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Afghanistan

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

US citizens are currently allowed to enter Afghanistan with a valid visa. Health screening procedures are not in effect for travelers at airports and other ports of entry. A COVID-19 test is not required for admission. Some commercial air services to and from the country have been canceled due to COVID-19. Borders between Afghanistan and Iran are now open. No movement restrictions are currently in place, and public transportation is now operating.

The US Embassy has resumed limited consular services for emergency passport applications only. Individuals whose US passport has sufficient validity remaining to depart the country should travel as planned and renew their passport upon returning to the country. Individuals whose passport has expired or will expire in the next 30 days, and who have a confirmed departure date after the passport’s expiration, may be eligible for a locally issued emergency passport valid for one year. Proof of travel is required. Individuals whose passport is scheduled to expire in the next 30 days, and who wish to renew their passport to obtain a new Afghan visa, will have their application processed as a regular full-validity passport. The timeline for passport application processing will vary based on each Embassy’s staffing capacity and operational status. One-year emergency passports may be processed within five business days, while regular full-validity passports may be processed in one month. Anyone who needs the services above should contact the Embassy via email for information on submitting an emergency passport application.

Albania

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

The Albanian government now requires a face mask to be worn in all public places, including indoor and outdoor areas. All individuals age 11 and older must wear a face mask in public. Individuals who do not comply with the regulations may be fined.

Commercial flights are now available. US citizens are permitted to enter the country. Negative COVID-19 test results are not required for entry. Quarantine is not mandatory unless directed by health authorities. Health screening procedures are in place at airports and ports of entry. US citizens returning home can only transit one Schengen country. Travelers are encouraged to contact the airlines directly for specific requirements and restrictions due to COVID-19. Maritime and land borders are open, and public transportation has resumed.

Preschools and kindergartens are now open. Professional sporting events have resumed without spectators. Malls, shops, dentists, and hairdressers are open with social distancing guidelines in place. Cafes, restaurants, libraries, and museums are open. Beaches are open and outdoor recreation is permitted. Face masks are required in public. Non-compliance may result in a fine. Cultural events and large public gatherings are cancelled indefinitely.

The US Embassy is continuing to limit its services and reducing in-person operations to prevent the spread of disease. All routine visa operations and US citizen services have been temporarily suspended. The Embassy and will resume regular services as soon as possible, but it is unable to provide a date at this time. Individuals who require emergency assistance can contact the Embassy by phone or email.

Algeria

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Recently, the Government of Algeria updated its regulations regarding COVID-19.

A suspension remains in place for domestic and international air and maritime travel. More businesses are now open, and public transportation has resumed in cities. The use of face masks and facial coverings is required in public. All land borders are closed. A suspension remains in place for non-cargo domestic, air, and maritime travel. Public and private transportation across the 29 provinces impacted by the curfew is prohibited. A curfew is in place for Algiers along with Boumerdes, Souk Ahras, Tissemsilt, Djelfa, Mascara, Oum El Bouaghi, Batna, Bouira, Relizane, Biskra, Khenchela, M’sila, Chlef, Sidi Bel Abbes, Médéa, Blida, Bordj Bou Arreridj, Tipaza, Ouargla, Bechar, Constantine, Oran, Sétif, Annaba, Bejaia, Adrar, Laghouat, El Oued. Curfew hours are 11:00 PM through 6:00 AM daily. Curfews may be lifted or imposed in individual provinces depending on epidemiological conditions.

US citizens are permitted to enter in limited cases. A visa is required for entry. Negative COVID-19 test results are not required, but health screening procedures are in place at airports and ports of entry.

The US Embassy will continue to provide emergency services to US citizens until further notice in most cases. Individuals who are applying for certain categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052, including H-1B, H-2B, H-4, J, and L should make an appointment with the Embassy only if they believe they qualify for an exception. US citizens who need assistance can check the Embassy’s website or social media accounts for additional information.

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Angola

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Individuals who are considering travel to Angola are advised to postpone all nonessential travel until further notice. A stay-at-home order has been lifted. Public transportation is operating at 50 percent capacity and with limited hours of service from 5:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. Restaurants are operating at 50 percent capacity for dine-in services. Restaurants may offer services from 6:00 a.m. through 10:00 p.m. All stores, including supermarkets, are open until 10:00 p.m. Museums, monuments, movie theaters, art and cultural fairs, media centers, and libraries are open but operating at a 50 percent capacity. The use of face masks is required in public areas, on public transportation, and in all establishments. Face masks are not required when exercising outdoors or operating a vehicle alone between 5:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Social distancing precautions are in effect. Failure to comply with government measures may result in fines or criminal charges.

Although some restrictions have been lifted, others remain in effect. Religious activities are only permitted in Luanda Province on Saturdays and Sundays. Elsewhere, religious activities are permitted four days per week. Public swimming pools and beaches are open with a 50 percent capacity. Schools are now open for in-person classes at 50 percent capacity.

Entry and exit requirements are in place due to COVID-19. US citizens are permitted to enter. They must have negative COVID-19 test results to enter the country. Test results must be obtained within 72 hours before travel. US citizens are required to quarantine upon arrival. Health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry. Land borders are closed for all travel except for commercial transport. Domestic and international commercial flights have resumed.

The validity of all residence, work, and temporary visas is extended through December 31, 2020. Work permits with expiration dates between March 2020 and August 2020 are eligible for renewal. The regulation applies to foreign nationals located in Angola and outside the country. Foreign nationals can return to the country if they have an expired work permit and have it renewed when they arrive. Foreign nationals outside the country can also send their passports to Angola to have their work permits renewed.

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

Argentina

Level 3 -Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

The Argentinian government has extended the validity of temporary residences, certificates of precarious residence for 30 days. Deadlines are suspended for compliance with privacy and summons issued by the National Directorate of Migration.

All travelers must complete a health declaration form within 48 hours of travel regardless of whether they are arriving in Argentina or leaving the country. Arriving travelers must also undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Argentina. Travelers must make COVID-19 symptoms known to health officials. Otherwise, they may face penalties including prison time. Minors and individuals who cannot complete the form by themselves must have a parent or legal guardian complete the form. Individuals over age 70 do not have to complete the form. Airline and cargo crews are exempt from the form.

Special Entry Permits are now being approved for non-resident foreigners during the Mandatory Social and Preventative Isolation (ASPO). Entry permits are limited to workers performing essential activities only at this time.

Individuals traveling to Argentina may encounter airport closures, border closures, travel prohibitions, business closures, stay-at-home orders, and other emergency measures due to COVID-19. A social distancing health mandate is in place nationwide until further notice. Strict health protocols still apply in places under a social distancing mandate, including limits on group gathering sizes, travel, and activities. Individuals are asked to limit their time outside the home except for certain purposes such as obtaining food and medical care. The use of face coverings is required in public places, including public transportation.

Repatriation flights are available for US citizens who want to leave the country through October. US citizens who wish to join upcoming flights should contact the airlines directly for flight reservations and ticket availability. Travelers are advised that flights are subject to change. Anyone who wants to travel on a repatriation flight must submit a request to travel within 60 hours of the flight’s scheduled departure. Only travelers who are pre-authorized for travel may travel from the provinces to the Buenos Aires metropolitan area and the airport.

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

Armenia

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Following the end of Armenia’s State of Emergency, restrictions and requirements remain in place to control the spread of disease. Groups of up to 60 people may gather. Face masks are required in public for everyone except individuals exercising outdoors, children under age six, and people with certain health conditions.

US citizens are permitted to enter, and more flights are available for US citizens wishing to leave the country. US citizens who want to leave Armenia at this time should contact the airlines directly for flight availability and to make reservations. Entry of non-Armenian nationals by land continues to be restricted. Certain exceptions apply for direct family members of Armenian citizens, diplomats, legal residents of Armenia, cargo drivers, international organization employees and their dependents, and individuals attending a family member’s funeral. Negative COVID-19 tests are not required for entry. Health screening procedures are in place at airports and ports of entry. Upon arrival, individuals must complete a health questionnaire and self-quarantine or have a COVID-19 PCR test. Individuals who take a COVID-19 test with negative results may be exempt from self-quarantine requirements.

The US Embassy Yerevan is offering routine services for US citizens in addition to emergency services. Individuals who need assistance should contact the Embassy by email.

Australia

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Visa Application Charges are in effect for several visa classes due to COVID-19. Individuals holding a Visitor Visa who are overseas and have a visa expiring between March 2020 and December 2021 are eligible for a visa fee waiver when they apply for a new visa. Visa fees are also waived for temporary skilled workers who could not enter Australia due to COVID-19.

Travel restrictions are currently in effect for entrance to Australia. Entrance is only permitted for Australian citizens, residents, and their immediate family members. However, certain exceptions apply for travelers who meet qualifying criteria. Non-citizens traveling by invitation of the Australian government or a state or territory government to assist in the COVID-19 response are permitted to enter, including individuals providing specialist medical services, medical evacuations, and delivering essential medical supplies. Non-citizens who are working in a critical sector or who have critical skills are exempt from the travel ban. Non-citizens who are sponsored by an employer to work in Australia for a position on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) are allowed to enter Australia, along with non-citizens whose entry is in the country’s national interest and is supported by the Australian government or a state or territory government. Military personnel are also allowed to enter Australia.

Austria

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Most transportation options have resumed, including international air travel. Borders have reopened across the country as well. Most businesses are now open across the country. Schools and day care centers are now open.

US citizens are not permitted to enter unless they meet one of few limited exceptions. Negative COVID-19 test results are required for entry, and health screening procedures are in place at airports and ports of entry. Additionally, US citizens must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Commercial flights are currently available for US citizens wishing to return to the United States. Travelers are advised that flights may be cancelled, and flights are subject to limit availability while COVID-19 restrictions remain in place.

Although some restrictions are still in effect for COVID-19, the US Embassy has resumed regular passport operations. Routine citizenship and passport services are now available for US citizens who need assistance, including first-time and renewal passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad applications. However, only emergency notarial services are available at this time. US citizens can make an appointment by emailing the Embassy.

Azerbaijan

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

The government has updated its COVID-19 restrictions and regulations.

Land and air travel are suspended through November 2, 2020. Charter, private, and special flights are operating. Individuals can make reservations and receive more information by contacting the airlines directly.

Entry to Azerbaijan is currently permitted for US citizens, although some restrictions apply. Only US citizens who have legal residency are allowed to enter by air. Land border crossings are closed. Visa extensions are allowed for tourists and residents.

Negative COVID-19 test certificates are required upon arrival. Test results must be obtained within 48 hours of departure. Health screening measures are in place at airports and other ports of entry. A curfew is no longer in place, although restrictions are in place for intercity and interstate travel. Fines may be imposed for violating rules regarding social distancing, movement restrictions, wearing a mask, and large group gatherings.

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

Bahamas

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

The US Embassy has updated its consular services.

The Embassy has resumed limited appointments for notarial, passport, and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad services. However, it notes that appointment availability may be limited during the pandemic. Individuals who can renew their passports by mail are encouraged to do so. The Embassy will prioritize appointments for US citizens whose passports have expired or will expire by January 31, 2021. Individuals who wish to schedule an appointment should contact the Embassy. US citizens can also mail their passport renewal documents to the Embassy.

A health-related Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory is currently in effect for the Bahamas. Travelers to the Bahamas may experience travel problems related to COVID-19, including business closures, stay-at-home mandates, and travel prohibitions. Individuals who are planning to travel to the Bahamas should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) before leaving to receive important alerts and updates. Enrollment in the program also makes it easier for individuals to be located in an emergency.

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

Bahrain

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

The Government of Bahrain has updated its measures to control the spread of COVID-19. Food and beverage establishments are available for takeout and delivery. Some restaurants and dining facilities are open for dine-in services, including pre-booked private dining for groups of up to 20 people. Grocery stores and commercial outlets are open. Groups of up to five individuals are allowed on public beaches, yards, roads, parks, and public places. Private beaches can open with mandatory health precautions in place. Non-commercial traffic is permitted on the King Fahd causeway between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

The US Embassy has resumed additional services for American citizens. The Embassy is now accommodating a limited number of notary appointments along with a full range of passport services and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. Although it has resumed some services, the Embassy notes that appointments are still limited to maximize social distancing. Emergency appointments will only be made for life-or-death matters or confirmed travel plans within 72 hours. Individuals who need notary and minor passport services should schedule an appointment through the Embassy’s website. Anyone with emergency travel needs and who needs a passport should email the Embassy. Routine passport and notary appointment requests must be scheduled online. CRBA appointments should also be scheduled online. Individuals who need to renew their regular adult passports should use the Consular Dropbox.

US citizens are now permitted to enter the country. Visas upon arrival are currently being issued for arriving travelers from the United States. All arriving travelers will be tested for COVID-19 at their own expenses. Some passengers may be required to take two tests, which is also at their own expense. Although a quarantine mandate is no longer in place, anyone who is in the country for more than 10 days must repeat COVID-19 testing on the 10th day following their arrival.

Bangladesh

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Public transportation is now operating in Bangladesh, including intercity trains. Businesses are now operating, although the government cautions that it will close banks, factories, private businesses, government offices, and other services if safety guidelines are not followed. Stay-at-home orders and overnight curfew orders have been lifted. Although epidemiological conditions are improving, strict health guidelines are still in place. Masks must be worn at all times. Failure to comply with facial covering and social distancing restrictions may result in fines and imprisonment.

US citizens and other foreign nationals are permitted to enter the country. Arriving travelers should note that health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry. Additionally, they must provide negative COVID-19 test results. Test results must be obtained within 72 hours of departure. Temperature checks will be conducted for all arriving travelers. Passengers leaving the country are no longer required to produce negative COVID-19 test results upon departure. However, they are still subject to restrictions imposed by airlines and their destination countries.

US citizens can submit their visa renewal applications to the Department of Immigration and Passports. Applicants may experience delays in their application renewals, but they are still in compliance if their applications are submitted before their original visa expires.

The US Embassy will offer emergency American citizen services only at this time, including emergency passport services, notary services, and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. All routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments are currently suspended.

Barbados

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Some stay-at-home orders have been lifted. Additionally, some transportation and business operations have resumed as well.

The US Embassy has resumed limited routine passport, notarial, and Consular Report of Birth Abroad services. The Embassy will offer these services by appointment only. Individuals who need to renew a passport can do so through the Embassy’s website. The Embassy is also providing certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services, including J1, O1, F1, M1, P1, C1/D, CR1/2 categories for immigrants, and Interview Waiver and Renewal Interview Waiver categories for nonimmigrants.

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

Belarus

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Many businesses are now open in Belarus, along with schools and other services. Airports have resumed flights, and most public transportation has resumed. While many COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, travelers should be prepared for regulations to be implemented if epidemiological conditions change. Travelers should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) before traveling to Belarus.

US citizens are permitted to enter the country, provided they comply with normal entry guidelines. Due to global travel restrictions, the Government of Belarus is permitting visa-free travelers to request extensions of stay from 30 to 90 days. Extension requests must be made in person at the local immigration office where the traveler is registered. Requests for stay extensions are made on a case-by-case basis. US citizens can return to the United States through connecting flights. Flights are available from Belarus for US citizens and permanent residents only at this time. Travelers should be aware that COVID-19 restrictions and regulations may vary depending on the country they are traveling through. Individuals must have a ticket through to the US to board a flight in Minsk. A mandatory 14-day quarantine is in place for people arriving from countries with high volumes of COVID-19 cases. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must self-quarantine for 14 days.

The US Embassy is continuing to suspend its regular consular services and offer only limited emergency services to US citizens at this time. US 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

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

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

The government has updated its COVID-19 restrictions. Bars, restaurants, amusement parks, and other nonessential services are currently closed. A curfew is in place from 12:00 AM – 5:00 AM daily nationwide, although some regions have extended curfew hours. Travel for nonessential purposes is prohibited while the curfew is in place. Restrictions are also in place for group gathering sizes, and physical distancing is encouraged.

With certain exceptions, US citizens are not permitted to enter Belgium. US citizens may enter the country if they are nationals of an EU Member State, an immediate family member of a national from an EU Member State, hold an EU residence card or Schengen D long term visa, or are transiting passengers, diplomats, military personnel, and international organization employees. Nonessential travel is restricted from outside the EU and UK.

Commercial flight options are currently available for US citizens who want to leave the country. US citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) may return to the United States from Belgium anytime. Negative COVID-19 test results are not required for entry. However, travelers arriving from outside the EU, the UK, or returning from a red zone in the EU must take a test upon arrival and quarantine for one week. Health screening procedures are in place at airports and ports of entry. Anyone who is staying for 48 hours or longer must complete a Passenger Locator Form available on the Embassy’s website.

The US Embassy is offering some routine services, including routine US Passport and Report of Birth Abroad appointments. Student and petition-based visa appointments are available. Routine business and tourist visa appointments are suspended until further notice. US citizens who require emergency services should contact the Embassy by phone or email.

Belize

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Belize has downgraded its travel advisory. International flights have resumed. Businesses and schools are now open, and public transportation has resumed. Health precautions remain in place to control the spread of disease, include requirements to wear face masks and practice social distancing.

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

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

Benin

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Most transportation has resumed, including airport operations. Business operations have resumed, including schools and daycare centers. Internal movement restrictions have been lifted. Some transportation has resumed. Stay-at-home orders have been lifted across the country. However, land borders are closed to most travelers. US citizens who are in Benin should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important alerts and updates on changing conditions.

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.

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

Bermuda

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

The US Consulate General is now providing additional non-emergency American Citizen Services, including some services requiring in-person appointments. US passport, notarial, and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) services are now available. Individuals can request an appointment online through the Consulate General’s website. All US 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.

Visitors must take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours, but not more than seven days, of their departure for Bermuda. The regulations apply to adults and children age 10 or older. Younger children do not need to be tested, but they must comply with the mandatory quarantine requirements upon arrival. A four-day quarantine upon arrival is required for most travelers, including Bermuda residents and work permit holders. Individuals whose initial COVID-19 test results are negative will be released from quarantine, but they will be retested every four days for the following two weeks.

Quarantine rules are also in effect for individuals traveling between the airport and their destination. Travelers must use taxis or organize for a household member to pick them up at the airport. In both cases, face masks must be worn, hand sanitizing is required, and all individuals in the vehicle should maintain a safe social distance to the extent possible.

When on the island, travelers must practice physical distancing, good hygiene, and wear a mask in all public places, including public transportation. Individuals under a quarantine mandate must take their temperature two times daily and report the results on an official online portal. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be subject to public health regulations. They may be isolated at their accommodation for two weeks.

Bolivia

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Individuals are advised to avoid nonessential travel to Bolivia at this time. Many COVID-19 restrictions are still in place. Additionally, airport and public transportation services are limited. Borders are still closed, and travelers may encounter business closures and other travel-related restrictions. Arriving travelers are no longer required to quarantine at a hotel, but they may be subject to health screenings and quarantine restrictions upon arrival. Arriving travelers must also complete a sworn medical statement and submit it to their local Bolivian Consulate prior to traveling.

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

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

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

Repatriation flights are currently limited for US citizens. Anyone who wishes to leave the country should make departure plans as soon as possible. The US Embassy in La Paz will continue to provide limited consular operations throughout the quarantine. US 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

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Pharmacies, restaurants, grocery stores, and cafes throughout the country are currently open, along with most other businesses. Restaurants and bars are permitted to open, although they must close by 11:00 pm Social distancing measures are in effect to reduce the risk of disease transmission, including limits on the number of people allowed to attend public gatherings. Facial coverings must be worn indoors, on public transportation, and in public areas when social distancing is not possible. US citizens are permitted to enter the country, although they must submit a negative COVID-19 test not older than 48 hours from the time they enter the country.

Stay extensions are no longer permitted. The Service of Foreigner’s Affairs has started to issue fines for non-residents who stay past 90 days. Individuals are encouraged to visit the Service for Foreigner’s Affairs website for information on their options for stay or planning a departure. Nonresidents who have received a humanitarian extension of stay from authorities are exempt from overstay penalties until their extension of stay ends. The US Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina has resumed some passport and citizenship services for US citizens. However, notary, immigrant, and non-immigrant services are still suspended until further notice. The Embassy will continue to provide emergency services for US citizens as well. While the Embassy can still assist quickly with emergencies, anyone who previously applied for a non-emergency passport should anticipate lengthy processing delays.

Botswana

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Botswana has resumed some in-country immigration services following a COVID-19 shutdown.

Work permit application processing is continuing, and passport issuance has resumed. However, travelers must receive permission to enter or exit the country. Additionally, they must obtain permits to travel across specific zones within the country.

Commercial flights out of the country are suspended until further notice. However, repatriation flights are still available for US citizens who want to leave the country. US citizens who want to depart on a repatriation flight should complete a repatriation form available through the US Embassy’s website. Repatriation flights are scheduled for October. Proof of negative COVID-19 test results are required to travel. Anyone who wants to leave the country must obtain permission from the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Prospective travelers must submit a letter of application for approval to leave the country. The application can be emailed to the US Embassy.

The US 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

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Restrictions on entry for foreign travelers through land and sea borders is extended through November 12, 2020. However, foreign visitors can travel by air for stays up to 90 days.

Immigration deadlines have resumed following the COVID-19 pandemic. Migratory deadlines will be enforced by authorities starting November 3, 2020. Cards that expired from March 16, 2020 and onwards, including Registro Nacional Migratorio cards, will remain valid through March 16, 2021 for entry or registration. Documents that expired after March 16, 2020 will be accepted for regularization if the individual has not left the country and wants to establish status through March 16, 2021. Length of stay will be considered for legal purposes for Visit Visa holders, but an overstay between March 16, 2020 and November 3, 2020 will be disregarded. The registration date will not count towards determining the residency term for temporary visa holders. Instead, the registration date will begin from the initial entry into Brazil. A temporary visa may be used to enter the country if it has not expired, or if its expiration date is extended by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A temporary visa can be registered through March 16, 2021. It will be registered within 90 days of entry for re-entries. March 16, 2021 will be the date of registration for any 90-day registration that would otherwise start sooner. The maximum period of absence from Brazil will be disregarded from March 15, 2020 through November 3, 2020.

Air travel is permitted. Foreign nationals with valid immigration documents can enter Brazil by air, including individuals who have short-stay visas. Foreign nationals should note that they are not allowed to enter Brazil through airports in Goias, Malto Grosso do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Rondonia, Roraima, and Tocantins. Individuals arriving with a short stay (Visit) visa up to 90 days must present proof of valid health insurance before boarding that covers the duration of their stay and has a minimum coverage of R$30,000 or USD $5,370. The document must be in English or Portuguese. Along with the restrictions above, travelers should note that the government may be issued by regulatory authorities regarding health procedures, vessels, and operations. Additionally, travelers may encounter travel delays due to airport health protocols.

Currently, the US 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 US 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

Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Commercial flights are available for US citizens to depart the country. However, commercial flights are still below their pre-pandemic levels. Commercial flights are scheduled through January 2021 on Royal Brunei Airlines from Brunei to London. Limited service is available to Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Manila. COVID-19 restrictions and requirements are based on destination. US citizens may return to the United States through a connecting flight.

US citizens are not permitted to enter the country at this time, with certain exemptions. Negative COVID-19 test results are required for entry. Health screening procedures are in place at airports and ports of entry, including temperature screening.

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

Bulgaria

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

The Bulgarian government is following a reopening plan based on guidelines established by the ECDC and WHO. Restaurants, pharmacies, grocery stores, and other select retailers are permitted to open. Group gatherings of more than 30 people, both indoors and outdoors, are not permitted. The use of face masks or facial coverings is required in all indoor public spaces, including pharmacies, hospitals, shops, malls, churches, museums, and administrative institutions. Face masks must be worn in airports and on all public transportation. Face masks are not required in dining establishments.

Entry and exit requirements are still in place. US citizens are not permitted to enter Bulgaria through September 30th unless they meet an exception authorized by the Bulgarian Ministry of Health. Entry restrictions apply to all types of border crossings, including sea, rail, air, and road. Restrictions are applicable to commercial and private aircraft. Exceptions to the entry ban apply in limited situations. Bulgarian nationals and their family members, or people who cohabitate with a Bulgarian citizen in the country and are returning to Bulgaria, are exempt from the entry ban. Bulgarian nationals, Bulgarian permanent residents, and their family members from the European Union, the United Kingdom, and some Schengen states including Andorra, San Marino, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia are also exempt from the entry ban. Individuals with permanent or long-term resident status in Bulgaria and their family members are also exempt from the entry ban, along with medical researchers, medical professionals, social workers, and their supervisors who are traveling to Belgium for work-related duties. Workers who are involved in the supply of medical devices, personal protective equipment, medicinal products, and medical equipment, including its installation and maintenance, are also exempt from the entry ban. Other exemptions to the entry ban include transport staff engaged in the international carriage of cargo and passengers or the maintenance of vessels, individuals and their family members traveling for humanitarian reasons, and foreign officials, diplomats, or officials of international organizations, military personnel, and humanitarian workers and their family members. Individuals who are engaged in shipbuilding and ship repair and their family members can enter Bulgaria, along with frontier workers, tourism workers, and seasonal agricultural workers. Students traveling for the purposes of completing the current academic year, including traveling for training and exams, or for preparing for the upcoming academic year, are permitted to enter the country. Individuals participating in trade, economic, and investment activities directly related to the construction, operation, and maintenance of critical infrastructure in Bulgaria are also allowed to enter the country.

Some individuals can transit the country, including nationals of a Schengen country, the EU, or the UK and their family members. Non-EU nationals with long-term permanent residence in the UK, and EU member state, or a Schengen country and their family members can also transit through Bulgaria. Nationals of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Turkey, and Serbia can transit Bulgaria to return to their country of origin. Regardless of nationality, transit is only permitted if the traveler will immediately leave Bulgaria.

Certain health protocols are in place for travelers. Proof of negative COVID-19 test results must be provided by some nationals. Test results must be obtained within 72 hours of arrival in Bulgaria. Most travelers must quarantine upon arrival if they are arriving from the UK, Sweden, Portugal, and all third countries outside the EU except for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein, Serbia, Andorra, Monaco, and Vatican City. Some exceptions apply to the mandate, including truck and bus drivers, Bulgarian ship crew members, medical professionals, foreign officials and diplomats, and frontier workers. Individuals who are not subject to the quarantine requirements and who can transit through Bulgaria must submit a declaration acknowledging that they have abided by the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and understand the risks of COVID-19. Travelers may be subject to additional health screening procedures at airports and other ports of entry.

The Bulgarian Migration Directorate will grant visa extensions in certain cases. In some instances, visitors are eligible for a one-time extension of a 90-day visa-free stay. Individuals can contact the Embassy via email or visit a local Migration office to request a visa extension. US citizens who have questions or need emergency assistance should contact the American Citizen Services section of the US Embassy for support. Emergency appointments can be made by emailing the Embassy.

Burkina Faso

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

The US Embassy Ouagadougou is now providing routine passport renewal services and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. Individuals who need to apply for or renew a passport or need a CRBA for their child should email the Embassy for scheduling an appointment.

Although airports have reopened for regular commercial operations, land borders remain closed at this time. All travelers arriving in Burkina Faso must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within five days of arrival. Health certificates must be provided in either French or English. All arriving travelers will have their temperature checked upon arrival, and they may be subject to additional health screening requirements. Individuals who are departing the country must have a negative COVID-19 test taken within five days of departure. All travelers must wear a mask at the airport, regardless of whether they are arriving or departing.

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

Burma

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

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

Some transportation has resumed, and some business operations have resumed as well. Stay-at-home orders have been lifted nationwide.

While some restrictions have been lifted, others are still in place. Limits will continue for group gathering size. US citizens are reminded that criminal penalties may be imposed for violating COVID-19 restrictions. Individuals should contact their township administrator for information on local restrictions.

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

Burundi

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

The government cautions that border closures and airport closures may be implemented based on epidemiological changes nationwide. Travel prohibitions may also be implemented, and nonessential businesses may close if the number of COVID-19 cases increases. Currently, travel restrictions are in place outside of Bujumbura from 6:00 pm through 6:00 am

Until further notice, the Embassy will only provide emergency services for US citizens, including issuing emergency passports and coordinating travel plans. US citizens whose passports have expired or will expire within the next 90 days should make an emergency passport appointment with the Embassy via email. US citizens who require immediate assistance can email the Embassy or visit its website for further information.

Cabo Verde

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Most travel-related restrictions have been lifted, including public transportation. Some commercial flights are now operating. Many businesses are now open nationwide, including schools and daycare centers. While COVID-19 restrictions are being phased out, travelers should be aware that regulations are subject to change based on the country’s epidemiological situation.

Additionally, a State of Calamity remains in effect for Cabo Verde due to COVID-19.

While the State of Calamity is still in place, US citizens who need to leave the country must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test. The test must be conducted within 72 hours of travel. Only individuals who have urgent travel needs are permitted to enter the country at this time. Proof of negative COVID-19 results are also required to enter the country.

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

Cambodia

Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

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

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

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

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

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

Cameroon

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Many COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted across Cameroon, including restrictions in place for air travel. Most public transportation has resumed, and businesses are now open. Schools and daycare centers have reopened as well. Although COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted, travelers are urged to use caution when traveling to Cameroon, as additional COVID-19 regulations may be implemented with little or no advance notice if the country’s epidemiological conditions change.

Health screening protocols are in place for arriving US citizens. US citizens may be subject to a rapid test upon arrival to confirm that they do not have COVID-19. Individuals whose test results are positive will be required to isolate at home or in a government quarantine facility for 14 days. Individuals whose test results are negative must self-isolate at home for 14 days. All travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of boarding their flight to Cameroon.

The Embassy is currently providing emergency American Citizens services, including issuing emergency passports. The Embassy also encourages US citizens to sign up for important updates on repatriation assistance and COVID-19 restrictions.

Canada

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Canada has announced new COVID-19 entry protocols for foreign travelers. The changes will take effect on November 21, 2020.

The updated measures require individuals entering Canada by land, water, and air to provide a quarantine plan, a travel itinerary, and their contact information to the ArriveCAN system. Air travelers must submit the required information prior to boarding their flight. Travelers must provide border officials with an ArriveCAN receipt upon arrival in Canada. Within 48 hours of entering Canada, travelers must confirm arrival in their quarantine location through a government app or by calling a designated government number. Quarantined individuals must complete a COVID-19 self-assessment daily during their quarantine. The requirements apply to all travelers except those exempt under the Mandatory Isolation Order. Failure to comply with the mandate may result in fines and penalties.

Foreign nationals visiting Canada may receive a partial exemption from the otherwise mandatory quarantine for “compassionate” reasons. A partial exemption may be requested to spend time with loved ones at the end of their lives, to attend a funeral or end-of-life ceremony, or to provide care for individuals who need medical support or who are critically ill. Individuals who want a compassionate exemption should complete an application and provide documentation proving the need for travel, such as a death certificate, burial permit, medical death certificate, or Letter of Required Support. Individuals who will be visiting facilities such as hospitals or nursing homes must obtain Site Visit Authorization before arrival. They must complete a form to apply. A quarantine exemption must also be obtained from the province of intended visit. Travelers should note that not all provinces grant quarantine exemptions. Aside from the individuals above, all other travelers must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Border restrictions among Canada, Mexico, and the United States have been extended through November 21, 2020. The restrictions were initially implemented on March 20, 2020 for 30 days.

Canada has instituted a temporary policy allowing some visitors to apply for an employer-specific work permit without leaving the country. To be eligible for the employer-specific work permit, individuals must have a valid Canadian visitor status on the day of their application. The visitor category includes business visitors, super visa holders, and individuals who entered Canada with a Global Skills Strategy work permit exemption. Additionally, applicants must have been in Canada on August 24, 2020 and stayed in the country up to the date of their application. Foreign nationals arriving in Canada after August 24th are not eligible for the permit. Individuals must have a job offer and apply by March 31, 2021 for an employer-specific permit accompanied by a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or a job offer that is LMIA-exempt. Individuals must meet all other standard admissibility criteria. Applicants who meet all the requirements and who have had a valid work permit within the past year can start working for the new employer before their work permit application has officially been approved.

US citizens who need emergency assistance should contact the Embassy for help. All US 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

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

All nonessential travel should be avoided until health conditions improve. Travelers to CAR should be prepared for travel-related delays and restrictions including curfews, internal movement restrictions, and business closures. Healthcare options may be limited, and US citizens may have limited opportunities to return to the United States.

The US Embassy has limited its staff and consular services until further notice. Therefore, it will only offer emergency services for US citizens. Individuals should visit the Embassy’s website for more information on coronavirus-related restrictions and operations.

Chad

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

A Level 3 Travel Advisory is currently in effect for Chad due to COVID-19 with some modifications. Most transportation has resumed, including bus travel. Airports are open, and commercial flights are operating. Some border crossings are also open. The US Embassy in N’Djamena has resumed some consular services. Most nonessential businesses are open for operation. Public schools will reopen throughout the month of October.

The Embassy is now accepting appointments for all US citizen services, including passport services and consular reports of births abroad. Routine appointments are now available for select visa categories, including F-1 (Academic Student), M-1 (Non-Academic Student), and J-1 (Exchange Visitor) visa applicants. All other visa types, including tourist visas, will be considered only on an emergency basis. Anyone who wants to request an appointment should email the Embassy for assistance.

Chile

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

A mandatory quarantine requirement is lifted for travelers to Chile if they can provide negative COVID-19 test results obtained within 72 hours of departure.

The Government of Chile has announced changes for first-time work visa applicants. Additional documentation is now required for initial visa applicants. Additionally, applicants will face increased scrutiny. Application processing is also expected to take six to eight weeks, which is longer than before due to the changes in requirements. Based on the changes, applicants who are over age 18 must provide duly apostilled professional degrees and police clearance certificates. They may be required to provide duly apostilled birth and marriage certificates as well if applicable, along with an apostilled and legalized affidavit demonstrating that they will be supported financially while they are in Chile. Hiring companies must provide a certified letter explaining their reasons for hiring foreign employees, including a description of the benefits to the company and to Chile. Companies must provide their company charter, three previous tax payment records, and a minimum of three social security payments for their employees in Chile. Entities must also provide proof of applicants’ legal address in Chile. Applications will be reviewed by the Chilean Immigration Police, and an initial review will be conducted before the application process continues.

Individuals traveling to Chile may experience travel restrictions including airport closures, border closures, and limited transportation options. Additionally, businesses may be operating with limited hours and reduced services. Other emergency measures may be implemented to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

A quarantine is in place for Vallenar, Paine, Molina, San Clemente, Longavi, Coronel, San Pedro de la Paz, Lota, Puerto Natales, and Porvenir. A Phase 2 transition is in effect for Quilicura, San Bernardo, and Isla de Maipo. A Phase 3 transition is in place for La Reina, which will have a lifted quarantine on weekends and holidays.

Commercial flights are currently available for US citizens, although the number of flights available is limited. Individuals who want to depart Chile should contact the airlines directly for travel reservations and additional information on flight availability. Individuals who have an urgent reason for travel can request permission to enter the country if they have an approved visa. Individuals can now obtain initial work and residence visas in several countries, including Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, South Korea, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

The US 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 US citizens who need emergency assistance should visit the Embassy’s website for more information.

China

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Many businesses and schools have reopened. Stay-at-home orders have been lifted. Domestic public transportation has resumed as well. While many restrictions due to COVID-19 are being relaxed, other measures are still in place to limit the risk of disease transmission. Additionally, travelers may encounter other COVID-19 restrictions that are put in place with little advance notice.

The US Embassy and Consulate General are providing limited passport services at this time. Additionally, the Consulate General is offering limited notarial services for Social Security, Internal Revenue Service, and Certificates of No Criminal Conviction. Additionally, the Consulate General has resumed certain nonimmigrant services, including F, M, and some J categories. Services are also available for C1/D, E, I, O, and P visas, along with certain immigrant services including IR1, IR2, CR1, and CR2 visas.

Colombia

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

A COVID-19 test is no longer mandatory for travelers arriving by air. However, travelers must complete a Check-Mig form through the Check-Mig App. They must report any COVID-19 symptoms to health authorities. The use of face masks and other preventative measures is still in effect. Individuals who are symptomatic upon arrival or who develop symptoms of COVID-19 will be contacted by the National Tracking Contact Center.

Some immigration services are now available. Foreign nationals are permitted to apply for visas and permits, but all applications require appointments. Delays should be anticipated. Individuals can apply for a foreign national ID card, visa registration for adults and children, a temporary permit, certificate of migratory movements, special permits for the Promotion of Formalization to stay, and temporary stay permits for extension of stay. Visa registration, foreign national ID cars, certificate of migratory movements, and temporary permits will be expedited through December 15th.

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection has implemented biosafety protocols to control COVID-19. Passengers are required to complete a pre-check form in the “CheckMig” application, which is an app designed by Migracion Colombia. Travelers can upload all their travel information beforehand to expedite the immigration control interview process upon arrival. Information must be uploaded to the app within 24 hours of departure. Passengers must upload their negative COVID-19 test results within 96 hours of departure. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted to board. Travelers must also notify local health officials if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 within two weeks of arrival.

International flights have resumed to and from Brazil, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States. All travelers must present negative PCR COVID-19 test results for all domestic and international flights. Flights will be permitted from other countries as they lift their own border restrictions and if they are following COVID-19 precautionary measures.

Individuals who want to return to the United States are encouraged to sign up for a humanitarian flight as soon as possible. Individuals wishing to return to the United States can sign up for a flight through the STEP program, which is available through the Embassy’s website. Individuals who need assistance should contact the US Embassy by phone or email to request emergency appointments, including ordering an emergency passport.

Costa Rica

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

US citizens from all states are now permitted to enter in phases starting on November 1st. US citizens are already permitted to enter from certain states, and that list will be expanded. Citizens will be granted entry on November 1st based on COVID-19 infection rates in their state. A driver’s license or other official documentation is required for proof of residency. Travelers must complete digital epidemiological forms to enter the country.

The Immigration Department will remain closed through December 1, 2020. It will not accept any new applications or documents. Tourists who have entered Costa Rica between December 17, 2019 and December 31, 2020 can remain in the country legally through March 2, 2021. Birth, marriage, and criminal record certificates that expired after March 17, 2020 will remain valid through June 1, 2021. Stay visas with an expiration between March 17, 2020 and September 22, 2020 will be automatically extended through February 12, 2021. The Immigration Department will continue to process applications on file. It will send approval and rejection notices via fax and email. Individuals who entered the country after December 17, 2019 can stay through March 2, 2021. International documents, such as birth certificates, are valid through June 1, 2021. Foreign nationals with an expired DIMEX in the temporary or permanent residence category will have their validity extended through January 11, 2021. Individuals with non-resident DIMEX will have an extension through February 12, 2021.

An “open phase” is now in effect nationwide with fewer COVID-19 restrictions. This phase is scheduled to remain in place through October. Most commercial establishments can resume operations during the open phase, including essential and nonessential businesses. However, bars and casinos will not be allowed to open during this time. A restriction will remain in place for mass gatherings. Vehicles with authorized license plates can drive from 5:00 a.m. through 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and from 5:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. on weekends. Beaches are open from 5:00 a.m. through 2:30 p.m., and national parks are open nationwide.

Along with the United States, air travel has resumed for visitors from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Estonia, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Hungary, Latvia, Italy, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Malta, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, North Ireland, Portugal, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Commercial flights are permitted to fly from Madrid, Spain and Frankfurt, Germany to San Jose. Those flights are limited to five per week. Travelers from other countries who have spent at least two weeks prior in an authorized country may be allowed to board a flight to Costa Rica if they do not develop symptoms of COVID-19. All tourists must present negative COVID-19 test results in English or Spanish. Test results must have been collected within the previous 48 hours. Permanent and temporary residents of Costa Rica may enter the country if they have certain documentation, including a passport, valid DIMEX, evidence that their Caja payments are updated, and a completed Health Pass. A 14-day quarantine is required. However, the quarantine will be waived for individuals arriving from an authorized country, who can prove they stayed in an authorized country for the past 14 days, and who have a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival into the country.

The US Embassy is currently available for limited services. The Embassy has suspended in-person routine services until further notice. However, it is currently providing emergency assistance for US citizens. Individuals who need an emergency passport should contact the Embassy by email for assistance.

Cote d’Ivoire

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

All non-essential travel outside the Abidjan area is restricted through November 7, 2020.

The US Embassy in Abidjan has resumed some routine American Citizen Services, including notarial services, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and passport applications and renewals. Appointments are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Appointments are required for in-person services. Everyone is asked to fill out all application forms and paperwork in advance and bring them to the appointment. Appointments can be made online through the Embassy’s website.

Many businesses and schools are now open. Stay-at-home orders have been lifted. Public transportation is now operating, and airports and borders have reopened. While many restrictions have been lifted, others are still in place. US citizens should be prepared for travel advisories to be implemented with little or no advance warning. US citizens should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) before traveling.

Croatia

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

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

Even though a Health Notice is in place, most transportation has resumed nationwide, including airport operations. Croatia’s borders have reopened as well, and many businesses are operating. Schools and day cares are now open as well. Although the country’s epidemiological situation has improved, restrictions and regulations may be implemented or reinstated if the number of COVID-19 cases increases.

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

The US 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

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

US citizens are permitted to enter Cuba if they meet certain limited exceptions. Proof of negative COVID-19 test results are required for entry. Health screening procedures are in place at airports and ports of entry. US citizens are required to quarantine upon arrival.

Some COVID-19 restrictions are still in place, including limitations on public transportation. Noncompliance with government measures and hygiene protocols may result in fines.

Limited repatriation flights are available for US citizens wishing to depart the country. US citizens who would like to join a repatriation flight when available should contact the Embassy to express their interest in traveling. US citizens who do not leave the country should prepare to remain in Cuba throughout the quarantine period. Private charter flights between the United States and Cuba are currently prohibited. Only authorized public charter flights will be permitted to and from Havana, including medical flights, search-and-rescue flights, and other flights deemed essential for the national interest or security of the United States.

The US Embassy continues to offer emergency services only for US citizens. Anyone who needs emergency assistance should contact the Embassy for support.

Curaçao

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Most commercial flights are currently banned through December 2020. Negative COVID-19 test results are required for entry. Test results must be obtained within 72 hours of arrival. Travelers must also agree to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. All travelers must complete an online immigration card before traveling.

Some restrictions have been lifted nationwide in response to improving epidemiological conditions. Some transportation has resumed, and more businesses are now operating. Stay-at-home orders and movement restrictions have been lifted as well. A curfew is in place from 11:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. Although travel is now permitted to and from Curacao, US citizens should sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important updates about changes to health regulations and travel restrictions due to COVID-19.

The US Consulate General is open for all routine US citizen services. Limited visa services are also available, including interviews for student and some petition-based visas. The Consulate will also process visa renewals by mail for qualified applicants. Emergency appointments are also still available.

Cyprus

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Foreign nationals, including US citizens, are advised to reconsider nonessential travel at this time.

In the Republic of Cyprus, all movement restrictions are now lifted, including a nighttime curfew. Many indoor and outdoor public areas have reopened, including seaports, airports, malls, open-air cinemas and theaters, and indoor areas of restaurants. Schools have resumed for in-person instruction too, including kindergartens, primary schools, high schools, and summer schools. Religious services can now resume, along with weddings, baptisms, and funerals, provided health protocols are strictly observed. Museums, libraries, historical sites, archaeological sites, and ports are open, with the exception of passenger disembarkation of cruise ships. Gyms, theme parks, amusement parks, and casinos are now open, too.

In the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, all movement restrictions are now lifted, including nighttime curfews. Essential and non-essential businesses have reopened. Casinos, cinemas, parks, theaters, festivals, and public meeting spaces have reopened too, although schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year. Citizens of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus can enter the country through checkpoints without a mandatory quarantine, provided they provide proof of a negative PCR test performed within the past 72 hours. The PCR test must be repeated every 15 days for individuals crossing back and forth between the Republic of Cyprus and TRNC. Citizens of all other nationalities who have resided in the Republic of Cyprus for the past 14 days can enter TRNC, provided they show proof of a negative PCR test conducted within the past 72 hours.

Regularly scheduled commercial flights to and from the Republic of Cyprus have resumed. Entry restrictions apply based on country of origin. Currently, flights are categorized into three groups, which are Category A, Category B, and Category C. Countries considered “Category A” have the lowest rates of COVID-19 cases. Some restrictions apply for Category B countries, which have moderate rates of COVID-19, while the most restrictions apply to flights arriving from Category C countries. There are no restrictions on travelers arriving from Category A and Category B countries, and a mandatory quarantine is not required. However, a Cyprus Flight Pass is required for both categories, and COVID-19 testing is mandatory for Category B travelers. Entry is limited to ROC citizens, residents, and diplomats from Category C countries. A quarantine and COVID-19 testing is mandatory for all Category C arrivals. Category C travelers must also have a Cyprus Flight Pass.

The US Embassy is accepting emergency requests from US citizens for passport appointments at this time. Individuals who need emergency services should contact the Embassy by email.

Czech Republic

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Most transportation is now available, and border restrictions have been eased. Some restrictions are still in place to reduce the spread of disease. A law is now in place requiring facial coverings to be worn on all forms of public transportation, in healthcare facilities, in shops and shopping centers, schools, voting centers, and government buildings, including the US Embassy. Face masks must also be worn at indoor events if the number of people present is 100 or more. Entry restrictions remain in place for US citizens with limited exceptions. Health screening requirements are in place at airports and ports of entry for travelers.

The Czech Republic maintains a list of “green” and “red” countries based on the countries’ rates of COVID-19 cases. Czech nationals who were in a “red” country for over 12 hours in the past 14 days must undergo a PCR test upon returning to the Czech Republic. They must submit test results to the regional hygiene station within 72 hours of entry. Individuals who do not comply with the orders must undergo a mandatory quarantine. No restrictions apply to returning Czech nationals who were not in a “red” country for more than 12 hours in the past two weeks. Arriving EU citizens who spent more than 12 hours in a red country within the past two weeks must undergo a PCR test upon arrival and submit the test results to a regional hygiene station. Otherwise, they must undergo a mandatory quarantine. Students and employees must undergo a second PCR test 14 days after arriving. No obligations apply to arriving EU citizens who were not in red zone country for 12 hours or more in the past 14 days. Arriving non-EU citizens must undergo a PCR test upon arrival and have their test results submitted to a regional hygiene station within 72 hours from entry. Otherwise, they must undergo a mandatory quarantine. No additional obligations apply to individuals who did not spend 12 hours or more in a red zone country within the past two weeks prior to arriving in the Czech Republic.

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

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Most businesses are now open, along with many schools and daycare facilities. Borders have reopened, and flights are now available for commercial travel. Most public transportation has resumed as well. Movement restrictions have been lifted, including curfews and restrictions on interstate and intercity travel. Domestic travelers must present negative COVID-19 test results. While many restrictions have been lifted, travelers are advised that additional regulations may be implemented if the country’s epidemiological situation changes. While restrictions have been lifted, some regulations remain in place to control the spread of disease, including a mandate to wear face coverings in public. US citizens are now permitted to enter the country.

Certain entry and exit requirements are in place for travelers. Passengers arriving in the country must present negative COVID-19 test results taken within 72 hours of departure for the DRC. Upon arrival, travelers must wear masks, practice social distancing, use disinfectants, and have their temperatures checked. They must also complete a health questionnaire. All travelers must self-quarantine for 14 days, regardless of their country of origin. Travelers may be required to take an additional COVID-19 test upon arrival. US citizens will need to provide health and medical evacuation insurance. All travelers must also have a World Health Organization (WHO) card demonstrating a yellow fever vaccination. Negative COVID-19 test results are required for all departure flights and domestic commercial flights. Individuals should check with their airlines regarding COVID-19 safety measures and testing requirements at their destination.

Routine services are still suspended at the Embassy. Anyone who needs an emergency passport or other emergency documentation should contact the Embassy by email to request an emergency appointment.

Denmark

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

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

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

The US Embassy Copenhagen will continue to provide mission critical services to US citizens, including issuing US 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.US citizens who need immediate assistance can contact the Embassy via email for support.

Djibouti

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Djibouti due to COVID-19. Most domestic transportation has resumed. Airports and borders have reopened as well. Most businesses have resumed operations, including schools and day care centers.

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

The US Embassy will continue to provide emergency services only for US 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

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

A nationwide curfew is in effect from Monday through Friday (9:00 PM through 5:00 AM) and Saturdays and Sundays (7:00 PM through 5:00 AM). US citizens who travel during those hours may be asked to show their ticket for travel, passport, and travel itinerary.

Commercial flights are operating, and US citizens can enter the country. COVID-19 rapid tests will only be performed on randomly selected travelers upon arrival. However, travelers may be subject to other health screening requirements at the airport, including temperature checks. Anyone leaving the country may be required to complete various health declarations and customs forms, including a Passenger Locator Form, a Traveler Health Affidavit, and a Traveler Instructive Commitment. All forms must be completed in English or Spanish. US citizens who test positive for COVID-19 must quarantine.

All nonessential travel to the Dominican Republic should be avoided at this time. Travelers may encounter airport closures, border closures, and stay-home orders. Additional measures may be implemented to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

Numerous COVID-19 restrictions are still in place. Large events and public gatherings are prohibited. Masks are required by law in public places, and social distancing protocols are established for many activities.

The US Embassy continues to offer emergency assistance only. Anyone who needs travel assistance should contact the Embassy for support.

Ecuador

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Many restrictions have been lifted, including stay-at-home orders and internal movement restrictions. Travel options have resumed, including air travel and public transportation. Although multiple restrictions have ended due to COVID-19, other restrictions remain in effect, including health screening procedures at airports and other ports of entry. US citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive critical updates on changing restrictions and regulations. US citizens are now permitted to enter the country, and commercial flights have resumed. Although a 14-day quarantine is not required for travelers who are symptom-free of COVID-19 upon arrival, all travelers to Ecuador must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 10 days of arrival in the country. Travelers who do not provide negative COVID-19 test results must undertake COVID-19 testing upon arrival. They must also immediately start a quarantine in an authorized accommodation. Travelers whose COVID-19 tests are negative can end their quarantine. However, travelers whose test results are positive must continue to quarantine. They will also receive all necessary health care.

US 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.

The US Embassy has resumed some limited nonimmigrant visa services, including visa renewals that qualify through the Interview Waiver Program. The Embassy notes that increased wait times are likely due to substantial backlogs. Individuals who have an urgent matter can request an emergency appointment through the Embassy’s website.

Egypt

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Movement restrictions have been lifted, and many businesses are now operating. Airport and border closures have ended. Public transportation has resumed. Schools have resumed as well. Although many restrictions have been lifted, some measures are still in place to reduce the risk of disease transmission. All inbound travelers, including Egyptian citizens, must present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival. Health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry. US citizens are permitted to enter the country. All travelers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. Passengers traveling from China, Japan, Thailand, North and South America, Canada, London Heathrow, Frankfurt, and Paris must provide paper copies of a test certificate with results obtained no more than 96 hours before departure. Children under age six are exempt. Incoming travelers must provide proof of health insurance.

Individuals who remain in Egypt for one month past their tourist visa expiration can stay for an additional 14 days without incurring a fine. After that time, individuals with expired visas must update their visa status with the Passports, Emigration & Nationality Administration and pay a fine before leaving the country. Some overstay fines may be waived for travelers who were unable to leave the country due to COVID-19. Those decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

The US Embassy continues to suspend all non-emergency services. All routine nonimmigrant visa appointments and immigrant appointments are currently cancelled, including diversity visa appointments. The Embassy will notify the public when it resumes those services. Individuals who need assistance should call the Embassy for more information and to make an appointment.

El Salvador

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Stay-at-home orders have been lifted, and some transportation has resumed. Some businesses have resumed operations as well. However, travelers may encounter airport closures, border closures, stay-at-home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions in El Salvador due to COVID-19. US citizens should enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive critical updates about changes in the country’s epidemiological situation.

US 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

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

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

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

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

Eritrea

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Some transportation and business operations have resumed. Additionally, some schools and daycare centers are now open. Although the number of COVID-19 cases has been declining, the government cautions that additional restrictions may be reinstated based on epidemiological changes.

Travel options are limited for US citizens at this time, as the international airport and land borders are closed until further notice. Limited repatriation opportunities are available for US citizens. Anyone who wants to travel on an evacuation flight should contact the Embassy via email. The US Embassy has suspended most in-person services until further notice, except for emergency American Citizen Services available at the Consular Section of the US Embassy. Individuals who need emergency assistance should call the Embassy to schedule an appointment.

Estonia

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Nonessential travel to Estonia should be postponed at this time due to the ongoing global impacts of COVID-19. Many services are currently available in Estonia, and most businesses are open. Grocery stores, schools, restaurants, shopping centers, and athletic facilities are now operating, although public events are still limited. Regular flights are available out of the country, but flight schedules are limited, and flight availability is below pre-pandemic levels. Social distancing and face masks are not mandatory, although individuals should still maintain a safe distance from others when possible.

Entry and exit requirements are still in effect. Some travelers are exempt from the quarantine mandate depending on their country of origin. US citizens are not currently allowed to enter the country unless they qualify for an exception. Individuals who have a residency permit for Estonia or whose family members live in Estonia are permitted to visit. Borders are open to citizens, residents, and long-term visa holders from the EU, Schengen Zone, UK, and several other non-EU countries. Travelers must be free of COVID-19 symptoms and have been present in an approved country for at least 14 days to be granted entry. Quarantine requirements are waived for essential work purposes for travelers from non-authorized countries. All exempt travelers must have COVID-19 testing upon arrival and have a second COVID-19 test seven days later. Border restrictions are still in place at the Estonia-Russia border.

Foreign nationals who are unable to return home due to COVID-19 may be permitted to stay temporarily by the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board. Anyone who has questions about their eligibility of stay in Estonia should contact the Embassy.

The US Embassy Tallinn is available to assist with certain US 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 US 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. US citizens who need assistance can email the Embassy for support.

Eswatini

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

The country will remain under a partial lockdown until further notice. All nonessential services are closed during the partial lockdown. Additionally, the public should avoid all unnecessary domestic travel and movement. Entities providing essential services are still open, including pharmacies, hospitals, and grocery stores.

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

The US Embassy Mbabane staff is working remotely during the partial lockdown. Therefore, the Embassy is providing emergency American Citizen services only at this time. US 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

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

The US Embassy in Ethiopia has updated its services due to epidemiological conditions.

Ethiopia’s COVID-19 travel advisory has been downgraded from Level 4 to Level 3. Many businesses and schools are now open. Most domestic movement restrictions have been lifted, along with travel bans and border closures. All forms of public transportation are operating at 50% of their normal capacity. Passenger limits apply to public transportation including buses and taxis, although size limits vary by region. The use of face masks in public places is mandatory. Anyone who does not comply with the requirements will be fined.

US citizens are now permitted to enter the country. Travelers should note that although travel restrictions have been lifted, health screening requirements are still in place for passengers upon arrival in Ethiopia. Additionally, travelers arriving at the Bole International Airport must provide a medical certificate, issued within 72 hours before arrival, proving that they do not have COVID-19. Individuals are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Travelers who do not provide negative COVID-19 test results are subject to medical screening and a 14-day quarantine. The first week of quarantine must be spent at a government facility, while the second week may be spent at home in self-isolation. The quarantine requirement does not apply for transiting passengers. Domestic travel restrictions have been lifted nationwide, although movement restrictions are still in place for the State of Tigray. Anyone entering the state must provide evidence of negative COVID-19 test results. Tests must be taken within 24 hours before arrival in Tigray.

Until further notice, the US Embassy will only provide passport services for verified life-or-death emergencies, including serious injuries, illnesses, or deaths in one’s immediate family requiring travel to the United States within three business days. Individuals who believe they qualify for emergency travel should provide a copy of the biography page of their US passport and proof of a valid residency card or visa showing that they are authorized to exit the country. Prospective travelers must also provide information proving the emergency, such as a death certificate or signed letter from a medical professional or hospital. The document must be in English or translated into English. Proof of travel plans for the emergency, such as a reservation or ticket, is also required. Individuals must send all requisite documentation to the Embassy by email to schedule an appointment. People will not be allowed to enter the Embassy without an appointment. Along with the emergency travel situations above, US citizens may be able to obtain other American Citizen services. Anyone who needs services should contact the Embassy with information on the services they are requesting and their preferred method of contact.

Fiji

Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Most transportation has resumed in Fiji, and most borders are now open. Airport operations have resumed as well. Most businesses are now open, including day care centers and schools. Individuals who decide to travel to Fiji should sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important COVID-19 alerts and updates on COVID-19 rules and regulations.

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

Finland

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

US citizens are currently not allowed to enter Finland, although some exceptions are permitted for essential travel, work, and transit. Additionally, family members of Finnish nationals and individuals with Finnish residence permits can enter the country. A 10-day quarantine is in place for arriving travelers, although individuals may undergo two voluntary COVID-19 tests instead to shorten the quarantine period. COVID-19 testing and proof of negative test results is not required for arriving travelers, although testing is free for anyone who wants COVID-19 test results. International commercial flights are available through Mariehamn and Helsinki-Vantaa airports. US citizens who want to leave the country should arrange travel through the airlines. US citizens should also monitor the entry and exit requirements for countries they are transiting through to check for local regulations and restrictions.

The Finnish Immigration Service has resumed normal operations following months of restrictions for COVID-19. In-person immigration services are now available with and without appointments. Applicants who have urgent issues and want an in-person appointment can visit an immigration service center without making an appointment in advance. Individuals who have non-urgent issues can either submit their application online through the Enter Finland website or go to a service center to request an appointment on a walk-in basis. Applications submitted by mail or email after September 1st will not be accepted. Mailed applications will be returned to applicants. Individuals who submitted applications before September 1st, either by mail or email, will be contacted by the Finnish Immigration Service. They do not need to schedule an appointment online or wait for an appointment on a walk-in basis.

Applicants for Finnish residency, citizenship, or registration of right have through December 31, 2020 to complete an in-person identity appointment at a Finnish Embassy, Consulate, or service center. The in-person component is required to complete the application process. Applicants must have their fingerprints taken during the appointment, and their documents will be verified. Individuals who are in Finland can apply for an extended residence permit. They may be exempt from the in-person verification requirement if they present “strong identification” in the “Enter Finland” online portal available on the government’s website.

The US Embassy has resumed some regular American Citizen services, including passport applications, passport renewals, and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. Strict health and safety measures are in place for visitors at the Embassy. US citizens who have scheduled appointments should plan to arrive at their appointments on time.

France

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Restaurants, cafés, and bars are open throughout most of the country, but they are operating with restricted hours in Paris and closed in Marseilles and Guadeloupe. Schools and public transportation have resumed. Social distancing and face masks are required. A ban on large group gatherings remains in place. Failure to wear a face mask when required may result in fines.

Intra Company Transfer (ICT) visa holders and their family members are now permitted to enter the country. Additionally, talent Passport holders, teachers, and researchers can enter France. Previously, the French government authorized entry only for students and family members of French or EU nationals. Although they are now permitted to enter the country, all travelers are still subject to COVID-19 health measures, including testing and quarantine. Additionally, travelers must complete an International Travel Certificate to Mainland France before traveling. The form must be presented to the airline before departure and to border officials upon arrival in France.

The US Embassy and Consulate General have resumed some routine services, including passport processing, notaries, consular reports of birth abroad, and assistance for federal benefits and voting. Individuals who need to make an appointment should contact the Embassy or Consulate.

Gabon

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

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 pm and 6:00 am 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 US Embassy Libreville is closed for regular consular services. The Embassy will resume normal operations when the COVID-19 threat subsides.

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

Gambia

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

While the Level 3 alert is in place nationwide, some areas of the country may have greater restrictions than others based on local epidemiological conditions. Individuals traveling to Gambia may encounter some travel-related restrictions. At this time, most businesses have reopened, and most public transportation is operating. Flights are currently available for commercial travel as well.

Nationwide, the use of face masks and social distancing measures are in effect and enforced. Additionally, the Ministry of Health has the authority to implement measures as needed with little notice, including quarantine policies, restrictions on large gatherings, and other public health measures.

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

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

Georgia

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Georgia has announced flexible work options in response to COVID-19. A remote work visa is now available for certain foreign nationals. The visa allows eligible employees to work for a company located outside the country for a maximum of 180 days.

The State of Emergency is no longer in effect, but many internal restrictions are still in place. Weddings, celebrations, jubilees, other ritual events, and sports and cultural events are limited to 200 people. Schools have resumed in-person instruction. Most outdoor activities are now permitted. Swimming pools and gyms can reopen provided they pass a health inspection. Restaurants and hotels have reopened, but they are subject to ongoing health inspections. The use of face masks is mandatory when in public.

US citizens are not permitted to enter with limited exceptions, including the spouse or minor child of a Georgian citizen, certain business travelers, and certain foreign citizens who are planning to stay for six months or longer to work as a freelancer or who are self-employed. Those individuals must apply online for advance permission to enter, and they must quarantine upon arrival. Negative COVID-19 tests are not required for US citizens, but returning citizens and legal residents of certain EU countries who pre-register must provide proof of negative COVID-19 test results, with results obtained within 72 hours of arrival. The exit period for foreign nationals has been extended through December 31, 2020. Foreign nationals without a residency permit who were legally in the country on March 14, 2020, have been in the country for more than 365 days, and could not leave due to border closures can stay in the country through December 31, 2020 without penalty.

US citizens must quarantine upon arrival. Quarantine requirements apply to most travelers with limited exceptions. Travelers must generally undergo an eight-day quarantine, reduced from a 14-day quarantine, upon arrival. Quarantines must be conducted in a government-assigned facility. Travelers must pay for their own quarantine. Individuals will be retested on the 12th day following their quarantine. US citizens who test positive for COVID-19 must stay in quarantine or be transferred to a medical facility. Regular commercial flights are canceled through October 31st. Some land borders are open, although travel outside of Georgia by personal vehicle for nonessential reasons is generally prohibited. Travelers may by subject to additional health screening and quarantine regulations. Public transportation is operating with limits on the number of people allowed. Face masks are mandatory on public transportation.

The US Embassy Tbilisi has resumed limited processing of some visa applications, including student visas and employment-based categories. The Embassy is also scheduling appointments for IR/CR1, IR/CR2, IR/IH3, IR/IH4, and SB1 (immigrant visa categories) and K1, F1, M1, and certain J1 and C1/D (nonimmigrant visa categories). American Citizen Services currently available include passport services, notarial services, and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. Individuals can schedule an appointment on the Embassy’s website. The Embassy notes that individuals should expect delays for non-emergency appointments. Additionally, strict health guidelines are in place for all visitors at the Embassy, including the use of face masks and social distancing mandates. Individuals who need assistance should contact the Embassy by phone or email.

Germany

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing is now required for individuals arriving from approximately 130 countries. Testing must be conducted within 48 hours of departure from Germany, or within 72 hours for arriving travelers. Testing is mandatory for anyone arriving from a high-risk country, including German nationals. Tests are available at testing facilities, airports, and doctors’ offices with no charge. Travelers arriving in Germany from a high-risk country must self-isolate until they receive their test results. Those who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for 14 days. All travelers who must take a test should have a second test performed within five to seven days following the first test. Travelers arriving from countries that are not considered high-risk may take up to two COVID-19 tests upon arrival. Individuals who do not comply with the testing protocol may face monetary fines.

Along with the high-risk countries, parts of Australia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Spain, and Romania have been identified as high-risk. Travel from those regions to Germany is not permitted.

Under Presidential Proclamation 9993, certain travelers can qualify for national interest exceptions (NIEs). The list of national interest exceptions includes individuals traveling as public health or healthcare professionals or researchers for COVID-19, students and their dependents who are traveling to the US with an F or M visa to pursue studies, or who are traveling on a J visa to participate in an exchange program, all exchange visitors and their dependents who are traveling to the US on J visas in the categories of research scholars, short term scholars, professors, or specialists, investors who are traveling in connection with investment or trade in the US economy that has a substantial economic impact, and individuals pursuing temporary travel that provides a significant economic benefit to the US economy such as technical experts and specialists, senior-level managers and executives, and professional athletes along with their dependents and essential staff.

Ghana

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

All non-urgent travel to Ghana should be avoided while the travel alert remains in place. All international air travel is currently suspended, and Ghana’s borders are still closed. However, there are several upcoming special repatriation flights available to US citizens and permanent residents who wish to leave the country. Individuals who wish to leave the country should check for updates through the Embassy’s website. Information on flights is available through the “Transportation Options” section of the Embassy’s COVID-19 information page. Individuals should make reservations directly through the airlines.

Greece

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Starting November 11, 2020, all foreign travelers must have a negative PCR COVID-19 test to enter Greece.

The new requirement applies to all travelers except children under age 10 who are entering Greece through land and air borders. All travelers must have negative test results that were obtained within 72 hours prior to entry. Test results must be in English and have the name and passport number of the traveler. The COVID-19 test requirements apply to essential and professional travelers along with permanent residents and citizens of Greece. All travelers must complete an electronic PLF form. They may be retested upon arrival. Individuals who do not have negative test results will not be allowed to enter Greece.

Greece has updated its entry requirements due to COVID-19. Requirements vary by country. EU nationals, UK nationals, and foreign nationals and residents with Greek residency are permitted to enter Greece. Travelers from most other countries are banned except for nationals of Canada, Georgia, Australia, Rwanda, New Zealand, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Uruguay, Tunisia, and the UAE. Foreign nationals from other countries may apply for an entry exemption for limited purposes, such as family or work. Travelers from Belgium, Albania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Israel, North Macedonia, Malta, Romania, Russia, Poland, Spain, and the UAE must provide negative COVID-19 test results obtained within 72 hours of entering the country. Only 10,000 travelers can enter Greece from Israel each week, and only 500 Russian travelers will be allowed weekly. Russian residents must fly into Crete, Athens, or Thessaloniki. All travelers must complete an online health form within 24 hours of arrival.

US citizens are not permitted to enter Greece unless they meet a narrow list of exceptions, including if they are traveling for essential reasons or hold an EU passport. Individuals who can enter the country must complete a Passenger Locator Form, available on the Embassy’s website, within 48 hours of entering the country. Negative COVID-19 test results are required for entry for some travelers. Health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry, and visitors are subject to random tests upon arrival.

The US Embassy in Athens has resumed processing for limited categories of non-immigrant and immigrant visa applications. Regular passport processing, reports of birth abroad, notary actions, voting assistance, and federal benefits assistance have resumed at the US Mission.

Guatemala

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

A State of Calamity due to COVID-19 has ended. A nationwide curfew has also ended. All public places, businesses, and entertainment venues are permitted to open, but they must adhere to strict health guidelines established by local authorities. Social distancing and the use of face masks is required.

Borders are now open. The La Aurora International Airport has reopened for arriving and departing commercial passenger flights. However, flights are operating on a limited basis. Travelers should contact the airlines directly to schedule a flight. All arriving travelers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. Additionally, air carriers may require proof of negative COVID-19 test results for travelers leaving the United States. Health protocols are in place at ports of entry to screen arriving and departing passengers.

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

Guinea

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

The Gbessia International Airport in Conakry is now open. Some airlines have resumed commercial flights. Enhanced screening and quarantine measures are in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. A curfew is in place between midnight and 4:00 a.m. in the greater Conakry area. Business are open and dining establishments can open with social distancing measures and health precautions in place. Places of worship are open, and schools have opened for the school year.

US citizens can enter the country. Negative COVID-19 PCR test results are required for entry. Individuals who have negative test results are not required to quarantine. Passengers who have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 will be sent to a treatment center until they have two additional negative tests. Health screening procedures are in place at airports and ports of entry. Travelers must have at least three masks with them. Along with the general health provisions, travelers should check with their airlines for additional measures that may be required for travel.

The Consular Section of the US Embassy in Conakry Guinea is now offering limited appointments for select services, including renewing an expired US passport, or a passport that will expire in the next six months, reporting a US passport lost or stolen and apply for a new one, replace an emergency limited-validity passport, apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, and notarize a DS-3053 Statement of Consent for Passport Issuance for a minor US citizen child. Anyone who needs an appointment can contact the Embassy for assistance.

Guyana

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

New measures will remain in place through October 31, 2020. A later curfew is in effect from 9:00 p.m. through 4:00 a.m. Stores and businesses can remain open through 8:00 p.m. Restaurants can stay open for outdoor dining, drive-thru, curbside pickup, delivery, and takeout through 8:00 p.m. Indoor dining is prohibited. In-person education is suspended until further notice.

International airports are open for regular commercial passenger travel with health regulations in effect. Arriving travelers must receive approval to enter the country by completing a repatriation form and providing a copy of their negative COVID-19 PCR test results. COVID-19 tests must be taken within seven days of arrival. Both documents must be submitted to the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority. Travelers must receive approval to enter Guyana prior to their flight. Inbound international travelers must self-quarantine at home for seven days upon arrival. US citizens, legal permanent residents, and US visa/ESTA holders can purchase tickets directly from the airline.

The US Embassy is resuming some normal operations as COVID-19 restrictions are eased. The Embassy is now providing additional appointments for US citizen consular services. Individuals requiring consular services can schedule an appointment through the Embassy’s website. Visitors should note that facial coverings are required when visiting the Embassy, and social distancing measures will be in place to reduce the risk of disease transmission. The Embassy is still accepting emergency appointments, although it has not resumed routine visa services at this time.

Haiti

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Travelers to Haiti may encounter border closures, airport closures, stay-at-home orders, business closures, travel prohibitions, and other emergency conditions. All nonessential travel is discouraged at this time. Travelers must have proof of travel insurance and medical evacuation insurance upon entering the country. Additionally, travelers should sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive COVID-19 alerts and other important travel updates.

The US Embassy is providing emergency assistance for US citizens at this time. US citizens should visit the Embassy’s website to request an emergency appointment.

Honduras

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

A National Curfew has been extended through November 1st. During the curfew, pharmacies, banks, supermarkets, gas stations, fruit and vegetable markets, authorized businesses and hardware stores can open from Monday through Friday. Essential activities and shopping are permitted during weekdays from 6:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. based on the last digit of a person’s national identity card or the last digit of a passport number for non-Honduran citizens. Some individuals have exclusive access to essential businesses from 7:00 a.m. through 9:00 a.m. on weekdays. They may visit banks from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on certain days based on their ID card or passport number.

Face masks, sanitary gel, and social distancing mandates are in effect during the Curfew. US citizens are encouraged to abide by local regulations and curfews and minimize unnecessary trips outside the home.

Hong Kong

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Most business operations have resumed in Hong Kong, including schools and daycare centers. However, some travel restrictions are in place to reduce the spread of disease. A travel ban remains in place for some foreign nationals, including US citizens, with limited exceptions. Travelers to Hong Kong are encouraged to continue practicing good hygiene, including staying away from others who are ill and washing their hands frequently.

The Hong Kong Immigration Department (ImmD) is now providing limited and basic public services. The ImmD will resume services at its Immigration headquarters and branch offices. Services will also resume at its Registration of Persons offices, Births, Deaths, and Marriage Registries, and Smart Identity Card Replacement Centers. Applicants should submit their applications through the ImmD’s homepage, through the department’s mobile application, or by applying through mail. Applicants should make appointments for service in advance, and they may encounter long wait times due to the limited services. Individuals should wear masks to their in-person appointments in compliance with government regulations.

The US Embassy will provide select emergency services for US 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.

Hungary

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

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

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

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

Iceland

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

With limited exceptions, US citizens are not permitted to enter Iceland. US citizens who want to travel to Iceland should complete a form, available through the Embassy’s website, to see if they qualify. Arriving travelers are subject to either COVID-19 testing or a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Additional health screening requirements are in place at airports and ports of entry.

Most transportation has resumed throughout Iceland, including airport operations and public transportation. However, commercial flights are limited. Iceland’s borders have reopened for travel as well. Most businesses are currently operating in Iceland, and schools and daycare centers have reopened. US citizens who are planning to travel to Iceland should sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive critical alerts.

The US Embassy is offering passport services, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notary services. Visa services are available to students and business applicants only, including F1, M1, and J1 visas. All US citizens who are in Iceland and want to return to the United States should contact the Embassy immediately for additional information on future opportunities. US citizens who are still in the country should prepare to remain in Iceland until the travel restrictions are lifted. US citizens who require assistance can email the Embassy to schedule an emergency appointment.

India

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

India has recently extended a ban on all arriving and departing international commercial flights through November 30, 2020. Select international flights may be permitted on a case-by-case basis.

New guidelines have been issued for arriving foreign travelers. Arriving travelers must submit a self-declaration form physically upon arrival or online at least 72 hours before their scheduled travel time. Travelers who do not have negative PCR test upon arrival can undergo COVID-19 testing at airport facilities. Individuals who arrive at airports where testing is not available, or who arrive without a negative PCR test, must quarantine for seven days at a designated location, followed by a seven-day quarantine at home. The changes apply to arriving travelers at air, land, and sea ports.

The US Embassy in India has announced significant delays in appointment wait times, including wait times for emergency appointments. Individuals who intend to renew their visas before the end of 2020 should anticipate a longer stay in India. Additionally, the Embassy is currently only processing limited in-person F, M, and J appointments. Routine visa processing in other categories has not yet resumed, including employment-based visas.

India has reopened its borders to business travelers following a COVID-19 lockdown. Business travelers can enter India through maritime borders. Commercial flights are still banned, but international travelers can arrange flights through government repatriation programs and charter flights. Travel for tourism is still prohibited until further notice. The Indian government cautions that travel restrictions are subject to change based on current epidemiological conditions.

All international passengers must submit a health declaration form within 72 hours of travel to India showing that they do not have COVID-19. Passengers will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival, including temperature scans. Travelers who have symptoms of COVID-19 or a fever will be taken to a designated isolation facility for further testing and evaluation. All arriving travelers must quarantine upon arrival. However, quarantine requirements vary depending on region of travel within India. Travelers may be required to provide a certificate, depending on destination in India, verifying that they are free of COVID-19.

The validity of OCI cards of foreign nationals who are currently India will remain in place. Regular visas and e-visas of foreign nationals who have been confined to India due to COVID-19 are eligible for a visa extension. Anyone whose visa has expired or will expire before commercial flights resume should apply online for an extension. Exit from the country will also be granted without an overstay penalty. However, travelers should contact the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) to ensure they have necessary exit permission.

Indonesia

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Indonesia and Singapore have announced a reciprocal green lane for essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. The green lane will be available for travel starting October 26th. Travelers must apply for permission to travel using the green lane. Residents and citizens of Singapore and citizens of Indonesia are eligible. Travelers who are approved to use the green lane must abide by all COVID-19 restrictions and regulations, including COVID-19 swab tests upon arrival.

Under the new regulations, the issuance of Visa on Arrival and Visa Exemption is suspended due to COVID-19. The suspension will be lifted once the COVID-19 pandemic ends. Foreign nationals are permitted to enter Indonesia with a single-entry visa for specific purposes, including business talks, emergency and urgent work, purchasing goods, medical and food assistance, expertise testing, and vessel crews. Visas for social purposes are not yet available. Foreign nationals cannot yet apply for a multiple-entry visa. Individuals who entered Indonesia with a visit visa and have received an emergency permit may apply for an extension up to 30 days. Single-entry visas and visas on arrival can be converted to a limited stay permit (ITAS).

New applications for stay permits are available to foreign nationals in select categories, including work, investment, spouse, and retirement. A recommendation from the investment authority is required along with a work permit from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) for a Work ITAS. Individuals who currently hold a limited stay permit or a permanent stay permit and who have already received an emergency permit can apply for an extension of their original permit. Individuals whose permits cannot be extended can apply for a new one without leaving the country. Individuals who are outside Indonesia and whose permits have expired must apply for a new one. If a re-entry permit has expired, the ITAP will also expire.

Negative COVID-19 test results must accompany all applications. Applicants must provide a letter accepting financial responsibility for a quarantine, if necessary, and to have their health monitored in quarantine. Individuals must show proof of at least USD $10,000.00 or equivalent in their bank account. Single-entry and limited stay visas are issued electronically. Individuals with telex visas who are outside the country must apply for new ones.

The US Embassy and Consulates are providing emergency and mission-critical functions only at this time. Emergency passport and citizenship services are available for US citizens.

Iraq

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Airports are open nationwide for domestic and international commercial flights. Curfews and limits on public gatherings are no longer in place. There are no domestic travel restrictions, but entry to Iraq for religious and tourism purposes is banned. Hotels, restaurants, and auditoriums are open. Government departments are open. Mosques, malls, and shops are open. Border crossings with Kuwait and Jordan are open only for commercial use. Face masks must be worn outside the home, and social distancing measures are in place. Land borders are open to commercial and passenger traffic. Government services are now operating. Medical schools are open, but all other schools and universities remain closed.

US citizens may enter the country. Negative COVID-19 test results are required for entry. Test results must be obtained with 72 hours before departure to Iraq. Health screening procedures are in place at airports and ports of entry. A quarantine is not mandatory for individuals who have negative COVID-19 test results.

The Consulate General is providing emergency and consular services to US citizens. The US Embassy in Baghdad has suspended all consular services. Individuals who need emergency assistance can contact the Consulate General through email.

Ireland

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

All countries previously on Ireland’s “green list” for travel into the country have been removed. All travelers are now subject to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival, regardless of their country of origin. Exceptions are made for travelers from Northern Ireland.

Irish residency permissions that were previously scheduled to expire between September 20, 2020 and January 20, 2021 will be automatically renewed through January 20, 2021.

A new online application platform is now available for Atypical Working Scheme (AWS) applications. The AWS permit allows non-EEA nationals to work in Ireland for 15-90 days. The average AWS processing time of 20 days is expected to stay the same.

Many businesses and schools are now open. Airports have resumed commercial flights, and border closures have been lifted. Public transportation is now widely available. Stay-at-home orders, internal movement restrictions, and curfews have been lifted. US citizens should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important updates regarding changes to COVID-19 policies.

The Burgh Quay Registration Office will close temporarily for first-time passport appointments on October 27, 2020. Passport renewals will still be processed electronically. The Registration Office will provide information when services have resumed.

Israel

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Due to COVID-19, the requirement for “necessity confirmation” is dropped to expedite work permit approval for foreign experts. The permit is an explanation from the employer for the foreign national’s need to travel to Israel. Travelers coming from a “red” country for seven days or less must still meet the requirement. Those with an approved entry must quarantine for 14 days. Individuals arriving from a green country do not need to quarantine. Self-isolation forms must be emailed to the Ministry of Health prior to arrival.

Following air travel restrictions due a COVID-19 lockdown, Israel is relaxing requirements for flights leaving the country. Travelers can freely purchase tickets for outbound flights, but inbound flights are restricted to pre-scheduled flights only. All travelers must show negative COVID-19 test results, and tests must be performed within 72 hours of their flight. Individuals arriving from countries on Israel’s ‘green’ list do not need to self-isolate, but they must comply with other lockdown restrictions. Travelers coming from ‘red’ countries must self-isolate for 14 days.

Due to COVID-19, the validity of certain visas will be extended through November 30, 2020. The measure applies to A-1 visas (temporary residence under the Law of Return); A-2 visas (interns, students, yeshiva students); A-3 visas (religious clerks); A-4 visas (dependents of A-2 and A-3 visas); A-5 visas (temporary residents); B-1 visas (general B-1 work); B-1 visas (foreign experts); and B-4 visas (volunteers). Extensions are automatic for these visas. Individuals do not need to contact the Ministry of Interior (MOI) for an extension.

Italy

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

A COVID-19 State of Emergency is extended through January 31, 2021. All social distancing measures and health protocols remain in effect until then.

A 14-day mandatory quarantine is also in place for many travelers. Foreign nationals who are unmarried partners of Italian citizens can now enter the country to join their partner, even if they are not cohabiting, although some restrictions apply. Travelers must undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival unless they are arriving from Bulgaria, Romania, or a non-EU country.

The General Migration Directorate (DGM) is permitting nationals from third countries, parents of minor children, and nationals of EU countries living in Spain to apply for a residency card under EU legal framework. The card is valid for five years and authorizes individuals to work in Spain. To qualify, individuals must be financially stable and have adequate medical care coverage.

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

Jamaica

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

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

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

The US 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

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Japan has lifted entry bans for travelers from Australia, China, Brunei, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam. Travelers from these areas must undergo a COVID-19 test prior to departure and have a PCR test upon arrival in Japan. The Japanese government has also imposed an entry ban for travelers from Myanmar and Jordan.

Japan will now resume inbound international travel for residents and select travelers. Students, dependents, and business travelers are now eligible to enter Japan, independent of their country of origin. However, they must meet certain criteria to enter the country. Additionally, they must adhere to strict health screening requirements upon arrival, including a mandatory quarantine. They must be hosted by an entity or company that can verify compliance with quarantine measures. Japan will limit the number of individuals allowed to enter Japan through this arrangement. Therefore, prospective travelers are encouraged to apply for their necessary visas as soon as possible.

Foreign nationals with residence status who left the country before August 31, 2020 with a valid re-entry permit can now re-enter the country. Certain documentation is required for travelers to re-enter Japan. Upon arrival, travelers must present a Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-Entry into Japan. The letter must be obtained from a Japanese overseas establishment where the individual resides. Along with the re-entry documentation, travelers must provide negative COVID-19 test results upon arrival. Tests must be taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

All routine passport and citizenship services have been cancelled until further notice. The Consulates and the US Embassy in Tokyo are currently unable to issue Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. However, they will provide emergency passports for US citizens with urgent situations. Individuals who need immediate assistance for travel should contact the Visa Call Center.

Jordan

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Commercial flights are currently available to and from the country. However, commercial flights are currently limited as airport operations resume. Jordan will implement a color-coded system to indicate the epidemiological situation in every passenger’s country of origin. Certain requirements apply for travelers based on country of origin, which refers to the traveler’s location in the past 14 days before arriving in Jordan. The country classification list will be updated every 14 days. Arrivals from “green” countries do not have to quarantine upon arrival. The current list of green countries includes Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Lithuania, Malaysia, Morocco, Poland, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and Tunisia. The list of “yellow” countries includes Algeria, Austria, Italy, Germany, Malta, the Netherlands, and the United Arab Emirates. Travelers from these countries must quarantine for one week in a government-designated hotel followed by a second week of quarantine at home. Countries listed as “red” include Bahrain, Belgium, Egypt, France, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, West Bank/Gaza, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, United Kingdom, Ukraine, United States of America, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Arriving travelers from these countries must quarantine for seven days at a government-authorized hotel. Following the hotel quarantine, they must quarantine for a second week at home and wear a government-issued electronic bracelet for tracking.

US citizens who travel to Jordan must receive a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of departure from their country of origin. Additionally, they must present a second PCR test upon arriving at the airport in Jordan.

Stay-at-home orders have been lifted. Some businesses have also resumed, and some transportation is now operating. Although there are fewer travel and movement restrictions in place, US citizens traveling to, from, and through Jordan should be prepared for additional measures to be implemented based on changing epidemiological conditions. US citizens who are in the country or planning to travel to Jordan should sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

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

Kazakhstan

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Travelers to the country may experience airport closures, border closures, stay-at-home notices, travel prohibitions, and other emergency measures due to COVID-19.

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

Commercial flight options are currently available for anyone who wants to return to the United States. US citizens who would like to return to the US are encouraged to make reservations for the flight as soon as possible, as additional flight opportunities may not be immediately available. Visa-free travel for US citizens is suspended through November 2020. The Kazakhstani border is closed to foreigners with limited exceptions, including direct family members of Kazakhstani citizens, diplomats, residency permit holders, employees of companies in critical industries, and citizens from countries with which Kazakhstan has resumed direct flights, including China, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, and Thailand.

The government cautions that the deadline of August 5th for foreign citizens without a current visa has passed. Foreigners who are still in the country and whose visas have either expired or not yet been renewed are subject to administrative penalties.

The Consulate General in Almaty and the US Embassy in Nur-Sultan will still offer emergency assistance only to US citizens until further notice. Individuals who need emergency support should contact the Consulate or Embassy by phone or email.

Kenya

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

The Kenyan Department of Immigration Services has ended a six-month amnesty for foreign nationals following the COVID-19 outbreak. Foreign nationals have until September 28th to leave the country. Individuals who want to remain in the country must apply for permits to regularize their status. Residency applications can be made on the Department’s website.

Most businesses are now open, and most airports have resumed service. Most of Kenya’s borders have reopened as well, along with schools and daycare centers. Although travel is permitted, travelers should be prepared for restrictions and health-related precautions to be implemented with little or no advance warning.

The US Embassy continues to suspend all routine consular services until further notice. However, it will still offer emergency assistance to US 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

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

The government urges travelers to cancel or postpone their travel to the country due to deteriorating epidemiological conditions. Land borders are currently open, although border restrictions and other travel regulations may be implemented with little or no advance notice. Curfews are in effect from 11:00 pm through 5:00 am for business operations. Most businesses are currently open and public transportation is operating. However, patrons must wear facial coverings when visiting restaurants and businesses. Social distancing measures must be followed as well.

The Pristina International Airport is currently open for commercial travel. COVID-19 testing and quarantines are not required for arriving or departing passengers. Citizens of Kosovo and the US are currently banned from entering the EU, although some countries permit US citizens to transit through to their destination. Individuals who travel to Kosovo should be prepared to stay for an extended period of time in the event that a travel ban is extended, or flights are cancelled. The Embassy continues to suspend normal consular operations. Emergency services only are offered until further notice. Individuals who need assistance for emergency passports, including a passport for urgent travel or for passports expiring in the next six months, can email the Embassy for an appointment. US citizens with other urgent matters can contact the Embassy by email.

Kuwait

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Some restrictions have been lifted due to improving COVID-19 conditions nationwide. Schools and businesses are now open, and many internal movement restrictions have been lifted. Airports and borders are now open. Although many regulations have been cancelled, travelers should be aware that health-related restrictions may be put in place with little advance warning if epidemiological conditions change.

US citizens with valid residencies are now permitted to enter Kuwait. However, visas will not be issued upon arrival at the airport. Additionally, visas will not be electronically available as they have been in the past. US citizens who do not have valid visas and wish to enter the country must obtain a visa or request approval for travel in advance from a Kuwaiti Embassy or Consulate. Online appointments are now available to US citizens for some passport and notarial services. US citizens can now request limited-validity passports if their existing US passports have expired, if they need valid travel documents, or in the case of newborn US citizens who do not yet have passports. Individuals who qualify for these situations should contact the US Embassy’s website to schedule an appointment. Individuals who need urgent assistance should contact the Embassy to request emergency consular services.

Kyrgyzstan

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Commercial flights are now suspended through August 2020. US citizens are advised that limited repatriation flights are available through that time. US citizens who wish to leave the country on a flight should make travel arrangements directly with the airlines. All travelers who enter the country are subject to a 14-day quarantine. Certain COVID-19 restrictions and protocols may be in place for countries that flights travel to or transit through.

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

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

Laos

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Some business operations have resumed nationwide, and more transportation is available. Airports and borders have reopened as well. While some restrictions have been lifted, the government cautions that emergency measures may be put in place with little or no advance notice for deteriorating epidemiological conditions.

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

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

Latvia

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Certain entry and exit requirements are in place while COVID-19 precautions remain in effect. Restrictions apply to individuals entering Latvia from outside the EU, including the US EU passport holders are allowed to enter the country, including residents of the Schengen countries, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Romania, Switzerland, Norway, the UK, and Ireland. Non-EU passport holders who have permanent EU residence status can still enter the country. Residents of select countries can enter the EU, including Algeria, Australia, Canada, Japan, Georgia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Morocco, Rwanda, Thailand, South Korea, Serbia, Uruguay, and Tunisia.

Some individuals are exempt from the travel ban, including minor children and spouses of Latvian nationals, long-term residents, passengers in transit, and members of government delegations.

Land borders between Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia are now open to individuals who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and who have not traveled outside the Baltic region in the past two weeks. Individuals who do not meet those requirements are subject to a 14-day quarantine. Currently, the US Embassy Riga is providing emergency services for US 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

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Restrictions are being lifted nationwide for COVID-19, including restrictions on commercial flights and public transportation. Borders have reopened in Lebanon as well. Most businesses are now open nationwide, and schools are now in session. Although many COVID-19 restrictions have ended, the Government of Lebanon cautions that additional restrictions may be enacted if epidemiological conditions deteriorate.

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

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

From March 29, 2020 through April 21, 2020, the US 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 US Embassy will only offer emergency services to US 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

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Transportation has resumed nationwide, and most businesses are now operating. Most schools have reopened as well. Borders are now open, and airlines are offering commercial domestic and international flights. Stay-at-home orders have also been lifted. Although many COVID-19-related restrictions have ended, travelers should be aware that additional restrictions may be implemented with little prior warning. All US citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) before traveling to Liberia.

Certain measures and protocols will remain in place for entering and exiting passengers. Before exiting the country, all passengers will have their temperature taken to check for COVID-19. All arriving passengers must also show a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival. Anyone whose rapid test results come back positive will be placed in a holding unit at the hospital. Passengers must check in four hours prior to arrival. Passengers are also required to wear a face mask, and they may be subject to mandatory screening. All passengers must wash their hands, and they must stand in designated marked spaces at the airline terminal. Only ticketed passengers can enter the airport. All arriving passengers will have their temperature taken and checked for signs of COVID-19. Those tested at a point of departure must provide evidence of negative COVID-19 test results. Individuals who do not provide COVID-19 test results will be tested upon arrival. Anyone whose test results are positive will be taken to a government-designated quarantine facility.

The US Embassy Monrovia continues to operate at a limited capacity. US citizens who need assistance can contact the Embassy for emergency support and appointments.

Lithuania

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Most transportation has resumed, including a reopening of the country’s borders and the resumption of airport operations. Most businesses are now operating, and schools and daycare centers are open as well. A domestic quarantine has been lifted as well. US citizens are currently prohibited from traveling to Lithuania with a few limited exceptions.

Some precautionary measures are still in place to limit the risk of disease transmission. Checks will be conducted at international airports and the state seaport. Face masks are required when in public places, including on public transport, at events in closed places and in areas where it is not possible to maintain a safe social distance.

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

Luxembourg

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Many businesses have resumed operations. Most schools and daycare centers are now open, too. Public transportation has largely resumed, and the country’s borders have reopened as well. Commercial flights are also available. Although many restrictions have been lifted, US citizens should still take certain precautions when traveling to Luxembourg. Prior to travel, individuals should sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important updates and information regarding changing travel conditions and COVID-19 regulations.

Temporary measures are in place for non-EU citizens who have been in the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals seeking residency status now have six months to apply for a permit instead of three months. Residence permits that were issued by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and expired after March 1, 2020 have an extended validity through August 31, 2020. US citizen tourists whose stay exceeded 90 days after March 1, 2020 must leave the country. Individuals must have a return visa to leave the country, which can be requested by making an appointment with the Embassy. Appointments can be scheduled by phone or email.

The use of face masks or facial coverings is mandatory in instances where a group gathering size exceeds 20 individuals if a physical distance of at least two meters cannot be guaranteed while seated. The number of people per table in restaurants and bars is limited to 10 people. Customers may be fined for failing to comply with the rules. Face masks must also be worn on public transportation and indoors in public areas. Children under age six are exempt from the rule. Businesses can open, along with indoor and outdoor playgrounds. Cafes and restaurants are permitted to serve customers but standing at bars in cafes is prohibited. Customers must wear a mask when leaving or entering a restaurant, but not when seated at a table. Establishments must close by midnight. Masks must be worn in public places where a distance of two meters cannot be maintained. Until further notice, the Embassy will continue providing emergency assistance to US citizens. A reduced number of staff members will provide essential diplomatic functions only, including Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and passport renewals. US citizens who need assistance can visit the Embassy’s website for further information.

Madagascar

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

The US Embassy Antananarvio has transitioned to an online appointment system for all American Citizen Services. All regular services such as new passports and passport renewals will be available online. Individuals who need an appointment should follow instructions on the Embassy’s website.

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

Malawi

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

International flights have resumed. All arriving and departing passengers must present a negative SARS Cov-2 PCR test certificate obtained within 10 days of arrival or departure. Arriving passengers must self-quarantine for 14 days. Flights are operating at reduced volumes, and health precautions remain in effect at all airports including requirements to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Non-compliance may result in fines.

A phased reopening of schools nationwide is in place. Schools are permitted to reopen for in-person services, but they must pass a COVID-19 health inspection first. Schools, including universities and upper secondary, are expected to fully open by the end of October. Restaurants and dining establishments have also reopened for in-person services with health restrictions in place. A group gathering limit of 10 is in effect except for religious services and funerals, where groups of up to 50 are permitted provided attendees follow social distancing and health mandates.

The US Embassy Lilongwe is scheduling limited appointments for US citizens. Along with lifting flight restrictions, the Government of Malawi has also authorized new visa processing to resume. Individuals who require assistance, including emergency passports and essential American Citizens Services, can find more information on the Embassy’s website.

Malaysia

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

The Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) has been extended through November 9, 2020 for Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, and Putrajaya.

All foreign travelers who are entering the country must pay a lodging fee for quarantine and an additional operation fee. Fees are also required for all accompanying travelers except for children under age six. Travelers from Sabah must undergo a mandatory quarantine at home. They must also comply with all COVID-19 health inspection and screening requirements upon arrival at designated ports of entry.

Malaysia has expanded its list of expatriates who can enter the country. Residence Pass-Talent (RP-T) permit holders and their dependents can enter Malaysia, along with Employment Pass holders (Category EP I, II, and III), Professional Visit Pass (PVP) holders, Dependent Pass holders in all categories. Long Term Social Visit Pass (LT-SVP) holders and Foreign Maids can enter the country. Individuals who are eligible for entry must apply for Entry Permission or Approval to Exit and Return to Malaysia through the MYEntry system. Qualified individuals who want to exit Malaysia without returning while the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) is in effect may proceed without applying for approval via MYEntry.

Qualified individuals are permitted from Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Prior to traveling, individuals must obtain permission from the Director General of Immigration Malaysia. Their application for entry must be accompanied by a support letter from the Malaysian Investment Development Authorities or a related agency. Permanent residents and MM2H pass holders can also enter the country, along with foreign spouses of Malaysian citizens, provided they remain in Malaysia. Both categories require entry permission. Student pass holders can also enter Malaysia with permission from DGIM.

A Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) is in effect through December 31, 2020. The RMCO will have additional relaxed measures for greater social and economic freedom. However, everyone must abide by the regulations that are in place, including the mandate to wear a face mask. Individuals who do not comply with RMCO orders may face jail time or fines up to RM 1,000. Entry of US citizens into Malaysia is restricted to certain exceptions while the RMCO is in place. All travelers must undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival. Additionally, they may be subject to a 14-day quarantine at a facility designated by the Malaysian government. Foreign nationals may transit through Malaysia’s airports without going through immigration. Foreign nationals may leave the country while the RMCO is in effect, although flight options are limited. Malaysian citizens who have foreign residence permits, including US permanent residents, can leave the country, but they may not be allowed to return until the RMCO ends. Health screening mandates are in effect, and COVID-19 test results are required for all travelers. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be transferred to a hospital for treatment. Additional travel restrictions may be implemented with little or no advance notice.

The Immigration Department of Malaysia has provided updates for the entry of Foreign Knowledge Workers and their dependents while the Recovery Movement Control Order remains in place. Foreign Knowledge Workers who have an active pass and who have obtained approval to enter the country should note that their letters of support from the MDEC will be processed within seven days of submitting a complete application. Individuals who have 90-day social visit passes that expired after January 1, 2020 can leave the country within 14 days after the RMCO ends. Individuals should contact Malaysian immigration to verify that they will be able to stay in the country without incurring penalties through that time. However, anyone whose pass has expired is encouraged to depart Malaysia as soon as possible.

Maldives

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Maldives is now open for tourism, although some restrictions are still in place for travelers. Individuals who want to visit Maldives should check the government’s website for information on travel restrictions and regulations.

Commercial flights have resumed, and flights are available for US citizens. Individuals who want to leave the country by plane should purchase tickets and make travel arrangements by contacting the airlines directly. US citizens who do not depart the country should prepare to remain in place indefinitely.

The Embassy remains closed for regular operations while the COVID-19 restrictions remain in place. US citizens who need immediate assistance should contact the Embassy to request an appointment.

Mali

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Nonessential travel is discouraged to Mali at this time. Arriving travelers and travelers abroad may encounter health-related restrictions including airport closures, business closures, and border closures. Stay-at-home orders and curfews may be implemented as well to limit the spread of disease.

Although some restrictions have been lifted for COVID-19, other precautions remain in place. Nationwide, festivals, sporting events, and gatherings with more than 50 individuals have been banned. Night clubs and bars have also been closed. Vehicle occupancy has been reduced to encourage social distancing. Most schools are closed across the country, although some schools and universities have permitted students with mandatory exams to temporarily return. Government services are available for limited hours during the week, which is currently 7:30 am through 2:00 pm Monday through Friday. The use of face masks is mandatory when in public. The US Embassy Bamako will continue to only handle emergency situations for US 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. US citizens who need assistance should visit the Embassy’s website to schedule an emergency appointment.

Malta

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Individuals should check the country’s COVID-19 regulations and restrictions before planning travel. Additionally, travelers should be aware that conditions are subject to change based on the country’s epidemiological conditions.

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

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

Mauritania

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

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

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

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

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

Mauritius

Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

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

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

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

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

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

Mexico

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Border restrictions among Canada, Mexico, and the United States have been extended again through November 21, 2020 following an initial closure in March.

Land borders between the US and Mexico and the US and Canada will remain closed to non-essential travel, which includes travel for tourism and recreational purposes. The temporary travel restrictions will continue to limit the travel of individuals at the US – Mexico and US – Canada borders. Only travel for essential purposes will be permitted through November 21st or until further notice. Essential travel includes US citizens and permanent residents returning to the United States, people traveling to the US 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.

Many COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in Mexico, including internal movement restriction bans and stay-at-home orders. Some public transportation has resumed, and businesses have resumed operations. While many restrictions have been lifted, regulations and restrictions may be implemented based on changing epidemiological conditions, including airport closures, border closures, business closures, stay-at-home orders, and other emergency measures.

The US Embassy in Mexico City, nine Consular Agencies, and nine Consulates General will have limited consular operations through the extended lockdown. US citizens can request emergency assistance with the Embassy or Consulates online.  US citizens in Mexico should note that emergency assistance may be limited in certain parts of the country due to prohibitions and restrictions on US government employees for safety reasons.

Micronesia

Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

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

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

Moldova

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

As epidemiological conditions have improved, Moldova has lifted stay-at-home orders and resumed some transportation. More businesses have reopened, too. While many restrictions have been lifted, travelers should note some restrictions remain in place, and additional restrictions may be implemented if the number of COVID-19 cases starts to rise. Travelers planning to visit Moldova should sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive important updates and changes to COVID-19 restrictions.

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

Mongolia

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Mongolia has lifted some stay-at-home orders, and it has resumed domestic transportation and business operations. However, other restrictions are still in place, including a nearly complete ban on the entry of foreigners. Incoming air traffic is restricted to government-regulated charter flights.

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

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

Morocco

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

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

Regional and local authorities may implement additional COVID-19 restrictions to limit the spread of disease, including travel restrictions. A curfew is in effect for Casablanca from 10:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. Anyone wishing to enter or leave city limits must obtain permission from Moroccan authorities. Schools are closed for in-person instruction, and business operations are limited. Local markets must close by 3:00 p.m. Shops and cafes must close by 8:00 p.m., while restaurants must close by 9:00 p.m.

Regular commercial flights to and from Morocco are still suspended, along with ferries to and from Spain. Borders with Melilla and Ceuta are closed. Special operations flights are available through select airlines for US citizens wanting to return to the United States. Select travelers from the US can now enter the country, although COVID-19 restrictions are in place for arriving travelers, including proof of negative COVID-19 test results. Health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry. Individuals who have been unable to leave the country with a 90-day visa can exit without penalty, even if they have not received an extension. Residency cards held by foreign nationals that expired during the State of Emergency will also be honored.

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

Mozambique

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Visa on arrival regimes are suspended for Mozambique. US citizens who want to travel between South Africa and Mozambique will need a visa. Failure to obtain a visa before traveling to South Africa may result in US citizens facing delays and complications when attempting to travel between Mozambique and South Africa.

Mozambique has transitioned from a State of Emergency to a State of Public Calamity (SOPC). Face masks are required during the SOPC, and social distancing measures remain in place. Bars and clubs are closed, and team sports activities are prohibited. Markets have reduced hours of operation. Passenger limits apply for most public transportation, including vans and buses. Some services will gradually resume, including the issuance of national identification cards, residency cards, driver’s licenses, temporary visas, and passports. Visas and passports can be requested online from individuals currently in Mozambique. Visa waiver agreements and commercial flights will resume with select countries. In-person education has resumed for 12th grade students. In-person for other educational establishments will resume on a case-by-case basis. Beach access is now permitted with a ban on group gatherings and musical performances. Restaurants can open for indoor dining with health measures in place. Public and private institutions can operate with social distancing and health measures in place including temperature checks, ventilation, regular facilities cleaning, and a prohibition of sick staff on the premises. Public and private gatherings are limited to 40 people except for religious services, which can have a capacity of 50 percent or a maximum of 150 attendees.

All arriving travelers must provide negative COVID-19 test results upon arrival. Results must be obtained within 72 hours of departure. All arrivals are required to self-quarantine for 10 days. After the quarantine, travelers must pass a second PCR-based COVID-19 test to confirm negative results. Alternatively, travelers can complete a 14-day self-quarantine without undergoing a second PCR COVID-19 test. All non-Mozambican citizens who have valid residence (DIRE) permits and/or required visas, including US citizens, can enter Mozambique subject to COVID-19 test requirements without obtaining authorization from the Ministry of Interior. Non-Mozambican citizens who do not have a residence permit or visa must seek authorization to enter the country from the Ministry of Interior. They may obtain authorization by submitting a letter to the Ministry of Interior that includes their name, passport information, date and time of arrival, flight information and travel itinerary, and purpose of travel to Mozambique. The request generally takes seven days to approve. Following approval, travelers can apply for a visa at the closest Mozambican Embassy or Consulate. Travelers must provide negative PCR-based COVID-19 test results within 72 hours of travel. Foreign nationals in Mozambique whose visas were extended through September 30, 2020 can apply for a visa extension online.

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

Namibia

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

All nonessential travel should be avoided at this time. Public transportation has resumed, and international airports are open. Schools and businesses are now open. Internal movement restrictions are lifted. An entry ban is in place for US citizens unless they have permanent residence status or have homes in Namibia. Negative COVID-19 test results are required for entry. Test results must be obtained for US citizens visiting as tourists within 72 hours of arrival. US citizens who are Namibian residents must obtain negative COVID-19 test results within seven days of arrival.

The US Embassy in Namibia will continue to operate on a limited basis and provide emergency services only for US citizens. Individuals who require emergency aid must make an appointment in advance.

Nepal

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Some COVID-19 restrictions have ended, including curfews and internal movement restrictions. Most businesses have resumed operations. Airport closures and border closures have been lifted as well. More transportation options are available for individuals who want to use public transportation. While many restrictions are lifted, travelers should be prepared for additional health-related emergency measures to be implemented with little or no advance notice.

Commercial flights are currently available for US citizens who want to leave the country. Information on upcoming commercial flights is available through the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. Approximately 60 flights are scheduled to operate during September.

The Embassy is still providing emergency services to US citizens. Routine consular services are suspended until further notice. Anyone requiring urgent assistance is asked to request an appointment by calling the Embassy or leaving a voice message after regular operating hours.

Netherlands

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

A new process is in place for foreigners seeking entry into New Zealand as an exception to the border closure, including new fees. Offshore visas are also suspended.

Beginning August 10, 2020, a charge of $380 will apply for “other critical workers.” Individuals seeking entry through other current or future critical purpose categories will face a fee of $45 starting August 10th. Employers can apply using a new online request form that replaces the current manual process.

Offshore temporary visa applications are suspended for three months, including student visa applications. Immigration New Zealand is not currently processing those visas on the basis that most applicants won’t meet the requirements. Some offshore temporary visas are not affected, including relationship-based visas for partners and dependents of New Zealand citizens and residents, visas for consular, diplomatic, and official staff and their dependents, Antarctic Work and Antarctic Traveler Visitor visas, and Seasonal Employer Limited visas.

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

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

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

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

New Zealand

Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

With limited exceptions, US citizens are not currently allowed to enter New Zealand due to COVID-19 restrictions. Negative COVID-19 tests are not required for entry, but health screening procedures are in place at airports and ports of entry. Commercial flights and public transportation are currently operating.

The US Consulate General Auckland has resumed all routine consular services, including some immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services and American Citizen Services. US citizens can make appointments for passport applications, federal benefits, consular reports of birth abroad, notarial services, and renunciations. Appointments are also being scheduled for student, employment, petition-based, and tourist nonimmigrant visas, along with K fiancé visas and IR-1/2, CR-1/2, IR, SB-1, and EB-5 immigrant visas. Individuals can schedule appointments for services on the Consulate General’s website. Emergency appointments are also available upon request.

New Zealand has made changes to several temporary work visas. These changes allow visa holders to maintain their pathways to residency. Changes apply to select Talent visas (Accredited Employers and Arts, Culture, and Sport), Long Term Skills Shortage List Work to Residence, and South Island Contribution Work to Residence. Immigration New Zealand (INZ) requires all Work to Residence (WTR) visa holders to be age 55 or younger. Individuals who have passed the age limit because their applications were pending approval can still apply for a WTR visa. In instances where employers have not renewed their accreditation, INZ is permitting current WTR visa holders in the Accredited Employer Category to apply for a subsequent WTR visa, provided they are working for the same employer and have the same base salary level. South Island Contribution visa holders who sought new employment due to COVID-19 can apply to change either their employment location or industry in the South Island, but not both. Due to delayed processing times for residence visa applications, temporary entry class visa holders must apply for a subsequent entry class visa to stay in the country.

Individuals who have lived in New Zealand for the past two years, and who are returning to work at the same job that they had before, or who continue to run a business as part of an entrepreneur visa, may be eligible for a border exception. To be eligible, individuals must have left New Zealand on or after December 1, 2019. Additionally, they must have a work to residence or an essential skills visa for mid-skilled work or higher that does not expire before the end of 2020. If a visa is scheduled to expire before the year end, visa holders must have applied for a new visa for the same job before they left, and they must have applied before August 10, 2020. Upon returning to New Zealand, individuals must spend 14 days in quarantine. Temporary visa holders who were living in the country in the past 12 months but left New Zealand on March 19, 2020 or earlier do not have to pay a quarantine fee. A quarantine fee applies to other applicants. Partners of New Zealand citizens and residents may be eligible for a border exception with relaxed criteria. Dependent children may also be exempt from border restrictions. Australian partners will be charged a fee to enter the country. Partners entering from visa-waived countries will also be charged a travel request fee along with a partnership visa application fee. Individuals must spend 14 days in quarantine upon arrival.

Nicaragua

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

 

Nicaragua has downgraded its travel advisory to Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Commercial flights are now operating. The number of commercial flights available will gradually increase. Many major airlines have announced limited flights in October. Negative COVID-19 test results are required for all travelers to enter the country. Most businesses are now operating, and most public transportation has resumed. US citizens should sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) before traveling to Nicaragua.

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

Niger

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Commercial flights have resumed. However, protocols will be in place for arriving passengers. All travelers arriving at the airport must have their temperature taken and complete a medical information card. They will also be subject to a health interview. Travelers must provide evidence of negative COVID-19 test results upon arrival. A COVID-19 test is valid for 72 hours. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be isolated at a government quarantine site at their expense. Upon arrival in Niger, passengers should self-quarantine for 14 days regardless of their test results. Land borders remain closed until further notice with the exception of commercial goods and passengers who obtain special permission first.

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

The US 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

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

A ban on international flights has been partially lifted. Limited commercial flights are now available to and from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Individuals should contact the airlines directly for information on flight availability and flight schedules.

Most borders are now open. Additionally, most businesses are now open, along with schools and daycare centers. While the COVID-19 situation is improving, travelers should be aware that additional health restrictions may be enacted with little or no prior warning if epidemiological conditions worsen.

The US 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

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

The US Embassy has resumed limited routine consular services. US citizens should contact the Embassy by email to schedule a routine appointment. The Embassy will also continue providing emergency American Citizen Services.

Most transportation is now operating, and many businesses have reopened, although most schools are still closed. Stay-at-home orders have been lifted across the country, and airports have reopened. Border closures have been lifted, too. Restaurants and bars are now allowed to serve patrons indoors along with outdoor seating. Gyms are now allowed to operate in North Macedonia. Although the government has lifted many COVID-19 restrictions, some regulations remain in place. Individuals must wear face masks in all closed public places including banks, shops, stores, healthcare facilities, post offices, and on public transportation. Group gatherings in public places are allowed only if participants wear face masks and abide by social distancing protocols.

US citizens are now allowed to enter North Macedonia. Quarantine and COVID-19 testing are only required for arriving travelers from certain countries. Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia must provide negative COVID-19 test results within 72 hours of arrival in the country. Health screening procedures are in place at airports and ports of entry, including thermal temperature scans at airports. Individuals whose temperature is above 98.6°F will be further evaluated by medical staff from the Institute of Public Health. US citizens are encouraged to sign up for the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive updates and information on COVID-19 restrictions.

Norway

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

A mandatory quarantine requirement is in effect for foreign workers arriving in Norway from areas with high COVID-19 infection rates. Affected travelers must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. The Norwegian government will update the list as necessary.

High-risk areas in the EU/EEA include: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Vatican City.

Nordic regions subject to the mandate include: Capital (Denmark); Central Jutland (Denmark); North Jutland (Denmark); North Ostrobothnia Hospital District (Finland), Pohjois—Savo Hospital District (Finland), Central Finland Hospital District (Finland), Kymenlaakso Hospital District (Finland), Kanta-Hãme Hospital District (Finland), Varsinais-Suomi Hospital District (Finland), Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District (Finland); Iceland; Stockholm (Sweden); Uppsala (Sweden); Östergötland (Sweden); Örebro (Sweden); Jönköping (Sweden); Kronoberg (Sweden).

Most transportation options have resumed, including airport operations. Borders have reopened as well. Most businesses are now also operating, including schools and daycare centers. Domestic movement restrictions have been lifted as well. Although many restrictions have ended, travelers should be prepared for additional measures to be implemented with little or no prior notice. US citizens who are planning to travel to Norway should sign up for the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important information about COVID-19 restrictions and regulations.

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

Oman

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Commercial international flights are suspended until October 1st. Until then, residents and US citizens can enter the country on chartered flights after obtaining permission to enter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Individuals can request permission by emailing the Embassy with a copy of their passport bio page, a copy of their residency card, and a letter describing their situation. Additionally, residents can apply for permission to enter the country by contacting the SalamAir contact center. All arriving travelers must have valid health insurance to cover their stay in Oman. Health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry, although negative COVID-19 test results are not required for entry.

Services have resumed for visas, passports, civil status, and traffic incidents. These services are offered by the Royal Oman Police. Drivers’ licenses can be renewed electronically. Residents whose visas are scheduled to expire soon can also renew their visas online, including residents who are currently in or outside of the country due to travel restrictions. Visa extensions are granted for individuals who have been unable to leave the country due to COVID-19.

The US Embassy Muscat continues to provide emergency services at this time, including emergency passports for adults and minors. All routine visa services have been suspended. Individuals can email the Embassy to request an appointment if they believe they are eligible for an Interview Waiver, if they qualify for a critical visa service, or if they have an emergency.

Pakistan

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

In response to declining COVID-19 rates, Pakistan’s economy is mostly open. Grocery stores and many businesses are open and fully operational. Face masks are encouraged, but they are not required in public. Schools are permitted to open if they receive permission from local governments.

US citizens are permitted to enter Pakistan. Negative COVID-19 tests are required for entry. Additionally, all passengers must install and register the Pass Track app within 48 hours of arrival in Pakistan. Travelers must abide by health requirements upon arrival based on their country of origin. Countries are categorized as Category A and Category B based on their epidemiological risk. Travelers coming from Category A countries do not need to provide COVID-19 tests upon arrival, while travelers from Category B countries must show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of departure. Additional health screening measures are in place at airports and ports of entry. No nationwide curfew is in place, but localized lockdowns are in place where necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Embassy and Consulates have resumed limited in-person passport appointments and notarial services. Appointments are scheduled based on prioritized needs, including US citizens who are leaving Pakistan in the next six weeks, US citizens who need to renew a passport for documentation reasons, emergency notarial services, and parents of US minors providing written authorization to apply for or renew their child’s passport. Individuals should email the Embassy to request an appointment or use the online appointment system to request an appointment at the Consulate. Applicants must follow all safety precautions when visiting the Embassy or Consulate, including wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.

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

Palau

Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

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

Certain precautions are in place for individuals traveling to Palau. All commercial air travel has been suspended except for medical emergencies, cargo flights, and shipments of essential goods. Most major airline providers have suspended service until further notice. Charter flights are available for emergency and authorized travel. A 14-day quarantine is required for all arriving travelers.

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

Panama

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

International commercial passenger air travel has resumed. US citizens and other international travelers may enter Panama if they can provide negative COVID-19 test results conducted within 48 hours of arrival. US citizens who test positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Panama must quarantine for 14 days. Individuals who do not have a private residence in Panama must remain in quarantine at a hospital or hotel under the supervision of the Ministry of Health.

More economic restrictions have been lifted following closure due to COVID-19. Restaurants, hotels, and businesses are now open at a reduced capacity and with health precautions in place. Free trade zones, private ship docks, sports fishing, shoe shops, car washes, and construction and related activities are now permitted. Professional sports activities have resumed without spectators. Movement restrictions have been lifted. Curfew hours are now 11:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday. A full quarantine is in place on Sundays. A total quarantine on Saturday and Sunday is in effect for Bocas del Toro, Colon, and Chiriqui. A Monday – Friday curfew from 7:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. is in place for those areas.

Upon arrival, all travelers must sign an affidavit of commitment to comply with all sanitary measures implemented by the Ministry of Health. Additionally, travelers must download an app to monitor their symptoms, to confirm quarantine, and for traceability. All travelers must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. They must provide their contact information when they arrive, including the phone number of the location where they plan to stay.

The US Embassy is resuming routine American Citizen Services. The Embassy notes that the number of weekly appointments scheduled will remain limited. The Embassy is still offering assistance for emergency services. Individuals who want to make an appointment should schedule an appointment online through the Embassy’s website.

Papua New Guinea

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

The US Embassy Port Moresby has resumed some routine American Citizen Services. Individuals can now make appointments for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA), initial passport applications, passport renewals, and voting purposes. Passport and CRBA appointments are available on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Notarial appointments are available on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. US citizens can request appointments online. Walk-ins are permitted to drop off voting materials or pick up passports on Monday through Thursday afternoons. Health and safety protocols are in effect for all in-person visitors, including requirements to wear a face mask. Individuals who have flu-like symptoms are asked to reschedule their appointments. In-person appointments will be limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis only. Emergency appointments can also be requested.

Stay-at-home orders have been lifted, and some transportation options are now available. Most businesses have reopened as well. Although many COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted across the country, travelers should be prepared for additional restrictions to be implemented based on changes in epidemiological conditions. All US citizens are encouraged to sign up for the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive important updates on changing restrictions and regulations due to COVID-19.

Paraguay

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Paraguay’s land and air borders are now open. All travelers who arrive by land or air must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, but the quarantine can be reduced to seven days for individuals who show negative PCR test results upon arrival and who take a second COVID-19 test after the seventh day of quarantine. Individuals who stay for less than seven days must show negative COVID-19 test results upon arrival. All travelers must complete a health card within 24 hours of their trip. Additionally, they must have medical insurance to cover hospitalizations, ICU care, and outpatient care for COVID-19 if necessary.

Paraguayan Immigration has temporarily extended a period of lawful status in the country for visitors and temporary residents whose visas or other travel authorizations expired on March 13, 2020 or later. Individuals who are currently in Paraguay and wish to extend their period of stay should contact the agency.

Some restrictions are still in effect. In-person classes are suspended through December 2020. Face masks are required in many public places, including pharmacies, gas stations, supermarkets, and stores. Face masks must also be worn on public transportation. Theaters, bars, and other public venues will remain closed until further notice and be permitted to reopen as health conditions permit. A curfew is in place from 8:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. daily except for emergency services, essential services, and restaurants. Nonessential businesses may operate from 10:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m.

The US Embassy in Asuncion has resumed some emergency and mission critical assistance for US citizens. All regular consular operations are suspended until further notice. Visa, passport, and other services are 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

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

International flights are now resuming from select countries. Flights from Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Uruguay, and Paraguay will be permitted to and from Peru. Travelers who are entering or leaving the country must provide negative COVID-19 test results. Test results must be provided within 72 hours of entering the country. All travelers must also complete an online health form within 72 hours of their flight.

National quarantine measures are extended through October 31, 2020 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. A curfew is in effect through then, and some regions will remain under a quarantine. A daily curfew from 11:00 p.m. through 4:00 a.m. is in effect. Restrictions are in place for vehicular travel on Sundays. A daily curfew from 8:00 p.m. through 4:00 a.m. is in effect for Abancay, Ayacucho, and Huanuco. A day-long curfew on Sunday is in place for Cusco, Puno, Tacna, and Moquegua. Social gatherings are prohibited. The use of face masks and social distancing is mandatory in public.

Peru has entered Phase IV of its Economic Reactivation plan. Stores can operate at 60 percent capacity, and restaurants can operate at 50 percent capacity. Tour operators and travel agencies can resume operations, although bards and cinemas will remain closed. International commercial flights will resume on a limited basis. Flights have resumed to and from Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Repatriation flights are available in October for US citizens. Individuals who want to join the flight should complete a form on the US Embassy’s website. National health measures will be in place through December 8th, with social distancing measures in effect. The use of face masks will be required during that time.

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

The US Embassy is open for emergency services. However, routine processing of passports and visas is canceled until further notice. US 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

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Various government agencies have posted updates on protocols due to COVID-19.

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) has issued a “Supplemental Advisory on Request for Endorsement to DFA on Travel Ban Exemption.” Individuals may request a travel ban exemption for essential and emergency reasons only. A PEZA-registered company must provide a letter to PEZA with the foreign national’s name and position, anticipated length of stay, the reason for travel, and information for any dependents. The passport bio page must be included. The Department of Foreign Affairs will evaluate the letter and forward it to the Bureau of Immigration upon approval. The Bureau of Immigration will permit the foreign national’s entry, subject to immigration procedures. The Department of Trade and Industry will endorse travel exemption requests to the DFA under certain conditions. Requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Along with the agencies above, other governmental agencies may endorse travel exemption requests to the DFA.

The Embassy is now providing limited non-emergency Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) and passport services. Limited passport services will be available at the US Consular Agency in Cebu. Consulate services are available by appointment only. All notary services are currently suspended. The Embassy notes that strict health guidelines are in place for all visitors, including the requirement to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Anyone who needs assistance can schedule an appointment online through the Embassy’s website.

Foreign spouses of Filipino citizens are now permitted to enter the Philippines. However, they must have a valid visa issued by the Bureau of Immigration. Citizens do not need an entry visa from their port of origin. Foreign spouses can also enter the country if they have a Special Retiree’s Resident Visa or a valid working visa. Foreign spouses with those visas do not need to obtain new entry visas from Philippine consulates abroad. Foreign spouses who do not have a valid visa must obtain an entry visa for entry to the Philippines. Foreign spouses whose Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Cards (ACR I-Cards) must renew them before traveling to the Philippines.

Poland

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Poland has lifted stay-at-home orders and resumed some transportation and business operations. A mandate is in effect for social distancing and the use of facial coverings in public places. Although some restrictions are lifted, many travel restrictions are still in effect. US citizens are not permitted to enter Poland at this time unless they meet certain exemptions. Entry is restricted to all foreign nationals at external borders, including land, air, and sea borders, including for transit.

Foreign nationals who work in Poland or who intend to start working in the country and have proper documentation, such as a work permit, are now allowed to enter in most cases. Additionally, entry is now permitted for permanent residents, spouses and children of Polish nationals, EU, EEA, or Swiss nationals, and nationals of select countries including Australia, Canada, Japan, Georgia, South Korea, New Zealand, Thailand, and Tunisia regardless of their reason for travel. Some other foreign nationals are permitted in select circumstances.

Polish Consulates and visa centers are now open in some countries. Individuals can now apply for visas in India, Russia, Canada, the US, and most EU countries. Polish Consulates and visa centers abroad will reopen in other countries depending on their COVID-19 situations.

Temporary resident permits, work permits, and visas that expire during the COVID-19 State of Emergency, which was enacted on March 14, 2020, are valid for 30 days after the State of Emergency ends.

Portugal

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

A State of Contingency is now in effect in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area.

Gatherings are now limited to a maximum of 10 people. Public places must close at 8:00 pm except for businesses offering essential services such as gas stations, supermarkets, funeral homes, pharmacies, and medical centers. Essential service establishments will be open until 10:00 pm Restaurants can stay open until 1:00 am and accept customers until midnight. Police will enforce restrictions on large gatherings. Organizers and participants in large group gatherings will be fined for violations.

International flights are currently available for travel to and from Portugal. US citizens wishing to return to the United States should make commercial travel arrangements as soon as possible.

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

Qatar

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Quarantine requirements for inbound travelers are extended through December 31, 2020. The quarantine requirements apply to all inbound travelers, including Qatari nationals and resident visa holders. Non-residents may not enter the country. Entry is limited, even for permitted categories of travelers. All travelers must receive a COVID-19 test upon arrival, even if they are coming from low-risk countries. They must quarantine for at least one week upon arrival. Travelers must have a second COVID-19 test after arrival at the end of their quarantine period. Travelers arriving from high-risk countries must quarantine at a hotel as directed by the government. Individuals will have a second test after one week. Those with negative results can continue to quarantine at home for another week. Individuals whose results are positive will be taken to a government facility and placed in isolation.

All Qatari residents, citizens, companies, expatriates, and institutions must participate in a national address registration. Registrants must provide their telephone number, email address, permanent address, home address, and any other information requested by the government. Information can be provided through the Ministry of Interior’s website, in person at its service centers, or through the Metrash2 app.

Individuals who were located abroad during the initial registration period must provide evidence of their reason for being abroad and therefore not participating in the registration. Registrants who do not participate in the registration mandate, or who provide false information, may face fines up to QAR10,000.

The US Embassy in Qatar is providing limited services to US 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

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

A State of Health Emergency has been extended through November 6th to limit the spread of COVID-19. Air borders remain open for international flights. International air carriers are resuming some services to and from Pointe-Noire and Brazzaville. Inbound travelers must present negative COVID-19 test results. Test results must be obtained within 72 hours of departure.

A curfew is in place from 11:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire. The curfew is lifted in other locations across the country. Masks must be worn in public, and social distancing measures are still in effect. Individuals who do not comply with the mandates may face fines or imprisonment.

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

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Transportation has resumed, and many businesses are now operating.

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

US citizens wishing to return to the United States have limited travel options, even though commercial flights are available. Anyone who wants to leave on a commercial flight should make travel arrangements as soon as possible. Additionally, US citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important updates about COVID-19-related travel information.

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

Russia

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

With limited exceptions for highly qualified specialists and essential travel, US citizens are not currently permitted to enter Russia. COVID-19 testing is required for entry. All travelers must present negative COVID-19 test results. Tests must be taken within three days of arrival in Russia. Additional health screening requirements are in place at airports and ports of entry. The government cautions that restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19 vary widely. Individual regions and cities set their own policies based on local epidemiological conditions. Therefore, travelers should check with the local government where they are traveling to inquire about current restrictions.

All arriving travelers must complete a questionnaire upon arrival in the country. Travelers from abroad who are arriving by plane must first register on the State Services website. An accompanying paper registration must be completed at a port of entry. Employers sending foreign nationals to work in Russia must verify that their employees have negative COVID-19 test results conducted within three days of their arrival in Russia. Foreign nationals are also required to quarantine for 14 days.

Following a presidential decree issued on June 15, 2020, expiration of stays, visa validity, migration registration validity, temporary and permanent residence permit validity, and the validity of documents confirming temporary asylum or refugee status has been suspended. An expiration suspension no longer applies to work permits, work patents, and corporate employment permits. The new regulations also allow foreign nationals to obtain a work permit regardless of their reason for entering Russia. Visa-free nationals can apply for a patent regardless of their declared purpose of entry or existing application deadlines.

Rwanda

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Most business operations have resumed, including restaurants, shops, hotels, and tourism operations. However, schools and bars are still closed, including bars in other establishments such as hotels. National parks are open for individuals who have negative COVID-19 test results. International air travel has resumed, although Rwanda’s land borders are closed for all purposes except for cargo transportation and the return of Rwandan citizens and residents. US citizens can enter the country, although they must present evidence of negative COVID-19 test results upon arrival. Travelers are advised to carry a printed copy of their negative test results for all lengths of travel to Rwanda. Health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry. Individuals must complete a Passenger Locator Form, available on the US Embassy’s website, prior to their arrival.

While many COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed, others remain in place. The use of face masks in public is still mandatory. Social distancing is mandatory on buses. A daily curfew is in place from 7:00 pm through 5:00 am Restrictions are still in place for certain regions, including Kigali and Rusizi.

The Embassy will continue to provide emergency services only to US 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

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Samoa has resumed most public transportation options, including airport operations, following a COVID-19 lockdown. Businesses are now open, along with schools and daycare centers. Although many restrictions have been eased, some regulations remain in place. Many businesses are operating with limited hours until further notice, and restrictions still apply to inbound travelers. Commercial flights are available for outbound travelers, including US citizens wishing to return to the United States. US citizens preparing to travel to Samoa should sign up for the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive important updates on changing conditions.

The US Embassy is now offering appointments on a limited basis for select American Citizen Services and Visa Services, including routine passport, notarial, and citizenship services. The Embassy will continue offering emergency services as well. US citizens may contact the Embassy to schedule an appointment by email.

Saudi Arabia

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing requirements have changed for foreign nationals who are entering the country. Upon arrival, foreign nationals must present negative COVID-19 test results with certificates issued from a verified laboratory outside Saudi Arabia no more than 72 hours before departure. Previously, negative COVID-19 test results were required within 48 hours of departure.

A complete lifting of restrictions on departures and arrivals is anticipated after January 1, 2021, although the Saudi Ministry of Health will have the discretion to keep restrictions in place depending on the country’s COVID-19 situation. Until then, restrictions will gradually be eased. Restrictions have been lifted on air, sea, and land travel for certain Saudi citizens. The following individuals may now freely enter and leave the country: government employees, including military personnel, who are assigned official duties, Saudi diplomatic and consular missions personnel, regional and international organizations staff and their families, public, private, or nonprofit facilities employees in permanent jobs outside of the country, people employed in companies or commercial institutions outside of Saudi Arabia, business travelers, marketing and sales directors, students, people traveling for medical care or humanitarian reasons, and athletes, including team staff. Citizens from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries can now enter and exit Saudi Arabia. Foreign nationals with valid exit and re-entry visas, resident permits, work permits, or visit visas may now enter and exit the country. All travelers entering the country must show a negative COVID-19 certificate from tests taken within 48 hours of entry. Commercial international flights are available through December 31, 2020 with health and safety precautions in place. Upon entering and exiting Saudi Arabia, passengers must abide by all COVID-19 health prevention controls and measures issued by the Ministry of Health.

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

The US Embassy continues to provide emergency services only at this time. Anyone who needs assistance should contact the Embassy for an appointment.

Senegal

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Additionally, the government has announced more COVID-19 restrictions to control the spread of disease. A prohibition of gatherings in public areas is now in place, including beaches and recreational areas. Social distancing measures are in effect for anyone using public transportation, and the use of facial coverings is required in stores, office buildings, public transportation, and many local businesses. Violations of the COVID-19 restrictions may result in fines and potentially imprisonment as well.

The US Embassy continues to provide limited emergency services at this time. It will provide updates when it resumes normal services. All US citizens in the country should ensure that their US passports are valid. Individuals whose passport has expired, and who have an emergency travel need, should email the Embassy to apply for an emergency passport. All application fees and documentation requirements are still the same.

Serbia

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

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

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

The US Embassy Belgrade will continue to offer emergency services only for US citizens, including issuing emergency passports. The Embassy also encourages US 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

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Commercial flights are now available in August. Individuals who want to sign up for a return flight to the US should contact the airlines as soon as possible.

The hours of a nationwide curfew have been reduced from 11:00 pm through 5:00 am. Restrictions on domestic travel have been lifted. Churches and mosques are now open.

The US Embassy continues to provide emergency support for US citizens. Individuals who need emergency assistance or immediate travel support should contact the Embassy by phone or email.

Singapore

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

New requirements are in place for certain pass holders due to COVID-19. Pass holders who spent the past two weeks in Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, or Vietnam and did not transit through other countries or regions must take a COVID-19 test upon arriving at the airport. They do not need to serve a Stay-Home Notice (SHN). Employers are encouraged to register and arrangement payment for the test before pass holders depart for Singapore. Individuals must remain isolated in their accommodation until they receive a negative test result. Pass holders who spent the past two weeks in Hong Kong, mainland China, Macao, Malaysia, or Taiwan before entering Singapore and did not transit through other countries or regions must serve a one-week SHN at a hotel or residence occupied by them or their family members. Alternatively, they can choose to have a COVID-19 test before their SHN ends. Employers must pay for the test. Children are exempt from the requirements. Pass holders who visited, transited through, or departed Victoria, Australia, Hong Kong, or Sabah, Malaysia before October 14th must present a valid negative COVID-19 test upon arrival. Pass holders who visited or are departing from India, Indonesia, and the Philippines before October 19th must take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departing for Singapore.

Singapore and Indonesia have announced a reciprocal green lane for essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. The green lane will be available for travel starting October 26th. Travelers must apply for permission to travel using the green lane. Residents and citizens of Singapore and citizens of Indonesia are eligible. Travelers who are approved to use the green lane must abide by all COVID-19 restrictions and regulations, including COVID-19 swab tests upon arrival.

Entry testing and quarantine requirements have been announced for travelers from India. All COVID-19 test results must now come from an accredited laboratory. Laboratories that process test results must be internationally accredited or recognized by the Indian government. Travelers from India must also take a serology test within 14 days of arrival to check for COVID-19 infection.

Singapore and South Korea have reached a reciprocal agreement to allow official travel and essential business between the two countries through a Fast Lane. Individuals must meet certain requirements to apply. To be eligible, they must be residents or long-term pass holders from Singapore or South Korea who have stayed in either country for 14 days or more before departing, and they must be traveling for essential business and official purposes. As part of the Fast Lane application process, a sponsoring South Korean company or government agency must apply for a Quarantine Exemption Certificate for the applicant. Singapore residents with visa-required passports must apply for a visa at the South Korean Embassy in Singapore. Additionally, they must obtain one COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure and another upon arriving at Incheon International Airport in South Korea, which is the only airport they are permitted to enter and exit.

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

Slovakia

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

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

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

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

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

Slovenia

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

In response to a rise in COVID-19 cases, Slovenia has reinstated more restrictive policies to mitigate the risk of disease transmission. Face masks must be worn at all times, including in outdoor spaces, except for areas where a distance of 10 feet or more can be maintained. Most hotels are closed, except for a few that are open to approved business delegations. The number of non-emergency medical procedures is limited. Patient visitations are also restricted. Most schools are conducting courses online, and most kindergartens are closed. Bars and restaurants are open for pickup only. Only essential services are open, including grocery stores, gas stations, pet stores, hardware and gardening stores, car and bicycle repair stores, banks, and post offices. Public gatherings are limited to six people. US citizens are generally not permitted to enter Slovenia unless they have residency in another EU country. US citizens who spend two weeks in a third country first may be allowed to enter Slovenia depending on the country of origin. Travelers from the US may be subject to quarantine and social distancing mandates. Arriving travelers must use certain land border crossings and are subject to limits of stay.

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

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

South Africa

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

South Africa has reinstated visa-free status for citizens of Germany, France, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Singapore, Portugal, Spain, South Korea, the UK, and the US. Individuals from those countries are subject to health screening and testing requirements upon arrival. Individuals who are coming from high-risk countries for business purposes may apply to the Minister of Home Affairs in writing to request access to enter the country. Diplomats, repatriated individuals, investors, professional athletes, and people participating in cultural events can enter South Africa. Applications for entry must include a copy of the person’s passport or temporary residence visa, proof of travel itinerary, proof of address or place of stay in South Africa, and proof of business activities to be conducted.

The following countries are currently designated as high-risk: Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Spain, the UK, and the US. Leisure travel is prohibited from high-risk countries, although business travel may be permitted. Long-term visa holders are also permitted to enter South Africa without prior approval. All travelers to South Africa must wear a face mask and comply with all social distancing mandates. They must show negative COVID-19 test results upon arrival issued within 72 hours prior to departure. Individuals who do not provide negative COVID-19 test results must quarantine upon arrival.

More immigration services have resumed following the end of South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown. The Immigration Services Inspectorate has resumed all operations. Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) has resumed processing for Temporary Residence Visas. South African missions abroad are also resuming services on an individual basis. The Port Control Operations Centre will continue normal operations. Immigration support services will also resume. Immigration services have resumed at O.R. Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport, King Shaka Airport, and commercial entry ports. Permit adjudication for processing Temporary Residence Visas and Permanent Resident Permits will continue. Passport application and issuance services will be provided by the Department of Civic Services. The validity of legally issued visas that expired during the lockdown is extended through January 31, 2021. The extensions apply for visa holders in the country.

South Africa has relaxed a national lockdown for COVID-19. Gatherings are permitted at no more than 50 percent of a venue’s regular capacity. The maximum size limit for indoor group gatherings is 250. The maximum size permitted for outdoor gatherings is 500. The number of people attending a funeral is permitted to increase from 50 to 100, although night vigils remain prohibited. The total number of people allowed to gather at entertainment venues or attend recreational facilities such as gyms is limited to 50 percent of the facility’s maximum capacity. Social distancing measures and other protocols are in place at all venues. Sporting events remain prohibited.

South Korea

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Restrictions have now been lifted on travelers from Hubei Province in China. The travel ban was lifted due to falling rates of COVID-19 in Hubei Province and a reciprocal travel ban between China and South Korea.

The Chinese Embassy and Consulates in South Korea are now issuing visas to citizens of South Korea to travel to China for work or study.

Quarantine rules are still in effect. Arriving foreign nationals may be authorized to self-quarantine in some instances, provided their quarantine location passes an inspection by government officials. Individuals whose quarantine location is deemed inadequate will be placed in a dedicated quarantine facility.

South Sudan

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

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

The Embassy notes that evacuation opportunities will be available for US 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 US 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

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

New entry requirements are in effect for COVID-19. Starting November 23, 2020, all travelers traveling by sea or air must show negative COVID-19 test results upon arrival if their final destination is Spain. Individuals who do not display negative COVID-19 test results upon arrival must take a test upon entry. Travelers must also complete an online health document. They must undergo a document check, visual inspection, and temperature check. Test results must be reported to the Spanish Foreign Health Service.

The following countries currently qualify as high-risk: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Argentina, Aruba, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Guam, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Palestine, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, St. Martin, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Sweden, Tunisia, Ukraine, UAE, UK, US.

The Spanish government has amended the criteria for the application of temporary non-essential travel restrictions from third countries to EU and Schengen-associated countries due to COVID-19. Current travel restrictions are extended through October 31, 2020. Some exceptions apply for highly qualified employees, individuals traveling for accredited family reasons, people who can provide documented evidence of travel necessity, humanitarian travel, academic travel, healthcare professionals, diplomats, individuals who hold a long-term visa issued by a Member or Schengen-associated State, and residents of the EU, Andorra, Monaco, the Vatican, and San Marino. Land borders to enter Spain through Ceuta and Melilla are temporarily closed.

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

Sri Lanka

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

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

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

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

Sudan

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

International commercial flights have resumed, and US citizens may travel to Sudan. All arriving passengers must have a negative PCR COVID-19 test to enter Sudan. The test must be certified by an accredited laboratory and must be issued within 96 hours of arrival. Individuals age six and younger are exempt. Travelers should note that individual airlines may have additional health protocols. Health requirements may also apply to travelers who are transiting other countries to or from Sudan. The government may also impose other health screening measures at airports and ports of entry, including temperature checks. US citizens are not required to quarantine upon arrival if they provide negative COVID-19 test results. There are no restrictions on interstate travel and public transportation.

Most restrictions that were in place to control the spread of COVID-19 have been lifted, including a suspension on public transportation. Many businesses are now operating as well. Internal movement restrictions have been lifted, including curfews and stay-at-home orders. Airports are now operating, and many borders have reopened. Although many COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, some safety precautions are still in place, including requirements to wear facial coverings in public and practice social distancing.

The US Embassy is offering limited appointments for non-emergency services, including regular passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and urgent notarial services. US citizens who want to return to the United States, but whose passports have expired, and families with newborn US citizens can request an appointment with the Embassy for a limited validity emergency passport. Emergency passports have a maximum validity of one year.

Sweden

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

A temporary ban on entry for all foreign nationals is in place through December 22nd, including an entry ban for US citizens. Some exceptions apply, including exceptions for foreign nationals arriving in Sweden to study and highly-skilled professionals whose jobs cannot be performed remotely or whose work cannot be postponed. Individuals from all EEA countries are allowed to enter Sweden, along with travelers from the EU and the Schengen Area.

The Embassy has resumed some regular consular services, including limited birth registrations, notarial service appointments, and routine passports. Individuals who can renew their passports by mail are encouraged to use that option instead of requesting an in-person appointment. US citizens who need assistance can schedule an appointment online through the Embassy’s website. Anyone who has an emergency or immediate travel needs and cannot book an appointment online should contact the Embassy by email.

Strict health protocols are in place for visitors. Anyone visiting the Embassy must wear a face mask at all times while in the Embassy. Visitors are expected to bring their own face masks or facial coverings when visiting. Those who do not comply may be turned away from their appointment.

Switzerland & Liechtenstein

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Switzerland has modified its COVID-19 travel restrictions for neighboring countries. Switzerland will now only restrict travel from specific regions within a country that have higher rates of COVID-19 rather than the entire country. Travelers from high-risk regions must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. Additionally, they must abide by all COVID-19 requirements. Certain regions in France, including Paris, and Austria, including Vienna, are currently considered high-risk. Individuals who pass through those regions temporarily do not need to quarantine.

Many COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted due to improving epidemiological conditions. Most businesses are now open, along with schools and daycare centers. Airports are open for travel, and border restrictions have been lifted. Even though many regulations have been eased, some measures are still in effect to limit the spread of COVID-19, including requirements to practice social distancing and wear face masks in public. Before traveling to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, US citizens should sign up for the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important updates on changing COVID-19 restrictions.

The US Embassy is still providing emergency assistance for US citizens, along with limited appointments for non-emergency services. Anyone who needs assistance should contact the Embassy.

Taiwan

Level 1 – Exercise Normal Precautions

Recently, Taiwan updated its testing policies and quarantine measures due to COVID-19.

All passengers traveling to Taiwan through the Philippines are subject to certain COVID-19 testing and quarantine measures. Taiwan nationals and some foreign nationals, including those with a resident visa, Alien Resident Certificate, foreign students, migrant workers, and foreign diplomats must be screened for COVID-19 at the airport, regardless of if they have symptoms. Individuals who have symptoms will be taken to a group quarantine facility to await results. Individuals who do not have symptoms must self-quarantine for 14 days at a quarantine hotel or at home. Foreign nationals who do not have an Alien Resident Certificate must show negative COVID-19 test results, issued within three days of travel, to be able to board a direct or connecting flight. Foreign nationals who are traveling to the country for reasons other than tourism and social visits can apply for a special entry permit. Upon entering the country, foreign nationals present proof of negative COVID-19 test results, in English, taken within three days of their flight to Taiwan.

Some visitors are exempt from the COVID-19 test requirement, including individuals on diplomatic visits or official business, students, migrant workers, and individuals who are traveling to Taiwan for emergencies or crewmembers on vessels. Individuals who have an ARC or valid resident visa are also exempt from the requirements.

Tajikistan

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

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

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

Tanzania

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Commercial flights are operating, and US citizens are permitted to enter the country. Negative COVID-19 test results are required upon arrival. Flights are available for US citizens and permanent residents only. Prospective travelers should make flight arrangements through the airline.

The US Embassy in Dar es Salaam is now offering limited routine American Citizen Services (ACS) appointments on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only. Appointments are available for passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA) applications. Routine appointments for visa and notarial services are not offered at this time. Individuals who need a passport or CRBA services can request an appointment through the Embassy’s website. Appointments are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Health restrictions are in place at the Embassy to limit the risk of disease transmission, including the requirement to wear a mask at all times while at the Embassy. Social distancing should be practiced whenever possible.

Most transportation options have resumed, and most businesses are now operating following COVID-19 restrictions. Visiting US citizens should enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important updates on health-related restrictions and make it easier for the Embassy to locate them in the event of an emergency.

Thailand

Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

The Ministry of Interior has launched a special tourist visa scheme for long-term visitors due to COVID-19. Through September 30, 2021, long-stay visas will be available to visitors from countries with low rates of COVID-19 as determined by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health. Visitors who are permitted to enter must comply with all COVID-19 regulations. They must quarantine for 14 days and provide proof of their quarantine, which can be performed at a private residence or in a hospital. Additionally, all travelers must have sufficient health and accident insurance to cover their stay in Thailand. A minimum of THB 40,000 is required for outpatient services and a minimum of THB 400,000 is required for hospital and physician services. Eligible visitors may apply for a special tourist visa at Thai Embassies and Consulates. Visas cost THB 2,000 for each single-entry 90-day stay. Visa holders are eligible for a maximum of two 90-day extensions. The special long-term visa is intended for travel due to COVID-19 and cannot be converted to another kind of visa. A limited number of travelers can enter with this visa.

The US Embassy is now offering appointments for certain American Citizen Services. In-person appointments are available for Certificate of Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) and notary services. Mail-in DS-82 adult passport renewal applications will also be accepted. The Embassy will also offer appointments for some passport services, including for individuals who need to submit a DS-11 passport application for minors, first-time passports for adults, and initial applications for lost or stolen passports.

A National State of Emergency is in place due to COVID-19. Most domestic transportation options have resumed, including domestic air travel. Many businesses are now operating, including schools and daycare centers. However, borders are still closed for most foreign nationals with a few exceptions, including US citizens. Negative COVID-19 test results are required for entry, and health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry. A ban on inbound international travel is in place until further notice. Exceptions apply for foreigners who are invited by Thai government agencies, foreigners who have a valid certificate of residence, spouses, parents, or children of a Thai national, work permit holders, students of Thai educational institutions, and individuals who need medical treatment in Thailand and their attendants.

Temporary visa holders may now stay in Thailand on a case-by-case basis. Thirty-day extensions are permitted for individuals who demonstrate compelling reasons for not being able to leave the country. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Individuals who want to request a 30-day extension must complete a form available through the US Embassy’s website. Anyone whose extension request is denied should prepare to leave the country as soon as possible. Before traveling to Thailand, all travelers must obtain a Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by the Thai Embassy or Consulate in the US Applicants must certify that they are in good health prior to traveling and provide a COVID-19 Medical Certificate showing that they are free of coronavirus. The Medical Certificate must be issued within 72 hours of departure. Travelers must also show that they have sufficient medical insurance coverage while in Thailand. Travelers must quarantine upon arrival in Thailand, and they must receive a Letter of Approval on Quarantine Accommodation by Thai authorities.

Timor-Leste

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

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

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

The Embassy is currently restricting its visa services to emergency appointments on weekday mornings. All visas, licenses, and authorizations granted to US 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

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

All airports nationwide are operating, and all domestic and international flights have resumed. Certain health protocols are still in place for travelers. All travelers arriving at Lome Airport must show evidence of negative COVID-19 test results. Anyone who does not have proof of negative COVID-19 test results will not be allowed to board a flight. Tests must have been conducted within five days of boarding a flight. Travelers may be required to take a second COVID-19 test upon arrival. Travelers must also complete a declaration form prior to arrival. All inbound travelers must install the TOGO SAFE mobile app upon arrival. The app must stay active for 30 days following arrival. Individuals who do not install the app must quarantine for 14 days at a government facility, and they will be required to install the app during quarantine. Inbound travelers are advised to have medical or travel insurance. Departing travelers must be tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their flight. They must also complete a health declaration form.

The Embassy is currently offering emergency and mission-critical services for US citizens only at this time. Immigrant visa processing is currently available for IR1/2, CR1/2, and IH3/4 visas. Individuals who belong to these categories can contact the National Visa Center for an appointment. Those whose cases are approved will receive additional information on an appointment date and medical exam requirements.

Trinidad & Tobago

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

While some COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, travelers may encounter airport and border closures due to changing epidemiological conditions. Additional health-related restrictions may be implemented to control the spread of disease, including commercial travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders. Travelers should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and current information on COVID-19-related changes.

Routine appointments are now available for US citizens who need to renew or obtain new passports. Anyone who needs assistance should schedule an appointment online. Visitors should note that social distancing and health measures are in place at the Embassy. Individuals should also be aware that although routine appointments have resumed, they are currently offered in limited numbers. The Embassy continues to offer emergency services as well, including emergency passport and notarial services.

Tunisia

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Most transportation has resumed, and many transportation options are currently available. Borders and airports have reopened. Business operations are mostly back to normal, and schools are now operating as well. Other conditions have improved in Tunisia due to COVID-19.

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

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

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

Turkey

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Turkey has issued new requirements due to COVID-19.

The Turkish government now requires everyone living in Turkey to present an Hayat Eve Sigar (HES) code while they are using inner city public transit and staying at hotels. Some airlines also require an HES code for individuals attempting to purchase domestic and international airline tickets. Standing passengers are not allowed on public transportation where social distancing regulations cannot be followed. Individuals under age 18 can leave their homes when accompanied by a parent. Turkish citizens and residents age 65 and older can leave their homes between 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM daily. They must obtain permission to leave their homes from the Ministry of Interior. Schools have resumed with a combination of in-person and online courses.

Sponsoring employers must upload their COVID-19 health and safety requirements to their Ministry of Labor accounts. The information must be signed and sealed by the company’s signatory. New work permit applicants must undergo a COVID-19 test in the country where their visa application is submitted. A negative COVID-19 test result certificate must be uploaded to the Ministry of Labor’s online system. Both documents are required for new work permit applications.

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

Uganda

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

The Ugandan government has updated protocols due to COVID-19.

All land and air borders are now open. Additionally, the government has relaxed some internal restrictions that were implemented to control the spread of COVID-19.

Entebbe International Airport has resumed limited commercial flights. Travelers must have proof of negative COVID-19 test results upon arrival, with tests taken within 72 hours of arrival. Internal movement orders have been lifted, but a national curfew from 9:00 PM through 6:00 AM is still in place. Boda boda drivers are subject to daily curfew of 6:00 PM Places of worship can have gatherings of up to 70 people. Outdoor sporting events are permitted without spectators. Schools are now open. The use of face masks is mandatory at all times while in public.

The US Embassy is offering routine passport appointments, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notarials. Appointments can be scheduled through the Embassy’s website. Routine American Citizen services are still suspended, but the Embassy is offering emergency and mission-critical visa services. The Ministry of Internal Affairs is offering visa renewals and other routine immigration matters.

Ukraine

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

An adaptive quarantine is in place through October 31, 2020. Nightclubs, concerts, and discos are banned in areas of the country with the highest COVID-19 rates, which are designated as red zones. A 12:00 am curfew is in place for bars, restaurants, and cafes in other parts of the country. The use of masks on public transportation and in indoor public spaces is mandatory. Fines may be imposed on anyone who does not comply with the mandate. A negative COVID-19 test is not required for entry, although health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry. US citizens are banned from entering Ukraine with certain exceptions.

United Arab Emirates

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

New entry requirements are in place for certain travelers. Individuals who enter the UAE with tourist visas should have evidence of return airfare. Otherwise, they may be refused entry and sent home.

US citizens can enter the country. Tourist visas are being issued in all Emirates. Residents may travel outside the UAE for general purposes, provided they receive a negative COVID-19 test within 96 hours of departure for certain destinations, obtain international health insurance for the duration of their travel, adhere to health regulations of the country they are traveling to, obtain a negative COVID-19 test result before their return to the UAE, and quarantine upon return to the UAE. Children under age 12 and individuals with disabilities are exempt from the test requirements. Negative COVID-19 test results are required to enter the UAE for all travelers. Test results must be obtained within 48 hours of arrival. Health screening measures are in place at airports and ports of entry.

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has officially resumed issuing Entry Permits. The change allows applicants from outside the UAE to begin applying for Entry Permits. November 17, 2020 is the final day of the grace period for UAE residency visa holders who have permits that expired prior to March 1, 2020. Overstay fines are waived for individuals leaving the country during that time. Upon arrival in the UAE, all travelers will receive a PCR test and a wristband that monitors their mandatory 14-day quarantine and delivers their test results. Another PCR test is taken on the 12th day of quarantine. The wristband can be removed and returned following two negative PCR test results.

A phased reopening of land, sea, and air borders will continue through the end of 2020. By January 2021 all restrictions are scheduled to be lifted unless epidemiological conditions change. Foreign nationals with valid KSA visas and GCC citizens are currently permitted to enter the country. Along with enabling more travelers to enter, the UAE has added more requirements for Temporary Resident Visas (TRVs). Bank statements, hotel and flight booking confirmations, and commitment letters to return home may now be required along with a copy of the traveler’s passport and a personal photo.

The US Embassy Abu Dhabi and the US Consulate General Dubai are still operating with some limitations and restrictions. Individuals who have an urgent travel need should contact the Embassy or Consulate General to request an emergency appointment. Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L, and some J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if they believe they qualify for an exception listed in the Presidential Proclamation.

United Kingdom

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

US citizens are permitted to enter the country. Curfews are not in place, and there are no restrictions on interstate and intercity travel. COVID-19 restrictions are subject to change based on current epidemiological conditions.

The US Embassy is now providing some limited routine consular services along with emergency services. The Embassy is also accepting passport renewal applications that are submitted by mail. US passports can be renewed at any time, including before or after they expire. Individuals with urgent travel needs whose passports will expire in less than three weeks should request an in-person appointment through the Embassy’s website. Individuals with in-person appointments should note that certain health precautions are in place for visitors at the US Embassy, including a mandate for anyone over age 11 to wear a face mask.

UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) have resumed normal operations. UK Visa and Citizenship Application Service customers can now book appointments at UKVCAS Service Points after registering, T4 students cannot book appointments at this time. T4 students should wait for a confirmation email from UKVCAS regarding next steps. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) is making determinations about which students are eligible for biometric reuse and using the IDV app. Students who registered with UKVCAS by email should watch for messages about booking an appointment or downloading the IDV app. After receiving an email, students can book appointments or download the app. Students who submit applications using the IDV app or at a UKVCAS appointment will have their supporting information sent to the UKVI in 24 hours. Applications are processed based on the date of registration with UKVI/UKVCAS.

Many businesses and schools have reopened. Stay-at-home orders and domestic travel restrictions have been lifted. Airports have resumed commercial flights, and most borders are open. Although the government has lifted some restrictions due to COVID-19, other regulations are still in place, including requirements to wear a face mask in public and abide by social distancing protocols. US citizens should note that although many COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, additional health-related regulations may be implemented with little prior notice to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

Uzbekistan

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Many businesses are now open, along with schools and daycare centers. Public transportation has resumed as well. Airports are now open for commercial international flights, and border restrictions have been lifted. Internal movement restrictions, including curfews and stay-at-home orders, are now lifted as well. Restaurants, cafes, and kitchens are open with social distancing measures in place. Parks, recreational areas, and entertainment and cultural facilities are also open with strict health measures in place.

US citizens are permitted to enter the country, but they usually require a visa. Negative COVID-19 tests are required for entry. Test results must be obtained within 72 hours of travel. Health screening measures are in place at airports and ports of entry. Tourist visas and other visas for foreign nationals currently in the country are extended through November 1, 2020.

Although many COVID-19 restrictions are no longer in place, the government may implement additional measures depending on epidemiological changes. US citizens who are planning to travel to Uzbekistan should sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive critical updates on travel restrictions and regulations.

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

The US Embassy continues to provide critical and emergency services. US citizens who need assistance should contact the Embassy online for help.

Uruguay

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Most public transportation has resumed. Stay-at-home orders are now lifted. Schools are now open for in-person classes on a part-time basis. Masks are required in all public places.

While many COVID-19 restrictions are no longer in effect, health-related restrictions may be implemented with little advance notice to reduce the risk of disease transmission. US citizens should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) before arriving in Uruguay to ensure they receive critical updates on COVID-19 restrictions and regulations.

Borders are currently closed with some exceptions, including family reunification, drivers of international transportation, airline and sea vessel crews, and entrance for humanitarian reasons or essential economic, business, labor, or judicial purposes. Negative COVID-19 test results are required for inbound travelers, and health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry. Negative COVID-19 test results must be obtained within 72 hours of arrival. US citizens must quarantine upon arrival. Those who plan to stay longer than seven days can perform a second COVID-19 test on the seventh day or continue to quarantine for 14 days total. Anyone under a quarantine is prohibited from using public transportation.

The US Embassy is currently offering limited appointments for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and passports. Limited B1/B2 nonimmigrant visa services and notary services are also available. Individuals can schedule an appointment online.

Venezuela

Level 4 – Do Not Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Air travel will be restricted through November 12th due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. Only humanitarian flights will be permitted until then. US citizens and other foreign nationals who want to return home should contact their local Embassy or Consulate for additional information on repatriation flights. Border closures with Colombia are still in effect.

All nonessential travel should be avoided, as the government and US Embassy may be unable to provide support. Movement restrictions remain in place, and restrictions are still in effect for transportation and travel options. Borders remain closed.

The US Embassy will suspend its operations until conditions improve. The Embassy’s website provides current information and guidance for individuals requiring emergency aid. US citizens who need assistance can also find updates on the Embassy’s social media accounts.

Vietnam

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

International flights have resumed, but flights are currently restricted to countries with low COVID-19 rates. Flights to China, South Korea, Laos, and Cambodia have resumed, although only Vietnamese nationals and individuals in certain exempt categories can enter Vietnam. All travelers must provide negative COVID-19 test results, issued within three days of departure, upon arrival. They will be screened again upon arrival. A quarantine period of 5-7 days is in place for passengers arriving from “safe” countries. All other passengers are subject to a 14-day quarantine. Employers must still seek authorization for highly skilled workers to enter Vietnam for work purposes. All international arrivals must abide by a mandatory COVID-19 test before departure. They must remain quarantined in a hotel for 14 days upon arrival. Short-term visitors who intended to stay less than 14 days can perform specific tasks and meetings outside of their hotel with strict supervision. They cannot travel freely during their stay in Vietnam.

The Consulate is conducting interviews for holders of IR-1, IR-2, CR-1, and CR-2 immigrant visas whose appointments were originally scheduled for March, April, or May and cancelled due to COVID-19. The Consulate is only conducting in-person interviews for visas in these categories. Additionally, the Consulate will only issue IR-2 and CR-2 visas to applicants under age 21 at this time. Routine visa appointments are not currently being conducted for any other type of visa. However, individuals can still request an emergency appointment for other needs, including urgent travel. Individuals who have a previously-issued visa that has not expired can still use the visa for travel to the US Individuals whose visas have expired due to factors beyond their control can contact the Consulate’s office for instructions on renewal, including applicable fees and requirements for a medical examination.

Zambia

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Most businesses and schools are now open following closures due to COVID-19. Airports have resumed domestic and international flights. Internal movement restrictions have been lifted, including stay-at-home mandates and curfews. Borders have reopened as well. While many COVID-19 restrictions are now relaxed, some health and safety protocols are still in place, including the requirement for all arriving passengers to provide proof of negative COVID-19 test results. Negative test results must be obtained within four days of boarding a flight. Certificates must be issued by a designated laboratory.

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

Zimbabwe

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Travel advisory is in effect until further notice due to COVID-19.

Most transportation has resumed, including air travel. Domestic travel restrictions have been lifted, including stay-at-home orders and curfews. Businesses and schools are now open. Although some restrictions have been lifted for COVID-19, additional health restrictions may be implemented with little advance notice. US citizens should enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) before travel to receive important updates above changes in travel restrictions due to COVID-19.

International commercial flights are currently available. US citizens wanting to return to the United States should make travel arrangements as soon as possible. Otherwise, they should be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. Individuals should ensure that they have all requisite documents and valid travel documents before traveling.

The US Embassy is currently open for limited services only, including emergency passport and notarial services. Anyone who needs assistance should email the Embassy for support.

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 US consular websites are available here: http://usembassy.gov.


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