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Chile (Security threat level – 2) : On 7 June 2021, President Sebastián Piñera extended the closure of all of Chile’s borders until 30 June to curb the spread of COVID-19. Non-resident foreign nationals are banned from entry. Chilean nationals and residents are allowed to enter Chile, but are not allowed to depart unless they request a permit via the government’s Comisaria Virtual website (in Spanish).
Paraguay (Security threat level – 3): On 7 June 2021, the Paraguayan government extended nationwide coronavirus-related restrictions until 21 June. Under the measures, a 0000 to 0500 local time (0400-0900 UTC) nightly curfew is in effect. During curfew hours, residents are required to remain at home, except for essential purposes, such as to attain essential goods or to seek medical care. Additionally, face masks are required in all public spaces.
India (Security threat level – 3): On 7 June 2021, authorities in Kerala state extended the ongoing statewide coronavirus-related lockdown until 16 June. During the lockdown, essential businesses such as grocery stores and pharmacies may operate normally; banks may only open and conduct business on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until 1700 local time (2330 UTC); and industrial and manufacturing businesses may operate at no more than 50% capacity. Apparel stores may only conduct business during 0700-1900 local time on 11 June ahead of a strict total lockdown during the weekend of 12-13 June.
Estonia (Security threat level – 2): On 7 June 2021, the government of Estonia imposed new entry requirements for travelers from Andorra, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Sweden to curb the spread of COVID-19. Travelers arriving in Estonia from these locations are required to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival; however, the quarantine period can be shortened by presenting proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken on day six of quarantine. The measure will remain in effect until at least 13 June.
World: On 8 June 2021, a widespread internet outage briefly caused disruptions to numerous high-traffic websites across the world, including those of major media outlets. The outage began affecting the websites shortly after 0930 UTC and lasted for more than one hour, during which time dozens of websites, such as select Amazon sites, CNN, the New York Times and the U.K. government’s home page, experienced sporadic disruptions. The outage was reportedly linked to an issue with the content delivery network of the San Francisco-based Fastly company, a cloud service provider.
Bangladesh (Security threat level – 4): On 7 June 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka issued a Health/Travel Alert, which reads in part as follows:
“Event: Countrywide Lockdown extended through June 16
“The Government of Bangladesh (GoB) announced a continuation of the countrywide lockdown from June 6 through June 16 to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. For additional lockdown information please read the full GoB circular at https://cabinet.gov.bd/.”
The full text of the alert is available here.
France (Security threat level – 3): On 7 June 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for France, which reads in part as follows:
“From 9 June, new measures will apply to travellers from the UK to France.
“Those who are not fully vaccinated will need to continue to follow the current measures, as set out above. Testing requirements will however change: you will be able to take a PCR test within 72 hours of departure, or an antigen test within 48 hours of departure. There will be random antigen testing for unvaccinated arrivals.
“For those who are fully vaccinated, you will need to have proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure, or an antigen test within 48 hours of departure. However, you will not need to justify an essential reason for travel or to self-isolate on arrival.”
Greece (Security threat level – 3): On 8 June 2021, the U.S. mission in Greece issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows:
“Location: Athens, Thessaloniki, and locations throughout Greece
“Event: Public sector and private sector employees announced a 24-hour Panhellenic General Strike for June 10, 2021. Demonstrations related to the ferry employee strike are expected in Piraeus at Karaiskaki Square at 10:00 a.m. Additional demonstrations are scheduled at Klafthmonos Square in Athens and outside the Trade Union Centers in Thessaloniki and Heraklion, Crete throughout the day.
“The following strikes are scheduled for Thursday, June 10, 2021 (12:00am to 11:59pm), unless otherwise noted:
“Other organizations may decide to join the 24-hour Panhellenic General Strike for June 10, 2021 without prior warning. Please monitor www.apergia.gr for last minute strike notifications.”
Spain (Security threat level – 3): On 7 June 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Madrid issued an alert regarding updated entry requirements for U.S. citizens seeking to enter Spain. The alert reads in part as follows: “Effective June 7, 2021, vaccinated U.S. citizens and their minor children can travel from the United States to Spain if they present the following documents upon arrival in Spain:
“Minor children can enter Spain if they are traveling with their vaccinated parents. However, all children 6 years of age or older will need to present a vaccination certificate or one of the following:
“Children under 6 years of age are not subject to these requirements.
“At this time, we do not have additional details about which specific vaccine certificates, such as those provided by the CDC, will be accepted to allow entry for U.S. citizens into Spain. Please refer to the Spain Travel Health portal (FAQs). We will update our website with this information as soon as it is available.”
Additional information regarding COVID-19 in Spain is available here.