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EIG COVID-19 Update | May 18, 2020

May 18, 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

Austria | The borders with the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia will reopen on June 15. As previously reported, the Austrian government has also coordinated the border reopening with Germany, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.

The border and travel with Italy remain closed.
Case Update: 14 new cases, -58 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/18, 1:00 PM CEST

Hungary | After two weeks of lifting the lockdown in the rest of the country, beginning Monday, the government will gradually like the lockdown restrictions in Budapest.
Case Update: 26 new cases, -10 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/18, 1:00 PM CEST

India | The government has extended the nationwide lockdown to May 31.
Case Update: 5,242 new cases, 255 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/18, 1:00 PM CEST

Ireland | All travelers arriving in Ireland will have to quarantine for 14-days Travelers from Northern Ireland will be exempt.
Case Update: 64 new cases, -28 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/18, 1:00 PM CEST

Italy | Beginning Monday, Italians will be able to move freely within the region they live in. Beginning June 3, Italians will be able to travel between regions, and travelers into Italy from other European countries will be permitted without a quarantine period.
Case Update: 675 new cases, -200 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/18, 1:00 PM CEST

Qatar | Masks are mandatory in public, and failure to comply may result in three years in jail or fines as much as $55,000.
Case Update: 1,632 new cases, 85 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/18, 1:00 PM CEST

Sudan | All airports will remain closed until May 31 for flights except for evacuating foreigners and humanitarian aid, essential goods and services.
Case Update: 51 new cases, 51 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/18, 1:00 PM CEST

Thailand | The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has extended the suspension of all incoming flights until June 30 at 11:59 AM. International flights will be permitted only if they are state or military, making an emergency landing, landing without disembarking, humanitarian aid or relief flights, repatriation, or cargo flights. Passengers on these flights are subject to 14-days of quarantine.
Case Update: 3 new cases, 0 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/18, 1:00 PM CEST

The United States | The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the policy to defer the physical presence requirements associated with the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) for an additional 30 days. Employers who were served notices of inspection (NOIs) by ICE during March 2020 and had not already responded were granted an automatic extension for 60 days from the effective date. ICE will allow an additional extension of 30 days to these employers.

This provision only applies to employers and workplaces that are operating remotely.
Case Update: 22,813 new cases, -4,277 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/18, 1:00 PM CEST

Zimbabwe | The government has extended the lockdown indefinitely. The restrictions will be reviewed every two weeks.
Case Update: 2 new cases, -3 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/18, 1:00 PM CEST

In this week’s Erickson Immigration Group Immigration Nerds podcast, we talked to Dan Lyle, an American former rugby union player and current director of AEG Rugby. We talk about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on international sports, and what a win would look like for teams and their fans in the future.

The Immigration Nerds podcast shares stories at the cross-section of immigration news and policy updates, business, culture, travel, developing trends, and, for now, the coronavirus. If you have stories to share, 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.