COVID-19: Latest Travel and Immigration Disruption [Updated 2pm GMT/10am EST, 16 March 2020]
Posted on: 2020-03-16
This is the latest immigration and travel information from Newland Chase. This dedicated page is updated daily at 11am GMT/7am EST, 2pm GMT/10am EST and 5.30pm GMT/1:30pm EST.
2pm GMT/10am EST, 16 March 2020 | Updated: Albania, Argentina, Brunei, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Iraq, Kuwait, Latvia, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates
15 March 2020 | Updated: Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ecuador, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uruguay
14 March 2020 | Updated: Austria, Chile, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine, United States, Vietnam
13 March 2020 | Updated: Albania, Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Thailand, United States, Venezuela
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Many countries have implemented restrictions on entry and exit, visa and work permit issuance, closed ports, tightened quarantine rules and taken other measures in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions may affect international business travel and assignment plans.
Disclaimer: We are collecting here some information about immigration-related restrictions imposed by some countries in response to this situation. The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice.
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- Effective 16 March, all flights to and from United Kingdom are suspended.
- Effective 15 March, all land borders with Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Greece are closed.
- Effective 9 March 2020, all flights and maritime transport of people have been suspended to and from all Italian airports.
- All citizens with COVID-19 symptoms or who have travelled from Italy or other identified risk countries must undergo self-quarantine at home for 14 days.
- All arrivals from identified risk areas are required to submit health and travel information at the border.
- Effective 15 March, entry is suspended for all non-residents for an initial 30-day period.
- Effective immediately, all flights are suspended for an initial period of 30 days from China, Iran, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States, all EU member states and all Schengen states.
- The immigration office has suspended transitory and temporary visa applications, including work authorizations and electronic travel authorisations, for nationals and residents of China, Iran, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States, all EU member states and all Schengen states.
- Nationals and residents of and travelers from these countries will only be permitted to enter Argentina if they commit to a 14-day self quarantine at a private residence or a hotel. Consequences for non-compliance are fine and/or imprisonment.
- Effective 15 March, all travelers to Australia will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
- Cruise liners are banned from arriving at Australian ports for 30 days.
- Foreign nationals (excluding permanent residents of Australia) who have been in mainland China, South Korea, Iran or Italy will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they have left or transited any of those countries.
- Citizens and permanent residents of Australia and their immediate family members who enter Australia and who have been in mainland China, Iran or South Korea, will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the time they left mainland China, Iran, Italy or South Korea.
- Temporary visa holders who are ineligible for entry into Australia under these measures will have their visa canceled. Arrangements will be made to reinstate visas as appropriate following the lifting of these enhanced border control measures.
- Effective 13 March, all flights are canceled to and from France, Spain and Switzerland, and border checks implemented at the borders with Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
- The border with Italy is closed.
- Travelers who have visited Egypt, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Singapore, or Thailand in the previous 14 days who show symptoms of the virus will be tested and put into quarantine until the results are received. Those that test positive will be transferred to a treatment center.
- Travelers who have visited China, Iran, Iraq and South Korea in the previous 14 days will face the same screening and must wait at the airport for the result.
- Effective 16 March, exit is suspended for all citizens and foreign residents.
- Entry restrictions are in place for individuals arriving from Iran, Italy and Hubei, Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces in China.
- Effective midnight on 17 March, all flights arriving from Italy and Spain will be suspended. Bulgarians arriving home from these countries face 14-day quarantine.
- Canada has temporarily closed all its visa application centres in mainland China. Canadian visa offices in mainland China are currently operating with essential staff only and processing only urgent applications on a case-by-case basis.
- Permanent resident visa holders of Chinese, Iranian or South Korean nationality, or who are in China, Iran or South Korea, can request an extension of their Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) if their visa will expire within the next 90 days and they are unable to travel to Canada.
- Canadian citizenship applicants of Chinese, Iranian or South Korean nationality, or who are in China, Iran or South Korea, who are unable to travel to China can reschedule their knowledge tests, retests, interviews, hearings or Oaths of Citizenship for a later date.
- Applicants for visitor visas, work permits, study permits or permanent residence of Chinese, Iranian or South Korean nationality, or who are in China, Iran or South Korea, who cannot complete the next steps in their application due to the situation in mainland China will be given an automatic extension.
- Visitors, international students and foreign workers whose legal status in Canada will soon end can apply for an extension, if eligible.
- People of Chinese, Iranian or South Korean nationality, or who are in China, Iran or South Korea, whose legal status in Canada has expired may be able to restore their status or apply for a temporary resident permit.
- Effective 16 March, all travelers arriving from countries considered at risk of the virus are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Effective immediately, people arriving from Spain and Italy will be subject to a 14-day quarantine under the supervision of the Chilean health authority.
- All travelers arriving from or having recently visited China will have their temperatures checked and may be subject to additional medical screening. Suspected cases will be quarantined. Chinese passport holders and recent travelers to China may be required to complete a health questionnaire and provide it upon arrival.
- Effective immediately, all international arrivals in Beijing will be quarantined for 14 days at designated facilities. Expenses incurred will be paid by the travelers.
- Effective immediately, people who have lived or traveled in South Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan, France, Spain, Germany and the United States in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Shanghai must undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or at designated places.
- In Shanghai, high-level foreign talents over the age of 65 are exempted from submitting the insurance policy, commitment on insurance and commitment letter from tri-parties while applying for the work permit in Shanghai.
- The processing times for work permit cancellation in Shanghai will be reduced from 10 working days to 3 working days.
- In Shanghai, E-signature on employment termination letter or emails as well as WeChat messages can be accepted as evidence in support of the termination of employment relationship between the Chinese employer and foreign employee during the epidemic control period.
- While renewing the work permit in Shanghai, the authority accepts the tax payment evidence uploaded online by the Chinese employer. The foreign employee (who made the commitment on salary/IIT before) does not need to go to the tax authority to get a printout of their tax payment record, which was previously required by the SAFEA authority.
- In Shanghai, the requirements on the salary/IIT commitment will be relaxed to a reasonable extent while foreign employees (who made the above commitment earlier) renew their work permit during the epidemic control period (provisionally from February to April).
- Foreign employees in Shanghai are allowed to submit their online application for work permit renewal before its expiry date during this epidemic control period. Previously, such a renewal application shall be submitted online 30 days before the expiry date.
- Foreign nationals in Shanghai whose visas or residence permits have expired and who are not able to exit China during the epidemic control period, can have their visas or residence permits extended automatically for another two months (by NIA). They are allowed to apply for a work permit during the above extended period.
- All Chinese visa applications in Singapore must be supported by supplementary information regarding the applicant’s travel history and a health declaration.
- At present, except for the closure of the exit channel at Wuhan ports, all port visa agencies are operating as usual. Visa-free transit for foreigners is still effective, and all land, sea and air ports of China are functioning.
- Foreign and mainland Chinese nationals can enter or exit as usual with their valid international travel documents, although many other countries have adopted entry restrictions for travellers from mainland China (see below).
- Foreign nationals going to China to work are highly encouraged to enter with a Z (work) visa after having obtained the notification letter of work permit, rather than trying to obtain the notification letter of work permit while in China on a business (M) or tourist (L) visa. Those who fail to enter China within the validity of their Z visa due to the COVID-19 are allowed to enter China with another type of visa. The Chinese employer should provide an explanation statement in support of the use of an alternative visa.
- Chinese immigration authorities will exempt foreign nationals whose temporary visas or residence permits expireduring this period of disruption from penalties, or impose lighter penalties, depending on the circumstances. Newland Chase’s team in China is available to provide guidance and assistance with renewals and de-registration.
- Holders of valid endorsements to Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan who are affected by the epidemic and fail to enter the above places within the validity period can re-apply for certificates of the same type and validity period for free when the outbreak is over.
- Shanghai labour authorities have suspended the submission of physical documents for work permit applications (including initial, renewal, transfer, and cancellation). Instead, all applications will be processed online only during this period, with a commitment letter provided by the Chinese employer. The commitment letter should affirm the authenticity and validity of their online submission and original documents should be kept for further check. A similar online practice has been adopted in other regions in China, such as Beijing, Zhejiang and Guangdong.
- Shanghai immigration authorities require applicants who have entered Shanghai directly to conduct a 7-day self-isolation, and those who have entered Shanghai via another Chinese city to undergo a 14-day self-isolation, before taking their visa interview.
- Foreign nationals are advised not to attempt to return to or enter Shanghai from Hubei and other affected provinces. If they do so, and are successful, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
- The Shanghai International travel Medical Center, and the equivalent authorities in other cities, have the discretionary power to permit or refuse foreign nationals to undergo a medical examination based on their entry, residence, travel and other documents.
- In Beijing, the immigration authorities are asking all foreign nationals and Chinese citizens to hold off submitting their visa/stay/residence permit applications in person if it is not urgent. Those who require urgent assistance with applications are encouraged to make appointment reservations in advance. As mentioned above, Beijing has adopted an online submission and commitment letter process for work permit renewals and cancelations.
- In Shenzhen, the immigration authorities have opened green channels for expedited applications for emergencies and urgent requests. The authorities have also implemented other convenient measures to facilitate visa applications for those remaining in Shenzhen during this outbreak period.
- Effective 14 March, the border with Venezuela is closed.
- Entry is suspended for foreign nationals who have visited countries in Europe or Asia in the previous 14 days. Colombian nationals and residents who have visited these countries in the previous 14 days can enter but must undergo self-isolation for 14 days.
- All arrivals of any nationality, including Colombian nationals, must provide health and travel information.
- All foreign nationals traveling from the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Austria, Netherlands, part of Slovenia, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Bahrain, and Iran will be required to undergo a mandatory 14-day self-isolation or quarantine upon arrival in Croatia. Croatian nationals travelling from these countries are required to undergo a 14-day self-isolation or self-quarantine at home.
- Effective 16 March, entry is suspended (during the State of Emergency declared on 12 March) for all foreign nationals other than those with residency or short-term permits of over 90 days.
- All travelers, including Czech citizens and foreign residents, returning from high-risk countries (including Italy, China, South Korea, Iran, Spain, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Norway, Denmark, and France), must undergo a 14-day quarantine. Travelers returning from other countries will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine if they show symptoms.
- All individuals are also banned from exiting the Czech Republic for at least 30 days, except for some workers in the transport industry, and for citizens who commute abroad for work if the location is within 100 km (62 miles) of the border. All foreign nationals, including those with a Czech residence permit, will be allowed to exit the country but will be denied re-entry during the SoE period.
- All international passenger transport has been suspended.
- Effective 14 March, Czech consulates will no longer accept applications for short-term or long-term visas or residence permits. All pending application processing is also suspended.
- Effective 12 March, entry is suspended for citizens of China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, USA, Italy, Spain, Greece, Austria, Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway or Sweden. Cross-border commuters who work within 50 km from the national border are exempt.
- Czech citizens and foreign nationals with temporary, long term or permanent residency in the Czech Republic are not allowed to travel to the above mentioned countries.
- Foreign national residents (including EU citizens) who have returned from Italy since 7 March are ordered to report this to their general practitioner (doctor) immediately after their return to the Czech Republic, by phone or otherwise without personal contact.
- Visa issuance is suspended for Chinese passport holders from 30 January.
- Effective immediately and for two weeks, all public offices are closed. The Danish immigration authorities are sending cancelation notices for all appointments scheduled between 12 and 27 March 2020. In-country biometrics recording not will not be possible, but work permit applications will still be processed.
- Effective 23:59 (local time) on 15 March, all international arrivals to Ecuador by air are suspended, and all foreign nationals are temporarily banned from entering the country by any port or border crossing.
- Effective 23:59 (local time) on 16 March, all Ecuadorean nationals are banned from entering the country.
- Effective 15 March, anyone arriving from China, South Korea, Iran, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, US, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Netherlands must undergo a 14-day self-isolation.
- Effective 17 March, entry is suspended for all foreign nationals. Those transiting Estonia and not showing symptoms are exempted. Estonian citizens and residents and their close family members can enter but will face a 14-day isolation.
- Effective 12 March, travelers from Italy, China, Iran, South Korea, Japan, Singapore and parts of France, Germany, Austria and Spain will be subject to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Estonia.
- Effective immediately, all Salvadoran citizens and resident foreign nationals who enter the country, by any means, are subject to a 30-day government quarantine.
- Entry is suspended for all non-resident foreign nationals.
- Effective 16 March, entry is suspended for travelers arriving from France, Austria, Luxembourg and Switzerland.
- Services at the alien offices in Berlin are unavailable without an appointment.
- Foreign residents living in Berlin will not be penalized for the expiry of temporary residence documents while alien office services are restricted. However, exiting and re-entering Germany is only possible with a valid residence document.
- Effective 17 March, entry is suspended for travelers from countries that have recorded 200 or more cases of COVID-19 (other than citizens or foreign residents of Ghana). Anyone entering Ghana will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
- Effective 15 March, Greece has closed its air, land and sea borders with Albania and North Macedonia.
- Also effective 15 March, flights are suspended to and from Spain.
- Effective 14 March, flights are suspended to and from Italy until 29 March.
- Cruise and passenger ships are banned from arriving in Greece.
- Entry is suspended for nationals of and those travelling from European countries, China, South Korea, North Korea and Iran.
- Guatemalan citizens and permanent or temporary residents travelling from these countries can enter Guatemala but will be screened at the airport and, if they have COVID-19 symptoms, will be placed in quarantine
- Any foreign or Honduran national who enters the country from countries with a high incidence of the virus such as China, Iran, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea,among others, must provide their travel history for the last 30 days, submit to testing, quarantine or self-isolation as required.
- Nationals of countries with a high incidence of the virus may enter Honduras but must submit to self-isolation for 14 days.
- Effective 19 March, all arrivals from the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Egypt will undergo a 14-day quarantine.
- Effective 17 March, all arrivals, regardless of nationality, from the Schengen states and South Korea will undergo a 14-day home quarantine. Those arriving from the Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Veneto regions of Italy, or from Daegu or Gyeongsangbuk-do in South Korea, face mandatory quarantine in government camps.
- Effective 14 March, all arrivals, regardless of nationality, who have visited the following regions in the previous 14 days, will be quarantined at home: the Bourgogne-Franche-Comte and Grand Est regions in France, North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany, and La Rioja, Madrid and Basque Country in Spain, and the Hokkaido region of Japan.
- Effective 1 March, all travelers who have been in Iran, or in Emilia-Romagna, Lomardy or Veneto in Italy, will be sent to quarantine centres.
- Effective 25 February, all travelers arriving in Hong Kong who have been in Daegu or Gyeongsangbuk-do in South Korea in the past 14 days will be sent to quarantine centres.
- Effective 25 February, foreign nationals who have visited South Korea in the previous 14 days are not allowed to enter Hong Kong.
- Effective 27 January, foreign nationals who have visited Hubei province in China in the previous 14 days are not allowed to enter Hong Kong.
- India has suspended all visas other than diplomatic, official, UN/international organization, employment and project visas from 13 March to 15 April.
- Visas of all foreign nationals who are already in India remain valid. They may contact the nearest FRRO/FRO through e-FRRO module for extension/conversion etc of their visa or grant of any consular service.
- All employment visa holders and their dependents who are currently in India on their employment and dependent visas respectively are also in valid status. However, if a dependent of an employment visa holder is not presently in India, their visa in this instance will stand suspended until 15 April.
- Visa-free travel for Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) is also suspended until 15 April.
- Any foreign national (including OCI cardholder) who intends to travel to India for compelling reasons may contact the nearest Indian Mission for a new visa.
- Effective 10 March, passengers wishing to enter India from, or having visited, Italy or South Korea will need a certificate proving they have tested negative for COVID-19 from the health authorities of these countries.
- Effective 13 March, all incoming travelers including Indian nationals who are arriving from or who have visited China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, France, Spain or Germany after 15 February will be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days upon their arrival to India
- Incoming travelers, including Indian nationals, are advised to avoid non-essential travel and maybe quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days upon their arrival to India.
- Indian nationals are further strongly advised to refrain from travelling to China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, Japan, France, Spain and Germany.
- E-visas and regular visas issued to nationals of France, Germany and Spain on or before 11 March 2020 who have not yet entered India, are suspended.
- Entry is suspended for travellers of any nationality who have visited or transited France, Spain or Germany.
- E-Visas and regular visas issued to nationals of Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan on or before 3 March 2020, who have not yet entered India, are suspended. Holders of these visas may not enter India by any route.
- E-Visas and regular visas issued on or before 5 February 2020 to mainland Chinese nationals are suspended. Holders of these visas may not enter India by any route.
- E-Visas and regular visas issued to all foreign nationals who have traveled to mainland China, Iran, Italy, South Korea or Japan on or after 1 February 2020 are suspended. Those requiring entry to India in urgent circumstances may apply for a fresh visa to the nearest Indian embassy or consulate.
- All passengers arriving into India via any port are required to complete and submit a self-declaration form and undergo universal health screening at the designated health counters at all points of entry.
- Effective 8 March, the entry into or transit in Indonesia is suspended for all foreign nationals who have visited the following regions in the previous 14 days: Italy (Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Marche or Piedmont); Iran (Qom, Tehran and Gilan province); South Korea (Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do province).
- Indonesian nationals who have visited the affected regions in the previous 14 days can enter Indonesia but must undergo a health examination on arrival.
- All foreign nationals who have been in other regions of Italy, Iran or South Korea, but not in the affected regions, require a valid health certificate issued by the health authorities in the respective country, and must complete a health alert card on arrival.
- Effective 5 February, Indonesia has temporarily banned entry and the issuance of any visas on arrival, visa exemptions, limited stay visas or visit visas for anyone of any nationality who has been in China in the 14 days preceding the date of entry into Indonesia.
- Single or multiple-entry visit visas and Limited Stay Visas (VTT) may be granted to foreign nationals who submit their application in China if they have been in an unaffected region of China for 14 days prior to entry into Indonesia; they submit a health report in English confirming they are not infected by the COVID-19; and they submit a statement of willingness to be quarantined for 14 days on arrival or transit 14 days to a COVID-19-free country before entering Indonesia.
- Single or multiple-entry visit visas and Limited Stay Visas (VTT) may be granted to Chinese nationals who submit their application in a COVID-19-free country if they submit a health report in English confirming they are not infected by the COVID-19; and they submit a statement of willingness to be quarantined for 14 days on arrival or transit 14 days to a COVID-19-free country before entering Indonesia.
- Chinese citizens and their family and foreign nationals who have a residence permit in China can apply for an emergency stay permit.
- Chinese citizens holding a Permanent Stay Permit (ITAP) whose re-entry visa has expired can re-enter Indonesia on urgency grounds by submitting a statement of willingness.
- The Limited Stay Permit (ITAS) and Permanent Stay Permit of foreign nationals (including Chinese citizens) who are currently in China, can be renewed without their attendance being required at the local immigration office (usually attendance is required for a biometric session). Once the foreign national arrives in Indonesia, they are required to report to the local immigration office.
- The Ministry of Manpower has unofficially confirmed that they will not accept any new work permit applications from Chinese citizens. Work permit renewals are not affected.
- All flights to and from China have also been suspended.
- All flights entering Iraq are suspended from 17 March until at least 23 March. Movement between governorates will be stopped.
- Registration of immigration permissions at Burgh Quay will proceed as normal using a streamlined process designed to minimize the amount of time applicants need to spend in the office. In that regard, applicants must not bring family members or friends with them for registration, unless required to do so as part of the verification process, as this increases overall risks.
- The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has begun the process of expediting all applications for employment permits for medical staff in our processing queue. It is expected that this process will take approximately a week to complete and, as a result, there will be some impacts on the timelines for the processing of all other employment permit applications. The Department will notify Trusted Partners when this process has been completed.
- Due to the home quarantine requirements for foreign nationals arriving in Israel, the Israeli Ministry of Interior will allow submission of Extraordinary Applications for SEA (45 days) and STEP and HIT 90 (90 days) extensions. Employers should also track expiry dates for standard one-year B-1 work visas, and submit extension applications as soon as possible.
- Effective 9 March for Israeli nationals and 12 March for non-Israeli nationals, all arrivals to Israel are required to spend 14 days in home isolation. Non-Israeli nationals will only be permitted to enter if they obtain pre-approval at the Israeli consulate abroad, the location of the residence where they will be isolated. Hotel rooms cannot be used for home isolation.
- Israel has banned visa and work permit issuance and entry of non-Israeli nationals who have visited China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, South Korea, Italy, Egypt or Japan, and of nationals of those countries.
- The Israeli consulates in France and Greece are closed.
- All arrivals from abroad are required to declare their purpose of travel.
- Effective 3 March, the deadlines for residence permit application and issuance are suspended for 30 days. Normally, initial residence permit applications must be submitted within 8 working days of arrival in Italy and renewal applications within 60 days of permit expiry.
- Public offices throughout Italy have closed to the public until further notice. Employers and assignees in Italy should be prepared for delays in the processing of immigration and work authorization applications.
- Japan has banned entry to travelers confirmed to be infected with COVID-19, holders of passports issued in Hubei and Zhejiang provinces in mainland China (including those with a valid Japanese immigration status and seeking re-entry to Japan), and any foreign nationals who have, in the previous 14 days, visited Hubei or Zhejiang in mainland China; Daegu Metropolitan City, Gyeongsan City, North Gyeongsang Province, Andong City, Yeongcheon City, Cheongdo County, Chilgok County, Uiseong County, Seongju County or Gunw County in South Korea; Qom, Tehran, Gilan, Alborz, Isfahan, Gazvin, Golestan, Semnan, Mazandaran, Markazi or Lorestan provinces in Iran; Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, Marche or Lombardy in Italy; and all regions of San Marino.
- Effective 9 March, all visas issued at the Japanese consulates in China and South Korea are invalid for entry, and these consulates will stop accepting visa applications.
- Also effective 9 March, the visa waiver for nationals of Hong Kong, Macau and South Korea is suspended.
- Also effective 9 March, all arrivals in Japan (including Japanese nationals and residence card holders) from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau or South Korea will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
- Planes from China and South Korea are only allowed to land at Narita and Kansai international airports.
- Effective 15 March, entry is suspended for all foreign nationals, and Kazakh nationals are prohibited from exiting the country,
- Foreign nationals who have visited China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, France, Spain or Germany in the previous 30 days are prohibited from entry to Kazakhstan. *Kazakhstan citizens who have visited these countries will be placed under a 14-day quarantine or home quarantine and subsequently 10 days of regular health monitoring by phone.
- All nationals arriving from Switzerland, UK or Netherlands are subject to self-isolation, regular medical supervision at home for 14 days and subsequently 10 days of regular health monitoring by phone.
- All nationals arriving from Belgium, Sweden, Norway, India, Iraq, Philippines and USA will be under medical supervision by phone for 24 days.
- Kazakhstan has also closed all transport links with China and suspended all visa on arrivals from China.
- On 16 March, all foreign nationals returning to Hawalli governorate from Egypt, Syria or Lebanon since 1 March are subject to compulsory medical tests at Kuwait Fair Grounds, and must bring their Civil IS and passport.
- On 15 March, all foreign nationals returning to Al Farwaniya governorate from Egypt, Syria or Lebanon since 1 March must attend the headquarters of the Ministry of Health for compulsory medical testing.
- Effective 13 March, until further notice, all commercial flights to and from Kuwait have been suspended.
- In case the holder cannot re-enter Kuwait due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, residence permits for work can be renewed by the employer while the employee is located outside Kuwait, provided they have a valid passport.
- Residence permits for family members can be renewed by the principal applicant if the family members are outside Kuwait, or by the family members if the principal applicant is outside Kuwait, provided the passports are valid.
- The Ministry of Interior will extend visits visas for two months and leave absences for three months.
- Effective 8 March, visitors of any nationality, including holders of visit visas or residence permits, arriving from China, Hong Kong, Iraq, Iran or Italy, will be subject to hospital quarantine.
- Visitors of any nationality, including holders of visit visas or residence permits, arriving from Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Germany, France, Spain, Bangladesh, India, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, USA, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK, Belgium, Sweden, Norway or Azerbaijan will be subject to home quarantine.
- Effective 7 March, all flights have been suspended from and to Bangladesh, Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt. All travellers to Kuwait of any nationality, including those with a valid residence permit or entry visa, who have visited these countries in the previous 14 days are banned from entry. Kuwaiti citizens who have visited these countries are allowed to enter, provided they submit to the necessary quarantine procedures.
- The authorities have temporarily stopped issuing visas and first-time work permits, and have suspended entry, for nationals of China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Iran, Egypt, Italy, Russia, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Philippines, India, Bangladesh, Syria, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Georgia and Lebanon.
- Kuwait will temporarily not allow Gulf citizens to enter the country using their national identity cards Kuwait has banned the entry of nationals from infected countries.
- The civil aviation authorities have suspended all flights to and from South Korea, Thailand and Italy.
- Effective 8 March, all passengers (other than Kuwaiti citizens) arriving from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Italy, Russia, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Philippines, India, Bangladesh, Egypt, Syria, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Georgia and Lebanon must undergo a medical examination, before entering Kuwait, confirming they are free of COVID-19. The examination certificate must be issued by a health centre approved by a Kuwaiti embassy.
- Effective 16 March, entry is suspended for all foreign nationals other than permanent residents of Latvia. Citizens and permanent residents of Latvia can enter the country after this date. Land borders with Russia and Belarus will be closed to public and private transport. International air traffic is suspended (apart from certain repatriation flights).
- Travelers from China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy, France, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom will be denied entry, with the exception of Lebanese citizens and residents. Lebanese citizens and residents who have traveled to these destinations and show symptoms of the virus are required to be placed under quarantine at a hospital for 14 days.
- All individuals having traveled to several areas of mainland China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Germany, France, Spain, or Japan in the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the territory will be subject to a medical examination upon entry to Macao
- The government has put on hold entry to Malaysia and the issuance of all types of entry visa, work permit and dependent permit from passports issued in Hubei, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and other nearby provinces, as well as travelers of all nationalities who have visited the affected regions of China in the last 14 days.
- The entry and visa/permit issuance ban is also extended to nationals of South Korea, Italy, Japan and Iran, as well as to travellers who have visited the following regions in the previous 14 days: Daegu City and Cheongdo Country in South Korea; Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna in Italy; Hokkaido in Japan and Tehran, Qom and Gilan in Iran.
- Foreign Knowledge Workers (FKWs) from China whose Stage 1 approvals were granted before 30 January 2020 and have since entered Malaysia are subjected to a 14 days quarantine period before passports are submitted to MDEC’s e-Xpats Service Centre for endorsement purposes (Stage 2). The same rule is also applied to nationals and other FKWs who may have travelled to the affected areas in the Republic of Korea, Italy, Japan and Iran
- Effective 16 March, and for at least 30 days, all arrivals from most countries, including New Zealand nationals and residents, will be required to undergo self-isolation for 14 days. The only exception is for travelers from small South Pacific island nations (Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Tokelau, Wallis and Futuna).
- All foreign nationals who have departed from or transited through mainland China or Iran in the previous 14 days will be refused entry.
- New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family members will still be able to enter NZ, but they must isolate themselves for the first 14 days of arrival.
- No cruise ships will enter NZ waters until at least the 30 June.
- The Immigration New Zealand (INZ) China Beijing office remains temporarily closed during this time. INZ will continue to re-route applications to other branches where possible, to minimise delays.
- Effective 16 March, all Norwegian airports and seaports will be closed. However, planes carrying Norwegian citizens will be allowed to land.
- Effective 13 March, all foreign nationals arriving at Oslo Airport from outside the Nordic countries will be denied entry and required to return home. Foreign nationals who show symptoms will be tested for COVID-19 and placed in isolation for 14 days.
- Effective 13 March, most public offices are closed until further notice with no information on current alternative solutions for service delivery. It is anticipated that from 14 or 16 March ALL public offices will be closed. The tax and police office in Oslo is closed until further notice.
- Effective 12 March, anyone who has traveled outside the Nordic region (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway) since February 27 will be quarantined at home for 14 days on arrival. All pre-booked appointments for police at the Service Centre for Foreign Workers during the period 12 – 26 March are cancelled. It will not be possible to issue residence permits, submit applications for residence permits or order residence cards. Citizens of the EEA will not be able to register or have the registration certificate issued by the police.
- Effective 17 March, entry is suspended by land sea and air for all individuals, except citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. All individuals entering Oman will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
- Oman has suspended all tourist visas, including those already issued, for all nationalities for one month, effective 15 March.
- Entry is suspended for any travelers who have visited significantly-affected countries.
- Effective 17 March, entry is suspended to all individuals other than citizens and foreign residents of Panama.
- Effective immediately, the Ministry of Labor has suspended biometric enrolment and the issuance of work permit ID cards, for 15 working days. The validity of work permits which expire during this period will be extended by 15 days. Any foreign employee who has not yet been issued their work permit must carry a copy of Resolution DM131-2020 which introduced these measures. All work permit procedures must be handled only by duly authorized attorneys or paralegals. An online work permit submission and notification process has been implemented.
- Effective immediately, the National Immigration Authority has suspended biometric enrolment and the issuance of residence permit ID cards (temporary ID-cards, provisional ID-cards, non-resident visas, court stay ID-cards and “Crisol de Razas” ID-cards) for 15 working days. The validity of work permits which expire during this period will be extended by 15 days. Any foreign employee who has not yet been issued their residence permit ID card must carry a copy of Resolution 5731 which introduced these measures and a stamped copy of their application.
- Effective 13 April, all flights to and from Europe and Asia are suspended.
- All passengers entering Peru need to submit a sworn health statement.
- Nationals of and travelers who have visited identified high-risk countries must undergo a 14-day quarantine period.
- Effective 16 March, passengers who have visited Iran or Italy in the previous 14 days are required to present a medical certificate issued by competent medical authorities within the previous 48 hours certifying they are not infected with the new coronavirus. Those who present a medical certificate will be referred to the Bureau of Quarantine for a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Those who do not present a medical certificate will be denied entry. Exempted are Filipino nationals, and their foreign spouses and children, permanent residents and members of the diplomatic corps. Those exempted will still be referred to the Bureau of Quarantine.
- The current travel restrictions for travellers coming from or going to Hong Kong, Macau and certain areas of South Korea are still in place.
- Travel restrictions are lifted for Balik-Manggagawa overseas Filipino Workers returning to mainland China except for Hubei province.
- Effective 16 March, until 14 April, Consular Offices (CO) in Metro Manila and ASEANA Business Park will be temporarily operating with a skeletal workforce and provide consular services only to individuals with urgent needs, such as Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and those with medical cases. Applicants who have no urgent need for consular services, including those with confirmed passport appointments or seeking authentication and civil registration services, are requested to defer their visits to these COs until the community quarantine period ends.
- Effective 13 March, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has suspended work in the National Capital Region (NCR) until 12 April. This is likely to affect work visa applications submitted to the DOJ.
- Effective 11 March, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has implemented a four-day work week (Monday to Thursday), which may affect work permit applications filed with DOLE. The rule also applies to the Philippines Overseas Welfare Administration (POEA), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC).
- On 12 March, the Philippines government announced various additional measures imposing stringent social distancing in the National Capital Region.
- Effective 15 March, land, domestic air, and domestic sea travel to and from Metro Manila will be suspended.
- Entry restrictions will also be imposed on anyone travelling from countries with localized COVID-19 outbreaks, except for Filipino citizens and their foreign spouse and children, if any, and holders of permanent residence or diplomatic visas.
- On 14 February, the government lifted its temporary entry ban on visitors from Taiwan.
- The government has temporarily banned the entry of any person, regardless of nationality, except Filipino citizens and permanent residents, who within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, has been to China and its Special Administrative Regions.
- Also in place is a temporary ban on the entry of any person, regardless of nationality, except Filipino citizens and permanent residents, arriving from South Korea’s North Gyeongsang Province, Daegu City and Cheongdo County.
- There is a mandatory 14-day quarantine for Filipino citizens and permanent residents coming from any place in China and its Special Administrative Regions, or South Korea’s North Gyeongsang Province, Daegu City and Cheongdo County.
- Effective 16 March, in-person submission of residence permit applications is suspended at the immigration offices in Wrocław, Katowice, Warsaw, Krakow, Gdańsk and Poznań. All previously-booked appointments are cancelled, and further appointments will not be made until further notice. Application and document submission by post is welcomed.
- Effective 15 March, entry is suspended for foreign nationals other than foreign national residents of Poland. It is unclear whether this applies only to residence card holders or also to visa holders and EU citizens holding EU registration certificates.
- Also exempt are foreign spouses or children of Polish citizens, Pole’s Card holders, work permit or Polish diploma holders and diplomatic staff.
- Border controls with Schengen countries have been reintroduced.
- All international flights are suspended.
- International parcels cannot be posted at the Polish National Post Office
- All persons entering Poland, including Polish citizens, must undergo a 14-day quarantine period.
- Some consulates (e.g., all consulates in the US and the consulate in New Delhi) have announced the suspension of new visa applications and all existing appointments.
- Immigration offices are open but accepting limited visitors. As a result, immigration processes are being delayed.
- Effective 18 March, entry is suspended for all foreign nationals for 14 days. Returning Qatari citizens will be required to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine. All flights into Doha’s Hamad International Airport are suspended.
- Entry is suspended for all those intending to travel from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria and Thailand, including visas upon arrival, those with a residence or work permit, and temporary visitors.
- All flights to and from Italy are suspended.
- Arrivals who have been in Iran, China, South Korea or northern Italy in the previous 14 days will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Effective 14 March, employers are prohibited from allowing employees into their workplaces who have been placed under quarantine but have not yet completed the quarantine period.
- Effective 14 March, individuals who cohabitate with those under quarantine have to self-isolate for 14 calendar days.
- Effective 13 March, temporary suspension of entry and issuance of work permits, invitation letters and visas has been extended to citizens of Italy, as well as foreign nationals resident in Italy, for training employment, private, tourist or transit purposes. Citizens of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and permanent residents of Russia are exempt.
- Also effective 13 March, air traffic is restricted between Russia and Italy France, Spain and Germany. All flights to and from these countries will be carried out by Aeroflot and limited to certain cities only. In particular, air communication between the Russian Federation and Italy will be carried out only along the Moscow-Rome route.
- For now, visa and work permit extensions for Italian nationals in Russia appears to be continuing as usual.
- Anyone entering Moscow from affected territories is obligedto submit their travel history and contact details to the authorities. Anyone entering another Russian region is advised to submit their travel history and contact information to the authorities.
- Anyone arriving from China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Germany, France or Spain must inform the authorities of their arrival, provide contact details, and self-isolate for 14 days from the date of arrival (or for the whole time of their stay), even in the absence of symptoms.
- Permanent residents of Moscow who notice symptoms of COVID-19 infection are obliged to self-isolate at home and seek medical help without visiting medical organisations.
- Foreign nationals are temporarily banned from entering Russia from China, Iran or South Korea.
- Russia has closed its land borders with China to all traffic, and has also suspended the issuance of electronic visas to Chinese nationals. It has also suspended rail traffic and restricted air traffic with China.
- All passenger trains between Ulan Bator and Moscow have been canceled.
- Russian consulates in China have temporarily suspended acceptance of applications and issuance of private, tourist and student visas to Chinese nationals. Service, business, humanitarian and transit visas may still be issued.
- Entry of Chinese citizens under work, private, tourist and student visas is temporarily suspended from 20 February. Entry of Chinese holders of service, business, humanitarian and transit visas is not restricted.
- The following immigration services have been suspended:
- Issuance, extension and correction of work permits for Chinese citizens in Moscow;
- Issuance of work visas at the Russian consulates in China;
- Issuance of invitation letters for Chinese citizens;
- Issuance of e-visas for Chinese citizens;
- Issuance of tourist documents for organised tourist groups from China.
- In Moscow, already-approved work permits are not being handed over to Chinese citizens in some cases.
- Work visa extension and transfer applications are still being processed, until further notice.
- Entry to Russia via airports, other than via Moscow Sheremetievo airport, is temporarily suspended for foreign nationals, other than citizens of the Eurasian Economic Union, arriving from South Korea or Iran.
- Documents will not be accepted, processed or issued for Iranian nationals for visas for work, private visit, study, tourism, transit or eVisas, or for visa invitations or work permits.
- Citizens of Iran or South Korea entering Russia will be tested on entry and undergo quarantine at their place of residence for 14 days.
- Foreign nationals other than citizens of the Eurasian Economic Union are suspended from entry to Russia if travelling from Iran.
- Russian authorities have temporarily suspended acceptance of applications and issuance of work, private, tourist and student visas, as well as work permits and visa invitations, to foreign nationals resident in Iran.
- Effective 16 March, entry is suspended to most governmental sectors other than medical, military, security and electronic security sectors.
- Effective 15 March, holders of business, tourist, medical treatment, trading or family visit visas can request a visa extension at the passport office upon payment of a fee.
- Effective 14 March, all international flights to and from Saudi Arabia will be suspended for two weeks. The period will be considered an exceptional official holiday for citizens and residents who are unable to return to work due to the flight suspension or quarantine.
- Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended entry for the purposes of religious pilgrimage.
- Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nationals including KSA nationals are required to use their passports instead of their ID Cards for entry to and exit from Saudi Arabia and to demonstrate no infection over 14 days before entry.
- Effective 15 March, all travelers, including Saudi citizens and residents, arriving from the EU, Switzerland, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Djibouti, and Somalia are temporarily banned from entry to Saudi Arabia. Flights to and from these countries will be halted. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) clarified that Saudi citizens and citizens of the EU and the other aforementioned countries have 72 hours from Thursday to return to Saudi Arabia before the travel suspensions come into effect.
- Saudi Arabia has also suspended travel by air and sea to and from France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Oman, Turkey, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, South Korea, Egypt and Iraq, and the land border with Jordan.
- Saudi Arabia has also suspended the entry of tourist visa holders coming from countries where the new COVID-19 is spreading dangerously (including China, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, and Singapore).
- Holders of multiple re-entry visit visas, including business visit visas and work visit visas, can reenter the country provided they did not visit any country affected byCOVID-19 in the previous 14 days.
- Effective 15 March, entry is suspended for foreign nationals other than full-time residents and diplomats.
- Effective 10 March, entry is suspended for all foreign travelers from Italy, South Korea, certain provinces of China and Switzerland.
- Effective 16 March at 23:59 (local time) all travellers (including Singapore Residents, Long Term Pass holders, and short-term visitors) entering Singapore with recent travel history to ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam), Japan, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom within the last 14 days will be issued with a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN). In addition, they will have to provide proof of the place where they will serve the 14-day SHN, for example a hotel booking covering the entire period, or a place of residence they or their family members own. They may also be swabbed for testing for COVID-19, even if asymptomatic.
- As already announced, returning residents (Singaporean Citizens and Permanent Residents) with travel history to mainland China (outside Hubei province), Iran, Italy, France, Spain, Germany and South Korea within the last 14 days, are to be placed on a mandatory 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) in addition to those with travel history from mainland China (outside Hubei province), Iran, and the Republic of Korea. Under the SHN, they will have to remain in their place of residence at all times for a 14-day period after returning to Singapore. Short-term visitors from these areas will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore.
- With immediate effect, Singapore will cease port calls for all cruise vessels.
- All travelers (including Singaporean Citizens and Permanent Residents, and Pass holders) entering Singapore and exhibiting fever and/or other symptoms of respiratory illness may be required to undergo a COVID-19 swab test at the checkpoint. With immediate effect, all such travelers will also be issued a mandatory 14-day SHN which they will have to serve in full even if the result of the swab test is negative. Those that meet the clinical suspect case definition will be conveyed to the hospital for follow-up.
- Singapore citizens and permanent residents and long-term pass holders (including Work Passes and Permits, Student Pass, Dependent Pass, Long-term Visit Pass and in-principle approval (IPA) for a Work Pass) who have visited Hubei in the last 14 days, or are holders of PRC passports issued in Hubei, and who are currently overseas, will be quarantined on arrival. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) strongly urges employers to ask these employees to defer coming into Singaporeuntil further notice. Employers must inform MOM by 7 February that they have deferred the return of these employees, and if not, provide the reasons why not.
- This Stay Home Notice (‘SHN’) scheme is stricter than the previous Leave of Absence (‘LOA’) requirements, which allowed persons to leave their homes briefly to purchases food and household supplies. Those currently serving a LOA would need to continue to serve out the remaining LOA order.
- Employers or Employment Agents acting on behalf of the hiring company will not be allowed to proceed with the issuance of work passes for these employees during their SHN period. After the SHN, the usual procedures for issuance of work pass i.e. send workers for medical examination, fingerprinting, attend the Settling-In Programme and safety courses, may then proceed.
- MOM will revoke the license of any Employment Agents who encourage or assist a person to breach their SHN. If the SHN is breached, MOM will take action against the employer and the employee.
- MOM will reject all new work pass applications for foreign workers from mainland China until further notice. Renewal applications for existing pass holders will not be affected.
- MOM will automatically extend Short-Term Visit Passes by 14 days and, on request, extend the work pass issuance deadline.
- Employers are advised to regularly check MOM’s websiteand MOH’s website.
- Holders of PRC passports issued in Hubei, and all new visitors, of any nationality, with recent travel history (within the last 14 days) to mainland China, Iran, northern Italy or South Korea will not be allowed to enter or transit Singapore.
- The issuance of all forms of new visas to those with Chinese or Iranian passports has been suspended. Previously issued short-term and multiple-visit visas for those with Iranian passports will also be suspended and during this period of suspension, they will not be allowed entry into Singapore.
- Effective 13 March, only Slovak citizens and foreign nationals with temporary or permanent residence in Slovakia will be allowed to enter the country. Those living in Austria/Hungary but working in Slovakia or those living in Slovakia and working in neighbouring countries should provide proof from their employer to be shown at the border crossing.
- All Slovak citizens and foreign nationals with temporary and permanent residence in Slovakia who return from abroad must enter a 14-day quarantine at home, with the exception of those who live in a neighbouring country and commute to work in Slovakia.
- All three international airports are closed, an international bus and train transport is restricted.
- Foreign police offices will operate a restricted service.
- All arrivals from China, Iran, Italy and South Korea and their family members must undergo a 14-day quarantine period.
- Effective 18 March, until further notice, a travel ban applies to individuals of all nationalities traveling from Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, China and any other high-risk country determined by the Government.
- All travelers from Portugal, Singapore, Hong Kong and any other countries determined by the Government are subject to increased scrutiny on arrival and may be quarantined.
- All foreign nationals who arrived in South Africa since mid-February are subject to full testing.
- All pending and recently issued visas for applicants from these countries will be canceled.
- Chinese nationals holding Intra-Company Transfer Work Visas which are due to expire on or before 31 July 2020 may apply to change their statuses to a Visitor’s Visa in terms of section 11(1)(a) of the Immigration Act, endorsed for work in terms of section 11(2) of the said Act, subject to meeting application requirements, valid for up to 6 months (180 days); however, no change of status to any other visa category or change of conditions on the visa will be accommodated.
- Chinese nationals holding Visitor’s Visas issued in terms of section 11(a) of the Act, which includes a holiday or business visitor, who has reached the legal maximum period of residence of six months in total will be allowed to apply for a new Visitor’s Visa in the same category valid for a further period of three months (90 days); however, no change of status to any other visa category or change of conditions on the visa will be accommodated.
- Chinese nationals holding any Temporary Residence Visawhich expired from 1 December 2019, up to and including 29 February 2020, will be allowed to submit a renewal application based on their expired visa without first having to apply to regularize their stay in the form of an ‘Authorization for an illegal foreigner to remain in the country pending an application for status’ as contemplated in Form 20 in annexure A to the Immigration Regulations.
- Effective immediately, holders of short-term visas (B-1, B-2, C-1, C-3, C-4) who cannot exit South Korea before their visa expires, due to canceled flights, must apply for a maximum 30-day extension at the immigration office.
- Effective immediately, holders of short-term visas (B-1, B-2, C-1, C-3, C-4) who cannot exit South Korea before their visa expires, due to canceled flights, must apply for a maximum 30-day extension at the immigration office.
- Effective 9 March, the visa waiver for Japanese nationals and existing visas already issued to Japanese nationals are suspended.
- All Japanese nationals, including diplomatic and government official passport holders, intending to visit South Korea for any purpose, need to obtain a valid visa before entry. An additional health report form must be submitted and visa processing is likely to take at least two weeks.
- All visitors from Japan will need to undergo a separate quarantine process at all air and sea ports.
- South Korea will not impose any penalty fee on foreign national visitors and residents who are COVID-19 patients for exceeding the period of stay until they are recovered and officially confirmed by the medical institutions.
- For Alien Registration Card (ARC) holders whose current visa and ARC expiry date is in between 22 February 2020 and 29 April 2020 (both dates inclusive), their visa and ARC expiry date has been automatically extended to 30 April 2020. This policy is applied to all visa holders except E-9 and E-10 visa holders. ARC holders who fall under this automatic extension policy do not need to visit their district immigration offices to apply for ARC extension.
- All foreign nationals who have stayed in or visited Hubei will not be allowed entry from 4 February.
- Chinese nationals with a Hubei-issued passport are prohibited from entering South Korea.
- Chinese nationals who have visited Hubei in the last 14 days will not be allowed entry on the visa waiver program.
- All issued and effective visas issued at the Korean consulate in Hubei are temporarily suspended.
- All Chinese citizens and foreigner nationals arriving from China are temporarily prohibited from entering Korea through Jeju Island via the visa waiver program.
- The government has announced that all foreign nationals arriving from China must submit their mobile phone number, which will be checked before they are allowed to enter South Korea. One phone number per family with children will be checked, and all phone numbers for a group of friends. Airlines will be financially responsible for returning travelers who fail to submit working phone numbers. Phone number checking is expected to cause delays on arrival in South Korea.
- Effective 16 March, initial residence application services at immigration offices will be suspended indefinitely.
- On-arrival visa facilities for foreigners arriving in Sri Lanka are temporarily suspended till further notice.
- Travelers from or having transited through Italy, Iran, or South Korea will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
- Effective 17 March, all travelers from the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Dubai must undergo compulsory 14-day home quarantine, with twice-daily health checks from the local medical authorities. Affected travelers can pay to stay at group quarantine facilities if they do not have a residence for home quarantine. Penalties for breach of quarantine rules include mandatory medical isolation and fines of between NT$ 10,000 and NT$300,000.
- Non-resident foreign nationals who have visited or resided in mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau in the past 14 days (including transit), and all mainland Chinese, Hong Kong and Macau nationals are temporarily banned from entry and from accessing visa and entry permit application services.
- Non-resident foreign nationals entering Taiwan via South Korea are subject to mandatory 14-day home quarantine.
- Foreign residents with Taiwan ARC cards, and Taiwan nationals, who have visited or resided in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau or South Korea in the previous 14 days (including transit) are subject to mandatory 14-day home quarantine after entering Taiwan.
- Foreign nationals entering Taiwan via Thailand, Italy, Iran, Singapore and Japan will be subject to mandatory 14-days self-health management protocol.
- Foreign nationals seeking to enter Taiwan may apply for an entry permit or visa as long as they have not visited or resided in China during the previous 14 days, subject to additional requirements. Applications submitted by those who have visited or resided in China during this period will not be accepted.
- When applying for a visa, foreign nationals must provide additional documents, including: a full travel history for the previous 14 days; a certificate of a health check-up conducted in the previous seven days showing that the applicant does not have a fever of 38 degrees Celsius or higher and is not suffering from respiratory tract or lung infections; and a signed affidavit stipulating that the applicant shall immediately notify health authorities in Taiwan when experiencing any symptoms detailed above.
- Applications for temporary entry stays (landing visas and online visas) and the online application system for foreigners for Hong Kong and Macau residents have been suspended.
- In case of exceptional circumstances, Taipei Economic & Cultural Offices (TECO) abroad may accept and process applications on presentation of Entry and Exit Certification Records issued by the Hong Kong and Macau governments to prove no travel history to mainland China within the previous 14 days.
- Hong Kong and Macau residents who obtained valid Entry and Exit documents for Taiwan before 7 February, have valid residence permits for Taiwan or are travelling to Taiwan from countries outside Hong Kong, and Macau must all be subject to 14 days of self-health management.
- An online health declaration system will be launched to expedite the process of quarantine operations and immigration clearance upon arrival.
- The immigration authorities in Thailand have confirmed that they will no longer issued Visa on Arrival to Chinese nationals, who should instead obtain a health certificate, apply for a visa at a Thai consulate and then obtain an updated health certificate to be presented to the Thai immigration authorities at the airport on arrival in Thailand. They will also be subject to a 14-day self-quarantine.
- Effective 13 March, Visa on Arrival is suspended for nationals of 18 countries including Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan and Vanuatu. Nationals of these countries also need a Health Certificate issued within 48 hours of flight departure certifying that they are free of COVID-19.
- Effective 13 March, visa-free entry for South Korea, Italy and Hong Kong are suspended. Nationals of these countries also need a Health Certificate issued within 48 hours of flight departure certifying that they are free of COVID-19.
- Effective 12 March, foreign nationals arriving in Thailand will need to download an Airports of Thailand mobile app to provide information about themselves and where they will be staying.
- The government will allow a 7-day visa extension period for tourist visa holders who are currently in Thailand. Longer extensions will be at the discretion of the local authority.
- The Board of Investment (BOI) has declared the following countries “restricted”: China, Macau, Hong Kong, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Japan, France, Germany, Taiwan.
- Nationals of these restricted countries must wait 14 days from the date of their arrival in Thailand before submitting an online work permit application to the BOI. Applications take 5-10 days for processing, so new arrivals from restricted countries will have to wait at least 3-4 weeks after entering Thailand before receiving their Digital Work Permit and long-term visa.
- The Employment Department and Immigration Bureau consider the same countries to be restricted, as well as Singapore.
- The Employment Department will accept applications from nationals of the restricted countries, or other nationals who have visited the restricted countries in the previous 14 days, if the applications are made by an authorized representative of the foreign applicant holding a power of attorney. Upon receipt of the work permit booklet the authorized representative can bring the work permit booklet to the foreign applicant for signature at home while such person remains in self-imposed quarantine.
- The Immigration Bureau requests that nationals of the restricted countries, and other nationals who have visited the restricted countries in the previous 14 days, do NOT file visa applications within 14 days of arrival, except if their visa will expire.
- Visa exemptions for South Korea, Italy and Hong Kong are suspended.
- Travelers arriving from or having transited through China, Macau, Hong Kong, South Korea, Italy or Iran are required to provide their address and travel plans; to enter voluntary self-quarantine at home or at a hotel for 14 days (and to report to the authorities daily); to enter government quarantine if showing symptoms of COVID-19; and to postpone applying for visa extension until after the 14-day quarantine period.
- Any person found to be in breach of the quarantine will face a fine of 20,000 baht.
- Chinese nationals or travelers from China will be required to provide a medical certificate when applying for a Thai visa in China.
- Effective 16 March, entry is suspended for two weeks for all foreign nationals. Foreign national residents are exempted. All regular flights are canceled.
United Arab Emirates
- Effective 17 March, issuance of all new entry visas is suspended. This does not affect visas already issued prior to 17 March, nor holders of diplomatic passports. It is not clear whether in-country visa applications are affected.
- Also exempt are nationals of the following countries, who will have to undergo additional medical screening on arrival and departure: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy (from Rome only), Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City, UK and USA.
- Arrivals from Italy, Lebanon (until 16 March), China, Syria (until 16 March) and Thailand will have to undergo thermal screening and a nasal swab.
- Also effective 17 March, all flights between UAE and Lebanon, Turkey, Syria and Iraq are temporarily suspended until further notice.
- Flights are also suspended to and from Bahrain, Iran, Italy (except Rome), Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, China (except Beijing) are also suspended until further notice.
- Effective 16 March, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has suspended all new employment, dependent and visit visa services for individuals outside UAE, until further notice. Clients can continue applying for new visas if the applicant is already in the UAE.
- Chinese nationals in the UK who are normally resident in China and whose visas expire between 24 January 2020 and 30 March 2020 will have their visas automatically extended to 31 March 2020.
- Non-Chinese and non-EEA nationals in the UK who can prove that they are normally resident in China and whose visas expire between 24 January 2020 and 30 March 2020 should contact the COVID-19 immigration helplineto have their visas extended to 31 March 2020.
- Chinese nationals in the UK whose leave was granted by the Irish authorities and expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 March 2020 should contact the COVID-19 immigration helplineto discuss their consequences.
- Chinese nationals in the UK on a Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer visa who want to switch to a Tier 2 (General) visa can exceptionally apply from within the UK, instead of from China, if their visa has an expiry date between 24 January 2020 and 30 March 2020. They will still need to pay the relevant fee and meet all other requirements for a Tie 2 General visa.
- British nationals whose passports are at a UK Visa Application Centre (VAC) in China can apply for an emergency travel documentif they need to travel urgently.
- Chinese or third-country nationals whose passports are at a UK Visa Application Centre (VAC) in China should contact the Chinese authorities or their consular representative in China to get an alternative travel document if they need to travel urgently.
- The Home Office will not take any compliance action against Tier 4 students or Tier 2/5 employees who are unable to attend their work/studies due to the COVID-19 outbreak, or against sponsors which authorize absences and continue to sponsor students or employees despite absences for this reason.
- Returning travelers or visitors arriving in the UK from Wuhan city and Hubei Province (mainland China), Daegu or Cheongdo (South Korea), Iran or any Italian town under containment measures should self-isolate, even if asymptomatic, and call NHS 111 to inform of recent travel.
- Effective midnight EST on Monday 16 March (04:00 GMT Tuesday 17 March), the travel ban is extended to the United Kingdom and Ireland.
- On 13 March 13 2020, the US Department of State announced on its website that the US Embassy and Consulates in India are canceling all non-immigrant and immigrant visa appointments scheduled on or after 16 March 2020 until further notice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Existing appointments will not be automatically rescheduled.
- The US consulates in Dominican Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, France, Lebanon, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine and elsewhere are also suspending or limiting routine visa services.
- The president has announced the suspension of entry as immigrants and non-immigrants for travelers of any nationality who have been in the Schengen area in the previous 14 days. This does not apply to the UK, Ireland or other non-Schengen states, nor to US citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) or their family members, or to C (transit) or D (sea crew member) non-immigrants. This proclamation does not apply to persons aboard a flight scheduled to arrive in the United States that departed prior to 11:59 pm eastern daylight time on 13 March 2020. The president called it a 30-day travel ban in his speech, but the published presidential proclamation does not specify an end date for the suspension.
- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary has announced that he intends to issue a supplemental Notice of Arrivals Restriction requiring US passengers who have been in the Schengen area to travel through select airports where the US Government has implemented enhanced screening procedures.
- US consulates in Italy are limited to emergency American Citizen Services and emergency visa services.
- Regular visa services at US consulates in China are suspended.
- Foreign nationals (other than immediate family of US citizens, permanent residents, and flight crew) who have traveled in mainland China within 14 days of their arrival, will be denied entry into the United States.
- Those planning trips to the United States who are resident in China, have traveled to China recently or intend to travel to China before entering the US are advised to postpone their US visa interview until 14 days after their departure from China.
- US citizens who have been in Hubei province within 14 days of their return will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine.
- US citizens who have been in other areas of mainland China within 14 days of their return will undergo proactive entry health screening and up to 14 days of self-quarantine with health monitoring.
- Foreign nationals, (other than immediate family of US citizens, permanent residents, and flight crew) who have traveled in Iran within 14 days of their arrival, will be denied entry into the United States.
- Travelers arriving from China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Iran, Spain, Italy, France and Germany will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
- Effective 12 March, the government authorities have suspended flights from Europe and Colombia, and closed the borders with Colombia and Brazil.
- Work permit applications for South Korean and Chinese nationals continue to be suspended nationwide.
- In some other provinces of Vietnam (not applicable in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City), work permit applications have been suspended for all foreign nationals coming from an epidemic area which at the date of this article include a large majority of countries around the word.
- The original passport is required when submitting the work permit application (including initial and renewal applications) at Ho Chi Minh City labor department. It is still unclear as to how to proceed when the work permit application is lodged before applicant arrives in Vietnam. In other provinces, labor authorities request an explanation letter of the applicant’s travel schedule since 31 December 2019, signed and sealed by the host company.
- In Ho Chi Minh City again, if the required medical check-up for the work permit was conducted before 11 February 2020, the applicant needs to obtain the health declaration report from the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, or re-undertake the medical check-up at an authorized hospital (e.g. Raffles Clinic).
- Effective 15 March, for 30 days, entry is suspended for anyone who has traveled to or transited through the United Kingdom or the Schengen states in the previous 14 days.
- Visa on Arrival is suspended temporarily for all foreign nationals.
- Effective 12 March, the Vietnamese authorities will suspend the visa exemption scheme for foreign nationals of eight EU countries and the UK, including those of Vietnamese origin. As a result, a visa is required for British and all EU nationals to enter Vietnam. Visa endorsement must take place at the Vietnamese embassies and consulates abroad since the visa on arrival was also suspended. As of the date of this article, only visa applications for business and work purposes appear to be granted to EU nationals by the immigration department, but are subject to a number of conditions such as a guarantee letter from the host company confirming no travels or transits in epidemic countries since 15 February.
- Countries with more than 500 confirmed cases of COVID-19, or more than 50 new cases per day, can also expect to have visa exemptions to Vietnam suspended at this time.
- The immigration departments have temporarily stopped granting visa on arrival (VOA) pre-approval letters for business and for all nationalities.
- Visa exemption scheme for South Korean and all EU nationals is temporarily suspended until further notice.
- Visa applications are suspended for Chinese, South Korean, Italian, and Iranian nationals.
- All passengers arriving in Vietnam, who have departed from either China, South Korea, Italy or Iran within the previous 14 days will not be allowed to enter Vietnam, or will be subject to government quarantine.
- All travelers arriving in Vietnam are required to complete a health declaration form available online.
- The health declaration form is also required for all visa renewals.
- Local authorities have taken temperature readings on arrival (ports, airports, border crossing points). People arriving at check-ups with fever upon arrival are likely to be placed under quarantine at a medical designated health facilities or forced home quarantine. Vietnam Airlines has begun to screen all passengers at European airports leaving for Vietnam.
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