EIG US and Global COVID Update | March 9, 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.

China | The government has introduced a digital vaccination certificate for citizens traveling internationally, in alignment with other countries offering similar documentation.

Italy | On Friday, the government said that restrictions in Campania, Basilicata, and Molise would increase from Monday as the country tries to stop the spread of the coronavirus and variants.

Portugal | Closing a travel loophole, from Sunday, travelers who fly through Britain or Brazil on their way to Portugal have to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before departure and quarantine for two weeks upon arrival. Direct commercial and private flights from Brazil and Britain have been banned since January. These measures will be reviewed on March 16.

Thailand | The mandatory quarantine will decrease from 14 days to 7 days for travelers who are fully vaccinated within three months of travel. Vaccinated travelers will still have to present negative COVID-19 test results taken with the previous 72 hours. Individuals who are not inoculated will have to quarantine for 10 days.