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.
Australia | In Victoria, Australia’s second-most populous state, the state of emergency is extended to July 19 as it continues to battle a recent coronavirus spike.
Case Update: 25 new cases, -2 daily change, Last updated: 2020/6/22 3:00 PM CEST
Costa Rica | The government is stopping its plans to reopen the country and the economy after a record-high number of cases on Friday.
Case Update: 69 new cases, -50 daily change, Last updated: 2020/6/22 3:00 PM CEST
Ireland | Acting Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announced the country’s 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers from other countries would continue until at least July 9. The government will review future plans next week.
Case Update: 5 new cases, -1 daily change, Last updated: 2020/6/22 3:00 PM CEST
Japan | Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted the remaining bans on domestic travel and encouraged residents to go out and attend events to help support the economy.
Case Update: 52 new cases, -13 daily change, Last updated: 2020/6/22 3:00 PM CEST
Mexico | The government is delaying its plans to reopen the country and economy after cases reach near-record levels.
Case Update: 4,717 new cases, -313 daily change, Last updated: 2020/6/22 3:00 PM CEST
New Zealand | Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the ban on cruise ships arriving at New Zealand’s ports would continue. Ships for cargo and trade will still be permitted.
Case Update: 4 new cases, 4 daily change, Last updated: 2020/6/22 3:00 PM CEST
Pakistan | Following the resumption of domestic flights on May 16, on Saturday, June 20, limited international flights resumed.
Case Update: 4,471 new cases, -480 daily change, Last updated: 2020/6/22 3:00 PM CEST
Saudi Arabia | The nationwide curfew and restrictions on business operations ended on Sunday, June 21. However, international flights remain suspended, and social gatherings are limited to groups no larger than 50 people.
Case Update: 3,369 new cases, -562 daily change, Last updated: 2020/6/22 3:00 PM CEST
Slovenia |The government is introducing a 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers coming from Bosnia, Kosovo, and Serbia after new cases of the coronavirus significantly increase.
Case Update: 1 new case, -5 daily change, Last updated: 2020/6/22 3:00 PM CEST
Spain | On Sunday, Spain reopened its borders to most European countries and ended the state of emergency that has been in place since mid-March. Spain is now open to all EU nations, except Portugal, and the Schengen area members outside the bloc and Britain. Non-essential travel from third countries is still restricted until June 30.
Case Update: 334 new cases, -29 daily change, Last updated: 2020/6/22 3:00 PM CEST
The United Arab Emirates | Starting Tuesday, June 23, UAE residents and citizens can travel to countries deemed low-risk for catching the coronavirus. Upon return to the UAE, travelers must test negative for COVID-19 and will have to quarantine for up to 14 days.
For Dubai: Foreign nationals with residency visas issued in Dubai are allowed to return as of Monday, June 22. Citizens and residents will be allowed to travel to any country starting Tuesday, June 23. International tourists can travel to Dubai beginning Tuesday, July 7. Returning residents will have to show a recent negative test for COVID-19, among other reporting procedures in place.
The United Kingdom | The country’s coronavirus alert level is now a 3, reduced from level 4. Level 3 indicates the coronavirus is still in general circulation, but the transmission is no longer high or rising exponentially.
Case Update: 1,221 new cases, -74 daily change, Last updated: 2020/6/22 3:00 PM CEST
In the most recent Immigration Nerds podcast, host Ian Gaines talks to Dr. Usha Tummala-Nara, the Program Director, Ph.D. Program in Counseling Psychology at Boston College. Dr. Tummala-Nara is currently conducting research on mental health and trauma within immigrant communities. In this timely conversation, we discuss the various mental, emotional, and psychic challenges of adjusting to a different culture, her approach to treatment, and how society can facilitate a smoother transition to living in a new country.
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.