EIG COVID-19 Update | April 28, 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

Argentina | On Monday, Argentina suspended all commercial flight sales until September. The country’s borders have been closed since March, and while other neighboring countries have suspended commercial flights, Argentina’s timeline is the farthest out.
Case Update: 54 new cases, -83 daily change,  Last updated: 2020/4/28, 8:00 PM CEST

Costa Rica | The government will begin easing restrictions related to the coronavirus on May 1. Currently, the government has restricted entry into Costa Rica by foreigners through May 15.
Case Update: 2 new cases, -4 daily change,  Last updated: 2020/4/28, 8:00 PM CEST

Hong Kong | Chief Executive Carrie Lam said that civil servants would begin to return to work on May 4. Some outdoor and cultural venues will reopen but are limited to groups no larger than four people. Plans to ease the travel and social distancing restrictions, which are to expire next week, are still to be determined.

Jordan | On Monday, the government began easing restrictions on movement and the nationwide curfew. However, during the month of Ramadan, government offices, schools, and universities will remain closed.

Jordan’s airports and the borders with Iraq, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Syria remain closed.
Case Update: 2 new cases, -1 daily change,  Last updated: 2020/4/28, 8:00 PM CEST

Turkey | The government aims to reopen the economy in late-May, easing restrictions slowly between now and then.
Case Update: 2,131 new cases, -226 daily change,  Last updated: 2020/4/28, 8:00 PM CEST

The UK | In reports from Brussels, the negotiations between the European Union and Britain over the future trade agreement terms have stalled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The talks, which had been on pause, resumed last week.

A spokesperson for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the London team was ready to keep talking, “but that doesn’t make us any more likely to agree to the EU’s proposals in areas where they are not taking into account the UK’s status as an independent state.”

Negotiations are expected to resume in early June.
Case Update: 4,309 new cases, -154 daily change,  Last updated: 2020/4/28, 8:00 PM CEST

Listen to the latest Erickson Immigration Group Immigration Nerds podcast on President Trump’s executive order proclamation, who will be impacted, and for how long. We’re continuing to share stories at the cross-section of immigration, culture, travel, 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.