U.S. Consulate Closures Due to COVID-19

Afghanistan

In response to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the government of Afghanistan has announced updates to its regulations.

Some major airlines have resumed regular commercial services. All U.S. citizens who wish to leave the country should contact the airlines directly for information on flight availability. Along with reopening its airports for commercial services, the government has announced that the border with Iran is now open following a closure and ban on ground and air travel due to COVID-19.

Although the country’s airports are now open, some entry and exit procedures are still in place. Screening measures for COVID-19 are in effect for travelers. Additionally, individuals arriving in the country must self-quarantine for 14 days. Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 is advised to contact the Ministry of Public Health for information and instructions on obtaining medical care.

The U.S. Embassy continues to operate on a limited schedule. Until further notice, it will not offer passport or citizenship services overseas. Services to U.S. citizens will be limited to emergency situations only. The Embassy will issue emergency passports within 72 hours. All routine appointments for U.S. citizens scheduled during this time are still cancelled.

Individuals can visit the Embassy’s website for information on scheduling emergency appointments. 

Albania

The Albanian government has announced updates regarding its COVID-19 regulations.

Commercial flights are now available to and from Albania. However, the Government of Albania has declared that only residents and nationals of the E.U. are permitted to board commercial flights at this time. All land and maritime borders have reopened.

Some restrictions have been lifted, while others remain in place. Kindergartens and preschools have reopened. Professional sporting events have resumed, but spectators are not permitted. Cafes and restaurants are now open. Dentists, hairdressers, shops, and malls are open with social distancing and hygiene measures in place. Indoor activity centers including gyms, swimming pools, cultural centers, and internet cafes are now open. Libraries and museums are now permitted to open. Exercise is permitted outdoors, and beaches are now open. A ban remains in effect for large public gatherings and cultural events.

Although a travel ban remains in place for some U.S. citizens, commercial flights are available through European cities for U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States. Individuals who want to return to the U.S. should make flight arrangements as soon as possible.

The U.S. Embassy is also limiting its services and reducing in-person operations to prevent the spread of disease. All routine visa operations and U.S. citizen services have been temporarily suspended. The Embassy will resume regular services as soon as possible, but it is unable to provide a date at this time.

Individuals who require emergency assistance can contact the Embassy by phone or email.  

Algeria

Recently, the Government of Algeria announced changes to its regulations regarding COVID-19.

More businesses are permitted to reopen, and public transportation has resumed. Several major airlines are now offering repatriation flights for U.S. citizens with some availability for other foreign nationals as well. Although the government has eased some restrictions, others are still in place. Restrictions will be gradually lifted based on the number of COVID-19 cases. Land borders remain closed, and a suspension continues for non-cargo international and domestic air and maritime travel. The use of face masks is required in public. Curfew hours are in effect for 29 out of the country’s 48 provinces. A daily curfew from 8:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. is still in place in provinces where a curfew remains in place. Curfews will be reviewed and updated as needed based on domestic epidemiological conditions. Vehicle travel between the provinces where a curfew remains in place is currently prohibited. Public transportation is prohibited on Fridays and Saturdays until further notice. In provinces where a curfew is not currently in place, public and private transportation is subject to a curfew on Fridays and Saturdays. Curfews may be adjusted based on the number of COVID-19 cases reported in each province.

The U.S. Embassy will continue to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens until further notice. U.S. citizens who need assistance can check the Embassy’s website or social media accounts for additional information. 

Angola

The Government of Angola has updated its work permit renewal policy for COVID-19.

Work permits with expiration dates between March 2020 and August 2020 are eligible for renewal. The regulation applies to foreign nationals located in Angola and outside the country. Foreign nationals can return to the country if they have an expired work permit and have it renewed when they arrive. Foreign nationals outside the country can also send their passports to Angola to have their work permits renewed.  

Angola continues to remain under a “State of Calamity.” Restaurants can remain open for onsite dining through 4:00 p.m., and they can stay open for takeout services through 10:00 p.m. Public transportation can only operate until 6:00 p.m. and at 75% passenger capacity. Marinas, beaches, pools, and indoor public areas including libraries, media centers, and movie theaters are closed until further notice. Exercise outdoors is permitted from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m. The use of face masks is required in all public places, including anytime individuals leave their homes or place of residence. The face mask mandate is lifted only for outdoor exercise. Social distancing orders remain in effect as well. Violators are subject to fines.

Commercial flights are cancelled until further notice. Individuals arriving in the country must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Travelers must also quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Land borders are closed for all travel except commercial transports. Certain areas, including Luanda Province and Cuanza Norte Province around Cazengo are closed to domestic flights and overland personal travel through August 9, 2020.

All schools and universities are closed until further notice. Festivals, sporting events, and large group gatherings of more than 50 people have been banned as well.

The U.S. Embassy remains open currently for limited emergency services only. U.S. citizens who require emergency assistance should visit the Embassy’s website for more information. 

Argentina

The Argentinian government has provided additional information regarding COVID-19.

A mandatory national quarantine has been extended through August 2, 2020. A gradual reopening will commence in Buenos Aires, although a reopening plan will not be implemented in other regions, including the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA) and the provinces of Jujuy, Rio Negro, and Chaco.

The first stage of reopening in Argentina, when and where permitted, includes neighborhood shops reopening. Non-essential businesses and professional services will be allowed to resume. Although some reopening measures are in effect, a travel ban remains in place through August 2nd. Foreign non-residents are banned from entering the country while the restrictions remain in effect unless they meet certain exceptions.

Repatriation flights have been scheduled for U.S. citizens who wish to leave the country on August 7th, August 14th, August 21st, and August 28th. U.S. citizens who wish to join upcoming repatriation flights should contact the airlines directly for flight reservations and ticket availability. Travelers are advised that flights are subject to change. Anyone who wants to travel on a repatriation flight must submit a request to travel within 60 hours of the flight’s scheduled departure. Only travelers who are pre-authorized for travel may travel from the provinces to the Buenos Aires metropolitan area and the airport.

The U.S. Embassy is continuing to suspend routine consular operations at this time. U.S. citizens who require emergency American Citizens Services should contact the Embassy via email for help.

Armenia

The U.S. Embassy has announced several flights for U.S. citizens who wish to leave the country.

A series of connecting flights are currently available through Paris, France on July 25th, July 31st, and August 8th. Individuals who want to sign up for a flight should contact the airlines. They should also have valid and confirmed onward travel plans from France to the United States. Prospective travelers are advised to check all COVID-19 entry regulations for their destination country. Travelers must have permission to enter their destination country before leaving Armenia.

The Embassy notes that U.S. citizens are permitted to transit the E.U. to return to the United States, but certain restrictions may apply based on the country that they are passing through.

The U.S. Embassy Yerevan is now expanding its services to include routine services for U.S. citizens in addition to emergency services. Individuals who need assistance should contact the Embassy by email. People can also check the government’s website for information regarding passports.

Australia

The Australian government has announced updates for certain arriving travelers due to COVID-19.

Travel is currently limited for temporary visa holders or visa applicants. An entry ban remains in place for most travelers with a few exceptions. Individuals who are traveling to Australia with an invitation from the Australian Government or a state or territory government to assist with COVID-19 response are permitted to enter the country, as are individuals who are providing specialist or critical medical services. Individuals with critical skills who are maintaining the supply of essential services and goods, and those who are delivering services in sectors critical to the country’s economic recovery can also travel to Australia. Individuals whose entry is in the best national interest of the country, or whose visit is supported by a state, territory, or national government can also enter. The definition of “critical skills” has been expanded to include critical infrastructure, medical technology, engineering and mining, telecommunications, food production, supply chain logistics, maritime, and agricultural technology. The definition of “critical sectors” now includes large-scale manufacturing, financial technology, emerging technology, and film and television production. Anyone who is applying for an exemption to travel should apply within one to three months before travel. 

Austria

Recently, the Austrian government provided updates on its responses to COVID-19.

Commercial flights are currently available for U.S. citizens wishing to return to the United States. Travelers are advised that flights may be cancelled, and flights are subject to limit availability while COVID-19 restrictions remain in place. Everyone in the country is advised that the Austrian government has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

Although some restrictions are still in effect for COVID-19, the U.S. Embassy has resumed regular passport operations. Routine citizenship and passport services are now available for U.S. citizens who need assistance. U.S. citizens can make an appointment through the Embassy’s website for assistance.   

Azerbaijan

Due to continuing COVID-19 concerns, the Government of Azerbaijan has provided updates on certain restrictions.

Restrictions that were previously in place have been lifted for all regions except for Baku, Ganja, Sumgayit, Lankaran, Absheron, and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. Even though some restrictions have been lifted, some measures remain in place. Individuals must obtain permission from the government to leave their homes for essential purposes, including visits to the pharmacy, grocery store, banks, and medical facilities. Foreign nationals currently in the country can obtain an identification number online to receive permission to leave their homes. Individuals must wait to receive confirmation before leaving their homes. They are also reminded that they will receive permission to leave their homes only once per day for an authorized purpose.

The U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan continues to offer emergency services only at this time. U.S. citizens needing emergency assistance can request an emergency appointment through the Embassy’s website. 

Bahamas

The government has announced updates regarding the country’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Although international borders of The Bahamas are now open to all travelers and air traffic, including commercial flights, vessels, and private planes, certain entry requirements are still in place. Individuals are encouraged to contact their travel vendors, including hotels and airlines, before traveling to ensure they can enter the country and abide by the entry requirements.

All arriving travelers must have an approved online TCI Assured Travel Authorization. This requirement applies to all individuals, regardless of age. Additionally, negative COVID-19 test results are required from an accredited laboratory for anyone age 10 and older. All travelers will be subject to temperature checks and health screenings upon arrival. Travelers must also be prepared to present a valid passport, a copy of negative PCR COVID-19 test results, and either a printed or an electronic copy of every traveler’s TCI Assured Travel Authorization. A health screening questionnaire must also be completed and submitted to a health officer upon arrival at a port of entry. Face masks or facial coverings must be worn upon arrival. Individual airline companies may also have additional restrictions that travelers must follow. 

Bahrain

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Government of Bahrain has implemented measures and restrictions to limit the spread of disease.

All arriving passengers will be screened for COVID-19 and quarantined for 10 days, regardless of their COVID-19 test results. Travelers are responsible for the cost of COVID-19 testing. Travelers may be required to take two COVID-19 tests based on the discretion of health authorities. All visas are suspended upon arrival. Anyone trying to enter the country must have a Bahrain residence permit or obtain a visa in advance.

Limited repatriation flights are available for U.S. citizens looking to depart the country. All U.S. citizens who wish to leave Bahrain should make departure plans as soon as possible. Individuals transiting France on their way to the U.S. must provide evidence of a return flight to the United States.

Along with the travel restrictions, the government has implemented other regulations to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The use of face masks is now required in all public venues, and everyone is encouraged to avoid all unnecessary travel outside their homes until further notice.

Individuals can visit the Embassy’s website for passport renewal information or contact the call center to request emergency assistance.

Bangladesh

The Government of Bangladesh has announced updated policies due to COVID-19.

International commercial flights have now resumed, although they are only available on a limited basis. U.S. citizens who wish to travel are encouraged to contact the airlines directly. Domestic flights have also resumed, but they are operating on a limited basis.

An entry ban applies to commercial flights from Bahrain, Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, and the UAE until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Special requirements apply to passengers transiting through the U.K., including a requirement to complete an electronic passenger locator form, available through the Embassy’s website, within 48 hours of arrival. Individuals must retain their electronic receipt to show officials at the U.K. airport. Otherwise, they may be fined and denied entry into the U.K.

Foreign nationals who have valid visas must provide a medical certificate, acquired within 72 hours of travel, indicating that they do not have COVID-19. The medical certificate must be provided to authorities upon entry to Bangladesh. Bangladeshi passengers who have a “No Visa Required” status must self-quarantine for 14 days. They will be sent to a government facility for quarantine if they have symptoms of COVID-19. Those who cannot provide a medical certificate will be sent to a government facility for a 14-day quarantine. 

Barbados

The U.S. Embassy has provided updates on its operations due to COVID-19.

As of July 22nd, the U.S. Embassy has resumed limited routine passport, notarial, and Consular Report of Birth Abroad services. The Embassy will offer these services by appointment only. Individuals who need to renew a passport can do so through the Embassy’s website.

The Embassy is also resuming certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services, including J1, O1, F1, M1, P1, C1/D, CR1/2 categories for immigrants, and Interview Waiver and Renewal Interview Waiver categories for nonimmigrants.

Although the Embassy has resumed some regular services, it notes that visitors may face increased wait times and delays in scheduling appointments. Individuals who have an urgent matter and need to travel soon should call the Embassy to request an emergency appointment. 

Belarus

The Government of Belarus has announced updates regarding COVID-19 regulations.

The Minsk National Airport is now open, and commercial flights are available for travelers, including U.S. citizens. Although no direct flights are available to the U.S., U.S. citizens can return to the United States via connecting flights through certain cities including London, Paris, Frankfurt, Belgrade, Amsterdam, and Istanbul.

More businesses and shops are now open nationwide, although strict hygiene and social distancing guidelines remain in place. Under the eased restrictions, restaurants and cafes are now allowed to serve customers, but tables must be placed 1.5 meters apart. Hotels and lodging facilities are open. However, guests must undergo a temperature screening upon arrival. Hairdressers and beauty salons are accepting appointments with a minimum five-minute interval between customers. Churches and other religious institutions are permitted to open too, provided all public areas are cleaned and disinfected. Large gatherings in indoor places are still prohibited.The U.S. Embassy is continuing to suspend its regular consular services and offer only limited emergency services to U.S. citizens at this time. U.S. citizens with urgent travel needs or who need emergency services including Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and emergency passports should contact the Embassy for support. 

Belgium

The Belgian government has announced updates to its travel regulations regarding COVID-19.

U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) may return to the United States from Belgium anytime. Upon arriving in the U.S., citizens and permanent residents must self-quarantine for 14 days, practice social distancing, and monitor their health. Certain protocols apply for individuals who wish to return to the United States but who do not have a valid visa and who meet the requirements stated in Presidential Proclamation 9993. Individuals seeking a Crew (C1/D) visa should follow instructions to apply for an expedited visa appointment. Processing has resumed for Student and Exchange Visitor visas (F, J, and M). Individuals in these visa categories should contact the Embassy to schedule an appointment. Applicants for H and L visas (Temporary Employment) should request an appointment if they believe they qualify for an exception. Those who do meet the qualification standards can apply at the Embassy for an expedited visa appointment. Some purposes of travel may also be permitted in the Temporary Employment categories for I, O, and P visas. Personal or business travel may be permitted while the Proclamation remains in effect. Individuals should apply for a visa to avoid being denied boarding. A physical visa is recommended for travel instead of an ESTA. Certain exceptions apply for business travelers under PP 9993, including permissions for the immediate family members of U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents. Some individuals may also qualify for national interest exceptions, including individuals who want to travel to the U.S. for public health response, national security, and humanitarian reasons. Individuals who qualify for an exception may request an expedited visa appointment. Individuals who have a valid visa for travel may also need to follow certain protocols. Those with an official visa (A, G, and NATO) are exempt from PP 9993. However, individuals in this category must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in the United States. Crew (C1/D) visa holders are also exempt from the restrictions imposed by PP 9993. Students with valid F or M visas and their dependents may travel from the Schengen Area without a national interest exception (NIE). However, they must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Exchange visitors (J visa holders) may qualify for an NIE to travel. Individuals with an Investor or Treaty Trader visa € may also qualify for an NIE. Temporary Employment visa holders in the categories of H, I, L, O, and P may also qualify for an NIE. Personal and business travelers with B visas may travel with their spouses and children who are U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents if they bring proof of their dependents’ citizenship or legal status to the airport. All travelers in this category must also quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Some business travelers, including senior-level managers, technical experts, and other qualified travelers who are traveling to the U.S. for the purposes of public health service, national security, or humanitarian travel may receive NIEs to travel.

The U.S. Embassy is offering some routine services, including routine U.S. Passport and Report of Birth Abroad appointments. However, Loss of Nationality and Notarial services are still suspended. U.S. citizens who require emergency services should contact the Embassy by phone or email. 

Belize

The U.S. Embassy has announced updates regarding COVID-19.

A State of Emergency remains in effect nationwide to reduce the risk of disease transmission. National borders are still closed for international travel. A date has not yet been announced for when the borders will reopen.

Although commercial flights are not yet available, evacuation flights are currently available for U.S. citizens through July and August. Anyone who wants to join a repatriation flight should contact the airlines for flight information and reservations. In addition to the flights already scheduled, the U.S. Embassy is working to arrange additional repatriation flights for U.S. citizens. Flights are available for U.S. citizens, their family members, and third-party nationals who want to leave the country. Anyone who wants to leave Belize on a repatriation flight is encouraged to make travel plans as soon as possible.

U.S. citizens who need emergency assistance, travel assistance, or have questions regarding the Embassy’s operations may contact staff by phone or email. Individuals who are contacting the Embassy for flight reservations should provide their name, nationality, type of U.S. travel document (visa, passport, ESTA, or Legal Permanent Resident Card).

Benin

The Government of Benin has announced updated policies for travelers regarding COVID-19.

Mandatory testing for COVID-19 is required for all arriving airline passengers. Travelers must cover the cost of their test, and proof of ability to pay may be required as a condition to boarding. Upon arrival in Benin, all travelers will be tested for COVID-19. They will be forced to self-quarantine for 14 days, and they may be subjected to additional testing after that time. Anyone who tests positive for the virus will be held in a government facility. The government will hold all passengers’ passports during the quarantine and testing period to ensure compliance.

Upcoming repatriation flights remain available for U.S. citizens wanting to return to the United States. U.S. citizens who wish to depart the country should contact the airline directly. All U.S. citizens who do not make travel arrangements should prepare to shelter in place indefinitely.

The Embassy will continue to provide limited consular operations only until further notice. Any U.S. citizen with an emergency should contact the American Citizen Services branch of the Embassy by phone or email for assistance. 

Bermuda 

The U.S. Consulate General has announced that it is now open for some non-emergency services.

The Consulate is now offering some in-person services to U.S. citizens. The Consulate is now resuming visa services for students who are legal permanent residents of Bermuda. Additionally, it is assisting Third Country National (TCN) workers who have been terminated or furloughed from their employment in Bermuda and need a U.S. visa to return to their country of origin.  

Even though some restrictions have been lifted, precautionary measures remain in place to reduce the spread of disease. Until further notice, all visitors to the U.S. Consulate must wear a face covering or a face mask. They must sanitize their hands before entering the building and maintain a safe distance from others while inside. Individuals who do not feel well on the day of their scheduled appointment are asked to stay at home and reschedule.  All U.S. citizens should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important updates on the Embassy’s operations, evacuations, and national COVID-19 restrictions. Individuals who need emergency assistance can contact the Embassy by phone or email for support.   

Bolivia

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Government of Bolivia has extended a national quarantine.

Nationwide, a quarantine will be extended through July 31,2020.

Under the requirements, the use of face masks in public is mandatory. Social distancing guidelines must be strictly followed, too. A nighttime curfew remains in effect, during which time a movement restriction remains in effect for people and private vehicles. Vehicles are banned from travel on weekends, and people may only move about their homes on foot or bicycle within 500 meters. A ban remains in effect for public events and classes. Religious events are permitted if attendance rates are 30% below capacity. Interprovincial, interdepartmental, and intermunicipal transportation services are limited and available based on local risk levels. All public and private businesses that are open must have a continuous workday schedule that eliminates a lunch break and requires offices to close earlier. Municipal governments have the authority to determine local commercial activity and services not covered by the national decree.

All borders remain closed until the restrictions are lifted, and international flights are currently suspended.  Only returning Bolivian residents and citizens, diplomats, technical specialists, members of special missions, and drivers of international cargo and goods are exempt from the border closures.

Repatriation flights are currently limited for U.S. citizens. Anyone who wishes to leave the country should make departure plans as soon as possible.

The U.S. Embassy in La Paz will continue to provide limited consular operations throughout the quarantine. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are advised to complete and submit an Embassy Repatriation Form that lets the Embassy contact them if travel opportunities become available. Anyone needing assistance can visit the Embassy’s Visa Appointment Website to request an emergency appointment. 

Bosnia & Herzegovina

The Bosnian government has announced some updates regarding its COVID-19 regulations.

Extensions of stay are no longer available for foreign nationals who have exceeded their 90-day limit. Individuals whose stay was prolonged due to COVID-19 should leave the country as soon as possible. A fine will be imposed for any unauthorized stays past 90 days. Nonresidents who have received a humanitarian extension of stay from authorities are exempt from overstay penalties until their extension of stay ends.

Entry and exit requirements have also been updated. Sarajevo airport is now open for commercial flights, although flights are subject to changes and cancellations due to the fluid COVID-19 situation. Travelers arriving in the country must provide authorities with negative COVID-19 test results obtained within the previous 48 hours. An entry ban is in place for most non-resident foreign nationals with limited exceptions, including individuals traveling for business, medical treatment, or family emergencies. Negative COVID-19 test results and special documentation may be required for entry.

Some restrictions are still in place nationally to reduce the risk of disease transmission. Local conditions are currently governing the opening of businesses and public places. Many businesses are open, but social distancing measures remain in place. Some nursing homes and healthcare facilities have tightened restrictions for visitors and movement. Masks are required indoors in public areas. Limits are still in place for public gatherings, and most public events are still cancelled.

The U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina has resumed some passport and citizenship services for U.S. citizens. However, notary, immigrant, and non-immigrant services are still suspended until further notice. The Embassy will continue to provide emergency services for U.S. citizens as well. While the Embassy can still assist quickly with emergencies, anyone who previously applied for a non-emergency passport should anticipate lengthy processing delays.

Botswana

The Government of Botswana has announced updates following a COVID-19 lockdown.

An extreme social distancing measure previously in place in the Gaborone COVID-19 zone has ended. However, some restrictions will still remain in place, including restrictions on movement. Interzone permits are still required for travel between zones. Permits can be requested online through the government’s website.

Repatriation flights are still available for U.S. citizens. Anyone who wants to join a repatriation flight should indicate their interest by completing a form available through the Embassy’s website. One form must be completed for each member of a traveler’s group. Individuals who previously completed a form but no longer wish to leave the country should contact the Embassy.

All routine consular services remain suspended at the U.S. Embassy until further notice due to a government lockdown. The Embassy will be open for select emergency services only at this time, including emergency passports.

Individuals who require assistance should email the Embassy for support.

Brazil

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Government of Brazil has extended the country’s border closures.

Brazil’s land, sea, and air borders will now remain closed through July 30, 2020. Most foreigners are prohibited from entering the country during that time. New exceptions will still be made for foreign nationals who are traveling by air on a visit visa for a short stay and have no intent of establishing residency. Entry will also be granted to foreign nationals with a waived visit visa who are traveling to Brazil by air and engaging in sporting, artistic, or business activities. A new exception is also granted to foreign nationals traveling by air who intend to establish residency for a specified time period. Those foreign nationals must have a temporary visa for a certain purpose, including teaching, research, or an academic extension, work, study, investing, family reunions, and sport or artistic activities with fixed-term contracts. Individuals who meet the qualifications can enter using only certain international airports, including the Sao Paulo International Airport, Tom Jobim International Airport, Viracopos International Airport, and Brasilia International Airport. Travelers should be prepared to provide documentation showing their reasons for travel. They must show documentation before boarding demonstrating that they are free of COVID-19. Travelers should anticipate delays due to new stringent airport health protocols. Along with the new exceptions, previously existing exceptions still apply for Brazilian citizens, permanent residents, National Immigration Registry Card Holders, foreign professionals employed by a non-governmental organization, foreign officials, the spouse, partner, child, parent, or caregiver of a Brazilian citizen, and anyone whose entry into Brazil is deemed to be in the public interest. Exceptions will also apply for transiting travelers involved in cargo delivery, international passengers making connecting flights who do not leave the international transit area, flight crews, and passengers who must disembark for aircraft refueling and repairs.Currently, the U.S. Consulate General is operating with a limited capacity. Emergency appointments are still available, but only on a limited basis. The Embassy and Consulates will notify U.S. citizens when regular operations resume. In the meantime, anyone who needs urgent assistance should contact the Embassy and Consulates by email to request an emergency appointment.

Brunei

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the U.S. Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan has provided several travel updates.

Commercial flights are available for U.S. citizens to depart the country. However, commercial flights are still limited. Royal Brunei Airlines has one flight scheduled on August 10th and another scheduled for September 14th. However, many other airlines have cancelled their flights through August 31st.

The Embassy notes that many COVID-19 restrictions and regulations are in place for travelers who want to leave the country, depending on the country that they are transiting through. Many countries have travel restrictions in place that prevent foreign citizens from entering the country, although they are still allowed to transit a country if they do not leave the airport. Malaysia, for instance, has banned most foreign citizens from entering the country. However, it allows direct international transit through Kuala Lumpur International Airport for travelers on connecting flights to the United States. Hong Kong has similar regulations, while travel restrictions in Singapore currently prevent most foreign citizens from entering the country and transiting its airports. Travel restrictions in Victoria, Australia also currently prohibit passengers from flying into the Melbourne Airport. Travel restrictions imposed by the Philippine government prevent most foreign citizens from entering the country and transiting through its airports.

The Embassy will continue to provide emergency services for U.S. citizens at this time. Anyone who needs assistance can contact the Embassy by email for support. 

Bulgaria

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the government of Bulgaria has provided updates.

A State of Emergency is in effect through August 31, 2020.

An entry ban remains in place for most travelers with a few limited exceptions. The Bulgarian government has prohibited all individuals, regardless of their citizenship, from entering the country through all border crossings, including all air, rail, sea, and road transport. The restrictions apply to commercial and private aircraft. The restrictions also apply to U.S. citizens unless they meet one of the government’s exceptions to the entry ban.

Exceptions to the entry ban apply in limited situations. Bulgarian nationals and their family members, or people who cohabitate with a Bulgarian citizen and are returning to Bulgaria, are exempt from the entry ban. Bulgarian nationals, Bulgarian permanent residents, and their family members from the European Union, the United Kingdom, and some Schengen states including Andorra, San Marino, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia are also exempt from the entry ban. Individuals with permanent or long-term resident status in Bulgaria and their family members are also exempt from the entry ban, along with medical researchers, medical professionals, social workers, and their supervisors who are traveling to Belgium for work-related duties. Workers who are involved in the supply of medical devices, personal protective equipment, medicinal products, and medical equipment, including its installation and maintenance, are also exempt from the entry ban. Other exemptions to the entry ban include transport staff engaged in the international carriage of cargo and passengers or the maintenance of vessels, individuals and their family members traveling for humanitarian reasons, and foreign officials, diplomats, or officials of international organizations, military personnel, and humanitarian workers and their family members. Individuals who are engaged in shipbuilding and ship repair and their family members can enter Bulgaria, along with frontier workers, tourism workers, and seasonal agricultural workers. Students traveling for the purposes of completing the current academic year, including traveling for training and exams, or for preparing for the upcoming academic year, are permitted to enter the country. Individuals participating in trade, economic, and investment activities directly related to the construction, operation, and maintenance of critical infrastructure in Bulgaria are also allowed to enter the country.

Some individuals are allowed to transit the country too, including nationals of a Schengen country, the EU, or the UK and their family members. Non-EU nationals with long-term permanent residence in the UK, and EU member state, or a Schengen country and their family members can also transit through Bulgaria. Nationals of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Turkey, and Serbia can transit Bulgaria to return to their country of origin. Regardless of nationality, transit is only permitted if the traveler will immediately leave Bulgaria. Most travelers must quarantine upon arrival if they are arriving from the UK, Sweden, Portugal, and all third countries outside the EU except for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein, Serbia, Andorra, Monaco, and Vatican City. Some exceptions apply to the mandate, including truck and bus drivers, Bulgarian ship crew members, medical professionals, foreign officials and diplomats, and frontier workers. Individuals who are not subject to the quarantine requirements and who can transit through Bulgaria must submit a declaration acknowledging that they have abided by the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and understand the risks of COVID-19.

The use of masks is required in all indoor public spaces including pharmacies, hospitals, malls, stores, airports, churches, museums, and public transportation. Exceptions are made for people in restaurants, cafés, and other eating establishments. U.S. citizens who wish to leave the country should make travel arrangements as soon as possible.

U.S. citizens who have questions or need emergency assistance should contact the American Citizen Services section of the U.S. Embassy for support. Emergency appointments can be made by emailing the Embassy. 

Burkina Faso

Due to COVID-19, the government has provided updates for U.S. citizens.

The Ouagadougou airport will resume normal operations on August 1, 2020. However, all land borders are closed until further notice. Travelers should note that pre-departure requirements are still in place for the COVID-19 pandemic, including possible requirements for disease testing and a requirement to provide negative COVID-19 test results. Anyone who wants to travel should contact the airlines for additional information and requirements.

Airports nationwide are still closed to commercial travel. However, the Embassy notes that limited opportunities may be available for U.S. citizens to join repatriation flights. The Embassy will provide updates for U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents about upcoming flight opportunities if they wish to return to the United States. Anyone who wants to join a flight if and when available should complete a form available through the Embassy’s website.

The U.S. Embassy staff continues to work remotely due to safety concerns. The Embassy notes that U.S. citizens who need assistance can call the Embassy outside of regular working hours to speak with an officer on duty. U.S. citizens whose passports are expired or are scheduled to expire within 30 days can contact the Embassy to request an emergency appointment. Notarial services are available to U.S. citizens on a case-by-case basis and for emergency matters only. Routine consular services are still suspended. The Embassy can be contacted by email or phone for support.

The Embassy also advises U.S. citizens to comply with all safety protocols and guidelines issued by the CDC to prevent the spread of disease. All U.S. citizens are also encouraged to enroll in the STEP program to receive important updates regarding COVID-19 policies and the Embassy’s operations.

More information for emergency assistance is available through the Embassy’s website. 

Burma

The Burmese government has provided updated information on its COVID-19 restrictions.

A nationwide curfew has ended, but a suspension remains in place for international commercial flights and visa-on-arrival and e-visa programs through July 31st. Quarantine requirements will remain in effect through that time. Limits will continue for group gathering size. U.S. citizens are reminded that criminal penalties may be imposed for violating COVID-19 restrictions. Individuals should contact their township administrator for information on local restrictions.

Foreigners are now allowed to enter the country for “professional purposes.” Upon arrival, however, they are subject to a two-week quarantine, including a one-week quarantine in a government facility. Additionally, they must self-isolate for one week in their country of origin prior to their arrival in Burma. All arrivals must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight.

Although a general ban on commercial flights remains in effect, several upcoming repatriation flights are available in June for U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States.

Anyone who needs assistance can contact the Embassy by phone or email.  

Burundi

Recently, the U.S. Embassy Bujumbura announced upcoming repatriation assistance for U.S. citizens.

A special evacuation flight is currently scheduled for July 29th. U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) are permitted to join the evacuation flight. Qualified individuals who are interested in traveling should contact the airlines directly rather than the U.S. Embassy. 

Until further notice, the Embassy will only provide emergency services for U.S. citizens, including issuing emergency passports and coordinating travel plans. U.S. citizens whose passports have expired or will expire within the next 90 days should make an emergency passport appointment with the Embassy, which can be scheduled through email.

U.S. citizens who require immediate assistance can email the Embassy or visit its website for further information. 

Cabo Verde

A State of Calamity remains in effect for Cabo Verde due to COVID-19.

Due to an increase in coronavirus cases, commercial flights are now suspended through August. U.S. citizens who need to leave the country will be allowed to travel on an emergency basis only. Only individuals who have urgent travel needs are permitted to enter the country at this time.

Although some restrictions have been lifted for travel, the use of face masks is required in all public places. While many businesses and services have reopened, restrictions remain in place for some, including limited beach access and restaurant operations.

The U.S. Embassy will announce additional upcoming repatriation flights as they become available. All U.S citizens interested in joining an upcoming flight when available should provide the Embassy with a copy of their passport issued by the United States or Cabo Verde or a green card showing status as a Legal Permanent Resident. U.S. citizens who have not yet departed the country should plan to shelter in place. All U.S. citizens are subject to government regulations and should abide by COVID-19 restrictions accordingly.

The Embassy will continue providing U.S. citizens with important travel updates and emergency services. Individuals can contact the Embassy if they have questions or need emergency assistance. 

Cambodia

New entry requirements are required for travelers due to COVID-19.

Now, all foreign travelers must pay a deposit of $3,000 for mandatory COVID-19 testing and potential treatment services. The cost covers COVID-19 testing for the individual traveler and expenses for covering a quarantine, which is required if any passengers on the flight test positive for COVID-19.

Additionally, certain entry requirements are mandatory for individuals entering Cambodia by land, air, and water. Upon arrival, travelers must present a medical certificate, issued within 72 hours of the date of travel, showing that they are not positive for COVID-19. Additionally, they must show proof of medical insurance coverage for at least $50,000. All travelers must also undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival. They must wait in an official facility for results. If one or more passengers from an arriving flight test positive for the virus, all passengers must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine. If travelers test negative, they may self-isolate for 14 days at their house or place of lodging under the supervision of health authorities.

Some repatriation flights are available for U.S. citizens who wish to depart the country. Individuals who want to leave Cambodia should monitor the airlines’ websites and book a flight directly through the airline.

The U.S. Embassy has cancelled most routine services until further notice while COVID-19 restrictions remain in place. The Embassy is continuing to offer emergency services to U.S. citizens at this time.U.S. citizens who need assistance should email or call the Embassy for information.  

Cameroon

Recently, the Government of Cameroon lifted some COVID-19 restrictions to permit more economic activity.

Some businesses and retail shops are now allowed to open for business, provided social distancing and good hygiene measures are followed. The government reminds everyone that face masks must be worn in public. Even though more businesses are open, individuals are encouraged to only leave their homes when necessary.

Travel options still remain limited for U.S. citizens who wish to leave the country, as opportunities for commercial evacuation flights are scarce. Therefore, everyone who is still in Cameroon should prepare to remain in the country while measures remain in place to limit the spread of disease. Even though few flights are available, all U.S. citizens who want to travel should complete a form, available through the Embassy’s website, demonstrating an interest in joining a repatriation flight.

The Embassy is currently providing emergency American Citizens services, including issuing emergency passports. The Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to sign up for important updates on repatriation assistance and COVID-19 restrictions.Individuals should email the Embassy for support.  

Canada

The North American border closure among the US, Canada, and Mexico has been further extended in response to increasing cases of COVID-19.

Border restrictions among Canada, Mexico, and the United States have been extended through August 21, 2020. The restrictions were initially implemented on March 20, 2020 for 30 days. They were extended again through April 21st, May 21st, and again through June 22nd.

Land borders between the U.S. and Mexico and the U.S. and Canada will remain closed to non-essential travel, which includes travel for tourism and recreational purposes. The temporary travel restrictions will continue to limit the travel of individuals at the U.S. – Mexico and U.S. – Canada borders. Only travel for essential purposes will be permitted through August 21st or until further notice. Essential travel includes U.S. citizens and permanent residents returning to the United States, people traveling to the U.S. for work purposes, lawful cross-border trade (such as trucks delivering goods), and travel for other specific purposes such as attending school or receiving medical treatment.

U.S. citizens who need emergency assistance should contact the Embassy for help. All U.S. citizens are advised to enroll in the Smart Traveler Assistance Program (STEP) to receive vital updates on consular services and receive emergency alerts.

Central African Republic

In response to the U.S. State Department’s COVID-19 Global Travel Advisory, the U.S. Embassy in Bangui is providing limited consular support at this time.

The U.S. Embassy has limited its staff and consular services until further notice. Therefore, it will only offer emergency services for U.S. citizens.

Individuals should visit the Embassy’s website for more information on coronavirus-related restrictions and operations.

Chad

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Government of Chad has provided several updates.

The Hassan Djamous International Airport is closed to international passenger traffic until further notice. A mandatory curfew is still in effect in several provinces through July 16th. The curfew applies to N’Djamena and several regions including Logone Occidental, Logone Oriental, Mayo Kebbi Ouest, Mayo Kebbi Est, Guera, and Kamen. The use of facemasks is now mandatory until further notice to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

Limited repatriation opportunities are available at this time. Travelers should expect travel restrictions to be implemented with little or no advanced warning. All U.S. citizens who remain in the country should prepare to remain abroad until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

The U.S. Embassy will continue providing emergency services only at this time. Individuals needing immediate assistance, including urgent travel, should go to the Embassy’s website for instructions on scheduling an emergency appointment. 

Chile

The Government of Chile has announced updates regarding its COVID-19 regulations.

Borders will remain closed through July 30th. A quarantine has been extended for certain regions, including La Serena, Coquimbo, and Puerto Montt. A quarantine will start in these locations on July 29th and remain in effect until further notice.

Foreign nationals whose visas are approved abroad at a Chilean Consulate cannot enter the country until the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted without a compelling reason. Individuals who have an urgent reason for travel can request permission to enter the country if they have an approved visa. Individuals can now obtain initial work and residence visas in several countries, including Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, South Korea, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Permanent residency applications are available electronically for nationals from certain countries, including China, Cuba, Brazil, Peru, and Haiti. Starting on September 30th, applicants from those countries who submitted their applications online must validate the documents in person.

The U.S. Embassy is continuing to suspend routine consular services until further notice. However, it is still offering emergency American Citizens Services, including issuing emergency passports. All U.S. citizens who need emergency assistance should visit the Embassy’s website for more information.   

China

In response to government orders, the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu is now closed.

The Chengdu consular district covers the Chongqing municipality, Tibet, and the Provinces of Yunnan, Sichuan, and Guizhou. Although the Consulate General in Chengdu is closed, the U.S. still has Consulates and Embassies open in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenyang, Wuhan, and Guangzhou. Individuals whose applications were pending at the Chengdu Consulate General may face processing delays.

China is now also requiring a COVID-19 test for all inbound travelers, including Chinese citizens, as evidence that they do not have coronavirus. The tests must be conducted at a facility authorized by the Chinese Embassy within five days of departing for China. Chinese citizens must take a photo of their test results and upload it to the government’s epidemic prevention program. Foreign nationals must create a Health Declaration at a Chinese Embassy and provide a copy of their test results in writing.

Colombia

Due to continuing coronavirus concerns, the Colombian government has implemented additional measures.

Isolation measures will now remain in effect through August 1, 2020 to control the spread of COVID-19. Exceptions will only apply in certain areas of the country with few or zero cases of COVID-19.

Airports across the country are closed to international travel at this time, although some national flights have resumed through a pilot program. Although commercial flights are not currently available to the United States, U.S. citizens who want to travel can join a repatriation flight. Repatriation flights are currently scheduled through the first two weeks in August. U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States should make arrangements as soon as possible. Otherwise, they should prepare to remain abroad indefinitely.

A curfew will remain in effect from 8:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. for Antonio Narino, Bosa, Puente Aranda, Kennedy, and Fontibon through August 6th. A curfew will also remain in place for Engativa, Barrios Unidos, and Suba through August 14th. Ciudad Bolivar, Chapinero, Rafael Uribe Uribe, San Cristobal, Usme, Martires, Tunjuelito, and Santa Fe. Through August 9th, isolation measures will remain in place for Bosa, Puente Aranda, Fontibon, and Kennedy. Isolation measures will be enforced in Suba, Barrios Unidos, and Engativa from August 10th through August 23rd. Select neighborhoods are exempt from the isolation measures including Antonio Narino, La Candelaria, Usaquen, Sumapaz, and Teusaquillo.

U.S. citizens can leave Colombia on a humanitarian flight if flights are available. Individuals who want to return to the United States are encouraged to sign up for a humanitarian flight as soon as possible. Individuals wishing to return to the United States can sign up for a flight through the STEP program, which is available through the Embassy’s website.

Individuals who need assistance should contact the U.S. Embassy by phone or email to request emergency appointments, including ordering an emergency passport. 

Costa Rica 

The Costa Rican government has announced updates to its COVID-19 restrictions.

Costa Rica has extended its border closure to limit the spread of COVID-19.

An entry ban will be in effect through August 1st. Only select nationals and foreigners can enter the country, including those with permanent or temporary residence status, non-residents with Estancia subcategory, anyone who submitted an immigration application before March 18th, and anyone whose immigration status is a “special category.” Immigration offices will also remain closed through September 18, 2020 due to the extended border closures.

Tourists can remain in the country through November 18th if they entered after December 18, 2019 and did not have to leave before Costa Rica’s borders closed in March. Tourists who have been unable to leave the country are not subject to fines or penalties. The DIMEX of individuals with a non-residency stay status that has expired or will expire after March 17, 2020 will remain valid through October 18, 2020. Documentation requested by immigration authorities, including criminal records, birth certificates, and other documentation, will remain valid through September 18th. Foreign nationals with an immigration category in Costa Rica or who are awaiting a response to an immigration request and leave the country during the border closure will not be permitted to re-enter Costa Rica until its borders reopen.

Commercial repatriation flights are available for U.S. citizens in July. Flights are open to the public for booking. Anyone who wants to travel to the United States should sign up for a flight as soon as possible.

Individuals who need an emergency passport should contact the Embassy by email for assistance. 

Cote d’Ivoire

Recently, the government announced new measures and restrictions due to coronavirus.

A State of Emergency has been extended through July 30, 2020. All maritime and land borders will remain closed through July 30th as well. Clubs, bars, and other entertainment venues will continue to remain closed in Abidjan. The government advises all vulnerable individuals in the population to remain isolated and only travel outside their homes for essential purposes. The requirement to wear a mask or other facial covering in public spaces and when traveling in vehicles.

Commercial flights are currently available for U.S. citizens who want to leave the country. U.S. citizens wishing to depart on a commercial flight should contact the airlines directly for flight information and to make reservations. Flights are available to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and their family members. Travelers are advised that COVID-19 restrictions vary depending on the country they are traveling through, including France.

The Embassy continues to provide limited services at this time. Routine consular services are still suspended, including Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and routine passport renewals. Immigrant and non-immigrant visa services are suspended until further notice. U.S. citizens who need assistance, including requesting an emergency passport, should contact the Embassy by email. Emergency passports may be issued for U.S. citizens who have urgent travel needs or who otherwise need to replace their expired identification documents. Travelers will be asked to provide flight reservation information before their emergency passport is granted. U.S. emergency passports will be accepted for flights to the United States through France and Belgium. However, emergency passports will not permit entry into those countries. 

Croatia

The government of Croatia continues to ease restrictions implemented for COVID-19.

All EU/EEA nationals and individuals with permanent residence status in EU/EEA countries can enter Croatia without restrictions. All other foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, can enter the country for tourism, business, or urgent personal reasons if they provide proof. U.S. citizens who wish to remain in the country beyond the 90 days of visa-free status should contact their local police station and apply for a temporary residence permit to avoid overstay penalties.

Due to the current rate of COVID-19 cases, the Croatian government has lifted mandatory quarantine and self-isolation restrictions for individuals entering the country. Upon entering Croatia, individuals are now given a Pamphlet with Recommendations and Instructions from the Institute of Public Health. They must follow the guidance for two weeks upon entering the country. Travelers may be asked to quarantine or spend 14 days in a government facility. Travelers are cautioned that health inspectors are monitoring and enforcing orders to self-isolate. Individuals who violate the mandate will be fined from 8000 HRK for the first offense and up to 120,000 HRK for repeat offenses.

The U.S. Embassy in Croatia remains open for emergency services only at this time. Individuals can find contact information and updates on the Embassy’s website.

Cuba

Due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, the Cuban government has extended restrictions to control the spread of disease.

A closure of Cuba’s airports is now extended through August 1, 2020. The Embassy will provide information about the airport’s updated operating status when available. The government is currently working to arrange future repatriation flights for U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are still in the country but wish to depart when possible. Individuals who are interested in joining a repatriation flight when available must complete a form available through the Embassy’s website. The Embassy will contact prospective travelers as flight information becomes available.

Currently, the U.S. Embassy in Havana is offering emergency assistance only for U.S. citizens.

Information on obtaining emergency support is available through the Embassy’s website.

Curacao

The U.S. Consulate General Curacao has announced updates for U.S. citizens regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several upcoming repatriation flights are currently available for U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States, including a flight on July 18th. The flights are open to U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents only. Anyone who wants to travel should contact the airlines for reservations and pricing information. Travelers should note that flights can only be booked online at this time.Until further notice, the Consulate General will continue to limit its services and operations for U.S. citizens to emergency cases only. Anyone who wishes to evacuate or who needs emergency aid should contact the Embassy by email.

Cyprus

The Government of Cyprus has announced updates to its COVID-19 reopening plan.

Regularly scheduled commercial flights to and from the Republic of Cyprus have resumed. U.S. citizens who want to travel are advised to contact the airlines directly, and as soon as possible, for flight information and to make reservations. Travelers should note that certain restrictions may apply depending on the country that they are transiting through, as travel restrictions vary by country.

Travelers arriving to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will be permitted to enter the country on July 1, 2020.The U.S. Embassy is accepting emergency requests from U.S. citizens for passport appointments at this time. Individuals who plan to travel anytime through September and who need a valid passport should complete a form that is available through the Embassy’s website. Individuals can also find more information about the Embassy’s planned resumption of U.S. passport operations through the State Department’s website.

Czech Republic

Some travel restrictions have been lifted for foreign travelers due to COVID-19.

Travelers who are arriving from countries considered to have a low risk from COVID-19 are now allowed to enter the country. Individuals from most Schengen Area and EU countries can now enter the Czech Republic, as can travelers from New Zealand, Japan, Canada, Australia, Thailand, and South Korea. An entry ban remains in place for most foreign nationals who are not on the list of low-risk countries unless they meet certain exceptions. Foreign nationals who have a permanent residence permit or long-term residence permit from a country deemed to have a low risk of COVID-19 can enter the country, as can individuals with a long-term, permanent, or temporary residence card or a long-term visa in the Czech Republic. Foreign nationals who have a short-term visa issued by the Czech Republic after May 11, 2020 are also exempt from the entry ban. Foreign nationals whose travel to the Czech Republic is in the interest of the country can enter, provided their reason for entry is supported by documentation. International workers can enter the country if their reason for entry is supported by documentation. Officials of international organizations registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and diplomats can also enter the Czech Republic.

All foreign travelers must provide negative COVID-19 test results upon arrival. Test results must be issued by a public health authority or a doctor, and they must be no more than four days old upon entry. Travelers must also have laboratory reports confirming the test results. Foreign travelers who arrive without negative COVID-19 test results or supporting documentation are subject to a two-week quarantine. However, EU and non-EU nationals who have long-term residency status in the EU can enter the country without providing evidence of a negative PCR test. Additionally, they are not required to prove the reason for their travel if they are traveling from a low-risk country.

The U.S. Embassy in Prague has resumed select services for U.S. citizens. Certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services are now available, including B-1, F-1, M-1, P, O, E-2, and some categories of exchange visitors under J-1. U.S. citizens who need these services are advised that they are likely to encounter increased wait times for visa services due to backlogs and delays. Along with limited services, the Embassy continues to provide emergency services. U.S. citizens who have urgent needs and must travel immediately should call or email the Embassy to request an emergency appointment. 

Democratic Republic of Congo

The U.S. Embassy has announced updates for U.S. citizens in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At this time, several repatriation flights are still available through July for U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States. Anyone who wants to travel should contact the Embassy for additional information. Although the Embassy is still operating with reduced capacity and is limited in the assistance that it can provide for U.S. citizens.

Anyone who needs an emergency passport or other emergency documentation should contact the Embassy by email to request an emergency appointment.

Denmark

The Danish government has announced changes to its COVID-19 regulations.

The Danish border will stay closed to tourists until August 31, 2020. Residents of Norway, Germany, and Iceland are now allowed to visit Denmark. However, they must have lodging reservations outside of Copenhagen for at least six nights during their intended stay.

While border closures remain in place, additional repatriation flights will be available for U.S. citizens hoping to leave Denmark. U.S. citizens who are transiting through certain areas will not be allowed to leave the airport, including those with connecting flights through Frankfurt and Amsterdam. U.S. citizens who wish to join a repatriation flight should make travel plans as soon as possible.

The U.S. Embassy Copenhagen will continue to provide mission critical services to U.S. citizens, including issuing U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA). Anyone who is eligible to renew a passport by mail should do so to avoid lengthy processing delays and avoid wait times for an in-person appointment. While some passport processing will resume, routine notaries and social security services will continue to be suspended. Anyone who needs a certified copy of a document for Social Security purposes should mail the documents to the Embassy for service.U.S. citizens who need immediate assistance can contact the Embassy via email for support.   

Djibouti

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the government has announced updates for international travel.

The Ambouli International Airport is now open for inbound and outbound commercial passenger travel. All passengers will be screened for COVID-19 upon arrival. U.S. citizens who wish to leave the country should purchase tickets and inquire about flight availability by contacting the airlines directly.

The U.S. Embassy will continue to provide emergency services only for U.S. citizens until further notice. Regular appointments and consular operations remain cancelled. Individuals who require assistance should contact the Embassy’s American Citizen Services department by email.  

Dominican Republic

The Government of the Dominican Republic has updated its COVID-19 regulations.

Commercial air travel is now permitted, and commercial flights are available to the United States. Individuals who want to sign up for a flight should contact the airlines directly to make a reservation.

Health and safety protocols remain in place for arriving passengers. All travelers arriving in the Dominican Republic must provide negative results for a COVID-19 test taken within five days of arrival. Arriving travelers who do not provide negative test results, or who have symptoms upon arrival, will be screened for COVID-19 at the airport. Anyone who tests positive must quarantine as instructed by authorities.

The U.S. Embassy continues to offer emergency assistance only at this time. Anyone who needs travel assistance should contact the Embassy for support. 

Ecuador

In response to the COVID-19 health crisis, the U.S. Embassy and government have announced several updates.

Commercial flight operations have now resumed. Guayaquil and Quito airports have opened for commercial flights between Ecuador and the United States. U.S. citizens should contact the airlines directly for details on upcoming flights and to make reservation. Repatriation flights are currently scheduled through the month of June.

Proper travel documentation is required for all passengers seeking to depart Ecuador on a repatriation flight, including a Mobilization Authorization that allows travel internally regardless of curfew hours. Individuals should wear a face mask and gloves in the airport. Anyone who wants to board a repatriation flight should contact the airlines directly.

U.S. citizens who are visiting the country on a 90-day tourist visa will automatically receive a no-fault extension if their visa validity or 90-day visa-free stay expired during the COVID-19 pandemic.As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the U.S. Embassy will continue to suspend normal operations. U.S. citizens can contact the Embassy by phone or email to request emergency services.

Egypt

The Egyptian government has released updated travel information due to COVID-19.

Airports nationwide are open for international travel, and commercial flights are available to the United States. U.S. citizens who want to leave the country should contact the airlines or travel agency directly for additional information on flights and schedules.

The U.S. Embassy continues to suspend all non-emergency services at this time. All routine nonimmigrant visa appointments and immigrant appointments are currently cancelled through September 30, 2020, including diversity visa appointments. The Embassy will notify the public when it resumes those services.

Individuals who need assistance should call the Embassy for more information and to make an appointment.

El Salvador

The Government of El Salvador has announced a multi-phase approach to reopen the economy.

Some businesses and services are now allowed to operate following the end of the COVID-19 lockdown.

All airports in El Salvador are still closed to commercial air traffic. However, repatriation flights are still available for U.S. citizens who wish to leave the country. A series of repatriation flights are currently scheduled through July and August. Flights are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Anyone who wants to leave the country on an evacuation flight should make travel plans as soon as possible. Anyone who wants to travel should contact the airlines for booking information and reservations. The airlines will provide travelers with the travel documentation they need to return to the United States. These documents should be presented to authorities at checkpoints throughout the country.

U.S. citizens are advised that the Embassy continues to provide limited services only until further notice. Individuals who need emergency assistance or seek repatriation assistance should contact the Embassy’s American Citizen Services department by email.  

Equatorial Guinea

The Government of Equatorial Guinea has announced updates to its COVID-19 restrictions.

A period of confinement has now ended, and many COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed.

Domestic and international flights have resumed. Individuals will be allowed to enter the country upon showing PCR test results confirming that they do not have COVD-19. Prospective travelers should contact the airlines directly to confirm flight availability and make a reservation.

While some restrictions have been lifted, people are still advised to abide by social distancing and hygiene measures when in public, including maintaining a distance of at least six feet from others and wearing a face mask or facial covering.

Eritrea

The Government of Eritrea has announced updates to control the spread of COVID-19.

Government offices are still closed, and government services are suspended at this time. All non-essential businesses are closed until further notice. Essential businesses can remain open through 8:00 p.m. Most private cars are banned from the road, with the limited exception of travel for emergencies. U.S. citizens are reminded that they must abide by the government’s regulations regarding COVID-19. Punitive measures will be issued against anyone who does not follow the government’s orders.

Travel options are limited for U.S. citizens at this time, as the international airport and land borders are closed until further notice. Limited repatriation opportunities are available for U.S. citizens. Anyone who wants to travel on an evacuation flight should contact the Embassy via email.

The U.S. Embassy has suspended most in-person services until further notice, with the exception of in-person emergency American Citizen Services available at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy. Individuals who need emergency assistance should call the Embassy to schedule an appointment.

Estonia

The Estonian government has announced updated measures for COVID-19.

Essential businesses remain open for service, including pharmacies, telecommunication stores, grocery stores, medical supply stores, and banks. Social distancing rules apply in all public gathering places. Exercise facilities are now open as well, along with open-air venues such as museums and movie theaters. All large-scale public events are cancelled through August 31, 2020.

All non-EU foreigners whose short-term work permits can stay in Estonia without penalty until the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. However, they are expected to depart the country within 10 days after the national emergency ends. Some short-term permit holders can extend their work permits through July 31, 2020.

The U.S. Embassy Tallinn is available to assist with certain U.S. citizen services, including issuing limited-validity passports for anyone with urgent travel needs. Emergency passports can be changed to full-validity passports at a later date for no extra charge. The Embassy can assist with other U.S. citizen services as needed. However, no regular full-validity passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad will be printed until the Embassy resumes normal operations.

U.S. citizens who need assistance can email the Embassy for support.

Eswatini

In light of ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the U.S. Embassy has provided travel updates for U.S. citizens.

Some land borders are currently closed, including Gege, Sicunisa, Sandlane, Nsalitje, and Bulembu. Screening processes are in place at the county’s main borders for travelers who have recently visited high-risk areas, including mainland China. The Embassy also notes that American Citizens must obtain visas before visiting or transiting South Africa.

Individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 or have come into contact with an infected person are required to self-quarantine for two weeks.

The U.S. Embassy Mbabane is providing emergency American Citizen services only at this time. U.S. citizens can request emergency passports if they need to leave the country. Anyone who wants to leave the country on an evacuation flight should contact the Embassy immediately to receive important updates and information on travel opportunities. Individuals are also encouraged to enroll in the STEP program.

Individuals who need assistance can contact the Embassy by email. 

Ethiopia

A mandatory quarantine remains in place for travelers, but it has been updated by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health.

Travelers arriving at the Bole international airport from the U.S. must now provide RT-PCR test results within 72 hours before arriving demonstrating that they do not have COVID-19. Individuals who are arriving in the country to stay with immediate family members can self-quarantine at home. Individuals who are not traveling to a family member’s house in compliance with health mandates must undergo a quarantine at a government-approved facility.

The U.S. Embassy is still providing emergency assistance to U.S. citizens, including those who have urgent travel needs. Anyone who needs assistance with an emergency should contact the Embassy by email.

Fiji

Recently, the Government of Fiji announced additional quarantine measures and restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19.

A nationwide curfew remains in effect from 10:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. Restrictions on interisland air and sea travel have been lifted, although enhanced screening and quarantine measures remain in place to control the spread of disease.

Several repatriation flights are currently available through the month of July for U.S. citizens who wish to depart the country. Flights are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Travelers should note that special requirements apply for flights through New Zealand. U.S. citizens who hold a U.S. passport may transit Auckland without additional approval. U.S. permanent residents must request approval in advance from authorities to transit Auckland. Individuals who wish to leave the country should arrange for travel as soon as possible by contacting the airlines for flight information and reservations. The Embassy reminds travelers that they must be free of COVID-19 symptoms to board a repatriation flight. Loans are available for U.S. citizens who cannot currently cover the cost of a return ticket.

The U.S. Embassy will continue to provide only limited emergency services for U.S. citizens at this time. 

Finland

Residence permit income requirements have been updated due to COVID-19.

The Finnish Immigration Service announced that it may grant residence permit extensions to people who do not meet the minimum income level. The exceptions will be effective through December 31, 2020. All cases are considered individually, and the exception to the income requirement is not automatic for all residence permit extensions submitted in 2020. To qualify for the lower income requirement, individuals must show that their lower income is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Proof of the exceptional circumstances is typically required from the employer. Individuals who qualify for the income requirement exception can have their permit extended for a maximum of one year.

France

The Government of France has announced several updates to its COVID-19 policies.

An entry ban has been lifted for travelers coming from 13 countries. Individuals from Australia, Georgia, Japan, Canada, Montenegro, Morocco, Rwanda, Serbia, New Zealand, Thailand, Uruguay, South Korea, and Tunisia are now allowed to enter the country. Incoming travelers are subject to restrictions imposed by Schengen border regulations. France’s current travel list excludes China and Algeria, which were previously on the travel list recommended by the EU Commission.

The U.S. Embassy in Paris and Consulate General in Marseille remain closed for regular operations at this time. However, U.S. citizens can contact the Embassy and Consulate General for urgent matters by phone or email. 

Gabon

Recently, the Gabonese government announced plans to end the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

Although the State of Emergency is lifted, certain restrictions will continue to remain in place. A curfew is still in effect nationwide between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. All air, land, and sea borders will remain closed, except for repatriation flights and shipments of essential goods. Long-distance travel domestically is prohibited without prior authorization from the government. Museums, performance halls, motels, bars, night clubs, game rooms, and places of worship are closed until further notice. All large events such as conferences, sporting, religious, or cultural events, and political demonstrations are banned at this time. The use of face masks in public is still mandatory.

In response to continuing coronavirus concerns, the U.S. Embassy Libreville is closed for regular consular services. The Embassy will resume normal operations when the COVID-19 threat subsides.

U.S. citizens should visit the Embassy’s website for more information on requesting emergency services, including emergency passports.

The Gambia

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Government of Gambia has extended a National State of Emergency.

The country’s State of Emergency will now remain in place until further notice. Commercial travel is banned during that time, and no repatriation flights are currently available for U.S. citizens. Therefore, all U.S. citizens who are still in the country should prepare to remain in place until the restrictions are lifted.

The U.S. Embassy Banjul has announced suspension of routine consular services to limit the spread of COVID-19. Staff members are currently working remotely to limit the risk of disease transmission. All non-emergency consular operations are cancelled at this time, although the Embassy will provide emergency services for U.S. citizens in need.

U.S. citizens can visit the Embassy’s website for more information on emergency services and requesting an appointment.  

Georgia

The Government of Georgia has announced updates for its regulations regarding COVID-19 restrictions.

Limited repatriation flights are currently available for U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States. Commercial flights are expected to resume in August when Georgia’s airports reopen. The U.S. Embassy will provide further information when it receives details from major commercial airlines regarding their schedules for flights out of the country. The Embassy advises all prospective travelers to be aware of COVID-19 requirements for the countries that they transit. In many instances, U.S. citizens must provide proof of onward travel to the United States for any country that they transit. Currently, U.S. citizens may exit the country through the Sarpi land border crossing into Turkey. U.S. citizens can also take a ferry from Batumi.

An entry ban remains in effect for most visitors, including foreign citizens and foreign citizens who are residents of Georgia. Business travel is now permitted, although business visitors must apply for permission to be allowed to enter the country for economic activities. Business travelers can apply online for permission through the Embassy’s website. Business travelers must undergo a COVID-19 test every 72 hours or a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Georgia.

Some restrictions have been lifted, including a ban on outdoor activities of all kinds. Indoor cultural events can now resume with a maximum gathering size of 200. Restaurants, gyms, and pools can reopen following a health inspection. Certain COVID-19 restrictions are still in effect for anyone remaining in the country, including U.S. citizens. A face mask is required for anyone using public transportation, including taxis, and when in a confined public space. Individuals who do not comply with the mandates will be subject to a fine of 20 GEL. Some exceptions apply to the requirement, including individuals who have disabilities or certain health problems. Children under age six are also exempt from the mandate.

The U.S. Embassy Tbilisi has resumed limited processing of some visa applications, including student visas and employment-based categories. Until then, it will continue to provide emergency support to U.S. citizens, including passports, visa appointments, and other citizenship services. Individuals can schedule an appointment on the Embassy’s website. The Embassy notes that individuals should expect delays for non-emergency appointments. Additionally, strict health guidelines are in place for all visitors at the Embassy, including the use of face masks and social distancing mandates.

Individuals who need assistance should contact the Embassy by phone or email.        

Germany 

The U.S. Embassy has provided updates on its resumption of visa services.

Starting July 20th, regular processing of limited nonimmigrant visa applications will resume in Frankfurt and Berlin. Processing will only resume for F, M, and J visas in Munich. Services are currently prioritized for U.S. citizens and residents of Germany.

Students who have valid F and M visas can travel from the Schengen zone to the U.S. Prospective students who need an F or M visa should schedule an appointment for a visa interview. F and M travelers are required to have a current I-20 form in compliance with all Student and Exchange Visitor Program requirements.Under Presidential Proclamation 9993, certain travelers can qualify for national interest exceptions (NIEs). The list of national interest exceptions includes individuals traveling as public health or healthcare professionals or researchers for COVID-19, students and their dependents who are traveling to the U.S. with an F or M visa to pursue studies, or who are traveling on a J visa to participate in an exchange program, all exchange visitors and their dependents who are traveling to the U.S. on J visas in the categories of research scholars, short term scholars, professors, or specialists, investors who are traveling in connection with investment or trade in the U.S. economy that has a substantial economic impact, and individuals pursuing temporary travel that provides a significant economic benefit to the U.S. economy such as technical experts and specialists, senior-level managers and executives, and professional athletes along with their dependents and essential staff.   

Ghana

The Government of Ghana has announced updates to its COVID-19 regulations.

Due to concerns over disease transmission, the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has expanded its medical examination requirement for all immigration permit applications.

Under the new regulations, applicants seeking indefinite residence permits, Right of Abode, naturalization, residence permit renewal, and all other types of residence permits are required to have medical examinations. Previously, medical examinations were only required for applicants seeking new work and residence permits. Medical examinations must be completed at the GIS clinic in Accra. Additionally, medical examination fees have increased from GHS 900 to GHS 1,100 for initial work or residence permit renewal applications. Medical examination fees are GHS 600 for work or residence permit renewal applications.

Greece

The Government of Greece has announced updates to its COVID-19 restrictions.

Many travel restrictions for foreign travelers have been relaxed. Greece has specifically relaxed travel restrictions for residents of certain countries including Australia, Algeria, Canada, Japan, Georgia, New Zealand, Morocco, Rwanda, Thailand, South Korea, Uruguay, and Tunisia through July 31st. Entry is permitted for residents of China, subject to a confirmation of reciprocity. Travel from Serbia and Montenegro is currently banned. The government will reevaluate the entry list and provide updates on July 31st if the list changes.

While non-essential entry is limited to certain countries, exceptions apply in certain situations to the current travel restrictions, including Schengen Treaty third-country nationals, family members of EU nationals, medical staff, specialized scientific staff, military or humanitarian staff, students, diplomats, transiting passengers, third-country nationals with a long-term visa issued by an EU or Schengen country, third-country nationals with special permission from a Greek Consulate, and individuals with essential travel reasons.

Independent of their category, all travelers should complete an electronic authorization form within 24 hours of arrival that includes their data, Greek residence address, and country of departure.

Guatemala

The Guatemalan government has provided updates due to COVID-19.

A tiered system of health alerts has been implemented to provide updated information on the health risks by locality across the country. Even though restrictions have been lifted in some places, the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to practice social distancing and wear a face mask when in public and restrict their movements and activities outside the home as much as possible.

Along with implementing a health alert system, the government has shortened curfew hours. Nationwide, a curfew will be in place from 9:00 p.m. through 4:00 a.m. daily. The current curfew hours are scheduled to be in place through August 10th, but they may be extended at any time. Individuals should remain in their homes during curfew hours with a few exceptions including health and security, some media and legal personnel, restaurant delivery services, and individuals who are receiving medical treatment for chronic conditions. Vehicle use is no longer restricted based on license plate. Vehicle traffic is now fully allowed during non-curfew hours every day, although people are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. A suspension on inter-department travel has been lifted as well, although individuals are encouraged to avoid traveling as much as possible except for essential purposes. Face masks must be worn in public, and non-compliance may result in a fine. Nationwide, all land, sea, and air borders are currently closed to most non-Guatemalans, with limited exceptions for health and security personnel, diplomatic personnel, and other exceptional cases. Airport operations and routine commercial flights out of the country are currently suspended.

All routine consular services are now suspended for U.S. citizens until further notice. The Embassy will only provide emergency passport services during this time. Individuals who have passports that will soon expire or who have immediate travel plans to the U.S. can request an emergency appointment by emailing the Embassy. U.S. citizens who previously applied for a routine passport or Consular Report of Birth Abroad may experience delays in obtaining their documents.

U.S. citizens can email the Embassy to request an emergency appointment or for travel assistance.

Guinea

The U.S. Embassy has posted several updates for U.S. citizens.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Conakry Guinea has announced that it is now offering limited routine services. The Embassy is now permitting appointments for select services, including renewing a U.S. passport that has expired or will expire before December 31, 2020, reporting a U.S. passport lost or stolen and applying for a new one, replacing a limited validity appointment issued as an emergency, and applying for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad.

The Embassy notes that parents are required for passport renewals that are made for children. Individuals who need passport services can use a tool called the passport wizard on the Embassy’s website to find fees and forms for a passport application. Individuals can also schedule an appointment online. The Embassy will notify U.S. citizens through the STEP program when it is offering additional services.

Guyana

The Government of Guyana has updated its COVID-19 regulations.

Nationwide, COVID-19 emergency measures have been extended through August 3, 2020. The country’s airports will remain closed through August 1st for all international arrivals.   

Only repatriation flights are available to U.S. citizens at this time. Commercial flights will only be available starting in Phase II. Individuals who want to depart Guyana are advised to make arrangements for travel as soon as possible.

To limit the risk of disease transmission, the Embassy is operating remotely with limited services at this time. The Embassy will only schedule in-person appointments for emergencies until further notice. As the rate of COVID-19 cases falls, the Embassy will resume operations in multiple Phases. It will announce resumption of services as soon as possible.

U.S. citizens are also encouraged to enroll in the STEP travel program to receive important updates and alerts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Haiti

Recently, the Government of Haiti announced updates to its COVID-19 regulations.

Airports in Cap Haitien and Port-au-Prince are now reopened for commercial passenger flights. Several airlines have announced commercial flights available for U.S. citizens in early July. All U.S. citizens who want to leave the country should make travel arrangements as soon as possible. Prospective travelers are advised to contact the airlines directly to make reservations. Along with commercial flights, the Government of Haiti has announced that commercial maritime travel is also permitted.

U.S. citizens should visit the Embassy’s website to request an emergency appointment.

Honduras

The Government of Honduras has amended its regulations due to COVID-19.

The National Curfew has been extended through August 2nd. During the curfew, pharmacies, banks, supermarkets, gas stations, fruit and vegetable markets, authorized businesses and hardware stores are allowed to open from Monday through Friday. Essential activities and shopping are permitted during weekdays from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. based on the last digit of a person’s national identity card or the last digit of a passport number for non-Honduran citizens. Individuals who meet certain criteria have exclusive access to essential businesses from 7:00 a.m. through 9:00 a.m. on weekdays. They may visit banks from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on certain days based on their ID card or passport number.

Phase I of a reopening plan has been suspended for certain areas, including the Central District, Choluteca, Olancho, San Pedro Sula, Comayagua, Atlantida, Lempira, Colon, and Santa Barbara. Businesses are permitted to open and internal movement is allowed outside of those areas.

Although some restrictions have been lifted, U.S. citizens are encouraged to abide by regulations that remain in place, including curfews. Social distancing is required outside the home. Face masks and the use of sanitary gel and other hygiene measures is required in public. 

Hong Kong

The Government of Hong Kong has announced several updates regarding its COVID-19 regulations.

In response to a rising number of COVID-19 cases, the Government of Hong Kong has implemented additional health and safety precautions.

In-person transactions are now limited to emergency and essential services through July 26th or until further notice. To mitigate the risk of disease transmission, the Immigration Department is instructing individuals who do not have to submit applications in person to submit them electronically, through a mobile app, through the mail, or via a drop-in system instead.

Individuals entering the country from certain high-risk areas, or who have been to high-risk places within the past two weeks, must obtain a negative COVID-19 test result before arrival. The use of a face mask is mandatory for anyone using mass transit and when entering or staying in Mass Transit Railway (MTR) paid areas.

The U.S. Embassy will provide select emergency services for U.S. citizens at this time, including emergency non-immigrant visa appointments for medical purposes, student (F-1) travel, exchange visitor (J-1) travel, traveling for funerals, and essential business travel.

Individuals can request an emergency appointment through the Embassy’s website. 

Hungary

Due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, the government has provided additional information regarding reopening plans and health restrictions.

Nationwide, restrictions are being relaxed to allow for greater flexibility and freedom of business operations and internal movement. Restaurants, bars, cafes, and hotels have reopened, but proper social distancing guidelines must be followed, and all employees must wear face masks. Shops of all sizes are now open for full services. Outdoor baths may reopen as well, as can zoos and museums. Indoor and outdoor cultural and sporting events are now allowed too, with restrictions in place for distances between spectators. Colleges and universities are allowed to open, provided proper social distancing protocols are observed. Student residences are closed. Marriages and funerals are now permitted, with a maximum group gathering size of 200, and worship services can now be held with social distancing precautions in place. Other large public gatherings are limited in size to 500 individuals. Face masks must be used in public at all open places and when taking public transportation. The Liszt Ferenc airport is also now open for commercial flights.

The U.S. Embassy in Budapest continues to limit its consular services. All non-emergency appointments are cancelled until further notice. Limited hours are available for U.S. citizens to request and obtain emergency passports. U.S. citizens who require assistance should contact the Embassy by email.

Iceland

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, Iceland has further extended a travel ban for U.S. citizens.

Iceland is participating in a travel ban along with other Schengen countries. Travelers from select locations only can enter the country until further notice. U.S. citizens are not allowed to enter Iceland by traveling through the U.K. or other third-party countries. However, exceptions apply for certain situations. U.S. citizens who can prove residency in an EU or Schengen country can enter Iceland. Anyone who enters the country must self-quarantine for two weeks and submit a COVID-19 test upon arriving at the airport.

All U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States should contact the Embassy immediately for additional information on future opportunities. U.S. citizens who are still in the country should prepare to remain in Iceland until the travel restrictions are lifted.

U.S. citizens who require assistance can email the Embassy to schedule an emergency appointment. 

India

Due to COVID-19, the Indian government has provided updates to its travel and visa regulations.

All international commercial passenger services will be closed through July 31, 2020, except for some international scheduled flights that are permitted on a case-by-case basis.  

Additionally, all Indian visa services are suspended until further notice. Exceptions apply for visa extensions, in-country registrations, and some other in-country services. Foreign nationals will not be allowed to schedule appointments for normal visa applications until regular Indian visa services resume. However, in-country services such as visa extensions and registrations are still permitted at the Foreigners Registration Offices (FROs) and Foreigners Regional Registration Offices (FRROs). FROs and FRROs are extending consular processed visas, e-visas, and stipulations of stay endorsed on visas for foreign nationals who cannot leave the country due to travel restrictions. Visas that are scheduled to expire through July 31, 2020 will be extended for an additional 30 days starting from July 31, 2020. Foreign nationals who cannot leave the country due to travel restrictions and whose visas are scheduled to expire can apply online through the e-FRRO portal. Foreign nationals who have applied to leave India and whose visas have already expired will be granted an Exit Permit, and they will not be penalized for an overstay. 

Indonesia

The Indonesian government has announced updated COVID-19 restrictions.

ITAS and ITAP holders who are currently in the country and who have a valid Stay Permit are eligible to extend their Stay Permit at an immigration office. ITAS and ITAP holders who are currently overseas, who have received the required letter from a relevant board or agency, or who are applying for a  family reunion ITAS or ITAP can travel to Indonesia and extend their Stay Permit at a local immigration office. Individuals who do not extend their visa within the 60-day grace period must apply for a new visa.

Foreign nationals who are in the country on “visa free” or “visa-on-arrival” status, and whose visas have expired, must take certain actions by August 13th. Individuals who arrived on visa-free status must depart Indonesia by August 13th. Otherwise, they face fines, deportation, and detention. Individuals with “visa-on-arrival” status may apply for an extension by August 13th. However, extensions will only be granted under certain conditions, including if no return flights to the U.S. are available and while the pandemic status continues. Failure to leave the country by August 13th in the absence of the conditions noted above can result in detention, fines, and deportation.

Domestic flights are currently available, but they are subject to some restrictions. Individuals who want to board a domestic flight must provide proof that they do not have COVID-19. Limited commercial flights are available as well. U.S. citizens who want to leave Indonesia should make travel arrangements as soon as possible or be prepared to remain in the country indefinitely. 

Iraq

Recently, the Government of Iraq announced additional travel updates for COVID-19.

Airports nationwide reopened for regular commercial flights on July 23rd. Travelers should contact the airlines directly for information on flight availability and to purchase tickets. Departing passengers are reminded that they must comply with COVID-19 screening requirements as mandated by airlines and airports.

The Consulate General will continue to remain open for emergency U.S. citizen services only. The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has suspended all consular services.

Individuals who need emergency assistance can contact the Consulate General through email.

Ireland

The Irish government has provided updates to its policies regarding COVID-19.

The government now requires the use of face masks or facial coverings on public transportation. Face masks should also be worn in all indoor public spaces. Group gathering sizes are limited to 50 people indoors and 200 people outdoors. All schools may reopen, along with commercial activities and retail services that have not yet reopened. Museums, galleries, music venues, and places of worship can reopen, although discos and nightclubs are still closed. Sporting activities can now resume, including sports clubs, team leagues, close contact sports, indoor gyms, and organized spectator events.

Currently, individuals from Cyprus, Finland, Estonia, Greece, Gibraltar, Greenland, Italy, Latvia, Hungary, Malta, Lithuania, Norway, Monaco, Slovakia, and San Marin can enter the country without restriction. Individuals arriving from North Ireland also qualify for the exception. Travelers arriving from all other countries must restrict movement upon entering the country for 14 days.

Although some travelers can now freely enter the country, all non-essential travel continues to be discouraged.

Registration Offices around the country located outside of Dublin are now permitted to open in accordance with a government-issued road map that outlines a reopening plan. Individuals who need Registration Office services must make an appointment in advance. Priority will be given to anyone whose previously scheduled appointment was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Along with permitting Registration Offices to reopen, the government has established a new online Registration Renewal System from non-nationals who are based in Dublin.

Israel

A ban on non-Israeli citizens has been extended due to COVID-19.

Foreign nationals will now be banned from entering the country through September 1, 2020, with some exceptions. Foreign nationals who are allowed to enter the country may face restrictions. Additionally, they will not be permitted to board flights to Israel without first receiving pre-entry approval from the Ministry of Interior. Individuals entering the country must self-isolate at home for 14 days, and they must sign a document promising to abide by self-quarantine instructions. Arriving foreign nationals must also show proof of health insurance that specifically covers medical expenses for COVID-19 if required. Foreign nationals who leave the country before the 14-day quarantine period ends must have special permission to leave. Otherwise, they may be banned from re-entry in the future.

New provisions also apply for certain visa holders. Foreign nationals who have a one-year B-1 expert visa and their dependents can travel to Israel and their home countries if they get a pre-approved application for re-entry. The re-entry application must be submitted to and approved by the Ministry of Interior before departure. 

Italy

The Italian government has announced an updated travel ban due to COVID-19.

A mandatory quarantine requirement has been imposed for travelers from Romania and Bulgaria. Travelers from both countries will be able to enter Italy, but they must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The quarantine requirements apply to anyone who has been in either country or traveled through them in the past two weeks.

Along with Romania and Bulgaria, Italy has lifted travel restrictions for residents of EU and Schengen Area countries along with Australia, Algeria, Georgia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, Rwanda, New Zealand, Thailand, South Korea, Tunisia, and Uruguay. Although entry is permitted, travelers from the countries above must quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in Italy. Individuals who are traveling to Italy from other countries are permitted entry only for certain reasons, including urgent travel needs, healthcare, to study, or travelers returning home. An entry ban has been imposed on travelers arriving from certain countries in the past two weeks, including Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Chile, Kuwait, Kosovo, Montenegro, Moldova, Oman, North Macedonia, Peru, Panama, and Serbia.  

The U.S. Embassy in Rome, Consular Agencies in Palermo, Genoa, and Venice, and Consulates General in Naples, Florence, and Milan have resumed some operations. Now, the Embassy, Consular Agencies, and Consulates General are offering limited appointments for regular passport processing. Although regular appointments are still limited, the Embassy, Consulates General, and Consular Agencies are providing emergency appointments for U.S. citizens who need assistance.

Jamaica

The Jamaican government has announced updates for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19.

All non-business travelers from the United States must upload a negative COVID-19 test result from an accredited medical laboratory to enter the country. The sample must be collected within 10 days of arrival in order to obtain a Travel Authorization.  

Additional COVID-19 requirements are now in effect through July. The use of face masks in public is now mandatory. An all-island curfew is in place from 11:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. daily through July 31, 2020.

The U.S. Embassy will continue providing emergency services only while the lockdown remains in place. Individuals who need assistance should contact the Agency by phone or email.   

Japan

The Government of Japan has provided updates on its COVID-19 regulations and restrictions.

In response to an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, non-urgent travel between Tokyo and other prefectures is discouraged. Residents and U.S. citizens are advised to comply with guidelines issued by local and central government authorities. Additionally, everyone is encouraged to monitor the local media for information on updates regarding COVID-19 infection rates and mitigation measures.

A travel ban on international arrivals and departures remains in place. U.S. citizens, including individuals with Japanese residence status, are banned from entering the country due to current travel restrictions. Some exceptions to the entry ban apply, including foreign nationals who left the country with a re-entry permit for a location before or after the area became subject to denial of landing, families in Japan that are separated, individuals who need to re-enter the country for medical care, individuals who had to leave for family emergencies, and individuals who had to leave the country after receiving a summons from a foreign court.

All routine passport and citizenship services have been cancelled until further notice. The Consulates and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo are currently unable to issue Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. However, they will provide emergency passports for U.S. citizens with urgent situations.

Individuals who need immediate assistance for travel should contact the Visa Call Center.

Jordan

The Government of Jordan has announced updates on its COVID-19 movement and travel restrictions.

A ban on regular commercial travel has been extended through August 4, 2020. However, several repatriation flights are available for U.S. citizens who want to leave the country. U.S. citizens who wish to depart Jordan should contact the airlines directly for flight information and reservations. Additionally, all U.S. citizens must arrange their own transportation to the airport. Travelers are advised that they must have proper documentation showing their flight plans to the United States before leaving the country.

The U.S. Embassy in Amman will continue to provide emergency assistance for U.S. citizens until further notice. Individuals who need urgent assistance should contact the Embassy by email. 

Kazakhstan

The Government of Kazakhstan has announced updates due to COVID-19.

Quarantine mandates have been extended through August 2, 2020. Regional bus service is suspended, and municipal transportation is limited. Rail travel will also be limited, although domestic and international air travel will continue at the same volume. Most businesses are closed, including beauty salons, gyms, fitness centers, markets, cultural facilities, museums, entertainment centers, food courts, religious facilities, and recreational facilities. Exemptions apply for essential businesses, including grocery stores, open-air markets, and pharmacies. All public gatherings are prohibited, including large events and family gatherings.

Limited repatriation flights are available to U.S. citizens who want to leave the country, including a flight scheduled for July 21,2020. U.S. citizens who would like to return to the United States are encouraged to make reservations for the flight as soon as possible, as additional flight opportunities may not be immediately available.The Consulate General in Almaty and the U.S. Embassy in Nur-Sultan will still offer emergency assistance only to U.S. citizens until further notice. Individuals who need emergency support should contact the Consulate or Embassy by phone or email.

Kenya

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Government of Kenya has revised movement and travel restrictions.

A movement order previously in place to bar movement into and out of Mombasa, Mandera, and Nairobi counties has ended. However, anyone using public or private transport into and out of those counties must obtain permission to travel from the Ministry of Health. The use of face masks is required when traveling.

Although the movement order has ended, some restrictions are still in place. Nationwide, quarantine hours have been amended to 9:00 p.m. through 4:00 a.m. The quarantine hours will remain in force through August 6, 2020. A prohibition on social and political gatherings is still in place through August 6th. Limits will remain in place through August 6th on the number of people allowed at weddings, funerals, and religious gatherings. Currently, the number of people allowed at those events is limited to 100. Religious ceremonies may not exceed one hour. Sunday schools and madrassas are banned until further notice. Basic educational institutions will reopen in January 2021. Colleges and universities can resume in September 2021 if they follow strict COVID-19 protocols.

Domestic air travel has resumed, but a ban on international flights will remain in place through August 1st.

The U.S. Embassy continues to suspend all routine consular services until further notice. However, it will still offer emergency assistance to U.S. citizens at this time. Individuals who require emergency support, including notarial services, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, or emergency passport services can request an appointment by emailing the Embassy. 

Kosovo

Recently, the Government of Kosovo announced updates to its COVID-19 restrictions.

A curfew will be reinstated in cities that have large volumes of COVID-19 cases, including Prizren, Pristina, Ferizaj, and Vushtrri. A curfew is in effect from 8:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. in those locations. The use of facial coverings is now mandatory, too.

Individuals are also encouraged to postpone their travel plans to Kosovo through August. However, some airports remain open for commercial flights, including the Pristina International Airport. All arriving and departing passengers may be screened for COVID-19. Citizens of Kosovo and the U.S. are currently banned from entering the EU. Although some airports are open, all land borders are open without restrictions for passenger traffic entering Kosovo. A PCR test is required at the border of Montenegro, and quarantine may be mandated.

Currently, the Embassy is operating with reduced staff until further notice. It is also reducing its consular operations to emergency services only. Individuals who need assistance for emergency passports and other urgent matters can contact the Embassy by email.        

Kuwait

The Government of Kuwait has provided updates in response to COVID-19.

The government has announced a five-phase plan to reopen the country following a COVID-19 lockdown. It has now implemented Phase II of the reopening plan, which brings new guidelines for traveling abroad and updates lockdown regulations for some parts of the country.

In Phase II, a curfew will remain in place from 7:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. daily. Additionally, quarantines have been lifted from some areas in the country including Al Nuqrah, Maidan Hawalli, Hawally, and some parts of Khaitan.

The government has relaxed travel restrictions, too. Some categories of travelers are now permitted to travel abroad, including anyone seeking treatment for a critical health condition, students who are studying abroad and must complete their final exams, citizens who reside abroad or whose spouse resides abroad, and anyone who has received permission from the Ministry of Interior to travel internationally for any other reason. Regardless of the reason for travel, individuals are not allowed to travel abroad for more than 30 days. Anyone who wants to travel should submit a travel request to the Ministry of Interior no less than 10 days prior to departure. Each traveler’s request must include an entry visa and all documentation required for travel. Additionally, travelers must pledge that they are responsible for all expenses related to travel and COVID-19, including quarantine and medical treatment. Anyone entering the country must present a negative PCR test, obtained within four days of departure, demonstrating that they do not have COVID-19. Travel to Kuwait will still be limited to citizens of Kuwait, their family members, and domestic workers traveling with them.

Online appointments are now available to U.S. citizens for some passport and notarial services. U.S. citizens can now request limited-validity passports if their existing U.S. passports have expired, if they need valid travel documents, or in the case of newborn U.S. citizens who do not yet have passports. Individuals who qualify for these situations should contact the U.S. Embassy’s website to schedule an appointment.

Kyrgyzstan

Recently, the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic announced updates to its policies regarding COVID-19.

Commercial flights have resumed. U.S. citizens are advised that flights are available with select major airlines through July. However, flights are only offered to other destinations on a limited basis. U.S. citizens who wish to leave the country on a commercial flight should make travel arrangements directly with the airlines. All travelers who enter the country are subject to a 14-day quarantine.

U.S. citizens can now remain in the country until the COVID-19 emergency ends without first obtaining an exit visa. U.S. citizens whose visas have expired do not need to pay a fine or obtain an exit visa prior to departure if they leave while the emergency situation continues. Although a general ban on entry remains in place for foreigners, foreign citizens who are the parent, child, or spouse of a Kyrgyz citizen may be allowed to enter the country. Visa-free travel is currently suspended through November 1, 2020. U.S. citizens will not be able to enter or transit through the country without a visa.

The U.S. Embassy is still open, but it will provide emergency services only to U.S. citizens at this time. Anyone who needs assistance should contact the Embassy for more information. 

Laos

The Government of Laos has announced new measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Commercial flights are now available, although flights are currently operating at a reduced capacity. Opportunities exist for U.S. citizens who wish to leave the country. All U.S. citizens who wish to depart the country should contact the airlines directly rather than the Embassy. U.S. citizens should note that a quarantine, COVID-19 testing, and additional requirements may be necessary based on the country that they are traveling through. Travelers should also note that anyone who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 may be required to undergo testing upon arriving at their destination.

Along with more travel opportunities, the Embassy has announced that it is expanding its services as the country’s number of COVID-19 cases continues to fall. The Embassy is now offering limited in-person services for select services including Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, passports, and notaries. Individuals can make an appointment for those services through the Embassy’s website. U.S. citizens should contact the Embassy by email to request an emergency appointment. Anyone who is not feeling well on the day of his or her scheduled appointment is asked to reschedule. 

Latvia

The Latvian government has provided updates to its travel restrictions due to COVID-19.

Land borders between Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are now open for individuals who have not traveled outside the Baltic region in the past two weeks. Individuals must also be free of respiratory problems to cross national borders. Anyone who does not meet the requirements is subjected to a two-week quarantine.

Additionally, there are no travel restrictions for U.S. citizens who want to leave the country. International commercial flights are now available to the United States and some EU countries. Borders with Russia and Belarus are closed until further notice for travelers, but the transportation of commercial goods is still permitted.

Currently, the U.S. Embassy Riga is providing emergency services for U.S. citizens only until further notice.

Individuals needing emergency assistance are asked to schedule an appointment through the Embassy’s website or by sending an email request.

Lebanon 

The Government of Lebanon has provided updates regarding its COVID-19 policies.

Rafic Hariri International Airport has resumed commercial flights. Flights are available for travelers at a 10% capacity of their initial volume. Additionally, the Lebanese government is modifying quarantine requirements for travelers. The previously required 14-day quarantine will no longer be required. Instead, arriving passengers will be grouped into categories based on their country of origin. The categories include countries where PCR testing is available and those where it is not. Travelers arriving from a country where PCR testing is offered must undergo a test within five days of travel to Lebanon. Those whose test results are negative must be re-tested upon arrival. Individuals arriving from countries where PCR testing is not available must undergo a PCR test upon arrival in Lebanon. They must have a second test after self-isolating for 72 hours. A fine may be imposed on those who fail to comply with the isolation requirements. Along with the COVID-19 testing requirements, all non-Lebanese travelers who are arriving in the country must demonstrate health insurance coverage valid for the duration of their stay.

The U.S. Embassy Beirut continues to operate with limited staff. It will operate at a reduced capacity until further notice. Individuals who need emergency assistance should email the Embassy to request an appointment. 

Lesotho

From March 29, 2020 through April 21, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Lesotho will suspend regular consular operations due to a coronavirus-related lockdown.

Starting at midnight on March 29, 2020, the government of Lesotho has ordered a temporary nationwide lockdown to control the spread of COVID-19.

The U.S. Embassy will only offer emergency services to U.S. citizens at this time as permitted by the government.

Anyone who needs assistance during the lockdown should email the Embassy with appointment requests or inquiries about emergency aid.

Liberia

The Liberian government has replaced a State of Emergency with a National Health Emergency due to COVID-19.

Certain measures and protocols will remain in place for arriving passengers. All passengers will have their temperature taken to check for COVID-19. All passengers must also show a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival. Anyone whose rapid test results come back positive will be placed in a holding unit at the hospital. Passengers must check in four hours prior to arrival. Passengers are also required to wear a face mask, and they may be subject to mandatory screening. All passengers must wash their hands, and they must stand in designated marked spaces at the airline terminal. Only ticketed passengers can enter the airport.

The U.S. Embassy Monrovia continues to operate at a limited capacity at this time. However, the Embassy is coordinating evacuation efforts for foreign nationals who want to leave the country, including U.S. citizens. The Embassy notes that anyone who wants to sign up for an evacuation flight must complete a form available through the Embassy’s website. The Embassy will notify interested travelers via email if they have been selected for the flight.

The Embassy’s website provides more information on requesting emergency assistance. It also has additional updates on coronavirus-related operations.

Lithuania

Lithuania has updated its regulations and restrictions due to COVID-19.

A nationwide quarantine has ended, but a state of emergency has ended. Face masks are required when in public places, including on public transport, at events in closed places and in areas where it is not possible to maintain a safe social distance.

Lithuania has a list of COVID-19 countries that is updated each week. Foreign nationals from countries on the list are only permitted to enter the country in exceptional cases. Those who are allowed to enter must quarantine for 14 days.

Due to COVID-19 and Proclamation 10014, the U.S. Embassy will suspend routine services until further notice. Select immigrant visas will not be issued at this time, including H-1B, H-2B, L, and J. No valid visas will be revoked, although individuals who have valid visas may not travel directly to the U.S. if they have been in, or transited through, the U.K., Ireland, Iran, China, Brazil, or the Schengen Zone in the past 14 days.

U.S. citizens who need urgent assistance can contact the Embassy online or by phone.

Luxembourg

Recently, the Government of Luxembourg provided updates concerning its COVID-19 policies.

Temporary measures are now in place for non-EU citizens who have been in the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals seeking residency status now have six months to apply for a permit instead of three months. Residence permits that were issued by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and expired after March 1, 2020 have an extended validity through August 31, 2020. U.S. citizen tourists whose stay exceeded 90 days after March 1, 2020 must leave the country by July 31, 2020. Individuals must have a return visa to leave the country.

The use of face masks or facial coverings is mandatory in instances where a group gathering size exceeds 20 individuals if a physical distance of at least two meters cannot be guaranteed while seated. The number of people per table in restaurants and bars is limited to 10 people. Customers may be fined for failing to comply with the rules. Face masks must also be worn on public transportation and indoors in public areas. Children under age six are exempt from the rule. Businesses can open, along with indoor and outdoor playgrounds. Cafes and restaurants are permitted to serve customers but standing at bars in cafes is prohibited. Customers must wear a mask when leaving or entering a restaurant, but not when seated at a table. Establishments must close by midnight. Masks must be worn in public places where a distance of two meters cannot be maintained.

Entry into the country is permitted only for travelers from select areas. However, certain categories of individuals are exempt from the entry ban even if they are coming from countries that are still under a travel ban. The exempt categories include EU citizens and their family members, long-term EU residents and their family members, and travelers with essential functions or needs as outlined in the EU Council’s Recommendation.

Until further notice, the Embassy will continue providing emergency assistance to U.S. citizens. A reduced number of staff members will provide essential diplomatic functions only, including Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and passport renewals.

U.S. citizens who need assistance can visit the Embassy’s website for further information.  

Madagascar

The government has provided updates on national COVID-19 regulations.

Currently, a State of Emergency is still in effect until further notice to limit the spread of disease.

Although commercial flights are not currently available, U.S. citizens can sign up for a repatriation flight when available. All U.S. citizens who want to join a flight should contact the Embassy as soon as possible. The Embassy will provide interested travelers with updates as flights are available. All travelers are advised that certain restrictions are in place for travelers transiting through certain countries. The repatriation flight is scheduled to land in France, where precautions are in effect to reduce the risk of disease transmission. All U.S. citizens must show proof of an onward flight that leaves France within 24 hours after landing. Additionally, passengers will not be allowed to leave the airport, regardless of the length of the layover.

To reduce the risk of disease transmission, the Embassy will only offer emergency American Citizen services at this time. 

Malawi

In light of global coronavirus concerns, the government has announced several measures to control the spread of disease.

All schools and universities are closed until further notice. Restaurants and public eating places are limited to takeout services only at this time. Funerals are limited to 50 people. A group limit of 100 individuals is in effect for festivals, sporting events, religious services, and all other gatherings.

The U.S. Embassy Lilongwe has ceased regular consular operations until further notice. It will remain open for emergency services only at this time.

U.S. citizens who require emergency assistance, including emergency passports and essential American Citizens Services, can find more information on the Embassy’s website.

Malaysia

The Malaysian government has announced updates to its restrictions regarding COVID-19.

All arriving travelers are now required to quarantine for 14 days in a government-approved facility. At-home self-quarantines are no longer permitted. Additionally, travelers are no longer required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within three days of entry. A COVID-19 test will now be taken upon arrival. Travelers should note that some airlines do not allow passengers to board a flight without first having a negative COVID-19 test.

The Immigration Department of Malaysia has provided updates for the entry of Foreign Knowledge Workers and their dependents while the Recovery Movement Control Order remains in place. Foreign Knowledge Workers who have an active pass and who have obtained approval to enter the country should note that their letters of support from the MDEC will be processed within seven days of submitting a complete application.

Individuals with active passes, including Employment Pass Category I and Residence-Pass Talent and their dependents, and individuals with an active pass who exited the country before July 11, 2020 must obtain an entry approval from the Director General of Immigration Malaysia (DGIM) to enter the country. The application can be emailed to the agency to receive a decision. Applicants must undergo a COVID-19 test before entering the country within three days of travel. Applicants must prove that they have negative test results before entering Malaysia. Travelers must download and install a government application before departing. The app is used by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to monitor travelers’ health conditions. Upon arrival in Malaysia, applicants must undergo a 14-day self-quarantine. Applicants must also comply with all rules and regulations established by the Immigration Department of Malaysia.

Employers or individuals with a new EP I or RP-T pass and their dependents who are currently abroad must submit the pass application through the relevant Approving Agency and ultimately through the respective Expatriate Committee. Applicants who are currently abroad must obtain a visa from the correct Malaysian Embassy or Consulate General before entering the country. Applicants who have obtained an Expatriate Committee Approval Letter must have a COVID-19 test within three days of arrival, and they must verify negative test results. Applicants in this category must also download the government tracing app. Applicants must undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

Certain requirements also apply to individuals with an active pass who exited the country during the Movement Control Order and who are currently located abroad. The requirements apply to EP II, EP III, and Professional Visit Pass holders and their dependents. Applicants must obtain permission to enter the country from the DGIM. Applicants whose applications are accepted will receive notice within 14 days. An Entry Approval Letter will be issued to the applicant upon approval from the DGIM. Applicants must demonstrate that they are free of COVID-19 to be allowed into the country. For a new approved pass application for expatriates and skilled workers located abroad, the company must submit the application through an Approving Agency. The applicant will receive an Entry Approval Letter if his or her application is approved. Applicants must provide negative COVID-19 test results before they can enter the country.

A Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) is in effect through August 31, 2020. The RMCO will have additional relaxed measures for greater social and economic freedom. 

Maldives

The U.S. Embassy has provided updates on travel options from Maldives for U.S. citizens.

Several evacuation flights are available in July for U.S. citizens who would like to return to the United States. However, the U.S. Embassy cautions that flights are currently limited. Therefore, anyone who wants to leave the country should make departure plans as soon as possible. Flights can be booked by contacting the airlines directly. U.S. citizens who want to join a repatriation flight should complete a repatriation form, which is available through the Embassy’s website.

The Embassy remains closed for regular operations while the COVID-19 restrictions remain in place.  

U.S. citizens who need immediate assistance should contact the Embassy to request an appointment. 

Mali

Recently, the Malian government provided updates regarding its COVID-19 regulations.

A suspension of commercial flights will remain in effect through the end of July 2020.

To limit the risk of disease transmission, the Government of Mali has prohibited the arrival of aircraft from countries with confirmed cases of COVID-19. Along with air traffic, all land borders are now closed to passenger traffic.

Nationwide, festivals, sporting events, and gatherings with more than 50 individuals have been banned. Night clubs and bars have also been closed. Vehicle occupancy has been reduced to encourage social distancing. Most schools are closed across the country, although some schools and universities have permitted students with mandatory exams to temporarily return. Government services are available for limited hours during the week, which is currently 7:30 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The use of face masks is mandatory when in public.

The U.S. Embassy Bamako will continue to only handle emergency situations for U.S. citizens. The Embassy also notes that Americans can expect lengthy delays in normal passport and citizenship document processing. The Embassy will still process emergency documentation and passports.

U.S. citizens who need assistance should visit the Embassy’s website to schedule an emergency appointment.  

Malta

The U.S. Embassy Malta has announced updates regarding its COVID-19 operations.

The Malta International Airport is open for commercial flights. Initially, only passengers arriving from “safe” countries could enter the country, including Austria, Cyprus, Germany, Iceland, Slovakia, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Croatia, and Poland. Individuals must have spent at least four weeks in one of the countries listed above to be eligible for arrival in Malta.

Along with essential services, many small businesses are now open. Restaurants, barbers, hotels, beauticians, outdoor pools, open-air markets and cinemas, and some health services may resume business as well, provided they adhere to strict health requirements to reduce the risk of disease transmission. Bars, childcare centers, schools, and gymnasiums are open as well, and summer schools have also resumed.  

Mauritania

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has implemented additional restrictions to limit the spread of disease.

A nationwide curfew currently remains in place daily, and U.S. citizens are advised to abide by the curfew. Restrictions on internal movement are still in place as well, and travel outside the home is forbidden for non-essential reasons. Schools and universities will remain closed through September 1, 2020. A ban on festivals, sporting events, and mass gatherings remains in effect as well.

All land borders have been closed except for commercial travel. Private U.S. citizens should not attempt to cross national land borders at this time. All U.S. citizens are encouraged to abide by the government’s curfew and COVID-19 restrictions.

The U.S. Embassy will continue to provide emergency services only until further notice. The Embassy will operate with reduced hours while COVID-19 restrictions continue. U.S. citizens who need emergency assistance can contact the Embassy for an emergency appointment. 

Mauritius

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the government has extended a State of Emergency while simultaneously easing some restrictions.

Businesses that provide essential services are permitted to operate at this time, including banks, grocery stores, and pharmacies. Other businesses are now allowed to reopen too, including fish markets, hardware stores, and bakeries. Schools will remain closed through August 1st nationwide.

Restrictions remain in place for social distancing and hygiene when traveling and for people who go out in public. A limit of three individuals remains in effect for people traveling in private vehicles. Additionally, a curfew remains in place from 8:00 p.m. through 8:00 a.m. daily. Only travel for emergency purposes is allowed during this time.

At this time, the Embassy has announced additional but limited repatriation flights available for U.S. citizens wishing to return to the United States. All U.S. citizens who want to sign up for a repatriation flight should contact the Embassy with their name, contact information, and the names of all family members who will be traveling with them.

Anyone who needs emergency assistance or wishes to depart the country should contact the Embassy by email.

Mexico

Border restrictions among Canada, Mexico, and the United States have been extended again through August 21, 2020.

The restrictions were initially implemented on March 20, 2020 for 30 days. They were extended again in April until May 21st and again through June 22nd.

Land borders between the U.S. and Mexico and the U.S. and Canada will remain closed to non-essential travel, which includes travel for tourism and recreational purposes. The temporary travel restrictions will continue to limit the travel of individuals at the U.S. – Mexico and U.S. – Canada borders. Only travel for essential purposes will be permitted through August 21st or until further notice. Essential travel includes U.S. citizens and permanent residents returning to the United States, people traveling to the U.S. for work purposes, lawful cross-border trade (such as trucks delivering goods), and travel for other specific purposes such as attending school or receiving medical treatment.

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, nine Consular Agencies, and nine Consulates General will have limited consular operations through the extended lockdown. U.S. citizens can request emergency assistance with the Embassy or Consulates online.  

Micronesia

The U.S. Embassy in Kolonia has provided updates regarding its consular operations.

The Embassy is now available for some routine American Citizen Services in addition to emergency services. The Embassy will now offer passport renewals, notarial services, and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. U.S. citizens can request an in-person appointment by visiting the Embassy during regular business hours. Individuals can also call the Embassy or inquire about appointments and services through email.

Moldova

In response to ongoing coronavirus concerns, the government has extended a State of Public Health Emergency through July 31, 2020.

The Public Health Emergency includes numerous travel restrictions that affect U.S. citizens. The Moldovan border is closed while the Health Emergency remains in place. Only individuals with transit permits may enter and exit the country. The use of face masks in commercial areas, public places, and on public transportation is mandatory. Educational institutions will remain closed through the academic year. Gyms, malls, and public venues will be closed while the Health Emergency continues. Parks are open, but group gatherings are limited to three people.

Limited evacuation flights are available for U.S. citizens who are still in Moldova but wish to return to the United States. Information on upcoming repatriation flights is available through the Moldovan Civil Aviation Authority.

While the Health Emergency remains in place, the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau is extending its limitation on regular consular services.

The Embassy will continue to provide U.S. citizens with emergency services only during this time. Individuals should contact the Embassy by phone or email to request an emergency appointment. 

Mongolia

The U.S. Embassy has announced additional flight options for U.S. citizens who want to depart the country.

The Mongolian government has arranged a repatriation flight on August 3, 2020. Individuals who want to join the flight should contact the airlines. Anyone who wants to travel should provide their contact information along with the names of others who will be joining them.

All inbound and outbound commercial travel remains suspended. All foreign nationals are banned from entering the country while a travel suspension remains in effect. Restrictions apply to all air, auto, and passenger rail travel. Some travel is permitted for emergency situations only.

Visa extensions are available for foreign citizens who have permanent residence in Mongolia. However, extensions are granted with certain requirements. Visa validity is now extended in correlation with quarantine restrictions, which remain in place until the State of Emergency is lifted. Exit deadlines are also extended for foreign citizens who have temporary visitor visas or business visas and entered the country visa-free for stays up to 90 days.

All routine services are suspended at the U.S. Embassy until further notice. Individuals who require assistance can visit the U.S. Embassy’s website for further information.

Montenegro

The Government of Montenegro has announced updated measures to control the spread of COVID-19.

Beaches are now open, along with fitness centers, bookstores, clothing stores, shops, dental offices, craft workshops, driving schools, rental car agencies, museums, and art galleries. Religious services have resumed, and internal maritime transport, including recreational maritime transport, is now allowed as well. Masks must be worn at all times by anyone visiting a business. Individual sports activities are permitted outdoors and group physical exercise is permitted provided certain restrictions are adhered to. Maritime transport can resume for people and goods, and recreational maritime activities are also permitted. Religious rites may resume, provided social distancing precautions are followed. Hand disinfectant and face masks must be used at all times. A limit of 20 remains in place for group gatherings in private homes. All schools and universities are closed until further notice.

All expired permanent and temporary residence permits and tourist visas have an extended validity through July 1, 2020. In light of ongoing coronavirus concerns, all routine visa services are temporarily suspended at the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica. The Embassy will resume regular operations as soon as possible, but it does not have a specific date at this time.

Anyone who needs urgent support should contact the Embassy to schedule an emergency appointment. 

Morocco

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Morocco has extended a Health State of Emergency through August 10, 2020.

While the State of Emergency continues, the government will divide the country into zones by region. Each region will be permitted to gradually ease COVID-19 restrictions provided the number of cases in its borders continues to decline. Areas designated as “Zone 1” have more economic and social freedom. Areas classified as “Zone 2,” which includes most major cities, have more restrictions. Prior travel authorization is required to travel throughout Zone 2. Restaurants and cafes are closed across the country except for takeout and delivery services. Routine domestic travel is suspended until further notice.

On July 14th, the Government of Morocco will partially reopen its borders to permit certain types of travel. The government is allowing “special operations” in this limited reopening phase, which allows foreign citizens to leave the country and permits Moroccan residents to return. Under the special operation, U.S. citizens and permanent residents in Morocco can leave the country. All non-resident foreign citizens who were unable to leave the country within the 90-day limit can exit without a fine through August 10th.  U.S. citizens who are also legal residents of Morocco and who intend to return to Morocco are required to undergo COVID-19 testing before departure. Individuals must show negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of departure. The test results are required before boarding a flight. Travelers must undergo additional COVID-19 testing upon arrival. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will be quarantined for one week in a dedicated facility. Those who do not display symptoms of COVID-19 must repeat the PCR test after seven days following arrival. That test must also be negative.

The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General in Casablanca has resumed some routine American Citizen Services. U.S. citizens who need ACS services should make an appointment. At this time, U.S. citizens can request an appointment for notarizations, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and passport services through the Consulate General’s website. On July 21st, the Consulate General will start issuing replacement visas to individuals who could not travel to the U.S. before their visas expired. Individuals whose visas have expired must make an appointment for a replacement visa and undergo a medical exam.

Mozambique

Recently, the government announced updates regarding its COVID-19 regulations.

Mozambique will extend its Level 3 State of Emergency through July 29, 2020.

Certain measures will continue to be enforced during that time. The issuance of all official documents is suspended through the next month, including marriage certificates, drivers’ licenses, travel documents, and visas. All temporary and DIRE visas will be extended through July 29, 2020, even if they have expired. Face masks must be worn on public and private transport and in gatherings. All entertainment venues, recreational public spaces, museums, theaters, libraries, gyms, and bars will remain closed during the lockdown. Houses of worship will remain closed as well. Beaches will be closed for leisure activities with the exception of physical fitness. A strict quarantine regime will remain in place. Business operations will continue to be limited. Entities must reduce their in-person workforce to one-third of normal capacity. A turnover of teams must be enforced every 15 days. Markets may operate from 6:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. daily. Hours of market operation are subject to change based on the recommendations of health authorities.

No visas, including border visas, will be issued while the State of Emergency remains in effect. All arrivals must undergo a 14-day quarantine, and they will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival.

Non-compliance with the State of Emergency measures may result in fines and penalties.

The Embassy will continue to provide limited emergency services only to U.S. citizens until further notice. Individuals who need urgent assistance should contact the Embassy to make an appointment. 

Namibia

The Namibian government has announced that it will continue to ease COVID-19 restrictions.

At this time, the government does not anticipate regular commercial air travel to resume until September 18th. However, several repatriation flights are available through July. Prospective travelers who wish to take a repatriation flight should contact the U.S. Embassy as soon as possible. Travelers should note that certain COVID-19 requirements may be in place depending on the area that they are traveling through.The U.S. Embassy in Namibia will continue to operate on a limited basis and provide emergency services only for U.S. citizens. Individuals who require emergency aid must make an appointment in advance.  

Nepal

The government has announced updates to its COVID-19 regulations.

Travel restrictions have been lifted for international commercial flights. The U.S. Embassy notes that flights will be available for U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States based on demand. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should contact the Embassy. U.S. citizens who want to leave Nepal on a commercial flight should contact the airlines to make flight reservations and receive information about flight availability.

The Embassy is still providing emergency services to U.S. citizens. Anyone requiring urgent assistance is asked to request an appointment by calling the Embassy or leaving a voice message after regular operating hours.

Netherlands

The government has announced updates to travel regulations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A non-essential travel ban has been lifted for select countries, including Australia, Algeria, Canada, Japan, Georgia, New Zealand, Morocco, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, South Korea, and Rwanda. A travel ban is lifted for residents of China subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

Certain travelers are exempt from the list of travel restrictions. Currently, that includes EU citizens and their dependents, including U.K. nationals, third-country nationals who have a residence card or residence permit in accordance with an LTR Directive and their family members, and nationals of Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and their dependents.

The list of permitted travelers will be updated every two weeks or as needed based on changing COVID-19 information.

U.S. citizens should not transit the Netherlands attempting to enter another EU country.

New Zealand

New Zealand has announced border exemptions for some essential workers in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Individuals who are classified as “other essential workers” will now be allowed to enter the country, provided they meet certain requirements.

Workers who are in short-term roles of less than six months or who have unique technical or specialist skills that are not obtainable in New Zealand may be permitted to enter the country. Additionally, workers who are involved in a major infrastructure project, an event of national or regional importance, a government-approved program, a government-to-government agreement, or a project that will significantly benefit the national or regional economy are allowed to enter New Zealand. The role for a short-term assignment must be time-critical. If the worker does not travel to New Zealand, the work, project, or event that they are involved with will be negatively affected, end, or incur significant costs.

Individuals who have long-term roles (greater than six months) must meet one of two short-term worker criteria to enter the country. Additionally, they must earn a salary that is twice the median amount ($106,000) or have a role that is necessary for a government-funded science program, the execution or delivery of a government-approved event, or a role in a program that is of major significance to New Zealand.

Individuals applying under this category may also request approval to have a partner and dependent children join them in New Zealand.

Nicaragua

Due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, the U.S. Embassy in Managua has announced several updates that affect U.S. citizens.

Many major airlines will suspend regular service until August 2020. A limited number of repatriation flights will be available to U.S. citizens during that time. Individuals who want to board an evacuation flight when available should complete a repatriation form available through the Embassy’s website. One form should be completed per passenger.

The Embassy will continue to provide emergency assistance and support, including travel assistance for U.S. citizens. Individuals who require emergency assistance can request an appointment through the Embassy’s website.

Niger

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the government has provided several updates.

Commercial flights will resume on August 1, 2020. However, protocols will be in place for arriving passengers. All travelers arriving at the airport must have their temperature taken and complete a medical information card. They will also be subject to a health interview. Travelers must provide evidence of negative COVID-19 test results upon arrival. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be isolated at a government quarantine site at their expense. Upon arrival in Niger, passengers should self-quarantine for 14 days regardless of their test results.

Land borders remain closed until further notice with the exception of commercial goods and passengers who obtain special permission first.

People are advised to practice social distancing in public places. Face masks or facial coverings that cover the nose and mouth must be worn when in public.

The U.S. Embassy remains open for emergency assistance at this time. Routine American Citizen Services are also available at the Embassy, but significant processing delays should be expected. Individuals requiring support should contact the Embassy to request an appointment by email.

Nigeria

The Government of Nigeria has provided updates to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Current lockdown guidelines will remain in effect through July 27, 2020. A nationwide curfew will be enforced from 10:00 p.m. through 4:00 a.m. daily. Limited exceptions apply for personal movement during the curfew hours, including exceptions for journalists and medical workers. Banks are now open and have resumed regular hours. Government offices are open from Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Interstate travel has resumed, and domestic flights are currently operating. However, a ban remains in place for international travel until further notice except for emergency flights.

While the lockdown remains in place, the use of face masks or facial coverings while in public is mandatory. Handwashing and sanitizing practices must be followed as well.

Certain restrictions are still in place, including a ban on group gatherings of more than 20 people outside of a workplace setting. Additionally, gyms, entertainment centers, night clubs, recreational parks, cinemas, and bars are still closed.

The U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria will provide emergency services only at this time. The Embassy and Consulate note that due to limited staffing they cannot currently provide certain services, including routine visa and citizen services. They will only respond to emergency requests at this time.

Individuals who need support should request an emergency appointment on the Embassy’s website.

North Macedonia

In light of ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Government of North Macedonia has updated its regulations.

The government will extend the period of residence for foreigners who want to stay in the country while the COVID-19 State of Emergency remains in effect through August 31, 2020. Foreigners who choose to stay in North Macedonia for a short period of time can stay through August 31, 2020 with or without a visa. Additionally, the validity of permanent and temporary residency permits is extended through August 31, 2020.

The government has eased some restrictions, but many social distancing protocols remain in place, including a mandate to maintain a social distance of two meters in public. Additionally, face coverings must be worn in enclosed public places including banks, post offices, health facilities, markets, health facilities, and public transportation. Masks must also be worn in places where it is not possible to maintain a distance of two meters. A two-person limit on group gathering sizes remains in place until further notice.

The U.S. Embassy in Skopje has recently announced upcoming evacuation opportunities for U.S. citizens looking to depart the country. Strict social distancing and hygiene measures remain in place during this time. An entry ban remains in place for all foreigners, although foreigners may exit through land borders if they have received permission to enter a neighboring country. Entry restrictions remain in place for land borders with neighboring countries, including Albania, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Greece, and Serbia. However, travelers are allowed to exit North Macedonia if they have permission to enter a neighboring country.

The U.S. Embassy will provide limited services to U.S. citizens until further notice. The Embassy will provide consular services for essential American Citizen Services, including emergency visa services and emergency passports, until further notice.

Individuals who require assistance should visit the Embassy’s website for additional information. 

Norway

Recently, the Norwegian government announced changes to immigration and travel restrictions caused by COVID-19.

Individuals who have a work permit are now allowed to enter Norway if they meet certain requirements. In order to enter the country, work permit holders must either have an entry visa or be visa exempt. Entry visas can either be issued through a VFS center or a Norwegian Consulate. Work permit holders must also carry a letter, which they should bring when traveling to the country.

The U.S. Embassy notes that individuals who need a visa to enter the country should anticipate delays, as many Consulates and visa centers are closed or have a lengthy backlog of processing requests.

Oman

The government has provided updates on its COVID-19 regulations.

Services have resumed for visas, passports, civil status, and traffic incidents. These services are offered by the Royal Oman Police. Drivers’ licenses can be renewed electronically. Residents whose visas are scheduled to expire soon can also renew their visas online, including residents who are currently in or outside of the country due to travel restrictions.

A ban on commercial flights remains in effect through July 30th. Additionally, several areas are closed until further notice, including the Governorate of Dhofar, Wilayat Duqm, and Wilayat Masirah. The use of face masks is required in public. Individuals who do not comply may be fined.

The U.S. Embassy Muscat continues to provide emergency services only at this time, including emergency passports for adults and minors. Individuals can email the Embassy to request an appointment if they believe they have an emergency situation.

Pakistan

The Government of Pakistan has announced updates to its COVID-19 travel restrictions.

New medical requirements are now in place for passengers who are departing Pakistan. All outbound travelers must now provide a negative PCR certificate, issued by an accredited approved laboratory, to be accepted onto a flight. Certificates must be issued within 96 hours of departure. In some cases, children under age 12 are exempt from the requirements if they are accompanied by family members on a flight. Passengers are also expected to sign a consent form authorizing the laboratory to provide the airlines with COVID-19 test results. Travelers must undergo the mandatory COVID-19 test at their own expense.

Individuals requiring assistance with travel documentation and travel needs should visit the Embassy’s website for more information.

Palau

Due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, the government has implemented additional precautionary measures to limit the spread of disease.

A ban on large group gatherings remains in effect through May 30, 2020. Domestic travel is limited at this time, and a ban on international travel remains in effect until further notice. All commercial air travel has been suspended with the exception of medical emergencies, cargo flights, and shipments of essential goods.

At this time, the U.S. Embassy Koror will limit its services to emergency American Citizens Services only. U.S. citizens who need emergency assistance should call the Embassy to schedule an emergency appointment. 

Panama 

The Government of Panama has announced updates to its COVID-19 restrictions.

Some restrictions due to COVID-19 have been lifted, including the reopening of some businesses. Businesses in Cocle, Herrera, and Los Santos provinces can open for select purposes, including professional and administrative services, construction, and car sales.

A movement restriction will remain in effect for the provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste based on ID number and gender. A curfew will remain in place for all other provinces from 7:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday. A ban remains in place on social group activities, festivals, cultural events, contact sports, visiting the beach, and other activities that violate social distancing protocols. Schools are closed until further notice, and a ban remains in effect on group gatherings of more than 50 people.

Several repatriation flights have been arranged through the last week of July. U.S. citizens who want to leave the country should contact the airlines as soon as possible to make reservations. 

Papua New Guinea

The U.S. Embassy has announced updates on travel for U.S. citizens.

Currently, international arrivals are limited to 500 per week at the Brisbane Airport in Australia (BNE). Flights into the airport are limited to 30 passengers. However, passengers transiting Australia en route to third countries are not included in the cap. Passenger limits of the same scope apply to airports in Sydney and Perth, too. A ban on international flights remains in place for Melbourne through July 30th. U.S. citizens are encouraged to avoid routes through Australia as much as possible. Additionally, travelers should be aware of quarantine requirements where they are traveling, which may vary based on the area that they travel through.

The Embassy will primarily continue to provide emergency services only until further notice, including emergency passport services. Individuals whose passport has been lost, has expired, or will expire in the next six months should contact the Embassy by email to request an appointment.

Paraguay

The Government of Paraguay has announced additional plans to ease its COVID-19 restrictions in phases.

Phase III of the relaxation on restrictions, which is called the Intelligent Quarantine Plan, is now in effect. Restaurants are permitted to reopen on a limited basis and with prior permission. Indoor gyms are also allowed to reopen with prior authorization. Outdoor sports and group exercise are permitted outdoors individually or in groups of two. Cultural activities and drive-in cinemas are allowed with social distancing measures in place. Religious activities are now allowed as well in groups of up to 20 people, including baptisms and weddings.

An isolation order that requires individuals to remain in their homes except to obtain food, medicine, cleaning supplies, and other essential items will stay in effect. Face masks must be worn in public, and all schools will remain closed until December 2020. Theaters, bars, and other public venues will remain closed until further notice and be permitted to reopen as health conditions permit.

The U.S. Embassy in Asuncion will continue to provide emergency assistance for U.S. citizens at this time. All regular consular operations are suspended until further notice. Visa, passport, and other services will be available on an emergency-only basis.

Individuals who need assistance should visit the Embassy’s website for more information and to request an emergency appointment. 

Peru

The Peruvian government has updated its curfew and domestic travel restrictions due to COVID-19.

A daily curfew from 8:00 p.m. through 4:00 a.m. is in effect for the regions of Ancash, Arequipa, Cajamarca, Cusco, Huanuco, Ica, Junin, Madre de Dios, and San Martin. Those regions are also subject to an all-day curfew on Sundays.

Repatriation flights are available for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Anyone who wants to travel should purchase a ticket as soon as possible. ESTA and visa holders should be prepared to provide documentation concerning their need for urgent travel out of the country upon the request from authorities.

A Virtual Migration Agency platform is now available to ease the immigration process in Peru due to COVID-19. The new virtual platform can process immigration procedures for a number of individuals, including: resident employees, residents who have adult children with disabilities, residents who are the parents of Peruvian citizens or foreign residents, temporary employees, temporary appointees, religious residents, resident rentiers or investors, and temporary or resident investigators. The virtual platform can be used for a variety of processes too, including completing temporary and resident training, obtaining temporary MERCOSUR permits, obtaining immigration movement certificates, refunding payments, obtaining special travel permits, duplicating immigration cards, and completing extensions of stay and immigrant center registration.

The U.S. Embassy is open for emergency services at this time. However, routine processing of passports and visas is canceled until further notice. U.S. citizens who need emergency assistance should contact the Embassy by phone or email. Citizens can also check the Embassy’s website for appointment availability. 

Philippines

The Government of the Philippines has relaxed travel restrictions due to COVID-19.

Foreign nationals who have long-term visas can enter the country starting on August 1st. All foreign nationals must have valid visas, as new entry visa applications will not be accepted. Foreign nationals with long-term visas who want to enter the country must get tested for COVID-19 before arriving, and they must make arrangements for quarantining in advance of entering the country.

A quarantine will remain in place nationwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) in metro Manila has been extended through July 31st. Certain provinces will remain under the GCQ until July 31st as well, including Benguet, Cavite, Rizal in Luzon, Leyte, and Southern Leyte in Visayas. A Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine will remain in place for Cebu City through July 31st.

Along with the cities, municipalities, and provinces above, a Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) will remain in place for other regions of the Philippines. Religious establishments, gyms, and cinemas can reopen at partial capacity, while public gatherings are permitted with some restrictions. Dine-in facilities are now permitted to serve customers at 50% capacity. Public transportation is now operating.

All non-emergency immigrant and nonimmigrant visa interviews will be cancelled through July 31, 2020 due to the COVID-10 pandemic. When visa services resume, individuals whose appointments were cancelled can call the Embassy to reschedule or request a new appointment time through the Embassy’s website. Visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid, and there is no fee to change an appointment.

Although regular services are still suspended, the U.S. Embassy will continue to accept appointments for emergency situations. Anyone who has an emergency can contact the Embassy to schedule an appointment.

Poland

The government has provided updates due to COVID-19.

Commercial flights are now available for U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States. Travelers can make arrangements directly with the airlines for flights. Travelers should self-quarantine at home for 14 days upon arrival in the United States. Some cities and municipalities may also have additional restrictions that travelers should abide by. Entry restrictions still apply for U.S. citizens. Only U.S. citizens who meet an existing exemption to the entry ban will be allowed to enter the country.

Some restrictions have been lifted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Group gathering sizes of 150 individuals are now permitted, but face coverings are required, and social distancing measures must be followed. Face masks are no longer required outside if social distancing regulations are followed. However, face masks are still mandatory in public buildings and other indoor public spaces such as hair salons, restaurants, shops, churches, cinemas, and public transportation. Cinemas, theaters, operas, and ballets can resume with special social distancing and sanitary requirements. Swimming pools, gyms, amusement parks, and playgrounds are now open.

Poland has lifted its controls and entry restrictions internally among EU nations and with its neighboring member states of the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Germany, and Slovakia. Travelers from those countries can now freely enter and transit through Poland with no mandatory quarantine upon entry. Although travel restrictions have been lifted among EU nations, travel restrictions are still in place until further notice for Poland’s external borders with non-EU countries. Exceptions apply for non-approved EU flights. Flights are now permitted from the U.K. along with several other non-EU countries, including Albania, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, South Korea, and Ukraine. Travelers arriving in Poland from those countries are exempt from the quarantine requirements and entry restrictions, with the exception of travelers from Ukraine. 

Portugal

The Portuguese government announced updates to its regulations regarding COVID-19.

Most areas of the country are now in a State of Alert due to coronavirus, which has been lowered from the previous State of Calamity. However, a State of Contingency is in place for the Lisbon Metropolitan Area. In this area, all public places must close at 8:00 p.m., except for pharmacies, gas stations, supermarkets, restaurants, medical centers, and funeral homes, which can close at 10:00 p.m. Group gatherings will be limited to 10 individuals. A State of Calamity remains in place for several municipalities, including Amadora, Loures, Lisbon, Sintra, and Odivelas. A stay at home order remains in effect for these locations. Open markets and fairs are prohibited, and gatherings of more than five people are banned. The use of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, and social distancing measures will be enforced in areas under a State of Alert. A group gathering limit of 20 people is in effect.

International flights are currently available for travel to and from Portugal.

U.S. citizens wishing to return to the United States should make commercial travel arrangements as soon as possible.

Individuals who need emergency or routine services can email the Embassy or Consulate for support. 

Qatar

The Government of Qatar announced several updates to its COVID-19 regulations.

An exceptional entry permit service has now been launched that allows certain individuals to enter the country.

Starting on August 1st, residents of Qatar who are currently abroad can apply for an exceptional entry permit to enter the country. The Exceptional Entry Permit service also allows employers to apply for entry permits for residents and their family members who have Qatar ID cards so that they can return to Qatar. The new application system is available through the Qatar Portal. The entry permit has a validity of one month from the date of issuance. The government also notes that government offices will be closed from July 30th through August 6th due to the Eid holiday. Therefore, individuals may encounter processing delays for their applications due to the office closures.

New quarantine regulations are in place for travelers who are departing Doha. Through July 31st, only nationals of Qatar, their companions, and individuals traveling with a Permanent Resident Card or other approved visa holders may enter the country. Beginning August 1st, individuals who are pre-approved to travel, including those traveling from low-risk areas, may enter the country. However, they are advised to not schedule a quarantine hotel package until the government authorizes them to return. QID resident permit holders who are returning to the country between August 1st and September 15th cannot board a flight to Qatar without previously receiving permission to enter the country and providing evidence of a hotel quarantine. Individuals leaving the country before September 15th must provide evidence of a hotel booking upon return.

The U.S. Embassy in Qatar is providing limited services to U.S. citizens at this time. All non-emergency appointments and services are suspended. Anyone who needs an essential service such as a Consular Report of Birth Abroad or passport renewal can contact the Embassy via email. 

Republic of Congo

The government of the Republic of Congo has announced updates regarding its COVID-19 regulations.

A State of Health Emergency remains in effect through August 19th to limit the spread of disease.

Domestic flights and domestic travel by vehicle are now permitted, while international air travel remains suspended. Borders with Congo are still closed, and a daily curfew is in place from 10:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. Masks are mandatory in public, as are social distancing and hygiene requirements.

The U.S. Embassy Brazzaville will continue to suspend regular consular services until further notice.

U.S. citizens can still obtain emergency American Citizens Services at the Embassy, including emergency passports. Individuals who require assistance should visit the Embassy’s website for more information.  

Romania

The Romanian government has announced updates to its COVID-19 regulations.

A 30-day state of alert will now be extended through August 15th.

Although the state of alert is extended, some relaxation measures have been announced, including the reopening of spas, outdoor pools, some childcare services, and some malls, with the exception of restaurants, food courts, cinemas, and playground areas within malls. Additionally, mandatory self-isolation requirements have been relaxed for people entering Russia from low-risk areas. Outdoor restaurants and beaches have reopened, restrictions have been eliminated for intra-country travel, outdoor sports competitions are permitted without spectators, international road and rail transport has resumed, and cultural events with fewer than 500 people are now allowed, provided attendees wear face masks and abide by social distancing measures.

Even though some restrictions have been eased, others remain in place. Group gatherings of more than three or four people are not permitted, except for certain private events and outdoor activities that permit group gatherings of up to eight individuals. Furthermore, the use of face masks is required in closed public spaces, on public transportation, in stores, and in workplaces. Individuals arriving in Russia from high-risk areas must still self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

U.S. citizens wishing to return to the United States have limited travel options. Anyone who wants to leave on a commercial flight should make travel arrangements as soon as possible.

The U.S. Embassy will continue providing emergency services and travel support until further notice. U.S. citizens can request emergency appointments through the Embassy’s website. 

Russia

Russia has updated its regulations due to COVID-19.

Starting on August 1st, entry will only be allowed for citizens and permanent residents arriving from the U.K., Turkey, and Tanzania. Additionally, entry is permitted for air travelers only. Individuals who want to enter Russia can obtain a visa at a Russian Consulate in Tanzania, Turkey, or the U.K.

Except for the travelers listed above, Russia’s borders are closed to all other foreign nationals. Individuals arriving in Russia are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Travelers must also present negative COVID-19 test results or obtain a COVID-19 test within three days of arrival in Russia.

Following a presidential decree issued on June 15, 2020, expiration of stays, visa validity, migration registration validity, temporary and permanent residence permit validity, and the validity of documents confirming temporary asylum or refugee status has been suspended. An expiration suspension no longer applies to work permits, work patents, and corporate employment permits. The new regulations also allow foreign nationals to obtain a work permit regardless of their reason for entering Russia. Visa-free nationals can apply for a patent regardless of their declared purpose of entry or existing application deadlines. Employers who have corporate employment permits can apply for individual work permits that are valid through September 15, 2020, for employees regardless of their reason for entry. Employers can no longer hire foreign nationals who are staying in the country without a patent or work permit.

Rwanda

Recently, the Rwandan government announced updates regarding its COVID-19 regulations.

Domestic restrictions on movement will remain in place from 9:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. daily. People will only be allowed to leave their homes with the government’s permission. Public and private businesses may operate with only essential staff in their offices. Other employees should work from home. Restaurants and hotels can reopen, but they must close by 7:00 p.m. Gyms, sports facilities, and recreational centers will stay closed, but people are allowed to participate in solo outdoor activities outside. Bars, schools, and places of worship continue to be closed, and transport between the provinces is banned. Meetings and mass gatherings in public spaces are prohibited, and funerals are limited to 30 individuals.

All borders will remain closed except for cargo and goods. Only returning Rwandan citizens and permanent residents will be allowed to enter the country.

The Embassy will continue to provide emergency services only to U.S. citizens at this time, including issuing emergency passports. The Embassy is also offering repatriation assistance.

Individuals who need assistance should contact the Embassy via email. 

Samoa

The Government of Samoa has announced updates due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

All borders are currently closed. An entry ban is in place for foreign nationals at this time, including U.S. citizens. However, there are limited exceptions to entry. Repatriation flights are currently available to U.S. citizens who wish to leave the country and return to the United States.

Appointments are now available on a limited basis for select American Citizen Services and Visa Services, including routine passport, notarial, and citizenship services. The Embassy will continue offering emergency services as well.

U.S. citizens may contact the Embassy to schedule an appointment for routine or emergency services by email. Individuals who require assistance can contact the Embassy by email. 

Saudi Arabia

Due to COVID-19, extensions have been approved for visitor’s visas, exit and re-entry visas, and residence permits.

A three-month extension will be granted for expired exit visas, re-entry visas, and residence permits for foreign nationals who are located outside the country. Visitors visas and expired residence permits may also be extended for three months for foreign nationals who are currently in the country, provided their permit or visa expired due to the ban on international travel imposed by Saudi officials due to COVID-19. Exit and re-entry visas that were unused and expired during the COVID-19 pandemic will also be extended for three months. A three-month extension will also be issued to foreign nationals who could not travel to Saudi Arabia because of COVID-19 restrictions. Extensions will be applied automatically and without a fee. 

Senegal

The Government of Senegal has announced updates due to COVID-19.

A State of Emergency for COVID-19 has ended, although some restrictions and precautions will remain in place. Additionally, some leisure facilities are closed due to social distancing measures. Markets will be closed at least once per week for cleaning. The use of facial coverings is mandatory in public and private offices, public places, markets, and public transportation. Government business hours will return to normal, which is 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

International flights have resumed, although sea and land borders are closed until further notice. Repatriation flights are available through July for U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States before international flights resume. Commercial repatriation opportunities are available for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Tickets and flight information are available directly through the airlines.

The Embassy continues to provide limited emergency services at this time. It will also provide information, as available, when it resumes normal services.

Serbia

The U.S. Embassy Belgrade has announced the resumption of certain services as the country reopens following a COVID-19 lockdown.

The Embassy will now resume citizenship, passport, and notarial services. Individuals who need these services should visit the Embassy’s website to schedule an appointment. Although in-person services have resumed, social distancing and health measures remain in place for all visitors to the Embassy. Individuals should arrive at their appointments 15 early to allow time for health and security screening. Individuals who arrive late will be asked to reschedule their appointments for a later day. A face mask must be worn at all times by anyone over age two. Everyone must bring a mask to their appointment. Those who do not will be asked to reschedule their appointments for a later time. Visitors should complete all paperwork beforehand and come prepared for their appointments, as people will not be allowed to complete paperwork in the Embassy’s waiting room. No parking is available at the Embassy. Therefore, visitors should use public transportation or plan to have someone drop them off for an appointment.

The U.S. Embassy Belgrade will continue to offer emergency services only for U.S. citizens, including issuing emergency passports. The Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to sign up for the STEP travel program to receive the latest updates on the State of Emergency and restrictions related to coronavirus.

Sierra Leone

The Government of Sierra Leone has provided updates regarding its COVID-19 restrictions.

Commercial flights are now available in July and August. Individuals who want to sign up for a return flight to the U.S. should contact the airlines as soon as possible. The hours of a nationwide curfew have been reduced from 11:00 PM through 6:00 AM. Restrictions on domestic travel have been lifted.

While some restrictions have been lifted, others remain in place to limit the risk of disease transmission. A border closure remains in place until further notice. Mosques and churches are closed, and group gatherings are still banned.

U.S. citizens who need emergency assistance or immediate travel support should contact the Embassy by phone or email. 

Singapore

The Government of Singapore has announced updates regarding COVID-19.

New Stay-Home Notice requirements have been updated for travelers arriving in Singapore who have recently traveled to Victoria, Australia, Hong Kong, and Japan. Individuals with a recent travel history to those regions within the past two weeks, including transit, must serve their SHNs at SHN Dedicated Facilities rather than their own primary place of residence. Individuals must also undergo a COVID-19 test before ending their SHN. Travelers who are not permanent residents or citizens of Singapore must pay for their stay at an SDF. Permanent residents and citizens of Singapore who left the country on March 27, 2020 or later regardless of the travel advisory are also required to pay for their stay at an SDF.  

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has updated entry requirements for pass holders. Additionally, the government has updated its health declaration procedures for entering the country in light of COVID-19. Employers must also meet several requirements to bring pass holders and their dependents into the country. Employers must pay for their employees’ 14-day Stay-Home Notice and their COVID-19 testing. Individuals who have Long Term Visit Passes (LTVPs) issued through the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) must first receive approval from the ICA, even if they have an LOC from MOM.

Travelers must provide a health declaration within three days of arriving in the country. Additionally, they must update their declaration before arriving if they have recently come into contact with anyone who has COVID-19, if they have recently visited a hospital, or if they have had recent changes to their travel history or health status. Singapore residents and long-term pass holders who are returning from China on essential business or official travel visits through the Green/Fast Lane arrangements must provide ICA offers an LOI issued by Chinese authorities.

Slovakia

The Government of Slovakia has updated its COVID-19 restrictions.

The Embassy Bratislava has resumed some operations following a COVID-19 lockdown. The Embassy is now offering limited visa services. American Citizen Services are also available at the Embassy. Along with some routine operations, the Embassy continues to offer services and appointments for emergency situations.

Limited commercial flights are now offered through several airports, including Bratislava, Kosice, and Poprad. Airports in Budapest, Prague, and Vienna are now open with some flights to the United States, including direct and indirect flights. Currently, Slovakia has limited its entry permissions to Slovak citizens and residents. Minor children, parents, and spouses of Slovak citizens are also exempt from the travel restrictions. EU citizens and residents who are returning to their countries of origin can transit through Slovakia.

Individuals who are permanent or temporary residents will have their legal status extended for up to one month during the state of crisis and up to two months after the state of crisis ends. Travel to other EU countries for tourism purposes is not allowed for individuals who do not have legal resident status. Travelers who are in Slovakia on a Schengen visa can maintain their legal status for one month after the official state of crisis ends, but they cannot travel for tourism reasons to other countries unless they become official residents. Permanent and temporary residents outside of Slovakia who cannot return during the state of crisis can apply for a renewal of residence status at a Slovak Embassy abroad.

Residents and citizens of Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Latvia, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Poland, Monaco, and Faroe Islands can enter Slovakia without requiring a COVID-19 test or other quarantine requirements. 

Slovenia

The Government of Slovenia has announced updates to its COVID-19 policies.

More businesses are now permitted to reopen, including hotels, gyms, spas, and tourism facilities. Schools are now allowed to reopen as well. Nightclubs and discotheques are still closed until further notice. U.S. citizens with residency in a neighboring country are permitted to enter Slovenia.

The U.S. Embassy has announced resumption of certain services for U.S. citizens at this time, including the scheduling of routine appointments for American Citizen Services including notary services, voting services, and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. The use of face masks is mandatory for anyone with an in-person appointment with the U.S. Embassy, and strict social distancing guidelines will remain in place.

Individuals who require assistance must email the Embassy to schedule an appointment.

South Africa

The Government of South Africa has updated its travel restrictions due to COVID-19.

Travel restrictions are now updated for citizens, permanent residents, and foreign nationals in some situations.

Foreign nationals who are traveling through or coming from high-risk countries are barred from entering South Africa. Individuals who are not permitted to enter the country can apply for an exemption by writing to the Minister of Home Affairs showing that they have exceptional circumstances. Foreign nationals must include a copy of their passport and temporary residence visa, unless they are visa-exempt or their visa was withdrawn due to a COVID-19 directive. Individuals who are allowed to enter the country are subject to screening and quarantine measures.

International travel is now permitted for citizens and permanent residents of South Africa whose place of residency, work, or study is out of the country. South African citizens must provide certain documentation to the Department of Home Affairs within five days of their intended date of travel, including a copy of a valid South African passport, proof of means of travel and the intended date of departure, a letter of confirmation of admissibility or the validity of the permit or visa, issued by the consular or diplomatic mission or authority of the recipient country, and proof of permission to transit if transiting through another country. South African citizens and permanent residents who are outside the country will be subject to screening and examination upon return.

The U.S. Embassy will continue to offer only limited emergency services only to U.S. citizens. However, U.S. citizens can still request emergency passports during this time and obtain information regarding travel and repatriation.

Anyone needing assistance should visit the Embassy’s website for details. 

South Korea

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the South Korean government has announced updates to its regulations.

Now, an entry ban is in effect for all passengers who have visited or transited Hubei Province in China within the past two weeks, along with all visitors who use passports issued from Hubei Province. Additionally, citizens from certain countries must obtain a visa before entering South Korea, including: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, Morocco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu, UAE, and Uruguay.

There are also additional visa requirements for certain visa applicants from April 13, 2020. All visa applicants must now submit a medical diagnosis verifying that they do not have COVID-19. Most South Korean Embassies require a medical diagnosis to be submitted within 48 hours of filing an application. A C1 or C3 visa that was issued before April 5, 2020 from a South Korean Consulate worldwide, and that was not used before April 9, 2020 will be invalidated. Individuals whose C-Type visa has been invalidated should contact the South Korean Embassy in their country of origin to apply for a new visa. Visa-free travel is suspended until further notice. All visas issued before February 4, 2020 by the Korean Consulate in Wuhan, China are invalidated as of February 4, 2020, and all visas issued by the South Korean Consulate in Japan prior to March 9, 2020 are invalidated as of March 9, 2020. The 90-day visa-waiver agreement has been suspended for all Japanese citizens as of March 9, 2020.

COVID-19 testing is mandatory for all arrivals in South Korea, and testing for the virus is free.

South Sudan

While efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 nationwide continue, the U.S. Embassy in Juba has announced upcoming evacuation flights for U.S. citizens.

The Embassy notes that evacuation opportunities will be available for U.S. citizens through the second week of May. Everyone who wants to travel is encouraged to contact the airlines immediately to make a reservation, as additional repatriation flights are not guaranteed. All travelers must hold an onward ticket to depart Addis Ababa. Otherwise, they will be quarantined for 14 days. Travelers are responsible for covering the cost of a mandatory quarantine. They are also required to pay for lodging if they select an overnight flight.

Until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, the U.S. Embassy Juba remains closed for regular consular services. Until then, the Embassy will limit support to emergency American Citizen Services only, including immediate travel support and the issuance of emergency passports.

Individuals who require assistance should visit the Embassy’s website for further instructions. 

Spain

The Spanish government has updated its entry restrictions due to COVID-19.

Spain has modified its list of countries included or excluded in the nation’s entry ban. The updated list reflects changing epidemiological conditions in other countries.

Currently, citizens from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay are permitted to enter the country. Entry is permitted for citizens of Algeria, China, and Morocco subject to confirmation of reciprocity. The list is subject to modification based on the discretion of the Ministry of Interior. Along with the countries above, residents of the EU, Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, the Vatican, or San Marino who provide documentation are also allowed to enter Spain. Exemptions from the entry ban also apply to individuals with long-term visas issued by Schengen-associated or EU member states. Healthcare workers, health researchers, and elderly care professionals are also permitted to enter the country. Flight crews, sea crews, and other personnel involved in air transport activities and the transport of goods can enter Spain, along with members of humanitarian organizations, consular posts, diplomatic missions, international or military entities, and those involved in civil protection who need to perform official duties. Highly qualified employees and athletes involved in sporting events in Spain are exempt from the entry ban, along with individuals who need to travel for urgent or humanitarian reasons. Students who are studying in EU or Schengen-associated states can travel through Spain to reach the country where they are studying.

The Embassy in Madrid, Consulate General in Barcelona, and five Consular agencies across the country are now resuming some services for U.S. citizens, including citizenship and passport services. The Embassy and Consulates will provide those services to U.S. citizens by appointment only. Individuals who schedule an appointment must wear a mask and abide by all hygiene and health measures at the location of their appointment. Routine visa services continue to be suspended until further notice.

Some commercial flights are available for U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States. Those interested in traveling should contact the airline directly to make reservations. U.S. citizens are advised to make reservations as soon as possible.

Sri Lanka

The Government of Sri Lanka has announced some updates regarding COVID-19.

Commercial flights are now available from Sri Lanka, although the number of flights available is limited. U.S. citizens who wish to depart the country should make travel arrangements as soon as they can.

The validity of all types of visas issued to foreign nationals currently in Sri Lanka has been extended through July 11, 2020. Those who need to apply for an extension can do so on the Department of Immigration’s website.

The U.S. Embassy continues to provide emergency assistance only at this time. Anyone requiring emergency assistance should visit the Embassy’s website to request an appointment.

Sudan

The Government of Sudan has provided some updates on its COVID-19 restrictions.

The Khartoum International Airport has partially reopened for international flights. However, all travelers must be prepared to show proof of negative COVID-19 test results upon entering or exiting the country. All travelers to Sudan, including U.S. citizens, are subject to COVID-19 testing upon arrival. Individuals who are suspected to have COVID-19 will be quarantined by the Ministry of Health.

Curfew hours have also been modified. Until further notice, a curfew will remain in place from 6:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m. in Khartoum. Individuals can move freely within the area outside of the curfew hours. Public transportation has also resumed. Banks are now permitted to open for business from 8:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. Outside of Khartoum, a ban on public transportation between cities and states is still unchanged.

Sweden

To control the spread of COVID-19, the government has announced several updates.

A travel ban is now in effect for countries outside of the EU, EEA, and Schengen zone through August 31, 2020. However, travel to Belgium, Croatia, Greece, Iceland, France, Portugal, Spain, Luxembourg, and Switzerland is now permitted. A travel ban has been extended to August 31st for the entry of all foreign nationals trying to enter the EU through Sweden. Some travel restrictions apply for visiting Denmark, too. The region of Skane in Sweden is now closed for travel to Denmark.

The U.S. Embassy will only offer emergency services for U.S. citizens at this time, including emergency passports. Individuals who need assistance should contact the Embassy by email. The Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to enroll in the STEP travel program to receive updates and important information regarding travel impacts from COVID-19.

Switzerland and Liechtenstein

Beginning July 6, 2020, Switzerland will further ease its COVID-19 restrictions.

Workers from third countries will be permitted to enter Switzerland for work purposes. However, a ban will remain in place on the entry of workers from third countries traveling to Switzerland on vacation. Only in cases of special necessity will workers be permitted to enter the country. Those who are allowed to enter Switzerland can stay for no more than 90 days. Starting July 6th, application processing will resume for third-country citizens who want to stay in Switzerland for more than 90 days.

Along with the lifted restrictions for third-country workers, Switzerland will continue to lift its COVID-19 restrictions based on the country’s epidemiological situation.

Taiwan

Recently, Taiwan updated its COVID-19 testing policy for incoming foreign nationals.

Previously, incoming foreign nationals were required to take a COVID-19 RT-PCR test within three calendar days of boarding a plane to Taiwan. Now, a COVID-19 RT-PCR test is required within three working days of boarding a plane. Foreign nationals arriving in Taiwan must submit a COVID-19 negative RT-PCR test report, in English, from a test taken within three working days of boarding a flight. Exceptions apply for personnel on diplomatic or official business, foreign nationals who have valid Alien Resident Certificates, migrant workers, and students listed as special cases by the Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Individuals who are either arriving by boat or receiving humanitarian aid are also exempt. Foreign nationals with a valid Alien Residence Certificate are subject to a two-week quarantine upon arrival. Visa holders who do not have an Alien Resident Certificate must still be tested and submit a negative RT-PCR report from a test within three working days of boarding a flight. Along with submitting a negative COVID-19 test report, foreign nationals arriving in Taiwan must also submit a Quarantine System for Entry form prior to boarding, which they can do through their cell phones. 

Tajikistan

In response to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Government of Tajikistan has announced updates regarding its regulations.

At this time, the government has implemented domestic travel restrictions. International travel restrictions that have been in place since March 2020 will continue to be enforced. Travel outside the home is permitted for essential reasons only. The government may also close certain markets, stores, and other businesses if the number of reported COVID-19 cases increases.

The U.S. Embassy Dushanbe is continuing to postpone all routine consular services due to coronavirus. Only emergency American Citizens Services will be provided until further notice.

U.S. citizens needing emergency assistance should email the Embassy to schedule an appointment. 

Tanzania

The Government of Tanzania has announced updates regarding its COVID-19 restrictions.

International flight service has resumed to and from the country. However, repatriation flights remain limited for U.S. citizens. Anyone who wants to leave the country on a repatriation flight should contact the Embassy. A form, available through the Embassy’s website, must be completed for all U.S. citizens who wish to return home. Individuals who sign up on the Embassy’s website will receive an email notification when a flight becomes available.

The Embassy will continue limiting its operations to emergency U.S. citizen services only at this time, including issuing emergency passports. Individuals should visit the Embassy’s website or call to request an urgent appointment.

Thailand

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Government of Thailand has announced relevant updates.

As the government continues to ease COVID-19 restrictions, it is now permitting certain categories of foreigners to enter the country. Foreigners who are invited by Thai government agencies, foreigners who have a valid certificate of residence, spouses, parents, or children of a Thai national, work permit holders, students of Thai educational institutions, and individuals who need medical treatment in Thailand and their attendants can now enter the country.

Before traveling to Thailand, all travelers must obtain a Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by the Thai Embassy or Consulate in the U.S. The applicant must certify that he/she is in good health prior to traveling, and the applicant must provide a COVID-19 Medical Certificate showing that he/she is free of coronavirus. The Medical Certificate must be issued within 72 hours of departure. Travelers must also show that they have sufficient medical insurance coverage while in Thailand. Travelers must quarantine upon arrival in Thailand, and they must receive a Letter of Approval on Quarantine Accommodation by Thai authorities. 

Timor-Leste

The Government of Timor-Leste has updated its COVID-19 regulations.

A COVID-19 State of Emergency has ended. However, international and domestic flights are still restricted at President Nicolao Lobato International Airport. Medical evacuations, state aircraft operations, and humanitarian relief are allowed with authorization from the Civil Aviation Authority of Timor-Leste.

Various restrictions remain in place for travelers based on their country of origin or destination. U.S. citizens are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy for current information on flight availability to the United States and for relevant flight information and restrictions.

The Embassy is currently restricting its visa services to emergency appointments on weekday mornings. All visas, licenses, and authorizations granted to U.S. citizens will automatically be extended for the duration of the State of Emergency, regardless of their expiration date.

Individuals who need assistance can contact the Embassy by phone or email.

Togo

The U.S. Embassy in Togo has announced updates for U.S. citizens.

The Embassy is now expanding its services as COVID-19 restrictions are eased. Individuals can now submit a regular, full-validity passport by requesting an appointment online. The application should be submitted no less than one month prior to the anticipated date of travel or the expiration of one’s U.S. passport.

The Embassy cautions that U.S. citizens should return to the United States when possible, especially those with underlying medical conditions, as Togo has limited medical capacity to assist individuals who require advanced medical care.

All U.S. citizens who want to depart the country should contact the airlines for information on flight availability and to make reservations. Repatriation flights are regularly scheduled through June.

Trinidad and Tobago

The U.S. Embassy has announced additional flights for U.S. citizens.

Repatriation flights are available through June for U.S. citizens who want to travel. Individuals who want to travel should contact the airlines directly to make reservations. U.S. citizens are advised that flight opportunities may be limited. Those who choose to not leave the country should prepare to shelter in place.

The country continues to implement a phased reopening plan to limit the spread of disease transmission. U.S. citizens should note that social distancing and hygiene protocols will remain in place while the country continues to resume normal operations.The U.S. Embassy Port of Spain will continue to provide emergency assistance only for U.S. citizens until further notice. Individuals who require immediate urgent assistance can request an appointment by calling the Embassy or through its website. 

Tunisia

The Government of Tunisia has announced updates to its COVID-19 restrictions.

Phase III of the government’s reopening plan is in effect. During this phase, businesses are allowed to operate with 100% of their personnel. Animal markets, weekly markets, daycare centers, and kindergartens can reopen as well.

Procedures for entry, testing, and quarantine mandates due to COVID-19 are in place nationwide. Countries are currently divided into zones based on their epidemiological conditions. For countries categorized as “red,” only Tunisians and individuals with permanent residence status can enter the country. For “orange” countries, Tunisians and tourists can enter the country if they have a negative COVID-19 lab test. Results must be obtained within 72 hours of travel to Tunisia. A second test must be performed within 120 hours of arrival to the country. Everyone may enter from a “green” country. COVID-19 testing is not required for travelers from those countries.

All travelers from “red” and “orange” countries must quarantine upon arrival. Individuals arriving from “orange” countries must self-quarantine at home for two weeks. Those arriving from “red” countries must quarantine in a mandatory quarantine center for one week. They will be tested for COVID-19 within the first week.

U.S. citizens will not be allowed to enter the country unless they have a valid Tunisian residency permit or Tunisian citizenship. U.S. citizens who can enter the country due to dual citizenship or residency status, or if they are traveling from an “orange” to a “green” country, will be placed in a government-managed quarantine center.

The U.S. Embassy in Tunisia is providing emergency services at this time. The Embassy is also scheduling appointments for passport renewals and limited notarial services. The Embassy is currently processing most passport applications within 2-3 weeks. Individuals should email the Embassy to schedule an appointment for an emergency service. 

Turkey

In light of ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the government has implemented additional restrictions.

Face masks are now required for anyone venturing out in public places in Ankara, Bursa, and Istanbul. Anyone who violates the mandate will be fined.

Although social distancing and hygiene protocols remain in place, the government has also eased some restrictions. Most businesses are now open, including hair salons, shopping malls, and retail shops. Kindergartens, daycare centers, and summer camps are now open, although other schools are closed for onsite education.

Most international land, sea, and air borders are open with the exception of borders between Syria and Iran. Travelers will be screened at maritime ports and airports for COVID-19. Individuals who have positive symptoms for the virus are subject to additional health screenings and questioning. They may be quarantined as well.

Limited services will be available to U.S. citizens at this time at Istanbul and Ankara, including Consular Report of Birth Abroad and emergency passport services. U.S. citizens who need assistance should visit the Embassy and Consulate websites.

Uganda

The Government of Uganda has announced updates following a COVID-19 lockdown.

The number of individuals allowed in private vehicles is now a maximum of four. Boda boda drivers are not permitted to transport passengers. A daily curfew is in place from 7:00 p.m. through 6:30 a.m. Some border districts are now open, but hot spot areas are closed to public and private transport.

Schools, mosques, and churches are still closed. Airports and borders are currently closed to passenger traffic until further notice.

Several repatriation flights are available through July and early August. U.S. citizens who wish to leave the country should contact the airlines or travel agency directly to make a reservation.

The U.S. Embassy reminds everyone in the country that the use of face masks is mandatory at all times while in public.

The Embassy will resume normal consular operations as soon as possible, but it is unable to provide a date at this time. U.S. citizens who require immediate assistance can contact the Embassy by phone or email to request an emergency appointment. 

Ukraine

The Ukrainian government has updated its entry and exit requirements due to COVID-19.

The government recently launched a new platform called Visit Ukraine Today, which provides information on the entry and exit requirements for individuals intending to visit Ukraine.

Currently, the government classifies countries by zone based on their incidence rates of COVID-19. Countries with the highest rates of COVID-19 are categorized as “Red Zone” countries. Travelers arriving from these countries must abide by certain health and safety precautions, including taking a PCR COVID-19 test upon entering the country, self-isolating for 14 days in a private residence, and abiding by government observation requirements in specialized locations if necessary.

United Arab Emirates 

The UAE has announced changes to its restrictions and regulations regarding COVID-19.

New regulations will take effect on August 1st for travelers. All travelers arriving in the UAE will be required to have a COVID-19 test that shows negative test results. Test results will be valid for 96 hours upon arrival. Travelers from select countries identified as having high rates of COVID-19 will be retested upon arrival in the UAE.

Visitors who are currently in the UAE with expired visas have until August 10th to exit the country or update their visa status. The deadline for renewing an expired visa is October 10th.The U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi and the U.S. Consulate General Dubai remind visitors that they are unable to resume regular visa services at this time, including immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services. However, they are still operating with some limitations and restrictions in place. Individuals who have an urgent travel need should contact the Embassy or Consulate General to request an emergency appointment. Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L, and some J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if they believe they qualify for an exception listed in the Presidential Proclamation.    

United Kingdom

The Government of the U.K. has updated its COVID-19 regulations.

This week, Visa Application Centers (VACs) abroad have reopened in many places, including Islamabad, Georgetown, Kingston, Karachi, La Paz, Port of Spain, Lahore, Sabah, Rio de Janeiro, Tehran, São Paulo, Ulaanbaatar, and Thimphu. Visa centers in China, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Thailand have also resumed operations. A reopening date has yet to be announced for other VACs around the world. Priority and Super Priority Visa services are paused in all locations until further notice. Individuals can contact the nearest VAC for certain requests and needs, including the expiration of a 30-day visa to study, work, or join family.Visa extension regulations have also been updated. Visa holders who could not leave the U.K. due to COVID-19 automatically had their visas extended if their visas expired between January 24, 2020 and July 31, 2020. However, they will no longer be able to receive automatic visa extensions. Individuals whose visa extensions are ending must either leave or regularize their stay. Visa holders who are planning to leave the U.K. have until August 31, 2020 to do so. Those who choose to stay can study, work, and rent through August 30th.  Individuals who cannot leave the U.K. due to COVID-19 and who want to stay past August 31st can contact the coronavirus immigration team for arrangements.

Uruguay

The Government of Uruguay has provided updates concerning COVID-19.

All borders are closed until further notice. However, commercial flights are currently scheduled to and from the country. U.S. citizens who want to travel to the United States should contact the airlines for reservations and additional information on flight availability.

A mandatory self-quarantine is in effect for individuals age 65 and older. All other members of the public are encouraged to quarantine as well and reduce their time outside the home for non-essential purposes. 

Uzbekistan

As part of its plan to end COVID-19 restrictions, the government has announced updates for travelers.

International flights have now resumed to and from Uzbekistan. Certain individuals can now enter and exit Uzbekistan, provided they are arriving from or traveling to a country with a low volume of COVID-19 cases. Employees of embassies and consulates and their family members; staff of foreign companies and other organizations who are working on investment projects in Uzbekistan; individuals receiving treatment in Uzbekistan; people with close relatives or seriously ill relatives living abroad; people transiting Uzbekistan; foreign citizens who are residents of Uzbekistan; stateless individuals; citizens of Uzbekistan with registration in other countries; and individuals required to be in Uzbekistan through embassies and consulates of foreign countries are permitted to enter and exit the country. Additionally, people can fly to and from Uzbekistan for work or study.

Quarantine mandates still remain in place for travelers. Upon arrival, travelers must self-quarantine for 14 days in their place of residence. Anyone who violates quarantine mandates may be subject to fines and penalties.

Along with the travel restrictions, all public gatherings are banned until further notice, including weddings, large family gatherings, and gatherings for holidays.

Venezuela

The U.S. Embassy in Bogota has announced several upcoming flights available for U.S. citizens who want to leave the country.

Several airlines will continue to operate during the COVID-19 restrictions. However, the Embassy notes that non-Chilean residents and citizens will not be permitted to leave through the airport in Santiago without prior authorization. Individuals who want to depart the country, including U.S. citizens, should purchase an onward ticket as proof of travel to the United States to avoid issues with immigration officials.

In light of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy Caracas has temporarily cancelled its consular operations.

The Embassy’s website provides current information and guidance for individuals requiring emergency aid. U.S. citizens who need assistance can also find updates on the Embassy’s social media accounts.

Vietnam

The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City have posted information regarding upcoming flights to the U.S.

Direct flights are now scheduled through August for multiple locations in the U.S., including San Francisco, Houston, and Washington, DC (Washington Dulles International Airport).

Flights are currently open to U.S. citizens only. Individuals who want to return to the United States on a flight should complete a form available on the U.S. Embassy’s website. Travelers will receive additional information about their flight details after registering.

The Consulate will begin conducting interviews for holders of IR-1, IR-2, CR-1, and CR-2 immigrant visas whose appointments were originally scheduled for March, April, or May and cancelled due to COVID-19. The Consulate is only conducting in-person interviews for visas in these categories. Additionally, the Consulate will only issue IR-2 and CR-2 visas to applicants under age 21 at this time. Routine visa appointments are not currently being conducted for any other type of visa. However, individuals can still request an emergency appointment for other needs, including urgent travel.

Individuals who have a previously-issued visa that has not expired can still use the visa for travel to the U.S. Individuals whose visas have expired due to factors beyond their control can contact the Consulate’s office for instructions on renewal, including applicable fees and requirements for a medical examination.

Zambia

The Government of Zambia has updated its flight and travel restrictions due to COVID-19.

All airports are currently open for international flights. However, strict health and safety protocols are in place for passengers. Upon arrival at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International and Kenneth Kaunda International airports, passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test certificate issued within four days of boarding their flight. Certificates must be issued by a designated laboratory. Travelers who are transiting through Zambia cannot disembark without authorization. Crewmembers can disembark, although they must undergo a mandatory quarantine. Foreign nationals intending to transit through Zambia by land and cross into neighboring countries must have written clearance from the Zambian Department of Immigration and Ministry of Health. They must also have evidence of negative COVID-19 test results acquired within four days of entry into the country.

Entry restrictions also apply to certain types of visas. Foreign nationals with tourist visas cannot enter Zambia without prior written clearance from the Department of Immigration. They must also have negative COVID-19 test results obtained within four days of entry. Individuals who hold business visas must have written clearance and permission from the Zambian Department of Immigration and the Ministry of Health before arrival. They must also provide a statement of their reason for traveling to Zambia for business. Children, spouses, and other relatives of residence card holders or permit holders are not permitted to enter the country if they do not have written clearance from the Zambian Department of Immigration. Visas on arrival will not be issued for visitors or tourists at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. Travelers must contact the Department of Immigration for boarding clearance if they wish to apply for a visa upon arrival.

Zimbabwe

On May 8, 2020, the U.S. Embassy announced additional upcoming repatriation flights for U.S. citizens who want to depart the country.

U.S. citizens who want to leave Zimbabwe should make plans as soon as possible for departure while commercial flights remain available. Otherwise, they should prepare to remain abroad for an indefinite period of time. Individuals should ensure that their travel documents are valid before joining a repatriation flight.

Anyone who needs an emergency passport or notarial service should contact the Embassy by email for assistance.

Global responses to COVID-19 remain fluid and subject to change. Anyone with an upcoming visa appointment or requiring emergency assistance should monitor the consulate’s website for updates and the latest information on consular operations due to COVID-19. Links to U.S. consular websites are available here: http://usembassy.gov/