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During the COVID-19 outbreak, every country has implemented
unique admission criteria. Entry into these countries may be
challenging, as criteria can be based on place of birth,
nationality, recent travel history, border closures and many other

The Global Team at Envoy Global is closely monitoring these
global travel advisories. Please do not make any international
travel arrangements without checking relevant government websites
and consulting your immigration legal team.

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Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice,
nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on
the issues discussed, consult an Envoy-affiliated attorney or
another qualified professional.

COVID-19 Country Specific Information

If you are seeking COVID-10 country specific
, the U.S. State Department has compiled a
comprehensive list of how countries are handling the outbreak and
what entry or exit requirements may be in place.

The countries and areas covered in this article include:

  • Canada

  • United Kingdom

  • European Union

  • India

  • Singapore


The U.S. and Canada mutually agreed to close their border to
non-essential travel. This border closure started March 21 and will
be reviewed after 30 days. Non-essential travel is considered
recreational or tourism in nature.

Additionally, the Canadian government enacted a travel ban that
went into effect March 18 and will expire June 30. As a result, all
foreign nationals on flights to Canada are not eligible to enter,
except U.S. citizens. An interim order has been put into place
which will
exempt certain foreign nationals from the travel ban
Those with valid Canadian work permits will be allowed to travel to
Canada. It also includes an exemption for new foreign workers who
are coming to Canada to be employed in critical industries, such as
agriculture, food processing, health, transportation and emergency
services to enter Canada

Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is still
processing immigration and citizenship
, however, there are likely to be

United Kingdom

The U.K. has not closed its borders at this time. However,
many UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) are closed
or offering limited service

Additionally, individuals who are in the UK and their leave
expires between Jan. 24 and May 21 will see their visas extended to
May 31.

The UK government is advising all British nationals against all
but essential international travel.

European Union

The European Union has closed its borders for 30 days, starting
March 17. This move will limit most non-essential travel into the
EU and applies to 26 member countries. Norway, Switzerland,
Liechtenstein and Iceland are also part of this agreement.

Additionally, UK citizens will still be able to travel into the
EU, despite the UK exiting the union earlier this year.

Only the EU’s external borders are closed; individuals can
still move freely between EU countries.


India is on total lockdown. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
announced a nationwide lockdown for 21
. All but essential services and activities have
been shut down, as well as domestic travel.

India has also suspended all international flights arriving and
departing from India, effective March 22 and lasting at least one
week. The Indian government has also suspended all existing visas
until April 15, 2020, with few exceptions.


The Singapore government announced that starting March 23,
all short-term visitors arriving from anywhere in
the world will not be permitted entry
into Singapore,
nor international transit. Individuals and their dependents who are
permitted will be placed in a 14-day “stay-home”

Additionally, starting March 24, any traveler who is permitted
entry into Singapore from the U.S. or UK must serve the 14-day
stay-home order at a dedicated government facility.

These are only a few countries the Global Team at Envoy has
highlighted. For more information on a country not listed,
please refer to the State Department for detailed

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