COVID-19: Latest Travel and Immigration Disruption [Updated 6 July 2020]
This information is updated daily at 11am BST (7am EST) and 5.30pm BST (1.30pm EST).
Today's changes are as follows:
- The closure of all land, sea and air borders is extended until 8 July.
- Effective 6 July, flights from Lebanon are suspended.
- Effective 2 July, entry is permitted for travellers from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Thailand.
- Effective 6 July, entry is permitted from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
- Effective 6 July, arrivals from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania and Sweden are again subject to mandatory quarantine.
- Effective 2 July, travellers arriving from the following 8 non-EU countries will be permitted to enter Germany: Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, , Montenegro, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Travellers from China, Japan and South Korea will only be able to enter once they offer reciprocal entry permission to German nationals. Germany has not granted entry permission to travellers from four of the “safe” countries recommended by the EU: Algeria, Morocco, Rwanda and Serbia.
- Regardless of country of origin, entry is also permitted for, among others with an important travel reason, foreign specialists and highly qualified employees, whose employment is necessary from an economic point of view and whose work is not postponed or can be carried out abroad.
- Arrivals who have spent time in a “risk area” within the previous 14 days may be subject to quarantine under the rules of the competent federal state. Before traveling to Germany one should double check on the website of the state of entry regarding the specific regulations there. If the state of entry is not the destination (residence) state at the same time, then the traveler should refer to the website of the destination state.
- Effective 6 July until at least 15 July, non-essential entry is suspended from Serbia.
- The government has announced that Hungary will not allow citizens of non-EU countries, except for Serbia, to enter the country, despite the EU’s latest recommendations.
- The suspension of all scheduled international passenger services is extended until 31 July. The suspension of visa services is extended in line with the suspension of all international passenger services.
- The lifting of the quarantine requirement for travellers arriving from countries on a “green list” of countries with lower rates of infection has been postponed till after 20 July. Previously it was planned to publish the list by 9 July.
- Effective 29 June, the following countries have been removed from the list of most affected countries: The Central African Republic, Djibouti, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Cayman Islands, San Marino, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The following countries have been added to the list: Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Equatorial Guinea, Guam, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo and El Salvador.
- The green and yellow lists of countries from which residents can enter Montenegro have been updated.
- The suspension of international passenger flights, the suspension of issuance of visas on arrival and e-visas, and the suspension of already-issued visas, are extended until 31 July.
- Effective 1 July, entry is permitted, without self-quarantine, for travellers who reside permanently in Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia or Uruguay. For travelers from China, the entry ban will be lifted as soon as the country also allows entry for EU citizens.
- Highly-skilled migrants (including holders of Blue Cards, ICT Permits or researcher permits), and their family members, are now also exempt from the entry restrictions.
- They must fly direct to Netherlands (no transit);
- If they arrive from a high-risk area, they must submit a health declaration and undergo a 14-day self-quarantine;
- They must present the notification letter stating that they will receive a residence permit.
- Entry is permitted from the European Union member states, including the UK, and the rest of the Schengen countries (Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland). However, arrivals from Sweden, the United Kingdom and two areas in Portugal (Portugal Norte and Vale do Tejo, including Lisbon and Porto) should undergo a 14-day quarantine.
- The suspension of entry remains for non-essential travel of persons from other non-EEA countries.
- The travel restriction does not apply to EU citizens (including UK nationals) and their family members, nationals of Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and their family members, third-country nationals holding a residence card or permit, right to residence long-stay visa or temporary residence permit (MVV), transit passengers, cross-border workers and others working in essential functions.• The following groups are exempted from the advice to self-quarantine, regardless the country of departure: Aircrew; passengers in transit; healthcare professionals, health researchers, and elderly care professionals; frontier workers; transport personnel; diplomats, staff and guests of international organisations, military personnel, humanitarian aid workers and civil protection personnel; passengers travelling for imperative family reasons e.g. funerals; seafarers.
- The borders have reopened, airports have resumed services and entry is permitted. Travellers arriving in North Macedonia are no longer required to present a PCR test or to self-isolate.
- Effective 13 July, foreign nationals with approved and implemented visas but awaiting release of their Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACR I-Card) who wish to leave the Philippines must once more present an ACR I-Card Waiver Order, instead of receipts for ACR I-Card Waiver application fees.
- Effective 1 July until 15 July, flights are permitted from and to the EU, the non-EU Schengen countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) and the UK.
- In this period flights are also permitted (subject to reciprocity) from and to Algeria, Canada, China, Morocco, South Korea and Tunisia.
- Flights are also permitted, for “essential journeys” only, from Portuguese-speaking countries (from Brazil, only flights from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are permitted), and from the United States. Essential journeys are defined as those undertaken by citizens of EU member states and Schengen states and their family members, and non-EU nationals resident in EU member states, as well as non-EU nationals travelling for work, study, family reunion, health or humanitarian purposes, and in accordance with the principle of reciprocity.
- All other passenger flights are prohibited.
- Foreign nationals travelling on flights from Portuguese-speaking countries, and the United States, must present on departure a negative result from COVID-19 test result carried out in the previous 72 hours.
- Portuguese citizens and residents arriving from Portuguese-speaking countries, and the United States, can take their COVID-19 test on arrival at their own expense.
- Effective 1 July, the land border with Spain has reopened.
- Arrivals by air (other than in the Azores and Madeira) are not required to self-isolate unless instructed to by the authorities after a mandatory healthy screening.
- Scheduled international passenger flights will resume from 1 August. All passengers, including those in transit, will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of arrival, and those staying in Rwanda will have to take a second test upon arrival and stay in approved hotels at their own cost, until the result is confirmed. They will also have to fill out a Passenger Location Form before arrival.
- The suspension of commercial flights will be lifted from 1 August for visitors from approved countries.
- Croatia, Czech Republic and France have been removed from, and Belgium and the Netherlands added to, the “green list” of epidemiologically safe countries (currently Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland).
- Effective 4 July, Spain permits entry for travellers from 12 of the 15 “safe” non-EU countries recommended by the EU on 30 June. It will not lift entry restrictions from Algeria, China or Morocco until these countries reciprocate entry permission from Spain.
- Effective 4 July, suspension of entry from outside the EU, the EEA, the UK and Switzerland is extended until 31 August.
- Exemptions are also extended to include EEA citizens and holders of Swedish or EEA residence and their family members for any purpose (not only for returning home, as previously).
- Exemptions for essential needs or functions now include highly-skilled workers and those travelling for study.
- Exemptions also now include residents of Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
- Effective 6 July, anyone entering Switzerland from certain high risk countries are subject to a ten-day quarantine and must contact the cantonal authorities. The list of high-risk countries is as follows: Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Iraq, Israel, Kosovo, Kuwait, Moldova, North Macedonia, Oman, Panama, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Serbia, Sweden, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States.
- The requirement for ARC holders returning to Taiwan to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate taken within the previous 3 days has been lifted. For other foreign national arrivals, the test must now have been performed in the previous 3 working days, rather than 3 calendar days, as previously.
- Effective 10 July, passengers arriving by train, ferry, road, air, or any other route, from one of the travel corridor countries, who have not been to or stopped in a country that is not on the travel corridor list in the previous 14 days, will not have to self-isolate on arrival in England. Ireland is also exempt, as part of the common travel area.Disclaimer: We have aggregated information about some immigration-related restrictions imposed by some countries in response to this situation. The guide above contains information abridged from laws and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice.