships with capacity for at least 250 passengers will remain in place through at least Sept. 30.

Canada: Authorities extended the closure of the land border with the US for nonessential travel through at least Aug. 21, and have barred nonresident foreign nationals from entering through at least July 31. 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 further notice. 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 have been easing business and travel restrictions.

Mexico: Mexican authorities have closed the land border with the US to nonessential travel until at least Aug. 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 of most countries worldwide. Officials maintain increased screening measures at airports for all travelers coming from the most-affected areas. Officials have asked all Mexican residents to avoid all nonessential international travel.

Officials initiated a four-tiered traffic-light system of internal restrictions June 1. State authorities are responsible for imposing the measures to curb the disease under the guidelines of a federal risk-level system, which goes from green, meaning the lowest risk of virus transmission, to red, the highest risk of virus transmission. Most parts of the country are at the red or orange levels, which permit some businesses to operate with limitations. Most states are following the national government’s guidelines and maintain restrictions on nonessential businesses; however, some have established their own risk assessment scales and have eased some restrictions. The status of each of the 31 states and Mexico City could change at short notice.

MDTI-WA-2020-622
Date: 20 July 2020

CZECH REPUBLIC – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 17, 2020

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

Authorities in the Czech Republic are maintaining current restrictions introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of July 17. Border restrictions were previously lifted for travel with most of the EU and Schengen Area, the UK, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and Thailand. Restrictions have been reimposed with Montenegro and Serbia as of July 13, and restrictions were never eased with Sweden; travelers from these countries must present a negative COVID-19 test on arrival or self-isolate for 14 days. Travel is prohibited from all other countries, excluding for residents of countries with which travel restrictions have been lifted, close family members of Czech residents, diplomats, transport workers, and for urgent circumstances decided on a case-by-case basis.

Previously, authorities permitted most businesses and activities to resume provided strict hygiene and social distancing measures are implemented. Face masks must be worn on public transport and in enclosed public spaces; the limit on public gatherings varies by region.

MDTI-WA-2020-621
Date: 20 July 2020

NORWAY – CONTINUES TO EASE RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 20, 2020

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

Authorities in Norway further relaxed entry restrictions introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of July 15. From this date, travelers from most of the EU and Schengen Area and the UK are not required to self-isolate on arrival. The National Institute of Public Health is monitoring infection rates in these countries; travelers from countries designated green do not need to self-isolate on arrival, while arrivals from red countries must self-isolate for 10 days. Current red designated countries are Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, and all of Sweden, apart from the counties of Skane, Blekinge, and Kronoberg. Most travelers from all other countries are currently prohibited from entry, excluding those with close family in Norway and individuals who have been granted permits to work or study in Norway; in these cases, arrivals are required to self-isolate for 10 days.

Authorities have previously eased a number of domestic restrictions. As of July 17, most businesses and activities are permitted to resume, provided strict hygiene measures are adhered to. Public gatherings of up to 200 people are permitted; private gatherings may not exceed 20 attendees. Authorities are not currently advising individuals to wear face coverings.

MDTI-WA-2020-620
Date: 20 July 2020

EUROPEAN UNION – REVISED THE LIST OF APPROVED COUNTRIES TO ENTER EU+AREA

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

The European Council has issued a revised list of countries for which Schengen member states should relax entry restrictions as of July 16. Non-EU residents have been denied nonessential entry to the EU since March 17 as part of the bloc’s measures to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities have removed Montenegro and Serbia from the list of approved countries due to the worsening epidemiological situations in those countries; no countries were added to the list. The following countries are on the approved list for travel:
– Algeria
– Australia
– Canada
– Georgia
– Japan
– Morocco
– New Zealand
– Rwanda
– South Korea
– Thailand
– Tunisia
– Uruguay
– China (pending, provided they implement a reciprocal travel arrangement)

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. The European Council’s recommendation is advisory only; individual member states retain the authority to unilaterally deny travel from countries on the approved list or to permit travel with countries not on the approved list.

Non-EU citizens from countries not included on the approved list remain prohibited from entry. Citizens of the UK are being treated as EU citizens until the end of the Brexit transition period Dec. 31. Persons exempted from the restrictions include family members of EU nationals, diplomats, foreigners with legal residency permits, crossborder and healthcare workers, and truck drivers transporting freight.

MDTI-WA-2020-619
Date: 20 July 2020

TURKEY – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 18, 2020

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

Authorities in Turkey have suspended all flights to Iran and Afghanistan as of July 19 until further notice as part of their efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Turkish-Iranian land border remains open for trade only.

International flights in Turkey have resumed from June 18 after previously being suspended. All travelers arriving in Turkey will be subject to health screening. Domestic flights in Turkey resumed from June 1. A government-provided HES (Hayat Eve Sıgar) code may be necessary for domestic flights for all passengers, while only Turkish nationals require the code for international travel. Authorities in Turkey have lifted the COVID-19 related 14-day home quarantine for Turkish expatriates as of June 13.

Additionally, authorities have lifted the nation’s intercity travel ban as part of its recovery plan. Intercity train service resumed on certain routes serving Ankara, Istanbul, Eskisehir, and Konya as of May 28. The use of intercity public transport will require a HES code. Places of worship were allowed to reopen from May 29. Several different establishments and facilities were also allowed to reopen, including cafes, restaurants, beaches, daycare centers and kindergartens, archaeological sites, museums, camps, and libraries. Moreover, civil servants who were on leave or working from home have returned to their workplaces. Authorities have also lifted restrictions on individual sports, maritime tourism, and fishing.

Authorities continue to urge residents to stay at home – unless they perform essential tasks – and comply with social distancing rules. Face masks are mandatory in crowded areas.

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

MDTI-WA-2020-618
Date: 20 July 2020

CHINA – BEIJING EASES RESTRICTIONS DUE TO MORE THAN TWO WEEKS OF NO COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION

Country of Territory: CHINA
Affected Areas: BEIJING
Incident: COVID-19 MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS

Authorities in Beijing have lowered the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) emergency response to Level III as of July 20, following more than two weeks of no community transmission. As of July 20, the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention is only designating the Huaxiang subdistrict, Fengtai District, as medium risk. People living in medium-risk neighborhoods face registration requirements, temperature checks, and must use health verification codes to enter communities. Residents of medium-risk areas cannot leave Beijing. All other neighborhoods in the capital are low risk.

The government is allowing businesses – including markets – and cultural and tourist attractions to reopen. Meeting events of up to 500 people may take place. Officials require residents to wear masks in all public areas and temperature checks to use public transport. Authorities will ensure companies follow social distancing precautions, including the use of masks and other protective equipment and temperature checks for employees. Officials have also implemented stringent checks on incoming food goods at points of entry. Venues such as libraries, museums and galleries, and public parks, can now accommodate patrons up to 50 percent of capacity; an online reservation system to enter such sites remains in place. The government plans to reopen sporting events, performance venues, and cinemas on a gradual basis.

Officials are allowing travelers to enter Beijing from other areas of the country. Residents of low-risk subdistricts in Beijing are also free to travel to and from the capital without proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Authorities have lifted roadblocks on main exit routes from the city. However, several provincial and municipality governments may continue to require travelers from Beijing to submit a negative COVID-19 test result within seven days of travel and/or undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Travel demand is likely to rebound in the coming days, though flight delays and rail transport disruptions remain possible.

MDTI-WA-2020-617
Date: 20 July 2020

SINGAPORE – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 17, 2020

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

Singapore authorities will require passengers arriving from some high-risk areas to serve stay-at-home notices (SHN) at dedicated facilities from July 20. The measure is due to increasing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in some countries. People who had visited or transited through Japan, Hong Kong, and Victoria State, Australia, in the last 14 days will have to stay at an SHN facility for two weeks at their own cost. Passengers will need to also pass a COVID-19 test before leaving the SHN facility. Authorities may expand the measure to other high-risk countries if caseloads abroad escalate.

The new measure comes as the government continues to gradually decrease gathering and commercial restrictions across the country. The government is allowing social gatherings of up to five people, has reopened outdoor recreational areas such as parks, and is allowing up to 20 people to attend funerals and weddings. Retail stores have reopened, and food establishments are serving dine-in customers. Shopping centers have reopened with social distancing measures in place. Schools have also reopened with distancing controls in place. Officials have allowed select tourist sites, including Singapore Zoo and Universal Studios Singapore, to reopen with a maximum of 25 percent of operating capacity since July 1. Authorities are requiring people to continue practicing social distancing measures, including standing at least 1 meter (3 feet) apart, when in public.

State carrier Singapore Airlines (SQ) and its subsidiaries, Scoot (TR) and SilkAir (MI), continue to suspend most of their scheduled flights. However, SQ and MI plan to resume flights to several locations through July. Singapore-based airline JetStar Asia Airways (3K) has also resumed routes to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and Manila. As of July 17, only Singapore Airlines, Scoot, and Silkair are allowed to offer transit flights at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) with precautions in place; authorities are allowing transit flights from Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney in Australia; Chongqing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai in mainland China; Hong Kong; Osaka and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT) in Japan; Seoul in South Korea; and Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand. Passenger transit at SIN remains banned for flights to the affected cities.

Travel Restrictions:
With some exceptions, only Singaporean citizens and permanent residents are authorized to enter the country. Authorities have banned entry for most 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 must 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.

Authorities are allowing business trips between Singapore and so-called fast lane regions in China, including Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang provinces and Chongqing, Shanghai, and Tianjin municipalities. Inbound travelers can apply for special passes and must test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours prior to departing for Singapore. While these travelers will not need to undergo two-week quarantine upon arrival in Singapore, they will be tested for COVID-19 again and must self-isolate in accommodations until test results are available. They are also required to stay in one of the fast lane regions in China for seven days before traveling to Singapore.

Despite travelers from Victoria, Hong Kong, and Japan being required to complete their SHN period as designated facilities, travelers from lower-risk areas are allowed to complete their SHN periods at their own residences, where applicable.

Authorities have advised residents to avoid nonessential international travel. The Johor Causeway, which links Singapore to Malaysia, is open 0700-1900 daily. Singaporean and Malaysian authorities plan to allow limited cross-border travel for some groups of people from Aug. 10. The government may reintroduce or expand measures in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country.

MDTI-WA-2020-616
Date: 20 July 2020

INDIA – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 17, 2020

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

India has announced a limited operation of international commercial flights with France and the US through at least Aug. 1. However, the entry will be limited to currently permitted categories of travelers: Indian citizens, Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders and their relatives, business travelers other than those with B-3 sporting visas, holders of diplomatic, official, or UN/international organization visas and their family members. Similar measures with Germany and the UK are possible in the coming days; authorities may rescind, delay, or modify such arrangements at short notice. Nationwide domestic measures to control the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are in place through July 31, with several regions reimposing business, transport, and movement controls in light of increasing cases.

Interstate and international travelers must typically undergo quarantine for at least 14 days; symptomatic passengers are likely to do so at designated facilities, while asymptomatic persons may complete it at home or paid accommodation. Those spending 48 hours or less in Karnataka State, or 72 hours or less in Punjab State, are exempt from quarantine; such travelers must apply for a travel pass beforehand. Testing is mandatory upon entry into Sikkim State, as well as Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory. State authorities are likely to modify guidelines at short notice according to the local situation.

Travel Restrictions:
Most international passenger travel remains effectively banned through at least July 31, with some exceptions for the repatriation of Indian citizens and foreign nationals stranded in India, business travelers other than those with B-3 sporting visas, and OCI cardholders and their relatives. Family members of those in India with diplomatic, official, or UN/international organization visas are also permitted to enter India. Mentioned travelers must approach Indian consulates for new visas, regardless of previous visa status; they may enter the country via nonscheduled flights, or limited scheduled flights from France and the US due to an ongoing ban on most commercial international passenger flights through July 31. Arriving passengers are required to undergo self-paid quarantine for 14 days; asymptomatic travelers will quarantine at a designated facility for seven days and at home for the next seven days, while symptomatic travelers will quarantine at a medical facility. Passengers seeking exemptions and waivers must discuss all intended destinations and transit states with authorities before arrival. Officials also require passengers to download the Aarogya Setu mobile application for contact tracing purposes. Authorities are advising Indian citizens to delay all nonessential international travel. Officials have suspended visa issuance and canceled previously issued visas for all international travelers, except for holders of most business, diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, and project visas. Foreign nationals already in the country can apply online to avail a free visa extension valid for 30 days after resumption of regular international commercial flights.

Officials are 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 July. The flights operate primarily to bring home Indian nationals who have been stranded abroad amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These flights serve airports in several countries, including the UK, the US, Bangladesh, Malaysia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and 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-2020-615
Date: 20 July 2020

INDONESIA – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 17, 2020

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

Indonesian authorities continue to implement large-scale social distancing measures, also known as PSBB, in several localities as of July 17 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Regional governments in areas with significant COVID-19 activity can apply to the central authorities to enact large-scale social distancing measures that are extendable up to four weeks. While measures vary by location, common restrictions in these areas include suspending schools and closing most workplaces, except for some essential sectors like medical and food supplies. Entry and exit restrictions are also in effect in locations implementing large-scale social distancing regulations. Exemptions are in place for government officials, medical workers, businesspeople in essential sectors, and people attending family funerals or visiting critically ill relatives, among others. A nationwide public health emergency declaration remains in effect until further notice.

The central government requires intercity land and sea travelers to produce certificates stating they have tested negative for COVID-19 to stem the virus’s spread. Domestic air travelers need to undergo rapid testing, which indicates the likelihood of a person carrying COVID-19, though it does not definitively confirm an infection. The passengers also have to show their identification documents and download the PeduliLindungi contact tracing application. Authorities are also requiring planes and public land transport to operate with 70 percent of their capacity, while private-hire vehicles and taxis can operate with 50 percent capacity. There is no capacity limit for sea transport, though other health protocols are in place.

Travel Restrictions:
Authorities continue to ban foreign nationals from entering and transiting the country, with exemptions for permanent residents, diplomats, and transport workers. Officials require inbound passengers to produce documents stating they are free from COVID-19; travelers without the certificates will undergo tests upon arrival in Indonesia and be isolated in government-designated premises until test results are released. Arrivals will also have to download the PeduliLindungi contact tracing application. Symptomatic passengers will undergo quarantine at government-designated facilities. Authorities will advise all inbound passengers to self-quarantine for two weeks.

Officials are also requiring individuals leaving Indonesia to produce certificates stating that they do not carry COVID-19. Indonesia’s central and regional governments have sometimes provided conflicting information on COVID-19 restrictions in recent weeks; changes to measures may occur at short notice.


MDTI-WA-2020-614
Date: 17 July 2020

CANADA – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 17, 2020

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

Officials in Canada have extended the land border closure with the US to all nonessential travel through at least Aug. 21, as part of the country’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measure does not affect trade or essential business travel. Additionally, Canadian authorities are maintaining a ban on entry for most nonresident foreign nationals until July 31. However, immediate family members of Canadian citizens or residents can enter Canada, provided they plan to stay for at least 15 days and are able to quarantine for the first 14 days of their stay. Other nonresident foreign nationals allowed to enter must be traveling for essential reasons, and must travel either from the US, or must be exempt from the restrictions by virtue of being temporary workers, international students, diplomats, aircrew members, or French citizens who live in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.

Persons exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to board planes to Canada, including Canadian citizens. Canadian authorities have also banned individuals displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19 from domestic air and train travel 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 – except for 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. All air passengers are required to wear protective face coverings, and all maritime and land passengers are encouraged to do the same. Officials have recommended all residents wear some form of protective face covering whenever social distancing is not possible.

Individual provinces have implemented their own COVID-19 response measures at the regional level:

Alberta: Outdoor gatherings of up to 200 people are allowed, while private and indoor gatherings of up to 100 people are allowed. Most business restrictions have been eased, and restaurants and casinos can operate without capacity limits, as long as they ensure social distancing measures.

British Columbia: Most businesses and services have been allowed to reopen, including retail stores, restaurants, personal care businesses, museums, libraries, office-based businesses, movie theaters, spas and hotels. Outdoor recreational activities and sports are allowed, and parks and beaches are open.

Manitoba: Persons entering the province from elsewhere in Canada are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, except those working in essential services, residents who routinely move in and out of the province, or those traveling from Western Canada or Northwestern Ontario. A number of businesses and services, including retail stores, barbershops, museums, libraries, dine-in restaurants, bars, gyms, and pools, have reopened with certain limitations. Gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed indoors and up to 100 people outdoors.

New Brunswick: As of July 9, any business that admits patrons where seating is offered for eating, drinking, entertainment, or socialization must maintain a list of names and contact info of those who attend and make the list available to Public Health Inspectors. Since July 3, travelers entering from other regions of Canada must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, except those from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Unnecessary travel into New Brunswick is prohibited. Restrictions have been eased in most of the province, enabling personal care businesses, gyms, and places of worship to reopen. Retail stores, museums, and restaurants have also reopened, as have outdoor recreational facilities, such as parks, beaches, and golf courses. Nonurgent medical procedures are allowed. Gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted. As of June 9, all residents must wear protective coverings in indoor areas that are open to the general public.

Newfoundland and Labrador: Since July 3, travelers entering from other regions of Canada must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, except those from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Gatherings of more than 10 people are banned, except for weddings and funerals where 20 people may gather. Retail stores, restaurants, outdoor pools, personal care businesses, movie theaters, gyms, and bars can open with capacity limitations. Outdoor recreational activities, sports, and summer camps are also permitted to resume.

Northwest Territories: Authorities are maintaining checkpoints at major interprovincial entry points into the Northwest Territories. Only residents of the Northwest Territories, essential and approved workers, those moving to, studying in, or transiting the region with an approved self-isolation plan will be allowed entry. Most travel into the region by air, land, or water has been banned since March 21. Most business restrictions have been eased.

Nova Scotia: From July 3, travelers entering from other regions of Canada must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, except those from Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. Also from July 3, organized events can allow up to 200 people indoor and 250 people outdoors. Social gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed. Businesses such as bars and restaurants, swimming pools, campgrounds, personal care businesses, and childcare centers can open, while maintaining social distancing measures. Public beaches, parks, and other outdoor recreational areas are open.

Nunavut: Nonresidents remain prohibited from entering the territory, with only persons working in critical services being allowed to enter. Returning residents must self-isolate for 14 days. Retail stores, gyms, pools, restaurants and bars, cinemas, and museums have been allowed to open. Indoor gatherings of up to 10 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed.

Ontario: Beginning July 17, most regions of Ontario will enter Stage 3 of its economic recovery plan. Under Stage 3 indoor gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed while outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people are allowed. Restaurants, bars, and other establishments may open for indoor dining with physical distancing restrictions. Casinos, sport, and recreational facilities may open given they follow proper hygiene and social distancing procedures. Convention centers, meeting, and event spaces, concert halls and cinemas are subject to distancing measures and gathering limits. Durham, Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton, Hamilton, Lambton, Niagra, Peel, Toronto, Windsor-Essex, and York Public Health Regions remain on Stage 2 of its economic recovery plan, under which gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed, and businesses such as personal care businesses, malls, and outdoor recreational facilities can open. Restaurants may offer outdoor dining. Professional services, pet grooming businesses, and construction projects, can also resume. The use of protective face coverings is mandatory on public transport.

Prince Edward Island: Events of up to 50 people are allowed, and social gatherings of up to 15 people indoors and 20 people outdoors are also allowed. Most businesses can reopen, following social distancing measures. Starting July 3, travelers entering from other regions of Canada must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, except those from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Quebec: From July 18, masks will be mandatory in all public spaces, those under age 12 and with medical conditions will be exempt from the order. All businesses are allowed to operate, following certain guidelines, except festivals, and major events, and vacation camps. There are no restrictions for travelers entering into the province, and tourism activities may resume. Gatherings at homes must be limited to 10 people; outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed.

Saskatchewan: From July 16, racetracks, rodeos, live performances in restaurants and markets, banquet and conference facilities, and trade shoes can resume. Gatherings of up to 30 people are allowed. A number of types of businesses and facilities have been allowed to reopen, including retail stores, childcare centers, gyms, malls, personal care businesses, farmers’ markets, parks, campgrounds, casinos, and drive-in theaters. Restaurants may provide indoor dining at 50-percent capacity. Nonurgent medical procedures are now allowed.

Yukon: Travelers from British Columbia, Northwest Territory, and Nunavut can enter without restrictions, while travelers from the rest of Canada are allowed, but must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Whitehorse. Most businesses have been allowed to reopen, and gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed.


MDTI-WA-2020-613
Date: 17 July 2020

UNITED STATES – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 17, 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 Aug. 20, as part of the country’s 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. US citizens or lawful permanent residents returning to the country or individuals traveling to attend educational institutions are also exempted.

Additional travel restrictions are ongoing. US officials have suspended entry for foreign nationals who have been in Brazil, China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), Iran, UK, Ireland, and the Schengen Area within the last 14 days. 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 15 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)
– Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
– George Bush International Airport in Houston (IAH)
– 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. Authorities advise all residents to avoid gatherings and crowded places, maintain a distance of at least 1.8 meters (six feet) from others when in public, and wear face and nose coverings. People 65 years of age or older and those with underlying health conditions are advised to remain at home whenever possible.

MDTI-WA-2020-612
Date: 17 July 2020

NEPAL – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 16, 2020

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

The Nepali government has relaxed some public transport restrictions as of July 16, amid other ongoing measures, tocurb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities are allowing intradistrict travel nationwide; interdistrict travel, however, will remain limited to the Kathmandu Valley region. The government continues to maintain other restrictions through at least July 22. Officials will continue to impose previously enacted commercial, gathering, and transport restrictions.

Nepalese authorities had imposed strict movement controls in multiple districts, including Sarlani, Rautahat, Kapilvastu, and Dailekh, due to increased COVID-19 activity. Authorities have not announced an end to these restrictions as of July 16. Administrative areas with COVID-19 clusters are typically sealed. No vehicle movement is allowed within, into, or out of such areas, except for essential and emergency purposes; business operation is limited to essential services. Residents must remain in their homes at all times, though they may be outside between the hours of 0700-0900 to purchase essential goods.

Additional Travel Restrictions:
Authorities have extended the suspension of international and domestic flights, apart from cargo, emergency, and repatriation flights, through July 22. Individuals or organizations seeking an exemption from the flight ban must obtain permission from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. Nepalese authorities will likely continue to ban most charter flights through July 22; however, authorities will likely continue to exempt diplomatic charter flights from the ban.

Nepal has also suspended on-arrival and electronic visa issuance for all foreign nationals and nonresident Nepalese until further notice. Earlier, authorities mandated travelers to 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 continue advising 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. Intensified land border patrols to prevent unauthorized entry have continued, especially along the India-Nepal border; sporadic arrests and clashes are possible.

MDTI-WA-2020-611
Date: 17 July 2020

PUERTO RICO – OPENS ITS BORDERS TO FOREIGN TRAVELERS

Country of Territory: PUERTO RICO
Affected Areas: ISLANDWIDE
Incident: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

As of July 15, authorities have reopened Puerto Rico’s borders to foreign travelers as part of the recovery plan to lift coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related restrictions. All arriving passengers will be subject to enhanced health screenings and protocols and are mandated to wear a protective face covering when arriving at the airport. Other requirements are being enforced:
– Travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
– Travelers without the required documentation will be tested at the airport and must remain in quarantine at the traveler’s expense while awaiting results.
– Travelers without the required documentation and who refuse to take a test will be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine at the traveler’s expense.
– Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 will be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine at the traveler’s expense.

MDTI-WA-2020-610
Date: 16 July 2020

UNITED STATES – SEVERAL STATES UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 16, 2020

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

Colorado: As of July 14, officials in Colorado have maintained business restrictions in place to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities have kept the state on phase 2 of its economic recovery plan, while announcing guidelines that would allow localities to move to phase 3 and further ease restrictions if they meet certain metrics, including a decrease in newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and increased hospital capacity. As of July 14, no locality has been certified to move into phase 3. Under phase 2 of the state’s economic recovery plan, all residents, especially those 65 years and older and those with underlying health conditions, are still urged to limit their interactions with people from other households and to wear face masks and maintain a proper distance from others whenever in public. Residential summer camps are allowed to operate, with up to 10 kids indoors and 25 outdoors. Indoor events, including conferences and museums, are allowed, with up to 100 participants, and outdoor events with up to 175 people. Additional personal care services, such as including facial treatments, will be allowed. Manufacturing companies can also reopen in-person services. Bars had been allowed to operate, but authorities ordered their closure on June 30.

All businesses must enhance sanitation procedures, ensure social distancing guidelines, and the use of protective equipment when necessary. All businesses are encouraged to allow their employees to work from home whenever possible. Local authorities of several counties have ordered residents to wear face masks when in public.

Connecticut: Authorities in Connecticut have issued on July 14 an update on the list of states subject to its mandatory quarantine measures as part of their effort to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, and Wisconsin were added to the list; Delaware was removed from the previous list. As of July 14, all individuals entering Connecticut from the following states must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last time they were in these states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, or Wisconsin.

Georgia: As of July 14, Georgia Governor has extended certain restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Under the current statewide directives, unchanged since July 1, gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed; gatherings with more than 50 people will be allowed if participants comply with social distancing measures. Authorities in Georgia had previously eased a number of restrictions, allowing most nonessential businesses to reopen, including gyms, retail stores, and nightclubs.

Authorities in Atlanta have reimposed numerous restrictions, including a requirement for residents to wear face masks when in public, and to stay home, except to perform essential tasks; nonessential businesses must close, except to provide delivery and pickup services. However, state authorities have said no local authority can impose more strict restrictions than those ordered by the state, and hence the instructions from officials in Atlanta are guidelines, and cannot be enforced.

Hawaii: Authorities in Hawaii, US, have delayed until at least Sept. 1 a plan to allow travelers to enter the state without the need of self-quarantine if they have tested negative for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within the previous three days. The plan was initially scheduled to begin Aug. 1. The delay means that current travel restrictions will continue to be enforced until at least Aug. 31: all travelers entering Hawaii from another US state or from abroad must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Starting Sept. 1, authorities will allow travelers to enter the state without the need to self-quarantine, if they have a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their travel. If the test results are still unknown when the travelers arrive in Hawaii, they will need to self-quarantine until the results are available. No test will be provided at Hawaii airports. Inter-island flights have been allowed since mid-June. All passengers must submit a health and travel form online 24 hours before their flight departure.

New Jersey: Authorities in New Jersey have issued an update on the list of states subject to its mandatory quarantine measures as part of their effort to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, and Wisconsin were added to the list; Delaware was removed from the previous list. As of July 14, all individuals entering New Jersey from the following states must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last time they were in these states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, or Wisconsin.

Hotels in New Jersey must notify any guests arriving from affected states that they are to remain in quarantine for 14 days. Business travelers, critical workers, and seasonal migrant farmworkers are exempted from these measures.

New York: Authorities in New York State have added four states – Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, and Wisconsin – to their mandatory traveler quarantine list on July 14, as part of the state’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Delaware was removed from the previous list. All individuals entering New York from any state that has a positive COVID-19 test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or positivity rate of 10 percent or higher over a seven-day average, must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. As of July 14, the full list of states currently affected by this directive are: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.

Oregon: Oregon Governor will extend the state’s face coverings measures and impose more strict restrictions on gatherings from July 15 to curb coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Under the new directives, face coverings will be mandatory for all residents aged 12 or older in outdoor public spaces when social distancing measures are not possible and in indoor public spaces.

Additionally, starting July 15, officials will ban indoor gatherings of more than 10 people, except for businesses and places of worship. Other restrictions remain unchanged statewide. Oregon authorities are continuing their three-tier COVID-19 recovery plan, with Clackamas, Lincoln, Multnomah, and Washington counties under Phase 1, the plan’s lowest level of recovery. The other 32 counties remain on Phase 2; however, officials have placed Jefferson, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Wasco counties on Oregon’s COVID-19 Watch List due to an increase in disease activity in recent weeks. The transition to Phase 3 is dependent on the availability of a viable vaccine or effective treatments; hence, no jurisdictions within the state are likely to move into that stage for the foreseeable future.

South Carolina: As of July 15, South Carolina Governor has maintained previously announced restrictions as part of the state’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities have allowed most businesses and activities to operate, as long as they comply with enhanced sanitation procedures, ensure social distancing measures, and limit face-to-face interactions. Large gatherings should not have more than 250 people.

Essential businesses, including grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and those in security, transport, media, and critical manufacturing, may continue their operations. Authorities encourage all residents to remain at home, limit interactions with others, and wear a facemask whenever in public.

Utah: Utah Governor has extended all restrictions that have been in place to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) until at least July 24. State authorities continue to implement a four-tier recovery plan, with restrictions varying by county, depending on COVID-19 activity within each jurisdiction. As of July 14, there are 10 counties in the new normal (green) level, which represents the highest level of normalization; 19 counties in the low-risk (yellow) level; and Salt Lake City remains as the only locality on moderate-risk (orange) level. No area of the state is at the high-risk (red) level.

Additionally, officials have ordered the use of face masks in all state facilities, and in schools when the academic year starts. Local officials in Salt Lake City, the city of Springdale, and Summit and Grand counties, have also ordered residents and visitors to wear face masks in indoor locations, and in outdoor settings whenever social distancing is not possible.

MDTI-WA-2020-609
Date: 16 July 2020

ITALY – EXTENDS RESTRICTIONS UNTIL JULY 31, 2020

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

Authorities in Italy have extended the extraordinary measures introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through at least July 31. These measures include the requirement for individuals to wear protective face coverings in enclosed public spaces and to observe social distancing of at least one meter (3 feet) where possible. Most businesses and activities are permitted to resume, provided strict social distancing and hygiene requirements are enforced.

Previously authorities allowed unrestricted travel to resume with all EU, Schengen Area, and associated countries. In line with a July 1 European Council recommendation, travelers from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay are permitted to enter Italy, but are required to register with authorities and self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Italy may remove Montenegro and Serbia from this list should the EU remove them from its recommended list in the coming days. Travel from all other countries remains prohibited, bar a few exceptions, including study, proven work needs, and urgent reasons such as health; all such arrivals are also required to register and self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

Authorities have removed restrictions on interregional travel within Italy; however, regional authorities may require health screenings for arrivals. Interregional rail schedules have increased, though all passengers are subject to a mandatory temperature check before boarding. Any individuals displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are not permitted to travel and must remain home.

MDTI-WA-2020-608
Date: 16 July 2020

FINLAND – CONTINUE TO EASE NATIONWIDE RESTRICTIONS

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

Authorities in Finland continue to ease restrictions introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As of July 13, border restrictions are lifted with Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Malta, the Netherlands, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, and the Vatican; restrictions were previously lifted with Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Norway. Also from this date, travel is permitted for work purposes and essential reasons for all other EU states, the UK, and Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and China. Travel for all but essential purposes is prohibited from all other countries. Travelers from countries with which restrictions remain in force may be requested to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

Previously, authorities permitted most nonessential businesses to reopen, including shops, catering establishments, cultural institutions, and educational facilities, provided they implement strict social distancing and hygiene requirements. Gatherings of over 50 people remain prohibited without prior consent from authorities.

MDTI-WA-2020-607
Date: 16 July 2020

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA – EXTENDS RESTRICTIONS UNTIL JULY 31, 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 the end of July. Cargo, humanitarian, diplomatic, and repatriation flights and shipments are largely ongoing.

Algeria: Land, air, and sea connections for passenger travel remain suspended until further notice.

Bahrain: Flights to and from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, and Morocco remain suspended until further notice. Travelers who transited through or departed from Iraq, Lebanon, or Iran in the 14 days before arrival will be denied entry, except for Bahraini or Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens. All arrivals are subject to health screenings and a 14-day home quarantine. According to Bahrain’s flag carrier Gulf Air (GF), international travelers can transit through Bahrain International Airport (BAH). Entry into Bahrain remains restricted to Bahraini nationals and residents, as well as other travelers holding a letter of prior permission to enter. Authorities have suspended on-arrival visas until further notice.

Egypt: Air traffic at all of the nation’s airports resumed July 1. All modes of public transport can operate from 0400-2359.

Iran: Authorities have lifted most COVID-19 restrictions; however, they intermittently impose sanctions on cities and areas where there is a sudden uptick in the number of cases.

Iraq: Commercial flights will remain suspended through July 22. All travel between governorates is banned. Authorities have imposed a weekly curfew 0600 Thursday through 0500 Sunday.

Israel: Authorities in Israel have extended the nationwide entry ban on foreign nationals until Aug. 1. Israeli residents are permitted to return to Israel but are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Israel flag carrier El Al (LY) Airlines is operating limited direct flights between Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) and select international destinations, including Paris, London, Los Angeles, and New York through Aug. 2.

Jordan: All flights to and from Jordan remain suspended through July 24; all land borders and seaports are closed until further notice. Travel between governorates has resumed. Authorities have reduced the nationwide nightly curfew to 2359-0600.

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

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

Libya: Movement and travel restrictions will likely be implemented sporadically throughout Libya through July. The response to COVID-19 has been disjointed to date, and communication concerning efforts limited.

Morocco: All international passenger flights to and from Morocco remain suspended indefinitely; however, domestic flights resumed June 27. The suspension of sea travel to Spain, Gibraltar, and France, and the border closure with the Spanish autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla on the north coast of Africa remain in place. Authorities have suspended all modes of public transport to and from Tangier until further notice. Officials will only allow residents in Tangier freedom of movement upon obtaining a special permit from authorities.

Oman: Authorities have banned foreigners from entering Oman indefinitely. 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: The Palestinian Authority (PA) extended the lockdown on all West Bank towns and governorates through at least July 26 due to an increase in COVID-19 activity. All businesses except for grocery stores and pharmacies are closed during this period. All nonessential travel in the West Bank is prohibited. Border crossings to the West Bank and Gaza Strip are closed to commercial traffic until further notice.

Qatar: Authorities have indefinitely extended the nation’s existing suspension of inbound flights. Transit flights are exempt from the measure. Foreigners remain barred from entering the country; however, authorities will allow permanent residents returning from abroad to enter, but they will undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Qatari citizens are not allowed to exit the country. All public transport remains suspended.

Saudi Arabia: Domestic flights have resumed; however, all international flights remain suspended until further notice. The King Fahd Causeway linking Saudi Arabia and Bahrain remains closed. Land border crossings with Kuwait, Yemen, and the UAE remain closed until further notice. Travel between provinces resumed May 31.

Syria: Authorities have lifted most COVID-19 restrictions; however, they intermittently impose sanctions on cities and areas where there is a sudden uptick in the number of cases.

Tunisia: Tunisia’s land, air, and sea borders reopened June 27.

United Arab Emirates: Emirates Airlines (EK) is operating multiple regular, nonrepatriation flights to several locations in Europe, North America, and Australia as of July 1. Authorities will only permit passengers to fly if they comply with their destination countries’ entry criteria and requirements. Only Emirati nationals and residents will be allowed to return to the UAE. Travelers to the UAE must first receive approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship. Upon arrival, all residents will undergo testing for COVID-19. Residents are to stay at home until they receive their COVID-19 test. If found positive, residents must quarantine for 14 days.

Western Sahara: Morocco’s travel restrictions apply.

Yemen: Movement and travel restrictions will likely be implemented sporadically throughout Yemen through July. The responses by the Al-Houthi rebels in northern Yemen and the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabo Mansour al-Hadi in southern Yemen have been disjointed, with 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 additional restrictions.

MDTI-WA-2020-606
Date: 16 July 2020

THAILAND – BANS ALL INCOMING INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS AS OF JULY 15, 2020

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

Authorities in Thailand have banned all incoming international flights as of July 15 until further notice due to a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) incident; an Egyptian soldier did not self-quarantine and visited a shopping center before testing positive for COVID-19.

The ban is in effect amid an ongoing state of emergency active through July 31. While diplomatic flights are banned from entering Thailand, it is not clear if cargo, emergency, and repatriation flights are exempted from the ban. Prior to the flight ban, authorities had been gradually reducing nationwide restrictions. The government approved visa extensions for foreigners already in Thailand through July 31. Authorities have also reopened dozens of checkpoints along the Thai border for the transport of goods. Officials continue to ban foreigners from entering the country through border checkpoints.

At the domestic level, Thai authorities are continuing to enforce restrictions despite having eased other measures. Businesses were allowed to reopen July 1 while implementing some social distancing measures, such as sanitizing venues, wearing face coverings, and monitoring temperatures. Conferences, seminars, and concerts are allowed, albeit with social distancing. Most educational institutions reopened July 1. Domestic flights can continue to operate with full passenger capacity as long as safeguards, such as requiring passengers to wear protective face coverings, are in place. Public transport has also resumed with reduced capacity.

Local-level measures are in place in several provinces, though some local governments are easing restrictions. The central government has instructed provincial authorities to screen arrivals from Phuket Province and quarantine symptomatic passengers. Officials have reopened Phuket International Airport (HKT) for domestic flights since June 13; Phuket’s authorities may require symptomatic arriving passengers to undergo tests and quarantine at designated facilities. Several provinces, including Buri Ram and Chiang Mai, require arrivals to self-quarantine for 14 days. Local authorities in Bangkok have eased controls on public buses; measures include permitting 10 standing passengers for each vehicle and allowing people from the same household to sit next to each other. Officials may reestablish or introduce nationwide or local-level restrictions in the coming weeks if COVID-19 cases increase. Authorities have sometimes provided conflicting information about COVID-19 restrictions in recent weeks; changes to measures may occur at short notice.

MDTI-WA-2020-605
Date: 16 July 2020

SOUTH ASIA – UPDATED RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 15, 2020

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

Other nations in South Asia are advising citizens to avoid nonessential international travel due to the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Countries are also urging 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 July 15, the following restrictions were in place, modified, or planned:

Afghanistan: International flights have resumed in Afghanistan as of July 1, though availability is affected by low demand and travel restrictions on Afghan citizens and carriers; domestic flights are also operational. The opening of land borders with Iran and Pakistan is largely limited to trade – mainly import of essential goods – and exchange of stranded citizens. Enhanced health screenings are underway at all entry points – mainly land border crossings with Iran. As of July 15, Pakistani authorities are allowing cargo import and export through land ports on the Afghan-Pakistani border at Chaman, Ghulam Khan, and Torkham, as well as transit trade through the Wagah border at the Indo-Pakistani border. However, brief and occasional protests by transporters are possible at checkpoints in case of processing delays or rule changes. 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 if in-country cases increase.

Bhutan: Ongoing restrictions on entry and re-entry for all foreigners with any visa or work and immigration permits 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; officials have also severely restricted cargo transport. Authorities have increased security at informal border crossings. Officials had earlier mandated thermal scanning at all entry points; although passenger traffic at land crossings with India is limited, crossborder 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 resumed some international flights June 16, and intend to gradually reopen more flight routes in the coming weeks. Limited domestic passenger flights have resumed since June 1, though cancellations are likely due to low demand. Land borders with India and Myanmar are closed to travelers. Temporary shipping disruptions and occasional protests are likely to continue at lndo-Bangladeshi land ports, mainly the Petrapole-Benapole land crossing, due to grievances related to cargo transit rules. On-arrival visa issuance remains suspended, and additional travel bans continue for those with travel history to the EU or Iran since March 1. Permitted foreign nationals, such as business travelers arriving in Bangladesh, must provide a medical certificate (with an English translation) no older than 72 hours on their 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 international commercial flights will continue until further notice. Charter services for business travelers, family members of official or diplomatic visa holders, and Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders and their relatives are allowed as of July 9, provided they obtain a fresh visa. Authorities have suspended visa issuance and canceled previously issued visas of all other international travelers – except diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, and project visas. Travelers already in the country may receive visa extensions upon online application. Passengers arriving from abroad are subject to mandatory 14-day quarantines. Those planning on essential travel to India can contact Indian consulates for visa issuance after medical checks. Domestic flights resumed May 25. Indian authorities stopped passenger traffic at all air, land, river, and sea ports since March 18. 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: Authorities have reopened borders July 15 for all foreigners with on-arrival visas and pre-booked accommodation at venues approved by the Ministry of Tourism; asymptomatic entrants neither need to produce negative COVID-19 test results nor undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing or quarantine in the Maldives. International and domestic flights, as well as maritime transport, has resumed as of July 15. Officials may modify restrictions at short notice, depending on local cases.

Nepal: Officials are extending a ban on all inbound and outbound international passenger flights, as well as domestic passenger flights, until further notice, 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 results of a swab test conducted within seven days before the intended travel date that demonstrates that the individual is free of COVID-19. Additionally, Nepal is barring those with travel or transit history to Europe, Gulf Arab countries, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea from entering. Foreigners already in Nepal will receive a free visa extension until officials lift exit restrictions. Closure of all land border crossings for non-repatriation passenger traffic with India and China remain in place; authorities permit limited cargo transit.

Pakistan: Authorities are exempting Pakistani citizens from an ongoing ban on inbound international commercial passenger flights since June 20; however, only limited flights – mainly from the Middle East – will operate to serve stranded Pakistanis. Foreign nationals remain barred from entering Pakistan through commercial flights pending further notice. Limited outbound international services, repatriation flights organized by consulates, and cargo flights will continue. Some domestic passenger flights have resumed from airports serving Karachi (KHI), Lahore (LHE), Islamabad (ISB), Peshawar (PEW), Quetta (UET), and Sialkot (SKT) as of June 18; travelers must undergo health screening and practice social distancing. Officials are extending the validity of visas for foreign nationals in the country through Aug. 31. Authorities are permitting the exchange of citizens with Afghanistan; they have also lifted an export ban and time limit for cargo transit at land border posts with Afghanistan. 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 are already in Sri Lanka may apply for visa extensions. 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 – to be halted. While domestic flights are unaffected, international passenger ships such as cruises and ferries are barred indefinitely; port operations for goods transport continue. Officials have indefinitely deferred plans to allow entry to foreigners from Aug. 1, due to new local COVID-19 cases.

MDTI-WA-2020-604
Date: 15 July 2020

PERU – MODIFIES SOME RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 15, 2020

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

Authorities in Peru modified the restrictions implemented to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As of July 15, officials require all persons to wear a face shield that covers their eyes, nose, and mouth, as well as a mask that covers their nose and mouth, whenever they are using public transportation or flying in an aircraft. All persons are also required to wash their hands with soap or rub disinfectant on their hands for at least 20 seconds before boarding any aircraft or public transport vehicle. Temperature checks are also mandatory, and no person with a temperature above 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) may board any public transport vehicle or enter any airport or bus station. Travelers are also required to sign an affidavit attesting to their health. Persons younger than 14 or older than 65 are required to sign an additional statement swearing that they are abiding by the national quarantine measures. Authorities will begin enforcing the measures on July 21.

Under these regulations, limited domestic flights will resume July 15. All international passenger flights to and from Peru remain banned until further notice. Peru’s borders remain closed to all passenger traffic. The border closures do not apply to cargo shipments.

MDTI-WA-2020-603
Date: 15 July 2020

SRI LANKA – MODIFIES SOME RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 15, 2020

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

As of July 15, Sri Lankan authorities continue to modify restrictions imposed to halt the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). School operations and tuition classes – which briefly resumed July 1 – are suspended until further notice due to new COVID-19 cases. Officials lifted the nationwide 0000-0400HRS daily curfew June 28, though they continue to ban social gatherings and entertainment venues. Additionally, the use of masks in public remains mandatory.

Intra- and inter-district public transport such as trains and buses have restarted in many regions that saw the strictest restrictions through early June, including Colombo and Gampaha districts. Officials continue to advise citizens to avoid nonessential travel as a precaution.

Travel Restrictions:
Authorities have stopped issuing all visa types, including electronic, landing, multiple-entry, and residential, indefinitely; previously issued visas, including residential permits, remain suspended. Foreign nationals with diplomatic, official, and service passports are exempt from the controls. Diplomatic personnel permitted to enter Sri Lanka must submit a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result taken within 72 hours of departure, or undergo a PCR test upon arrival. Foreigners who are already in Sri Lanka may apply to extend the validity of their visas. Officials are indefinitely deferring earlier plans to allow entry to foreigners from Aug. 1, due to new local COVID-19 cases.

Inbound commercial passenger flights remain suspended indefinitely. Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) continues to serve cargo transport, emergency repatriation, passenger transit, and international departures. All international services at Jaffna International Airport (JAF), Sri Lanka’s only other functional international airport, remain suspended. International passenger ships such as cruises and ferries are barred indefinitely, though port operations for goods transport can continue.

MDTI-WA-2020-602
Date: 15 July 2020

MYANMAR – EXTENDS RESTRICTION UNTIL JULY 31, 2020

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

Myanmar’s government has extended various domestic gathering and international movement restrictions through at least July 31 to stem the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Varying movement controls remain in effect across the country. A 0001-0400HRS nightly curfew in several locations, including the Yangon region and multiple townships of Naypyidaw, is set to remain in place through at least July 31. Mandalay region officials may require people arriving from areas implementing stricter localized restrictions to undergo a 21-day quarantine at designated facilities. Naypyidaw’s local government has set up checkpoints and will quarantine travelers showing COVID-19 symptoms for 21 days.

Travel Restrictions:
Most international flights remain banned through at least July 31 with limited exceptions, including relief and cargo flights. Visa-on-arrival and e-visa issuance for tourism purposes remain suspended. Returning Myanmar nationals must undergo a 21-day quarantine at government-designated sites, followed by one week of self-isolation. Most foreign nationals remain banned from entering the country, with limited exceptions for diplomatic personnel. Resident diplomats and UN officials may undergo quarantine at their residence for two weeks. The government has restricted cross-border movements at land checkpoints, allowing only the transport of goods.

MDTI-WA-2020-601
Date: 15 July 2020

NORTHEAST ASIA – UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AS OF JULY 14, 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). As of July 14, the following restrictions are in place:

Mainland China: Authorities continue to bar most 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. However, Guangdong Province will lift quarantine requirements for travelers from Macau from July 15, provided they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and have not traveled outside the territory in the previous two weeks. However, Macau residents must complete a nucleic acid test, convert to a Guangdong health code, and complete a health declaration form before entry. 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, undergo testing in South Korea within 72 hours of travel, and undergo testing again during a one- or two-day quarantine in China. Authorities are also allowing “fast track” entry for essential business travelers from Singapore to Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang provinces and Chongqing, Shanghai, and Tianjin municipalities. Travelers must receive a special pass from an inviting institution, test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours of their departure, and obtain a visa. Passengers will undergo COVID-19 testing again upon arrival in China and isolate at designated facilities until their results are available. Business travelers testing negative will adhere to a pre-agreed itinerary and refrain from using public transport, except for private hire vehicles, for the first 14 days. The travelers will also have to download and use a health pass while in the country. Reports indicate the government is also allowing executive travel for some individual businesses under a similar model. Officials in many areas are enforcing quarantine measures for international travelers. Authorities are generally allowing nonresident passengers to stay in government-designated hotels at their own cost. While most quarantine periods are 14 days, some cities in border areas are requiring inbound travelers to self-quarantine and undergo medical observation for an additional 14 days.

Hong Kong: The government is maintaining a ban on all nonresident foreign nationals and 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 and 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 on foreign nationals with a travel history to 129 countries, including Russia, the US, China, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and all of Europe, within 14 days of arrival remains in place. Officials also require all passengers 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 must undergo a 14-day quarantine period, either at home or in a government-designated facility.

Macau: Authorities continue to ban nonresident foreign nationals from entering the territory. Travelers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China are exempt from the measure but will not be allowed to enter if they have traveled elsewhere in the previous two weeks. Travelers from mainland China can enter Macau without quarantine or medical certificates proving negative COVID-19 status. 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 other countries or Hong Kong and Taiwan and 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. Authorities have halted visas for foreign nationals from Pakistan and Bangladesh following imported cases from those countries; diplomats and people on urgent business travel are exempt from the restriction. 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. Medical staff could send patients that test positive to designated quarantine facilities.

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