Worldview Security Update – July 7, 2020
7-Jul-20

AMERICAS

  • Lesser Antilles

ASIA

  • China

AUSTRALASIA

  • Australia / India

EUROPE

  • Cyprus / Montenegro / Switzerland

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

  • Libya

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

  • Republic of Congo

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

  • Bahamas
  • Lesser Antilles

Hot Spots Report

AMERICAS

Lesser Antilles (Security threat level – 1): On 6 July 2020, Antiguan authorities updated the island’s entry requirements to mandate that all travelers arriving on aircraft, including transit passengers, show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR (Polymerized Chain Reaction) test taken within seven days of travel. All arriving passengers at V.C. Bird International Airport (TAPA/ANU) will undergo health screenings, including temperature checks. Face masks are required in all public spaces. Travelers with symptoms of COVID-19 may be quarantined for up to 14 days at the traveler’s expense.

ASIA

China (Security threat level – 3): On 6 July 2020, the Hong Kong government disclosed new official powers granted by the recently promulgated national security law, which allows the government to search locations without a warrant in some situations, intercept communications, restrict suspects under investigation from leaving the city, and confiscate assets of international political organizations. All the aforementioned powers are justified in cases that violate the security law, including acts of sedition, secession, foreign interference and terrorism. The full text of the government’s powers can be found here .

AUSTRALASIA

Australia / India (Security threat levels – 2 / 3): In Australia, the premier of Victoria state is set to impose stage 3 lockdown restrictions across all of metropolitan Melbourne, the state capital, and the neighboring municipality of Mitchell Shire beginning at 2359 local time (1359 UTC) on 8 July 2020 and continuing until at least 19 August due to a spike in local COVID-19 cases. Under the restrictions, residents must remain in their homes except to perform essential activities, such as to obtain food or medicine, seek medical care, exercise, or for work or educational activities that cannot be conducted at home. All nonessential businesses must revert back to stage 3 restrictions, which suspend in-person services; cafes and restaurants may provide takeout and delivery services only. Travel in and out of the affected areas will be restricted to essential purposes only.

In India, the government of Karnataka state — where Bengaluru is located — on 6 July revised its quarantine requirements for inbound domestic travelers. Under the new orders, inbound travelers to Karnataka will be required to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine. Previously, quarantine orders varied according to the state from which an individual had traveled. The order is expected to remain in effect until at least 31 July.

EUROPE

Cyprus / Montenegro / Switzerland (Security threat levels – 2 / 2 / 2): On 6 July 2020, the government of Cyprus amended its entry requirements for foreign nationals traveling to the country under a three-tiered system in which countries are ranked based on COVID-19 risk level. Travelers from a country in Category A — considered the lowest risk — are permitted to enter without restriction provided they have not visited a country listed as higher risk within 14 days prior to arrival in Cyprus. Travelers from a country listed in Category B may enter Cyprus contingent upon displaying negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival and a period of self-isolation as determined at the port of entry. Travelers and citizens of countries in Category C — including the U.K. and U.S. — will only be permitted to enter Cyprus after first staying 14 days in a country listed in Category A or B. All eligible travelers must complete and submit a Cyprus Flight Pass prior to boarding their flight. Additional information, including a list of current Category A and B countries updated weekly, is available here .
In Montenegro, the government revised its entry requirements for foreign travelers into the country based on a color-coded designation. Individuals from countries on the “green list” — which includes members of the EU and passport-free Schengen Zone and a number of other countries — are permitted to enter Montenegro without additional restrictions provided they have no previous travel history to a country outside of the list 15 days prior to entering Montenegro. Individuals from a country on the “yellow list” — including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Kosovo and Turkey — are permitted to enter after displaying a negative result from COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Travelers from other countries will not be permitted to enter Montenegro without first spending the previous 15 days in a country on the “green list” and taking a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival. Travelers arriving on a general aviation flight are permitted to enter if departing from a green list country and with a negative COVID-19 test. Essential personnel — including health workers, diplomats and commercial cargo operators — are exempt from the requirement. Additional details regarding entry and exit requirements for Montenegro are available here .

In Switzerland, the government ordered to wear face masks at all times when utilizing public transportation services. In addition, authorities announced that travelers from non-EU/Schengen Zone countries with high rates of COVID-19 infection will be required to observe a 10-day self-quarantine upon entry. However, most foreign travelers from outside the EU/Schengen Zone are not permitted to enter Switzerland except in limited cases, in line with a broader directive implemented by the European Council on 1 July. Additional information from the Swiss government is available here  and further details from the EU can be accessed here .

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Libya (Security threat level – 5): On 7 July 2020, Libya’s Presidential Council of the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) extended the ongoing curfew and lockdown in areas under its control until at least 17 July amid a rise in COVID-19 cases in the country. The nightly curfew remains in effect from 2000 to 0600 local time (1800 to 0400 UTC) on weekdays while a 24-hour curfew remains in effect on weekends. Nonessential businesses and places of worship are closed and all public gatherings are prohibited. Residents are required to wear face masks when traveling in public. Nonessential travel between cities remains prohibited.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Republic of Congo (Security threat level – 3): On 7 July 2020, the government extended the country’s ongoing coronavirus-related state of health emergency through at least 30 July. Under the terms of the state of emergency, a countrywide nightly curfew during 2200-0500 local time (2100-0400 UTC) is in place, international flight operations remain suspended, and the country’s borders remain closed. Despite the extension, domestic passenger flights and road travel resumed nationwide on 23 June, and other coronavirus-related restrictions were also eased at that time.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Bahamas (Security threat level – 2): On 7 July 2020, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for the Bahamas, which reads in part as follows: “From 1 July international commercial flights have been allowed to operate inbound and outbound. However flight schedules have not returned to their normal patterns and only limited options are available for both international and domestic flights.”

Lesser Antilles (Security threat level – 1): On 6 July 2020, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which reads in part as follows: 

“There are no lockdowns or curfews. Physical distancing, including at weddings and funerals, is still recommended but rarely enforced. As a way of preventing large gatherings, amplified music has been banned though this may soon change. Otherwise, the few restrictions that there were (e.g. numbers of people allowed to travel on private minibus taxi services and certain businesses or shops only allowing a set number of people in at any one time) are loosening. Some shops or businesses may still require customers to wear face masks, or to wash or sanitize hands before entry, or adhere to 3-6 feet space markings when queuing.”