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Coronavirus Daily Updates: What You Need To Know


August 4, 2020
Categories: Alerts, Advisories, Health

Our in-house operations teams are closely monitoring ongoing developments. Every weekday, we’ll update this page with changes over the past 24 hours

 

August 4 – Updates include changes to international country-specific dates for lockdowns, curfews and stay-at-home orders, as well as flight restrictions and border closings. Additional United States updates include state-specific changes to reopening protocols and other information. 

August 3 – Updates include additional information for United States state-specific curfews, restrictions, face covering requirements and reopening protocols. International updates include new information regarding country-specific border closings, flight restrictions, lockdowns, curfews and stay-at-home orders.

July 31 – Updates include new changes to international country-specific dates regarding border closings, lockdowns, curfews and stay-at-home orders as well as entry and flight restrictions. Additional updates also include new changes to US state-specific information regarding face coverings and school closures. 

July 30 – Updates include changes to United States information regarding state-specific changes to reopening protocols and phases, face covering requirements and school closures. Additional updates to international regional groupings include country-specific changes for border closings, flight restrictions, lockdowns and stay-at-home-orders.

July 29 – Updates include new details regarding changes to the EU “Safe Countries” list. Additional changes made to US state-specific information on reopening measures and school closings. International changes include new dates for country-specific flight restrictions, quarantine restrictions, lockdowns and stay-at-home orders. 

July 28 – Updates include changes international country-specific regional groupings with new dates for lockdowns, curfews and stay-at-home orders, as well as flight restrictions. Additional changes to US state-specific information also added regarding reopening procedures. 

July 27 – Updates include changes to US state-specific information regarding reopening protocols, quarantine and face covering requirements and event cancellations. International changes include new country-specific dates for border closings, lockdowns, entry and flight restrictions. 

July 24 – Updates include new information related to the CDC "No Sail" order extension for cruise ships to and from United States ports. Additional information also included for changes to US state-specific reopening measures as well as travel advisories. Updates to international regional groupings include date changes for country-specific border closings, lockdowns, stay-at-home orders and flight restrictions. 

July 23 – Updates include new information related to United States state-specific requirements for face coverings as well as changes to dining restrictions. New changes to international regional groupings include country-specific date changes for border closings, flight restrictions, lockdowns, curfews and stay-at-home orders. 

July 22 – Updates include additions to US changes regarding reopening measures and quarantine travel advisories. International changes include new dates for lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, quarantine and flight restrictions.

July 21 – Updates include new date changes to international regional groupings for select countries. Additional US changes include updated information on further restrictions, curfews and reopening measures. 

July 20 – Updates include new changes to US state-specific curfew information, as well as changes to international regional groupings for country-specific information and date changes. Mexico unilaterally extends restrictions on travelers from the US through 20 August.

July 17 – Updates include new information on United States state-specific face covering requirements. Additional changes to four international regional groupings include country-specific date changes for stay-at-home orders, border closings, flight and entry restrictions. 

July 16 – Updates include new changes to United States reopening information, as well as additional information on face covering and quarantine requirements. New changes have also been made to international regional groupings regarding border closings, lockdowns, entry and flight restrictions. 

July 15 – EU Representatives met on 14 July to discuss the “Safe Countries” list and decided to remove Montenegro and Serbia from the list (no longer considered safe). They did not discuss the US and the ban on travelers originating in the US will stay in place until at least the next review on/about 28 July.

July 14 – Updates include new information on US state-by-state reopening measures and closings, as well as face covering requirements. Additional changes to international groupings include country-specific information on lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, entry and flight restrictions. 

July 13 – Updates include new changes to four international groupings, including date changes for, border closings lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, as well as entry and flight restrictions.

July 12 – Updates include changes to international regional groupings regarding stay-at-home orders, entry and flight restrictions. 

July 11 – Updates include new additions to US protocols for reopening, as well as additional information on required face coverings.

July 10 – Updates include new changes to lockdown procedures, entry and flight restrictions for countries in two international regional groupings. Additional changes made to United States state-specific information regarding face covering requirements, event cancellations and reopening measures. 

July 9 – Updates include changes to United States state-specific information regarding reopening protocols and measures. New changes to lockdown procedures, entry and flight restrictions have been added to four international regional groupings.

July 8 – Updates include changes to three international regional groupings regarding lockdown measures, flight and entry restrictions. New US changes include state-specific quarantine requirements for travelers as well as other reopening information.  

July 7 – Updates include changes to United States information on reopening protocols and face covering requirements. Additional changes have been made to international regional groupings with updates on flight and entry restrictions.  

July 6 – Updates include new changes to international regional groupings regarding entry and flight restrictions, as well as lockdown requirements. 

July 5 – Total cases in the United States near 3 million.

July 4 – Updates include changes to United States state-specific information on required face coverings and reopening status.  

July 3 – New information added regarding state-by-state curfews, quarantines, face covering requirements and reopening measures in the United States. 

July 2 – Updates include changes to United States reopening measures and new state-specific information. Additional updates to six regional groupings include changes to international entry and flight restrictions, as well as lockdown requirements. 

July 1 – Updates include changes to international entry and flight restrictions, as well as lockdown requirements and stay-at-home orders for all regional groupings. Additional changes include new information and reopening or pausing measures in the US. 

June 30 – Updates include new travel information from the European Union. Additional updates include changes to US reopening protocols and pauses, as well as international flight and entry restrictions and stay-at-home status.

June 29 – New changes to US and international restrictions and information. 

June 28 – Updates include new information on US reopening measures and pauses, as well as changes to international flight and entry restrictions and lockdown requirements.

June 27 – The European Union (EU) is considering opening borders to a broader list of countries on 1 July. The media is reporting the EU may continue to exclude travelers from the United States until the rate of new COVID-19 cases in the US slows down.

June 26 – Updates include changes to international entry and flight restrictions, as well as lockdown requirements and stay-at-home orders for four regional groupings, including Africa, Europe, the Middle East, North America and the Caribbean. In the US, Arizona, New Mexico, North Carolina and Texas have paused reopening until further notice. 

June 25 – Updates include a new international country-specific matrix, which assigns each country a "Travel Risk Status." New information and changes have also been made to the US matrix reflecting updated reopening measures. 

June 24 – Updates include new information regarding US reopening measures and protocols. 

June 23 – Updates include a new section with details and information on the extension of the non-immigrant visa suspension, as well as new changes to US state-by-state reopening measures. 

June 22 – Updates include several changes to international country-specific dates regarding entry and flight restrictions as well as lockdown requirements and stay-at-home orders. 

June 21 – Updates include changes to US reopening protocols for several states. Face coverings are now required in multiple Arizona cities.

June 20 – Updates include changes to US states and international countries regarding reopening measures, flight and entry restrictions, lockdowns and stay-at-home orders. In Florida, face coverings are now mandatory in Orange County.

June 19 – Updates include additional changes to state-by-state reopening measures in the United States. California has issued a statewide order requiring face masks in public spaces. International changes include new information for various countries easing restrictions as well as date changes for lockdowns, flight and entry restrictions.

June 18 – Updates include new information on US state-specific reopening protocols. New York City has begun phase 2 reopening. International updates include changes to country-specific dates for lockdowns, flight and entry restrictions. 

June 17 – Updates include changes to international country-specific dates regarding entry and flight restrictions as well as quarantine and lockdown requirements. Additional information on US reopening measures has also been added. The nonessential travel suspension between the US and Canada and the US and Mexico has been extended to 21 July.

June 16 – Updates include new information on US reopening measures for several states as well as new updates for international country-specific restrictions and lockdowns.  

June 15 – Updates include several changes to international country-specific dates for lockdowns, entry and flight restrictions as well as quarantine requirements. 

June 14 – Updates include additional US changes to reopening measures and protocols as well as changes to international country-specific dates regarding lockdowns, entry and flight restrictions.

June 13 – Updates include new changes to reopening protocols and measures in the United States. Oregon and Utah have paused continued reopening until further notice.

June 12 – Updates include changes to US state-specific reopening protocols as well as several updates to international country-specific details regarding entry, flight and quarantine restrictions and lockdowns. 

June 11 – Updates include new details on the three-phase reopening of passport agencies in the US, as eleven agencies and centers have now entered phase 1. Additional updates include new changes to US reopening protocols and international country specific dates for stay-at-home orders, lockdowns, entry and flight restrictions. 

June 10 – Updates include new additions to information on reopening measures and stay-at home orders in the United States. Additional updates include international country-specific details regarding date changes to entry restrictions and lockdowns. 

June 9 – Updates include several changes to reopening measures in the United States. New York City has entered Phase One of reopening. Additional updates include international country-specific date changes for entry and flight restrictions as well as lockdowns. 

June 8 – Updates include new changes to United States and international state and country specific dates for stay-at-home orders, lockdowns, entry and flight restrictions and reopening protocols. In the US, the total number of cases has surpassed 2 million. 

June 7 – Updates include additional changes to US and international restrictions, lockdowns, stay-at-home orders and reopening measures. 

June 6 – Updates include several changes to US dates for stay-at-home orders and reopening protocols. 

June 5 – Updates include new changes to international country-specific dates regarding lockdowns, flight and entry restrictions. In the United States, updates include new changes to state-specific reopening measures. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed in-person services.

June 4 – Updates include details on new cruise ship guidance from the CDC as well as new information regarding US reopening protocols. 

June 3 – Updates include additional changes to US reopening measures in several states. In Hawaii, quarantine requirements will be lifted for inter-island travellers on 16 June. Additional updates to international countries include new end dates for lockdowns, flight and entry restrictions.

June 2 – Updates include new changes to US reopening information for New York and New Jersey. Several more changes have been added to international countries regarding new end dates for lockdowns, flight and entry restrictions. 

June 1 – Updates include several changes to international country-specific end dates for lockdowns, flight and entry restrictions. Additional US changes include new information on reopening measures and date changes for stay-at-home orders.

May 31 – Updates include additional changes to reopening protocols in the United States as well as international country-specific end dates for lockdowns, flight and entry restrictions.

May 30 – Updates include additional additions to reopening measures in the United States. Los Angeles, California will begin further reopening of stores and restaurants.

May 29 – Updates include changes to reopening protocols in the United States. Massachusetts has canceled the 2020 Boston Marathon. Additional changes include international country-specific end dates for lockdowns, flight and entry restrictions.

May 28 – Updates include new information on reopening protocols in the United States. In Las Vegas, casinos and resorts will begin opening on 4 June. Internationally, additional changes include new dates for country-specific lockdowns, flight and entry restrictions.

May 27 – Updates include additional reopening measures for US states. In Virginia, face masks are required in public indoor spaces and total US deaths have surpassed 100,000. The worldwide case total has grown to more than 5.7 million.

May 26 – Updates include new reopening information for several US states, as well as new information regarding date changes for lockdowns, flight and entry restrictions internationally. All passengers are now required to wear masks at New York City area airports. 

May 25 – In the United States, the Navajo Nation will implement a lockdown from 20:00 on 22 May until 05:00 on 25 May in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

May 24 – In the United States, Vermont cancels all fairs and festivals for 2020.

May 23 – Updates include new reopening information for several US states. New York City will open an additional 13 miles of streets to help social distancing during Memorial Day weekend.

May 22 – Updates include additional changes to stay-at-home orders and reopening protocols in the United States, as well as new information regarding date changes for lockdowns, flight and entry restrictions internationally.

May 21 – Updates include more changes to reopening information for several US states. Total cases in the United States approaches 1.6 million, with nearly 95,000 deaths. 

May 20 – Updates include new changes to US reopening protocols as well as end date changes for lockdowns, flight and entry restrictions for several international countries. The suspension of nonessential travel between the US and Canada and the US and Mexico has been extended to 21 June. 

May 19 – Updates include new information on reopening protocols in the United States. Massachusetts and Washington D.C. to require face coverings on all public transit.

May 18 – Updates include additional changes for stay-at-home orders and reopening protocols in the United States as the US death total nears 100,000. 

May 17 – Updates include more changes to reopening protocols and stay-at-home orders in the United States.

May 16 – Updates include several changes to stay-at-home order dates in the United States. Delaware to require face masks for all residents.

May 15 – Updates include new reopening information for several US states, as well as end date changes for lockdowns, flight and entry restrictions for several international countries.

May 14 – Updates include new changes to dates for stay-at-home orders in the United States, as well as several additions to reopening protocols. New York City will open additional streets to aid in social distancing.

May 13 – Updates include additional protocols for states reopening in the United States and date changes for lockdowns, flight and entry restrictions for several international countries. 

May 12 – Updates include more changes to reopening protocols for US states. In California, many beaches across the state are reopening.

May 11 – Updates include current information on stay-at-home orders and reopening protocols for US states, as well as updated end date changes for lockdowns, flight and entry restrictions for several international countries.

May 10 – Updates include changes to reopening protocols in the United States and details on which countries are easing restrictions worldwide. In the US, total deaths surpass 80,000. 

May 9 – US states continue to make new changes to reopening protocols. In California, all registered voters will use a mail-in ballot for the November election.

May 8 – Updates include new changes to reopening protocols for 15 different US states, plus several changes to stay-at-home order dates. 

May 7 – Updates include new changes to reopening protocols in California, Oklahoma and Vermont and updated end date changes for lockdowns, flight and entry restrictions for several countries other than the United States.

May 6 – Updates include new changes to reopening measures for several US states. Death totals in the US have surpassed 70,000.

May 5 – Updates include new changes for reopening protocols for several more US states, as well as changes to stay-at-home order dates.

May 4 – Updates include more changes to stay-at-home order dates and reopening protocols for 15 different US states. Massachusetts to make face coverings required for all residents.

May 3 – Updates include several new changes to reopening protocols for various US states.

May 2 – Updates include new changes to reopening protocols for several US states.

May 1 – Updates include new changes to stay-at-home order dates and reopening protocols for several US states. New York City suspended nightly subway service from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

April 30 – Updates include new changes to reopening protocol for more than 10 different US states. Rhode Island cancels all large events through the summer and total deaths in the US surpass 60,000. 

April 29 – Updates include new changes to US stay-at-home orders for several states and new information for reopening protocol in North Dakota, Tennessee and West Virginia. 

April 28 – Updates include new reopening information for Colorado, Iowa and Ohio. New York cancels the presidential primary until further notice and total United States cases surpass one million.

April 27 – Updates include several updates related to reopening protocols in US states. In New York, all patients have been discharged from the USNS Comfort.

April 26 – Changes made to reflect updated restrictions and reopening protocols in US states.

April 25 – Updates include new US restrictions.

April 24 – Updates include changes to US state-specific restrictions and details on reopening. Minnesota and Rhode Island close schools through the end of the academic year.

April 23 – Updates include details on new US entry restrictions regarding the suspension of aliens as immigrants. Additional states detail plans and dates to reopen and Massachusetts closes schools through the end of the academic year.

April 22 – Updates include new state-specific restrictions as total cases in the United States surpass 820,000 and deaths near 46,000.

April 21 – Updates include new changes to state-specific restrictions, including dates that some businesses are expected to reopen in Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

April 20 – Updates include new changes to restrictions within the United States. Face masks are now mandatory in public until further notice in Hawaii, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. New York will begin aggressive statewide antibody testing for coronavirus.

April 19 – Updates include several changes to state-specific restrictions in the United States. Marinas, boatyards and marine manufacturers in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York will be allowed to open for personal use as long as strict social distancing and sanitation protocols are followed. Florida, Utah, Washington D.C. and Wisconsin close schools for the remainder of the year.

April 18 – Updates include more restrictions for several US states. Iowa, Illinois, Maryland and Texas close schools for the remainder of the school year.

April 17 – Updates include new changes to United States restrictions. New Hampshire closes schools for the remainder of the school year and New Jersey closes public schools until at least 15 May.

April 16 – Several US states now require masks or face coverings in public spaces, as well as on public transportation. Tennessee closes schools until the remainder of the academic year and Los Angeles, California will not allow sporting events or concerts until 2021.

April 15 – Updates include changes to US restrictions. In Louisiana, the presidential primary election will be moved to 1 July. In Mississippi, all schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic school year and frontline health care workers at long-term care facilities in New Hampshire will receive a weekly stipend.

April 14 – World totals for cases nears two million, as the death total surpasses 120,000. In the US, Louisiana schools will remain closed through the end of the academic year and all paitents checking in to Seattle's three largest hospitals will be tested for coronavirus.

April 13 – Updates include changes to US restrictions. A temporary hospital facility will be built in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center and an executive order in New York was signed to expand the number of people who are eligible for the coronavirus antibodies test.

April 12 – Updates include new US changes as counties in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania require public transit drivers to wear masks. All schools in New York will remain closed for the remainder of the academic school year.

April 11 – Updates include changes to US state-specific restrictions for California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland and Vermont.

April 10 – Updates include new changes to US restrictions, as several states close schools for the remainder of the academic year. Disaster declarations in Alaska and Idaho are approved and in Florida, drive-thru coronavirus testing will be available at the Daytona Speedway.

April 9 – Updates include several changes to US state-specific restrictions. Vermont's disaster declaration is approved and all essential grocery stores and pharmacies in New Jersey must limit customers in their stores to 50% of the current approved capacity. Additional resources also added for coronavirus information.

April 8 – Updates include additional images depicting case totals and locations throughout the world and within the United States (see below). Cases in the US surpass 400,000 and schools in two more states close for the remainder of the academic year.

April 7 – Updates include new changes to country-specific formatting (see below). In the United States, all residents of Los Angeles, California can apply for coronavirus testing, as the county urges residents to skip grocery shopping until 13 April. Colorado and Pennsylvania ask residents to wear a mask when leaving home.

April 6 – Updates include changes to restrictions and measures for several countries.

April 5 – Updates include changes to restrictions and measures for several countries, including updates to lockdown and curfews.

April 4 – Updates include changes to restrictions and measures for several countries. Missouri and Alabama issue state-wide stay at home orders and disaster declarations are approved for Arkansas and New Hampshire.

April 3 – Updates include updates to restrictions and measures for several countries. In the United States, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee issue or expand state-wide stay at home orders and the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee moves to the week of 17 August.

April 2 – Updates include new restrictions and measures added for Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten, as well as several other countries. Florida, Georgia and Nevada issue state-wide stay at home orders and North Dakota's disaster declaration has been approved.

April 1 – Updates include new changes to country specific restrictions for several countries. In the United States, the National Guard will be deployed to assist at long-term health care facilities in Georgia and Maine and Texas issue state-wide stay at home orders.

March 31 – Updates include several changes to country-specific entry and other restrictions, as well as updates for government imposed flight restrictions. Arizona, Virginia and Washington D.C. issue state and district-wide stay at home orders.

March 30 – Updates include changes to restrictions and measures for several countries. In the US, Maryland issues a state-wide stay at home order and travelers entering Florida by car will be stopped and screened.

March 29 – Updates include new restrictions for several countries, US President Trump approves disaster declarations for 10 states and two territories and Kansas and Rhode Island issue state-wide stay at home orders.

March 28 – Updates include new restrictions and measures for Suriname as well as updates to several other countries. US states Alaska and North Carolina issue state-wide stay at home orders.

March 27 – Updates include new additions to country-specific restrictions and measures for several countries. Governors from two more US states ask for federal disaster declaration assistance and Montana and New Hampshire issue state-wide stay at home orders.

March 26 – Updates include new restrictions and measures for Dominica, in addition to updates for several other countries. Three more US states issue state-wide shelter in place or stay at home orders.

March 25 – Updates include new and expanded visual graphs for coronavirus cases, deaths and recoveries worldwide, several updates to country-specific restrictions and additional measures by several US states.

March 24 – Updates include several changes to country-specific restrictions and new totals for cases, deaths and recoveries worldwide. After months of stringent lockdowns, several Chinese provinces have lowered their emergency response measures and manufacturing activities are resuming. In the United States, 16 states issue state-wide, county or city-specific stay at home orders.

March 23 – Updates include new totals for cases, deaths and recoveries worldwide, several US states issue state-wide or city specific stay at home orders and President Trump announces federal medical stations and various medical supplies will be sent to California, New York and Washington after the White House approves requests for federal disaster declaration.

March 22 – Updates include several changes to country-specific entry and other restrictions and worldwide total cases surpass 300,000.

March 21 – Updates include additional entry and other restrictions for the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and several other countries and US states including Connecticut, Illinois, New York and New Jersey issue stay at home orders. 

March 20 – Updates include additional restrictions and measures added for Guinea-Bissau and Tuvalu, the US Department of State suspends routine visa services at all US Embassies and Consulates worldwide, recommending US citizens abroad in countries where commercial departure options are available make immediate arrangements to return to the US. Totals are updated for cases, recoveries and deaths worldwide.

March 19 – Updates include new restrictions and measures for eight countries including Angola, Anguilla, Bermuda, Falkland Islands, Greenland, Liechtenstein, São Tomé and Príncipe and South Sudan, reports suggest that the US DoS is preparing to raise the Global Travel Advisory to Level 4 “do not travel” and new totals for cases, deaths and recoveries worldwide.

March 18 – Updates include additional restrictions and measures for Aruba, Brazil, Central African Republic and Nicaragua, as well as several changes to other countries and new numbers for cases, deaths and recoveries as worldwide total cases now exceed 200,000.

March 17 – Updates include new country-specific restrictions for 12 new countries, including Belarus, Cayman Islands, Eswatini, The Gambia, Libya, Mauritania, Montserrat, Namibia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Uruguay and Zimbabwe, as well as additional updates to several other countries and new totals for cases, deaths and recoveries worldwide.

March 16 – Updates include new restrictions Andorra, Sudan and Venezuela, as well as several additional updates to others countries and state-by-state restrictions for the United States, as well as updated totals for cases, deaths and recoveries.

March 15 – Updates include new restrictions for Syria as well as several other changes to country-specific restrictions and government imposed flight restrictions and new totals for worldwide cases, deaths and recoveries.

March 14 – Updates include new restrictions for Guinea as well as several other changes to country-specific restrictions and government imposed flight restrictions and new totals for cases, deaths and recoveries worldwide.

March 13 – Updates include additional country-specific restrictions for 14 new countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Ghana, Guyana, Honduras, Latvia, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, North Macedonia and Paraguay. Nepal cancels all climbing permits until 30 April and WHO says Europe is now the epicenter of the outbreak.

March 12 – Updates include new country specific restrictions for 10 new countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Montenegro, Panama, Turks and Caicos and South Africa, new totals for cases and deaths, changes to government imposed flight restrictions and the WHO declares the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

March 11 – Updates include country specific restrictions and measures for eight new countries, including Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chile, Comoros, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malta and Moldova, along with additional flight status and restriction changes for several other countries, as well as new totals for deaths, cases and recoveries.

March 10 – Updates include new country specific restrictions and measures for an additional seven countries, including Albania, Benin, Burundi, Chad, Cote D'Ivoire, Haiti and Serbia, along with several other new developments, details on the country-wide lockdown in Italy through 3 April and new numbers for cases, deaths and recoveries.

March 9 – Updates include several new country-specific changes to restrictions and measures including, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, French Polynesia, Italy, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Vietnam, as well as new totals for worldwide cases, deaths and recoveries.

March 8 – Updates include new U.S. guidance for Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, updates to restrictions for Malaysia, El Salvador, the United States and the Maldives, as well as information on lockdowns and lockdown measures in Italy.

March 7 – Updates include a note case numbers, as well as new restrictions and measures for Lesotho, Peru, Togo and Tunisia, in addition to several other country-specific updates.

March 6 – Updates include new restrictions and measures for nine new countries, additional changes in restrictions and flight statuses for several countries and new totals for cases, deaths and recoveries.

March 5 – Updates include significant changes in restrictions and measures for several countries, including new additions for Cyprus, Ecuador, the Palestinian Territories, Senegal and Uzbekistan, as well as updated cases, death and recovery totals.

March 4 – Updates include changes to country-specific restrictions, measures and flight statuses for several countries, as well as new restrictions for Angola, Romania and San Marino and new totals for cases, deaths and recoveries worldwide.

March 3 – Updates include new totals for cases, deaths and recoveries, new country-specific restrictions for China, Canada, Georgia, India, Kuwait, Nepal and Pakistan and the U.S. CDC advises institutes of higher education to consider postponing or cancelling upcoming student foreign exchange programs.

March 2 – Updates include a new visual featuring net active cases worldwide, updated country-specific restrictions for Georgia, HM Government of Gibraltar, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Qatar and Tajikistan, as well as new totals for cases, deaths and recoveries.

March 1 – Updates include additional country-specific guidance from the U.S. government, new flight status updates and/or restrictions for Armenia, Grenada, Kazakhstan and Qatar, as well as new totals for worldwide cases, deaths and recoveries.

February 29 – Updates include new restrictions and measures for Azerbaijan, French Polynesia, Georgia, Lithuania, Lebanon, Qatar and Tajikistan, several new flight status changes, the U.S. DoS and CDC raise travel advisory levels for Italy and new totals for cases, deaths and recoveries worldwide.

February 28 – Updates include several new restrictions and flight status updates, new country-specific guidance from the U.S. government and updated totals for cases, deaths and recoveries worldwide.

February 27 – Updates include new restrictions and flight status updates for several countries, new cases, deaths and recovery totals, with the number of new cases reported outside China exceeding the number of new cases reported in China for the first time and the World Health Organization says the rest of the world and not China, is now WHO's "greatest concern."

February 26 – Updates include several changes regarding visa application centers for a variety of countries, new totals for cases, deaths and recoveries and the U.S. CDC notes the potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 to the U.S. is high.

February 25 – Updates include new restrictions and flight status changes for China, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Spain, Turkey and UEA, as well as new totals for cases, deaths and recoveries.

February 24 – Updates include country-specific border closings and/or new restrictions for Afghanistan, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Jordan, North Korea, South Korea, Qatar, Tajikistan, Taiwan, Turkey and UAE, as well as updated case and death totals worldwide.

February 23 – Updates include significant changes to country-specific restrictions and measures for India, Italy, Iran, Norway, Pakistan, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey, as well as updated figures for cases, deaths and recoveries.

February 22 – Updates include new additional restrictions for Armenia, Australia, Italy, Israel and South Korea, as well as new numbers for cases, deaths and recoveries worldwide.

February 21 – Updates include Global Rescue coronavirus quarantine policies, additional restrictions for Italy, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, North Korea, South Korea and Mongolia, flight status updates for Georgia, India and the UK, new evacuation plans for Ukraine, an update on the Diamond Princess cruise ship and new case, death and recovery totals worldwide.

February 20 – Updates include developments surrounding passengers disembarking from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, new country-specific restrictions for Iran, Macau, South Korea and Taiwan, new case, death and recovery totals and flight status changes for Egypt, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

February 19 – Updates include new evacuation plans for passengers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, additional country-specific restrictions and updated case, death and recovery totals worldwide.

February 18 – Updates include new restrictions and flight status updates for 24 different countries, as well as updated totals for cases, deaths and recoveries worldwide.

February 17 – Updates include 14 Americans aboard the Diamond Princess evacuated, additional flight status updates for Thailand, India and Brunei, new restrictions and measures for Cambodia and Malaysia and updated totals for cases, deaths and recoveries.

February 16 – Updates include new announcements from Hubei Province officials, several changes to country-specific flight status and evacuation plans, updated case, death and recovery totals and reports of two Boeing 747s landing in Tokyo to evacuate Americans aboard the Diamond Princess.

February 15 – Updates include additional lockdowns for Jingmen and Wuhan, updated case, death and recovery totals and reports of the U.S. government chartering a plane to evacuate U.S. nationals aboard the Princess Cruise ship in Yokohama.

February 14 – Updates include new country-specific restrictions Turkmenistan, Singapore, Russia, China and the Philippines, several new flight status changes and the first group of evacuees released from quarantine in France. New totals for case numbers, deaths and recoveries are also included.

February 13 – Updates include new country-specific restrictions for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sierra Leone and Vietnam, as well as additional restrictions for Hubei and updated totals for cases and deaths.

February 12 – Updates include Airbnb suspending bookings in Beijing until 30 April, new country-specific restrictions for Fiji, several flight status updates and new totals for cases and deaths.

February 11 – Updates include the total number of people who have recovered from coronavirus worldwide, new restrictions and measures for Gabon, South Korea and Thailand, several new country-specific flight status updates and new totals for cases and deaths.

February 10 – Updates include additional restrictions and other measures from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and National Health Service, China's changes to the definition of "confirmed" cases and new totals for worldwide cases and deaths. 

February 9 – Updates include date modifications for country-specific restrictions and measures, as well as updated totals for cases and deaths. 

February 8 – Updates include extended dates for country-specific restrictions and measures, the EU considers a "harmonized approach" for issuing visas to Chinese nationals and updated case and death totals. 

February 7 – Updates include additional evacuation-related developments for the United States new restrictions and measures for Hong Kong and the Philippines, an update on the Princess Cruise ship in Yokohama and new case and death totals by location. 

February 6 – Updates include new death totals and case numbers, additional restrictions, measures and evacuation plans for Tianjin, Zhejiang and several countries, including Australia, Brunei, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, North Korea and New Zealand.

February 5 – Updates include additional restrictions, flight updates and evacuation plans for Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Jordan, Russia, South Korea, the UK and Uzbekistan, as well as new case locations and death totals.

February 4 – Updates include new case locations and death totals and country-specific restrictions, flight status updates and evacuation plans for several new countries.

February 3 – Updates include additional evacuation developments, new case numbers and death totals and country-specific restrictions for Bangladesh, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan,  Maldives, Pakistan, Russia, Solomon Islands and Taiwan.

February 2 – Updates include the first recorded death outside of mainland China, Lunar New Year holiday break extensions, new evacuation plans for the EU, Princess Cruises restrictions, updated case and death totals and country-specific restrictions for New Zealand, South Korea and the U.S.

February 1 – Updates include information on Hubei lockdowns, additional evacuation plans for Egypt and Sri Lanka, several new flight restrictions, updated case and death totals and country-specific restrictions for Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Iran, the UK and the U.S.

January 31 – Updates include the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring “a public health emergency of international concern,” new case location and death totals, updated evacuation plans for Mongolia and Canada as well as additional country-specific restrictions for American Samoa, Italy, Israel, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the U.S., the UK and Trinidad and Tobago.

January 30 – Updates include updated case locations and death totals, evacuation plans for the European Union, New Zealand and Germany, as well as new airline flight restrictions and country-specific restrictions for Italy, Russia and Northern Mariana Islands.

January 29 – Updates include reports of a possible vaccine, additional evacuation plans for Australia, United Kingdom, Italy, South Korea and Turkey, as well as updated case locations and death totals and new restrictions for Hong Kong, Kazakhstan and Papua New Guinea.

January 28 – Updates include additional evacuation plans from Wuhan, new country-specific restrictions for Tibet, Philippines, Russia, Hong Kong and the U.S., as well as new case location and death totals.

January 27 – Updates include new country-specific restrictions for China, France, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Macau, Mongolia, Spain, Singapore United Kingdom and the U.S. Additional airport measures and updated outbreak locations, cases and deaths.

January 26 – The U.S. Department of State (DoS) is making arrangements to relocate its personnel stationed at the U.S. Consulate General in Wuhan to the United States. Full details below.

 

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The new strain (COVID-19) comes from the same family of viruses that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The virus is transmitted between humans through respiratory droplets, though it may spread through other modes of transmission. Individuals can spread the virus before they develop symptoms. The most severe cases typically develop in those over the age of 60 who have additional medical conditions. The virus’ mortality rate is disputed.

European Union:

  • Beginning on 1 July, the EU will allow travelers originating in 15 non-EU countries to enter including: Algeria, Australia, Canada, China (if China reciprocates), Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay.
  • EU Representatives met on 29 July to discuss the “Safe Countries” list. They decided to remove Algeria from the list as no longer considered safe (they removed Serbia and Montenegro on 14 July). They did not discuss the US –the ban on travelers originating in the US will stay in place until at least the next review on/about 14 August.
  • Individual EU countries are permitted to exclude some of the listed countries and/or impose additional entry restrictions (the policy is not legally binding).
  • The restrictions are based on residency and place of origin, not on citizenship.
  • The EU will conduct a review every two weeks and add or subtract from the list as the situation permits.

United States Government Guidance

On 19 March, DoS raised the Global Travel Advisory to Level 4 “do not travel” abroad under any circumstances. The advisory recommends that US citizens abroad in countries where commercial departure options are available should make immediate arrangements to return to the US, or else risk remaining abroad for an indefinite period. DoS also announced that regular passport services are suspended, with services only offered for “life-or-death” emergencies. On 20 March, DoS announced it suspended routine visa services at all US Embassies and Consulates worldwide.

DoS announced a three-phase reopening of passport agencies and centers in the US. Eleven agencies and centers are in phase 1, and six agencies and centers have begun phase 2 as of 27 July. A list is available here.

Phase 1:

  • Limited numbers of DoS employees return to work to resume processing a limited number of applications already received.
  • Continued prioritization of customers who need a passport in the next 72 hours for a life-or-death emergency (appointment required).
  • Customers must wear cloth face coverings in all common areas, including lobbies, and observe strict social distancing.

Phase 2:

  • Most staff return to agencies and centers and resume processing more applications already received (first in, first out basis).
  • Continued prioritization of life-or-death emergency cases with more appointments available for routine services.
  • Services will be by appointment only.
  • Staff and customers should wear cloth face coverings in all common areas, including lobbies, and continue to observe social distancing.

Phase 3:

  • All remaining staff return to agencies and centers for resumption of normal operations.
  • DoS will offer a processing time commitment for routine service and resume expedited service.
  • Appointments are recommended.
  • Staff and customers may wear cloth face coverings in common areas and agencies will encourage social distancing.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed in-person services on 4 June. Further information is available here.

CDC Cruise Ship Guidance

The CDC “No Sail” order for cruise ships to/from US ports has been extended until 30 September.

On 23 July, the CDC stated, “The current scientific evidence suggests that cruise ships pose a greater risk of COVID-19 transmission than other settings because of the high population density onboard on ships, which are typically more densely populated than cities or most other living situations. While this is one contributing factor, CDC’s surveillance data show that drastically decreasing population onboard does not end transmission.” Further information is available here.

The CDC has established color coded criteria for classification of cruise ships during the no sail period:

  • Cruise ships are assigned "green" status if they have had no confirmed COVID-19 cases or similar illnesses for 28 days.
  • Cruise ships are assigned “yellow" status if they have suspected cases and are awaiting test results.
  • Cruise ships are assigned "red" status if they have confirmed COVID-19 cases or similar illnesses during the past 28 days.
  • Crew transfers and repatriation via commercial means are now allowed on green ships but not on yellow or red ones.

Further information is available here.

Eventual Ease of Travel Advisories and Restrictions

  • For US Travelers: When CDC and DoS begin to change travel advisories levels, they will likely do so on a country by country basis, taking a number of factors into consideration including COVID-19 infection rates in the destination country, testing/reporting status, quality of medical care, regional rates of infection, and the potential for travelers to bring coronavirus back into the US.
  • Destination countries will continue to impose various levels of restrictive measures in an attempt to keep infection and reinfection rates low.

Repatriation Options

The US and other countries continue to explore repatriation options for citizens trapped abroad. We recommend that travelers and expatriates contact their embassies for the latest information.

References

The following sources provide additional information related to guidelines and advice for the general public, as well as US Department of State travel advisory information and two sources for case tracking.

Outbreak Locations

On 26 February, the number of new cases reported outside China exceeded the number of new cases reported within China for the first time.

To date, there are more than 6 million total coronavirus cases worldwide.

 

 

  Cases Deaths
China Total 88,656 4,682
Non China Total 18,391,990 693,575
World Total 18,480,646 698,257

 


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United States

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Entry restrictions:

Effective 23 April and extended to 31 December 2020, entry into the US of aliens as immigrants is suspended. The suspension applies to aliens outside the US as of 23 April who do not have a valid immigrant visa as of 23 April and who do not have an official travel document other than a visa (e.g. a transportation letter, an appropriate boarding foil, or an advance parole document).

    • The suspension does not apply to:
      • Lawful permanent residents of the US.
      • Aliens seeking to enter the US on an immigrant visa as a physician, nurse, or other health care professional.
      • Medical researchers who will work to combat the spread of COVID-19.
      • Accompanying or following spouses and unmarried children under 21 of any such alien.
      • Aliens applying for a visa to enter the US pursuant to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.
      • Aliens who are the spouses of a US citizen.
      • Aliens under 21 who are the child of a US citizen, or prospective adoptees seeking to enter the US pursuant to the IR-4 or IH-4 visa classifications.
      • Aliens whose entry would further important US law enforcement objectives.
      • Members of the US Armed Forces and spouses and children of a member of the US Armed Forces.
      • Aliens seeking to enter the US pursuant to a Special Immigrant Visa in the SI or SQ classification.
      • Aliens whose entry would be in the national interest.
    • Effective 24 June through 31 December 2020, the following non-immigrant visas are suspended:
      • H-1B or H-2B visas, and any alien accompanying or following to join such a visa aspirant.
      • J visas, to the extent the alien is participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program, and any alien accompanying or following to join such a visa aspirant.
      • L visas and any non-citizen accompanying or following to join such a visa aspirant.
      • The suspension only applies to aliens who do not have a valid non-immigrant visa as of 24 June and/or who do not have an official travel document other than a visa (e.g. a transportation letter, an appropriate boarding foil, or an advance parole document).
        • Lawful permanent residents of the US.
        • Non-citizens who are spouses or children of a US citizen.
        • Aliens seeking to enter the US to provide temporary labor or services essential to the US food supply chain.
        • Aliens whose entry would be in the national interest as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their designated representatives.
        • The Secretary of Homeland Security will review on 24 July and make further recommendations, if warranted, every 60 days.This suspension does not apply to:

Descriptions of immigrant and non-immigrant visas are available here.

Authorities announced a 30-day ban on travel from Schengen-area countries, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and Ireland. The ban applies to foreign nationals who have visited these countries within 14 days and those who have transited through these countries. The ban does not apply to US citizens, permanent residents, their close family members, and certain other limited categories of visa holders. Those returning to the US from these countries should self-isolate for 14 days.

Foreign nationals who have traveled to Iran or mainland China within 14 days are barred from entry.

US citizens who have been to mainland China within 14 days may enter but will be redirected to the airports listed below. Heightened screening is in place for arrivals from South Korea.

Effective 26 May at 23:59 EDT, non-citizens coming from or transiting through Brazil in the last 14 days will not be able to enter the US. Consistent with other bans, legal permanent residents, spouses, parents, or children of a US citizen or legal permanent resident will be allowed to enter the US.

Authorities suspended nonessential travel between the US and Canada and the US and Mexico, extended to 21 July. On 17 July, Canada and Mexico extended restrictions on travelers from the US through 20 August.

Other restrictions:
Authorities declared a national emergency on 13 March. The Administration urges all Americans to social distance. Major cruise lines including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and MSC have suspended sailing operations to and from US ports since 14 March.

Government imposed flight restrictions:
Arrivals who traveled to any of the countries in the Schengen area, UK, Ireland, Iran, Brazil, or mainland China within 14 days will need to rebook flights through one of the following airports:

      • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
      • Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
      • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
      • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), California
      • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
      • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
      • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
      • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia
      • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
      • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
      • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW), Michigan
      • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts

To view state specific restrictions click below

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VIEW INTERNATIONAL RESTRICTIONS

A note for the country restrictions matrix: The category of “Lockdowns, Curfews, or Stay‐at‐Home Orders” includes any government‐imposed measure that grants authority to security personnel to prevent people from leaving the home, bans nonessential movement, restricts entry or exit from certain areas, limits the use of private transportation, or imposes other restrictions on movement. Not included in this category are measures such as closures of parks or certain businesses, bans on mass gatherings, and “safer‐at‐home” orders which are not enforced.

Countries are now arranged alphabetically within the following regional groupings:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Australia and Oceania
  • Central and South America
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • North America and Caribbean

Each country is now assigned a Travel Restriction Status (first column). Status definitions are:

    • R=Red Status - Fully Closed Nation - all borders closed to non-citizens or non-residents. No routine crossing of borders allowed except for commerce and medical support.
    • Y=Yellow Status - Partially Open Nation - entry allowed to some or all non-citizens or non-residents. COVID-19 restrictions are in place but may be easing.
    • G=Green Status - Fully Open Nation - no travel restrictions in place they were not in existence prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Signs and Symptoms of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The majority of cases related to this coronavirus outbreak have reported fever, cough and respiratory difficulties (distress, rapid breathing and shortness of breath).General symptoms related to coronavirus infection can also include, but are not limited to

            • Runny nose
            • Headache
            • Cough
            • Sore throat
            • Fever
            • Loss of smell and/or taste
            • Diarrhea
            • Aches and pains
            • General feeling of being unwell

Medical Advice for Travelers

Avoid contact with sick people. Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat). Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Older travelers and those with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease.

Our Coronavirus Quarantine Policies

In an attempt to control the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, several countries including the U.S. are enforcing a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers who may have been exposed to the virus.

Global Rescue recommends that before departure, travelers carefully review the coronavirus control policies of their destination and defer travel if there is a chance of being quarantined.

Global Rescue strongly supports the international effort to control the spread of coronavirus. If a Global Rescue member is quarantined, Global Rescue will continue to provide medical and other advisory services. However, medical evacuation is not possible during a mandated quarantine period.

 

* Data based on press reporting and subject to further verification.


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