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Covid-19 Travel Updates

Destination Covid-19 travel updates are regularly updated.

 

At this time, Satsang Backpackers is doing extensive research about destinations that we intent to travel to for 2021. We have set out our calendar that includes several countries which still have strict covid-19 travel policies. These trips will still be planned as late 2 months in advance of the start date of the trip. If the destination remains unchanging with their covid policies, Satsang Backpackers will substitute the trip with a trip that has no  covid-19 restrictions.

Due to the Global covid-19 travel restrictions, we are offering flexibility of your cancellations of any trips that are booked with us. Please inquire for details, as each trip differs.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

Last Updated: 11/20/2020

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? [Yes]
    • The United States and Mexico entered a joint initiative March 21 restricting non-essential travel along the U.S.-Mexico land border to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. The restrictions are in place until at least November 21. Please see the Embassy’s fact sheet for more information.
    • Travelers entering Mexico by land from the United States may be denied admission if the purpose of their visit is considered non-essential. Travelers should carry evidence of the essential nature of their visit and evidence of their resident status in Mexico, if applicable.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? [No]
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? [Yes]
    • Passengers and aircrew members arriving at Mexican airports may be subject to health screenings including temperature checks. Those exhibiting symptoms may be subject to additional health screening and/or quarantine.
    • Travelers entering Mexico via land may be subject to health screen including temperature checks. Travelers may experience significant delays and face the possibility of being returned to the United States or quarantined in Mexico.
  • Mexican Immigration (INM) continues to provide law enforcement and public counter services across Mexico. However, due to reduced staffing, members of the public might experience long wait times for routine services. INM recommends monitoring its website and Twitter account for information about its current operating status.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? [Yes]
    • Curfews are not universal. Restrictions vary based on state and/or city. Please see the “Local Resources” section for curfew-specific information below.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? [Yes]
    • Restrictions apply to some areas. Please see additional information on these restrictions in the “Local Resources” section below.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? [No]
    • The Mexican government encourages people to continue respecting social distancing measures, washing their hands, and coughing or sneezing in the inner part of the elbow to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A variety of prevention measures can be found at https://coronavirus.gob.mx
    • For U.S. citizens who have participated in higher risk activities or think that they may have been exposed before or during a trip, the CDC encourages people to take the following extra precautions to protect others for 14 days after arrival:
      • Stay home as much as possible.
      • Avoid staying around people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
      • Consider getting tested for COVID-19.
    • In the United States, quarantine requirements and recommendations may vary by state. Therefore, travelers should review an individual state’s entry requirements before traveling.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • The symptoms of COVID-19 (such as fever, cough, headaches, throat pain, or constant sneezing) are very similar to other respiratory diseases. If you have mild symptoms, call your usual health care provider or the Mexican government’s hotline at 800 0044 800 or 55 5658 1111 in order to receive advice to determine whether to stay home or seek medical attention. If you or someone in your family has difficulty breathing, please go to the emergency room or call 911 immediately.
  • Individuals who were in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and present symptoms of respiratory illness should follow the instructions above. It is advisable to remain in quarantine for 14 days to prevent spreading the disease to other people.
  • If you are experiencing fear, anxiety, or emotional isolation, please call the Mexican government’s hotline at 800 911 2000 for advice and support.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? [Yes]
  • Is public transportation operating? [Yes]
    • Some states and municipalities have implemented additional transportation restrictions.   Please see additional information on state specific restrictions in the “Local Resources” section below.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Consequences for non-compliance are not universal.  Restrictions vary based on state and/or city.  Please see the “Local Resources” section for specific information on fines, penalties, or other consequences below.

Nationwide Restrictions and Resources:

  • On June 1, the Mexican government began easing nationwide restrictions and started phasing in non-essential economic activities in some states and municipalities using a national “stoplight” system. The four metrics to determine the colors in the Mexican government’s stoplight system are the trend in numbers of new cases; hospital occupancy trends; current hospital occupancy rates; and percentage of positive cases. If one indicator is red, the whole state will be designated red. Schools in Mexico are closed.
  • One state is designated “red” under the federal stoplight system between October 26 and November 9 (Chihuahua). Under red, only essential activities are allowed. Essential activities include: the provision of medical services and supplies, grocery delivery services, operation of grocery stores, restaurant delivery and carryout services, assurance of public safety, maintenance of fundamental economic functions and government social programs, work in critical infrastructure, construction, and manufacturing of transportation equipment. Hotels are limited to 25 percent occupancy for guests working on critical activities. Parks are also limited to 25 percent occupancy.
  • Nineteen states are designated “orange” under the federal system between October 26 and November 9 (Aguascalientes, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Coahuila, Colima, Durango, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico City, México State, Michoacán, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Querétaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, Yucatán, and Zacatecas). Under orange, hotels, restaurants, barber shops, open-air parks, and gyms are limited to 50 percent capacity. Markets and supermarkets will operate at 75 percent capacity. Additionally, shopping malls, churches, cinemas, theaters, museums, and cultural events will be limited to 25 percent capacity.
  • Eleven states are designated “yellow” under the federal stoplight system between October 26 and November 9 (Chiapas, Guanajuato, Morelos, Oaxaca, Puebla, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala, Tabasco, and Veracruz). Under yellow, all work activities are permitted. Public space may open on a regular basis, while enclosed public spaces can open with reduced capacity. All activities should be carried out with basic prevention measures. People at higher risk of developing COVID-19 symptoms should continue to take extra precautions.
  • One state is designated “green” under the federal stoplight system between October 26 and November 9 (Campeche). Under green, all economic and social activities, including school, are permitted while taking appropriate precautions.
  • Individuals should practice good hygiene such as frequent hand washing and social distancing. Those not involved in essential activities should self-isolate at home. People over age 60 or with high risk medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, compromised immune system, pregnant, or post-partum should self-isolate at home.
  • All electoral processes, censuses, and surveys are postponed until further notice. On March 26, the Mexican government suspended all but its essential activities. Individual agency heads designated the activities and personnel deemed essential.
  • Hotel guests in some areas may be subject to occupancy limits or asked to provide an employer letter certifying the essential nature of their business. Hotel guests showing respiratory symptoms will be referred to health authorities. As a reminder, the U.S. government does not pay for lodging or other expenses incurred due to travel disruptions abroad.
  • Some states and municipalities have implemented additional restrictions on public gatherings, transportation, business operations, and government operations if health conditions warrant and/or developed separate stoplight systems from those at the federal level. Several states and municipalities have imposed curfews and movement restrictions on non-essential activities and have required citizens to wear masks when outside the home. In some areas, officials may issue fines and/or arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of stay at home orders. Please see additional information on these restrictions and links to state COVID-19 websites in the “Local Resources” section below. This information is not comprehensive and is subject to change without notice. Please confirm directly with government and other trusted sources for more information on closures and restrictions in different Mexican states and municipalities

Consular Operations:

  • The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and all U.S. consulates general in Mexico suspended routine consular and visa services March 18 due to COVID-19.
  • U.S. citizens in need of 24/7 emergency assistance should call (55) 8526 2561 from Mexico or 1 (844) 528-6611 from the United States.  For information on other services, see below.
  • American Citizens Services (ACS)/Passport Services: Effective October 20, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and Consulates General Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Matamoros, Merida, Monterrey, Nogales, Nuevo Laredo, and Tijuana will resume limited appointments for some routine passport, citizenship, and notarial services.  Passport, citizenship, and notary appointment availability will be strictly limited due to physical distancing requirements in our offices and public waiting rooms.  Each applicant requires their own appointment.  All visitors to the embassy and consulates age two and older must wear a mask.
    • At this time, Consulate General Ciudad Juarez and Consular Agencies Acapulco, Los Cabos, Cancun, Mazatlan, Oaxaca, Playa del Carmen, Piedras Negras, Puerto Vallarta, and San Miguel de Allende, are only able to provide emergency services.  Please contact these locations by email or call +52 55-8526-2561 for more information on the availability of emergency passport or notarial services at these consulates and consular agencies.
    • Appointments for passport and citizenship applications that require a personal interview (applicants under age 16, first-time adult passports, replacement for a lost or stolen passport, and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad) and for notarial services are available on our website.  Due to the limited number of appointments available, there may be no openings visible on the website.  If no appointments are available when you first check the online calendar, please keep checking the calendar for newly released appointments and daily cancelations.  All appointments and openings are subject to change and cancellation based on local health conditions.  If you cannot find an open appointment and have urgent travel plans (within the next month) or another emergency need for a passport, please contact the location nearest you by email or call +52 55-8526-2561 to request an emergency appointment.
    • As a reminder, U.S. citizen children do not require a CRBA to qualify for an emergency passport.
  • Federal Benefits:  The Federal Benefits Units in Mexico will continue to provide services that can be accomplished without face-to-face interviews.  For individuals residing in Mexico, please contact FBU.Mexico.City@ssa.gov, FBU.Guadalajara@ssa.gov, or FBU.Ciudad.Juarez@ssa.gov for any questions or concerns regarding Social Security numbers, Social Security benefits, or other federal benefits.
  • Visa Services:  The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and the U.S. Consulates in Guadalajara, Monterrey, Tijuana and Hermosillo have resumed limited operations for student visa processing for Mexican citizens and residents. Applicants should visit https://ais.usvisa-info.com/es-mx/nivto schedule an appointment.
  • Where conditions allow for it, we have resumed limited processing of visa renewals eligible for interview waiver, since these cases do not require applicants to visit our consular sections. Schedule a renewal appointment at https://mx.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/.
  • Interviews for all other visa categories, including B1/B2, remain suspended until further notice. Applicants of any visa category with an urgent need to travel can request an emergency appointment via https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-MX/niv.
  • For case-specific inquiries for nonimmigrant visas, please contact us here: https://mx.usembassy.gov/es/visas-es/contactenos-form/.  For immigrant visa cases, please contact us at https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/ciudad-juarez/visas-2/ and use the inquiry form to request an emergency appointment.  Immigrant visa emergency appointment requests will be considered only when the applicant will age out of his or her case, or in case of emergencies.
  • In order to protect the health and safety of our personnel and the public, we will institute strict social distancing practices in our facilities. All applicants must wear masks. Any applicant with symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, or fever should contact us at visas_mexico@state.gov to reschedule their interview.
  • For any questions, please email: visas_mexico@state.gov.

Assistance:

    • For Emergency Assistance for U.S. citizens in Mexico, call 55-8526-2561 from Mexico or 1-844-528-6611 from the United States.
    • The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is located at:
      Paseo de la Reforma 305
      Colonia Cuauhtémoc
      06500, Ciudad de México
      Phone: +52-55-5080-2000
      Fax: +52-55-5080-2005
      E-Mail: ACSMexicoCity@state.gov
    • State Department – Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.  To modify your STEP enrollment or the alerts you receive, you must log in to the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) webpage or application.
    • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter
    • Follow the U.S. Embassy in Mexico on Facebook and Twitter
    • Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Mexico
    • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
    • If you or someone you know is facing or has been a victim of domestic or sexual violence while in Mexico, please call 911 for assistance or reach out to a local organization that provides assistance to victims of domestic and sexual violence.  U.S. citizens can contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate nearest you or the Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 for help.  We have staff on duty around the clock to assist U.S. citizens with emergencies.  Additional resources for victims of crime are available on travel.state.gov.

Local Resources:

  • Call the Mexican Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 800 0044 800 for information or medical attention. English language operators are sometimes, but not always, available.
  • Local telephone numbers for COVID-19 assistance in each state are available here: https://coronavirus.gob.mx/contacto/
  • U.S. citizens in Mexico with questions about Mexican immigration policies should contact local immigration authorities for information.
  • Refer to the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19MX app that provides Spanish-language information about COVID-19 and local health care resources. It includes contact information for health care providers, an interactive diagnostic tool that analyzes reported symptoms and advises whether or not to seek medical care, the location of the nearest health care facility, the latest news related to COVID-19, and advice on how to prevent the spread of the disease. The app is available via the Mexican iOS and Android stores.
  • Information about state and municipal level responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and links to the official state COVID-19 websites are below. Please note that the situation is rapidly changing and that the information provided here about local and state restrictions is subject to change without notice and may not be comprehensive.

 

Source: https://mx.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/

 

Last updated: November 19, 2020.

Source: https://np.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-2/

 

Nepal Country-Specific Information:

  • For statistics about COVID-19 in Nepal, please refer to https://covid19.ndrrma.gov.np/.
  • Most businesses, stores, restaurants, and hotels have resumed normal operations.
  • The Nepal Department of Immigration in Kalikastan, Kathmandu, is operating normally.. Foreigners requiring visa-related services should consult the Nepal Department of Immigration for information. https://www.immigration.gov.np/
  • The Government of Nepal has authorized local authorities to impose lockdowns within their jurisdictions. Limited lockdowns in Pokhara and many towns in the Terai remain possible.  If you must travel locally, please inquire about local conditions.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • The government announced that returning Nepali citizens are allowed entry through a limited number of border points.
  • The Embassy continues to receive limited reports of foreigners being permitted entry to Nepal.  For more information, please contact the Embassy of Nepal in Washington, D.C.  (see https://us.nepalembassy.gov.np/), or the Ministry sponsoring your visa for additional information (for example, for an educational visa, contact the Ministry of Education.)
  • In addition, the government of Nepal has approved exceptions for diplomatic, international organization, some international non-governmental organization personnel, and trekkers and mountaineers meeting specific requirements.
  • Further information is available from the Department of Immigration.
  • Negative results from a PCR test obtained within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin are required for entry.
  • The government requires negative PCR test results and a permit from a Chief District Officer to enter the Kathmandu Valley from other districts outside the Valley.
  • Health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry.  They generally consist of temperature checks and a spray disinfecting area.
  • The Department of Immigration announced that it would waive late fees and penalties through August 14. Consult the Department of Immigration for further details about visa extensions.

Special Entry Requirements for Trekkers and Mountaineers:

According to guidelines approved by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation for mountaineers and trekkers:

  • Trekkers and mountaineers may be allowed into Nepal as of October 17.   Please contact your travel and trekking agency for more up to date information.

If implemented, the guidelines provide that:

  • Trekkers and mountaineers must obtain a visa before arrival through their travel and trekking agencies.
  • Trekkers and mountaineers upon arrival must submit negative results from a PCR test taken within 72 hours of departing their home country.
  • Trekkers and mountaineers must have a hotel booking for a 7-day quarantine in Nepal.
  • Trekkers and mountaineers must possess insurance of at least $5,000 USD against COVID-19.
  • On the fifth day of quarantine, trekkers and mountaineers must take a PCR test at their own expense before proceeding with their trek or expedition.

Movement Restrictions:

  • The government of Nepal loosened the lockdown in the Kathmandu Valley. However, the government implemented an alternating day even/odd system for the movement of private vehicles based on the last number of the vehicle’s license plate.
  • Limited long-range public bus transportation is allowed to operate at 50% capacity and is subject to strict COVID mitigation measures.
  • The government announced that trekking routes may be opened beginning October 17. Contact the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation for current information.

Quarantine Information:

  • Depending upon the port of entry, newly arrived travelers must undergo a mandatory quarantine ranging from 2 to 14-days.
  • Suspected COVID cases already in country must also quarantine for 14 days.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Several government designated hospitals offer COVID-19 testing. Individuals must pay the cost testing, which has been mandated by the government at Rs. 2,200.  Reports of private hospitals charging the previous maximum of Rs. 4,400 have been reported.
  • Hospitals offering tests include:  Norvic International Hospital, Thapathali, Kathmandu, (01) 425-8854; Star Hospital, Sanepa Heights Road, Lalitpur, (01) 555-0197; HAMS, Mandikhatar, Kathmandu, (01) 437-7404; Patan Hospital; Bhaktapur Hospital; Teaching Hospital; Teku Hospital; Bir Hospital; Prasuti Griha; Nepal Korea Friendship Hospital; Civil Hospital; KMC Hospital; A.P.F. Hospital; Birendra Hospital; Nepal Police Hospital.

Transportation Options:

  • Limited commercial flight service has resumed.  Except as described above, foreign citizens are currently prohibited entry into Nepal.
  • Domestic flights have resumed, including full seating capacity. Each flight will operate under strict COVID mitigation measures.
  • Additional information on flights is available through the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.
  • Public transportation, including taxis and buses, and some long-distance buses, may operate at 50% occupancy
    • Masks are required when outdoors, including while on public transport and taxis.

Fines for Mask Non-Compliance:

  • The government of Nepal has announced that failure to wear a mask outdoors may result in arrest and a fine.  Specific information about potential penalties has not been published.

Consular Operations:

  • American Citizens: the consular section is scheduling limited citizen services, contingent upon local conditions. If you have an urgent need, please contact the consular section by email at consktm@state.gov or through the Embassy main phone number at (01) 423-4000.
  • Visas: the consular section is only able to process emergency visa cases, official visas, and a very limited number of visas that do not require interviews.
  • Mission critical immigrant visa cases whose beneficiaries are spouses and children of U.S. citizens may also be permitted.
  • To keep you informed, we provide security updates on state.gov and Embassy Kathmandu’s website, and send out alerts when you enroll in STEP.
  • For more information about how the Embassy supports citizens during a crisis, please refer to: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/emergencies/what-state-dept-can-cant-do-crisis.html

Local Resources:

August 11, 2020

Source: https://in.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

As of 8:00 am, August 11, 2020, India reported 2,268,675 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 across 27 States and Union Territories in India.  Of these cases, 639,929 are considered active, 1,583,489 have recovered, and there have been 45,257 deaths.

Information for U.S. Citizens Entering India:

Indian Visas and OCI Card Information:

  • All Indian visas issued to nationals of any country prior to March 13, 2020 (except those issued to Diplomats, Official passport holders, those in UN/International organizations, those on Employment, Project visas and those who are operating aircrew of scheduled commercial airlines) and who had not yet entered India, stand suspended.
  • If you have an urgent need to travel to India, you must apply at the Indian consulate nearest your residence. Currently, only certain types of emergency visas are being issued.

Quarantine and Health Screening Requirements:

  • Thermal (fever) screening has been implemented upon arrival in India for all international passengers at airports and seaports.Passengers who are symptomatic or screened positive for fever by automated fever scanners will be taken to designated isolation facilities for further evaluation and testing for the virus that causes COVID-19.
    • If the laboratory test is confirmed positive for the virus, they will be held at the isolation facility for further management.
    • If two consecutive laboratory tests of samples collected 24-48 hours apart are negative, they will be discharged after the symptoms resolve.  They will be provided COVID-19 information material encouraging them to self-report if symptoms recur in next 28 days.
    • The information on these passengers will be shared with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare staff for further follow-up of these passengers at their homes for next 28 days.
  • All travelers seeking entry to India must quarantine upon arrival. Quarantine requirements vary based on destination in India.  Please contact your nearest Indian consulate for information on quarantine requirements prior to traveling to India.  COVID-negative certificates may be required in some instances; please contact the Indian consulate to learn whether you will be required to present a certificate.   

Information on Departing India: 

  • The U.S. Embassy is no longer organizing repatriation flights to the United States. Limited international flights departing from India are now available. Some airlines are restricting boarding based on U.S. citizenship or residency status.  Passengers wishing to arrange a flight should contact the airline directly to determine eligibility.  The U.S. Embassy has no authority over airline boarding procedures.
  • Per the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs, regular visas and e-visas of foreign nationals who have been stranded in India because of the spread of COVID-19 and due to travel restrictions imposed by the Indian authorities whose visas have expired or will expire before commercial flights resume may be extended after making online application.  Exit should also be granted without levy of overstay penalty.  Travelers can contact the FRRO before travel to ensure they have the appropriate exit permission (https://indianfrro.gov.in/eservices/home.jsp).
  • The validity of OCI card of foreigners presently in India shall remain.
  • All international airline passengers must complete a self-declaration form prior to departure.

Information on Entering the United States: 

U.S. Travel Documents:

  • Currently, there is no change to the requirement that LPR(s) maintain their U.S. residence. For an LPR to use their LPR card as an entry document, they must have been outside the U.S. less than one year or present an unexpired Re-entry Permit. Please note that Re-Entry Permit applications must have been filed before you departed the United States. Please contact USCIS at https://www.uscis.govfor more information.   If you are outside the US for more than one year or your Re-entry Permit has expired, you may apply for a returning resident (SB-1) visa when consular operations have resumed. Information on returning resident visa is available on: https://in.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/returning-resident-visa/.
  • On June 22, the President signed a Proclamation which extends the previous Proclamation 10014 and suspends the entry of certain additional foreign nationals to the United States through December 31, 2020. The Department of State is committed to implementing this Proclamation in an orderly fashion in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security and interagency partners, and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • The extension of Proclamation 10014 is effective immediately.  The new provisions of this proclamation are effective at 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on June 24, 2020.  This proclamation does not apply to persons who already hold a U.S. visa issued prior to 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on June 24, 2020.
  • Under the Proclamation, the Department of State temporarily will continue not to issue certain categories of immigrant visas (continuing PP10014), as well as not issue H-1B, H-2B, L, and certain J nonimmigrant visas, and their derivative visa categories for family members, apart from certain exceptions as laid out in the Proclamation itself.  (Note: H-4 derivatives associated with H-2A and H-3 principal applications may still be issued.)
  • The Proclamation is not retroactive. No valid visas will be revoked under this Proclamation. For questions regarding entry into the United States, we refer you to the Department of Homeland Security.

Local Resources:

  • For any queries related to health, people may contact Ministry of Health & Family Welfare 24*7 helpline number (+91-11-3978046) or email at: ncov2019@gmail.com

Last Updated:  November 18, 2020

Source: https://ma.usembassy.gov/25161/

Country Specific Information:

  • The Government of Morocco has extended the country’s “Health State of Emergency” until December 10, 2020.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca has ended its temporary suspension of appointments for passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, notarial services, and certain immigrant visas. Previously scheduled appointments for these services will resume on November 19, 2020.  We will be rescheduling appointments that had been scheduled for November 13, 16, and 17.  We regret any inconvenience that the temporary suspension may have caused.  For additional details on consular services, please see the Consular Operations section below.
  • Air travel to and from Morocco remains restricted to specific categories of travelers. Citizens and residents of Morocco, as well as foreign nationals of visa-exempt countries (which includes U.S. citizens) with reservations with Moroccan hotels or travel agencies and business persons invited by Moroccan companies, are allowed to enter and depart.  Special operations flights serving these passengers, including a direct flight on Royal Air Maroc (RAM) between Casablanca (CMN) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), will continue to operate under the Health State of Emergency.  S. citizens wishing to return to the United States should book directly with the airlines.  U.S. citizens seeking to fly from Morocco to a destination other than the United States are required to obtain an exceptional authorization from local authorities.
  • Travelers entering Morocco by air must present negative test results from a PCR test carried out less than 72 hours before boarding. Children under the age of 11 are exempt from this requirement.  A serology test is no longer required.  The Moroccan government does not require those departing from the country to submit PCR test results, but airlines may require a test depending upon the requirements of the countries where you will be traveling.  For additional information please see the Entry and Exit Requirement section below.
  • Special operation ferries are operating to/from Morocco and Sète, France and Genoa, Italy.
  • The borders with Ceuta and Melilla remain closed.
  • Regional or local authorities may put into place (sometimes with little notice) travel or other restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19.
    • Individuals entering or departing from the Casablanca city limits must have a letter of permission issued by Moroccan authorities. In Casablanca, there is an evening curfew between the hours of 9:00 pm and 6:00 am.  Those who circulate within Casablanca during these hours must have proper authorization from local authorities.
  • Masks are mandatory in all public spaces.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? It depends
  • Air travel to and from Morocco remains restricted to specific categories of travelers. Citizens and residents of Morocco and, as of September 6, foreign nationals of visa-exempt countries (which includes U.S. citizens) with reservations with Moroccan hotels or travel agencies and business people invited by Moroccan companies are allowed to enter and depart.  Special operation flights serving these passengers, including a direct flight on Royal Air Maroc between Casablanca (CMN) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), will continue to operate under the Health State of Emergency.  S. citizens wishing to return to the United States should book directly with the airlines.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • The Government of Morocco (GOM) has established pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements for all travelers entering Morocco. Travelers entering Morocco must complete a PCR test within 72 hours of travel, with printed results to present on request at check-in and to GOM officials on arrival.  Children under 11 years of age are exempt from this requirement.  A serology test is no longer required.
  • Although the Moroccan government does not require COVID-19 testing for those departing from Morocco, airlines may require COVID-19 test results based upon travel destination restrictions. Travelers should check entry and exit requirements in place in the countries and states where they plan to travel.
  • Passengers transiting through France must present negative results from a PCR test carried out less than 72 hours before boarding. Passengers must also complete an attestation form.  For additional please review the website of the S. Embassy in France and the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • The Government of Morocco will conduct a health screening on travelers entering the country.
  • On March 17, 2020, the Ministry of Interior announced that foreigners who recently entered Morocco and were unable to depart the country within 90 days due to the closure of borders and airspace will be permitted to exit without a fine (when the borders and airspace reopen), even if they are not in possession of an extension to reside in the county beyond 90 days. Similarly, the Government of Morocco will continue to honor the residency cards of foreigners that expire during this period.  The Government of Morocco has not announced whether foreign citizens will be able to continue to depart without a fine after the end of the Health State of Emergency.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? There is a curfew in Casablanca between the hours of 9:00 pm and 6:00 am.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
  • S. citizens should be familiar with local requirements prior to travel between regions and should remember to follow the instructions of local authorities.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
  • The Government of Morocco is not imposing a mandatory quarantine on foreign citizens entering the country.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • If you are exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID-19, please contact the Moroccan Ministry of Health’s hotline at +212 (0)8-0100-4747. Assistance is available in English, French or Arabic.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Some limited services
  • All regularly scheduled commercial flights to/from Morocco remain suspended, as do ferries to/from Spain. Special operation flights to/from Morocco are taking place on Royal Air Maroc (RAM), Air Arabia, and Air France.  RAM is operating a direct flight from Casablanca to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • To travel between cities on public transportation, travelers must obtain authorization from the local authorities. Masks are required on all public transportation.
  • Can U.S. citizens travel to Europe from Morocco? It depends
  • Travelers with questions about European entry rules should contact the embassies or the border control authorities of the European country they wish to visit and/or review information on S. embassy webpages in the transit countries.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • You may be fined for non-compliance with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Consular Operations:

  • S. Citizen Services – To make an appointment for passport or notarial services, please click here. To schedule an appointment for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, please click here.  Emergency assistance is available to U.S. citizens with an urgent need for assistance outside of regular business hours.
    • If you are a U.S. citizen who needs an emergency passport for imminent travel, please send an email message to ACSCasablanca@state.gov.
    • For other emergencies, please call 05-22-64-20-99 (dialing from Morocco) or +212-522-64-20-99 (dialing from outside Morocco) during regular business hours and 06-61-13-19-39 (dialing from Morocco) or +212-661-13-19-39 (dialing from outside Morocco) on evenings and weekends.
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Appointments: The availability of appointments for nonimmigrant visas is currently limited.  To schedule a nonimmigrant visa appointment, please click here.  If you have an urgent need to travel, you may request an emergency appointment.  In some instances, it is possible to renew a B1/B2 or C1/D visa without an interview.  This option may be available to persons who meet the following requirements:
  • Your visa is either unexpired or expired less than one year ago;
  • You are applying for another visa of the same type as your previous visa issued from Morocco;
  • You were not refused a visa at your last interview.

For additional information, please see the Applying for a Visa Renewal webpage.  Please note that your visa may still be valid even if the passport it is in has expired.  You can travel to the United States with your old passport containing a valid visa and your new, valid passport.

  • For any U.S. visa-related questions, please contact our Visa Support Center: 05-20-48-50-13 (in Morocco); 1-703-520-2245 (from the U.S.); support-morocco@ustraveldocs.com. The American Citizen Services Unit is unable to answer questions about visa applications.

Permanent Resident Status:

  • S. Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) are free to travel outside the United States and temporary or brief travel usually does not affect their permanent resident status. Residents who return to the United States within a year are generally considered to be in status.  LPRs that have been outside of the United States for more than a year (365 days) will need to apply for a returning resident visa (SB-1) when the Consulate resumes routine visa services.  There are no special exceptions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  For additional information regarding your lawful permanent resident status, contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at uscis.gov or by calling +1-212-620-3418 (from overseas).

Entry and Exit Requirements:

Last updated: 11/20/2020

For latest updates visit: https://id.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, but only with an existing valid visa or residence permit
  • The Indonesian government has restricted foreign visitors from transiting and traveling to Indonesian Territory unless they are in possession of an existing valid visa or residence permit. Visa-free and visa-on-arrival entry for all foreign travelers, including U.S. citizens, remains suspended. The government has not indicated a timeline for when international visitors will be able to enter the country. Visit Indonesian Immigration (https://www.imigrasi.go.id) and the Indonesian Embassy (https://kemlu.go.id/washington/en) for updated visa and entry requirements.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • Holders of Visa on Arrival (B213) granted an Emergency Stay Permit can extend their permits for an additional 30 days unless the Indonesian government declares the COVID-19 pandemic over. The permit extension period for holders of VOA began on July 13 and the deadline is August 20, 2020.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes [Note: COVID-19 negative results are required for domestic flights. Consult your airline for more information.]

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
  • All foreign visitors arriving in Indonesia are required to:
    • Hold a health certificate issued by health authorities from their home countries
    • Undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities conducted by the Indonesian government or self-quarantine under supervision of the Indonesian health authority
    • If you cannot obtain a COVID test prior to traveling to Indonesia, the government will test you upon arrival at the airport. You must agree to be quarantined if you test positive.
    • If you have questions about this policy, we will refer you to the government of Indonesia through one of its consulates or its embassy in the United States. https://kemlu.go.id/washington/en/news/6762/important-updates-requirements-to-enter-indonesia.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Both the PCR swab tests and rapid tests for COVID-19 are available at various hospitals and clinics throughout Indonesia. Prices vary depending on location but generally the PCR swab tests range from 1.500.000 to 2.750.00 IDR ($100 -$180) while the rapid test ranges from 500.000 IDR – 1.000.000 ($30 – $70). The accuracy and reliability of the available testing in Indonesia is inconsistent and rapid tests are not considered reliable.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • International flights continue to operate from Jakarta including to transit points where U.S. citizens can return to the United States. Individuals are encouraged to utilize airline transit only in emergency or critical circumstances. Passengers must certify compliance with social distancing measures and secure a negative COVID rapid test, which is valid for 14 days, before boarding any domestic flight.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Individuals utilizing public transmit must comply with large-scale social distancing policies which includes the mandatory use of face masks and maintaining appropriate physical separation.

Fines for Non-Compliance: (if applicable)

  • Individuals who do not comply with existing social distancing policies are subject to fines and other penalties.

Consular Operations:

  • The US Embassy Jakarta and the Consular Agency in Bali remain open for emergency American citizen services including passport renewals, emergency passports, and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. Routine services, including notary services, remain suspended.
  • The US Embassy Jakarta has suspended all non-immigrant visa services until further notice. The Embassy has initiated limited processing for immigrant visas that meet certain criteria.