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Immigration Update: Coronavirus

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The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). As has happened with other recent global health emergencies, governments in many jurisdictions have implemented a range of temporary immigration-related measures in order to contain the spread of the virus. For example:

  • Many jurisdictions have implemented entry or travel restrictions for individuals who are traveling from, or have recently been present in, jurisdictions where the virus has become widespread. Some countries have gone so far as to temporararily prohibit the entry of all noncitizens and nonresidents.  
  • Many jurisdictions are mandating travelers from affected regions to be quarantined upon entry. Even if quarantines are not being mandated, nearly all jurisdictions have introduced additional health screening procedures at their ports of entry. Travelers should allow extra time for such possible screenings, and those exhibiting signs of sickness should be prepared for possible quarantine, even if quarantines are not broadly being mandated.
  • Many countries have temporarily closed consular posts and visa application centers entirely or for non-emergency services. Please check government websites for the latest official information on consular closings and visa application center closings.
  • Most countries’ health officials have issued notices advising against nonessential international travel generally or to specific jurisdictions where the outbreak is more severe. Travelers are advised to check official government websites for specific warning information.

 

In addition, many airlines, rail and bus services have suspended routes into, out of, and transiting through affected areas. Those with travel plans to affected regions region should check with their travel provider for updates.

Check this page regularly for the latest immigration updates on this fluid situation. 

For the latest information about the novel coronavirus itself and general travel precautions, visit: