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COVID-19: Latest Travel and Immigration Disruption [Updated 26 June 2020]

Please click here for the latest and fullest information we have on travel restrictions, immigration restrictions and immigration concessions around the world.

This information is updated daily at 11am BST (7am EST) and 5.30pm BST (1.30pm EST).

Today's changes are as follows:

Antigua and Barbuda

  • All arrivals are subject to testing and a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Cambodia

  • Effective 22 June, cross-border travel with Vietnam for non-tourism purposes has resumed.

Cape Verde

  • All flights remain suspended until at least August, despite previous plans for services to resume in July.

Chile

  • The closure of all land, sea and air borders is extended until 1 July.

Côte d’Ivoire

  • Airports reopen to international flights on 1 July. Arrivals will be subject to health checks and systematic follow-ups during their stay.

Croatia

  • Effective 25 June, travellers coming from North Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo are subject to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation, due to an increase in imported coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections to Croatia from these countries. This does not apply to individuals transiting Croatia to their final destination.
  • Passengers coming from other countries will not be required to self-isolate at this moment. Self-isolation can be prescribed for persons who were found to have been in contact with a person infected by COVID-19 during border control.
  • Citizens of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Germany, and Slovakia are allowed to enter without having to prove the tourist or business nature of the visit due to low COVID-19 infection rates in those countries.
  • Entry is permitted without restriction or quarantine for all other foreign nationals for business, economic or personal reasons, if they provide relevant proof.
  • Foreign nationals with confirmed permission to enter are advised to announce their visit by completing the online form here to shorten the waiting time at the border

Denmark

  • Effective 27 June, the borders of Denmark will be reopened to tourists staying in Denmark for at least six nights, travelling from “open” countries” and “open” regions in Nordic “quarantine countries”.
    • The list of open countries currently includes all EU and Schengen countries apart from Ireland, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Sweden (apart from the Västerbotten region) and the UK.
    • To be “open”, a country must have fewer than 20 infected persons per 100,000 inhabitants per week.
    • Once a country is open, the threshold for changing the status to “quarantine country” will be 30 infected persons per 100,000 inhabitants.
    • For travellers from “quarantine countries” (with a higher COVID-19 incidence), entry will be suspended unless they have a worthy purpose.

Iraq

  • All inbound and outbound flights remain suspended until at least 1 July.Ireland
  • From 9 July date, travellers arriving from countries on a “green list” of countries with lower rates of infection will be permitted to enter without having to undergo a quarantine.

Malaysia

  • Effective 24 June, holders of already-endorsed Employment Pass (EP) Category 1, Residence Pass – Talent (RP-T), their accompanying dependents holding a Dependant Pass (DP) and domestic helpers, can return to Malaysia without having to obtain prior approval from the Director General of Immigration (DGIM).
    • An immigration officer has confirmed that holders of EP/DP approval that has not yet been endorsed on the passport in Malaysia still need to obtain Entry Approval from the Director General of Immigration (DGIM).
    • Holders of EP II, EP III, Professional Visit Pass (PVP) and Long-Term Social Visit Pass (LTSVP) must still obtain Entry Approval from the Director General of Immigration (DGIM).
    • The foreign national will be required to undergo a COVID-19 screening test three days before departure and present a negative result. They must also download ‘MySejahtera’ mobile app and register themselves.
    • A 14-day quarantine may be required, depending on the results of health screening at the airport on arrival.
    • No quarantine is required for arrivals from Australia, Brunei, new Zealand or Singapore (current “Green Zone Countries”).

Montenegro

  • International flights have resumed at Podgorica and Tivat airports.
  • Entry is permitted without restrictions for citizens and permanent and temporary residents of Montenegro and residents of countries on the “green list” of countries with fewer than 25 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, who enter from a country on the green list and have not visited any country not on the green list in the previous 14 days. (Current green list: Algeria, Angola, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Brunei, Bulgaria, Bhutan, Cameroon, China, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, East Timor, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, Gambia, Cambodia, Ghana, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guinea, Guyana, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Iceland, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malta, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mexico, Myanmar, Monaco, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Norway, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Slovakia, Seychelles, Senegal, Slovenia, Somalia, South Korea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Saint Lucia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe).
  • Entry is permitted without restrictions for citizens and permanent and temporary residents of Montenegro and foreign nationals entering from or residents of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Turkey, Israel, Poland, Romania, Italy and Ukraine, on presentation of a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours, if they have not visited any country not on this list or the green list.
  • Entry is permitted with a mandatory 14-day quarantine for citizens and permanent and temporary residents of Montenegro arriving from or having visited in the previous 14 days a country not on either list.
  • Residents of countries not on these lists are not allowed to enter Montenegro.
  • State authorities, public administration bodies, local self - government and local administration authority, companies, public institutions and other legal persons, entrepreneurs and natural persons are obliged to consider expired permanent residence permits, temporary residence permits and temporary residence and work permits of foreign nationals, on the basis of which they exercise their rights or fulfil their obligations before these authorities, as valid until 1 July.

North Macedonia

  • Effective 26 June, all land borders have reopened, and transit is permitted. Travellers arriving in North Macedonia are no longer required to self-isolate. Airports will reopen 1 July.

Norway

  • Gotland in Sweden has been removed from the list of Nordic regions from which travellers may enter Norway without quarantine rules.
  • Effective 15 July, the Norwegian government is planning to allow EEA/Schengen residents to enter Norway, without quarantine, provided that they live in a country or region where the infection level is acceptable. From that date, these countries and regions will no longer be included in the government’s travel warning.
  • Effective 22 June, EEA/Schengen residents going to Norway to work will be allowed to leave quarantine early if they test negative for COVID-19.
    • From 15 July onwards, this exception will also apply to workers from regions of Europe where the infection situation is not acceptable.
    • Two tests will be required after arrival in Norway, the second at least 48 hours after the first. The second test can be taken at the earliest on day five after arrival. Until a negative test result is received, a person must follow the quarantine rules.
    • If the first test is negative, the person may work in Norway but must follow quarantine rules outside working hours. If the second test is also negative, the person is excepted from the quarantine rules both while at work and outside working hours.
    • A person who receives a positive test result is required to go into isolation, and their employer or client is required to notify the municipality so that it can start tracking and tracing contacts.
    • The employer in Norway is responsible for organising, carrying out and paying for these tests.
    • It is up to employers to decide whether to make this system for shortening the quarantine period available to people who will be arriving from abroad to work for them.

Romania

  • Effective 23 June, the list of EU and Schengen states from which travellers are eligible to enter the country without quarantine or self-isolation, and to and from which flights can resume, has expanded to include Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy:
    • The list now includes: Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland.
    • To qualify for the quarantine exemption, travellers arriving from these countries must have spent the precious 14 days in these countries.
    • Arrivals from all other countries are subject to a 14-day self-isolation.

Russia

  • Entry is now permitted for highly-qualified specialist (HQS) employees approved to enter by the respective Ministry and by the Federal Security Service and Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia. Obtaining a work permit and visa invitation letter for HQS employees approved in this way is now possible. HQS employees must present a valid labour or services contract with a Russian employer or customer on entry, and will be subject to a 14-day home quarantine. Their dependents are currently not permitted to enter Russia.

Saudi Arabia

  • The General Directorate of Saudi Passports has announced that foreign national residence permit holders who are outside Saudi Arabia will not be permitted to re-enter until further notice. The mechanism for extending the exit and re-entry visa will be announced after the end of the pandemic.

Singapore

  • Effective 25 June, Germany is added to the list of countries from which travellers returning to Singapore may serve the 14-day Stay Home Notice (SHN) at their own residence.
  • Long Term Pass holders granted Entry Approval prior to 15 June 2020 may serve the 14-day SHN at a dedicated facility, and will not be charged for their stay, nor for the COVID-19 test, but only if they did not leave Singapore from 27 March 2020;
  • The cost of SHN accommodation and COVID-19 test for Work Pass holders who left Singapore for work reasons must be borne by the employer;
  • The cost of SHN accommodation and COVID-19 test for Work Pass holders who left Singapore for personal reasons, those affected by Malaysia’s Movement Control Order (MCO), and those entering Singapore with an In-Principle Approval for a new Work Pass, can be borne by either the employer or the employee or both by mutual agreement.

Sweden

  • Suspension of entry from outside the EU, the EEA, the UK and Switzerland is extended until 7 July.

Switzerland

  • Effective 6 July, all remaining COVID-19 restrictions related to Swiss residence/work permit applications will be lifted.
  • Non-EU nationals currently not residing in a Schengen state continue to be permitted entry to Switzerland as visitors only in cases of special necessity. However, depending on the epidemiological situation, and in line with the European Commission’s recommendations, restrictions may be lifted for some states before 6 July.

Taiwan

  • Effective 29 July, foreign nationals may apply to enter Taiwan for reasons other than tourism and social visits.
  • Also effective 29 July, Hong Kong and Macao residents may apply to enter Taiwan for special humanitarian reasons or emergency situations; to fulfil contractual obligations; as part of internal transfers within multinational enterprises; when they are the spouse or child of an R.O.C. national and possess an R.O.C. Resident Certificate; for commercial and trade exchanges; or when they hold an R.O.C. Resident Certificate related to employment, investment, or entrepreneurship
  • Foreign nationals and Hong Kong and Macao residents who have received permission to enter Taiwan, when checking in with the airline for the flight to Taiwan, must present an English-language certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within three days of boarding. They must also undergo a 14-day home quarantine period. They must also log into the Quarantine System for Entry and fill out a health declaration form.

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.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2019 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.