Government officials across the globe say the travel bans are critical to containing the rapidly spreading coronavirus. Worldwide, more than 7,800 people have died from the virus, and more than 195,000 have been infected, according to Johns Hopkins data. In the U.S. alone there are more than 5,700 confirmed cases with the death toll at 94.
All foreign nationals from China, Iran and certain European countries are barred from entering the United States. This ban includes anyone who visited these countries within the 14 days prior to their U.S. trip.
The targeted European countries include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Trump later added the United Kingdom and Ireland to this list.
U.S. citizens are allowed to return home but must fly into 13 designated airports and undergo “enhanced entry screening.” View the full list of exceptions for entry here.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced the border between Canada and the U.S. would close for nonessential travel. The border closure goes into effect Saturday and will be reviewed after 30 days, officials said Friday.
Aruba has banned all non-residents from traveling to the island. This ban is in place until March 31.
Bermuda will close its airport to all incoming flights for two weeks beginning Friday, March 20. Remaining return flights are restricted to residents.
The Dominican Republic has suspended all flights to and from Europe, China, Korea and Iran. The ban went into effect March 16 and will last at least one month. The country has also suspended all cruise arrivals.
On March 13, interim President Jeanine Añez suspended all flights to and from Europe.
President Ursula von der Leyen announced Monday on Twitter that she was restricting all nonessential travel to the European Union for 30 days. Exemptions include family members of European nationals, diplomats, “essential staff” that are addressing the coronavirus spread and people transporting goods.
Foreign nationals who have been to China, Iran, South Korea or Italy are not allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they left or traveled through the country. Australian citizens are exempt, but they will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days upon returning home.
People traveling to Beijing, Shaghai, Guangdong province and Sichuan province will be quarantined for 14 days in a Chinese facility if they have recently visited countries with “severe outbreaks” such as South Korea, Japan, Iran and Italy.
The country has suspended all existing visas until April 15. And as of March 16, travelers from the European Union, the European Free Trade Association, Turkey or United Kingdom were banned from entering India. Officials added Afghanistan, Philippines and Malaysia to that list on March 17.
Foreign nationals with a Chinese passport issued by Hubei or the Zhejiang provinces and those who have visited Iran, Italy, San Marino or South Korea in the last 14 days are banned from entering the country.
Travelers who have been in the United States in the past 14 days will be subject to “self-monitoring and reporting requirements” upon arriving in Thailand. Additionally, travelers from Iran, Italy, China, Korea, Hong Kong and Macao must submit proof to their airline at check-in that they tested negative for coronavirus. They must also show proof of a health insurance policy with coverage of at least $100,000.
As of March 12, foreign nationals are banned from entering the country. The government will make an exception for foreigners who can prove they have a place where they can self-quarantine for two weeks. However, that exception does not include foreign nationals from China, South Korea, Thailand, Italy, Macao, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Egypt.
As of March 15, all international flights to and from Saudi Arabia are suspended for two weeks.
The country has imposed a travel ban on foreign nationals from “high-risk countries” including the United States, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom and China starting March 18. Officials expanded the ban to include France and Switzerland.