EIG COVID-19 Update | August 17, 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

Israel | On Sunday, the Health Ministry announced a group of “Green Locations.” Travelers entering Israel from these locations will not be required to quarantine: Austria, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Hong Kong, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Rwanda, and Slovenia. This list will be updated as conditions change.

Israel also maintains a list of Red Locations. Travelers coming from a Red Location, including most travelers from Green Locations who spent time in a Red Location within the past 14 days before arrival, will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Case Update: 760 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/8/17 5:00 PM CEST

Italy | Travelers arriving in Rome from Croatia, Greece, Malta, and Spain will be tested for the coronavirus at the airport or within 48 hours at a public health office closer to their destination in Italy.

Health Minister Roberto Speranza signed a decree to close nightclubs from Monday for three weeks and mandated face masks are worn from 6 PM to 6 AM in public spaces.
Case Update: 477 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/8/17 5:00 PM CEST

Jordan | From Monday, the government will close off entry/exit to Ramtha city, near the Syrian border.
Case Update: 39 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/8/17 5:00 PM CEST

Lebanon | The health minister has declared a two-week lockdown to attempt to slow the infection rate within the country.
Case Update: 439 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/8/17 5:00 PM CEST

The Netherlands | New travel advisories will go into effect for people traveling to Belgium, France, and Spain. People who travel to those countries will be required to quarantine at home for two weeks.
Case Update: 506 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/8/17 5:00 PM CEST

Singapore | The land border between Singapore and Malaysia has reopened for business trips for up to 14 days.
Case Update: 86 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/8/17 5:00 PM CEST

On July 31, the U.S. Department of Labor announced it had reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to allow both agencies to share immigrant petition and data records amongst each other freely. This latest agreement adds to the growing concern of privacy erosion. In last week’s Immigration Nerds podcast, we look at examples of administrative actions from the past year to expand the practice of collecting private information.

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.