EIG COVID-19 Update | July 10, 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

Algeria | From Friday, the government will introduce travel restrictions banning citizens from going to and from 29 provinces for one week.
Case Update: 97 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/7/10 4:00 PM CEST

Australia | Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the government would limit by half the number of citizens who could return from abroad each week. From Monday, 4,000 citizens or permanent residents will be permitted to enter Australia each day, down from 8,000 currently. Returning citizens will have to cover their quarantine costs.
Case Update: 173 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/7/10 4:00 PM CEST

Brazil | Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella said that Rio’s beaches (one of Brazil’s major tourist destinations), will only officially reopen for swimming and sunbathing when there is a COVID-19 vaccine.
Case Update: 44,571 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/7/10 4:00 PM CEST

Hong Kong | From Monday, all schools will close over fears of new locally transmitted coronavirus cases. Most schools in Hong Kong have been shuttered since February, and many other international schools are out for the summer break.

Italy | The government has banned entry to travelers from 13 countries due to their local high-rates of COVID-19 infections. The list from the health ministry includes Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. The ban applies to anyone who has been in these countries within the past 14 days.
Case Update: 214 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/7/10 4:00 PM CEST

Norway | From July 15, Norway will lift the travel restrictions to and from more than 20 European countries, including neighboring Sweden.
Case Update: 7 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/7/10 4:00 PM CEST

Pakistan | The education minister Shafqat Mahmood announced that all schools, colleges, and universities would reopen on September 15.
Case Update: 2,748 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/7/10 4:00 PM CEST

Spain | Per the resolution of the General Directorate of Public Health, Quality and Innovations, travelers arriving in Spain by air or sea are subject to health controls. These controls may include temperature monitoring, documentary check, and visual inspection of the traveler’s status.

Pre-travel forms will be completed online after July 31; until then, travelers can continue using paper forms. All travelers are required to fill out a form self-evaluating their COVID-19 status and providing contact details if they’ve been in contact with confirmed cases.

Currently, the authorities are indicating that foreign nationals whose residence permits were automatically extended due to the state of emergency can travel to their country of origin and travel back to Spain without needing a re-entry permit so long as their return to Spain takes place before December 21, 2020.

Following a similar announcement for Catalonia, the Balearic Islands will make wearing a mask in public mandatory, both indoors and outdoors, regardless of one’s ability to social distance.
Case Update: 543 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/7/10 4:00 PM CEST

The United Kingdom | From Friday, July 10, the quarantine requirements for travelers for 70 countries will end. Travelers from higher-risk areas will still have to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Northern Ireland will adopt the same policy, no longer requiring individuals to self-quarantine from the same list of countries. The Republic of Ireland is maintaining its current quarantine requirements but will release a list of exempt countries in the days to come.
Case Update: 710 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/7/10 4:00 PM CEST

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.