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How the Coronavirus is affecting Travel for Monday March 23rd.

This page will 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. 

At least 339,000 people have contracted the novel coronavirus and over 14,700 have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University

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The Coronavirus has limited the Ability to cross borders, caused mass flight cancellations and governments have imposed nationwide lockdowns. movement is limited worldwide

Monday March 23rd, 2020

Daily life and travel has now been impacted in every corner of the globe. Daily life as we know it has changed over the weekend as new massive lockdowns and movement restrictions began.

  • There are now at least 34,000 coronavirus cases in the US
  • Indian states impose complete lockdowns, affecting most of country’s 1.3 billion population
  • General Electric announced on Monday that its GE Aviation unit will cut 10% of its US workforce to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic
  • The organizers of the 2020 Olympics “should look at canceling,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesperson said Monday
  • All professional football in Spain has been postponed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Germany has so far brought back 120,000 citizens who were stranded abroad
  • Domestic commercial airlines in India will stop operations starting Wednesday, according to a press release from India’s Civil Aviation Ministry
  • New York City hospitals will only be able to get through “this week” before they start getting “to a point where people can’t be saved,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said
  • The Head of the Japan Olympic Committee said postponing this summer’s Games should be considered, among other options, as the coronavirus pandemic continues

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  • The British government is prepared to do more to force people to keep apart if necessary, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesperson said Monday
  • US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said the US is looking into why young people in the country are being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus
  • Nigeria reported its first coronavirus-related death on Monday
  • McDonald's and Nando's shut down all their UK restaurants, even for takeout
  • Spanish authorities expect the so-called “peak” of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country to happen as soon as Wednesday
  • Germany has reported 86 deaths and a total of 22,672 cases of novel coronavirus on Monday
  • More than a thousand cases have been reported in the country as Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the closure of non-essential businesses and urged people to avoid domestic travel
  • Crowds descended on California beaches, hiking trails and parks over the weekend in open defiance of a state order to shelter in place and avoid close contact with others
  • Hong Kong bans most non-residents from entering the city

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Musician Neil Diamond reached out on Twitter Sunday to give folks a little hope during these tense times

 

Monday March 23rd, 2020 (continued)

  • Hong Kong appeared to have the coronavirus under control, then it let its guard down
  • Japan reported five deaths due to the novel coronavirus on Sunday, its biggest one-day surge
  • The United Arab Emirates is closing all commercial centers and shopping malls along with fish, meat and vegetable markets
  • More than 154 million children in Latin America and the Caribbean are temporarily out of school due to the coronavirus outbreak

  • A private airline company has been allowed to repatriate US citizens stuck in Haiti
  • New Zealand will issue its highest alert level and close all non-essential businesses across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic
  • Canada is the first country to announce it won't send a team to this year's Tokyo Olympics
  • Singapore Airlines will cut 96% of its capacity until the end of April amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, the airline said in a statement on Monday
  • The United Arab Emirates suspended all inbound and outbound passenger flights and “the transit of airline passengers” in the UAE for two weeks

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  • Saudi Arabia orders a daily curfew: The curfew starts Monday, and will be in place from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time
  • At least eight states in the US have issued stay at home orders, including New York, California and Illinois
  • Australia's Olympic Committee is telling its athletes to prepare for for the possibility that the Games could be postponed until 2021
  • Italy's government has made a direct appeal to Defense Secretary Mark Esper for US military aid to help combat coronavirus

 

Travel Bans That You Need To Know

he European Union: European leaders have banned non-essential travel to the EU for 30 days

United States: US-Canada border crossing limits are expected. Travel from the UK and Ireland suspended as well as the 26 countries in Europe's the Schengen Area free movement zone. Travelers from China and Iran in the last 14 days are also not allowed to enter.

Australia: Australia requires “all people” arriving in the country to self-quarantine for 14 days. Travelers who have been in China, Iran, South Korea or Italy in the last 14 days are not allowed to enter or transit for 14 days.

Cambodia: A ban on foreign nationals arriving from Italy, Germany, Spain, France and the US for 30 days from March 17.

Canada: Entry is denied to people who are not Canadian citizens, US citizens or permanent residents. US-Canada border crossing limits are expected.

Cape Verde: From March 17 a three-week suspension of all incoming flights from Portugal and all EU countries affected by the pandemic, and from the US, Brazil, Senegal and Nigeria.

China: All international arrivals to Beijing must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities and at their own cost. Arrivals from Iran, Italy, Japan or Korea and traveling to Beijing, Guangzhou or Shanghai are subject to quarantine for 14 days. Shanghai has listed 12 countries from which arriving travelers will be quarantined for 14 days.

Colombia: Entry denied to people who are not Colombian citizens, permanent residents or diplomats.

Czech Republic: Visitors from China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, UK, Norway, Denmark and France, will be banned. Outbound travel to high-risk countries is also banned.

Egypt: Flights in and out of Egyptian airports suspended for two weeks starting March 19.

Germany: Shut its borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark. Goods and commuters will be exempt from the ban.

Haiti: Beginning midnight local time on March 16, Haiti is suspending flights from Europe, Canada, the Dominican Republic and Latin America for two weeks.

Hong Kong: Starting March 19, Hong Kong will require all arriving travelers from foreign countries to be quarantined for 14 days at home.

Hungary: Closed its borders to non-nationals.

India: All travelers from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK are banned from entering. All tourist visas are suspended and a 14-day quarantine is enforced on all travelers.

Japan: Banning entry on passengers who have been in affected regions of China, South Korea or Italy within the last 14 days

Malaysia: Citizens are banned from traveling abroad, with foreign tourists and visitors restricted from entering the country.

Mexico:  U.S. Mexico border is closed to non-essential travel

Morocco: Suspended all international flights to and from its territory “until further notice.”

New Zealand: All travelers, including New Zealand citizens and residents, entering the country will be required to “self-isolate” for 14 days. The only exemptions are the Pacific Islands.

Peru: From March 16, flights from and to Europe and Asia are suspended for 30-days.

Philippines: Cebu Pacific is canceling all flights — domestic and international — from March 19 through April 14. In Luzon all mass public transportation has been suspended.

Russia: Passengers who have been in China, France, Germany, South Korea or Spain and are planning to stay in Moscow must report themselves to the authorities by phone and stay self-isolated for 14 days.

Saudi Arabia: Apart from Saudi nationals, passengers who have transited through or have been in 30 countries and territories in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter. See the list here.

South Korea: Visitors who have been in China's Hubei Province in the past 14 days, and passport holders from that region, are not permitted entry.

Spain: A state of emergency has already been declared in Spain and restrictions on travel in and out of the country are expected. Several Spain-bound airplanes were turned back to the UK midair.

Sri Lanka: The South Asian nation has suspended all flights arriving into the country for two weeks, effective midnight today.

Bolivia: International and national flights into Bolivia will be suspended starting Friday. The country's borders will be closed from Thursday, with only Bolivian citizens, residents, and trade allowed to enter.

Thailand: Suspended its visa exemption policies for travelers from Hong Kong, South Korea and Italy, while visa on arrival has been stopped for 18 countries. See the list here.

Turkey: Halted travel to and from 9 European countries: Germany, Spain, France, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands. Nationals of those countries are not allowed to enter the country.

Vietnam: Travelers who have been in the 26 European countries in the Schengen Area, plus the UK, within the past 14 days will not be permitted to enter or transit. Visas upon arrival will also no longer be issued for all foreign nationals

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