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EIG US and Global COVID Update | March 30, 2021

March 30, 2021

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

Argentina | From Saturday, March 27, the government has suspended flights from Brazil, Chile, and Mexico until further notice. Flights were already suspended from Great Britain.

Estonia | The government has extended the public health measures in place, originally set to expire on April 11, until April 25. Additionally, travelers coming from Finland, Latvia, and Lithuania would need to isolate for 10 days upcoming arrival.

India | As India continues to battle a second COVID-19 wave, international commercial passenger services remain closed. However, international scheduled flights are permitted on select routes on a case-by-case basis. India has established an “air transport bubble” with certain countries, such as the U.S., France, Canada, amongst others, for which air carriers can offer a limited number of international flights. Read more >>

Italy | The Health Ministry has announced a mandatory 5-day quarantine for anyone arriving or returning from trips to other European Union countries. Travel restrictions also include taking a COVID-19 test before departure and when the quarantine period ends.

Panama | From Wednesday, March 31, entry will be suspended to travelers who have been in South America in the previous 15 days, with an exception for Panamanian citizens and residents.

Spain | The Spanish government has extended the current travel restrictions for third-country travelers until April 30, 2021. Additionally:

  • Brazil and South Africa Flight Restriction | The flight limitations between Brazil, South Africa, and Spanish airports are extended until April 13, 2021.

  • Portugal | The land travel restrictions in place with Portugal have been extended until April 6.

  • Quarantine Requirements for Select Travelers | From April 4, a 10-day quarantine period applies to travelers from Brazil, South Africa, Botswana, Comoros, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Colombia, and Peru.

  • Testing Requirements for Select Travelers | The Ministry of Health has updated its list of countries considered “areas of risk” whose travelers must undertake a COVID-19 test prior to traveling to Spain: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark (except the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway (except the regions of Møre og Romsdal and Trøndelag), Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden.

Read more for information on exemptions >>

Thailand | The Thailand Ministry of Public Health announced a new quarantine requirement based on countries with the COVID-19 variants. Travelers arriving from the following countries will be required to complete a 14-day quarantine: Botswana, Cameroon, Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

United States | President Joe Biden has warned against states reopening too soon, as the administration ramps up vaccine distribution and tries to avoid another spike. “I’m reiterating my call for every governor, mayor, and local leader to maintain and reinstate the mask mandate,” Biden said. “We still are in a war with this deadly virus. And we’re bolstering our defenses, but this war’s far from won.”