By the minute the world is changing fast and travelers are being met with an overload of news updates regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic.
This live update page is to help keep you informed on how the Coronavirus (Covid 19) is affecting travel. This page will be kept in point form with only concrete information issued by government bodies.
March 15th, 2020
- Ireland has closed all bars, pubs and public houses until March 29th
- Lebanon has closed its airport, borders and ports for two weeks starting Sunday until March 29 at midnight to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country
- Ireland has banned all house parties
- All California bars, nightclubs, wineries and brew pubs will be closed
- Boston has declared public health emergency limiting all bars and restaurants to only 50% of seating capacity
- Illinois, has closed all bars and restaurants until March 30th
- Baghdad, Iraq public curfew as of 11:00pm
- Baghdad suspends all flights until March 24th
- Germany has 4,838 and 12 deaths due to the virus
- All Ohio restaurants and bars ordered to close at 9 p.m. with only carryout and delivery available
- Airbnb expanded its extenuating circumstances policy yesterday, allowing almost all travelers to cancel their reservations penalty-free.
March 15th, 2020 (continued)
- Italy has 24,747 with 1809 deaths due to the pandemic. 3590 new cases in the last 24 hours
- Colombia has closed all borders and will block entry to non-residents
- All returning Colombians will have mandatory quarantine upon return
- MS Braemar cruise ship is stuck at sea as countries will not allow access after 5 people confirmed to have the coronavirus
- Two Royal Caribbean cruise ships (the Silver Shadow and Silver Explorer) are quarantined after passengers test positive for novel coronavirus while docked at international ports
- South Africa bans visitors prohibited from the following high-risk countries: Italy; Iran; South Korea; Spain; Germany; US; United Kingdom and China starting March 18.
- South Africa has cancelled all visas
- South Africa warns all citizens to avoid travel to or through the European Union, United States, United Kingdom and other identified high-risk countries such as China, Iran and South Korea.
- Germany will restrict border crossings with France, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg
- Kenya bans all non-citizens for 30 days
- Low-cost airlines to suspend and reduce flights to Spain
- The Academy of Country Music Awards scheduled for April 5 in Las Vegas has been postponed
- Third person in New York Has died from the Coronavirus
- Long lines at U.S airports customs and immigarations due to Coronavirus screenings. Delays of 4-6 hours clearing customs
- Virus spreads in the United States to 3244 people and has killed 61
- All race tracks and casinos have been closed in Maryland
- Miami Beach city officials are closing portions of South Beach in an effort to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus
March 15th, 2020 (continued)
- An officer from the Transportation Security Administration based at the Orlando airport tested positive for coronavirus
- Morocco has decided to suspend all international flights to and from its territory until further notice
- Singapore imposes 14-day mandatory self-quarantine for new visitors traveling from a bloc of East Asian countries, as well as Japan, Switzerland and the United Kingdom
- Hungary has reported its first Coronavirus death
- Hong Kong has issued a “Red Outbound Travel Alert” on Ireland, United Kingdom and United States, urging its citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to these countries
- The top infectious disease expert in the US did not rule out support a temporary national lockdown in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus
- UK advises against all but essential travel to the US
- Freedom of movement in Austria will be massively restricted and ravellers from the UK, the Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine will no longer be allowed to enter Austria directly
- More European airlines have announced cancellations of flights to and from Spain, where the government announced strict restrictions on public life on Saturday
- Daily life severely restricted in France with cafes and ski resorts shut
- The Mexican government is urging citizens to avoid non-essential international travel and consider returning home
- Taiwan reported six new coronavirus cases today, raising the island’s total to 59
- The United Arab Emirates has suspended travel visas and cultural activities, and will launch a a $27 billion economic stimulus plan
- The United Arab Emirates announces flights from four countries will be suspended starting Tuesday: Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey.
- There are now 152,428 cases worldwide and 5,393 deaths. Cases have been reported in 141 countries and territories.
- The public will not be able to attend the Vatican’s Easter masses and public Holy Week events due to coronavirus concerns
March 14th, 2020
- Disneyland in California is closed for 30 days
- American Airlines is suspending most long-haul international flights from the US between March 16 and May 6
- South Korea has reported 8,162 cases and 75 deaths
- Life in China is beginning to return to normal now that the coronavirus outbreak has largely been contained across the country, with lockdowns lifting and employees returning to work.
- Only 20 new cases in China have been confirmed
- United States Walmart, the largest retailer in the nation, is shortening its opening hours in all 4,700 locations, to 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.
- All people arriving in Australia will need to self-quarantine for 14 days
- The New Jersey city of Hoboken is implementing a city-wide curfew from 10:00pm until 5:00am
- The Oregon Health Authority has reported the state’s first death from the coronavirus
- Cruise ships will be banned from docking in Chile starting Sunday
- Starting today, the Metro Manila region of the Philippines is going under partial lockdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak
- Passengers on the Golden Princess cruise ship docked in a New Zealand harbor are not being allowed to disembark, as three people aboard have been quarantined by the ship’s doctor
- Japan announced 64 new coronavirus cases, bringing the nationwide tally to 1,477, according to Japan’s Health Ministry
- Virgina, Louisiana and New York report first Coronavirus deaths
- There are at least 2,816 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States and 58 deaths