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EIG COVID-19 Update | April 9, 2020

April 9, 2020

We’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first, and our mission to uncomplicate the complicated. We hope the below updates help to make sense of the changes happening across the world.

International Updates

Australia | The government is limiting public gatherings with individuals outside of your household to no more than two people. During the Easter holiday weekend, houses of worship will be closed to the public.
Case Update: 96 new cases, -14.29% daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/9, 8:00 PM CEST

Colombia | In Bogota, outings for essential supplies or errands will be restricted by gender beginning Monday. The nationwide lockdown is set to end on April 27.
Case Update: 201 new cases, 113.83% daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/9, 8:00 PM CEST

Ethiopia | The government has declared a state of emergency.
Case Update: 3 new cases, -66.67% daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/9, 8:00 PM CEST

France | In an evolving development, France Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the country’s economic stimulus package would be 100 bn euros. “These numbers could yet change as the economic situation and companies’ need of support is changing fast. We’re going all out to save our companies,” Le Maire said.
Case Update: 3,869 new cases, 3.5% daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/9, 8:00 pm CEST

Hungary | The government has extended the nationwide lockdown indefinitely.
Case Update: 85 new cases, 8.97% daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/9, 8:00 PM CEST

Lebanon | The government has extended the already nearly-month long lockdown another two weeks to April 26. There is also a nationwide curfew from 7 PM to 5 AM.
Case Update: 7 new cases, -74% daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/9, 8:00 PM CEST

Liberia | The government has declared a state of emergency.
Case Update: 17 new cases, 100% daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/9, 8:00 PM CEST

New Zealand | In a policy change, all arrivals into New Zealand will now have to remain in managed isolation or quarantine for 14 days before they can continue to their next destination. More information about arrivals into NZ is here.
Case Update: 23 new cases, -11.54% daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/9, 8:00 PM CEST

Poland | The country’s borders will remain closed until May 3. Businesses will remain locked down until April 19.
Case Update: 357 new cases, -17.93% daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/9, 8:00 PM CEST

Spain | Lawmakers are expected to extend the state of emergency for two more weeks until April 26.
Case Update: 6,180 new cases, 12.81% daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/9, 8:00 PM CEST

Thailand | The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has announced a temporary ban on all international flights into Thailand until April 18. Due to the entry ban, the BOI and IEAT are no longer accepting pre-visa applications until further notice.

For foreign nationals in Thailand with ANY visa type set to expire from March 26 onwards are eligible for an automatic extension until April 30, 2020.
Case Update: 53 new cases, -63.76% daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/9, 8:00 PM CEST

The US | As office closures limit overseas passport operations due to COVID-19, the State Department is no longer shipping full validity passports overseas. Embassies and consulates may issue limited validity emergency passports for urgent travel needs.
Case Update: 31,709 new cases, 7.45% daily change, Last updated: 2020/4/9, 8:00 pm CEST

Erickson Immigration Group’s Immigration Nerds podcast is sharing stories at the cross-section of immigration, culture, travel, and, for now, the coronavirus. If you have stories to share, like this week’s guest fashion designer Kimberly Wong, we want to hear from you.

We will continue to send updates daily or as more COVID-19-related news is available. If you have questions about anything we’re reporting above or in past updates or want to hear more about a different topic, just reply to let us know. If you have specific questions, please contact your employer or EIG attorney.