ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
China (Security threat level – 3): On the evening of 17 May 2022, Chinese authorities announced that beginning on 20 May inbound travelers from the U.S. cities of Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, will no longer be required to present a COVID-19 PCR or antibody test taken seven days prior to their departure for China. Travelers from the aforementioned U.S. cities are still required to take two PCR tests within 24-48 hours before their flight — depending on their airport of departure — as well as a pre-flight antigen test. Additionally, Chinese embassies in Bangladesh, Serbia and the UAE notified those seeking to travel to China that antibody tests are no longer required for entry, and individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 no longer need to provide chest scan images. Chinese officials also shortened the pre-departure quarantine period for incoming employees of Chinese companies to 10 days from 21 days.
China (Security threat level – 3): On 18 May 2022, officials in Shanghai stated that private vehicles will be allowed to leave the city provided their operators have received advance authorization to do so. Individuals who wish to leave Shanghai in their private vehicles may now apply for permission to do so as city officials begin to ease coronavirus-related restrictions. Private vehicle owners who receive permission for departing the city will be granted a certificate that is valid for six hours — from the traveler’s declared departure time — to be presented at traffic checkpoints throughout the city. Authorities warn that anyone illegally transporting passengers will be in violation of coronavirus pandemic prevention and control regulations.
Indonesia (Security threat level – 4): On 17 May 2022, President Joko Widodo announced that beginning 18 May fully vaccinated international travelers will no longer be required to present a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival — including passengers traveling to the tourist destinations of Bali and Riau islands. Additionally, individuals engaged in outdoor activities in uncongested areas will no longer be required to wear face masks; however, face masks will still be required indoors and on public transportation. The Indonesian government previously lifted its PCR testing requirements for fully vaccinated domestic travelers in March 2022.
Spain / Morocco (Security threat levels – 2 / 3): On 17 May 2022, the Spanish government began a limited reopening of land border crossings in its enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla after a nearly two-year closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective immediately, citizens of the EU or Schengen Area will be allowed to pass through Ceuta’s Tarajal and Melilla’s Enzar border crossings between Morocco and Spain. The border crossings are expected to be reopened to those traveling for work purposes on 31 May. The reopening of the border crossings coincides with the recent improvement of Spain-Morocco relations following Spain’s recognition of Morocco’s autonomy plan for Western Sahara.
Morocco (Security threat level – 3): On 18 May 2022, authorities removed the requirement for inbound travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to also present a pre-travel negative COVID-19 PCR test to enter Morocco. Previously, travelers had been required to produce proof of vaccination along with a negative PCR test. Morocco remains under a state of emergency imposed in March 2022, which allows authorities to enact further coronavirus-related restrictions if they deem it necessary.
Nigeria (Security threat level – 5): On the evening of 17 May 2022, gunmen blocked the highway that connects the capital Abuja to the northern city of Kaduna and opened fire on dozens of trapped vehicles. Security personnel then arrived at the scene and engaged in a gunbattle with the assailants. There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths; however, local sources indicate that the gunmen abducted more than 20 motorists. Train services between the two cities have been suspended since March, following an attack on a passenger train in which nine people were killed and dozens of others were kidnapped.