Current Travel Warnings: Provided by International SoS

    Bahamas: Continue to defer all travel due to enhanced restrictions linked to COVID-19 Sat, 28 Mar 2020 17:16:34 EDT

    Members should defer all travel to the Bahamas due to enhanced restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. The authorities on 27 March issued an emergency order, effectively banning all travel in/out of the country (including for those in transit) and suspending all airport and seaport operations until further notice. Foreign visitors currently in-country are advised to prepare for an indefinite stay. The order also maintains restrictions associated with the ongoing 24/7 nationwide curfew, which went into effect on 17 March (see More detail).

    Barbados: Defer non-essential travel amid COVID-19-related curfew, quarantine measures Sat, 28 Mar 2020 00:26:27 EDT

    Members should defer non-essential travel to Barbados until at least 14 April amid COVID-19-related curfew and quarantine measures. Travellers arriving from the US, UK and Europe face a 14-day quarantine. In-country members are to observe a nightly curfew between 20.00 and 06.00 (local time)from28 March to 14 April. The police will help enforce the curfew;essential services are exempt from the measure.

    Brazil: Defer all travel amid entry ban until 29 April, other COVID-19-related restrictions Sat, 28 Mar 2020 21:40:44 EDT

    Members should defer all travel to Brazil after the authorities announced a ban on foreign travellers entering the country from 30 March until 29 April. Brazilian nationals, permanent residents, humanitarian aid workers and foreign officials, among others (see US embassy website for complete list), will be exempt from this measure. While there will be no restrictions on outbound travel during this period, commercial flight options will likely be limited.The ongoing land border closure with neighbouring nations has also been extended until 22 April, while the mandatory quarantine in Rio de Janeiro state has been extended until 13 April (see More detail).

    Cambodia: Continue to defer non-essential travel amid COVID-19-related inbound travel restrictions Sat, 28 Mar 2020 06:44:55 EDT

    Members should continue to defer non-essential travel to Cambodia amid COVID-19-related restrictions. All existing visa exemption policies and issuance of tourist visa, e-visa and visa-on-arrival to all foreigners will be suspended for one month beginning at 23.59 (local time) on 30 March. All inbound travellers are required to produce a health certificate confirming they have not been infected with COVID-19 dated no more than 72 hours prior to departure, as well as proof of health insurance with coverage of at least US$50,000. The situation remains fluid and further restrictions are possible in the coming days.

    Cameroon: Northwest, Southwest regions: Recent violence highlights persistent insurgency, need to defer non-essential travel (Revised) Fri, 27 Mar 2020 23:25:25 EDT

    Members are reminded of the need to defer non-essential travel to Northwest and Southwest regions, where an insurgency by Anglophone (English-speaking) separatist groups continues. While the Southern Cameroon Defence Forces (SOCADEF) militant group has declared a temporary ceasefire from 29 March to 12 April, earlier attacks highlight persistent tensions in these regions.On 7 March, around 50 armed separatists attacked police and gendarmerie posts inGalim(Bamboutos department, West region), killing four security force personnel and four civilians. On the following day, a bombing in Bamenda (Northwest) killed at least one soldier and injured seven others during an International Women’s Day ceremony. Member should exercise caution as further incidents are likely around the release of election results.

    Canada: Continue to defer all travel amid COVID-19-related restrictions; follow all official directives Sat, 28 Mar 2020 10:30:16 EDT

    The Canadian and US governments have closed their mutual border to non-essential travel (i.e. recreation and tourism) amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The measures will be in effect until at least 23.59 (EDT) on 20 April. However, essential travel and freight transportation will be permitted. Canada has indefinitely closed its borders to all international travellers, with few exemptions (see More detail). All travellers allowed entry, including Canadian nationals and residents and their immediate family members, will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Members should defer all travel as appropriate while the measures are in place.

    Chile: Continue to defer all travel due to restrictions linked to COVID-19 Sat, 28 Mar 2020 16:40:11 EDT

    Members should continue to defer all travel to Chile due to restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. The government has closed the country’s air, land and sea borders to foreign travellers until at least 1 April. Chilean citizens and permanent residents are still permitted to enter the country and outbound travel remains unrestricted, though commercial flight options have been greatly reduced. An indefinite nationwide curfew from 22.00 (local time) to 05.00 is currently in effect, as is a 90-day state of emergency from 19 March. The authorities have also placed the provinces of Lo Barnechea, Vitacura, Las Condes, Providencia, Nunoa, Santiago and Independencia on lockdown until 3 April, prohibiting unauthorised movement and ordering the closure of non-essential services.

    Colombia: Stand fast, abide by all directives during quarantine period until 13 April Sat, 28 Mar 2020 22:02:39 EDT

    Members in Colombia should abide by official directives during a nationwide quarantine until 13 April. The authorities have asked residents to remain inside their homes during this period. Vehicle movement will only be allowed for essential purposes, or for those who have been granted a free movement permit with corresponding documents. The Transmilenio bus system will operate, and travellers leaving for the airport will be allowed to transit, but they must present a ticket or boarding pass. Only one family member will be allowed to go outside for essential grocery and pharmacy items; 20-minute walks are permitted for residents with pets. Violations are subject to fines and detentions.

    Congo (DRC): Haut-Katanga province: Exercise caution following fatal clashes between militia, army (Revised) Sat, 28 Mar 2020 15:00:19 EDT

    Members in the cities of Lubumbashi and Likasi (both Haut-Katanga province) over the coming days should exercise caution following fatal clashes between suspected members of the Bakata Katanga militia and the Congolese army early on 28 March. Local reports indicate that several militiamen and at least one member of the army were killed in an exchange of gunfire. A strong security force presence remains in Lubumbashi and several barricades have been erected across the city.

    Costa Rica: Continue to defer all travel due to stringent COVID-19-related entry restrictions (Revised) Sat, 28 Mar 2020 20:11:31 EDT

    Members should continue to defer all travel to Costa Rica due to stringent restrictions in place amid the COVID-19 outbreak. On 18 March, the country closed its borders (air, land and sea) to foreign nationals and non-residents until at least 13 April. The measure will not apply to Costa Rican nationals or residents, both of whom will be asked to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon returning from abroad. Travellers will also still be allowed to transit through Costa Rica’s airports while the restrictions are in effect. There are currently no restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country. A vehicle curfew is currently in place from 20.00 (local time) to 05.00 during the weekends and from 22.00 to 05.00 during weekdays; drivers that don’t comply will be fined. All non-essential businesses must close at 20.00.

    Curacao (Netherlands): Defer all travel due to stringent COVID-19-related entry restrictions Sat, 28 Mar 2020 14:06:53 EDT

    Members should defer travel to Curacao (Netherlands) following an announcement by the authorities that all travellers, except Curacao residents, will be barred entry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While there are currently no official restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country, flight availability is likely to be very limited. Members are advised to seek assistance from their airline provider.

    Curacao (Netherlands): Defer all travel due to stringent COVID-19-related entry restrictions Sat, 28 Mar 2020 14:06:53 EDT

    Members should defer travel to Curacao (Netherlands) following an announcement by the authorities that all travellers, except Curacao residents, will be barred entry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While there are currently no official restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country, flight availability is likely to be very limited. Members are advised to seek assistance from their airline provider.

    Eswatini: Defer all travel due to lack of outbound options, partial lockdown in response to COVID-19 outbreak Sat, 28 Mar 2020 02:47:49 EDT

    Members should defer all travel to eSwatini due to the suspension of inbound and outbound flights in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The country's borders are also closed as part of a 20-day partial lockdown that began on 27 March. The closure does not affect returning citizens and legal residents, though they are subject to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. During the lockdown, non-essential domestic travel is prohibited; people can only go out for essential purposes, such as buying food, seeking medical treatment and banking services.

    Ethiopia: Defer all travel as inbound, outbound travel options reduced amid COVID-19-related restrictions (Revised) Sat, 28 Mar 2020 05:14:53 EDT

    Members should defer all travel to Ethiopia following a reduction in inbound and outbound travel options amid widespread commercial flight cancellations and the closure of the country’s land borders. Additional security force personnel have been deployed around the country. Movement and other restrictions are possible in the coming days. In-country members should evaluate the impact of a potential lockdown and ensure readiness to stand fast for several weeks.

    Fiji: Defer all travel due to flight suspensions, curfew in response to COVID-19 outbreak (Revised) Sat, 28 Mar 2020 03:45:45 EDT

    Members should defer all travel to Fiji amid stringent COVID-19-related restrictions. All passenger flights into and out of the main Nadi International Airport (NAN) have been suspended since 26 March. Fiji Airways is operating a final flight from Japan to Fiji on 28 March, for repatriating Fiji citizens, residents and work permit holders, as well as diplomats and staff of international governmental organisations. Those returning to Fiji are subject to 14-day quarantine. From 29 March, all passenger travel to the outer islands will be suspended. An indefinite curfew will be enforced between 22.00 and 05.00 (local time) nightly from 30 March.

    Guinea: Continue to defer non-essential travel; monitor developments following legislative elections, constitutional referendum Sat, 28 Mar 2020 04:50:37 EDT

    Members on essential travel in Guinea should exercise caution and monitor developments following delayed legislative elections and a constitutional referendum held on 22 March. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on 27 March announced the provisional results of the referendum, which passed with 91.6% of the votes. Violent protests were reported earlier on 21-23 March in the capital Conakry and Mamou, Labe and Nzerekore regions, with at least ten civilians killed and dozens of others injured. Members should defer non-essential travel to Guinea (see our COVID-19 reporting for further information and advice), while those in-country over the coming days should anticipate and avoid further protests associated with the provisional referendum results.

    India: Continue to defer inbound travel, domestic movement amid COVID-19-related nationwide lockdown; flights suspension extended until 14 April Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:05:10 EDT

    Members should continue to defer all travel to India amid a nationwide lockdown until at least 14 April. The suspension of inbound international flights and all domestic and private aircraft operations has been extended to 23.59 (local time) on 14 April. Under the lockdown, all movement outside residences is banned, with the exemption of essential services. All shops, commercial establishments and places of worship are closed, while all public transport services are suspended. In-country members should defer all movement that is deemed ‘non-essential’ by the authorities during this period; they should contact the local authorities to ascertain what is considered ‘essential’ movement in their area.

    Indonesia: SPECIAL ADVISORY: Central Sulawesi province: Continue to exercise caution following magnitude 5.8 earthquake west-north-west of Pendolo (Revised) Sat, 28 Mar 2020 14:27:53 EDT

    Members in Central Sulawesi province in the coming hours should continue to exercise caution after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck at approximately 22.43 (local time) on 28 March. According to the US Geological Survey, the tremblor occurred 40 miles (64km) west-north-west of Pendolo, at a depth of six miles (10km). No damage or casualties have so far been reported, though aftershocks remain possible. Reports of any damage may not emerge until the authorities complete an impact assessment.

    Mali: Monitor developments around 29 March legislative elections; avoid related rallies as precaution (Revised) Sat, 28 Mar 2020 20:15:37 EDT

    Members in Mali in the coming weeks should monitor developments related to planned 29 March legislative elections and avoid all related gatherings as a precaution. The official campaign period began on 8 March and is set to last until 27 March. The authorities on 19 March confirmed that the global COVID-19 outbreak (see our related reporting) would not affect the election cycle. While the election period is likely to pass off largely peacefully, rallies in the capital Bamako calling for a postponement of the polls due to the security situation in northern and central regions are possible. Such gatherings are liable to be forcibly dispersed by the police on occasions.

    Myanmar: Continue to defer non-essential travel amid restrictions linked to COVID-19 outbreak Sat, 28 Mar 2020 10:56:29 EDT

    Members should continue to defer non-essential travel to Myanmar amid COVID-19-related travel restrictions. All foreign travellers are required to produce a health certificate confirming they have tested negative for COVID-19 dated no more than 72 hours prior to departure, and will be subject to a 14-day quarantine at a designated facility upon arrival. Diplomats and officials from the UN accredited to Myanmar are subject to home-quarantine. Land borders are closed to foreign travellers. International flights serving the country are still operational, but at a reduced rate. E-visa and visa-on-arrival programmes have also been suspended until 30 April.

    New Zealand: Continue to defer all travel due to border closures, nationwide lockdown amid COVID-19 outbreak (Revised) Sat, 28 Mar 2020 03:08:40 EDT

    Members should continue to defer all travel to New Zealand amid an ongoing entry ban on foreign travellers in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Citizens and permanent residents and their immediate family members, as well as diplomats and airline and marine crew, are exempt from the ban but are required to self-quarantine for 14 days (airline crew are exempt). Transit through New Zealand is no longer allowed; all domestic flights are suspended from 28 March. The country has been under a seven-day state of emergency since 25 March. A nationwide lockdown is in effect until at least 22 April. During the lockdown, all schools and non-essential businesses are closed and people are required to stay indoors except for visiting essential services.

    Nicaragua: Defer non-essential travel, anticipate reduced flight availability in coming days amid COVID-19 outbreak (Revised) Sat, 28 Mar 2020 01:34:08 EDT

    Members should defer non-essential travel to Nicaragua amid COVID-19-related disruption to flights into and out of the country. Although Nicaragua has not announced significant entry restrictions or closed its borders, international flights are likely to become increasingly limited (see More Detail), as countries in the region announce travel restrictions and carriers scale back their flight routes. The US embassy in the capital Managua has advised US citizens to depart before flights become unavailable.

    Nigeria: Defer all travel as internal, outbound travel options decrease, state-level curfews imposed to curb COVID-19 outbreak (Revised) Sat, 28 Mar 2020 20:24:12 EDT

    Members should defer all travel to Nigeria, where stringent restrictions have been imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All land, sea and air borders have been closeduntil at least 23 April. The majority of internal flights have also been cancelled. Humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights, as well as technical stops where passengers do not disembark, will nevertheless be allowed to proceed. Meanwhile, several states have implemented restrictions on internal travel and public life (see More detail), including border closures. Further restrictive measures are likely in the coming weeks.

    Nigeria: Ondo state: Plan journeys avoiding Akure-Owo motorway following explosion; anticipate travel disruption Sat, 28 Mar 2020 06:57:07 EDT

    Members due to undertake essential overland travel in Ondo state in the coming days should plan journeys bypassing the A122 motorway between Akure and Owo (both Ondo). A large explosion at around 01.00 (local time) on 28 March damaged a section of the road, impeding travel. Reports indicate that the incident involved a truck carrying explosive material and that all traffic along the motorway has been suspended until further notice.

    Paraguay: Continue to defer all travel amid border closure in response to COVID-19 outbreak (Revised) Sat, 28 Mar 2020 19:52:14 EDT

    Members should continue to defer all travel to Paraguay due to enhanced restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. The government has announced that until 12 April, all borders (air, land and sea) will remain closed to foreign visitors. All international commercial and charter flights will also remain suspended. Paraguayan nationals and residents, and accredited diplomatic personnel are permitted to enter the country; however, they are subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine in military barracks. As of 22 March, a 24 hour-curfew is in place, with exceptions for essential services.

    Philippines: Exercise caution due to potential violence on founding anniversary of Communist Party's armed wing on 29 March Sat, 28 Mar 2020 20:14:37 EDT

    The New People's Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), will commemorate its founding anniversary on 29 March. The date is a flashpoint for violence, including attacks on the security forces in NPA strongholds (see More detail). The government has ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to cease offensive operations against the NPA during the COVID-19 outbreak. This may mean security is not heightened as it usually is on the day, though normal security patrols and checkpoints will remain in NPA strongholds. Members operating in insurgency-affected locations should remain vigilant and take stringent precautions.

    Saba (Netherlands): Defer all travel due to stringent COVID-19-related entry restrictions Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:36:23 EDT

    Members should defer travel to Saba (Netherlands) following an announcement by the authorities that all travellers, except for Saba residents, will be barred entry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. All residents returning to the country are required to undergo self-quarantine for 14 days, regardless of their point of departure. While there are currently no official restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country, flight availability is likely to be very limited. Members are advised to seek assistance from their airline provider.

    Saudi Arabia: Riyadh, Jizan province: Exercise caution, monitor developments following interception of missiles in capital, Jizan Sat, 28 Mar 2020 18:48:10 EDT

    Members in the capital Riyadh and Jizan (Jizan province) in the coming hours should exercise caution and monitor developments following reports on 28 March that the authorities had intercepted an unconfirmed number of ballistic missiles launched towards the two cities. No group has claimed responsibility for the incidents and there are no reports of resulting casualties or damage.

    Singapore: Continue to defer all travel amid enhanced restrictions related to COVID-19 (Revised) Sat, 28 Mar 2020 22:45:22 EDT

    Members should continue to defer all travel to Singapore following the closure of its borders to all short-term visitors, many work pass and Student’s Pass (STP) holders. Citizens, permanent residents and work pass holders providing essential services are exempted from this entry ban. Citizens, permanent residents, permitted work pass holders and their dependants returning to the country will be issued a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN). Student and work pass holders planning to return must seek permission from the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) respectively to obtain an entry permit (see More detail). Increased internal restrictions have further been imposed (see More detail).

    St Eustatius (Netherlands): Defer all travel due to stringent COVID-19-related entry restrictions (Revised) Sat, 28 Mar 2020 13:30:57 EDT

    Members should defer travel to St Eustatius (Netherlands) following an announcement by the authorities that all travellers, except for St Eustatius residents, will be barred entry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. All residents returning to the country are required to undergo self-quarantine for 14 days, regardless of their point of departure. While there are currently no official restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country, flight availability is likely to be very limited. Members are advised to seek assistance from their airline provider.

    St Lucia: Defer all travel until at least 5 April amid nightly curfew, suspension of inbound flights in response to COVID-19 (Revised) Sat, 28 Mar 2020 00:53:29 EDT

    Members should defer travel to St Lucia until at least 5 April amid COVID-19-related restrictions. Airports and seaports are closed to all incoming commercial and private flights and vessels. There are no restrictions on outgoing travel, but flight availability is likely to be very limited. In-country members should follow official directives during a nightly curfew between 23.00 and 05.00 (local time) until 5 April. All non-essential services will be suspended during this period; essential services will remain operational.

    St Maarten (Netherlands): Defer all travel due to stringent COVID-19-related entry restrictions Sat, 28 Mar 2020 13:27:41 EDT

    Members should defer travel to St Maarten (Netherlands) following an announcement by the authorities that all travellers, except for St Maarten residents, will be barred entry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. All residents returning to the country are required to undergo self-quarantine for 14 days, regardless of their point of departure. While there are currently no official restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country, flight availability is likely to be very limited. Members are advised to seek assistance from their airline provider.

    St Maarten (Netherlands): Defer all travel due to stringent COVID-19-related entry restrictions Sat, 28 Mar 2020 13:27:41 EDT

    Members should defer travel to St Maarten (Netherlands) following an announcement by the authorities that all travellers, except for St Maarten residents, will be barred entry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. All residents returning to the country are required to undergo self-quarantine for 14 days, regardless of their point of departure. While there are currently no official restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country, flight availability is likely to be very limited. Members are advised to seek assistance from their airline provider.

    Thailand: Continue to defer non-essential travel amid COVID-19-related restrictions, state of emergency (Revised) Sat, 28 Mar 2020 04:28:28 EDT

    The government has imposed a nationwide state of emergency until 30 April and restrictions on inbound travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Incoming foreign travellers will no longer be granted entry unless they meet certain criteria (see More detail). Until 31 March, foreign travellers transiting through Thailand for less than 24 hours are exempt from the travel ban, but must present a ‘fit-to-fly’ certificate and remain in designated transit areas. Returning Thai citizens are also required to provide this certificate and a permit issued by a Thai diplomatic representative or the foreign ministry. Incoming travellers who fail to produce the necessary documents will be prevented from boarding.

    Turkey: Continue to defer travel following suspension of all international flights amid COVID-19 outbreak Fri, 27 Mar 2020 23:14:19 EDT

    Members should defer travel to Turkey after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on 27 March the immediate and indefinite suspension of all international flights in response to theglobal COVID-19 outbreak. Intercity movement is subject to local authorities’ permission (see More Detail). Members in-country should abide by all official directives and ensure they have sufficient provisions to last at least several weeks.

    Ukraine: Continue to defer all travel until at least 3 April due to enhanced restrictions linked to COVID-19 (Revised) Sat, 28 Mar 2020 12:49:01 EDT

    Members should continue to defer all travel to Ukraine until at least 00.01 (local time) on 3 April due to enhanced restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. All commercial flights to/from the country are suspended, while government authorised flights are only permitted to operate via the capital’s Kyiv-Boryspil International Airport (KBP). Ukrainian citizens and residents are restricted from entering/exiting the country except through designated land border crossings, while foreign travellers are barred entry/exit without special permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Anyone granted entry to Ukraine will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. The government on 25 March also declared a national emergency and extended existing internal restrictions until 24 April (see More detail).

    United States: Defer non-essential travel due to COVID-19-related measures; consider implications for essential travel Sat, 28 Mar 2020 10:18:13 EDT

    Members in or planning essential travel to the US should anticipate disruption and consider implications for in-country and onward journeys due COVID-19-related restrictions. A national state of emergency has been declared. Local, state and federal authorities have also imposed restrictions on travel and public gatherings and instructed the closure of non-essential businesses and educational institutions in several locations (see More detail).

    United States: Illinois, Iowa, Missouri states: Tornado watch issued for several areas; anticipate disruption, exercise caution Sat, 28 Mar 2020 18:19:59 EDT

    Members in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri states should exercise caution due to the potential for severe weather conditions in the coming hours. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a tornado watch – which indicates there is potential for severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes –until 21.00(local time) for much of central Illinois, south-east Iowa and north-east Missouri. Members should anticipate strong winds and heavy rains, which are liable to disrupt travel in the region.

    Vanuatu: Port Vila: Continue to exercise caution, follow official directives after magnitude 5.9 offshore earthquake (Revised) Sat, 28 Mar 2020 19:08:27 EDT

    Members in the capital Port Vila should continue to exercise caution and follow official directives after a magnitude 5.9 offshore earthquake struck at around 04.48 (local time) on 29 March. According to the US Geological Survey, the tremblor originated approximately nine miles (15km) south-west of the capital, at a depth of 62 miles (99km). No tsunami warning was issued and there have been no reports of damage.

    Vietnam: Defer all travel due to COVID-19-related restrictions, flight suspensions (Revised) Fri, 27 Mar 2020 23:19:26 EDT

    The government announced on 22 March that all inbound international passenger flights would be suspended indefinitely. Furthermore, all foreign travellers are banned from entering Vietnam until further notice. Overseas Vietnamese nationals and their family members will be affected by the entry ban. Members should defer all travel to the country while these measures and related in-country restrictions (see More detail) are in place. Outbound flight availability is also likely to be limited.

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