Countries Consider Border Restrictions, Follow Through

The EU, Mexico, Czech Republic and other countries are considering border restrictions to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Reuters reported today that any border restrictions imposed inside the European Union’s zone of free travel to contain the spread of the coronavirus must be coordinated to ensure they are not counterproductive, EU ministers said on Friday.

Mexico could consider measures at its northern border to slow coronavirus’ spread into its relatively unaffected territory, health officials said on Friday, with an eye to containing a U.S. outbreak that has infected more than 1,800 people.

The Czech Republic on Thursday declared a state of emergency and barred travelers from several countries to combat the rapid spread of the coronavirus across Europe. The Czech government said people coming from 15 countries, including the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Norway, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, France, Austria, Germany, China, South Korea, Iran, Switzerland, and Sweden, would not be allowed to enter the country for at least 30 days. It also barred citizens from traveling to the countries.

Poland will ban foreigners from entering the country from Sunday and impose a 14-day quarantine on its citizens returning home in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday.

Denmark will temporarily close its borders on Saturday for non-citizens in a move to curb the spread of coronavirus, the Danish prime minister said on Friday.

Nepal says it will ban foreigners from climbing Mount Everest this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Nepal’s government announced that it would cancel all climbing permits from 14 March until 30 April.

The U.S. Department of State provides updates on travel advisories at the link: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – United States Department of State .

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Posted By David Warner, Blog Editor

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