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EIG COVID-19 Update | March 26, 2020

March 27, 2020

All week, EIG has sent global digests to inform our clients of all the COVID-19 developments impacting global immigration and global travel. The reports from this past week are available here.

International Updates

  • Chile | The government has decreed a mandatory quarantine for every Chilean or foreign citizen arriving in the country and a national curfew starting from 10 PM until 5 AM.  Additionally, certain cities have sanitary customs or borders in place.
  • Singapore |The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is advising all workers to observe safe distancing measures. MOM will be stepping up the monitoring of foreign work pass holders who entered Singapore between March 14-20, 2020, and were not issued a Stay-Home Notice. Employers are to monitor and report the health conditions of workers who came to Singapore between March 14-20.
  • South Africa | The country will be in lockdown from Thursday, March 26, at midnight to Thursday, April 16, at midnight.
  • Thailand | The Thai Government has announced the issuance of the Emergency Decree, initially in effect from midnight, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, until April 30, 2020. This Emergency Decree will impose a travel ban on all non-Thai citizens by land, sea, and air with certain exceptions for goods transportation, diplomatic missions, and foreigners with work permits.
  • The UK | If your visa was set to expire between January 24 and May 31, 2020, your visa will be extended to May 31, 2020, if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes those whose leave has already been automatically extended to 31 March 2020. In this case, you must contact the Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) to update your records.

Also, please listen to EIG’s Immigration Nerds podcast for this week in immigration, featuring policy updates from DOS, DHS, USCIS, and ICE.

We will continue to send updates daily or as more COVID-19-related news is available. We recognize this situation continues to evolve; if you have specific questions, please contact your employer or EIG attorney.