Jon Cartu Says: Coronavirus: Travel restrictions, border shutdowns by count…

Coronavirus: Travel restrictions, border shutdowns by count...

Jon Cartu Says: Coronavirus: Travel restrictions, border shutdowns by count…

Countries around the world are increasingly adopting sweeping measures, including full lockdowns, shutting down airports, imposing travel restrictions and completely sealing their borders, to contain the new coronavirus.

The spread of the virus has been labelled a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Below is a list of countries that have taken such measures in recent days. Travellers should visit government websites for updated information and more details.

Albania

On March 22, Albania suspended all commercial flights to and from the country, allowing only flag carrier Air Albania to fly to Turkey’s Istanbul and operate humanitarian flights.

Algeria

The government said it would suspend air and sea travel with Europe from March 19. Authorities had previously halted flights with Morocco, Spain, France and China.

Angola

Passengers and airline crew who have been in China, France, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Portugal or Spain are not allowed to enter Angola.

Residents of Angola, airline crew and nationals of Angola who arrive from, or have been in those seven countries, will be put in quarantine.

Anguilla

All airports were closed for 14 days on March 20. Passengers who have travelled outside of the Caribbean region within the past 14 days, will be quarantined for 14 days on their arrival.

Antigua and Barbuda

According to a March 12 travel advisory published on the Antigua Barbuda Tourism Authority’s website, foreign nationals who have travelled to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States or United Kingdom in the previous 28 days will not be allowed to enter the country.

Diplomats were exempted. Any cruise ship with suspected cases may also be blocked from docking.

Argentina

Argentina announced on March 15 that it would close its borders to all non-residents for at least two weeks, and all flights from the United States and Europe would be cancelled, starting from March 16.

Armenia

Armenia cancelled visa-free entry for Chinese and Iranian nationals with an ordinary passport.

Passengers who have been in Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Italy Japan, South Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter Armenia.

This does not apply to nationals or residents of Armenia, spouses or children of nationals and diplomats or representatives of official international organisations.

Nationals of Armenia who have been in Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom in the past 14 days must undergo 14 days of quarantine or self-isolation.

Australia

Passengers are not allowed to transit or enter Australia, except for nationals of the country, immediate family members of nationals, permanent residents and their immediate family members, airline crew and diplomats.

The restriction also does not apply to transiting nationals of Fiji, Kiribati, Marshal Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa (American), Solomon Island, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Nationals of Australia are not allowed to travel out of the country, except those with a residency in another country, airline and maritime crew and associated safety workers, those travelling to offshore facilities for essential work and people travelling on official government business.

Austria

Foreign travellers from outside the Schengen area are prohibited from entering Austria until further notice.

EU citizens and foreigners who are entitled to enter are obliged to do a 14-day self-monitored home quarantine immediately after entering the country by air.

With few exceptions, much of the country’s land borders with Hungary, the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland and Italy are blocked.

Azerbaijan

Foreigners, except residents or work permit holders, are not allowed to enter Azerbaijan. Passengers will be tested for COVID-19 and placed in quarantine for 14 days. The issuance of e-visas and visa on arrival has been suspended.

Bahamas

The Bahamas’ borders were closed until April 15, except for repatriation flights of foreign nationals from the Bahamas.

Bahrain

Bahrain announced a reduction in the number of incoming flights until further notice, starting on March 18.

The country also suspended the visa on-arrival scheme.

Foreigners who have been in Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Iraq, South Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States in the past 14 days are not allowed to transit and enter Bahrain.

The restrictions do not apply to airline crew, military personnel, residents of Bahrain, nationals of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

Bangladesh

Flights from Bahrain, Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand Turkey and United Arab Emirates are suspended until April 7.

The visa-on-arrival facility has been suspended for all nationalities. 

Foreigners with ordinary passports who have been in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland since March 1 are not allowed to enter Bangladesh until April 7.

The nationals of the countries mentioned above who live outside the EU region or Iran since February 29 can travel to Bangladesh with a visa, a medical certificate obtained within 72 hours of travel.

Barbados

Passengers arriving from China, Europe, Iran, South Korea, United Kingdom and the United States will be quarantined for 14 days.

Belgium

Passengers arriving from outside the European Union are not allowed to enter Belgium. 

This does not apply to passengers with a British passport, British Overseas Territories citizenship issued by Gibraltar and British passports with a certificate of entitlement to the right of abode issued by the United Kingdom, who are returning home.

The restriction also does not apply to passengers with a long-term residence permit or a long-term visa issued by EEA Member States, Switzerland or the United Kingdom.

Belize

Belize has closed most of its ports of entry, but its Santa Elena Border and Philip Goldson International Airport remain open, according to the country’s Ministry of Health. Cargo vessels may continue to use all ports of entry.

Foreigners who have been in a European country, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, or South Korea in the past 30 days are not allowed to enter Belize.

Benin

Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days.

Bolivia

Bolivia suspended flights from Europe until April 15. All foreign nationals, except those on a diplomatic mission or with residency, are barred from entering the country.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Foreigners who hold ordinary passports, except residents, are not allowed to enter the country.

Botswana

Foreigners, except residents, arriving from Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States or United Kingdom are not allowed to enter Botswana.

Passengers can no longer obtain a visa on arrival in Botswana.

Brazil

Foreigners, except residents and immediate family members of Brazil nationals, are not allowed to enter Brazil. 

Brunei

Non-resident foreigners are not allowed to transit or enter Brunei. All visa exemptions and visa on arrival are temporarily suspended.

Bulgaria

Turkey’s land border with Bulgaria has been closed to the entry and exit of passengers.

Passengers from outside the European Union are not allowed to enter Bulgaria, except for residents and their families.

Burkina Faso

The country’s Bobo Dioulasso (BOY) and Ouagadougou (OUA) airports were closed.

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