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Immigration Update: Coronavirus

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

  • Many, if not most countries have issued notices advising against nonessential travel to Hubei Province and other parts of the world as the virus reach expands. Travelers are advised to check official government websites for specific warning information.
  • Several countries that have consular posts and visa application centers in Hubei Province and other areas of China have temporarily closed those posts 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 have introduced additional health screening procedures at some or all of their ports of entry. Travelers to and from the affected regions should allow extra time for such possible screenings.
  • An increasing number of countries are implementing entry or travel restrictions at their ports of entry. 
 

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: