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EIG COVID-19 Update | September 18, 2020

September 20, 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 updates 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 | From mid-October, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the government would increase how many citizens will be able to return to Australia each week from 4,000 to 6,000 people.
Case Update: 34 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/9/18 4:00 PM CEST

Canada, United States, Mexico | The current border restrictions shared between Canada, the United States, and Mexico will be extended by a month until October 21.

Germany | The government has added Vienna and Budapest to its travel risk list.
Case Update: 1,916 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/9/18 4:00 PM CEST

Ireland | The Minister for Justice and Equality announced a further temporary extension of immigration permissions to January 20, 2021. This applies to permissions due to expire between September 20, 2020 and January 20, 2021.

The legal status of anyone who already holds valid permission in Ireland is maintained until January 20, 2021.

Additionally, Ireland has added Greece and Italy to the list of countries for which travelers must quarantine for 14 days.
Case Update: 224 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/9/18 4:00 PM CEST

Namibia | From September 18, international travel will resume after a six-month state of emergency.
Case Update: 114 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/9/18 4:00 PM CEST

The Netherlands | From September 21, a person from a country with an entry ban who makes a trip that demonstrably contributes to the Dutch economy and society may travel to the Netherlands under specific conditions. The full review of conditions is at the link.
Case Update: 1,750 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/9/18 4:00 PM CEST

The United Arab Emirates | Individuals arriving at the Abu Dhabi airport from abroad will have to wear a tracking device while completing their 14-day home quarantine.
Case Update: 786 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/9/18 4:00 PM CEST

The United Kingdom | From 4 AM on Saturday, travelers from Slovenia and Guadaloupe will be required to self-isolate for 14 days as they join the quarantine country list. Singapore and Thailand are now on the UK’s Travel Corridor, and travelers no longer have to quarantine on arrival.
Case Update: 3,395 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/9/18 4:00 PM CEST

In February, weeks before the US implemented a coronavirus response, EIG attorney Yasmin Mirreh published an article in Law360 — Coronavirus And Immigration: Tips For The Global Employer. Now, in this week’s Immigration Nerds podcast, Yasmin talks about what she’s seen in the last almost seven months, what she hears from clients, and perspective moving forward.

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.