AMERICAS:

United States—USCIS Offices Announce Extension of Office Closures.

EMEA:

Russia—Entry Restrictions Extended Until Further Notice

United Kingdom—Replacement 30 Day Visa

United Kingdom—Mandatory Quarantine on Travelers Arriving in Country

APAC:

India—Indian Government to Begin Repatriation of Indian Nationals


United States—USCIS Offices Announce Extension of Office Closures.

USCIS has extended its office closures and will prepare to reopen its offices on or after June 4th, 2020.  On March 18th USCIS announced they were suspending in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers due to COVID-19.  These closures were later extended through May 3rd, 2020.  During this time USCIS offices have continued to perform mission-essential services that do not require face to face contact with the public.  They have also continued to provide limited emergency in-person services.

Russia—Entry Restrictions Extended Until Further Notice

Entry Restrictions that were put into effect on March 18, 2020 and due to end on May 1, 2020 have been extended until further notice.  These restrictions include the following, suspension of entry of foreign nationals into Russia, suspension of issue of invitation letters, and visas to them by Russian consulates abroad.  Suspension of issue of work permits and patents to those foreign nationals who are staying abroad.  Additionally on May 12, 2020 in Moscow it is now required to wear a mask and gloves on public transport, in shops and shopping malls. If found in violation, you will face a fine.

United Kingdom—Mandatory Quarantine on Travelers Arriving in Country

Mandatory Quarantine – Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that Britain will soon impose a mandatory quarantine on travelers arriving in the country by air, sea, and train to try to avert a new wave of coronavirus infections.  The Prime Minister did not set a precise date for when these measures will begin, however when they do go into effect people entering the United Kingdom including both international visitors and British nationals returning home, will have to provide their contact details and the address of their U.K. accommodation where they will be required to mandatory quarantine / self-isolate for 14 days.  If international travelers cannot provide the location where they will self-isolate, the government will provide an accommodation for them. Travelers from France and Ireland will be exempt. The country’s police and local authorities will fine noncompliant visitors.

United Kingdom—Replacement 30 Day Visa

Applicants successfully applying for leave to enter the UK for more than six months receive a multiple entry 30-day vignette (sticker) in their passport/travel document. This is their ‘travel window’ for entering the United Kingdom. At this time, many visa applicants have not been able to travel to the United Kingdom within their travel window due to travel restrictions.  Those affected can request a replacement visa, with revised validity dates, free of charge. This new process will run until the end of the year. To request a replacement 30-day visa, the applicant must contact the Coronavirus Immigration Help Center.  Once the UK’s overseas visa application centers reopen, they will be tasked with issuing the replacement visas.

India—Indian Government to Begin Repatriation of Indian Nationals

In cooperation with foreign governments, the Indian government has begun repatriating Indian nationals.  Beginning this week the repatriation operation will help thousands of Indian nationals return to India in phases. Pre-departure screening will be required that includes the completion of an undertaking form.  Upon arrival in India individuals must download the Aarogya Setu app, undergo medical screening, and a 14 day supervised quarantine.

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