EIG COVID-19 Update | May 13, 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 | Though international inbound travel is still suspended, the government has announced repatriation for Argentines currently abroad. Also, the National Immigration Office has implemented the identification system via QR code included in the certificate of provisory stay permit (in Spanish “certificado de residencia precaria”) for foreigners who have filed a residence visa application in the country.
Case Update: 244 new cases, 134 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/13, 6:50 PM CEST

Austria | The border between Austria and Germany will reopen on June 15.
Case Update: 36 new cases, -51 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/13, 6:50 PM CEST

China | Jilin, a northeastern Chinese city, has partially shut its borders and suspended bus services for residents unless they can provide proof of testing negative for COVID-19 within the past 48-hours, and completed self-isolation. Other commercial centers have also closed.
Case Update: 7 new cases, 6 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/13, 6:50 PM CEST

Dubai | Public parks and private beaches are now reopening for groups no larger than 5 people. Hotel beach guests must maintain social distance.

Iceland | The government has stated that by June 15 international arrivals will be permitted. In early talks, travelers may have to choose between a COVID-19 test on arrival or quarantine for two weeks.
Case Update: 0 new cases, 0 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/13, 6:50 PM CEST

Lebanon | The government will close the country for four days beginning Wednesday night, May 13.
Case Update: 8 new cases, -3 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/13, 6:50 PM CEST

Saudi Arabia | The government will enforce a nationwide 24-hour curfew from May 23 – May 27, during Eid al-Fitr.
Case Update: 1,905 new cases, -6 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/13, 6:50 PM CEST

Spain | Beginning Friday, May 15, all overseas travelers arriving in Spain will be required to quarantine for two weeks, only going out for groceries, for health care, or a “situation of need.” The quarantine requirement is set to expire with the state of emergency on May 24.
Case Update: 594 new cases, -2,452 daily change, Last updated: 2020/5/13, 6:50 PM CEST

In this week’s Erickson Immigration Group Immigration Nerds podcast, we talked to Erika Cisneros, an author and immigration attorney who specializes in human trafficking and abuse cases. We recognize that because of the coronavirus pandemic, individuals are staying home, and for some, that means staying in an unsafe environment.

The Immigration Nerds podcast shares stories at the cross-section of immigration news and policy updates, business, culture, travel, developing trends, 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.