EIG US and Global COVID Update | March 23, 2021

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

Italy | Economy Minister Daniele Franco announced at an online conference that the government expects restrictions to lift in May and June.

Portugal | The government has expanded its quarantine restrictions to include passengers arriving from South Africa with a stopover in another country. They must also quarantine for 14 days and present a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before arrival. Direct flights from South Africa remain suspended. The flight suspension between Portugal and Brazil and the UK have been suspended until the end of the month.

Spain | From March 30, British travelers will be allowed to enter Spain for necessary health, work, or education reasons. Since December, only Spanish citizens, residents, and nationals or residents of Andorra have been permitted to fly from Britain to Spain.

Thailand | From April 1, 2021, the government will shorten the mandatory quarantine period for foreign travelers from 14 days to 10 days. For travelers departing from countries with new COVID variants, the 14-day quarantine will remain. The list of countries will be announced and updated by the Ministry of Health of Thailand (MOH).

Before entering Thailand, the Pre-Arrival requirement and Certificate of Entry (COE) are still required and remain unchanged. The only item that will be omitted and no longer required when applying for a COE is the “Fit to Fly Health Certificate issued within 72 hours before departure.”  Effective April 1, 2021, the following documents shall be required to obtain a COE from a Thai Embassy.

  • A completed and signed “Declaration Form” from the Thai Embassy.

  • A medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected by the RT-PCR method within 72 hours before departure.

  • A copy of a Health Insurance Policy with at least USD 100,000 coverage for COVID-19 in Thailand.

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.