Coronavirus Daily Updates: What You Need To Know

October 26, 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


October 26 – Updates include new changes to United States state-specific reopening information as well as additional date changes for international country-specific entry restrictions, flight bans, stay-at-home orders and curfews.

October 23 – Updates include changes to international country-specific border closings, entry restrictions, lockdowns, curfews and stay-at-home orders. Additional changes also added regarding United States state-specific reopening measures and new closings.  

October 22 – Updates include new restrictions to US state-specific protocols, as well as mask mandate date changes. International changes include new information regarding country-specific flight bans, border closings, lockdowns, curfews and stay-at-home orders.


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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. 

European Union:

  • 17 August: a resurgence in COVID-19 cases has caused individual EU countries to create their own “Safe Countries” lists resulting in a patchwork of entry restrictions. For the time-being, common EU-wide policy and coordination appears on hold (subject to change).
  • Most restrictions are based on residency and place of origin, not on citizenship.

United States Government Guidance

The Department of State currently advises all U.S. citizens to read the country-specific DOS Travel Advisories. DoS Travel Advisories can be accessed here. An interactive map is posted here

In conjunction with DoS, CDC changed its travel recommendations on 06 Aug. CDC recommendations can be found here.

As of mid-August, some (not all) US embassies have begun passport and visa services on a non-emergency basis.

DoS has begun a three-phase reopening of passport agencies and centers in the US. A list of the agencies and their current phase of reopening 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 carrying 250 or more passengers to/from US ports has been extended until 31 October.

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.


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 20 million total coronavirus cases worldwide.


  Cases Deaths
China Total 91,710 4,746
Non China Total 43,344,913 1,155,670
World Total 43,436,623 1,160,416


Trends for COVID-19Coronavirus Numbers_Trends for Novel CoronavirusNet Active Cases WorldwideCoronavirus Numbers_Total World Cases versus Recoveries and Deaths
Nations With The Most CasesOverall Cases since 22 JanuaryCoronavirus Numbers_Top 10 Nations- Overall Cases Overall Deaths since 22 JanuaryCoronavirus Numbers_Top 10 Nations- Overall Deaths sinceNet Active Cases as of TodayCoronavirus Numbers_Top 10 Nations- Net Active CasesChina vs. World: Cumulative % IncreaseCoronavirus Numbers_China vs. World- Cumulative % IncreaseUnited StatesNet Active Cases in the USCoronavirus Numbers_Total US Cases versus US Recoveries and US Deaths* Number of US recovered cases may not be reliable

United States 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.

Canada has extended prohibitions on non-essential travelers from the US through 21 November.

Mexico extended prohibitions on non-essential travelers crossing land borders through 21 November (the prohibitions do not apply to air travel).

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.

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

Map of United States coronavirus casesLegend: Falling | About the Same | Slowly Rising | Rising Quickly | Few or no cases

*Map courtesy of the New York Times

RestrictionsNewest Coronavirus Hotspots

*Map courtesy of the New York Times

To view country specific restrictions click below


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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