ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
Canada / India / Pakistan (Security threat levels – 2 / 3 / 5): The Canadian transport minister declared a ban on passenger flights coming from India and Pakistan for the next 30 days, effective as of 2330 local time on 22 April 2021 (0330 UTC on 23 April). Travelers arriving in Canadian airports from India or Pakistan after transiting via a third country are now required to present proof of negative results from a COVID-19 test taken in the last location of departure. The government maintains requirements for all inbound travelers to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test that is no more than 72 hours old, take an additional test upon arrival and self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Canada. Those arriving aboard aircraft are required to quarantine for up to three days at a government-approved hotel until results of the COVID-19 test administered upon arrival become available and are subject to another test 10 days after arrival. An entry ban remains in place for most foreigners seeking to enter Canada; further details regarding current entry restrictions as outlined by the Canadian government are available here.
Lesser Antilles (Security threat level – 1): On 22 April 2021, authorities in Anguilla announced new restrictions following a fresh outbreak of COVID-19. The restrictions will remain in effect from 23 April to 7 May. Under the new restrictions, all persons — with the exception of essential workers — are required to stay home, except for essential purposes, such as to seek medical attention, or to purchase groceries or fuel. All nonessential businesses are closed, food establishments are restricted to takeout services only, and all public gatherings are prohibited. Additionally, the ongoing closure of Anguilla’s air and sea ports to all regular inbound passenger travel, which was scheduled to expire on 30 April, will continue until 7 May.
Japan (Security threat level – 1): On 23 April 2021, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency for the capital Tokyo and three western prefectures — Hyogo, Kyoto and Osaka — from 25 April to 11 May amid a rapid resurgence of COVID-19 cases. Under the state of emergency, bars and other establishments that serve alcohol will be closed, whereas restaurants that do not serve alcoholic beverages are being asked to shut down by 2000 local time (1100 UTC) daily. Department stores and other nonessential retail establishments larger than 1,000 sq. m (10,760 sq. ft) will also be required to close. Public transportation providers have been urged to suspend services earlier than usual on weekdays and to operate on a reduced schedule during weekends. In addition, companies will be encouraged to allow their employees to work from home and large sporting events will be held without spectators. Suga stated that the emergency measures are mostly aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 during the country’s “golden week” holiday from 29 April to 5 May.
Sweden (Security threat level – 2): On 22 April 2021, Swedish authorities extended select nationwide coronavirus-related restrictions until 17 May due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. The restrictions had been scheduled to expire on 3 May. Under the restrictions, restaurants, bars and cafes must close by 2030 local time (1830 UTC) nightly, and no more than four people per group are allowed inside such establishments. Additionally, shops are required to limit occupancy capacity to no more than one customer per 10 sq. m (105 sq. ft).
United Kingdom / India (Security threat levels – 3 / 3): As of 0400 local time (0300 UTC) on 23 April 2021, individuals who have visited India in the previous 10 days are prohibited from entering England amid a very rapidly spreading outbreak of COVID-19 in India. U.K. citizens, Irish citizens and individuals with residency rights in the U.K. are exempt from the entry ban and will be required to undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine at government-approved hotels at their own expense upon arrival. A full list of the 40 countries subject to England’s entry ban is available here. The Scottish government has also added India to the list of “acute risk countries” and the aforementioned ban, with the same exemptions, applies to those seeking to enter Scotland. Health officials in India registered the world’s highest daily tally of COVID-19 cases for a second consecutive day on 23 April — with more than 330,000 new cases — raising significant concerns regarding mutations of the B.1.717 coronavirus variant that was initially detected in the country in October 2020.
United Arab Emirates (Security threat level – 2): On 22 April 2021, the Emirati National Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) announced that all flights to and from India will be suspended from 25 April to 4 May due to the rapidly increasing rate of new cases of COVID-19 in India. Travelers from India will also be banned from entering the UAE for the same 10-day period, including for transit purposes.
Albania (Security threat level – 3): On 22 April 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Tirana issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Location: This notice pertains to polling stations and their immediate environs, counting centers, election administration offices, and any other areas where throngs of people may have gathered.
“Event: Parliamentary elections in Albania will take place on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Voting is scheduled from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m, with ballots being cast at more than 5,000 polling stations throughout every Albanian municipality. Counting will follow Sunday’s voting at the counting centers and may last for up to several days in some municipalities.
“Past elections have seen localized incidents of violence targeting election officials, those affiliated with political parties, and voting materials, which raises the prospect of possible violence or other disturbances on Sunday, April 25, or in the days following voting. Demonstrations in one city have the potential to spark additional rallies in other locations around the country. Additionally, traffic in the area of the Embassy or central areas of large cities may be impacted by rallies or protests, leading to congestion and related delays.”
Tanzania (Security threat level – 3): On 23 April 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam issued a Weather Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Tropical Cyclone Jobo is tracking toward Tanzania and is expected to make landfall on or about April 25. The Tanzania Meteorological Authority has issued an advisory for heavy rain, strong winds, and large waves along the entire coast, including the regions of Dar es Salaam, Lindi, Mafia Island, Mtwara, Pemba, Pwani, Tanga, and Zanzibar.”
“Actions to take:
Visit the Department of State’s Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones page for more information.”