EIG COVID-19 Update | October 21, 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

The EU | On Wednesday, ambassadors from the 27 member countries reviewed the list of countries from which travelers can enter the EU bloc without restrictions. The revised list includes Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Uruguay.  Singapore was added to the list, and Canada, Georgia, and Tunisia were removed.

The Czech Republic | From Thursday until November 3, the government will require most shops and businesses to close with movement limitations for only essential trips.
Case Update: 11,984 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/10/21 5:00 PM CEST

Ireland | Prime Minister Michael Martin elevated the nationwide restrictions to the highest Level 5. For the next six weeks, non-essential retail will be closed, and food-service will be limited.  People are being told not to travel more than 3 miles from home.
Case Update: 1,263 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/10/21 5:00 PM CEST

Poland | Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said he would make the recommendation to Parliament that all of Poland should be under the highest level of restrictions. Currently, 88% of the country is already in the “red zone.”
Case Update: 9,291 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/10/21 5:00 PM CEST

Thailand | The government is extending the current state of emergency until the end of November and considering reducing the number of days required for quarantine from 14 to 10. On Tuesday, the first foreign travelers arrived in Thailand since April, 39 people from Shanghai with a special 90-day visa.
Case Update: 9 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/10/21 5:00 PM CEST

The United Kingdom | Current hospitality restrictions in Scotland have been extended until Monday, November 2.
Case Update: 21,330 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/10/21 5:00 PM CEST

The United States | On Monday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a strong recommendation for anyone using or working on public transportation (vehicles, trains, subways, and airplanes) to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Case Update: 59,018 confirmed cases. Last updated: 2020/10/21 5:00 PM CEST


In this week’s Immigration Nerds podcast, we revisit a conversation with AIRES Vice President of Organizational Development, Rob O’Donnell and Erickson Immigration CEO and President, Jerry Erickson. Rob and Jerry discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted all industries and what the future could look like for global mobility practices and HR transformation.

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.