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COVID-19: Latest Travel and Immigration Disruption [Updated 2 June 2020]

This is the latest information we have on travel restrictions, immigration restrictions and immigration concessions around the world.

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

Today's changes are as follows:

Chad

  • The suspension of international flights is extended until 15 June

Costa Rica

  • The suspension of entry for foreign nationals other than residents of Costa Rica is extended until 30 June.
  • Effective until 30 June, foreign nationals who are resident in Costa Rica and who leave the country will be unable to re-enter before 30 June (at the earliest) but will not lose their immigration status (unless they try to re-enter through an unauthorized border patrol checkpoint in an irregular condition). This applies to permanent and temporary residence, non-resident stay permits and some special categories. It also applies to foreign applicants with approved immigration applications who are waiting for their final documentation and for all foreign nationals who are waiting for the approval of their immigration applications. It does not apply to drivers of international air, land, river or sea transport.

France

  • Prefectural applications for residence permits will resume only by appointment or by mail. The possibility of a submission in person will be gradually opened depending on the prefectures and will be generalized no later than June 15. Permit holders expiring after June 15 will be given priority. Online applications will be available for certain procedures from 15 June

Ghana

  • Effective 15 June, the requirement to undergo a medical examination at the Ghana Immigration Service clinic has been extended to all applicants for indefinite residence permits, right of abode, naturalization and the renewal of all immigration residence permits.

India

  • The suspension of all scheduled international passenger services is extended until 30 June.

Kuwait

  • Effective immediately, a three month extension until 31 August is automatically granted to temporary residents, both in Kuwait and abroad, whose immigration status expires, work visa holders who have not been able to complete residency procedures and holders of expired visit visas.
  • Decisions regarding foreign residents will be valid for 12 months (rather than 6 months), even if the foreign resident is outside Kuwait.

Mexico

  • On 1 June, visa services at certain Mexican consulates have recommenced, depending on local conditions.
  • Migration Institute (INM) is operating, but only a limited number of tickets are issued each day for application submission and other procedures. Foreign nationals can attend their fingerprinting appointments. Delivery of residence cards continues, with the possibility of some delay. Requests for visa authorisations for job offers and to obtain or update Employer Enrolment Proof are being accepted.
  • Although the expiry dates of temporary and permanent residence cards are suspended until further notice, in practice the INM is accepting applications for residence renewal with an upcoming expiry date (within the next 1-5 business days).
  • Until further notice, expiry dates of temporary and permanent residence cards, and deadlines for certain immigration procedures, are suspended. These procedures include change of status applications, in-country temporary residence card applications (“canje” process), and notifications of change of employer, address, marital status, name, or nationality. Deadlines for corporate procedures, such as updating Employer Enrolment Proof, are not suspended.
  • Foreign nationals who entered Mexico as visitors for business or other purposes without a permit to perform remunerated activities, and who cannot leave before the end of their legal stay, can apply for a new regularization process (“Regularización Migratoria por Razones Humanitarias bajo el supuesto COVID 19“). Requirements, timeframes and terms may vary from case to case, depending on the office of application in Mexico.

Panama

  • The suspension of attention to the public and processing at all offices of the National Immigration Authority and of the Department of Labour Migration of the Ministry of Labour and Workforce Development (MITRADEL) is extended until 7 June.
  • The National Immigration Authority will be open to lawyers from 8 to 12 June between 7 am and 4 pm and from 15 June to the public, at up to 25% capacity.
  • The validity of all residence permits (temporary ID-cards, provisional ID-cards, non-resident visas, judicial stay ID-cards and “Crisol de Razas” ID-cards) that expired from 13 March is extended until 7 June.
  • Foreign national residents and visitors whose stays expire between 13 March and 7 June will not be fined for overstay when presenting applications during a period of three months.
  • Deadlines between 13 March and 7 June for submitting additional documents to the immigration authorities are extended for an additional three months.
  • The suspension of attention to the public and processing at all offices of the Department of Labour Migration of the Ministry of Labour and Workforce Development (MITRADEL) is extended until 15 June.
  • The validity of all work permits that expire from 12 March, as well as all work permit processing and deadlines, are extended until 15 June.

Peru

  • Effective 3 June, Migraciones will offer more than 15 procedures online, including change of immigration status, residence renewal and special travel permit. Fingerprinting will no longer be required for these services until the COVID-19 restrictions allow fingerprint capture. It will thus be possible to initiate all previously-suspended scheduled procedures.
  • The suspension of administrative deadlines and overstay penalties for administrative procedures is lifted.

Philippines

  • Effective 1 June, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) accepts application submission with an appointment booked online. Applicants must present the appointment code and a valid ID and wear a face mask. BI-accredited travel agencies and law firms may book appointments and transact business on behalf of the applicant.South Korea
  • ARC holders who will travel out of South Korea for a maximum of 3 weeks for the purpose of business activities, journalism, or academic activities can apply for a Medical Examination Exemption Certificate when they apply for their Re-entry Permit. A Medical Examination Exemption Certificate does not exempt the holder from the self-isolation requirement.

South Korea

  • ARC holders who will travel out of South Korea for a maximum of 3 weeks for the purpose of business activities, journalism, or academic activities can apply for a Medical Examination Exemption Certificate when they apply for their Re-entry Permit. A Medical Examination Exemption Certificate does not exempt the holder from the self-isolation requirement.

United States

  • Effective 1 June, entry is suspended for certain Chinese nationals seeking to enter the United States on an F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visa to pursue graduate-level study or conduct research in the US, if they have ties to entities in the PRC that support or implement China’s military-civil fusion (MCF) strategy. The president’s 29 May proclamation of this suspension also gives the Secretary of State discretion to revoke the F or J visas of certain Chinese nationals currently in the US who otherwise meet the criteria for suspension of entry, invalidating their visa stamp for future entry to the US. Chinese nationals in the US with F or J status and planning to depart, and those considering applying for F or J visas, should consult with program sponsors and/or immigration counsel before departing the US.

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.