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.

Certain regions within the country are on lockdown to control the spread of disease. Lockdowns are currently in place in Farah, Herat, Jalalabad, Asadabad, Zaranj, and Kabul city until further notice.

The government has re-opened its land and air borders with Iran, which were previously closed. However, international travel options are limited to and from the country while COVID-19 restrictions remain in effect. No commercial flight opportunities are available from Kabul at this time, with the exception of limited repatriation flights for U.S. citizens and authorized emergency flights.

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, including plans to gradually end restrictions.

Select schools nationwide will remain closed for in-person classes through the end of the 2020 school year. Online classes will continue for all government schools. High schools will be permitted to open for limited in-person classes. In-person instruction is permitted with limited class sizes. Preschools and kindergartens can reopen on June 1, 2020, provided the rate of new cases does not increase. Malls and stores are now permitted to reopen, but strict social distancing guidelines remain in place. Dentists and hairdressers are also permitted to open with social distancing restrictions. Restaurants, bars, and night clubs will be closed through June 18th in certain areas. After that date they can reopen for outdoor seating and service only. Indoor activity centers are still closed until further notice. Public transportation is currently suspended, and interviews for prospective jobs are on hold until further notice. Pedestrian road travel remains limited, and restrictions are still in place for anyone needing to leave the home to obtain essential goods and services. Government-issued shopping permits are required to visit grocery stores. Shopping permits are valid for two hours and only issued to one family member per household at a time.

While some easements are being implemented, Albania’s borders remain closed to land, air, and sea travel. Domestic travel in personal vehicles varies by municipality.

The U.S. Embassy will continue to provide emergency support for U.S. citizens.

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

Algeria

On May 27, 2020, the Government of Algeria announced changes to its regulations regarding COVID-19.

Currently, the country remains at a Level 3 Travel Advisory.

All gatherings of more than two individuals are banned, including weekly hirak demonstrations. Houses of worship remain closed, and Friday prayers are still suspended. All commercial, sporting, and cultural events are suspended until further notice. Nightclubs, event halls, public baths, public transportation, schools, and universities are closed nationwide. Restaurants and cafes are closed in large cities. A curfew remains in place from 5:00 p.m. through 7:00 a.m. in Aligers, Bejaia, Oran, Setif, Tipaza, Tizi Ouzou, Ain Defla, Tlemcen, and Medea. A curfew of 2:00 p.m. through 7:00 a.m. remains in place in Bilda, while a curfew exists in all other wilayas from 7:00 p.m. through 7:00 a.m. The country’s borders are closed to land, air, and maritime travel until further notice. The use of face masks is mandatory at all times for individuals who leave their homes.

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.

Armenia

On April 21, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Armenia announced additional flight opportunities for U.S. citizens during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, several repatriation flights are available for U.S. citizens. Anyone who wants to travel should contact the airlines directly to purchase tickets.

All U.S. citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), as are their family members and friends. The Embassy continues to operate with limited capacity. It is still only providing emergency services at this time.

U.S. citizens who need assistance can email the Embassy or visit its website for updated information and to request an emergency appointment.

Angola

The Government of Angola has replaced a State of Emergency for COVID-19 with a State of Calamity.

The State of Calamity is scheduled to last through June 9, 2020. Health centers and hospitals are allowed to resume full operations at this time. Most businesses are open as well. They may operate between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Restaurants can open from 6:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. from Monday through Saturday each week. Public transportation can resume with 50% capacity, and hotels may reopen for service. Even though more businesses and public places are open, everyone must continue to wear a face mask while in public. Social distancing measures also remain in place. The country’s borders are closed to non-commercial traffic at this time.

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

As COVID-19 concerns continue, the Government of Argentina has further extended a national quarantine.

A national quarantine originally in effect through May 24, 2020 is now extended through June 7th. Additional restrictions apply in the greater Buenos Aires region. Individuals are allowed to leave their homes for essential purposes only, including obtaining food, medication, and other essential supplies. Ticketed passengers can also travel to the airport.

While repatriation flights still exist, options are limited for U.S. citizens who wish to depart the country. The Embassy continues to provide updates on flight availability. Anyone who wants to join a repatriation flight should monitor the Embassy’s website for updated information. Flight arrangements should be made directly with the airlines, including seat reservation and inquiries about flight status.

Restrictions remain in place for domestic travel. Limited exceptions are made for essential travel to get necessary items such as medication and groceries. The government also notes that restrictions are subject to variation by province. Therefore, residents and U.S. citizens should check with local provincial authorities for the latest updates and a detailed list of local guidelines.

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

In response to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Armenian government has extended its State of Emergency but eased other restrictions.  

The State of Emergency will now continue through June 13, 2020. The State of Emergency imposes several restrictions, including a prohibition on group gatherings with more than 20 individuals, a closure of schools and universities, restricted entry, and enhanced quarantine and screening measures. Although the State of Emergency remains in place, other restrictions have been relaxed. A ban on public transportation is now lifted. Preschools, shopping centers, and gyms have been permitted to reopen. Restaurants and cafes are now allowed to provide in-house services. As a precaution, the government still requires the use of face masks in public areas. People who do not abide by the regulations may be fined.

The U.S. Embassy in Armenia continues to offer emergency assistance for U.S. citizens. Anyone who needs assistance can email the Embassy or visit its website for updated information and to request an emergency appointment. 

Australia

On May 28, 2020, the U.S. Embassy announced updates regarding Australian COVID-19 policies.

The Government of Australia is gradually easing restrictions nationwide due to COVID-19. However, the Embassy notes that restrictions vary by state and territory. U.S. citizens are encouraged to check the individual websites for each state and territory to find updated information on local COVID-19 restrictions. Additionally, U.S. citizens who wish to leave the country should make commercial travel arrangements as soon as possible while repatriation opportunities exist. Certain travel restrictions may apply for U.S. citizens who have dual Australian and U.S. citizenship. The Embassy adds that quarantine and self-isolation restrictions do not apply for travel to New South Wales or Victoria.

The U.S. Mission will continue to offer only limited emergency services at this time. U.S. citizens who need emergency passport services are advised to contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate.

Austria

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

The country remains at a Travel Advisory Level 4, which means that many restrictions on movement and travel are still in place. All U.S. citizens who want to leave the country should make departure plans as soon as possible while evacuation flights are still available. Although U.S. citizens have a choice to stay in the country or leave, anyone who stays should prepare to shelter in place. Enhanced screening measures are in place for anyone entering or leaving the country.

Due to ongoing health concerns, the U.S. Embassy continues to provide limited operations and emergency services only to U.S. citizens until further notice.

Individuals can contact the Embassy by email or phone to request help. 

Azerbaijan

Due to continuing COVID-19 concerns, the Government of Azerbaijan has implemented travel restrictions in some areas and eased regulations in others.

Currently, a limitation on domestic travel and travel to and from Azerbaijan is in place through May 31, 2020. Restrictions are still in place limiting movement between certain areas of the country. However, movement restrictions have been relaxed in other areas. A gradual reopening plan has also been implemented in certain areas to allow businesses and previously restricted services to reopen. Even in areas where restrictions are being relaxed, individuals must obtain permission to leave their homes. These restrictions also apply to U.S. citizens.

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 Bahamas is currently entering Phase 3 of its reopening plan following a COVID-19 lockdown.

To combat the spread of coronavirus, the government’s Emergency Powers Orders have been extended through June 29, 2020. All land and seaports are closed to international flights through that time. Lockdowns are in place nationwide, although restrictions vary by location. Weekend lockdowns will continue nationwide through June. Only hospitals, law enforcement facilities, and hotels are allowed to remain open during the lockdowns. All U.S. citizens are encouraged to shelter in place in their homes or properties during the lockdown period.

The U.S. Embassy remains open to provide emergency aid only for U.S. citizens. Individuals who need immediate assistance should contact the Embassy by phone or email to request an appointment.

Bahrain

On April 28, 2020, Bahrain announced additional restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The government has implemented additional quarantine and screening measures to control the spread of COVID-19. Now, wearing face masks in public is mandatory. Non-compliance may result in penalties ranging from fines to imprisonment. Certain roadways remain closed to non-commercial traffic. U.S. citizens are reminded to abide by all government regulations to avoid penalties.

At this time, all visas are suspended upon arrival. Individuals attempting to enter the country must have a residence permit or obtain a visa in advance by visiting the government’s website. All passengers arriving in the country will be tested for COVID-19 and placed in a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

U.S. citizens wishing to return to the United States should contact the Embassy as soon as possible to make travel arrangements. U.S. citizens may only transit France if they have a direct flight to the United States.

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

Bangladesh

To reduce the risk of disease transmission, the Government of Bangladesh is suspending commercial flights to and from select countries due to COVID-19.Through May 30th, a ban will remain in place for scheduled international commercial flights to and from Bahrain, Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. 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

A State of Emergency remains in place for Barbados due to COVID-19, while the government has simultaneously announced plans to ease restrictions.

Barbados is currently in Stage 3 of its COVID-19 National Response Plan. A daily curfew from 8:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. is now in effect through May 31, 2020. The country will gradually begin to reopen its beaches, which have limited hours of visitation from 6:00 a.m. through 9:00 a.m. in the morning and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily in the evening. Individuals are permitted to leave their homes two days each week to conduct essential business.

A ban is still in effect for commercial travel, with limited exceptions for repatriation flights and other special circumstances. All U.S. citizens who wish to join a repatriation flight should contact the U.S. Embassy for more information on upcoming evacuation opportunities.

Although it is not yet operating at regular capacity, the Embassy is available to provide U.S. citizens with emergency services. Individuals can contact the Embassy by phone or email to request emergency assistance or to arrange repatriation travel. 

Belarus

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

On June 1, 2020, some travel restrictions were lifted as part of the country’s reopening plan. Commercial flights are now available to the U.S. from the Minsk International Airport. The U.S. Embassy encourages U.S. citizens who wish to leave on a commercial flight to make reservations as soon as possible, even if they don’t intend to leave until late June or July.

Although some travel restrictions have been lifted, a number of precautions remain in place to prevent the spread of disease. All arriving travelers will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19, and quarantine measures are still in place.

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

Although precautions remain in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Belgium has announced plans to start easing restrictions.

The government will gradually reopen the economy and permit more social activity as the risk of disease transmission decreases. Small group gatherings are now permitted, provided the group size is limited to four. Shops, retailers, and small businesses are now allowed to reopen as well. Social distancing measures remain in place to limit the spread of disease, such as limits on the amount of time customers can spend in a store. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent while shopping.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to avoid international travel as much as possible. However, flights remain available for all U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States.

At this time, all in-person routine consular services remain suspended at the U.S. Embassy. However, the Embassy will still offer emergency services, including issuing emergency passports. All U.S. citizens who have an urgent concern should contact the Embassy by phone or email.

Belize

Due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, a national State of Emergency continues to remain in effect.

Nationally, a State of Emergency originally implemented in April will remain effective through May 31, 2020. However, restrictions have been partially lifted to allow for more social activities and to enable more economic productivity. Some businesses and services have been allowed to reopen, and some social distancing measures have been relaxed.

Despite a partial lifting of restrictions, however, Belize’s borders remain closed for non-essential purposes, including travel. Commercial flights are not operating at this time, with the exception of limited situations including repatriation flights. Individuals who have not yet signed up for a repatriation flight but would like to join an evacuation flight when available should send their contact information to the Embassy and sign up for the STEP program to receive updates when evacuation flights become available.

All U.S. citizens are reminded to follow the government’s State of Emergency instructions regarding COVID-19. U.S. citizens who need emergency assistance, require repatriation services, or have questions regarding the Embassy’s operations may contact staff by phone or email. 

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 

Starting May 21, 2020, Bermuda will enter Phase II of its reopening plan.

Phase II of the country’s reopening plan following a COVID-19 lockdown brings only modest changes. The second phase will permit a few more businesses and services to open, including daycare centers, parks, beaches, and golf courses, playgrounds, and outdoor recreational areas. Retail stores may open for in-person services with a 20% capacity. Restaurants can stay open for outdoor dining only, while grocery stores can continue to maintain their current operations. Weddings and funerals are permitted with a maximum of 20 people. Government services and public transportation remains limited in Phase II. A 10-person limit on group gatherings remains in place, with the exception of weddings and funerals.

The government reminds everyone that social distancing measures remain in place, and the use of face masks is required at all times when out in public.

To mitigate the spread of coronavirus, the Government of Bermuda is continuing to impose restrictions on movement and travel. Limited repatriation flights are available through May.

The U.S. Consulate General Hamilton will remain open for limited emergency services for U.S. citizens until further notice.

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

In response to ongoing coronavirus concerns, the government has extended a COVID-19 quarantine through April 30, 2020.

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

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Bosnian government has announced updates to curtail the spread of disease.

Foreign nationals whose residency has expired or will expire soon can continue to reside in the country without penalty. Entities that provide essential goods and services such as pharmacies, banks, and grocery stores are open. Additionally, museums, many small businesses, and public retailers have also been allowed to reopen or will be permitted to reopen soon. Restaurants and bars are gradually permitted to reopen too, and they are now allowed to serve customers in-house in addition to providing takeout. All schools are still closed, and public events remain cancelled until further notice. Restrictions remain in place on the number of individuals permitted to congregate in groups in public areas.

While some restrictions have been lifted, more stringent regulations remain in place for entry and exit.  international flights to and from the country are cancelled at this time. No repatriation flights are available for U.S. citizens until further notice. Therefore, all U.S. citizens still in the country should prepare to shelter in place until travel and movement restrictions are lifted. A curfew remains in place nationwide with some variation among municipalities.

The U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina will continue to provide limited services for U.S. citizens that are restricted to emergencies only. While the Embassy can still assist with emergencies, anyone who previously applied for a non-emergency passport should anticipate lengthy processing delays. 

Botswana

On May 15, 2020, the Government of Botswana announced plans to gradually reopen the country following a COVID-19 lockdown.

The current reopening phase will last from May 15th through May 22nd. Many shops and industries are allowed to reopen during this time. The government notes that stringent guidelines will remain in effect during the initial reopening phase. All businesses must keep a written record of everyone who enters their store. Additionally, face masks must be worn by anyone who enters a store. Business owners must clean and disinfect their stores between two and three times daily. They must also provide hand sanitizer upon entry for all patrons.

Currently, Botswana remains divided into zones based on the number of active COVID-19 cases. Travel in between zones is prohibited by anyone who does not have a permit.

The government will continue to reopen public areas and the economy as conditions permit. Restrictions may be lifted more quickly than scheduled if the number of new COVID-19 cases declines, but restrictions may also be tightened if the number of cases rises.

There are currently no repatriation flights, government charters, or special flights available for U.S. citizens. The government warns U.S. citizens to prepare to shelter in place in Botswana for the foreseeable future. The country’s borders are still closed at this time. In preparation for when commercial flights resume, U.S. citizens can complete a repatriation request form to be notified of available flights when travel is permitted. One form must be completed per individual.

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 for an additional 30 days.

Brazil’s land, sea, and air borders will now remain through June 21, 2020. Most foreigners are prohibited from entering the country during that time. Exceptions will be made 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.

The travel restrictions do not disqualify U.S. citizens from returning to the United States on a repatriation flight. Anyone who wants to return home is encouraged to make travel arrangements as soon as possible.

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 announced important updates that impact U.S. citizens.

The Embassy has announced several upcoming repatriation flights in May and June that are available for U.S. citizens who wish to depart the country. U.S. citizens who wish to leave the country should sign up for a repatriation flight as soon as possible. All U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and residents of Brunei must request permission to leave the country. Exemptions apply for visitors who do not have government-issued identity cards. Individuals who wish to leave the country can complete an application through the Embassy’s website or through the website of the Prime Minister’s Office.

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 continues to implement a State of Emergency.

Entry restrictions have now been extended to June 14, 2020 to limit the spread of COVID-19. A ban has been issued on the entry of non-EU third-country nationals into Bulgaria, including individuals from the United States. Travelers from select Schengen countries and EU Member States are banned from entry as well. Entry restrictions apply at all rail, road, maritime, and aviation borders. The ban excludes Bulgarian citizens, family members of Bulgarian citizens, permanent or long-term residents in Bulgaria and their family members, healthcare workers, transport personnel, aircraft crew, foreign officials, diplomats, military personnel, humanitarian workers, and third-party nationals involved in the construction, operation, and security of critical infrastructure in the country.

All U.S. citizens who are still in Bulgaria should make plans to return via commercial flights as soon as possible. Those who don’t should prepare to remain in the country until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

U.S. citizens who have questions or need emergency assistance should contact the American Citizen Services section of the U.S. Embassy for support.  

Burkina Faso

On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou announced several upcoming commercial flights available for U.S. citizens and other select travelers.

The U.S. Embassy notes that repatriation flights are currently available for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and third-party nationals who are eligible to transfer or travel through the U.S. Anyone who wants to leave the country but has not yet made departure plans should do so as soon as possible. The Embassy cautions that future repatriation flights may not be available.

The Embassy will continue to provide emergency services only to U.S. citizens, including issuing emergency passports.

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

Burma

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, restrictions will remain in place through May 31, 2020 to limit the spread of disease.

The Burmese government will continue to impose restrictions and regulations for public health and safety measures. A ban on international commercial flights will remain in place through the end of the month. Additionally, a limit will remain in place for group gathering sizes, and all non-essential businesses will remain closed. Certain neighborhoods will remain in a full lockdown, while mandatory quarantines will be implemented nationwide. Movement restrictions will also be enforced nationwide. A national curfew from 12:00 a.m. through 4:00 a.m. will be in effect through May 31st.

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that failure to comply with the government’s orders may result in fines and criminal penalties. Individuals should check with local authorities for updates on local restrictions regarding COVID-19.

Because passport processing centers in the U.S. are still closed, the Embassy is unable to process routine passport applications at this time. However, it can still process emergency passports for urgent situations. Anyone who needs an emergency passport should visit the Embassy’s website for additional information. The Embassy can also assist with visa extensions. Individuals who would like to extend a visa should book an appointment through the Embassy’s website.

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

Burundi

On May 20, 2020, the U.S. Embassy Bujumbura announced upcoming repatriation assistance for U.S. citizens.

A special evacuation flight is currently scheduled for May 23rd. 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. Anyone whose passport has expired or is scheduled to expire within the next 90 days should make an appointment with the U.S. Embassy to receive an emergency passport.

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

Cabo Verde

In light of ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the government of Cabo Verde announced an extension of its COVID-19 State of Emergency in certain locations.  

A national State of Emergency has been extended through May 29th for Santiago. A “State of Calamity” remains in effect for the islands of Sao Vicente, Santo Antao, Sao Nicolau, Sal, Maio, Brava, and Fogo. The State of Calamity imposes certain restrictions on public areas and businesses. Individuals who leave their homes are reminded that face masks must be worn at all times when they are in public.

U.S. citizens are reminded that all Cabo Verdean laws and regulations apply to them. U.S. citizens who fail to abide with the COVID-19 restrictions may be fined or arrested.

The U.S. Embassy Praia notes that repatriation flights will not be available again until the State of Emergency is lifted. Several major airlines have announced a suspension of commercial flight operations through various dates in June, including up to June 14th. All U.S citizens interested in joining an upcoming flight 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

On May 27, 2020, the Cambodian government announced updates to its policies regarding COVID-19.

Currently, all schools in Cambodia remain closed until further notice. All museum halls, cinemas, bars, and karaoke establishments are also currently closed at this time. Large religious gatherings are banned as well. Individuals are still encouraged to leave their homes only to acquire essential items and conduct necessary business.

While many restrictions remain in place to combat COVID-19, some restrictions on travel to Cambodia have been lifted. Travelers from France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain, and the United States are now permitted to enter the country. However, all arrivals must have a COVID-19 medical certificate, indicating that they do not have COVID-19, that is issued within 72 hours of their arrival. Furthermore, all arrivals must demonstrate medical coverage of no less than $50,000. Travelers must undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival and remain isolated until they receive the laboratory results.

At this time, the Embassy has cancelled all routine services. Visa-free entry, visas on arrival, and e-visa issuance will be suspended through May 31, 2020. All foreigners must obtain a visa in advance prior to traveling.

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

On May 21, 2020, current COVID-19 border restrictions among the United States, Canada, and Mexico will be extended.

The border restrictions, which now extend through June 22, 2020 apply to passenger ferry, passenger rail, and pleasure boat travel among the three countries. Air travel is exempt from the border restrictions. The restrictions were initially implemented on March 20, 2020 for 30 days. They were extended again in April until May 21st and will now be extended through June 22nd.

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 June 22nd 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.

At this time, the travel restrictions are scheduled to remain in place through June 22nd. However, they may be amended, rescinded, or extended based on the fluid COVID-19 situation.

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

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Government of Chad continues to implement a COVID-19 national emergency.

A mandatory curfew remains in place for several provinces across the country. All international passenger flights to and from the country are still suspended. 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.

All routine non-immigrant visa services will continue to be cancelled through the lockdown. The U.S. Embassy will resume all regular visa services as soon as quickly as possible.

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.

A nationwide quarantine is now extended through June 05, 2020 for all communes that were already placed under a quarantine. The Araucania Region is now under a quarantine as well. Additionally, the country’s borders will remain closed through June 3rd.

Restrictions and regulations still apply for internal movement. Individuals who wish to leave their homes must apply for an online permit to travel using either a Chilean ID or passport. All Immigration and International Police offices are closed for in-person services, but they are offering limited support online. Online work permit applications are suspended for nationals from certain countries, including Brazil, China, Cuba, Haiti, and Peru. However, work permit applications are still being accepted from nationals of other countries. Air travel remains suspended during the lockdown, and land borders remain closed except for emergency situations. Foreign nationals are not allowed to enter the country for tourism purposes. Only Chilean nationals and foreigners who have resident status may enter the country at this time.

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

On February 1, 2020, the U.S. Embassy China closed for routine services.

Until further notice, the U.S. Embassy China will provide emergency services only for U.S. citizens. On February 8, 2020, Mission China temporarily suspended its regular visa services at the U.S. Consulates General in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenyang, and Chengdu. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing has also suspended services. Ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 have caused closures at the Embassy and Consulates until further notice. All locations have limited staff support and may not be available to respond to regular visa services. Additionally, a mandatory quarantine remains in effect for travelers returning to the U.S. from China.

Colombia

Due to continuing coronavirus concerns, the Colombian government has extended a national lockdown and health emergency to limit the spread of disease.

A nationwide lockdown has now been extended through May 31, 2020. A health emergency currently in effect will also be extended through August 31, 2020.

Although a public health emergency remains in effect, Colombia will also start to gradually reopen its economy starting on June 1, 2020. Businesses and companies will be permitted to reopen in phases. Car dealerships, furniture stores, laundry services, and bookstores are now allowed to reopen. Restrictions and limitations on the businesses permitted to open vary among regions. Parks and other recreational areas will also begin to reopen. Children are also permitted outside under the supervision of an adult. Public events will be cancelled even when the economy reopens, and limits will still exist on social gatherings.

A ban remains in place on domestic and international flights until further notice, with the exception of special circumstances including humanitarian flights. Travel between municipalities will be significantly restricted, and mass transportation systems will not be allowed to have a capacity exceeding 35%.

Individuals who need assistance during the shelter-in-place order should contact the Embassy by phone or email to request emergency appointments, including ordering an emergency passport.

Costa Rica 

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Costa Rican government has extended a travel ban for visitors.

A travel ban will now remain in place through June 30, 2020. Additionally, foreigners with regular status, including stay visas, student visas, work permits, residence, special categories, and others who leave Costa Rica before June 1st will automatically lose their legal immigration status. They will not be able to re-enter the country until July 1st or later.

Individuals who need an emergency passport should contact the Embassy for assistance. All U.S. citizens in Costa Rica are advised to sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) for the latest COVID-19 updates and evacuation plans. All regular appointments have been cancelled until further notice.

Cote d’Ivoire

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

Nationwide, a State of Emergency remains in place through May 31, 2020. However, the government has lifted some restrictions related to COVID-19.

A curfew in the Greater Abidjan region has been lifted. Restaurants are allowed to reopen nationwide, provided they follow strict hygiene and social distancing guidelines. Night clubs, bars, cinemas, and entertainment venues are closed through May 31, 2020. A size limit on group gatherings has been extended from 50 people to 200 individuals. Primary and secondary schools in the Greater Abidjan area will reopen on May 25, 2020. Travel to and from the Greater Abidjan region remains limited through May 31st.

The U.S. Embassy will continue to provide only emergency services for U.S. citizens until further notice. Individuals who need assistance should visit the Embassy’s website for more information. 

Croatia

The government of Croatia has announced plans to ease restrictions over COVID-19 concerns.

Social distancing measures will start to be relaxed as new cases of the virus decline. Small stores, museums, and libraries are now permitted to open. Religious services are permitted to resume, and service industries such as hairdressers and beauticians are allowed to open as well. On May 11th, public gatherings of no more than 10 people will be permitted. Schools, indoor restaurants and cafés, nightclubs, cinemas, theaters, and indoor sports and fitness centers will remain closed until further notice. A pass is still required to travel between counties.

The Embassy notes that limited flights are available for U.S. citizens who wish to depart the country but have not yet made plans to leave. Departures are limited at this time. Additionally, all travelers are banned from entering the country except for foreign residents returning home and Croatian citizens.

U.S. citizens who cannot leave Croatia within the allotted 90 days of visa-free status should contact their local police stations to avoid fines and penalties for overstays. The Ministry of Interior offers contact information by county to assist U.S. citizens.

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.

At this time, the country’s airports will remain closed through May 31, 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 continuing to offer 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 in early June for U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States. 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.

At this time, 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

On May 4, Cyprus will start to ease restrictions that have been in place to control the spread of COVID-19.

Starting on May 4th, small businesses and retail establishments may reopen for business. The public sector will also reopen for business on May 4th. Other changes will gradually take place, including a reopening of schools on May 11th. Small group gatherings of less than 10 individuals will be permitted, and personal exercise can be conducted in groups of two. A curfew and domestic movement restriction will remain in place until further notice.

The U.S. Embassy Nicosia will still limit its consular operations to emergency services only at this time.

U.S. citizens who require immediate assistance should contact the Embassy by phone or email.  

Czech Republic

The Government of the Czech Republic has lifted a COVID-19 State of Emergency, although multiple restrictions remain in place.

Events are now permitted with group gathering sizes of up to 100 people, provided strict social distancing guidelines are followed. Shopping centers that are up to 5,000 square meters can now reopen, along with museums, libraries, outdoor areas, and universities, provided they also abide by stringent social distancing guidelines. All other businesses and services are scheduled to reopen on May 25th.

The use of face masks is required when in public. Failure to comply with the face mask mandate may result in a fine.

Travel restrictions are gradually being lifted, although border controls will remain in effect through June 13th. Generally, foreigners who do not have a long-term residence permit (for longer than 90 days) or a permanent residence permit are not allowed to enter the Czech Republic. All arrivals are subject to a 14-day quarantine. All foreigners who were legally in the country on March 12, 2020, when the lockdown began, can remain in the Czech Republic without penalty for 60 days past May 17, 2020.

Several repatriation flights are available for U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States. Anyone who wants to travel is encouraged to make travel plans as soon as possible.

The U.S. Embassy will continue to offer emergency services and support for U.S. citizens who are still in the country.

Democratic Republic of Congo

The government has announced key updates regarding its COVID-19 policies.

A State of Emergency remains in effect for certain regions of the country. A confinement order that was previously in place for Kinshasa has been relaxed. Residents are permitted to move throughout their neighborhoods, and some businesses are now allowed to operate. Social distancing and travel restrictions within North and South Kivu have been relaxed, although the use of face masks is still mandatory when out in public, and individuals must have their temperature checked before leaving the area.

At this time, several repatriation flights are still available through May 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

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Danish government has extended a border closure through June 1, 2020.

Currently, 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.

The U.S. Embassy in Denmark will continue to provide emergency services only until further notice, including issuing limited-validity emergency passports to U.S. citizens.

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 important changes to its policies.

Although a nationwide lockdown remains in place, some businesses and social activities are allowed to resume operations. Restaurants are permitted to fully open on June 15th, although social distancing measures remain in place. Hotels can resume business on June 30th. Leisure and recreational sites are closed through June 30th. Cinemas, event halls, and conference rooms are closed through September 1st. Schools will remain closed until the school year resumes on September 2nd.

At this time, the country’s borders remain closed to passenger traffic. All passenger movement via land, sea, and ground borders is currently suspended. National borders will reopen on September 1st or until further notice.

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 announced a multi-phase plan to reopen the country following a COVID-19 lockdown.

The government will implement a four-phase plan to safely and effectively reopen the economy and public sector. The first phase of the place includes reopening all government entities, which will continue to operate with a reduced in-person workforce of 50%. Dominican Migration (DGM) will also start to reschedule appointments that have been postponed due to the global health pandemic. Individuals whose appointments were cancelled due to COVID-19 will receive an email notification from DGM with information on a new appointment time when available.

While the government has made plans to reopen the country gradually, some restrictions still remain in place. National borders will be closed through July 1, 2020. Strict hygiene and social distancing measures will apply during the reopening phase, too. No more than 100 appointments will be scheduled with DGM daily. All applicants must have their temperature checked before entering the building, and all visitors must wear face masks. Only 30 individuals will be permitted in the building at a time.

The U.S. Embassy cautions U.S. citizens that travel opportunities to the United States are still limited. All U.S. citizens with urgent travel needs should be prepared to show documentation to Dominican authorities demonstrating their travel plans. All U.S. citizens must abide by the government’s restrictions and curfews.

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.

Several repatriation flights are available at this time, including flights that extend through May. Individuals should not travel to the airport unless they have a confirmed itinerary. Additionally, all prospective travelers should be aware that a curfew remains in effect from 2:00 p.m. through 5:00 p.m. daily. A Mobilization Authorization is required for travel throughout the country. A face mask and gloves are required when taking public transportation.

Currently, limited repatriation flights are available for U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States. Individuals who wish to depart the country but have not yet made travel plans should sign up for an evacuation flight as soon as possible. The U.S. Embassy is compiling a list of all travelers who wish to leave Ecuador when possible.

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 U.S. Embassy in Cairo has released updated travel information due to COVID-19.

A series of repatriation flights will be available for U.S. citizens through June. U.S. citizens who wish to join an evacuation flight can make reservations by contacting the airlines directly. U.S. citizens who join flights going through Paris, France must have documentation proving that they are continuing on to the U.S. Individuals transiting France must have an attestation, which is available on the Embassy’s website. Individuals should complete a form on the Embassy’s website indicating interest in joining a repatriation flight if they wish to leave Egypt.

The Embassy remains closed for normal operations until further notice. Additionally, it reminds U.S. citizens to abide by all local curfew and quarantine measures to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

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

El Salvador

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy has announced travel updates that affect U.S. citizens.

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 the end of May. All U.S. citizens who want 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

As part of a nationwide attempt to limit the spread of disease, the Government of Equatorial Guinea has extended a State of Alarm.

The State of Alarm is currently extended through May 31, 2020. All regulations and restrictions that have been implemented so far to reduce the risk of disease transmission remain in effect, including mandatory curfews and social distancing measures.

Several evacuation flights are available for U.S. citizens who want to leave the country. Anyone who wishes to join an evacuation flight should notify the U.S. Embassy as soon as possible via email. Individuals whose passport has expired should send the required information specified on the Embassy’s website using information from their expired passport and note that the passport has expired. The Embassy will contact anyone whose passport has expired with instructions for obtaining a new one.

Eritrea

The government of Eritrea has announced additional measures to control the spread of COVID-19.

At this time, a stay-at-home mandate is in effect. All citizens must remain in their homes and leave only for certain permitted reasons, including grocery shopping, obtaining medical care, or going to the pharmacy. All non-essential businesses are closed until further notice. Essential businesses have limited hours of operation. Travel in personal vehicles is currently prohibited, and public transportation has been suspended. 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.

The U.S. Embassy Asmara and U.S. Consulates are suspending routine consular services due to coronavirus.

Anyone requiring urgent travel assistance or emergency services should contact the Embassy to request an appointment. 

Estonia

On April 29, 2020, the government announced updated measures for COVID-19.

At this time, only 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. Select exercise facilities may start to open on May 2, 2020. Some open-air venues, including museums and movie theaters, will open on May 2nd. 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

On April 15, 2020, the government announced additional restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

In response to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, strict government measures remain in place to limit the spread of disease.

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that its American Citizen Services unit remains closed for routine business until the restrictions are lifted. Individuals who need urgent assistance must email the Embassy with an explanation of their situation. Passport renewals do not qualify as an emergency situation unless an individual has urgent travel plans to return to the United States. Anyone who does have emergency travel needs should provide a copy of their itinerary when requesting services through the Embassy. Individuals who are assigned an emergency appointment must wear a face mask when visiting the Embassy.

Currently, few commercial travel options remain for U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States. All U.S. citizens who are still in Ethiopia and want to return to the United States should notify the Embassy as quickly as possible. The Embassy expects a suspension of all international flights until May 20, 2020 in accordance with government regulations.

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 for U.S. citizens who wish to depart the country. 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

In light of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the Government of Finland has announced several key changes.

A State of Emergency was issued nationwide through May 14, 2020. On May 15th, the government initiated the first phase of its plan to reopen the country. Cross-border traffic will now be permitted across Schengen area internal borders for essential traffic. Restaurants, cafes, and other food services will be allowed to reopen starting on June 1, 2020. Outdoor recreational facilities are currently allowed to open, although restrictions remain in place to limit the size of group gatherings. Indoor areas including theaters, libraries, clubs, meeting rooms, leisure centers, museums, and other cultural centers will be permitted to open on June 1st. Group gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited through June 1st. Large public events with a scheduled capacity of 500 people or more are banned through July 31st.  Some restaurants, bars, and other non-essential services are closed through May 31st.

Although restrictions are being lifted nationwide, measures remain in place to limit the spread of disease. Face masks must be worn in public, and social distancing mandates will remain in effect. The government also reserves the right to modify the restrictions, including enforcing more stringent measures, depending on the number of new COVID-19 cases reported during each phase of the plan.

The Embassy will continue to suspend all routine consular services. It will provide weekly updates with additional COVID-19 related information for U.S. citizens. Due to tightened government regulations, the Embassy cautions that all U.S. citizens should anticipate extended delays in application processing for routine passport or citizenship services. American citizens who need to travel immediately can request a limited validity emergency passport for urgent travel needs only.

U.S. citizens who require emergency assistance, including emergency passport services and repatriation support, can contact the Embassy by email.  

France

Due to COVID-19, The Government of France has announced several key updates regarding travel.

More individuals may now enter France, including French citizens and citizens of the EU, Andorra, the U.K., Liechtenstein, Iceland, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, and the Vatican. Spouses and children of the individuals listed above may also enter France, provided that they either reside in France or are passing through France to their country of residence. Third-country seasonal agricultural workers who reside in a country listed above, or third-country nationals with a valid French or European residence permit who are traveling to their residence, and posted EU workers whose assignment cannot be postponed may also enter France. All foreign nationals entering France must have a travel certificate and other required documentation. Travelers from Spain will be asked to voluntarily quarantine.

Currently, all EU external borders will remain closed through June 15, 2020 or until further notice.  

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 through June 9, 2020. 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. 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 plans to begin easing COVID-19 restrictions on internal movement and gatherings across the country.

Starting May 11th, retailers are permitted to reopen, with the exception of shoe shops and clothing stores. Restrictions on travel in Tbilisi will also be lifted. Travel restrictions will be lifted in Gardabani and Rustavi on May 14th, followed by Marneuli on May 18th. Local tourism is scheduled to resume on June 15th, followed by international tourism on July 1st.

Aside from these updates, a nationwide State of Emergency will remain in place through May 22nd. Nationwide travel restrictions will remain in place until the State of Emergency ends. Group gatherings of more than three individuals are prohibited. Individuals age 70 or older are only permitted to leave their homes for certain purposes, including obtaining food, medication, or medical assistance. Public transportation remains suspended. Everyone who leaves their home must carry identification at all times, regardless of age. Failure to comply with the government’s orders may result in fines.

The U.S. Embassy Tbilisi will provide emergency support to U.S. citizens only until further notice, including passports and other citizenship services.

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

Germany

The German government has announced plans to further ease its COVID-19 restrictions.

Recently, the government authorized schools, businesses, and public facilities to reopen following a nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19. Now, Germany is reopening its borders for international travel. The U.S. Embassy notes that additional repatriation flights are now available for U.S. citizens who are still in Germany and want to return to the United States. Although more travel opportunities are now available, the Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that certain travel-related restrictions are still in place.

While many schools, businesses, and public facilities are starting to gradually reopen, the German government reminds everyone in the country, including U.S. citizens, that wearing a mask in public is mandatory. The U.S. Embassy has posted a list of mask regulations by state for convenience. Additionally, the government website for each state and the Federal Ministry of Interior provide current information on local regulations.

The U.S. Embassy in Berlin and the Consulates General in Frankfurt and Munich are continuing to limit their consular services. U.S. citizens who need an emergency passport for immigration reasons or immediate travel should contact the closest Consulate or Embassy. Anyone who needs to visit the Embassy or Consulates in person must wear a face mask, with the exception of individuals who are under six years old and anyone who cannot wear a facial covering.

U.S. citizens who need emergency assistance should contact the Embassy or Consulates by email. 

Ghana

Recently, the government of Ghana updated its regulations concerning COVID-19.

To reduce the risk of disease transmission, a closure of Ghana’s international borders is extended through May 31, 2020. All international commercial flights will be suspended through that time. All public and social gatherings will be banned through May 10, 2020. Face masks must be worn in public until further notice.

The Embassy will only provide limited emergency services to U.S. citizens while the government restrictions remain in effect.

U.S. citizens who need an emergency appointment can contact the Embassy by email.

Greece

On May 4, 2020, the government of Greece announced plans to gradually ease its COVID-19 restrictions.

Social distancing measures remain in effect until further notice. As of May 4th, certificates are no longer required to travel domestically. However, face masks must be worn in public. Violators are subject to a fine. Small businesses may start to reopen, and exercise outdoors is permitted for individuals. Retail and department stores will reopen on May 11th. On May 18th, domestic travel restrictions will be lifted. Hospitality businesses that operate year-round will open on June 1st. Entertainment and sports venues can start to open in early June with limited capacity. Greece will reopen its islands for tourism in mid-June.

Repatriation assistance remains available for U.S. citizens at this time. Anyone wishing to return to the United States should contact the Embassy for options. U.S. citizens can also contact the Embassy for emergency assistance including emergency passports and visa extensions. 

Guatemala

In response to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Guatemalan government has implemented additional restrictions to control the spread of disease.

A shelter in place order will be implemented from May 22nd through May 25th. All non-essential travel is prohibited during that time. The restriction does not apply to security-related activities, emergency medical treatment, the distribution or acquisition of food and medicine, and certain services such as legal and media. Additionally, curfew hours will be extended from 5:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. from Monday through Friday. Everyone currently in the country, including U.S. citizens, must remain inside their homes during those hours, with the exception of travel for necessary purposes only. Business hours will be revised during the lockdown period as well. Restaurants and cafes will be limited to takeout services only during the lockdown. Hotels can provide services and amenities to guests with limited hours.

Along with the updated regulations, existing measures still remain in place. Travel between departments nationwide remains prohibited. The use of face masks in public places is mandatory. Failure to comply with the restrictions may result in a fine. The country’s land, sea, and air borders remain closed at this time except for emergency travel needs. Passengers scheduled for commercial flights will be issued travel letters from the commercial carrier. Public transportation remains suspended until further notice, and tourist sites are currently closed. Labor activities in the public and private sectors are prohibited.

The U.S. Embassy will continue to assist U.S. citizens with emergency travel needs. Requests for emergency travel will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

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

Guinea

On May 15, 2020, the government announced an extension of the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

The State of Emergency has been extended for an additional month. The State of Emergency is now scheduled to last through June 15, 2020 or until further notice.  

Flights are currently suspended to and from Conakry through June 15, 2020. Additionally, government services are operating at a minimum to reduce the spread of disease. All non-emergency appointments, meetings, and services are cancelled until further notice at this time. A shelter-in-place mandate remains in effect while the State of Emergency continues.  

The Embassy notes that all non-emergency services for U.S. citizens are currently cancelled, including DNA and visa services.

U.S. citizens who need emergency assistance and services, including emergency passports, should visit the Embassy’s website for further information.

Guyana

The Government of Guyana has announced an extension of COVID-19 emergency measures to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

All airports will remain closed to international travel until June 3, 2020. Only authorized flights will be permitted to leave, including repatriation flights for U.S. citizens. The U.S. Embassy in Guyana is arranging evacuation flights for foreign nationals who want to depart the country. The Embassy notes that anyone who wants to join an evacuation flight should complete an online form that is available through the Embassy’s website expressing an interest in travel. The Embassy will notify individuals on the list when flights become available. Individuals who want to travel should contact the airlines directly to make reservations.

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.

At this time, commercial flight options for evacuations are limited for U.S. citizens wishing to return to the United States.

However, the U.S. Embassy in Port Au Prince is offering assistance to U.S. citizens who want to return home. Individuals who wish to return to the United States should contact the Embassy as soon as possible to sign up for a repatriation flight when commercial flights resume. Prospective travelers can find details about the information required by the Embassy on its website. All U.S. citizens should make note of any non-U.S. citizens traveling with them.

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

Honduras

In light of ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Government of Honduras has extended a nationwide lockdown through May 31, 2020.

Under the latest restrictions, movement is permitted domestically for essential activities and shopping on select days based on national identity number, or passport number for U.S. citizens. Banks, pharmacies, grocery stores, hardware stores, gas stations, and fruit and vegetable stands will remain open from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Shopping times are assigned by the government based on an individual’s passport number or national identity card. All U.S. citizens are encouraged to abide by government regulations and restrict unnecessary travel outside their homes.

Along with the new restrictions, the government has announced that the use of sanitary gel and face masks is required when in public. Social distancing measures must be followed when in public places, and individuals are asked to avoid all non-essential travel outside their homes.

The U.S. Embassy will continue to provide emergency assistance only in accordance with a government lockdown. Anyone who needs assistance should contact the Embassy via email.

Hong Kong

Effective immediately, the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macau is suspending all regular immigrant and non-immigrant visa appointments in response to coronavirus concerns.

The Embassy will resume normal operations as quickly as possible.

The 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 curfew and movement limitations.

Nationwide, restrictions are being relaxed to allow for greater flexibility and freedom of business operations and internal movement. Shops of all sizes are now permitted to reopen for full services. Outdoor baths may reopen as well, as can zoos and museums. While the country is gradually reopening, more stringent restrictions remain in place in certain areas, including Budapest and Pest County. Curfews are still being enforced in these areas, and shops are still subject to restrictions on their hours of operation and services they can provide to the public.

Along with the lifted restrictions on business operations, travel opportunities are also expanding. Now, business travelers are allowed to enter the country from certain locations. However, quarantine measures are still in effect for all arrivals.

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.

Currently, a travel ban will remain in place through June 15, 2020. U.S. citizens who had previous plans to visit Iceland through June 15th are asked to reschedule for a later date. Visitors from outside the Schengen zone are also asked to postpone their travel plans to Iceland. When the travel ban is lifted, visitors will have the option to take a rapid test for the virus or adhere to a two-week quarantine mandate. Through June 15th, all travelers to Iceland are required to self-quarantine for 14 days, including Icelandic residents and citizens.

No repatriation flights are scheduled for U.S. citizens who want to depart the country at this time. 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

In light of COVID-19, the Indian government has announced and travel restrictions for certain individuals entering the country.

A ban on scheduled international commercial flights remains in place through June 30, 2020. No commercial plane will be allowed to land and disembark its passengers in the country until then. Additionally, all Indian visa services, except for visa extensions, in-country registration, and other in-country services, are suspended through that time.

The Indian government has also extended essential consular services for foreign nationals who cannot leave the country due to travel restrictions initiated by the Foreigners Regional Registration Offices (FRROs) and the Foreigners Registration Offices (FROs). All electronic visas, consular-processed visas, or stipulations of stay endorsed on visas that have expired or are scheduled to expire between February 01, 2020 and the end of temporary ban on international travel will be extended for 30 days starting from June 30, 2020. Foreign nationals must apply online at the e-FRRO portal for the extension. Foreign nationals whose visas have expired and who have already applied to exit the country will receive an Exit Permit without penalty.

The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi will continue to suspend routine consular services until further notice. Anyone who needs assistance can contact the Embassy by phone or email.

Indonesia

The Indonesian government has announced several health protocols for foreign arrivals to control the spread of COVID-19.

The government recently issued a New Circular Letter that relaxes coronavirus-related restrictions for foreigners entering the country. Previously, all foreign arrivals were required to provide negative RT-PCR test results prior to entering the country to confirm that they did not have COVID-19. This relaxation is significant, as a PCR test is only required in many other countries in certain situations.

Although a PCR test is no longer required for entry, foreign nationals will still be subject to certain health screening measures including an interview, a temperature check, and an oxygen saturation test. Individuals who do not display symptoms of COVID-19 or have positive test results will receive a health clearance certificate, a travel permit, and a Health Alert Card. All individuals must undergo a 14-day quarantine, even if they test negative for COVID-19 upon arrival.

Iraq

On May 20, 2020, the Government of Iraq announced additional restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19.

A 24-hour curfew will now be imposed on six districts in Baghdad, including Habiba, Sadr City, Hurriya, Kamaliya, Shua’la, and America through June 3, 2020. Nationwide, a curfew remains in effect through May 24, 2020. The national curfew is effective from 5:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday. A 24-hour curfew is currently in place on Fridays and Saturdays.

A ban on international flights is still in place through May 22, 2020. Limited evacuation flights will be available for U.S. citizens during that time. The U.S. Consulate General Erbil has announced that all individuals who wish to join a repatriation flight should make plans accordingly as soon as possible. Otherwise, they should prepare to shelter in place until the restrictions are lifted.

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 announced a multi-step plan to reopen the country’s social activities and economy following a COVID-19 lockdown.

Small shops and businesses have been allowed to reopen during the first phase of the lifted restrictions. However, strict social distancing requirements and movement restrictions will be enforced. Large group gatherings, sporting events, and festivals are still banned. The ban will remain in effect through July or until further notice. Non-essential businesses are also closed until further notice. Cafés may remain open for takeout service or delivery only at this time.

Although some restrictions are now lifted, other restrictions remain in effect for travelers. All arrivals are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine or self-isolation.

The U.S. Consulate in Belfast continues to limit its services to U.S. citizens. The Consulate has advised any Americans who wish to exit the country to make travel arrangements as soon as possible. U.S. citizens should also enroll in the STEP travel program to receive critical updates regarding consular operations and travel during the global health crisis.

Individuals can email the Consulate for urgent needs, including issuing emergency passports.

Israel

Recently, the Israeli government provided some updates to its COVID-19 measures scheduled to last through May 30, 2020.

An entry ban remains in place for non-Israeli citizens through May 30th. All arriving Israelis returning from abroad must self-quarantine for two weeks.

Last week, the Israeli government updated its guidelines and restrictions regarding personal movement and social distancing measures related to COVID-19. At that time, the government extended nationwide COVID-19 restrictions through May 30th.

Few commercial flight opportunities exist at this time. El Al, a major airline, has extended its ban of commercial flights through May 30, 2020. All U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States should contact the airline directly for flight reservations, as the U.S. Embassy cannot assist with travel arrangements. All U.S. citizens who have not yet left the country or made travel arrangements should prepare to remain in place until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Several visa categories set to expire from March 12, 2020 and after are automatically extended through June 30, 2020. Individuals who hold a B1, A1, A2, A3, A4, or A5 visa do not have to renew their visas at a PIBA office, as their visas will be renewed automatically.

The U.S. Embassy Jerusalem will continue to offer limited emergency services to U.S. citizens until further notice. Anyone who needs assistance should contact the Embassy to request an emergency appointment. All U.S. citizens should also enroll in the STEP travel program to receive current information on repatriation assistance and consular operations. 

Italy

On May 19, 2020, the Italian government eased restrictions due to COVID-19 and extended the validity of residence permits and ID documents.

The lockdown has now ended in most regions of Italy. Many businesses are now allowed to open, provided they adhere to strict hygiene and social distancing guidelines. Travel internally remains restricted through June 3, 2020. Individuals traveling within the country must carry documentation that indicates a valid reason for travel. Travel justification will not be required after June 3rd. Starting on June 4, 2020, travel will be permitted between Italy, the U.K., and Schengen countries. International travel to Italy from other locations is suspended through June 15th.

Along with fewer travel restrictions, the Italian government has announced an extension of residence permits and entry clearances for work permits through August 31st. Renewal applications can be filed starting on August 31st or later. Additionally, individuals can convert study permits to work permits until August 31st. The validity of government-issued identification documents such as identity cards and passports that expired on or after March 17, 2020 is extended through August 31st

Jamaica

To control the spread of COVID-19, the Jamaican government has implemented additional precautionary measures.

At this time, the country’s land and sea borders will remain closed through June 4, 2020. Only outbound cargo and passenger travel is permitted, which includes repatriation flights for U.S. citizens. The U.S. Embassy cautions that repatriation flights are limited and may be cancelled with little or no prior notice. Additionally, many major airlines have suspended service out of Jamaica until further notice.

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

In efforts to control the spread of COVID-19, Japan has restricted inbound travel from 13 additional countries.

Now, foreign nationals who have spent time in the following countries in the past two weeks will not be allowed to enter the country: Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Mexico, Sao Tome and Principe, and Uruguay.  Entry remains banned from certain countries including Ukraine, Oman, Antigua and Barbuda, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Djibouti, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Peru, Russia, and Belarus. Suspension of visa validity from the newly listed countries and countries on the previous list will be extended through May 31, 2020. The travel restrictions apply to foreign nationals and individuals with certain residence status who have departed the country with special re-entry or re-entry permission, including permanent residents and spouses or children of Japanese nationals or long-term residents.

Additionally, the Government of Japan has lifted a COVID-19 State of Emergency in some prefectures, while emergency provisions remain in place elsewhere. Nationwide, a State of Emergency remains in place for eight prefectures, while it has been lifted for 39 others. Although the restrictions have been lifted, the Government cautions residents and U.S. citizens that precautions remain in place to limit the spread of disease. Everyone is encouraged to avoid all non-essential travel and border crossings. U.S. citizens in Japan are advised to comply with government restrictions nationwide and local measures.

Flight restrictions remain in place at this time, including a significant reduction in the number or international flights available.

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 remains in effect through June 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

On May 12, 2020, the Government of Kazakhstan ended a national State of Emergency for COVID-19 with plans to gradually ease restrictions.

A gradual reopening of businesses and social activities will follow the government’s decision to ease regulations. Daycares, beauty salons, parks, and medium-sized stores are allowed to reopen. Residents may congregate in their neighborhoods in small groups of no more than three people at a time. Theaters, malls, and large public spaces are closed until further notice. Everyone in the country, including U.S. citizens, is asked to continue abiding by the social distancing measures that remain in place, including staying away from others in public spaces, wearing face masks, and frequent handwashing. Limited movement outside the home is encouraged during the initial phase of the reopening plan. People should continue to leave their homes only to get groceries, medication, and other essential items.

The State of Emergency’s expiration also means that individuals with valid visas are permitted to enter Kazakhstan based on flight availability. Anyone arriving in the country from abroad will be quarantined for two days upon arrival and tested for COVID-19. Individuals who test positive or show signs of the illness will be transferred to a hospital. Foreigners who are currently in the country visa-free or who have an expired visa can remain in the country or renew their visa through July 10, 2020 without a penalty. Migration violations will be enforced starting July 11, 2020. Visa-free travel has also been suspended through November 2020. All U.S. citizens who want to enter or re-enter the country before November 1, 2020 must have a valid visa. U.S. citizens who are applying for a visa must present a medical certificate along with the visa application demonstrating that they do not have COVID-19.

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 ongoing global COVID-19 concerns, the government has extended restrictions to control the spread of disease.

A mandatory curfew is now in place through June 6, 2020. Nationwide, curfew hours will be enforced from 7:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. Movement restrictions have been extended in the Nairobi Metropolitan area, Kilifi, Kwale, Mandera, and Mombasa counties. Additionally, the country’s borders with Tanzania and Somalia remain closed with limited exceptions, including the transportation of cargo.

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, including plans to begin easing restrictions.

The government has released plans to start gradually reopening businesses in increments. Construction, real estate, retailers, and automotive services will reopen during the first week of May. On May 18th rail passenger transport will resume. All retailers will be permitted to open, as will dentist offices and physiotherapists. On June 1st, restaurants and cafes will start to reopen for full service. Shopping centers will open as well. Cinemas and theaters can reopen starting in June, and schools can open for final exams. Parks, swimming pools, borders, and airports will be permitted to reopen based on the status of COVID-19 in the country.

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

To control the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Kuwait has provided updates regarding its regulations and restrictions.

A 24-hour comprehensive curfew will remain in effect through May 30, 2020. The use of face masks is mandatory in all public places, including grocery stores. Individuals are allowed to exercise outside their homes for no more than two hours daily. Face masks must be worn while exercising outdoors. All non-Kuwaiti citizens are banned from entering the country by air, with certain exceptions for non-Kuwaiti citizens who are traveling to visit family members. Although commercial flights are still banned, cargo flights and special repatriation flights are still allowed. Non-emergency government services are suspended through May 28, 2020. All schools will stay closed through the beginning of August. Public transportation, parks, beaches, public spaces, and mosques are closed until further notice. All malls and shopping centers remain closed as well, although businesses that provide essential services, such as pharmacies and grocery stores, will stay open. Many social gatherings are banned until further notice as well, including weddings, conferences, receptions, and private diwaniyas.

Individuals who have been in Kuwait in the past 14 days will not be allowed to enter Saudi Arabia. The country’s borders with Iraq are still closed. Due to the health pandemic, visa holders can renew their resident permits electronically. Residence visas can also be renewed electronically for a fee. Foreign nationals whose tourist or residency visa expired or will expire between March 1, 2020 and May 30, 2020 will be granted an automatic visa extension through May 31, 2020.

The Embassy will only offer select emergency services at this time. Notarial appointments are suspended through May 30th, and existing appointments scheduled between May 11th and May 30th will be rescheduled. U.S. citizens can still request emergency passports and receive a passport within 24 hours for urgent travel. Due to social distancing restrictions, all non-urgent appointments are cancelled until further notice.

Individuals who need urgent assistance should contact the Embassy to request emergency consular services.

Kyrgyzstan

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

Foreign citizens who must extend their registration to remain in the Kyrgz Republic have 10 business days to complete their registration after the COVID-19 State of Emergency is lifted. U.S. citizens can remain in the country through June 1, 2020 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 before June 1st. 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.

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

In efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Laos has implemented additional restrictions and control measures.

Additional screening and quarantine measures will remain in place through June 1, 2020 to control the spread of disease. All borders will remain closed through the lockdown. Entry into the country is permitted only for limited circumstances. U.S. citizens who are currently in the country and wish to leave should notify the Embassy as soon as possible for assistance with requesting travel permission from the government.

U.S. citizens whose visas have expired due to COVID-19 can request a visa extension at the Department of Immigration in Vientiane. U.S. citizens who are outside of Vientiane can request a visa extension at the local Public Security Offices. Visa extensions are permitted in one-month increments.

U.S. citizens who need urgent assistance, including obtaining emergency passports, are advised to email the Embassy for support.

Latvia

On May 12, 2020, the Latvian government announced an extension of its National Emergency due to COVID-19.

Nationwide, a National Emergency now remains in place through June 9, 2020. However, some restrictions will start to be reduced starting on May 12, 2020.

The changes in regulations bring numerous updates. Gatherings are now permitted for groups in public and private spaces, provided the group size is no more than 25 individuals. Social distancing precautions must continue to be followed. Inside group gatherings are limited to a maximum of three hours. Kindergartens are permitted to reopen, while higher-level schools will open on a more gradual basis. Libraries, museums, and cultural institutions will also reopen gradually. Shopping centers are now permitted to open on weekends only. Restaurants and other entertainment venues may be open for business from 7:00 a.m. through midnight. Public transportation will be permitted, but the use of face masks or other acceptable face coverings is mandatory.

A ban on international travel remains in effect during the State of Emergency. However, residents of Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia are permitted to cross national borders, provided they have not traveled outside the Baltic region in the past 14 days.

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 

On May 26, 2020, the Government of Lebanon provided updates regarding its COVID-19 policies.

The existing State of Emergency is now extended through June 7, 2020. A curfew remains in place daily from 6:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. Restrictions to vehicular travel apply during curfew hours. Although many restrictions remain in place, commercial flights are tentatively scheduled to resume at the Rafic Hariri International Airport on June 8, 2020.

Essential businesses such as grocery stores and pharmacies can remain open, but grocery home deliveries will not be allowed until further notice. Public gatherings for religious services are suspended until further notice. A ban will also be imposed to limit travel of individuals outside their homes.

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

To reduce the risk of disease transmission, the Liberian government has declared a State of Emergency due to COVID-19.

The State of Emergency imposes a stay-at-home order on all Liberian counties. Movement between counties is prohibited with the exception of Margibi and Montserrado Counties.

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

In light of ongoing COVID-19 concerns, a nationwide quarantine has been extended through May 31, 2020.

Despite the fact that regulations are still in effect across the country to reduce the risk of disease spread, some restrictions have also been lifted, including restrictions on foreign and domestic travel. Commercial flights are scheduled to slowly resume operations starting next week, which will provide U.S. citizens with more repatriation opportunities if they wish to leave the country. The Embassy cautions that lodging options may be limited for U.S. citizens who book an overnight flight, as some transit zones have limited availability for accommodations.

The U.S. Embassy Vilnius is still operating with limited hours and capacity, but it continues to provide U.S. citizens with emergency assistance and travel support.

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, including a plan to ease restrictions.

Social distancing measures remain in place at this time, including limitations on when people can leave their homes. Individuals must also leave their homes only for specific purposes such as emergency travel and obtaining essential supplies and provisions. As of May 4th, 2020, schools have started to reopen in stages. Recycling centers, home improvement stores, construction firms, and other small or local businesses are also gradually permitted to reopen. The government requires students at school and anyone shopping or visiting an open store to wear a face mask. All mass gatherings and large-scale events are suspended until further notice.

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

In response to COVID-19, the government has announced an extension of its existing restrictions.

The government has extended the country’s lockdown measures through May 30, 2020 as a precaution. All domestic and international travel is currently banned. Additionally, masks are required to be worn in public. Restrictions will remain in place for public gatherings. Furthermore, Friday prayers are currently prohibited at mosques.

Limited repatriation flights are available for U.S. citizens who have not yet left the country but wish to leave when possible. Individuals who have valid U.S. passports can contact the U.S. Embassy expressing an interest in returning to the United States on an evacuation flight. Anyone who has previously signed up for an evacuation flight but no longer wishes to travel should also contact the Embassy. A detailed list of the information that must be provided by each citizen wishing to travel is available on the Embassy’s website.

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 U.S. Embassy Lilongwe has ceased regular consular operations until further notice.

The Embassy 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

As part of its plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions, the Malaysian government is permitting expatriates and their family members to return to the country.

Effective June 1, 2020, all Malaysian pass holders will be allowed to return to the country. All pass holders must apply for an Approval document from the Malaysian Embassy where they are located. All pass holders must also sign a Letter of Understanding and Indemnity acknowledging that they are responsible for the cost of the quarantine upon arrival. The quarantine period is 14 days. Foreigners, including spouses and family members of Malaysian citizens, must pay for the full price of quarantine, while Malaysian citizens are responsible for 50% of the quarantine costs. Individuals who fail to pay will have their Immigration facilities revoked.The U.S. Embassy will continue to provide emergency support for U.S. citizens until further notice. U.S. citizens who require emergency assistance, including emergency passports and essential American Citizens Services, can find more information on the Embassy’s website.

Maldives

As part of a domestic plan to combat COVID-19, travel options from Maldives remain limited for U.S. citizens.

Several evacuation flights are available in May 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

On May 12, 2020, the Malian government provided updates regarding its COVID-19 regulations.

All schools and universities are scheduled to remain closed through June 2, 2020. Festivals, sporting events, and large public gatherings of 50 people or more remain banned. Bars and nightclubs will remain closed until further notice. Vehicle occupancy limits are currently in place to reduce the risk of disease transmission. Stores providing essential goods will remain open during certain limited hours only. Nationwide curfews have been lifted as part of the updated COVID-19 regulations.

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

Due to ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19, the Government of Malta has imposed additional measures to control the spread of disease.

To reduce the risk of disease transmission, the government has ordered many public places including bars, restaurants, hairdressers, beauty salons, clubs, cinemas, childcare centers, schools, gymnasiums, and universities to remain closed until further notice. Essential services will be allowed to operate, including grocery stores, pet shops, banks, post offices, transport services, and pharmacies. Some non-essential businesses are now authorized to reopen as well, including jewelry stores, clothing shops, shoe stores, furniture shops, luggage stores, souvenir shops, toy stores, and florists. Customers must have their temperatures checked before entering a store. They must also wear a face mask while shopping. Stores are required to limit the number of customers in the store at a time.

All inbound and outbound flights are suspended through May 31, 2020, with the exceptions of limited numbers of cargo flights, repatriation flights, and humanitarian flights. U.S. citizens who wish to board an evacuation flight should email the Embassy with their name, date of birth, and travel itinerary.

The U.S. Embassy will continue reducing its services to emergency situations only until further notice.

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

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 from 8:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m. daily. Restrictions on internal movement are still in place as well, and travel outside the home is forbidden for non-essential reasons. Schools and universities are still closed. 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 through June 16, 2020. U.S. citizens who need emergency assistance can contact the Embassy for an emergency appointment.

Mauritius

On April 23, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Mauritius announced updated government-imposed restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At this time, the Embassy has announced additional but limited repatriation flights available for U.S. citizens wishing to return to the United States. The Embassy cautions that U.S. citizens returning to the United States must have onward tickets to the U.S. Otherwise, they will risk being denied boarding and entry into France. Anyone transiting France must have an attestation. Individuals who have not yet made travel arrangements should prepare to remain in the country indefinitely.

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

Mexico

On June 1, 2020, the Mexican government extended the suspension of immigration requirements for temporary and permanent residency.

The suspension is scheduled to remain in effect until government offices are permitted to reopen according to public health guidelines. Residents will have one day after the suspension is lifted to complete all expiration-related requirements due on April 1, 2020 or after. However, the suspension does not apply to companies. Companies must continue to complete all requirements within the normal timeframe established by the INM, which is typically within 10 days of receiving a notice. All non-resident foreign nationals have 30 days to complete their registration after arrival.

At this time, the travel restrictions are scheduled to remain in place through June 22nd. However, they may be amended, rescinded, or extended based on the fluid COVID-19 situation.

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

In efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, restrictions have been implemented in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Although no cases of coronavirus have been reported domestically, Micronesia is still taking precautions to mitigate the risk of disease. Currently, limited flights are available for residents and U.S. citizens who want to leave the country. All arrivals are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Many airlines are operating with limited services until the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

The U.S. Embassy in Kolonia is only offering select emergency services to U.S. citizens at this time, although it is now operating with longer hours.

U.S. citizens who require em

Moldova

In response to ongoing coronavirus concerns, the government has extended a State of Public Health Emergency through June 16, 2020.

The Public Health Emergency includes a number of 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

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, the government of Mongolia has prolonged the country’s State of Emergency through May 31, 2020.

The government has announced an extension of a ban on large public gatherings and events, including cultural organizations, places of worship, bars, and recreational centers. Domestic and international travel opportunities remain limited, although restrictions on internal vehicular traffic have been lifted.

The U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar notes that several upcoming repatriation flights are available for U.S. citizens. Anyone who wants to sign up for a repatriation flight should email the Embassy with contact information for all travelers in their group. All travelers must include a picture of the biographic information page on their passport in the email.

Individuals who require assistance can visit the Embassy’s website for further information. 

Montenegro

The Government of Montenegro has announced measures to control the spread of COVID-19 while simultaneously easing some economic and social restrictions.

At this time, fitness centers, bookstores, clothing stores, shops, dental offices, craft workshops, driving schools, rental car agencies, museums, and art galleries are allowed to operate. Masks must be worn at all times by anyone visiting a business. Beaches are also open again, but beachgoers must maintain social distance. 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.

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 June 10, 2020.

Domestic movement is limited during this time to essential needs only, including obtaining groceries, medication, and medical care. Essential work is permitted during the lockdown, too. A curfew remains in place, and all commercial flights are suspended. Public transportation has been suspended, and a curfew will remain in effect from 7:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. daily. Movement restrictions will be strictly enforced between these hours except for emergencies.

Individuals currently in Morocco who were unable to leave within 90 days following border closures can exit without penalty when the borders reopen, even if they do not currently have an extension to stay in the country. Individuals whose residency cards expired during the COVID-19 lockdown will not be penalized. The government will not process requests for obtaining, renewing, or extending residency cards at this time.

The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General in Casablanca is providing emergency American Citizen Service only until further notice.

U.S. citizens who need emergency assistance are advised to contact the Consulate General’s American Citizen Services Unit for support. 

Mozambique

On May 26, 2020, the government announced updates regarding its COVID-19 regulations.

The country will remain at a Level 3 State of Emergency through May 30, 2020, and a ban on international travel will remain in place through May 31, 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 June 30, 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. 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 plans to begin easing some COVID-19 restrictions.

A “Stage 2” phase of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is in effect through June 1, 2020. The second phase of the government’s response plan includes relaxing restrictions that are currently in place to control the spread of disease. Limitations on domestic movement and travel will be eased during the Stage 2 phase of the COVID-19 plan. More businesses are now permitted to open as well. However, the country’s border will remain closed to international travel throughout the second phase of the response plan.

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

In response to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu announced an extension of a national COVID-19 lockdown through June 2, 2020.

Movement on roads, including vehicle and foot traffic, is prohibited during the lockdown except for emergency reasons. All visa services will be suspended through the government lockdown period. The Embassy will continue to provide emergency support only for U.S. citizens at this time. All U.S. citizens currently remaining in the country are advised to shelter in place. All domestic and international flights are suspended through May 31, 2020. Immigration services are suspended through the first week of May.

Anyone requiring urgent assistance is asked to request an appointment by calling the Embassy or leaving a voice message after regular operating hours.

Netherlands

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Dutch Government has implemented new measures to control the spread of the virus.

The government has started to ease restrictions due to the pandemic, including reopening schools, restaurants, salons, and bars. However, the government reminds everyone that many restrictions are still in place. The use of face masks on public transportation will be mandatory starting on June 1, 2020. Individuals are reminded to avoid crowds, work from home, and maintain social distancing precautions when in public. Groups of individuals who do not maintain a safe distance of at least five feet from one another, with the exception of family members, may be fined. Fines will also be imposed for failure to wear face masks on public transportation.

Some commercial repatriation flights are available for U.S. citizens who wish to leave the country. The Embassy notes that U.S. citizens should arrange to return to the United States on a commercial flight as soon as possible before flight options decrease.

The Consulate General will continue to offer only limited emergency services at this time, including emergency passports and emergency American Citizens Services. Routine consular operations remain suspended.

Individuals needing emergency services are encouraged to email the Consulate. 

New Zealand

Due to the fact that New Zealand has lowered its Alert Level to 2, the U.S. Embassy and Consulate have resumed some services.

The Embassy and Consulate will now provide in-person appointments for American Citizen Services for select services, including U.S. passports, federal benefits processing, and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA). While these services are now offered, notarial services are still unavailable. The Embassy and Consulate remind everyone that passport production is still suspended in the United States. Individuals can submit a CRBA or passport application at this time, but they will not receive the CRBA or passport until processing resumes in the U.S.

Anyone who needs to make an appointment with the Embassy or Consulate should visit their websites for additional information on how to schedule an appointment. Emergency services are still available as well. Emergency passports can still be requested for same-day processing. A New Zealand visa may be renewed with an emergency passport, although the Embassy and Consulate recommend waiting for full-validity passport production to resume in the U.S. if possible. Emergency passports will enable individuals to return to the U.S. for travel purposes.

Nicaragua

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

Several repatriation flights are currently available for U.S. citizens who are still in the country but wish to leave when possible. Anyone who would like to travel but has not yet made travel arrangements should do so as soon as possible. Individuals who wish to join a repatriation flight must complete a form available on the Embassy’s website.

Along with additional repatriation flights, the Embassy has also notified U.S. citizens and travelers that the country’s border closures will remain in place through June 15th.

The Embassy will only offer emergency American Citizens Services at this time in accordance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations.

U.S. citizens who require emergency assistance can request an emergency appointment through the Embassy’s website.

Niger

Following a week of increased COVID-19 cases, the Nigerian government reminds residents and U.S. citizens that measures remain in place to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

A shelter-in-place mandate remains in effect until further notice. Social distancing measures are also in place. Anyone who leaves their home must follow hygienic orders as well. Face masks must be worn in public, and a curfew remains in effect. Large group gatherings are banned until further notice.

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

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Nigerian government has extended airport closures nationwide through June 7, 2020.

Currently, the country’s airports have been closed for another month, at which time the government will consider reopening the country to international commercial flights.

Even though all airports are still closed, the government announced a gradual ease on COVID-19 restrictions last week. Select businesses and social activities are now permitted across the country as the government begins its first phase of reopening the country’s economy. Even though some restrictions are being lifted, the government cautions that local and national restrictions still remain in place, including a ban on large gatherings and the mandate to wear face masks in public. A nightly curfew continues to be enforced in certain local districts as well.

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

The U.S. Embassy in Skopje has recently announced upcoming evacuation opportunities for U.S. citizens looking to depart the country.

At this time, several flights are available for U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents of the United States. Anyone who wants to join a repatriation flight should contact the Embassy as soon as possible. Greater restrictions apply for legal permanent residents regarding transiting countries while returning to the United States. At this time, LPRs can only transit Zurich. Everyone who has a seat booked on an upcoming repatriation flight must email their itinerary to the Embassy. Passports and LPR cards must be current and may not have expired. Individuals who cannot provide valid travel documents will not be allowed to board a return flight to the U.S.

The Embassy will reduce its consular services to 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 plans to relax certain restrictions regarding COVID-19 procedures.

At this time, the government plans to start reopening some schools and retail establishments. Some restaurants are now open as well. All large-scale public gatherings are banned through June 15, 2020, including sporting events. Public transportation has resumed but remains limited.

The U.S. Embassy in Oslo will continue to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. Those who need immediate assistance can contact the Embassy’s American Citizen Services Section by email.

Oman

Although measures to control the spread of COVID-19 remain in place, the Government of Qatar has lifted some internal travel restrictions.

Internal travel is now permitted nationwide, although public transportation services remain limited. All government operations are closed through May 29, 2020. Residents whose visas are scheduled to expire can renew their visas electronically. Commercial travel will remain suspended until further notice.

The U.S. Embassy Muscat continues to limit all regular visa services and routine services for U.S. citizens at this time. However, it will continue to provide emergency support for American citizens.Anyone who requires emergency assistance should visit the Embassy’s website to make an appointment.   

Pakistan

The Government of Pakistan has announced additional upcoming repatriation opportunities for U.S. citizens who are still in the country.

Limited repatriation opportunities will be available through May 31, 2020. All U.S. citizens who wish to board a repatriation flight should contact the U.S. Embassy as soon as possible for more information on flight availability and to make reservations. Along with arranging repatriation flights for U.S. citizens, the Pakistani government has authorized select airports to open for domestic flights, including Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, and Quetta. U.S. citizens are also allowed to take domestic flights as part of their plan to depart Pakistan.

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 plans to gradually end its COVID-19 restrictions.

Outdoor exercises and recreational activities including running, bicycling, and skating are now permitted if done within one kilometer of a person’s residence. Face masks must be worn when exercising outdoors. Individuals can participate in outdoor activities for no more than two hours. Parents may take their children outside for no more than two hours at a time. A total quarantine remains in effect on Sundays. All non-essential businesses will remain closed at this time. Only supermarkets, gas stations, and drug stores can operate.

The ban on international flights has been extended through June 22nd with the exception of humanitarian, cargo, and medical flights. The U.S. Embassy is working to assist U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States when evacuation flights become available. Those who wish to travel should email the Embassy. All U.S. citizens should carry their passports when traveling domestically.

Anyone who needs emergency assistance can contact the Embassy for more information online. U.S. citizens are also advised to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important updates on the Embassy’s operations.

U.S. citizens can email the Embassy to request emergency assistance and sign up for upcoming evacuation flights.

Papua New Guinea

The U.S. Embassy has announced several upcoming repatriation flights available for U.S. citizens who wish to depart the country.

Additional evacuation flights have been scheduled to the United States through mid-June. U.S. citizens who wish to board a repatriation flight should contact the Embassy for assistance. Anyone who needs to travel via air or ground transportation that is otherwise restricted through the nation’s State of Emergency can apply for an exemption from the SOE Controller by visiting the government’s COVID-19 website and requesting a vehicle pass or air travel request. Travel approval is granted for limited reasons, including emergency transport, returning to a home country, or for obtaining essential goods and services.

Prospective travelers should monitor the Embassy’s website for additional information on upcoming repatriation flights and for information on signing up for a flight. Travelers may be subject to certain requirements and precautionary measures based on the country or countries that their repatriation flight travels through.

The Embassy will offer emergency American Citizens Services only until further notice, including immediate passport requests.

U.S. citizens should visit the Embassy’s website or send an email inquiry for questions or to schedule an emergency appointment. 

Paraguay

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

Phase I of the relaxation on restrictions, which is called the Intelligent Quarantine Plan, is permitting limited commercial activities and individual physical activity to resume during limited hours. Vehicles will be permitted to travel domestically based on license plate number. 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

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Government of Peru has extended a nationwide lockdown and modified its curfew hours.

A lockdown that was already in place to mitigate the spread of disease will now last through June 30, 2020. A curfew remains in effect for certain areas of the country. In Lima and most regions, curfew hours have been slightly reduced. They are now 9:00 p.m. through 4:00 a.m. A longer curfew, which begins at 4:00 p.m. daily, applies to Tumbes, Loreto, Pirura, Lambayeque, and La Libertad. A day-long curfew remains in place for Sundays. Children under age 14 may walk outside for 30 minutes daily when accompanied by an adult. All residents and U.S. citizens must stay within 500 meters of their home. Anyone venturing outside the home must carry a phone and photo identification at all times. Face masks must be worn in all public spaces.

All U.S. citizens who have chosen to remain in Peru or who have been unable to leave can request a temporary foreign resident card online through the Embassy’s website. The temporary card may be used as a temporary form of ID until official residency documentation can be obtained from Peruvian Immigration. Once the State of Emergency is lifted, all international travelers have 45 days to leave the country without penalty. Anyone who is stuck in the country due to COVID-19 will automatically receive a visa extension, and all overstay charges will be waived.

The border remains closed at this time, and all government services are suspended until further notice. The U.S. Embassy will continue to operate with limited capacity and services. U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States should contact the Embassy immediately for travel assistance. Those staying in the country are subject to government restrictions.

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

On June 1, 2020, the government issued further information regarding COVID-19 policies.

Although quarantine restrictions are being eased throughout the country, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will continue to suspend the issuance of visas to foreign nationals until further notice. In March 2020, the DFA temporarily suspended visa issuance at its Foreign Service Posts and visa-free privilege for Visa Waiver Agreements, Hong Kong and Macau SAR passport holders, Macau-Portuguese passports, and British National Overseas passports. All previously issued visas are canceled, and foreigners with visas issued by the Philippine Foreign Service Posts are currently not allowed in the country. Only select visas remain valid, including visas issued to the foreign children and spouses of Filipino nationals and visas previously issued to accredited International Organization or Foreign Government officials and their dependents.

Poland

The Polish government recently announced important updates to its COVID-19 restrictions regarding deadline extensions, permits, and more.

The deadline to submit an EU registration application will now resume on May 23, 2020 after being suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. EU registration applications should be submitted before the Immigration Office reopens to avoid delays. Residence cards for family members of EU citizens will be automatically extended for 30 days following the end of the COVID-19 lockdown. Immigration offices can now process accelerated immigration requests and issue negative decisions regarding immigration processes. Seasonal workers are exempt from the work permit requirement for 30 days after the pandemic ends, provided they had proper work authorization documents after March 13, 2020. Citizens of select countries, including Georgia, Moldova, Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine, can apply for Polish national visas remotely in their own countries without having to visit a consulate in person. However, short-term (Schengen) visas with a 90-day validity are not exempt. Employees entering Poland from the EU or a European Economic Area for work purposes are exempt from the 14-day quarantine mandate upon arrival, provided they can prove that they are in the country for work purposes.

Restrictions barring domestic and international travel will remain in place through May 23rd, with exceptions for small aircraft carrying 15 passengers or less. Repatriation flights for U.S. citizens continue to remain limited until further notice. Individuals who want to depart the country must complete a form available through the Embassy’s website. One form must be filled out for each prospective traveler, including for children. Individuals who are selected for an evacuation flight will receive notification by the Embassy via email or a phone call if a flight becomes available.

The U.S. Embassy Warsaw and Consulate Krakow continue to accept passports for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and passports. However, non-emergency passports received after April 2, 2020 will only be printed when the Embassy and Consulate reopen for regular service. Emergency assistance is still available, including emergency passports for travel.

Portugal

On May 5, 2020, the government announced updates to its regulations regarding the COVID-19 National Emergency.

The Portuguese government is implementing measures to end the COVID-19 state of emergency and gradually ease restrictions. 

Public services, libraries, stores, bookstores, and personal care services including hairdressers, barbers, and nail salons reopened on May 4th. Restaurants, cafes, museums, and schools are scheduled to reopen on May 18th. Dining establishments will reopen with a 50% capacity. On June 1st, businesses will move to a partial teleworking policy. Large-scale government services will reopen, and shopping centers can conduct business. Preschools, daycare centers, and nurseries will reopen. Theaters and auditoriums will reopen with reduced capacity. Football will resume on May 31st, including competitions. Casinos, gyms, pools, spas, nightclubs, bars, indoor sporting events, and large-scale gatherings or events exceeding 10 individuals are closed or prohibited until further notice. Everyone in the country must still abide by certain rules, including wearing a face mask in public and practicing Social Isolation measures.

Visa applications will remain suspended until May 14th. Government-issued identity documents including driver’s licenses, criminal records, resident cards, visas, and Portuguese ID cards will be valid through June 30st. The Embassy and Consulate will only offer emergency services for U.S. citizens until further notice, including urgent travel assistance.

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

Qatar

On May 19, 2020, the Government of Qatar announced several updates and restrictions to its COVID-19 regulations.

The Ministry of Public Health has created an app, called Ehtheraz, that all citizens and residents must install on their phones. The app traces the virus, which in turn helps the government control the spread of disease. All citizens and residents must install the app on their smartphones before leaving the house for any reason.

Additional restrictions and measures are also in place to limit the spread of disease. A limit of two individuals per vehicle has been implemented, except for transportation in limousines or taxis and transportation in a private family vehicle, which have a capacity of three. Shops and commercial activities are suspended through May 30, 2020, except for those providing essential services such as grocery stores, restaurants, and pharmacies.

Schools and universities remain closed for in-person instruction. Online education may be available depending on the individual school’s policies. Most public areas, including museums, parks, shopping malls, and public transportation are currently closed. Face masks must be worn at all times by people while out in public.

Incoming passenger flights are still banned, and limited repatriation flights are available for U.S. citizens who want to depart the country. U.S. citizens who wish to leave Qatar must contact the local airlines to make travel arrangements.

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

Due to coronavirus concerns, the Republic of Congo has extended its restrictions through May 31, 2020.

A nightly curfew remains in effect through May 31st to control the spread of COVID-19. The curfew hours are 8:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. Domestic travel is strictly limited while the restrictions remain in place. Borders will remain closed while the lockdown continues, and all large-scale gatherings and sporting events will also be cancelled. The use of face masks in public is mandatory.

While many restrictions remain in place, the government is also relaxing some measures. Select schools can reopen on June 1st for final exam preparation. Public transportation has also resumed in Pointe Noire and Brazzaville.

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

On May 15, 2020, the Romanian government ended its COVID-19 State of Emergency.

Although the State of Emergency has ended, a 30-day state of alert remains in effect through June 15th.

During the state of alert, the government plans to reopen businesses and the economy in stages. Some previously imposed restrictions will be lifted, but many limitations on public gatherings and movement remain in place. Now, individuals can move freely throughout their areas of residence without a declaration form. However, group gatherings of more than three people are banned. Individuals can travel outside their area of residency with a declaration form. Travel between regions is only allowed for certain purposes, such as work, medical treatment, or family emergencies. Face masks must still be worn at all times in public areas and on public transportation.

International flights from certain high-risk areas continue to be suspended. Ground transportation to and from many high-risk areas will be suspended through June 1st. Arrivals must adhere to strict quarantine requirements.

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

Recently, the Russian government opened the country’s borders for select individuals while restrictions remain in place for COVID-19.

Russia will now accept foreigners into the country who are classified as highly qualified specialists in the areas of sport and culture. To enter the country in this category, foreign nationals must have a valid ID, such as a passport. They must also have a valid visa for entry into the country or be granted permission to enter visa-free by the Russian Federation. Additionally, they must appear on a list of approvals provided to the Russian Federal Security Service by the Ministry of Sport. Eligible foreign nationals must also have a valid labor agreement with an organization in the area of sport federation or sport and physical culture.

While some individuals are now permitted to enter the country, an extension of COVID-19 lockdown measures remains in place through May 31, 2020. The use of face masks and medical gloves is required for anyone using public transportation, taxis, and other non-personal vehicles. Businesses and organizations must abide by additional restrictions to limit exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.

While some restrictions have been lifted on business operations, some businesses are not yet allowed to open until the emergency measures are relaxed. Furthermore, e-passes that permit travel to and from work are automatically extended through May 31, 2020.

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

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the U.S. Embassy in Apia will suspend its regular consular services until further notice.

U.S. citizens may contact the Embassy for emergency needs only at this time.

Individuals who require assistance can contact the Embassy by email.

Saudi Arabia

Although COVID-19 restrictions remain in place, the U.S. Embassy has announced several upcoming repatriation flights available for U.S. citizens.

Currently, flights are scheduled through the month of May. All U.S. citizens who want to sign up for a repatriation flight can reserve seating through the government’s website or by calling the Saudi call center.

At this time, the Embassy and Consulates General are providing only emergency services to U.S. citizens. They are also encouraging all U.S. citizens to register in the STEP travel program.

Individuals can request emergency assistance from the Embassy and Consulates through email.      

Senegal

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Government of Senegal has announced some additional restrictions.

A ban on international air travel remains in effect through May 31, 2020 with limited exceptions. A State of Emergency also remains in effect. Restrictions under the State of Emergency include tightened regulations over domestic travel, a daily curfew, and a prohibition on meetings and gatherings in large groups.

Limited repatriation options are available for U.S. citizens during this time. Although no repatriation flights are currently scheduled, all U.S. citizens who want to leave Senegal when possible should complete a form available through the Embassy’s website expressing their interest in travel.

The Embassy’s website contains information for emergency assistance. It will also provide information, as available, when it resumes services.

Serbia

On May 22, 2020, the government of Serbia will lift its COVID-19 State of Emergency.

Commercial air travel will start to resume on May 21st with limited flights to and from the country. Antiviral testing and precautions will remain in place and be strictly enforced for all travelers. Foreign citizens must have a PCR test within 72 hours of arriving in the country confirming that they do not have COVID-19. They must also receive authorization to stay or authorization to transit from the country prior to arrival.

Domestic travel restrictions will also be lifted. However, everyone is reminded that social distancing precautions remain in effect. A minimum of 6.6 feet distance in between people is mandated in public. Face masks and gloves are also required when in public. Retail stores, shopping centers, and small businesses including barber shops are allowed to open. Gyms, fitness centers, and public areas designed for recreation can reopen as well. Cafes and restaurants may now open for full service, and public transportation is permitted to resume. Kindergartens and preschools can now reopen, but other schools and universities are still closed. Senior centers remain closed until further notice.

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

On April 15, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Freetown announced additional COVID-19 restrictions affecting U.S. citizens.

Americans still have the opportunity to depart the country if they wish, although repatriation assistance remains limited. U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents are given priority for evacuations. A valid visa is required to purchase a ticket. Although the Embassy remains closed for regular consular services, U.S. citizens can still obtain emergency support and assistance.

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

Singapore

Effective immediately, the Prime Minister announced an extension of “circuit breaker” measures to control the spread of COVID-19.

Restrictions surrounding the virus have been extended through June 1, 2020. The government cautions that additional restrictions may be implemented as necessary with little or no advanced warning.

The U.S. Embassy in Singapore advises all U.S. citizens to abide by governmental regulations and comply with local laws for health purposes and to avoid penalties. The Embassy adds that all U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make travel plans as soon as possible or prepare to remain in the country indefinitely.

The Embassy will remain open at this time to provide emergency services only to U.S. citizens until further notice. All regular Consular Report of Birth and passport applicants may experience long delays in application processing. At this time, anyone who does not have an urgent travel need or other emergency should avoid submitting an application until regular consular operations resume.

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

Slovakia

The Government of Slovakia has announced plans to ease restrictions over COVID-19 concerns.

A four-phase plan is being implemented to gradually lift regulations over the virus. Initially, restaurants will be permitted to open on a takeout basis only. Outdoor sports markets and sports facilities are allowed to reopen as well. Auto sales may also resume. Hair and nail salons, outdoor tourist sites, and taxis may resume operations during Phase II of the plan, which begins in early May. Outdoor restaurants and cafes, massage parlors, and museums can open in mid-May. Swimming pools, indoor sports, movie theaters, and mass gatherings will be permitted in the final phase of the reopening plan. The date for the final reopening has yet to be determined.

The U.S. Embassy Bratislava will reopen for regular services when permitted by the government.

U.S. citizens may contact the Embassy for emergency assistance until further notice. 

Slovenia

On May 13, 2020, the Government of Slovenia announced updates to its COVID-19 policies.

A ban on commercial flights has been lifted in several airports around the country, including Maribor, Portoroz, and Ljubljana. Although a flight ban has been lifted at these select airports, some major airlines are suspending operations through early June. Land border crossings are possible at select locations by personal vehicle or taxi only. Public transportation across national borders has been suspended until further notice. Cross-border trips for overnight stays or tourism purposes are not permitted. Individuals who cross national borders without permission are subject to fines.

Bans on domestic public transportation are being lifted incrementally. People are also permitted to leave their homes for shopping and visiting select indoor public places that are now allowed to reopen for business. The use of facemasks is required at all times for everyone traveling outside the home.

The U.S. Embassy in Slovenia will remain open for U.S. passport and emergency services only until further notice. Individuals who need urgent services must email the Embassy to schedule an appointment.

South Africa

On June 1, 2020, the Government of South Africa will further reduce its COVID-19 restrictions.

Select businesses are now allowed to open, including those in mining, manufacturing, construction, professional and business services, financial services, IT and communications, and media services. Before these businesses can reopen, however, they must develop workplace plans for health and safety. Companies must create plans outlining their social distancing protocols, plans to screen employees at work, quarantine protocols, plans for testing symptomatic employees, and contact tracing for employees who test positive for COVID-19. Even though select businesses can open, all employees who can work remotely are still encouraged to do so. Employees who have underlying medical conditions or who are over age 60 should stay home. Along with its business reopening plan, the Government of South Africa plans to announce an additional schedule later outlining permitted business activities and domestic business travel.

Individuals who are not physically required to attend work should stay home. However, people can leave their homes to obtain medical care, buy essential goods, and exercise. A curfew on movement is also lifted. Group gatherings are still restricted except funerals, which are capped at 50 people. Conferences and meetings are prohibited. Pubs, restaurants, and lodges are closed until further notice.

All airports in South Africa currently remain closed to commercial travel. U.S. citizens should avoid traveling to South Africa unless they have previously consulted the South African Embassy or Consulate in the U.S. to determine any entry restrictions.

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

To control the spread of COVID-19, the South Korean government has announced the suspension of re-entry permit waivers for long-term visa holders.

Effective June 1, 2020, all foreigners with long-term visas who reside in South Korea must apply for a re-entry permit through a local immigration office before leaving the country if they wish to maintain their status and stay. Exclusions apply for A-1, A-2, A-3, and F-4 visa holders. Individuals who leave the country without first obtaining a re-entry permit will have their Alien Registration cancelled, and they will need to get a new long-term visa to re-enter the country. Foreigners who are granted a re-entry permit must undergo a medical examination within 48 hours of traveling to South Korea. Upon arrival, they must provide the immigration office with a certificate, issued by an authorized medical institution and signed by a medical examiner, indicating the date of the examination and documenting the presence or absence of chills, fever, cough, headache, muscle pain, breathing difficulties, and pulmonary symptoms related to COVID-19. All arrivals must present the certificate except for foreigners with an Isolation Exemption Certificate issued by a South Korean Consulate or Embassy showing that they are exempt from the medical examination.

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

Due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, the Spanish government has extended the existing State of Alarm and implemented a multi-stage de-escalation process to ease lockdown restrictions.

A State of Alarm is scheduled to remain in effect through June 7, 2020. Additionally, statutory processing time and administrative deadlines will be reactivated on June 1, 2020, while procedural deadlines will be reactivated on June 4, 2020.

While some COVID-19 restrictions are being relaxed, others will remain in place. Internal land, air, and sea border restrictions will continue due to the ongoing health crisis. Entry into Spain will be limited to certain individuals, including Spanish citizens, Spanish residents who can provide evidence of their residency, residents in EU Member States or Schengen areas who are traveling to their place of residence, cross-border workers, healthcare professionals or individuals who are caring for the elderly, seasonal workers, individuals who must work in Spain, and anyone who can provide evidence of force majeure. The restrictions do not apply to freight transport crew, sea crews, aviation crews, and diplomatic foreign staff. Individuals arriving from other countries are subject to a mandatory quarantine.

The U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona and the U.S. Embassy in Madrid will continue to only offer emergency services to U.S. citizens while the State of Alarm remains in effect.

Sri Lanka

Beginning May 11, 2020, the government of Sri Lanka is easing some restrictions due to COVID-19.

A curfew currently remains in place for certain districts. However, entities in the public and private sectors are starting to reopen. Bus and rail transportation has resumed for essential workers only. Movement restrictions remain in place. Currently, people may only leave their homes to acquire food, medication, and other essential items. The government will continue to ease restrictions as the number of COVID-19 cases declines.

Limited flights are currently available for U.S. citizens interested in leaving the country. Anyone who wants to travel on an evacuation flight should contact the airlines directly. The validity period of all visas currently issued to foreigners in the country has been automatically extended through June 11th.

Anyone requiring emergency assistance should visit the Embassy’s website to request an appointment.

Sudan

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, travel and other restrictions remain in place nationwide.

At this time, the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum has provided information on upcoming repatriation flights for U.S. citizens who wish to depart the country. Repatriation flights are currently scheduled on a limited basis through the end of May. All U.S. citizens who wish to join a repatriation flight should complete a form available through the Embassy’s website. U.S. citizens should note that a valid passport is required to board a flight.

The Embassy will resume routine consular operations as soon as possible. It will notify the public when regular operations resume.

Individuals who need urgent assistance should request an emergency appointment through the Embassy’s website.

Sweden

In light of measures implemented to control the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Embassy Stockholm has announced updates to government restrictions.

At this time, a general ban on international flights has been extended through July 15th. All non-essential travel should be postponed through that time. Additionally, an entry ban for foreign nationals arriving in Sweden from areas outside of Switzerland and the European Economic Area will now remain in place through June 15, 2020.   

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

On May 28, 2020, Switzerland and Liechtenstein announced plans to further ease COVID-19 restrictions.

Entry restrictions that have been in place during the COVID-19 pandemic will gradually be relaxed. Starting on June 8th, cantons will start processing work applications from EU/EFTA member states. Highly skilled workers from third countries may also be employed at this time. Additionally, companies in Switzerland may start posting job vacancy announcements.On June 15th, the government will also lift border restrictions with Austria, France, and Germany. All travel restrictions will be lifted across the Schengen area by July 6th.

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 extended a ban on international flights.

Now, a ban on incoming flights is extended from June 1, 2020 through June 31, 2020. Some exceptions are permitted for emergency landings, technical landings without passengers exiting the plane, humanitarian aid, cargo flights, medical flights, repatriation flights, and military aircraft. All arrivals are subject to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival as mandated in the State of Emergency regarding COVID-19.

A State of Emergency remains in place through May 31, 2020.Additionally, visas are automatically extended through July 31, 2020 for temporary stays. Several repatriation opportunities remain available for U.S. citizens. Anyone who wants to return to the United States is encouraged to make travel arrangements immediately while flights are still available. Individuals who need assistance with travel arrangements should contact the Embassy or Consulate General immediately by email.

Until further notice, all routine non-immigrant visa appointments are cancelled at the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Thailand due to coronavirus. The Embassy and Consulate remain open for emergency U.S. citizen services only.

Timor-Leste

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the government of Timor-Leste has extended a State of Emergency through May 27, 2020.

Enhanced social distancing measures will remain in place until the State of Emergency is lifted, including a prohibition on meetings outside the home, sporting events, religious and cultural events, mandatory quarantines for arrivals, and strict sanitation requirements. Limited public transportation remains in operation during the State of Emergency.

In accordance with a government-issued State of Emergency, the U.S. Embassy in Timor Leste is reducing its consular services to U.S. citizens.

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 additional repatriation flights available for U.S. citizens who want to leave the country.

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.

Until April 5, 2020 or until further notice, the U.S. Embassy Lome will suspend normal consular services due to coronavirus.

U.S. citizens who need emergency assistance should contact the Embassy by email.

Trinidad and Tobago

The Government of Trinidad & Tobago has announced a gradual reopening plan following its COVID-19 lockdown.

Phase I will last through May 23, 2020. All stay-at-home measures will remain in place for non-essential workers, and everyone must wear a mask in public. Food establishments and restaurants may provide pickup, delivery, and takeout services only. In-house dining is not permitted during this time. Street vendors are permitted to reopen. They may serve customers through 8:00 p.m. daily. Hardware stores, pharmacies, and grocery stores can operate with limited hours. Outdoor physical exercise such as hiking, walking, and running is permitted. However, group gatherings for exercise are limited to five individuals, and masks must be worn at all times. Team sport games and practices are still banned.

Phase II will last from May 24, 2020 through June 6, 2020 if Phase I is successful. At this time, social distancing guidelines will continue to be enforced. The manufacturing sector will be allowed to reopen, and construction can resume in the public sector. Public transportation will be allowed to resume with a 50% capacity limit.

Phase III will begin on June 7, 2020 and last through June 20, 2020. The list of restrictions still in place during the first two phases will be lifted during Phase III.

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 plans to gradually reduce its COVID-19 restrictions in multiple phases.

Phase I of the government’s reopening plan will remain in place through May 24, 2020. Public institutions, construction companies, services, and industries can resume their activities with a limit of 50% on personnel. Beauty salons, hair salons, clothing stores, large retailers, and shopping malls can open as well, provided they follow public health guidelines to control the spread of disease. Phase II will go into effect on May 24th and extend through June 4th. Businesses will be allowed to operate with 755 of their personnel. Cafés, restaurants, mosques, souks, and some cultural activities will be allowed to reopen at that time. Schools and universities can reopen between May 28th and June 1st. Phase III starts on June 4th. During this phase, businesses are allowed to operate with 100% of their personnel. Animal markets, weekly markets, daycare centers, and kindergartens can reopen during the final phase.

While some restrictions are being lifted, intercity and inter-governorate travel remains limited. A curfew is still in place with the exception of emergency situations.

The U.S. Embassy in Tunisia will provide emergency services only until further notice.

Individuals who require emergency assistance are advised to email the Embassy for assistance. 

Turkey

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

Weekend curfews will remain in place through May 31, 2020 in locations nationwide. Additionally, vehicles are banned from entering or leaving certain areas including Ankara, Balikesir, Bursa, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Izmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Manisa, Sakarya, Samsun, Van, and Zonguldak. U.S. citizens are permitted to travel through these areas to reach a flight back to the U.S., provided they carry travel permits at all times. Those restrictions will be lifted on June 1st.

While some businesses have reopened for service, including hair salons, shopping malls, and some stores, others will be authorized to open in increments. Museums and archaeological sites can reopen on June 1st. Hours and operating status vary by location. Kindergartens and daycare centers will also reopen on June 1st.

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 plans to gradually reopen the country following a COVID-19 lockdown.

Starting May 26, 2020, the operation of personal vehicles is permitted with no more than three individuals in a car at the same time. Hotels and restaurants are also permitted to reopen on May 26th. Public transportation can resume at partial capacity on June 4th. Bars, clubs, and nightclubs will remain closed through late June, and a curfew remains in place for the same period of time. Airports and borders are currently closed to passenger traffic until further notice.

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

On May 13, 2020, the government of Ukraine announced an extension of some quarantine measures and an easement on other restrictions due to COVID-19.

The government is now permitting some businesses and public places to reopen. Parks, city squares, and recreational areas are allowed to reopen. Catering services may now operate for takeout only. Shops, including those located in shopping centers, can also conduct business. Museums and open-air conservation sites have been reopened as well. Dental clinics, hairdressers, and beauty salons are permitted to reopen for business. Legal services, audits, and psychology services may resume. Concerts, cultural events, movie filming, and theatre performances and shows are no longer banned, provided they have group sizes of less than 50 individuals. Restrictions remain for public transportation and gyms. Schools will be closed nationwide through May 31st. The government notes that more restrictive measures remain in place in regions where the number of reported COVID-19 cases is still high.

Although the services and activities are now permitted, the public must still follow strict social distancing measures, practice good hygiene, and wear face masks while in public.

The Embassy will continue to provide emergency services only at this time. Individuals with urgent situations should visit the Embassy’s website for more information.

United Arab Emirates 

A series of repatriation flights are now available for U.S. citizens who have been forced to stay in the UAE during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Repatriation flights will be provided through Etihad Airways through the month of May for individuals who have been unable to leave or return to the UAE due to the global health pandemic. Repatriation flights are available to and from select locations, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, London, Manila, Melbourne, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo, Toronto, and Zurich.The U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi and the U.S. Consulate General Dubai will start to reopen for business following the COVID-19 lockdown. However, they will still operate with some limitations and restrictions in place. The Embassy and Consulate will have limited staff available to provide services until further notice. They will have reduced hours for in-person services as well. All visitors must wear masks and gloves. Children and the elderly are not permitted to enter government offices in person. Along with the Embassy and Consulate, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation service centers are now open with daily hours of operation from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

United Kingdom

Starting June 8, 2020, new rules will be implemented for visitors and residents entering the U.K. due to COVID-19.

Under the new rules, individuals entering the country must provide contact details and travel information through an online form before traveling. After entering the U.K., they are required to self-isolate for 14 days. Exceptions apply for people traveling from Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands, medical professionals, seasonal agricultural workers, and freight workers involved in the shipment and transportation of goods. All arrivals are also encouraged to download an NHS contact tracing app and stay informed of the latest news and restrictions regarding COVID-19. Anyone who refuses to provide contact information or self-isolate upon arrival may be fined.

The U.S. Embassy will continue to offer emergency passport services for U.S. citizens. All U.S. citizens are also advised to register for the STEP program.

Uruguay

On June 1, 2020, the U.S. Embassy announced additional upcoming repatriation flights for U.S. citizens.

Several evacuation flights are currently scheduled for the month of June. All U.S. citizens who wish to depart the country are advised to contact the Embassy as soon as possible to make travel arrangements. All U.S. citizens are reminded that they will be unable to leave the country for tourism purposes. Travelers must complete a declaration form documenting the reason for their travel. All U.S. citizens must have a final boarding pass to the United States to board a flight. U.S. citizens who choose to remain in Uruguay during the COVID-19 lockdown should have sufficient supplies of food, medication, and other basic and essential items.

The Embassy will continue to limit its operations to emergency services only for U.S. citizens until further notice, including issuing emergency passports.Individuals who need emergency assistance should email the Embassy for more information or to schedule an emergency appointment.  

Uzbekistan

The U.S. Embassy in Tashkent has provided updates for U.S. citizens regarding upcoming travel options in light of COVID-19.

Repatriation flights are currently available for U.S. citizens who are in Uzbekistan and wish to leave. Anyone who wants to join a repatriation flight should email the Embassy. The Embassy will help coordinate travel plans. Individuals who want to depart the country should contact the Embassy as soon as possible before seats fill up. The Embassy notes that flights are available for U.S. citizens. Legal permanent residents who are also Uzbek citizens may not be allowed to leave the country at this time.

The Embassy will resume normal consular operations as soon as possible. It will notify the public when it reopens for regular service. In the meantime, the Embassy will provide emergency services only for U.S. citizens.

Anyone who needs urgent assistance or needs to travel immediately should contact the Embassy for assistance.

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

In response to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Vietnamese government has announced several key updates.

Certain qualifying individuals, including U.S. citizens, will be granted an automatic extension of temporary stay while the COVID-19 crisis continues. All U.S. citizens who entered the country with a visa exemption certificate, tourist visa, or e-visa on or after March 1, 2020 will automatically receive an extension of stay through June 30, 2020. Individuals who are eligible for an automatic extension of stay can leave the country without having to apply for an extension. U.S. citizens who were in the country before March 1, 2020 may be eligible for an automatic extension if they can prove that they could not exit Vietnam before their visa’s expiration date due to COVID-19 or other circumstances beyond their control.

Recently, the Vietnamese government relaxed social distancing restrictions related to COVID-19, but it reminds U.S. citizens that some restrictions remain in place.

The U.S. Embassy and Consulate remind U.S. citizens that they can only provide limited emergency services at this time.  The Embassy and Consulate will provide letters supporting visa extensions through May 22nd. After that date, they will issue exit letters supporting U.S. citizens who entered the country before March 1, 2020 and plan to exit by June 30, 2020. U.S. citizens can request an exit letter on the Embassy’s website.

Individuals who need emergency assistance can contact the Embassy and the Consulate General by email.

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/