EIG COVID-19 Update | August 31, 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

Azerbaijan | The country’s borders will remain closed until September 30 as an extension of the original restrictions established in March.
Case Update: 135 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/8/31 2:30 PM CEST

Ghana | From Tuesday, the international airport will reopen for the first time since March. The land borders will remain closed.
Case Update: 256 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/8/31 2:30 PM CEST

Malaysia | The government has extended movement restrictions and the ban on foreign tourism through the end of 2020.
Case Update: 17 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/8/31 2:30 PM CEST

Spain | On Friday, the government published the Order INT 805/2020, superseding the Order INT 657/2020, to amend the criteria for the temporary non-essential travel restrictions from third countries to EU and Schengen associated countries. As part of this Order, the Spanish government has updated the list of countries exempted from the Spanish entry ban to include Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and China.

For travelers from countries that are temporarily banned from entering Spain, there are several exemptions. This new Order is valid until September 16, 2020, unless amended to address new recommendations adopted at the EU level.
Case Update: 9,779 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/8/31 2:30 PM CEST

In this week’s Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to Lieutenant Colonel Mona Johnson, the first immigrant, Arab-Muslim woman to serve in the US Armed Forces and achieve the rank of lieutenant colonel. In this conversation, Johnson recounts the story of her new memoir, Not Created Equal: An Immigrant Muslim Woman’s Pursuit of Equality in her Family, the Army and America, and her experience escaping a politically divided Egypt, living in exile in Saudi Arabia, immigrating to the US, assimilating into American culture, and the unending discrimination she and her family faced.

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