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EIG COVID-19 Update | August 3, 2020

August 3, 2020

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these emails to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information helpful, too.

International Updates

Australia | As cases of the coronavirus increase in Australia, the state of Victoria declared a state of emergency on Sunday, and tighter restrictions are expected in Melbourne, including curfews and business closures.
Case Update: 641 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/8/03 3:00 PM CEST

Cyprus | The government has announced that all travelers from Greece would need to show a negative PCR test from within the past 72 hours to enter. Cypriots and residents can be tested at the airport upon arrival.
Case Update: 26 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/8/03 3:00 PM CEST

France | As announced last month by Prime Minister Jean Castex, travelers arriving into France from the listed 16 countries where the coronavirus rates are high must submit to a coronavirus test upon arrival or show proof of a negative test taken within the past 72 hours.
Case Update: 1,272 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/8/03 3:00 PM CEST

Libya | The government has reissued the total lockdown for five days in an attempt to slow the coronavirus’ spread.
Case Update: 146 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/8/03 3:00 PM CEST

Norway | Cruise ships with more than 100 people on board will not be able to disembark at Norwegian ports for 14 days.
Case Update: 0 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/8/03 3:00 PM CEST

The Philippines | The government announced a stricter two-week lockdown in and around Manila beginning on August 4.
Case Update: 4,953 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/8/03 3:00 PM CEST

Singapore | From August 11, travelers from a select list of countries who can isolate at home will have to wear an electronic monitoring device to ensure they are following quarantine orders.
Case Update: 313 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/8/03 3:00 PM CEST

The UK | The Home Office has published guidance extending the current COVID-19 concession provision until August 31. This means that individuals whose visas are due to expire between January 24 – August 31, 2020, can remain in the UK until August 31, and may be able to apply from within the UK to switch to a long-term UK visa until August 31.
Case Update: 743 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/8/03 3:00 PM CEST

In this week’s Immigration Nerds podcast, journalist and author Jessica Goudeau meets us at the mic to talk about her new book, After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America.

Immigrants and refugees have been central to America’s identity for centuries—yet America has periodically turned its back at the times of greatest humanitarian need.

After the Last Border is an intimate look at the lives of two refugee women as they struggle for the 21st century American dream in Austin, Texas. This story goes beyond policy and politics to introduce us to the people.

 

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.