EIG COVID-19 Update | June 12, 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

Australia | Prime Minister Scott Morrison has asked state and territory leaders to reopen internal borders to reopen and energize Australia’s economy.
Case Update: 18 new cases, 18 daily change, Last updated: 2020/6/12 2:00 PM CEST

Canada | Beginning July 2, face masks will be mandatory in Toronto on public transportation systems.
Case Update: 472 new cases, 63 daily change, Last updated: 2020/6/12 2:00 PM CEST

Egypt | Beginning July 1, international charter flights will resume to tourist destinations less affected by the coronavirus, including Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Marsa Matrouh, and Sharm el-sheik.
The Cairo airport remains closed to international commercial flights, and public parks and beaches are closed until the end of June.
Case Update: 1,441 new cases, -30 daily change, Last updated: 2020/6/12 2:00 PM CEST

European Union | Leaders set out plans to fully open the EU’s internal borders on June 15 and to allow travelers from Balkan countries beginning July 1.

Japan | In local media, it was reported that Japan might allow business travel to and from Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, and Thailand to resume. The report suggests up to 250 business travelers per day would be allowed into Japan. They would have to show documentation that they are not infected and go through a test upon arrival.
Case Update: 40 new cases, -1 daily change, Last updated: 2020/6/12 2:00 PM CEST

The Maldives | Beginning June 15, as part of a phased reopening of the country following a two-month lockdown, residents in the capital, Male, will be allowed to leave their homes without a permit. Domestic airports and restaurants will also reopen.
Case Update: 14 new cases, -6 daily change, Last updated: 2020/6/12 2:00 PM CEST

Norway | The government is opening its borders to Denmark and will provide revised travel advice for other countries by June 15.
Case Update: 18 new cases, 5 daily change, Last updated: 2020/6/12 2:00 PM CEST

In the most recent Immigration Nerds podcast, Harvard Business School professor and author, William Kerr joins us to talk about his book, The Gift of Global Talent: How Migration Shapes Business, Economy & Society. Professor Kerr’s research focuses on entrepreneurial management, specifically on how companies and economies explore new opportunities to generate growth. This discussion explores the global race for talent and how countries and businesses compete for high-skilled migrants and immigration’s role in catalyzing U.S. innovation.

We will continue to send updates 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.