Press Release

Worldview Security Update – October 2, 2020
October 2, 2020

AMERICAS

Argentina / Guyana / Puerto Rico (Security threat levels – 3 / 3 / 2): On 1 October 2020, the Argentine minister of transport announced that international flights will be allowed to resume in Argentina — effective as of 12 October or at the latest, 15 October. Restrictions on flights after that point will be dependent upon authorities in each individual city, who will be allowed to limit the number of flights based on infection rates in their respective cities. International flights have been banned in the country since 20 March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Guyana, authorities extended on 1 October the ongoing 2100-0400 local time (0100-0800 UTC) nationwide nightly curfew until 31 October in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Residents are advised to remain in their homes during curfew hours. International flights to and from Guyana are set to resume on 12 October.

In Puerto Rico, authorities extended on 1 October coronavirus-related measures until at least 16 October. An island-wide nightly curfew from 2200-0500 local time (0200-0900 UTC) remains in effect, as well as a mandate to wear face masks in public spaces. Health officials recommended the extension after one of the island’s largest laboratories announced that they are reviewing 6,000 COVID-19 tests conducted in September after discovering that some test subjects received inaccurate results.

ASIA

Pakistan / Singapore (Security threat levels – 5 / 1): On 1 October 2020, Pakistani authorities announced that international travelers will be divided into two categories based on the risk of COVID-19 infection in their country of origin. Asymptomatic travelers from countries listed under the ‘A’ category — deemed to be less risk — may enter without restriction. Travelers from ‘B’ category countries will be required to display a negative result on a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel and provide contact information through the PassTrack mobile app or a web-based form. Such travelers will also be subject to testing upon arrival and may be quarantined if symptoms of COVID-19 are present. More information outlined by the Pakistani government is available here .

On 30 September the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) announced that beginning on 8 October travelers from Australia — excluding Victoria state — and Vietnam may apply for short-term travel passes to enter Singapore. Anyone who receives an Air Travel Pass will be required to take a COVID-19 test. If the test results are positive, quarantine will be required until they receive negative results for a COVID-19 test. Inbound travelers are required to have stayed in Vietnam or Australia for 14 consecutive days prior to arrival in Singapore and must download the TraceTogether app on their mobile device.

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Lebanon (Security threat level – 4): On 2 October 2020, authorities announced that a lockdown will go into effect on 4 October for 111 towns and villages across Lebanon, including some suburbs of the capital Beirut, due to increasing COVID-19 infection rates. The lockdown will last until at least 12 October. Under the terms of the lockdown, individuals are required to remain in their homes and to wear face masks if they must go outdoors for essential purposes. A countrywide nightly curfew from 0100 local time (2200 UTC) until dawn remains in effect.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Ireland (Security threat level – 2): On 1 October 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Dublin issued a Demonstration Alert regarding a protest planned for 3 October, which reads in part as follows:

"Location: Dublin city center

"Event: The U.S. Embassy in Dublin wishes to inform U.S. citizens resident in or traveling in Ireland of a protest being organized by Health Freedom Ireland and Yellow Vest Ireland for this Saturday, October 3rd. The demonstration is scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm at The Custom House and march towards the Dail and will likely disrupt traffic in the city for the duration."

Jordan (Security threat level – 3): On 2 October 2020, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued an update to its travel advice for Jordan, which reads in part as follows:

"If you’re travelling from the UK to Jordan, you will need to take a PCR test on arrival (at your own cost). Those who test positive will be taken to designated C-19 hospitals for isolation and treatment if required. Those with a negative test result will be required to complete 14 days of self-isolation.

"…Passengers arriving from the green and yellow category countries are required to self-isolate for one week should their PCR test be negative. Arrivals from the red category countries are required to self-isolate for two weeks should their PCR test be negative."