On March 11th, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.
As coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) spreads globally, it has become an unavoidable topic of almost every conversation, especially with regards to traveling.
That is why we would like to inform you about the current travel and visa restrictions due to this global coronavirus outbreak.
Travel Restrictions Regarding Coronavirus
As of March 17th, there are 155 countries with a total of close to 183,000 confirmed coronavirus infections, according to the outbreak-tracking website managed by Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center (please visit their website for more accurate information about this number, as it changes daily).
CDC recommends travelers to avoid all nonessential traveling (by postponing or canceling it completely) because of the potential exposure to COVID-19.
Some countries closed their borders, while others have set certain entry restrictions such as detailed health security check-ups, etc. (to learn more about this matter, visit IATA here).
Please be aware that if you have traveled to or via any of these countries recently, there’s a great chance that you will be quarantined on the spot for 14 days, or not be allowed to enter at all.
As unpleasant as that sounds, bear in mind that these are precautionary measures and they exist for the well-being of all of us. Which is why it’s important to understand this and know what to expect.
Visa Restrictions Regarding Coronavirus
The coronavirus outbreak has a significant impact on visa issuance at the embassies around the world.
This does not mean that traveling is impossible, but rather more difficult than usual.
Viselio will continue to offer visa application services for the countries that haven’t closed their borders and we will continue to follow this fast-changing course of events.
We understand the difficulty of the situation better than anyone! We will continue to support your visa application every step of the way and do whatever is in our power to keep you informed.
Coronavirus Travel Restrictions Are Changing Rapidly
Please bear in mind that the COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing rapidly, so the best thing you can do is follow the situation via the proper sources, such as previously mentioned IATA – they do daily updates on international traveling.
Yes, this is a difficult time, but we are all in this together.
Don’t forget – safety first! Viselio wishes you all good health and, as much as that’s possible, a pleasant trip.