Destinations representing extreme travel risks due to Covid-19 include France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain and New York in the US. In the report, Riskline stated: “Travellers should defer non-essential travel to extreme risk locations, which have severely restricted inbound, outbound and internal travel, near-complete disruptions to services and other activities and widespread ongoing transmission.”
The report also includes travel updates over the past week. Russia will suspend all international flights from 27 March and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a nationwide 21-day lockdown from 25 March.
Uruguay has barred entry for all foreign nationals from 25 March until 13 April, while South Africa has imposed a nationwide three-week 24/7 curfew and authorities in Japan indicated that foreign travellers from Iran and 18 European countries, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France Germany, Italy, Malta and Spain, will be denied entry until further notice.
In China, the regional lockdown across the Hubei province, where the virus originated, was lifted on 24 March. Hong Kong announced an entry ban for all non-residents, including transit travellers, effective from 25 March.
In the report, Riskline said: “As the coronavirus outbreak has taken on a global dimension and the World Health Organization has declared it a pandemic, most countries around the world have taken steps to prevent the outbreak from spreading further. Travellers should expect health screening measures – from non-invasive temperature screening to a full Covid-19 test involving nasal and throat swabs – at points of entry that remain open. Travellers may be quarantined until test results are complete.”
Worldwide, the number of confirmed cases currently lies at 541,975 and the number of deaths at 24,363. However, 125,303 people have recovered from the virus.