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March 2021 updates

  • TURKEY: The Turkish Government has again declared a weekend curfew in most cities due to an increase in the C-19 case numbers. Ocean vfreight rates are still high and equipment shortage continues to cause delays. Flights to / from the USA and the EU are restricted in capacity which is causing a backlog. Road freight operations continue normally with high charges.

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  • TURKEY: C-19 case numbers began to increase last week after the curfew was eased. Ocean freight rates are still high and equipment shortage continues and this is causing delays. Flights to / from USA - EU are in restricted capacity which causes a backlog. Road freight operations continue normally with hight road freight charges.

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas  HERE.
  • TURKEY: The curfew throughout the country has been softened in accordance with the reduced  Covid-19 cases in each city. Roundtrip passenger flights  to Brazil, China, India, Israel, Denmark, UK  and South Africa have been stopped.  All cargo flights continue. There are increasing container availability and booking problems across the country.  Ports have backlogs. Seafreight rates are extremely high on both the import and export side. Roadfreight traffic has no problems and operations continue.

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas  HERE.
  • POLAND: In the Warmian-Masurian province the epidemic situation is particularly difficult, therefore from 27 February safety rules have become stricter in the region. In other provinces, the existing security rules have been extended until 14 March. Starting 27 February, everyone returning from the Czech Republic and Slovakia will be directed to quarantine.

  • TURKEY: The second wave of C-19 is still affecting the freight market negatively.For road freight, the requirement for PCR tests for drivers has been discontinued.  The supply-demand between the EU and Turkey is still unbalanced but improving compared to February.
    There are still passenger flight cancellations to some EU countries.
    For sea freight equipment shortages continue and rates are still high. Due to the geographic location of Turkey compared to the Far East, EU market demand increased especially for medical textile products (masks, gowns, etc.). Turkey to Europe export volume have also increased. Truck procurement and management costs also increased. Compared to January, the Euro was more stable in February and this has been reflected in an increase for import demand in Turkey.

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February 2021 updates

  • TURKEY: Due to the c-10 virus mutation passenger flights to / from Brazil, China, India, Israel and United Kingdom has been stopped. Cargo flights to / from these countries continue. There may be additional countries added to the list depending on the status of the mutation in other countries. There is backlog for China-Turkey cargo due to huge demand and this has also effected rates negatively. Ocean freight rates are still higher than expected due to heavy China-USA  sea freight traffic. It is hard to find containers and ships especially ex TR to Africa, Middle and Far East countries & South America. Road freight charges are also affected negatively due to the container problems on the ocean side.

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas  HERE.
  • GERMANY: following a decision on 11 February, the lockdown in Germany has been extended until 7 March 21. As of 14 February 21, border controls are in place with the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Austrian province of Tyrol, as those countries/regions are considered virus-variant areas. There are exceptions to entry for health personnel, lorry drivers and other transport personnel in goods traffic, provided a negative test is not older than 48 hours.

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  • TURKEY: There are serious equipment shortages & vessel space problems, as there has been over the last 2-3 months and this situation will continue at least until the end of April. Airfreight rates are quoted as spot for each shipment. Generally validity of these rates is one week but rates can be changed daily. Most of parties are still working from home.Suppliers’ or airlines’ warehouses services are still active without interruption. Customs mechanisms are still running smoothly without problems.In this 2nd phase of pandemic partial lock downs are applying throughout the country.

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas  HERE.
  • CHINA: Chinese New year begins on Friday 12 February and the Chinese government has called for people to "celebrate the Spring Festival where they are". The municipal authorities in Beijing issued rigid restrictions on travel from and to the city for the Lunar New Year holiday, that can be neatly summarized as "don't go, don't come". Aside from the capital, travel restrictions are also to be applied in "medium- and high-risk areas".  (Source: China Daily – 3 FEB)
    Operation impact in China:

    In Beijing:
    1.   The import backlog in Beijing airport has almost cleared and the level efficiency of disinfection has been marked as acceptable. Although operational times continue to be longer than normal, they continue to improve.
    2.   Pickup and delivery can now be arranged except in high/middle risk areas. 

    In Hebei province:
    Cargo can be picked up or delivered from/to other cities with low-risk areas within Hebei province except Shijiazhuang and Xingtai city.
  • POLAND: The obligatory 10-day quarantine period is being applied for all  transport travelers and will remain in place until 14 February 2021. Professional drivers, pilots, train crew and ship crew are exempted from the quarantine rule.
  • TURKEY: The serious equipment shortage and vessel space problems of the last 2-3 months are expected to continue at least until the end of April.  Almost no imports are arriving into Turkey, therefore there is no available equipment for exports from Turkey. Everything possible is being done to secure equipment but on some routes bookings cannot be accepted until the end of March.

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas  HERE.

January 2021 updates

  • CHINA: New COVID cases in Shanghai and Beijing raised concerns just prior to the Chinese New Year holiday, when traditionally, there is the largest migration of humans on the planet each year. This is a unique year, and the local government has already discouraged people from traveling during the holiday.  New measures for quarantine have also been announced, causing many to pause their planning for travel due to restrictions they may face at destination and on the return to their workplace.

    In Shenyang: Liaoning province local authorities introduced a policy to implement mandatory nucleic acid tests on inbound cargo from/via countries defined as High Risk ones. The tests at air/ocean port terminals delays the gate-out and causes chaos at this stage. 
    It is expected such measurement will be implemented throughout all ports in China. Cargo import process delay is foreseen.
    In Beijing, the airport import warehouse was closed on 24 Jan, due to positive Covid-19 cargo samples being detected. All staff in operation area underwent nucleic acid tests and remained at warehouse. Hence, some backlog for cargo distribution will be caused, according to the latest update received from Beijing office on 26 JAN in the morning. To clear the backlog around 4-6days will be needed.
    In Hebei, as the new local COVID-19 cases have kept falling, some cities such as Shijiazhuang have lowered the risk level. Cargo from some cities in Hebei province can be picked up or delivered to catch planned vessels ex Tianjin Xingang port.

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  • CHINA: With recent official reports of COVID-19 local cases in Hebei Province, the authorities of the province, as well as Beijing and Tianjin city, implemented the prevention and control measurements.  Under the posted measurements, we foresee certain influences on cargo operation concerning the area:  
    -Seafreight inbound and outbound via Tianjin Xingang port:  Main roads to Hebei Province are blocked, and trucks or vehicle from or via Hebei Province in the past few days are requested to stay in Tianjin for quarantine.  The resource of road transportation for pickup or delivery is in shortage.
    -Airfreight inbound and outbound via Beijing airport: Trucks from Hebei Province are not allowed to enter Beijing while those from the other low risk area and/or via Hebei are with negative nucleic acid test result of drivers. It’s expected a period of 2 to 6 hours when passing through the check station.

    GEODIS Beijing and Tianjin closely monitor and communicate the development of the situation. If there is some particular question concerning shipment handling, please feel free to contact our local representatives.
  • JAPAN: Tokyo,Osaka and around prefectures are now under the state of emergency declaration until February 7th. Also, the government implements restriction of entering the country from outside during the declaration.
  • MALAYSIA: Malaysian Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced different Movement Control Order on 11th January 2021, starting from 13th January 2021 till 26th January 2021, in a bid to stem the rising number of coronavirus cases. Under movement control order, GEODIS, as essential service provider for transportation, will remain open.
  • THE NETHERLANDS: Lockdown in Netherlands is in place until 9 February.GEODIS offices and warehouses will run as normal, but the equipment situation and vessel space are tight.
  • TURKEY: Curfew in the evening and lockdowns during weekends still continue. Airline capacities and prices remain balanced. There is still shortage and booking problems in seafreight. Despite the increased controls at border gates, road transport continues smoothly.

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas  HERE.
  • GERMANY: The government extended the lockdown rules until end of January.Retail trade remains closed, except for ships that cater for daily needs.Equipment situation and vessel space tight.
  • TURKEY: A curfew during weekday evenints and during the weekend still continue.With regards to the supply chain, the most important issues are equipment & vessel space. This is also effecting freight rates. Rates are increasing and bookings need to be placed 2-3 weeks in advance.

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas  HERE.
  • TURKEY: Flight frequencies have been decreased and airfreight rates are at a high level. On the general seafreight export and import side; demand has not increased but as both equipment & vessel space supplies are very low, it's difficult to find available sailings in time to meet  everyones’ schedules

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December 2020 updates

  • TURKEY: When the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the supply-demand balance in global trade, a logistics shortage began in exports. Freight prices have tripled during the period and there is a shortage of containers on Far East routes.  There is a similar issue for road transportation as well.

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas  HERE.


  • EGYPT:A new customs law has been introduced in Egypt. It includes all shipments, both to private individuals and businesses without a lower value limit. This means, among other things, the introduction of fines and new taxes.Essential points in the new law are:
    Any shipments received in Egypt containing prohibited goods will automatically be returned to origin or seized by customs authority for destruction.Any shipments arriving in Egypt with incorrect shipment details on the airwaybill (Weight, Consignee Name, No. of pieces, value) are subject to a penalty of EUR 1575.The consignee name on the airwaybill & invoice should match exactly with the name of the consignee on their national ID/ passport otherwise a penalty of EUR 1575.If the declared shipment value is under stated by more than 20% as determined by Egyptian Customs, the shipment will be subject to a penalty of 50% of Duty + VAT amount.If the Shipper/Consignee requests a change to the Consignee Name, the shipment will be subject to a change fee of EUR 1575 
  • GERMANY: Some federal states in Germany will cancel the 72 hours quarantine for truck drivers under some circumstances (no visual infection symptom).
    “Some federal states in Germany will allow – as exception - to open roadhouses for truck driver take a warm meal indoors.“
  • TURKEY: Due to geographic location of Turkey compared with the Far East; EU market demand has increased especially for medical textile products (mask, gown ,etc.).
    Therefore, TR to EUROPE export volume has increased. Truck procurement and management costs have also increased.
    Border truck queues have become shorter, so transit times are better this week for both imports and exports.

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas  HERE.


  • TURKEY: During thissecond phase of the pandemic, partial lockdowns are being applied throughout the country. New restrictions started locally in Turkey during night times and there is a full lockdown during the weekends.
    Daily international trade activities are continuing under restrictions, which is causing some delays in operations.

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November 2020 updates

    There is a second lockdown period effective until end November.  Borders for commercial transport are open. Part of the drive limitations in Germany for Sundays are reversed. All truck drivers that come back from other countries must go into a 72 hours quarantine - trucking and inland water transport companies struggle with this rule in order to have the drivers they need.
    For airfreight services, imports from China are being received in  partialshipments sent from AMS and FRA to BUH and because of this there are one week delays for delivery to the final customer. For Ocean freight services there is a lack of space and capacity for the imports from Asia and this has lead to some delay on ocean freight services. For road transport international, trucks from Turkey to Romania spend 48 hours at the border between Turkey and Bulgaria so some delays in transit time are expected.
    Second wave of Covid- 19 is still effecting the marketplace. Besides long-term contracts, spot market FTL  

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas  HERE.


  • Turkey: With regards to general export and import in Turkey, demand has not increased, however equipment and vessel space is very low and there is a lack of availability of sailing slots.  Shippers will need to check the accessibility of equipment and place bookings 2-3 weeks in advance.

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas  HERE.


  • DenmarkMinistry of Foreign Affairs announcement: Entry to the United Kingdom is no longer possible for non-British truck drivers who have been in Denmark during the last 14 days. There are currently no direct flights between Denmark and the United Kingdom. The British authorities will reassess the restrictions in a week.Despite the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' latest announcement we can confirm that Courier providers maintain their service and continue with direct daily flights to and from the UK - as well by truck. Courier providers use their own air and road network.

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September 2020 updates

  • Australia: Auckland moved from Alert Level 3 to Level 2 on Monday 31August until Sunday 6 September where it will be reviewed again. GEODIS can send and receive goods in our warehouses following our safety guide lines. Stage 4 restrictions are still in place for metropolitan Melbourne. This includes a curfew from 8pm to 5am every evening. GEODIS warehouse operation has remained open and deliveries will continue per normal.
  • Japan: ANA (NH) has announced to increase 45% of cargo freighter services from September and this is an increase on services for Europe, USA and Australia.

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August 2020 updates

  • Japan : Export containers’ equipment is experiencing shortage in Japan due to the rapid recovery of China export. Shipping lines are urged to return their empty containers to China and other Asian countries. Tokyo Customs released the trading volume for July and the total handling volume at Narita Airport was 153,600ton, which was 12% decrease compared with the same period last year, yet it shows an improvement from June (-18%). Japan ocean export volume in July was 37 % decrease (38,811 TEU) compared with the last year July.

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  • Australia: In Melbourne, new restrictions started on 2 August and will continue for six weeks . Ports, Freight, Transport and Logistics industry will be able to continue operating as essential service providers. This includes border agencies, international freight forwarders and customs brokerages
  • Hong Kong: Cross Border Trucking: Following notification from the Port Office, in order to further improve the overall health management of cross-border truck drivers, Guangdong Province is scheduled to require truck drivers to make a health declaration which was effective from 29 July.  The scanning code entry is now forwarded to truck drivers.  Truck drivers are required to scan the code and declare in advance their detailed destination (accurate to the factory/warehouse name and street), the Mainland mobile phone number and personal information.  In order to avoid congestion at the port, drivers are requested to complete the formal declaration one hour before the actual customs clearance.
  • Korea: There is a space shortage in air freight of long-haul destinations despite the conventional slack season. There is an increase in purchase rates for 1st week of August over the July rates. Space demand caused from transit volume is driving a rebound KR-rate increases toward US destinations.

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July 2020 updates

  • Australia: The Australian Border Force (ABF) has confirmed that the Federal Government is considering extending the tariff concessional item for hygiene and medical products used for preventing the spread of COVID-19 beyond its current end-date of 31 July. 
  • China: Block of Dalian Bay in Ganjingzi District is deteriorated as High Risk Area with restricted in or out.  Block of Gongrencun in Xigang District is treated as Medium Risk Area with restricted in or out.Most of domestic flights are cancelled due to lack of passengers; International flights and all-cargo flight remains unchanged at this stage with tighter space particularly on KE and NH (which has capacity into US and Europe through their hubs) due to restrictions of domestics transport (some of cities are requiring drivers’ testing report) into other gateways cities.
  • Colombia: The Government announced  that the national preventive isolation will be extended until August 30th, 2020.The Colombian civil aviation also announced the schedule to reactivate international flights, despite the Government mentioned before that opening were on September 1st, this entity raises the possibility to start in November. The agenda proposed by them is operational agreements will be finalized in July, and pilot plans for safe health corridors and the opening of general and business aviation will be implemented in September. In October, the authorization of connecting passengers and in November the reopening of flights for tourism and visitors.
  • Korea: Due to the increase in shipments from China and the influence of blank sailing on KRNA lane, all carriers have been notified to impose GRI(General rate increase) since middle of June and this was increased further in July. 
  • Singapore : Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to start cross-border travel for long-term pass holders and essential business and official travellers. The target is to have the necessary systems and processes in place by Aug 10.The reciprocal green lane will allow travel for essential business and official purposes between the two countries.
  • Thailand: is turning to a less-travelled path to bypass supply-chain roadblocks and deliver perishables to China, its biggest customer in Asia. Most agricultural and food products have traditionally been delivered to China from Thai farms and warehouses by trucks going through either Vietnam or Laos. But the Covid-19 pandemic has upended logistics worldwide, resulting in border delays, fewer flights and difficulty handling items that aren't suited for sea vessels. Thailand began a two-mode system by trucking products to Vietnam, then moving the goods into containers on trains, which complete the deliveries to China in a cheaper and faster manner.
  • Vietnam:Vietnam has agreed to resume commercial flights to and from China. Aviation authorities in Vietnam and China will decide on when flights can resume and their frequency.

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  • China: Beijing had zero new confirmed cases for 13 days in a row. Starting on 20 July, Beijing lowered its public health emergency response from the second to the third level.
  • Hong Kong: the Government announced on 18 Jul  that it had gazetted specifications to impose conditions on travellers who visited specific high-risk places ( Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and South Africa) within 14 days before arriving in Hong Kong to reduce the number of imported cases.
  •  Japan: The Narita Airport runway is scheduled to resume operations from 22 July. This runway was suspended since early April because of COVID-19.
  • Taiwan: Air Carriers resume normal operation (Freighter only), passenger flights remain unstable, running limited scheduled flights.  Flight to Australia only SYD is on schedule. Flights to MEL, AKL, BNE are subject to change/update. (twice per month for now). Due to the continuous increase in airfreight rates,  some UK booksellers continue to transfer their orders from AIR to SEA, volume has been impacted by around 20 cbms/month.

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  • China: The situation in Beijing has been under good control by the government. International airlines route with commercial flights are no more impacted. Capacity has been full till last weekend. Most of domestic route flights in/out BJS have recovered step by step. Local Airport terminal operation/customs are working as well as usual. Airport terminal and bonded warehouse are still requesting disinfection and sterilization every day.
  • Hong Kong: The HK government reinforce the measure on crew members of aircraft and vessels entering HK via HK Airport and they are required to be tested, effective from 8 July. This resulted in multiple airlines cancelling their flights (such as American Airlines and United Airlines) and / or further reduction on frequency (KLM, Air France, etc). The higher pressure 
     of crew availability and cost will be encourage carriers to reinstate their schedules back to Hong Kong in short time frame, this supports rates at a relatively higher level and limited capacity available to US and Europe. 
  • Japan: Japan Airlines (JAL) will operate at only 10% of passenger schedule for the two months between August and September, but for cargo operations, it will run approximately 800 freighters each month by utilizing passenger aircraft on routes ex- Japan. 
  • Korea: Sailing schedules have returned back to normal except North America & Australia. Due to the increase in shipments from China and the influence of blank sailing on KRNA lane, all carriers have given notice to impose GRI(General rate increase) since the middle of June and will increase one more time in July. 

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  • Colombia:The Government announced today the following decisions: -The national preventive isolation will be extended until August 1st, 2020.  -The first lane was approved a pilot test for domestic flight between Cucuta and Bucaramanga which fulfill all biosafety protocol requested by IATA, in further days will indicate the starting date. 
  • Malaysia: Domestic travel and tourism have been now been allowed as Covid-19 cases in the country has been trending down. However, Malaysia’s border remain generally shut to foreign visitors. Malaysia’s Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob urged airlines to review and bring down flight ticket prices to levels before the country enforced its movement curbs in March.
  • Ungary:  Citizens of the Member States of the European Union, as well as citizens of Serbia, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Iceland, are free to enter the territory of Hungary. At the same time, Hungarian citizens are exempt from the obligation to quarantine when they return home from the Member States of the European Union, Serbia, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Iceland.
    Hungary reinstates the mandatory use of a transit corridor. Similar to the humanitarian corridor introduced at the height of the outbreak, all foreign citizens passing through Hungary will have to use a single route and will not be allowed to leave this. Hungary maintains strict border control. Hungary does not comply with the EU’s request to admit non-EU citizens for the time being, with the exception of Serbia.
    No queues at the moment, max waiting time is 1 hour at the Ukrainian border crossing points.
  • Vietnam: Budget carrier T’way Airlines has announced plans to resume its HCMC-Seoul service on July 22, though only carrying passengers one way to South Korea. The South Korean airline will fly twice a week from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City to Incheon Airport in Seoul. T’way Airlines stopped international flights in March due to travel restrictions, but plans to gradually resume them and focus on repatriating South Korean students abroad. Pessangers are required to undergo medical tests on landing in South Korea.

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  • Colombia: From today July 1st, domestic flights can start a pilot test according to the biosafety protocol gave by the Government.
  • Denmark: As of the 27 June it is allowed to travel to all European countries, UK and Schengen countries, except Portugal and Sweden. 
  • Hong Kong:  HK discusses easing travel: the governments of Guangdong and Hong Kong are considering the launch of a pilot scheme to relax the cross-boundary flow of people between the two places within certain limits.  The COVID-19 outbreak in Guangdong Province has relatively subsided and the move would facilitate people who need to travel between Guangdong and Hong Kong. 
  • Korea: Sailing schedules have returned back to normal except to North America & Australia. Due to the increase in shipments from China and the influence of blank sailing on the KRNA lane, all carriers have given notice to impose a GRI(General rate increase) since the middle of June and will increase again  in July.  Busan port:  Overall terminal yard runs tight. Related to airfreight there is a severe imbalance between capacity and demand, this has been alleviated for destinations to which K-brand PPE is being exported.  All cargoes are moving as per ad hoc booking process, alongside Ad hoc pricing. However, purchasing levels for EU major destinations is in steep decline whilst transpacific purchase shows only small decrease.
  • Japan : Travel resumes between Japan and Vietnam as the first country to ease restrictions after the emergency status.
  • Singapore: A green lane and periodic commuting arrangement will be established between Singapore and Malaysia to meet the needs of different groups of cross-border travelers, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) announced yesterday. The Reciprocal Green Lane will facilitate cross-border travel for essential business and official purposes between both countries.
  • Sweden: The advice against travel to countries outside the EU, the EEA and the Schengen area, has been extended until 31 August, and the the advice against travel to a number of countries in the EU, the EEA and the Schengen area has been removed as of 30 June.  Also on 30 June, the advice against non-essential travel to the following countries was  removed: Belgium, Croatia, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. For other countries in the EU, the EEA and the Schengen area, the advice against travel remains in place until 15 July.
  • Vietnam: Vietnam is holding talks aimed at easing the entry of citizens from China, South Korea and Japan into the country after restrictions on foreign visitors amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hanf said in a statement that the resumption of travel must be based on strict disease prevention measures.  Hang said Vietnam intended to initially ease entry for business visitors and skilled personnel returning to work in Vietnam, adding that Vietnamese should also be able to work in these countries.

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas  HERE.


June 2020 updates

  • Hong Kong: HK government has strengthened the testing of inbound travelers from Beijing in response to the latest COVID-19 situation in Beijing, where there has been an elevation in response level for public health emergency from Level 3 to Level 2, and the subsequent implementation of various prevention and control measures on social distancing and restricting the flow of people. the Government will offer more than 700 time-limited jobs in Executive Service Assistant (ESA)and Support Service Assistant (SSA)positions to increase employment opportunities.  These positions will be among the 30,000 time-limited jobs that will be created in the public and private sectors in the next two years to relieve the worsening unemployment situation caused by COVID19.
  • Korea: As a result of the recent increase in imported cases, KCDC put together a strategy to strengthen special entry measures for inbound travelers. Sailing schedules have returned back to normal except Southwest Asia. In Busan port overall terminal yard runs tight. All cargoes are moving as per ad hoc booking process, alongside Ad hoc pricing. However, purchasing levels to EU major destinations is in steep decline whilst transpacific purchasing shows only a small decrease.
  • Japan : Japan Central Government lifted its restrictions on domestic travel across prefectures on 18th June as the spread of COVID-19 has been kept in check. Japan Exports sank 28% in May, while Imports dropped 26% compared to the same period the previous year as the pandemic slammed global trade.
  • Beijing: On 16 JUN, due to the new cluster of local COVID-19 infections Beijing raised its public health emergency response from the third to the second level. International airlines with commercial flights remain flying in/out BJS as normal. There are no serious impacts for the time being. Which it is not exclude temporary cancellation of few of flights announced by single carrier. Local Airport terminal operation/customs are working as normal. All examination of goods requested by customs is required to be done outside. Packing nucleic acid detection needs another 24hours for testing result. Thus, total physical inspection time will be extended 1 working day longer than before. Pingxiang customs has sent a notice to control the drivers in and out at the border. The Chinese agent drivers and freight forwarders are subject to the unified arrangement of the epidemic prevention department to stay at designated hotels.
  • Malaysia: Malaysia has begun discussions with green zone countries – Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea, for cross-border travel without restrictions. Following the government’s announcement, national carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS) increased its frequency of domestic flights and is set to resume international flights next month.
  • Singapore: Singapore Airlines (SIA) passengers can now transit through Changi Airport from more locations in China, Japan and South Korea. They can do so to any destination in the network operated by SIA and its subsidiaries SilkAir and Scoot from Monday (June 22). These new locations, such as Hong Kong, Chongqing, Guanzhou, Shanghai, Osaka and Tokyo, were added to an approved list that already includes cities in Australia and New Zealand. Transfers are allowed only between SIA Group flights and not with those of other airlines.
  • Vietnam: Vietnam’s airlines are getting ready to restart international flights from next month (July) even as the public remains leery about the risk of importing fresh Covis-19 cases. Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways have said they will resume flights to destinations like Japan, South Korea and Taiwan as soon as official approvals are granted.

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas  HERE.


  • China: China mainland reports 49 new COVID-19 cases, of them 36 being locally transmitted in Beijing. Beijing is taking swift steps to curb a new cluster of local COVID-19 infections that has led to more than 50 new cases in the past four days, including shuttering a major wholesale market (xinfadi market) linked to all new infections, imposing a partial lockdown in its vicinity and ramping up mass testing and screening in key areas. Hubei lowered its public health emergency response level from Level 2 to Level 3 starting from 13 JUN. Office and business buildings, shopping malls, supermarkets, hotels, restaurants and produce markets can be gradually opened to the public with epidemic control and prevention measures in place, such as QR codes which indicate health status and temperature checks. Venues like gardens, tourist spots, gyms, libraries, museums and galleries, will open with limits, while enclosed spaces without proper ventilation, such as cinemas, bars, KTVs and indoor swimming pools, can open only by meeting the assessments of local governments.
  • Malaysia: As Malaysia moves to relax its movement control curbs following a reduction in the number of coronavirus cases, the government announced the reopening of schools for students who are candidates of public and international exams starting June 24. Malaysia’s pre-school facilities and kindergartens can resume operation from July 1, subject to strict compliance of standard operating procedures, senior minister Sabri Yaakob announced.
    Malaysia’s budget carrier AirAsia Group will restart all domestic routes from July, said chief executive officer Tony Fernandes, following the ease of movement curbs. Airlines will run flights over its entire domestic network and at full set capacity. The airline group also intends to expand its cargo business transporting produce from the farmers on the platform in the next few months, supplying to North Asian markets or Singapore.
  • Singapore: Singapore moves to phase two of its reopening on Friday 19 June, as a range of restrictions will be eased to allow more business and social activities to resume, the multi-ministry task force announced. People can also get together socially in groups of up to five, and households can receive up to five visitors at any one time. Higher-risk activities including religious services and congregations, conferences and trade fairs will not yet be allowed. Working from home is to continue to be the default of employees even after phase two, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong.  Travellers entering Singapore from selected countries may serve their stay-home notices (SHN) at home, instead of dedicated facilities, from June 18. Travellers will also be subjected to a compulsory Covid-19 test, for which they must pay, a few days before the end of the SHN.  The new SHN rules apply from 11.59pm on Wednesday (June 17) to travellers who have been in Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mainland China, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam in the last 14 consecutive days before their entry.
  • Indonesia: Jarkarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced that the city’s 80 or so shopping malls will finally open on June 15. Gyms, playgrounds, movie theaters will remain closed. While Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumandi has lifted rules capping the number of commuter trains and ferries, Jarkarta’s MRT is still limiting its carriages to a little more than a quarter of the 250 passengers that they can take.
  • Thailand:  From 15 Junethe nationwide curfew was lifted after more than two months. The country enters the fourth phase of its reopening since a lockdown was imposed in March. Dr Taweesin said international arrivals to Thailand by air, land and sea will remain restricted until the end of the month. Other establishments allowed to reopen on Monday were schools with fewer than 120 students, exhibition halls, music concerts, film productions, playgrounds, amusement parks and sports competitions without spectators. Pubs, bars and karaoke outlets will remain closed, but restaurants that reopened two weeks ago with social distancing will now be able to serve alcohol.  Thailand is also considering “travel bubbles” for selected groups of foreign travellers as part of its efforts to recover the economy.  
  • Vietnam: The number of covid-19 cases and deaths in Vietnam are much lower than in most countries worldwide due to early and aggressive anti-pendemic response. Although the country reports no community transmission of the novel coronavirus in the past 60 days, it continues to stay vigilant, according to the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control. Vietnam will continue strict control of entry of personals outside the country, with quarantine upon arrival.  All airlines in Vietnam have restored 100 percent of their domestic routes and are now running new services as well andcheap tickets are given away to attract customers. Aside from increasing domestic operations, airlines in Vietnam are preparing for the restart of some international routes.
  • Hong Kong: First batch of job aid has been disbursed: the Government as of 12 June has disbursed the first tranche of wage subsidies under the Employment Support Scheme (ESS) to a total of 49,500 applicants who include employers and self-employed people (SEP).  The wage subsidy, totaling $4.8 billion, will be a timely relief to help employers and employees get through the hard times.  $150m to support tourism industry: about 3,400 applications have been approved for disbursement of subsidies totaling over $150 million under the five tourism industry support schemes in the second round of the Anti-epidemic Fund. As at 11 June, applications from about 1,500 travel agents and 13,700 of their staff had been received.  The Government will invest  approximately $27.3 billion  into Cathay Pacific comprising preference shares with detachable warrants of around $19.5 billion and a bridging loan of about $7.8 billion.  The package includes a built-in mechanism for the company to repay the loans before the Government can exit and the bridging loan has an availability period of 12 months from the day the package was announced.
  • Korea:  KCDC urged people to take extra precautions due to a cluster of transmissions continuously occurring in the Seoul Metropolitan Region. Recent clusters have occurred in underground areas or poorly ventilated environments when the activities causing the spread of respiratory droplets. Religious facilities, in particular, are advised to cancel or postpone small group meetings that involve conversations, singing, or eating together and nonface-to-face methods are recommended instead.
  • Japan: Tokyo Metropolitan Government cancelled the Tokyo Alert on 11 June, assuming that the infection status has calmed down. The infections, however, have increased over the weekend on 14 June to a daily 47 new cases. Japan Prime Minister announced that travel restrictions will be relieved by phases and for the following four countries by the end of June, which includes Thailand, Vietnem, Australia and New Zealand. 
  • Colombia:  Through decree 847, the Government announced the following decisions starting from 16 June : - Cities with airports may apply to the Ministry of Transport for permission to implement pilot schemes for domestic flights; Citizens can develop physical activities, outdoor exercise, and sports practice in an individual way; Theatres will only be used for creative and artistic activities in the performing arts and the public will not be allowed to enter at any time;  In municipalities that don’t present COVID cases a pilot test allowing some restaurants to permit public on-site, will begin following the biosecurity protocols authorized by the Ministry of Health.
  • Denmark: The following restrictions will be maintained until phase fourbegins in early August:
    - All remaining educational institutions - Discotheques, music venues and night life -Other indoor sports and recreational facilities etc. (such as fitness centres, water parks, amusement parks, public swimming pools), shall remain closed.  The ban on events, activities etc. with more than 500 participants is extended until at least 31 August.
  • Norway: Gatherings of up to 200 people are now allowed. Fitness centers have re-opened and teams sports such as football are now allowed with full contact at higher level. Still some restrictions when it comes to children's sport. Travel to Denmark and Gotland in Sweden is now permitted.  EU has recommended that the borders should be re-opened to the member states, but the Norwegian authorities do not currently comply with this recommendation.
  • Netherlands: The general rule is that people who do not live together must always stay 1.5 metres apart. For indoor gatherings, the maximum number of people is 30.
    People may also meet outside, but must still stay 1.5 metres apart.
    In principle, all events which require a permit are banned until 1 September.  Outdoor seating areas can be reopened. From 12.00 on 1 June restaurants, cafés and bars may also have up to 30 guests inside. Guests must make a reservation. If the situation allows, the maximum number of people could be raised to 100 as of 1 July.  Nightclubs and similar venues will remain closed until 1 September.  Libraries are open. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can admit up to 30 people per auditorium (not counting staff). Visitors must make reservations. Museums and heritage sites may reopen. Visitors must make reservations. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools can open. Group sports activities outdoors for all ages are permitted. Indoor sports activities are currently not permitted.  
  • United Kingdom : Thousands of non-essential shops across England are reopening their doors to customers for the first time in almost three months in the latest easing of the coronavirus lockdown rules. Zoos and safari parks are also welcoming back visitors, places of worship can open for private prayer while some secondary school pupils will begin returning to their classrooms. At the same time passengers on public transport will be required to wear face coverings as the pace of activity begins to pick up.
  • Germany: The German government has extended travel warnings for 160 countries until the end of August.  The official German warning app for the fight against the corona virus is now available. It is designed to make it easier to track infections. Downloading is voluntary. In North Rhine-Westphalia events and meetings with more than 100 spectators can again take place under certain conditions. Lower Saxony is entering the next phase of the corona step plan: cultural events in the open are again allowed. For example, pubs, indoor and fun pools are also allowed to open.

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  • China: Beijing lowered its public health emergency response from the second to the third level starting on 6 June, with adjustments expected in activity restrictions and nearby Tianjin and Hebei province expected to also make changes. Only Hubei province is maintaining its public health emergency response at secondlevel, while others have lowered it to third or fourth level. Under the third level, residential areas will continue with code inspections and information registration, but body temperature checks will not be required. Governments in the Asia-Pacific region are exploring the creation of "travel bubbles" to spur essential business travel and help revive economies hit hard by COVID-19.  Starting from 8 June, people from Singapore and six Chinese municipalities and provinces can make essential business or official trips without having to go through the required 14-day quarantine period.  The Singapore-China fast lane agreement-which includes Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing and the provinces of Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang-is in line with Singapore's plan to gradually reopen its borders to conduct essential business travel.
  • Malaysia: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced on 7 June that the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) currently enforced will end 9 June and will be replaced with the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) from 10 June  to 31 August.  Interstate travel ban will be lifted allowing for domestic tourism, except for areas placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO). Schools will be reopened in phases, training for sports teams will be allowed and business operations will return recontinue with adherence to the necessary standard operating procedures (SOPs). Traders and customers must download and use the MySejahtera app to facilitate contact tracing in the event of a possible exposure to Covid-19.
  • Singapore: The first batch of contact tracing devices, or TraceTogether tokens will be delivered in the second half of June.  Singapore is preparing for its next General Election that is to be held on 14 April, 2021. Voters will get a recommended time-band to cast their ballots on polling day so as to distribute crowds across polling hours.
  • Indonesia: Indonesia has moved to gently easing restrictive measures in its capital Jakarta. During the next few weeks of the transition phase, workplaces, places of worship, shopping centers and recreational venues will gradually be allowed to open with strict health guidelines which includes operating at 50 per cent capacity.  Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced an “emergency break policy” where the city administration can reinstate the restrictions should there be a spike in cases or fresh outbreaks.
  • Thailand: is positioning itself as a trusted destination for international tourists after travel restrictions were ease, capitalising on its relative success in containing the coronavirus outbreak. While international flights are banned until at lease 30 June, foreign tourism is not expected to begin until later in the year. In the meantime, the government is drawing up a stimulus package to promote domestic tourism from July to October.
  • Vietnam: ratified a free trade agreement with the European Union on Monday (8 June) that will cut or eliminate 99 % of tariffs on goods traded between the Southeast Asian country and the bloc, providing Vietnam with the much-needed post pandemic boost. The European Union Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) is expected to take effect in July.
  • Hong Kong: The Government will extend compulsory quarantine measures for people arriving into Hong Kong from both the Mainland and other countries by a further month to 7 July.  More students will return to school: Primary 4 – Secondary 2 students would resume class on 8 June following the smooth resumption of Secondary 3 to Secondary 5 classes on 27 May.  The Government signed service level agreements with representatives of 21 banks for the Cash Payout Scheme. Under the scheme, $10,000 will be disbursed to each Hong Kong permanent resident aged 18 or above to encourage local consumption and relieve people's financial burden.
  • Taiwan: The government announced the lifting of some restrictions from 7 June. People can remove their masks as long as they maintain social distancing when taking the MRT, high-speed rail, and trains. The national exhibition halls, scenic areas, and night markets no longer control the flow of people. The number of people entering the Chinese Professional Baseball regular tournament is not limited.
  • Korea: Ministry of Education announced the high school junior, Middle school seniors andPrimary schools returned to school on 27 May and all schools, including elementary grades, resumed classes on 3 June.  KCDC asked the public to take precautions about risk factors related to small and medium-sized churches and door-to-door sales due to increasing number of confirmed cases.
  • Japan: Tokyo Governor triggered the Tokyo Alert, which was a warning sign introduced during the pandemic as part of the City's plan to gradually reopen society while preventing a second wave of infections.
  • Colombia:  Medium and small merchants reopened on 8 June  and four shopping centers were allowed to reopen in Bogota. In total Colombia has reopened 20 shopping centres which had to first establish effective technology systems which measure in real-time the capacity to control the number of visitors, which must not exceed 35% of its usual capacity. The government established that, due to the health emergencythere will be an exemption from VAT on the importation of public service vehicles for passengers and cargo transportation until 31 December 2021. This benefit will apply not only to those purchased directly in Colombia but also to those that are imported by the small carriers directly or by the concessionaire.
  • Denmark: From 9 June gatherings of 50 people are allowed in public spaces. Public swimming pools, indoor play areas, fitness centers etc. have also been allowed to re-open.  Denmark opens its borders for tourists from Germany, Norway and Iceland from 15 June.
  • Norway: Schools and kindergartens return to normal opening hours starting next week With a one meter social distance guideline. As from 15 June travel to/from Denmark will be permitted.
  • Romania: Starting 1 June Romania is starting to ease restrictions. The bars and restaurant terraces are open with special rules concerning the distance between the tables, etc.  Internal is now permitted without the need for written papers/statements. Additionally traveling outside the country by plane or bus for work purpose is permitted. There is no need for the wearing of mask outside.  Schools and kindergarten are still closed until early September.
  • Germany: German Foreign Minister has unveiled Germany’s plan to lift travel restrictions on 29 European countries from 15 June.
    Germany’s governing coalition agreed on a €130 billion stimulus package to help relaunch the country's economy.
  • Slovakia:  Borders with Czech republic, Austria and Hungary are now fully open. Travel from other countries will require an exception for entry to Slovakia and a negative COVID- 19 test. Quarantine restrictions are still in place when entering Slovakia from abroad (excluding Czech rep., Austria and Hungary) but visitors can choose state quarantine or e- quarantine (quarantine at home with cell phone application). Kindergartens and schools have re-opened. Wearing the masks is mandatory inside (outside it is only recommended when somebody is in close contact with you). 
  • Belgium: Distancing is required at 1.5m and the wearing of masks is preferred.
    Outside (solo) sports have always been allowed and were recommended.
    On public transport it is no longer required to distance 1.5m as this was impossible to maintain.
    It is still required to cover your mouth and nose at least with a scarf, mask is of course preferred.
    Restaurants re-opened on 8 June, max 10 people in a group.

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  • Colombia: Through decree 768 the Ministry of transport announced that from 1 June 2020, the collection of tolls from vehicles transiting through the national territory will be reactivated.  The Government in alliance with Icontec (The Colombian Institute of Technical Standards and Certification) has created a “Trust line” with the purpose of supporting companies to develop their biosafety protocol and be prepared for their reopening. The Mayor of Bogota has created an app to collect information from citizens about their health status and record of mobilization; the registration of this app is voluntary. These records will allow the administration to organize and optimize biosafety protocol on public transport, thus mitigating the risks of crowding and massive contagion of COVID-19. 
  • Denmark opens its borders for tourists from Germany, Norway and Iceland from 15 June. 
  • Norway: Schools and kindergartens return to normal business hours starting next week with 1 meter social distance guideline. As from 15 Juneit will be permitted to travel to/from Denmark. Traveling to Sweden will still not allowed due to their current situation.
  • Poland: Since 30 Maythere is no obligation to wear masks in open spaces and public meetings may be held with a maximum number of 150participants.  Limits on the number of people using restaurants, post offices and other service outlets have been removed.
  • Turkey : Easing coronavirus containment measures have begun by lifting intercity travel restrictions.  For the first time several weeks senior citizens, children and teens are allowed to go out during a time allocated to them, although just for one day. As of 11 May some businesses, such as hairdressers, barbershops and beauty salons, may opened and malls are also allowed to be opened with specific measures.
    Curfew restrictions will be lifted and flights will gradually start. In June, hotels, resorts, cafes and restaurants will start to serve in accordance with agreed rules and with certain limitations. For tourism services to start, a certification will be required. The opening of libraries and the commencement of sporting competitions will follow in due course. Activities such as cinema and open-air theatre are planned to start with some restrictions and mask obligation.
  • UK: Some school year groups have gone back (reception year, year 1 and year 6 and those that are critical worker’ children). England residents are allowed to meet up with another five people from different households outside (including a garden) by adhering to 2 m social distancing guidelines. People are allowed to exercise as much as they like outside. 1 to 1 coaching or personal training is allowed. Socially distancing BBQ's are permitted as long as 2 m social distancing is adhered to. Clinically vulnerable people are now allowed to go outside with their house hold members once a day.
  • Hong Kong: Anti-epidemic scheme enhanced: the government will enhance the Anti-epidemic Support Scheme for the property management sector and extend the scheme for 3 more months from June to August 2020.  Transport trade subsidies open: subsidy scheme for public light buses, local ferries and taxis under the second round of the Anti-epidemic fund have opened.
  • Korea: In light of the recent rise in local transmissions in the Seoul Metropolitan City, the KCDC ( Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has urged people in the capital region to refrain from social gatherings or visiting any enclosed/confirmed/crowded spaces that are frequented by many people.  People who cannot avoid visiting enclosed spaces for an essential reason should carefully follow personal hygiene measures including keeping 2 meters of distance from other people, wearing a facemask, etc.  The Ministry of Education announced that high school junior, middle school seniors, primary schools returned to school from 27 May and all schools, including elementary grades, will resume classes on 3 June.
  • Japan: Japan has lifted the state of emergency and the majority of commercial facilities are gradually reopening as of end May. Japanese Government will prioritize businesspeople and experts as it eases entry curbs. Scope of areas subject to released restrictions will be expanded gradually. Some cities recorded an increase of daily infections after the emergency status was lifted, and the Government is still urging people to maintain social distancing practice.
  • China: Considering the exceptional circumstances this year, the Chinese government made the decision to drop the GDP target for the year. Instead of setting such a target and working toward realizing it, the government will better safeguard employment, people's livelihoods, the development of market entities, food and energy security, stable operation of the industrial and supply chains, and the smooth functioning of society.  The purchasing managers' index (PMI) for China's manufacturing sector and that for the non-manufacturing sector both stood above the boom-bust line of 50 in May, indicating steady recovery in major industries, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed. Positive PMI trend is an indicator that Chinese economy on recovery course.
  • Canada: Canadian government & Public Health agencies have restricted entry of all travelers except Canadian citizens & permanent card holders into Canada.  Canada and the United States appear likely to extend border closure for all non-essential travel until 21 JuneSupply chains are not be impacted by this closure.  Province of Quebec (MONTREAL) will continue lock-down and specifically in the city of Montreal as Covid-19 infections continue to spike.  Province of British Columbia (VANCOUVER) never issued a shelter-in-place order, so decisions around reopening parks and community centres — provided physical distancing measures can be maintained — will be made on a local level in the weeks ahead. 

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May 2020 updates

  • Colombia: Through resolution 844 the Government made official the extension of the state of emergency until August 31st, 2020. Today the Government allowed the selling of the international flights for passengers from September 1st, 2020. The mayor of Bogota has announced that despite the national quarantine ending on May 31st, 2020, Bogota will keep the preventive isolation until June 15th, due to an increase of COVID cases in the capital city and the current high level of intensive care units occupied. 
  • Canada: Province of Ontario (TORONTO) moves to phase #1 of re-opening. Ontario's first stage of economic recovery will include resuming construction projects and the reopening of some workplaces, seasonal activities and healthcare settings open as of 12:01 Saturday May 16th, 2020 ➢ Province of Quebec (MONTREAL) will continue lock-down and specifically in the city of Montreal as Covid-19 infections continue to spike ➢ Province of British Columbia (VANCOUVER) never issued a shelter-in-place order, so decisions around reopening parks and community centres — provided physical distancing measures can be maintained — will be made on a local level in the weeks ahead.Canada and the United States appear likely to extend border closures for all non-essential travel until June 21. Supply chains are not be impacted by this closure.

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  • Malaysia: With the easing of lock down in Malaysia, the Malaysian Health Ministry has seen an increase in Covid-19 cases over the last few days. It is cited the main reason for this increase is due to more foreign workers being tested positive for the infection. With the interstate travel restriction being eased during the Adifitri period, the ministry has also cited that there might potentially be an increase in COVID-19 cases if the SOP of interstate travelling is not being observed. Under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) that Malaysia is restricted to until 9 June, interstate travel is only allowed, without police permission, for those going to and from work. However, prior written police permission is required for interstate trips for special reasons and emergencies.
  • Singapore: Singapore will be easing the COVID-19 lockdown measure starting 2 June 2020. It will be a gradual 3 phrase approach for the country to reopen.  Companies need to adhere to safe management measures when the economy re-opens on 2 June. Employees who can work from home must continue to do so even when the country is easing its lockdown measures. This is to ensure minimal physical interaction while maintaining safe distancing.
  • Indonesia: Indonesia has seen a sharp decline in the number of Covis-19 cases in the last few days due to the Aidifitri holidays as many testing facilities were operating at less than full capacity.  Indonesia’s Health Minister, Terawan Agus Putranto, has issued new health protocols for workplaces to usher in the “new-normal” as the number of cases continue to rise. The ministerial decree requires company management to create task forces to curb the spread of the disease.
  • Thailand: As the number of infections remain low, Thailand is heading towards the third stage of easing business and activity lockdowns. Businesses may resume with strict disease control measures.The country’s Covid-19 task force said that they will maintain its state of emergency over the coronavirus until the end of June, in effort to keep infections under control as the government prepares to ease restrictions further. The government has also extended a ban on international passenger flights until the end of June.
  • Vietnam: Having not reported any community transmissions in more than a month, Vietnam is now trying to revive its tourism industry. The government launched a “Vietnamese people travel to Vietnam destinations” campaign that is to last till the end of the year. Airlines, travel agencies and resorts are offering discounts to benefit guests while incoming flights are still banned.
  • Colombia: Today the Government announced the following measures that will remain in place after the quarantine ends on 1June  - Schools and universities will remain closed until 30 June;  Citizen older than 70 years should remain at home until 30 June;  Borders will remain closed until 30 June; National and international flights for passengers remain closed until 30 June;Public transport will work at 35% of its capacity. 
  • Hungary: The number of active infections has continuously decreased, indicating that the spread of the virus is slowing in Hungary. The kindergartens and nursery have been reopened in the countryside from 25 May, in Budapest from 2 June.The borders between Hungary and Serbia/Slovakia and Czech Rep were reopened. Citizens of these countries may cross the border without restrictions.There will be a law coming out next Tuesday eliminating the special legal order in Hungary.

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  • China: 21 MAY, China 2020 NPC&CPPCC National Committee sessions (“2 Session”) opened in Beijing after being postponed due to COVID-19. National lawmakers and political advisors will discuss how to strive for good performances in all areas of economic and social development while implementing regular epidemic prevention and control measures.
  • Germany: The German government wants to lift the worldwide travel warning for tourists for 31 European countries from 15 June , if the coronavirus situation continues to improve within Europe.
  • Colombia:Through decree 689, The Government made official the national quarantine until 31 May 2020 (12:00 p.m.). 

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  • Spain: Following the National Recovery plan all regions in Spain that are still on phase 0 will be upgraded to phase 1 this week. Those that are already on phase 1 will move to phase 2, meaning that the recovery plan is going smoothly and the sanitary indicators are under control.  Most companies, both public or private, are combining a mix of home office and face-to-face work, to help recover their activities.
  •  South Africa: Following a severe lockdown period most businesses will be opened with effect 1 June. 

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  • Hong Kong: The HK SAR Government has started accepting applications, on 21 May and set up a mechanism for companies with an operating base relating to logistics, port and/or shipping business in the Mainland, to apply for exemption from the compulsory quarantine arrangement. The Government has started discussions with the relevant authorities on the Mainland on mutual recognition of COVID-19 testing results conducted by recognized medical laboratories, with a view to exempting the quarantine requirement for Hong Kong travellers to those places. 
  • Taiwan: CECC loosens restrictions on applicants requesting COVID-19 testing at their own expense as Taiwan’s coronavirus numbers stabilize.
  • Korea: In light of the recent spike in local transmissions related to nightlife entertainment facilities, KCDC urged people to refrain from social gathering or visiting any enclosed/confined/crowded spaces that are frequented by many people. Ministry of Education announced the high school junior, Middle school seniors and Primary pupils will return to school on 27 May and all schools including elementary grades will resume classes on 3rd of June.
  • Japan: Japanese Government has lifted the State of Emergency for most of western Japan including Osaka on 21 May, as the spread of COVID-19 has slowed enough to justify the gradual easing on economic activities. Although Tokyo metropolitan area and Hokkaido remain under the State of Emergency, Japan is set to fully lift from COVID-19 emergency as early as Week 22 in three phases. Detail of lifting plan is expected to be announced today. 
  • Denmark: As of May 27th, 2020 culture and activities like museums, theatres, art halls, cinemas, etc. may open. Zoos, botanical gardens may open. Outdoors amusement parks and summer activities for kids and youth may open. Adult education and education focused on the unemployed as well as language centres may open. Full re-opening of DR and TV2. Hight schools and schools of a similar type may open.

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  • Mexico: Despite the fact that Mexico saw its largest one-day death toll, yesterday Mexico City announced it will begin a gradual reopening on June 1st, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said the city will continue on lockdown up to June 15th; however, some public places and sectors will reopen on June 1st. As part of the health protocols for the partial reopening of economic activities, the Government of Mexico City will propose to the business sector the implementation of the model of four in-site work days followed of 10 successive days of working from home.
  • Colombia: The Government has announced that from June 1st, 2020, mayors and governors can decide the reopening of the economy in its own city or town according to the following parameters: COVID cases presented, biosafety protocols implemented by enterprises, the capability offered by the public transport and capability from the hospitals to attend to the emergency. Following this measure, the Mayor of Medellin has announced today that they will reopen shopping centers from June 1st. 

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  • Mexico: Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced that Mexico will receive a total of 20 flights carrying medical supplies purchased from China by the Mexican government to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Factories that supply the US military resumed operations in Yucatan and Baja California, as well as some companies in the Automotive sector in regions such as San Luis Potosí and Aguascalientes.
  • Colombia: The Government has announced that national and international flights for passengers remain closed until June 30th. By decree 677 it is announced that the Government will grant monthly, up to three times, a contribution per employee corresponding to 40% of the minimum wage, each company should fulfil requirements to obtain it.

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  • Colombia: The Government has announced today that the national quarantine is extended until May 31st, 2020.  The state of emergency will be extended until August 31st, 2020. National and international flights for passengers remain closed until the Government makes a proper analysis after the sanitary emergency ends. Schools and universities will remain closed until May 31st.  Citizen older than 70 years should stay at home until June 30th, 2020.
  • Mexico: Authorities published this Monday the technical guidelines for health safety in the workplace, so that micro, small, medium size companies can restart activities without compromising the health of their workforce. Oaxaca, Jalisco, Yucatan, Guerrero, Chihuahua, Tamaulipas & Puebla Local Authorities have decided not to abide with the reopening schedule from Federal Government scheduled for this Monday in which 324 municipalities in the country without the presence of COVID-19 could leave confinement and restart activities.
  • Spain: Most of the regions of the country have already moved from phase 0 to the phase 1 of the national recovery plan, meaning that some restrictions will be revoked. Among others, the meetings of less than 10 people are allowed from today (keeping security distances). Some local, regional and national Public Authorities have asked the public servants to go back to their places of work from today.
  • Hungary : Movement restrictions in Budapest have been lifted as of 18May, while certain measures remain in place for the time being. Outside the capital, catering establishments can now open their indoor areas, and commercial accommodations may also receive guests. keeping a 1.5 m distance will remain mandatory, as will wearing protective equipment covering the mouth and nose in stores and on public transport.
  • UK: Exercise can be taken outside more than once a day and it is allowed to go to parks and further afield. It is possible to travel within regions (i.e England, Scotland and Wales) however, it is not allowed to stay overnight anywhere unless it is a personal home. Businesses are encouraging people to work from home where they can, those that cannot can go back into work (government guidelines have been published to assist businesses) Keyworker children are at school. Supermarkets, DIY stores are open.
  • Malaysia: Malaysia has placed restrictions on inter-state travel under the MCO in anticipation of the annual mass exodus to hometowns for Idul Fitri. However, the ban on mass prayers in mosques on Friday has been eased while many businesses have also been reopening over the last week.
  • Singapore: The Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced on 19 May 2020 a  phased approach that they will be taking to resume activities after 2 June 2020. Before resuming operations, companies must put in place the necessary Safe Management Measures to ensure a safe environment for their employees and customers. This includes the use of proper contact tracing systems like SafeEntry, staggered work hours to avoid coinciding with peak hour travel, no cross deployment of staff and ensuring that employees do not socialise and congregate in groups at or outside the workplace.
  • Indonesia: As the Muslim holiday Idul Fitri is drawing near, the Indonesian government is taking extra measures to prevent Indonesians from performing the Idul Fitri exodus. The mass migration has been restricted as part of its COVID-19 measures, although a blanket ban on intercity travel has not been imposed.
  • Thailand: Thailand has allowed malls and department stores to re-open, whilst shortening curfew by one hour. To facilitate the reopening of businesses, the country has launched its mobile application for online tracking of businesses and leisure activities. More than 26,000 businesses have registered to use the platform so far.
  • Vietnam: Vietnam has approved the re-opening of sub-border gates and border crossings in Lang Son and Quang Ninh provinces connecting to China to ease trade between the two countries. The government has also allowed the resumption of all non-essential services, except for clubs and karaoke parlors, but with preventive measures.

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  • China: On 11 May Authorities in Wuhan launched a campaign to test all residents for novel coronavirus within a 10 period, to quickly identify asymptomatic infections and prevent further transmission. The expanded nucleic acid tests are free of charge. Further it has been announced thatfirst, second and third-graders of elementary schools in Shanghai will return to school from 2 June as the epidemic wanes, and the city's public kindergartens will also reopen on the same day.
  • India: Government of India has extended the lockdown in the country until 31 May but it will allow more relaxation to this rule for industry and business. It is expected that more industries will re- opened and operate with a greater capacity.
  • Spain: Although the Government would like the emergency status to continue until 5 July, it understands this will have its difficulties and therefore regions may authorise the extension to 28 June. Some regions of Spain have announced the opening of high schools from 18 May but they will need to  meet the relevant preventive measurements.

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  • US-ARIZONA: On May 14, Governor Ducey announced he would not extend the state's stay-at-home order past May 15. Gyms and public pools may reopen and major league sports may be hosted from May 15, but without fans and following CDC guidelines.
  • US-IDAHO:  Stage 2 of reopening will begin May 16. Dine-in restaurants, hair and nail salons, and indoor gyms may reopen while meeting safety standards. Bars have been moved to Stage 3 from Stage 4 and could reopen as early as May 30.
  • US-KANSAS: On May 15, Governor Kelly ordered bars and bowling alleys to remain closed through the end of the month and announced some coronavirus-inspired restrictions will remain in place until near the end of June. A limit on public gatherings of 10 or fewer people will remain in place. Barbershops and hair and nail salons may reopen as planned but by appointments only.
  • US-MAINE: Governor Mills announced retail stores and restaurants will be permitted to open to in-store and some dine-in service with enhanced safety precautions in designated counties where community transmission is not present.
  • US-MARYLAND: The state's stay at home order expired on May 15. Under phase 1, depending on  location, certain businesses may reopen at 50% capacity and most by appointment only.
  • US-MINNESOTA: On May 14, Governor Walz announced non-essential businesses and retailers may reopen with social distancing rules and gatherings of 10 or fewer people may resume effective May 18. Bars, restaurants, gyms and salons must remain closed with an aim at partially reopening by June 1.
  • US-NEW YORK: On May 14, Governor Cuomo announced five regions in New York may begin a phased reopening on May 15, allowing construction work to resume and retailers to reopen with curbside or in-store pickup.
  • US-OKLAHOMA: On May 15, phase two of the state’s reopening plan began. Nonessential travel can resume, and organized sports activities can reopen while following safety protocols. Bars can operate with diminished standing room occupancy while following safety protocols, and funerals and weddings can resume with more than 10 people.
  • CHILE: Chilean Government declared on 13 May total quarantine for Greater Santiago and also additionally for the communes San Bernardo, Buin, Puente Alto, Padre Hurtado, Lampay Colina. Total Quarantine began on 15 May.
  • CANADA:Canada and the United States appear likely to extend border closure for all non-essential travel until June 21. Supply chains will not be impacted by this closure.
  • KOREA: Ministry of Education announced the high school seniors will return to school on 20 May while younger students would resume schools in stages between 27 May and early June. Anyone who has come in close contact with a large number of unspecified persons in a confined space will need to be tested at a screening clinic through public health.
  • JAPAN: JThe Japanes Government decided to maintain the State of Emergency for only 8 out of 47 regions from Week 20, where Tokyo and Osaka remain under the emergency status but there will be a review of the situation on 21 May. 
  • DENMARK: Restaurants and cafés re-open today, May 18. 6-10 grade classes go back to school today. Churches re-open 18 May. However people must continue to adhere to the very strict guidelines of social distancing and good hygiene.
  •  HUNGARY: As of today, catering establishments outside Budapest will be allowed to serve customers indoors, provided they wear masks. Hotels and playgrounds will also be allowed to reopen from today in the countryside.
  • GERMANY: Hotels and restaurants are reopening with restrictions as of today.

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  • Spain: Most of the regions of the country have already moved from phase 0 to the phase 1 of the national recovery plan, meaning that some restrictions will be revoked. Among others, meetings of less than 10 people are allowed from today (keeping security distances). Some local, regional and national Public Authorities have asked the public servants to work from their usual job centers from today. Some regions of Spain have announced the opening of high schools from May 18th as long as they meet the relevant preventive measurements.
  • Norway: All schools are now up and running again. Social distance is now reduced from 2 meters to 1 meter. Restaurants and cafe's are open. Organized training is again allowed. More information from the Authorities will be announced tomorrow when it comes to further re-opening of society. If everything goes well going forward they do expect that Norway will be back to "normal" as from mid-June.
  • Poland: entered into the fourth stage of limiting restrictions:- opening of massage rooms and solariums,- enabling gym and fitness club activities,- theatres and cinemas under the new sanitary regime

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  • US-ALASKA: On May 11, phase two of the state's reopening plan took effect. Retail, restaurants, and other non-essential businesses may now open at 50% capacity. Personal care services can operate at 50% capacity or up to 20 patrons and there is now a 50 person maximum for social and religious gatherings.
  • US-GEORGIA:  On May 13, Governor Kemp ordered live performance venues, bars and night clubs to stay closed through May 31. He is strongly urging Georgians to continue to wear face masks. Starting May 14, summer day camps will be able to operate if they meet 32 safety guidelines. Restaurants will also be allowed to host 10 patrons per 300 square feet.
  • US-LOUISIANA: On May 11, Governor Edwards announced he would allow select businesses including gyms, barber shops, hair salons, casinos, and bars with food permits to reopen with 25% of their capacity on May 15.
  • US-MISSISSIPPI: On May 11, Governor Reeves extended his "Safer At Home" order for another two weeks. An amendment however allows salons, barbershops and gyms to reopen with some restrictions.
  • US-OREGON: Select approved counties will be begin Phase 1 of reopening on May 15, allowing restrictions to be eased for restaurants, bars, salons, massage businesses, gyms and fitness centers. Requirements include a maximum gathering limit, social distancing, and sanitation.
  • US-VERMONT: On May 12, Governor Phil Scott announced a “gradual reopening” of retail will begin on May 18. All retail employees will need to wear face coverings and maintain a distance of 6 feet. Stores will be required to stay under 25% of their legal capacity and conduct health and safety training within state guidelines if they have more than 10 employees.
  • US-WISCONSIN: On May 12, Governor Evers announced standalone or strip mall-based retail stores would be allowed to reopen to in-person shoppers. Drive-in theaters are also allowed to reopen, with some restrictions. Social distancing practices must be maintained at all operating businesses.
  • MEXICO: The Mexican government signed an agreement with the Teletón Foundation so that the federal and state governments can use 23 Children's Rehabilitation Centers ( as temporary hospitals) to treat patients with mild COVID-19 symptoms, in addition to regular hospitals. The General Health Council announced today that the construction, mining and manufacturing of transportation equipment will be added to the list of essential activities, so they can return to their activities.
  • PERU: Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra extend the quarantine period until May 24th. Over the weekend and Monday, the government issued sanitary parameters for all activated industries which after a quick evaluation, the implementation  will represent investment from all industries including International Logistics.
  • CHILE: Chilean Government declared on 13th of May total quarantine for Iquique y Alto Hospicio region of Tarápaca, Greater Santiago and also additionally for the communes of San Bernardo, Buin, Puente Alto, Padre Hurtado, Lampa y Colina.  Quarantine will start on Friday 15.05.2020 at 10:00 pm. This declared quarantine will affect 42% of the Chilean population.
  • SLOVAKIA: Government reduced some measures, but borders and schools are still closed, wearing the masks is mandatory.

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  • Singapore: In a move towards gradually easing circuit breaker measures, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has laid out requirements for companies  to resume operations at workplaces. These include implementing a system of safe management measures at workplaces, reducing physical interaction and ensuring safe distancing at workplaces. 
  • Indonesia: Shopping malls could reopen on 8 June , with schools set to restart a week later, but only if new cases fall and testing targets are met according to the plan set out in a Government document. Beauty salons, cinemas and sport centres may be allowed to operate again by 15 June, with full reopening possible at the end of July or early August.
  • Thailand: Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has proposed that China and South Korea be removed from Thailand's list of countries at high risk for Covid-19 infection after their daily case count dropped into single digits. The move is aimed at gradually restoring economic and social ties.
  • Colombia: Through “CoronApp – Colombia” (a free App) the government will issue a status of mobility by QR code that lasts 24 hours; before this code is issued the citizen must complete a questionaire about their health status and declare under oath that the information provided is true. If the self-diagnosis yields a good result, the App will issue the code. This will also allow: The government control of citizens away from their home:, Employees in reopened sectors travelling to their workplaces;  Monitoring the health status of citizen; Developing a plan action based on the statistics. 
  • Spain: The Emergency status, which allows the Government to keep some of the restrictions in place, remains until 24 May. The partial lockdown is being reduced gradually although many factories remain closed as they cannot guarantee the safety distance for health requirements. Some other companies are closed due to the lack of demand of their products.
  • Netherlands: As off 12 May elementary schools were reopened for 50% of pupils each week. Daycare for children is open for 100% of pupils.  For all other professions where there is a need for close contact with another person (1 on 1, eg. hairdressers, physiotherapists, etc) are allowed to start working again. Shops are now open, but with restrictions on the amount of people in a shop at the same time allowing for distancing rules.If this goes well, the catering industry, including cafes, bars andrestaurants is expected to be reopened on the 1 June.

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  • US - MICHIGAN: On May 8, Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order until May 28. Whitmer also announced manufacturing workers can resume work on May 11.
  • US - NEW YORK: On May 11, Governor Cuomo said that reopening metrics had been met in three regions: the Finger Lakes; the Southern Tier; and the Mohawk Valley. He said the state would allow certain low-risk businesses and activities to resume operations on May 15, including landscaping and gardening work; outdoor sports; and drive-in movie theaters.
  • US - PENNSYLVANIA: On May 8, Governor Wolf extended the stay-at-home order for most of the state until June 4, but allowed it to be lifted in 28 of the state’s 67 counties that have met benchmarks for new cases and testing.
  • Peru: Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra extend the quarantine  period until May 24th. Since Monday, May 11, the mandatory social immobilization in almost the entire country, which was from 6:00p.m., will now be from 8:00 p.m. until 4 a.m. However, this measure will not apply in the Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad and Loreto regions, where the 4 p.m. restriction schedule is maintained. Next week, some sectors of the economy will also begin to work progressively.
  • Mexico: President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Deputy Health Minister Dr Hugo López Gatell said authorities expect the COVID 19 pandemic to reach its peak in Mexico City and the metropolitan area this week. López Obrador said the peak will take place between May 6 and 8 and that COVID 19 will then  start to decrease. Francisco Cervantes, President of the Mexican Industry Chambers Confederation announced that starting May 17th, the automotive industry and some of its supplier sectors ( tires, auto parts, glass, steel, among others) will gradually restart activities under all the necessary health safety protocols, staggered hours and only with employees who do not suffer from chronic diseases.
  • Colombia: The mayor of Bogota stipulated the following conditions in order to reopen the new economy sectors after May 11th, 2020: Different shifts per sector, Construction: from 10:00am to 7:00pm; Manufacturing: from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. (they can use different shifts in between this time); Merchandise: from 12:00pm to 12:00pm; Ground transport and distribution: at night. Through resolution 41, DIAN (Customs authority) The exceptions to the suspension of customs terms by the State of Social, Economic and Sanitary Emergency were adjusted, and the management of evaluation and response to requests for assigning the accreditation of the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) is added. This decision reactivates the AEO program in Colombia.
  • Singapore:Announced on 03 April 2020, Singapore will apply a circuit breaker from 07 April 2020 to 01 June 2020 to reduce the risk of big outbreak and bring numbers down. 
  • Malaysia:The existing conditional movement control order (CMCO) enforced nationwide will be extended to 9th June 2020. Almost all economic sectors and business activities have re-operated since Monday, 4th May 2020 subject to the conditions and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) set by the authorities. 
  • Indonesia: The government has allowed limited types of travel between Covid-19 red zones across the archipelago starting Wednesday May 6th, allowing all modes of transport - air, sea, trains and buses - to operate again with compliance with the health protocol.The Indonesian government has postponed the 2020 regional elections in order to prevent any further spread of COVID-19.
  • Vietnam: Maintaince of social distancing, only entertainment, spa and large events are restricted; the taxi & ride-hailing services are allowed. According to the Announcement no. 170/TB-VPCP, the PM ordered the relevant Ministries remove the barriers to exporting surgical masks and PPE; agreed that there was no need to require export license to export surgical masks. 
  • Thailand: After the first round of relaxation and reopening of small premises on Sunday 3 May, the government plans the second round of easing and reopening of bigger premises with many visitors would hinge on the cooperation of people and operators with disease control measures. The next stage of relaxation will begin on May 17 unless the number of new Covid-19 cases soars. 

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  • Colombia: The mayor of Bogota stipulated the following conditions in order to reopen the new sectors of the economy after May 11th, 2020: Different shifts per sector ▪ Construction: from 10:00am to 7:00pm ▪ Manufacturing: from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. (They can use different shifts in between these times) ▪ Merchandise: from 12:00am to 12:00pm ▪ Ground transport and distribution: at night.  
  • Hong Kong: Government leisure facilities to be reopened on May 21 include most of the public swimming pools, dance, activity and fitness rooms, sports climbing facilities, billiard and American pool tables, a gymnastic training hall, barbecue sites.  Relaxation measures: Government has relaxed the requirement limiting group gatherings in public places to a maximum of four people. Starting from 8 May, up to eight people can gather in public places. 
  • Taiwan: CECC (Central Epidimic Command Center) lifts certain epidemic prevention measures as Taiwan’s coronavirus numbers stabilize. Starting from 8 May,Taiwanese people who have been in Hubei,China can return to Taiwan on their own but they should take enhanced precautions during their trip back and undergo a14-day period of group quarantine after entry. 
  • Korea: KCDC (Korean Center of Desease Control) reminded and urged everyone to comply with the basic rules for prevention of further infection: Stay home for 3~4 days if you get sick - Keep a distance of two arm’s length between you and other people - Wash hands for 30 seconds - Ventilate your space at least twice a day - Keep in touch with family and friends even while maintaining physical distancing. With the recent increase of newly confirmed cases in relation with Itaewon area, the Government is considering the reinforcement of social distancing campaign again, and the Ministry of Education is also taking into account the postponement of starting offline class by a few more days.  The authorities had planned to reopen schools this week as the spread of the contagious virus had been showing signs of abating. More than two months after schools were physically closed, high school seniors will return to school on 13 May under the original plan, while younger students would resume schools in stages between 20 May and 1 June. 
  • Japan:The Government has extended the Declaration of Emergency until end of May, and the Prime Minister will schedule a mid-term review on 14 May. The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce Research has announced the number of companies that had gone bankrupt due to the spread of the new coronavirus had reached 109 by end of April.
  • Denmark: Full re-opening of commercial businesses on May 11th. Restaurants and cafés re-open May 18th. 6.-10. grade classes go back to school on May 18th. Churches re-open May18th. Common for everything is that people must adhere to the very strict guidelines of social distancing and good hygiene.

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  • Colombia: According to decree 637, the Government declared a state of emergency for the next 30 days. The Ministry of Interior made official the following actions : -Extended the national quarantine until May 25, 2020.-Extended the domestic air transport restrictions until May 25, 2020. Except for humanitarian emergency flights, freight transport, and charitable events.-Authorized reopening of the following sectors:
    • Wholesale and retail marketing of motor vehicles and motorcycles, including parts, pieces, and accessories
    • Manufacture, maintenance, and repair of computers, peripheral equipment, communication, electronic and optical equipment
    • Wholesale of furniture.
    • Wholesale and retail marketing of building materials, hardware, locksmiths, glass products, and paint.
  • Mexico: Mexico City’s authorities announced that they are planning a gradual return to general activities on June 1st, its expected that a detailed plan will be released early next week. A private business initiative has urged President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to set up an Economic Emergency Council to attend to the COVID 19 economic crisis, and a meeting to discuss this issue will take place in the next few days.
  • Peru: Peruvian government will issue, on Saturday night the Supreme Decree 080-2020, which will enable the reactivation of sectors. All sectors will need to present their sanitation plan directly to the Health Ministry for approval, and it will be audit without notice during the rest of 2020.This reactivation will happen in 04 stages: 01 stages per month; during May, these are the following industries: Mining & Industrial – Construction – Services & Tourism – Commerce (E-commerce).Due to the COVID-19 situation, Lima Airport Partners request to postpone the construction of the new terminal for the International Airport Jorge Chavez.
  • Canada:United States has now cleared the new trade agreement USMCA (United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement) that will take effect on July 1, 2020. The new agreement specifically states that the NAFTA Certificate of Origin cannot be used to apply duty relief under the new USMCA Agreement. The USMCA does not have a prescribed format for the new declaration, but it must meet the minimum data elements.Canada & US border have agreed to extend the border closure by another 30 days to until 20-May-2020. Both countries recognize the critical necessity to preserve the supply chains between the countries. Hence have reiterated that supply chains will not be impacted by government measures.
  • Spain:The Spanish government has established a four-phase plan that will last until the end of June and will vary in each area.Emergency status remains at least till May the 11th.This means that a partial lockdown still in place.
  • Denmark: Danish government will most likely hold a press conference later today regarding the 2nd phase of re-opening Denmark. Re-opening of schools for older children, malls, restaurants etc. have been mentioned as possible options. 

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  • US - NORTH CAROLINA:  On May 6, Governor Cooper announced Phase One of the state's reopening plan would begin May 8, allowing most stores and parks to open but keeping select businesses like bars and salons closed. Businesses that open must screen their employees for symptoms, ensure capacity never exceeds 50 percent of the building's total fire capacity, maintain social distancing among shoppers, and conduct routine maintenance and sanitation.
  • Peru: Peruvian government issue on Saturday night the Supreme Decree 080-2020 which enable the re-activation of sectors. All sectors will need to present their sanitation plan directly to the Health Ministry for approval and it will be audited without notice during the rest of 2020. This reactivation will happen in 04 stages: 01 stage per month, during May these are the industries to reactivate: Mining & Industrial – Construction – Services & Tourism – Commerce (E-commerce).
  • Mexico: Health Ministry announced that the next days will be the peak of infections in the country. Yesterday Mexico recorded its highest number of deaths.  In order to prevent COVID 19 contagions inside the Central de Abasto the largest market in Mexico City authorities sanitized its 246 hectares, this will be done on a daily basis In recent days, the market set up 52 checkpoints throughout the facility, as well as doctors and a laboratory. Markets in Mexico City have become hotspots for the spread of the novel coronavirus. Analysts expect a 14% drop in the Mexican economy in the second trimester, they also foresee that the economy will not start its recovery until 2021, closing 2020 with a total of 7% drop.
  • Colombia: The Ministry of Commerce authorized the exports of face masks made of woven fabrics as they can be reused. Face masks made by non-woven fabrics which fulfill requirements established by the Ministry of health remain restricted for export.
  • Chile: Chilean Government declared on 06th of May that communes Cerro Navia , Conchalí , La Granja, San Miguel, Lo Espejo, Macul , Lo Prado, Peñalolén , La Florida, Renca , San Joaquín y La Cisterna will enter into total quarantine today, Thursday 07.05.2020. For communes of San Bernardo and Puente Alto the radius of the quarantine is extended.

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  • Colombia: The Government extended the national quarantine until May 25th, however with the purpose to activate the economy has took the following measures:  - 3 new sectors will be able to work with restrictions as:  Manufacturing, Wholesale, furniture and clothes.Retail: shops for equipment maintenance. Services: bookstores and laundries. Automotive industry - Reopen gradually the economy of 890 municipalities (small towns) that hasn’t had confirmed COVID cases. This measure allows the opening of businesses such as shops and workshops. However, it has restrictions as no passenger transportation from or to those small towns; cargo will be allowed; large-scale events are forbidden, and entertainment places will kept closed.  – Children between 6 and 17 years old can be outside 3 times per week, for 30 minutes each time. 
  • Malaysia: Malaysian Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced on 1st May 2020, conditional Movement Control Order (MCO) starting from 4th May 2020 with majority of businesses and some social activities allowed to resume under strict conditions and SOP enforced by the authorities However, businesses and activities, which involves gathering on mass and physical contact is still prohibited during this period of time. 
  • Spain: The Spanish government has established a four-phase plan that will last until the end of June and will vary in each rea.Emergency status remains at least till May the 11th.This means that a partial lockdown still in place where the citizens are only allowed to stay out from home when going to work or buying groceries. Any luxury activity is closed and only the manufacturing industry is allowed to be open.Anyhow, many factories remain closed as they cannot guarantee the safety distances o health measurements to remain opened.The government remains recommending staying at home for those activities which can be carried out from home.
  • Hungary: The second phase of the coronavirus defense started on 6May (expected peak). The goal is to restart life in the country while avoiding a "boom" in infections. Movement restrictions in Budapest and Pest county remain in effect, while looser regulations have been introduced for the rest of the country. Keeping the required distance of at least 1.5m and covering faces in stores and public transport vehicles remains mandatory.
  • Poland: The next stage of reducing restrictions since 04 May: shopping centers and large area stores open, but with a limited number of people; a ban lifted on the activities of libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities.
  • Singapore:With a falling number of community cases, Singapore is in a position to start the gradual easing of "circuit breaker" measures, the COVID-19 multi-ministry task force announced this on Saturday (2 May 2020).Some of the changes on gradual easing of “circuit breaker” include the authorities bringing back students in small groups for face-to-face lessons from 12 May 2020, focusing on cohorts who are taking national exams and are graduating.
  • Indonesia:Indonesia again recorded the highest daily rise in new coronavirus infections.  The number has fluctuated wildly in recent days amid worries that the actual amount of confirmed cases and deaths from Covid-19 are much higher than the official tally.The rules include a ban on gatherings of more than five people, closing of schools and workplace and limiting restaurants to online delivery orders and reducing public transport.
  • Thailand: Thailand has eased some of its COVID-19 control measures nationwide from 3 May 2020, including reopening restaurants, cafes and markets with guidelines to prevent a second wave of infections.While guidelines will be standardised by the CCSA (Center for Covid-19 Situation administration) for all areas nationwide, the regulations can be adjusted by provincial governors. The six types of activities and businesses include markets, eateries outside department stores, retailers, sports and recreational activities, hair salons and barbershops, as well as pet grooming and boarding businesses. 
  • Vietnam: The government is officially reporting a relatively small 270 cases and zero deaths. That puts the country on course to revive its economy much sooner than most others.   Vietnam was successful because it made early, decisive moves to restrict travel into the country, put tens of thousands of people into quarantine and quickly scaled up the use of tests and a system to track down people who might have been exposed to the virus.

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  • US - CALIFORNIA:  On May 4, Governor Newsom announced the next stage of reopening the state will begin May 8. Select business types will be allowed to resume operations via curbside pickup and associated manufacturers that support those retail supply chains will also be allowed to resume production.
  • US - CONNECTICUT: On May 1, Governor Lamont announced some non-essential businesses across the state may begin reopening on May 20.
  • US - MAINE: On April 29, Governor Mills extended the state’s stay-at-home order until May 31 but allowed state residents to return to a limited number of businesses and activities deemed safe. The restricted use of golf courses and stay-in-your-vehicle religious services is now allowed.
  • US - MASSACHUSETTS: On April 29, Governor Baker extended the state’s stay-at-home advisory and non-essential business closure to May 18 .
  • US - NEW HAMPSHIRE: On May 4, Governor Sununu extended the state's stay-at-home order to the end of the month, with some key amendments. Retailers will be allowed a limited number of customers in their stores beginning May 11, and restaurants can open with outdoor dining beginning May 18.
  • US - VIRGINIA: On May 4, Governor Northam announced his order to close non-essential businesses to be extended to May 14.
  • Mexico: President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Deputy Health Minister Dr Hugo López Gatell said authorities expect the COVID 19 pandemic to reach its peak in Mexico City and the metropolitan area this week. Meanwhile the metropolitan area of Guadalajara, Jalisco, and Monterrey, Nuevo León, have been able to contain the public health crisis.
  • Colombia: The government is evaluating the option to gradually open the economy in the regions and departments that  have had no confirmed COVID cases. Mayor of Bogota is evaluating the option to reopen the economy proposing 4 different shifts that will allow operating 24 hours per day: Ground transportation from 10.00 pm to 6:00 am; Manufacturing and construction starting from 10:00 am.
  • Chile: Chilean Government declared total quarantine from 5 May at 10:00 pm for the following regions: Santiago, Independencia , Cerrillos, Recoleta , Antofagasta, Mejillones y Quilicura.

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US - ALABAMA:  The “Safer at Home” order begun on 30th April and will run until May 15th. Under the new order, businesses may open subject to sanitation and social-distancing guidelines, though certain higher-risk businesses and activities will remain closed. All retail stores can reopen subject to a 50 percent occupancy rate limit in addition to social-distancing and sanitation rules. Beaches will reopen but with a ban on any gatherings of 10 people or more and with the required separation of six feet.

• US - ARIZONA: On April 30th, Governor Doug Ducey announced that the state’s stay-at-home order would be extended to May 15th, with modifications. A new “Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected” policy will allow retailers not classified as an essential business to operate beginning May 4th through delivery service and other means that do not entail in-store sales. On May 8th, non-essential retailers can sell items to customers in-store.

• US - FLORIDA: Governor DeSantis announced certain businesses across the state can reopen on May 4th. Restaurants and retail spaces can admit customers but only at 25% capacity, and people must adhere to social distancing guidelines.

• US - INDIANA: Governor Holcomb announced that phase two of his plan to reopen the state would begin May 4th for most counties. Under phase two, limited types of retail and commercial businesses can operate at 50% capacity and mall common areas can have 25% capacity. Masks are recommended in public and when around other people. Phase two will begin later for the following counties: Marion (May 11th), Lake (May 11th) and Cass (May 18th). Churches may reopen statewide on May 8th following social distancing guidelines.

• US - KANSAS: Governor Kelly announced that phase one of her plan to reopen the state would begin May 4th. Under phase one, limited types of businesses will be allowed to reopen if social distancing and cleaning can be followed, and mass gatherings of more than 10 will be prohibited.

• US - KENTUCKY: Governor Andy Beshear announced that car dealerships, construction, and pet grooming businesses may reopen on May 11th. Horse racing will also return to Churchill Downs, but without visitors. On May 20th, retail shops and churches may reopen with social distancing guidelines in place. On May 25th, salons and barbershops may reopen, and social gatherings of up to ten people can take place.

• US - LOUISIANA: Governor John Bel Edwards extended the state’s stay-at-home order until May 15th.

• US - NEVADA: Governor Steve Sisolak extended the state’s stay-at-home order until May 15th. As from May 1st, all retail businesses have been allowed to operate under curbside commerce models, drive-in services are being permitted for places of worship so long as people remain in their vehicles and social distancing is maintained, and restrictions will be relaxed on outdoor activities.

• US - NEW JERSEY: As from May 2nd state parks and forests have been reopened and county parks and golf courses have reopened under restrictions.

• US - NEW YORK: As from May 1st the state’s schools and colleges remain closed for the remainder of the academic year and will continue distance learning. A decision on summer school will be announced at the end May.

• US - NORTH DAKOTA: As from May 1st, businesses and restaurants began reopening under detailed operating protocols varying by industry.

 US - PENNSYLVANIA: As from May 1st, Governor Wolf announced 24 counties in the northwest and north-central regions of the state could move to a reopening phase on May 8th. Guidance for businesses permitted to reopen on May 8th will be announced on May 4th.

• US - SOUTH DAKOTA: Governor Kristi Noem has encouraged schools and businesses to allow limited gatherings but cautioned people to continue to maintain social distancing. She advised businesses to open while taking precautions including temperature checks.

• US - TENNESSEE: Mayor Cooper extended Nashville’s Safer at Home Order until at least Friday, May 8th. All non-essential businesses must remain closed. Residents must also wear a mask or face covering and maintain six feet of separation from others when in public.

• US - WASHINGTON: Governor Inslee extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 31st. 

• US - WEST VIRGINIA: “Week 1” businesses in the state’s strategic reopening plan resumed  operations on April 30th. If the state sees three consecutive days of positive cases below 3%, “week 2” reopening will begin May 4th.

• US - WYOMING: Barbershops, nail salons, and gyms reopened with specific restrictions on May 1st.

• Mexico: Mexico’s economic activity dropped 1.6% in the first quarter compared to the final three months of 2019, plunging the country deeper into a recession that predated the pandemic, according to a report released Thursday by INEGI, the government statistical agency.  Federal government has confirmed that all municipalities with no COVID 19 cases will slowly return to normal activities on May 17th.

• Brazil: Possible quarantine extension in Sao Paulo with more restriction due to the increasing cases, was decreed the first lockdown in Brasil ( Maranhão State – including specifically 04 cities – for ten days).

• Peru: An increase in COVID cases of 9% but so far, no lockdown announcement has been made. Government-approved 25% amount for collection on the retirement fund.

• Hong Kong: The Government will roll out a scheme soon to exempt business people with manufacturing activities on the Mainland from the compulsory quarantine, provided they have a genuine need to make cross-boundary trips in the interest of Hong Kong's economic development.   Furthermore, Hong Kong has adopted a phased approach in assisting the return of the first batch of about 300 residents stranded in Pakistan on 30 April.

• Korea: The Korean Government has decided to extend its social distancing campaign which was introduced 22 March until 6 May and stressed the importance of this measure to further contain COVID19 at stable pace. KCDC also pointed out that even though the number of new confirmed cases has been small recently , loosened social distancing could result in an increase of contacts, which in turn lead to rapid surge of confirmed cases. Nightlife and entertainment venues are recommended to refrain from operating as much as possible. All schools have been now implementing virtual online class to maintain social distancing and continue efforts to prevent further infection as much as possible since April and official announcement specifying the date of a school opening for students bringing back to the class will be made early May.

• Japan: Japan Central Government will decide the extension of the nationwide State of Emergency on 4 May. Government advises to stay home and reduce people contacts including commutes. The Government has been finalizing the relief measures to support business and people livelihoods for sustainability including cash handout to citizen amid the Pandemic. Apart from outlets for necessities, majority of retailers remain closed upon the State of Emergency. 

• New Zealand: New Zealand moved back down to level 3 (from level 4) lockdown on April 27. Alert level 3 will be held for two weeks and then Cabinet will assess whether to move down another level.

• Australia: The Australian Border Force (ABF) has released Australian Customs Notice No. 2020/20 which provides a Free rate of customs duty for the period of 1 February 2020 to 31 July 2020 for hygiene or medical products imported to treat, diagnose or  prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

• India: India has extended the nationwide lockdown for a further two weeks. It was set to end May 3 but now it has been extended to May 17. The extension will however see some relaxations which will be regulated based on the spread of the virus in the districts, identified as red (hotspot), green and orange zones. 

• Hungary: The Corona peak expected by 30 April . There will now be a gradual reopening. In the first phase, stores smaller than 400 square metres that are currently closed could reopen early in May to be followed gradually by cafés and restaurants, while commercial accommodations may be allowed to reopen. Larger general stores selling household goods, units of chains typically found in malls, and major furniture or sports retail units could be allowed to fully reopen by the end of May, depending on how Hungary's healthcare situation develops after the pandemic peaks. Major events including fairs and festivals will not be held before the end of the summer months.
In addition, the current time window of 9-12 a.m. reserved for citizens above 65 to do their shopping will be reduced to two hours and will end earlier. Masks are mandatory in Budapest on public transport andshops.

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April 2020 updates

  • US - ARKANSAS:  On April 28, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the first phase of reopening , beginning of May 1. On that date, camping at state parks will be available for in-state residents with self-contained recreational vehicles. On May 15, restaurants and food service facilities, museums and exhibits, retail, marinas and retail equipment will be open to a limited capacity with social distancing enforced.
  • US - MINNESOTA: On April 27, Governor Tim Walz announced that, starting immediately, about 20,000 businesses employing between 80,000 and 100,000 in manufacturing, industrial and office settings may reopen. It does not require owners of eligible businesses to open and does not include customer-facing retail businesses. It also requires businesses to meet a number of conditions, including creating a COVID-19 “Preparedness Plan” and conducting health screenings of employees each day at arrival.
  • Mexico: Mexico City authorities have developed an interactive map that will help the population to find the nearest hospital with beds available for patients with coronavirus. According to official information, 54 hospitals in the metropolitan area are treating people infected with COVID-19 .Government announced that in locations where there are no COVID-19 cases, people are expected to return to work and school on May 18, while implementing physical distancing measures.
  • Turkey: Turkey begins 3 days coronavirus curfew from 30th of April ( Midnight) to 4th of May morning, in 31 provinces.
  • Malaysia: Malaysia has extended their 3rd round of MCO (Movement Control Order) by another 2 weeks.  Originally MCO was supposed to be lifted by April 28.  With the latest announcement, MCO is now extended to 12 May 2020.  
    Following the announcement, the operating hours for the Immigration Department and related agencies in Bangunan Sultan Iskandar at the Johor Causeway were reduced to 12 hours a day starting (Apr 24), said Malaysian Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.  Working hours are from 7am to 7pm daily. With the new change of operating hour, the vehicles or traffic from Singapore to JB via Woodlands are impacted.
  • Singapore: More stringent ruling has been imposed by the Singapore Government during the extension on “circuit breaker” period for Singapore until 1 June 2020.
    Besides mandatory mask wearing when stepping out of the house, other measures introduced in this week include a strict rule on exercising (public are asked to exercise alone without family and friends). Popular wet markets in Singapore are now restricted by ID entry (public can only access the market based on the ID number either on odd or even day).
    Singapore Airlines has extended its wide-ranging flight cancellations by another month, just four days after it announced a one-month extension. This means that 96 percent of its scheduled flights till end-June will be cancelled, amid travel restrictions worldwide and a drastic drop in demand for air travel. The extended cuts mean that SIA will fly to just 15 cities up until end-June.
  • Indonesia: Jakarta announced that it will extend wide-scale social restrictions by four weeks, with the closures of non-essential workplaces and schools continued until May 22. The rules include a ban on gatherings of more than five people, limiting restaurants to online delivery orders and reducing public transport. Motorbike taxis seen everywhere in the megacity of around 30 million were banned from picking up passengers and residents were ordered to stay home.
  • Thailand: will extend a state of emergency over COVID-19 until the end of May, but will consider easing some restrictions on businesses and public activities as the number of new cases has eased, a government spokesman said.
    Concerns over a possible second wave of outbreaks prompted the government's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to recommend extending emergency powers and a nationwide night-time curfew for another month.
    It also recommended continuing restrictions on travel between provinces and large scale public activities, extending a work from home policy and delaying four public holidays in May.
  • Vietnam: has reported zero death since the start of COVID-19 pandemic and infection case is at 268 which is one of the lowest in the ASEAN countries. The country is now gradually opening to allow people to return to work.Most of the malls will reopen and air traffic will resume and is currently ramping up in terms of the frequency and number of the countries served.

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas  HERE.
  • US - NEBRASKA:  On April 27, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced certain businesses will be allowed to reopen May 4 and serve customers while following safety guidelines. Ricketts extended directed health measures to May 4 instead of ending April 30. Ricketts will also release religious services, funerals and weddings from following the 10-person social gathering limit if guidelines are followed.
  • US - WISCONSIN: On April 27, Governor Tony Evers announced that nonessential businesses that can operate without customer contact will be allowed to open on Wednesday, April 29. Outdoor recreational rentals may also return to business.
  • Canada: United States has now cleared the new trade agreement USMCA (United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement) that will take effect on July 1, 2020. The new agreement specifically states that the NAFTA Certificate of Origin cannot be used to apply duty relief under the new USMCA Agreement. The USMCA does not have a prescribed format for the new declaration, but it must meet the minimum data elements found in Annex 5 A of the agreement.
  • Mexico: María Elena Álvarez-Buylla, head of the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) announced that by May 15, CONACYT will finish assembling 700 ventilators that will be installed in hospitals with COVID-19 patients. Ford announced that it will transform its production line at its Chihuahua plant to produce 100,000 face shields that will be donated to healthcare workers throughout the country, this personal protective equipment will be destined for doctors who work directly with patients with coronavirus to protect them from infections.In reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Mexican Business Council (CMN) are launching a credit program for 30,000 micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Peru: High increase of positive cases shown during the weekend 17% more in comparison with Friday results. President didn’t provide a national message to the people due to emergency a meeting with their Chief Staff to determine more restrictions or measures to ensure a containment of the virus.

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas  HERE.
  • US - ALASKA:  On April 24, officials lifted the state's stay-home requirement and loosened restrictions on religious and social gatherings held in Alaska as part of the first phase of the economic recovery plan. Under the new guidelines, indoor gatherings can include up to 20 people, or 25% of the building’s maximum occupancy, whichever is less. Outdoor gatherings have a 20-person limit.
  • US - COLORADO:  Governor Jared Polis stated that retail businesses can reopen with curb-side pickup as of April 27. Retail shops also  allowed to reopen their doors to customers with strict precautions. On May 4, commercial businesses can open with up to 50 percent of employees working in-person. Critical and non-critical businesses and retailers with over 50 employees in one location should implement symptom screening like temperature checks. Gatherings of 10 people or more are still not allowed.
  • US - DELAWARE:  On April 25, Governor John Carney issued the 13th modification to his State of Emergency declaration, requiring state residents to wear face coverings in public settings.
  • US - HAWAII: On April 26, Governor David Ige extended the state's stay-at-home order along with the mandatory quarantine for travelers through May 31. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses and may still remain open during this time.
  • US - IDAHO: On April 24, Governor Brad Little announced a plan to reopen. Under Stage One of the plan, which is set to go into effect on May 1, both retail stores and places of worship would be allowed to reopen, provided they can maintain appropriate social distancing. Bars, dine-in restaurants, and gyms would remain closed, and large gatherings would still be discouraged.
  • US - IOWA: On April 27, Governor Kim Reynolds announced plans to gradually reopen the state.  Effective May 1 in 77 counties, restaurants, fitness centers, libraries and retail stores may reopen at 50 percent of normal operating capacity. Enclosed malls may also reopen at 50 percent capacity, but play areas and common seating areas including food court dining areas must remain closed. Restaurants in food courts may reopen on a carry-out basis.
  • US - MISSISSIPPI: On April 25, Governor Tate Reeves signed a state-wide safer-at-home executive order that went into effect April 27 to replace the shelter at home order extending to May 11. This order will allow most retailers to reopen at 50% capacity. The new order does not allow businesses that require social contact — such as salons, gyms, spas and tattoo parlors — to reopen yet.
  • US - MISSOURI: On April 27, Governor Mike Parson announced a plan to reopen Missouri. The first phase begins on May 4, during which citizens may start returning to economic and social activities but must adhere to social distancing requirements. All businesses can be open provided that the social distancing guidelines set forth in the new health order are followed. Some businesses will be required to take additional precautions to protect their employees and the public, such as occupancy limits at retail locations.
  • US - OHIO: On April 27, Governor Mike DeWine announced a three-phase plan to reopen the state. On May 4, non-essential manufacturing, distribution, construction and office work can return. On May 12, retail stores can reopen. All of these businesses will need to follow health and hygiene protocols including wearing facial coverings.
  • TEXAS: On April 27, Governor Greg Abbott said he will allow the state's stay-home order to expire on April 30. Retail, restaurants, theaters, museums, libraries and churches can open at 25% occupancy on May 1. Outdoor sports such as golf and tennis are allowed, as long as there are four participants or less.
  • Mexico: The Mexican government announced 11 austerity measures to mitigate the effects of COVID 19 and the drop on oil prices. The most significant ones are:
    -The government will postpone its expenditure , except priority welfare programs that benefit the elderly, the disabled, farmers, students, children, as well as programs to build public universities, banks, the new airport in Mexico City, an oil refinery, rural roads, the Maya Train, among other projects and programs.
    -Finance Ministry will be able to use the necessary resources to cover payrolls, pensions, and public debt.
    -Health Ministry, the National Guard, and the Defence and Navy Corps can use resources from Trusts created by the Executive Branch.
    -Federal Government will grant 3 million credits for the poor and middle class and create 2 million jobs The President vowed not to increase gas prices, create new taxes, or acquire more debts. Metropolitan area (Mexico City State of Mexico) will partially close down the public transport system in a new effort to contain virus, in addition car drivers must follow a strict calendar.
  • Colombia: By decree 593, the Ministry of Interior made official the following decisions: Extended the national quarantine until May 11th, 2020. Authorized the reopening of construction sector for building constructions, civil works and road infrastructure. Authorized the reopening manufacture of textiles, leather and clothing, manufacture of paper and the manufacture of chemicals, metals, electrical products, machinery and equipment. Suspended the domestic air transport until May 11th, 2020; exceptions arehumanitarian emergency flights, freight transport and charitable events.
  • Hong Kong: The Government announced the extension of all statutory measures to enhance social distancing for 14 days until 7 May.  HK Government announced on 25 Apr that subsidies will be provided to local primary producers to give them immediate financial relief. A subsidy of $10,000 will be provided to each local primary producer, including owners of vegetable farms, hydroponic farms, flower farms and nurseries, marine fish culture farms, pond fish farms, fishing vessels and fish collector vessels, but excluding livestock farms. About 7,600 local primary producers will benefit and involves a total subsidy of about $76 million. 
  • New Zealand: New Zealand has moved to level 3 of lockdown from 11.59pm on Monday, April 27. Alert level 3 will be held for two weeks and then the Cabinet will assess whether to move down another level. Alert level 3 still has many restrictions and does not allow more social activity, though allows more commerce to reopen.
  • Australia: Partial lockdown continues with no current end date.The Australian Government has announced a new $110 million initiative to re-launch hundreds of flights to deliver fresh produce to key international markets.The ‘International Freight Assistance Mechanism’ will initially focus on the key markets of China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UAE.Return flights, under the program, will provide an opportunity for Australia to import medical equipment and medicines.The  Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) is committed to supporting trade during the current Coronavirus pandemic and are now focusing on measures to expedite the assessment and issuance of import permits for goods including, but not limited to, products for diagnosis, testing, treatment and research of COVID-19, and live laboratory animals, food products, animal feeds, and fertiliser. 
  • China: As of 26 APR, WUHAN -- Hubei, the province hardest hit by the novel coronavirus in central China, was cleared of confirmed novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. At the end of April, some grades of primary and secondary schools in all provincial-level areas in China have decided to resume classes. China endeavors to ensure safe classes resumption amid COVID-19. From 26 APR, China tightened quality control on medical supplies exports. The MOC (Ministry of Commerce) will confirm the list of qualified mask manufacturers, and the State Administration for Market Regulation will offer a list of substandard products and producers to provide a basis for customs authorities to clear exports. Exporters of non-surgical face masks should file the joint declaration of the exporter and importer when going through customs clearance to make sure they are up to standards and will not be used for surgical purposes, according to the new policy. As of 20 APR 6PM, Chaoyang district in Beijing had a red alert indicating the highest risk classification on the health-tracking app. Other Chinese cities – including Wuhan, the northeastern cities of Harbin and Suifenhe, and the southern city of Guangzhou – are all marked as low- or middle-risk areas.

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas  HERE.
  • US - MICHIGAN:  On April 24th, Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended the state's stay-at-home order until May 15th, but lifted certain restrictions on businesses and traveling. Landscapers, lawn-service companies, plant nurseries, and bike repair shops can resume operating, subject to social-distancing rules. Stores selling nonessential supplies can reopen for curbside pickup and delivery. Residents are also required to wear masks in public.
  • US - NEW MEXICO: On April 23rd, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham extended the state's stay-at-home order until May 15th. The state government will prepare for a "gradual and safe" reopening before the stay-at-home order ends.
  • Mexico: A group of scientists from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has forecasted, through two epidemiological models, that the number of COVID-19 infections in Mexico will reach its peak during the last week of April. The Sentinel surveillance system used by Mexico's Health Ministry calculates the highest peak will take place in the first two weeks of May. A multidisciplinary group of experts from the Hermosillo Technological Center (CTH) and the State University of Sonora (UES) developed an Automatic Machine for Artificial Breathing (MARA) that is able to attend six patients at the same time.
  • Peru: Before Peru comes to a conclusion on the quarantine period, the Peruvian Government extended the current lockdown until May 10thso there are an additional 15 days of this phase.  There are still speculations on which industries will start after the quarantine period. So far, we are talking about restaurants for delivery, textile factories, cleaning companies. The Reactiva Peru program consists of financial institutions granting loans on preferential terms to companies, especially SMEs, with funds provided by the Central Reserve Bank (S / 30,000 million) and with guarantees from the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
  • Malaysia: Malaysian Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced further extension of Movement Control Order (MCO) on Friday (April 24), from 28th April 2020 to 12th May 2020 to stop the spread of Covid19. The Prime Minister does not discount the possibility of the MCO being further extend after this. With the possibility of the MCO being further extended, the government is studying how to revive the economy in stages including drafting a short and mid-term economic revival plan so that that economic activities can be restarted as fast as possible once the MCO ends.
  • Singapore: Announced on 03 April 2020, Singapore will apply a circuit breaker from 07 April 2020 to 01 June 2020 to reduce the risk of big outbreak and bring numbers down. 
  • Indonesia: President has banned nationwide “mudik”/exodus to home village at the end of Ramadhan fasting month. The policy will start on 24 April 2020. Government is finalizing measures to enforce the ban starting 7 May 2020, and police is preparing options of stricter reinforcement of the Large-scale Social Restrictions or to close off all access in and out of Jakarta. Large-scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) have now been approved for 2 provinces and 16 districts and cities. PSBB in Jakarta will be extended most likely until end of May, awaiting announcement from the Governor. Due to the banning of annual exodus/”mudik”, Ministry of Transport has issued Ministerial Decree No. 25/2020 banning all public and private transportation modes, by land, rail, sea, and air for exodus/”mudik” purpose; in and out of PSBB areas, agglomeration areas, and other red zone areas. Cargo/Logistics transport without passenger is exempted. Large-scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) in Jakarta extended until 22 May 2020. 
  • Thailand: Thailand’s National Vaccines Institute, along with the science faculties of Mahidol University and Faculty of Pharmacy of Chulalongkorn University, is currently testing a possible candidate for a Covid-19 vaccine on animals.  This is the final stage before completion of the initial laboratory based tests. If the tests on animals show convincing results by creating antibodies, it will be then tested on humans in three phases.” 
  • Denmark: Several public places in Denmark, e.g. open squares, beach areas etc. have been closed to the public. People have - due to the fantastic weather - gathered in large numbers. Fines have been given this past weekend.

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas  HERE.
  • US - ILLINOIS:  On April 23, Governor J.B. Pritzker extended the state's stay at home order through May 30. The order now includes a new requirement that residents cover their faces in public spaces where social distancing is difficult. The mandate begins May 1 and applies to anyone over the age of 2.
  • US - NORTH CAROLINA: On April 23, Governor Roy Cooper announced he is extending the state's stay-at-home order through May 8. Cooper’s executive order was scheduled to expire on April 29. The move keeps only essential businesses, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, open. The restrictions, which also ban mass gatherings of more than 10 people, are still in place.
  • US - OKLAHOMA:  On April 23, Governor Kevin Stitt announced his plan to reopen the state and non-essential businesses in three phases—with the first beginning on April 24 to allow personal care businesses to reopen with social distancing guidelines in place. Restaurants, gyms, churches, and movie theaters will be allowed to open from May 1.
  • Spain: The Spanish Congress extended for the third time the state of alarm caused by the crisis of the coronavirus Covid-19 until 9th May 2020.
  • The Czech Republic: National quarantine order, but essential shopping and visiting family allowed. More shops allowed to reopen and travel restrictions eased for workers in critical infrastructure. Face masks mandatory in public.

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas  HERE.
  • US - COLORADO:  On April 21, Governor Jared Polis announced the statewide stay-at-home order will expire on April 27, and will allow a gradual reopening of non-essential businesses and permit non-elective surgical procedures and other activities as long as strict social distancing and other protective measures continue.
  •  US - MONTANA: On April 22, Governor Steve Bullock announced that the state's churches can resume services and some businesses will be able to reopen on April 27 as long as they practice social distancing. Restaurants, bars and casinos can reopen on May 4 with reduced capacity and an 11:30 p.m. closure time.
  •  US - TEXAS:  On April 22, Dallas County Commissioners extend the county's Safer at Home order until May 15, keeping restrictions in place involving business operations and large public gatherings while advising people to stay at home unless they are conducting "essential business."
  •  Argentina: Starting today everybody is obliged to use face masks on the streets and in offices.  Face masks face should be hand made in order to avoid the purchase of official sanitary masks that may affect the normal provision to sanitary workers, medical doctors, etc.
  • Mexico:The Mexican government announced 11 austerity measures to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and the drop on oil prices. The most remarkable ones are:
    1.The government will postpone its expenses, except priority welfare programs that benefit the elderly, the disabled, farmers, students, children, as well as programs to build public universities, banks, the new airport in Mexico City, an oil refinery, rural roads, the Maya Train, among other projects and programs. 2. Finance Ministry will be able to use the necessary resources to cover payrolls, pensions, and public debt. 3. Health Ministry, the National Guard, and the Defense and Navy Corps can use resources from Trusts created by the Executive Branch. 4. Federal Government will grant 3 million credits for the poor and middle class and create 2 million jobs. The President vowed not to increase gas prices, create new taxes, or acquire more debts.
    Metropolitan area (Mexico City + State of Mexico) will partially close down the public transport system in a new effort to contain virus, in addition car drivers must follow a strict calendar forcing each car to stop once a week.
  •  Hungary: No change in the restrictions, experts expect the peak of the epidemic in 2 weeks and expect no change in the restrictions till early may. From next week masks will be mandatory on public transport, shops and markets in Budapest, the local governments are now allowed to announce additional restrictions on their own

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas  HERE.
  • USA - GEORGIA:  On April 20, Governor Brian Kemp announced that that fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, hair and nail salons, and massage therapy businesses could re-open as early as April 24. Theaters and restaurants will be allowed to open on April 27, while bars and night clubs will remain closed for now.
  • USA - MINNESOTA: On April 17, Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order that re-opened outdoor recreational businesses, including golf courses, bait shops, public and private marinas, and outdoor shooting ranges. The order went into effect April 18 and requires residents to adhere to social distancing guidelines recommended by the CDC.
  • USA - SOUTH CAROLINA:  On April 20, Governor Henry McMaster began loosening economic restrictions, allowing businesses previously deemed non-essential — department stores, flea markets, florists, bookstores and music shops — to re-open their doors if they can maintain social distancing measures. The governor's official stay-at-home order remains in place.  Beaches may also open, depending on guidance from local jurisdictions.
  • USA - TENNESSEE:  On April 21, Governor Bill Lee announced that the statewide stay-at-home order will not be extended past April 30, and that some businesses around the state will begin re-opening as early as April 27. Lee's announcement does not apply to the state's counties with the largest cities, including Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Madison, Shelby, and Sullivan counties. The governor's office says they will work with these counties and their health departments as they plan their own re-opening strategies.
  • USA - TEXAS:  On April 17, Governor Greg Abbott announced executive orders that eased some of the restrictions on retail stores and parks, but all schools, public and private, will remain closed for the rest of the school year. All stores in Texas will be able to operate retail-to-go beginning April 24. They can deliver items to customer's cars, homes, or other locations. State parks are to be re-opened April 20.
  • USA - VERMONT:  On April 20, Governor Phil Scott issued an order allowing some "low contact" businesses to re-open with a two-person staff limit. In an addendum to his stay-at-home order, he directed the state's Agency of Commerce and Community Development to issue guidance to allow outdoor businesses and construction operations — including those working in civil engineering, exterior construction, public works, and landscaping — with crews of two or fewer people to operate.
  • Chile: Quinta Normal, Pedro Aguirre Cerda, and South Part of Independencia (Gamero to River Mapocho) are in quarantine.
    beginning April 23, 2020, at 10 pm.
  • Mexico: Mexico has officially entered Phase 3 of its emergency plan against COVID-19, experts expect a surge in contagions and cases that require hospitalization , therefore prevention measures will be hardened. Now that Mexico has entered this stage, the country is bracing for the worst period of the epidemy.
  • Singapore: Announced on 03 April 2020, Singapore will apply a circuit breaker from 07 April 2020 to 01 June 2020 to reduce the risk of big outbreaks and reduce numbers of new cases. 
  • Malaysia: Malaysia Government announced Movement Control Order extended from 14th April 2020 to 28th April 2020 through-out the country. This restriction includes cancellation of all religious activities and social activities. All religious houses are closed; groceries stores remain open. 
  • Indonesia: President has banned nationwide “mudik”/exodus to home villages at the end of Ramadhan fasting month. The policy will start on 24 April 2020. Government is finalizing measures to enforce the ban starting 7 May 2020, and the police are preparing options of stricter reinforcement of the large-scale social restrictions and to close all access in and out of Jakarta. 
  • Thailand: The current emergency decree is set to expire on April 30.  The government is considering easing restrictions on businesses reopening but only when this does not place people at a higher risk of catching the disease.  They wish to find a balance between public health needs and the necessity to re-boot Thailand’s economy.

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas  HERE.

China: Wuhan government has started to work with online platforms to offer a total of 2.3 billion yuan in coupons from April 19 to July 31 to stimulate its consumer market, with 500 million yuan from the municipal government. Effective from 20 APR, Beijing will allow commuters from the neighbouring regions of Hebei province and Tianjin to apply for the health status of "no sign of abnormality" in its health mini-program to facilitate their commute.

• US - FLORIDA: Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties all have issued orders asking residents and visitors to cover their faces when they're shopping in supermarkets or other businesses. People working in those businesses also are required to wear masks, although Broward's order specifically exempts anyone who has trouble breathing and children younger than 2. Osceola County officials are also now requiring their residents to wear masks in public.

• US - HAWAII: On April 20, Governer David Ige ordered customers and employees at essential businesses to wear cloth face coverings. These measures are in addition to orders requiring six feet of distance and limiting the number of customers allowed in an establishment.

• US - INDIANA:  On April 20, Governor Holcomb extended the statewide stay-at-home order to May 1. Holcomb has received input from the business sector on plans to reopen some businesses safely in the next few weeks. Supply chain operations have been deemed an essential business and will remain open.

• US - MASSACHUSETTS: On April 16, The City of Northampton's Public Health Director, Merridith O'Leary, issued orders establishing that all consumers and employees must wear face coverings at all times when social distancing cannot be maintained, at any businesses providing essential services.

• US - MISSISSIPPI: On April 17, Governor Tate Reeves extended his state-wide stay-at-home order until April 27. This order still requires the closure of non-essential businesses. Supply chain companies are designated an essential business.

• US - PENNSYLVANIA: On April 20, Governor Tom Wolf extended the state's stay-at-home order to May 8. On May 8, Pennsylvania will allow limited construction projects to resume. Transportation and warehousing services may still remain open. As of April 19, essential businesses must provide masks for their employees and require them to wear the masks, according to the order from Pennsylvania's Department of Health. Customers at these businesses must wear masks while on the premises or be denied entry.

• US - WISCONSIN: On April 16, Governor Tony Evers extended the state-wide stay-at-home order to May 26. All non-essential businesses will be required to remain closed.

• Canada: Canada & US border have agreed to extend the border closure by another 30 days to until 20-May-2020. Both countries recognize the critical necessity to preserve the supply chains between the countries. Hence have reiterated that supply chains will not be impacted by government measures.

• Mexico: USA and Mexico announced restrictions at the border for non-essential transit will be extended for 30 more days up to May 30th, legal trade is still allowed with no restriction. Jalisco State Governor announced mandatory quarantine as from today, and only essential activities will be allowed for the next 15 days as an effort to contain COVID 19.  Health Ministry announced that over one thousand municipalities in Mexico (out of 2464 less than 50 will return to normal activities in two weeks since no case have been reported so far.

• Peru: May will be the month when the President expects a slow reactivation of the economy. Many sectors will be activated with direct impact on necessary products and services.

• Colombia: The Government extend the national quarantine until May 11th, however with the purpose of activating the economy it will take the following measures planning an intelligent preventive isolation from April 27th:  3 sectors will be able to work with restrictions:  Agricultural ▪ Construction ▪ Manufacturing: E-commerce is allowed; however, however this may change in case of need.

• Spain: The daily confirmed cases are in a stabilization phase. Since last week, non-essential services that were stopped by the royal decree have been able to return to work and limited walks for children under 12 are planned from 27 April.
• Poland: The general movement ban has been lowered from this week. Entrance to parks and forests has been reopened, and people over the age of 13 can go out alone (up to now only adults can do it). The limit on the number of people who can be at the same time in shops and churches is also increased. 

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  • Hong Kong: Anti-epidemic funding legislation for the second round and other relief measures worth $137.5 billion was passed on 18 April. This round of relief measures includes an $81 billion Employment Support Scheme, subsidies to hard-hit sectors, financing guarantee scheme to help ease the cash flow of businesses, relaxed eligibility requirements for the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance to support the unemployed and the implementation of an MTR fare concession, benefiting directly and indirectly millions of members of the public.
  • New Zealand: The New Zealand government will meet today to announce potential relaxation of lock down to level 3 (indication that lock down measures will ease up). Non-essential goods can now be delivered as long as receiving business have adequate staff to receive and comply with COVID-19 rules.
  • Denmark:  is rescinding some of its bans. Latest news is that hairdressers, dentists, courts of law and private hospitals are allowed to open again for business

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas HERE.
  • US - CONNECTICUT: On April 15, Mayor Justin Elikcer signed an emergency order requiring the use of face coverings in public for the city of New Haven. The order will goes into effect citywide this morning, April 17.
  • US - IDAHO: On April 16, Governor Brad Little extended stay-at-home orders within the state through April 30. Facilities and services that had been considered nonessential will be permitted to conduct curb-side and delivery services, although the state’s convention centers, bars, gyms, night clubs and hair salons will remain closed. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses and will remain open.
  • US - KANSAS:  On April 15, Governor Laura Kelly extended the state-wide stay-at-home order until at least May 1. Under this order, people should not leave their homes except for essential business or activities. Maintaining supply chains for essential functions and critical infrastructre is designated an essential service and will remain in operation.
  • US - MAINE: On April 14, Governor Janet Mills signed a proclamation extending Maine’s stay at home order through May 15. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses and will remain open.
  • US - MISSOURI: On April 16, Governor Mike Parson extended the  state-wide stay-home order to May 3. Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas also extended the city's stay-at-home mandate until May 15. St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said she was extending orders indefinitely and would re-evaluate in mid-May.
  • Us - NEW YORK: On April 16, Governor Andrew Cuomo extended the state's stay-at-home order until at least May 15. On April 12, in addition to broader orders in place, Governor Cuomo ordered employers to provide essential workers with a cloth or surgical facemask employees when they are interacting with the public.
  • Mexico: Amid the COVID 19 pandemic and since the country will likely enter the third phase of its contingency plan soon, the Navy Ministry is working on producing personal protective equipment for the navy personnel who will treat patients infected with COVID 19. Through its factory, the SEMAR will produce face masks, proximity suits, bedding, pjamas, surgical gowns among other equipment. One of Mexico City’s largest Convention Centers (Centro Banamex) has been enabled as a COVID 19 hospital with the help of Carlos Slim’s foundation, adding 3000 beds in order to the intensive care centers.
  • India: India will remain under a lockdown until May 3, with restrictions for the general public enforced even more strictly until April 20, when some of the curbs could be reviewed. Transportation of all goods will be allowed without the distinction of essential and non-essential from April 20th onwards. Limited industries will be allowed to operate from April 20th onwards including agriculture, construction, manufacture and industrial establishments in SEZ (special economic zones) and EOU (export oriented units) after implementation of SOP for social distancing. Manufacture of IT hardware and of essential goods and packaging with 50% workforce; E-commerce operations will also be allowed from April 20th.
  • Singapore: Announced on 03 April 2020, Singapore will apply a circuit breaker from 07 April 2020 to 04 May 2020 to reduce the risk of big outbreak and bring numbers down. Guaranteed essential services/key economic sectors includes food outlets, markets, supermarkets, F&B outlets, services for daily living (eg, petrol stations, hairdresses, opticians), clinics, hospitals, utilities, transport, telecommunications, key banking services & strategic or part of global supply chain.
  • Malaysia: Malaysia Government announced Movement Control Order extended from 14th April 2020 to 28th April 2020 throughout the country. This restriction includes cancellation of all religious and  social activities. All religious houses closed except for groceries stores. All Malaysian's banned from travelling overseas. All Malaysians and Malaysia pass holder returning from overseas to be in self quarantine for 14 days. Selected non-essential services as follow are allowed to operates upon obtaining approval from MITI: Automotive industry, Machinery and equipment industry, Aerospace industry, Construction projects and services related to construction works.

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas HERE.
  • UK: The movement of people in the UK is still in lockdown except for visits to supermarkets, or daily exercise outside in the local area. Schools are open for keyworker children only (restrictions apply depending on location and places offered). 
  • Indonesia: More than 100 checkpoints in the Greater Jakarta were due for completion by 14 April, as the satellite towns surrounding the capital city rolled out their own measures in the fight against COVID-19. Five suburbs bordering Jakarta to the south and east also imposed so-called “large-scale social restrictions” as from 14 April, after the capital city imposed similar measures last week. The West Java suburbs also enacted the restrictions on 14 April: the cities of Bogor, Depok and Bekasi as well as the regencies of Bogor and Bekasi.
  • Thailand: The Thai government has announced the postponement of the Songkran holidays which is widely celebrated event in Thailand to deal with the COVID-19 outbreaks.  This is on top of the stringent measure on curfew between 10pm to 4am and the lock down of Pattaya one of the tourist hot spot.
  • US - CALIFORNIA: On April 10, Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered Los Angeles residents to wear a covering over their noses and mouths when in grocery stores and other essential businesses. All essential, non-medical workers are required to wear these face coverings and must frequently (at least once a day) wash any reusable face coverings, for the health and safety of themselves and others. Other California counties are requiring residents to wear face masks outside the home including Riverside Country and Sonoma County.
  • US - MARYLAND: On April 15, Governor Larry Hogan issued a state-wide executive order that will go into effect on April 18 for all residents to start wearing face masks when inside retail establishments or when riding any form of public transportation in Maryland.
  • US - NEW JERSEY:  On April 8, Governor Murphy signed an order requiring manufacturing businesses, warehousing businesses, and businesses engaged in essential construction projects to adopt a series of new mitigation policies, including requiring employees to wear cloth face coverings while on the premises. 
  • US - NEW YORK: On April 12, in addition to broader orders in place, Governor Cuomo ordered employers to provide essential workers with a cloth or surgical facemask to their employees when they are interacting with the public. On April 15, Governor Cuomo ordered all New Yorkers to wear masks in public, starting on April 17. Mouth and nose coverings will be required in spaces where six feet of social distancing is not possible.
  • US - UTAH: On April 14, Governor Gary R. Herbert extended the state-wide “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive to May 1. This is not a shelter in place order, but rather the next step in the Urgent Phase laid out in the Utah Leads Together plan. The directives, aimed at establishing minimum state-wide standards, include recommendations on social distancing, travel, dining and working for citizens. For businesses, the directives suggest assessing and prioritizing essential functions, products and services.
  • Argentina: Starting today everybody is obliged to use face masks on the streets and in the offices.  Masks face should be hand made in order to avoid the purchase of official sanitary masks that may affect the normal provision to sanitary workers, medical doctors, etc..
  • Colombia: By decree 551 issued by Ministry of finance established that during the validity of the health emergency declared by the Government, a total of 211 health elements as; mask, bio safety suits, medical equipment, among others devices and health elements are exempt of sales tax -VAT (19%) by undefine time period. This measure will apply in imports and sales inside Colombian territory.
  • Mexico: Mexico City will be patrolled by the Army due to prevention protocols within police actives.  Mexico’s Health Ministry announced that they expect Phase 3 in the next weeks and that the peak of the curve will occur in June.
  • Perù: 03 Stages that are considered by the Government on how to manage the COVID-19 situation:
    • Stage 01: Duration 03 months – Containment Stage – present day.
    • Stage 02: Will conditioning progressively the different market sectors and businesses until the end of 2020.
    • Stage 03: Will start on Q1 -2021. We expect to have the vaccines and immunization process to fight the virus.

      You can also find the latest updates on Americas HERE.
  • US- ALASKA:  On April 10, Governor Mike Dunleavy extended the statewide stay-at-home order until April 21. The order also closed non-essential businesses. Supply chain operations have been designated as essential businesses and will remain open.
  • US - CALIFORNIA: On April 11, Los Angeles County extended its stay-at-home order until at least May 15. Essential services, banks, local government offices that provide services and law enforcement agencies are still allowed to remain open. Transportation and Logistics operations will also remain open.
  • US - UTAH: On April 10, Governor Gary Herbert extended the statewide stay at home directive until April 30. The directives, aimed at establishing minimum statewide standards, include recommendations on social distancing, travel, dining and working for citizens. For businesses, the directives suggest assessing and prioritizing essential functions, products and services.
  • US - VERMONT:  On April 10, Governor Phil Scott extended Vermont’s State of Emergency until May 15, which also extends the expiration date of all corresponding orders and directives issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under this order, Vermont closed all non-essential businesses in the state. Distribution companies may continue limited in-person business under the Governor’s Executive Order for only those operations supplying services to businesses providing essential services.
  • US - TENNESSEE: On April 13, Governor Bill Lee extended the statewide Stay-At-Home Order through April 30 with plans to phase back into opening the economy in May. Manufacturing, Distribution and Supply Chain operations for critical products and industries have been deemed essential businesses and will remain open.
  • US - TEXAS: On April 13, Judge Sarah Eckhardt extended the stay-at-home order for Travis County until May 8. The order mandates that residents remain home unless they are leaving for essential activities or essential work. Critical manufacturing and transportation systems are identified as essential services and will remain open.
  • Chile: Arica, El Bosque and part of San Bernardo will start quarantine from 16t April at 10:00 pm.  Police have slowed down 50 % of all escorts from Santiago until further notice, so movement on ODC´s can be handled from Santiago but at slower pace.
  • Mexico: Mexico’s Navy Ministry has opened 10 “Voluntary Isolation Mobile Centers” with a capacity to shelter 4,000 people infected with COVID 19.Centers are located in Mexico City, Guerrero, Jalisco, and Michoacán Sinaloa. World Bank anticipates a 6% contraction of the Mexican Economy in 2020 however, projects a recovery of 2.5% growth in 2021 and 2022 accordingly.
  • Peru: Peruvian Government stated that social gatherings will be prohibited for the rest of 2020.
  • Denmark: Controlled re-opening of Denmark will happen from April 15th meaning that daycare centers as well as schools for the smallest children up to 5th grade will open up. All stores - except grocery stores and pharmacies are still closed until May 10th.  Foreign Ministry's travel advice is still valid until at least May 10th, and the border closures between Denmark and Germany, as well as Denmark and Sweden are still valid until May 10th. Trucks and cargo are still allowed to pass in a fast lane.   
  • Hungary: The duration of restrictions on free movement has been extended indefinitely. The government is investigating weekly the need for prolongation.
  • Poland: From April 16, 2020, until further notice, the obligation to cover, with the help of a piece of clothing or a mask, mouth and nose while being outside the place of residence or permanent residence is imposed.

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas HERE.
  • Colombia: The government approved a decree to suspend the pension fee for retirement for 3 months, in Colombia this fee corresponds to 16% on the employees’ wages, 12% paid by the employer and 4% paid by the employee. This measure will reduce the personnel fix costs for companies and will give liquidity for householders. 
  • Hong Kong & South China: As Hong Kong still remains under a public health emergency situation, HK Government strongly urges people to reduce social contact to protect their own health and that of their families and others. The Government will enhance the Dedicated Fund on Branding, Upgrading & Domestic Sales (BUD Fund) and the SME Export Marketing Fund (EMF) during April to strengthen the support for enterprises during these difficulties amid the COVID-19 outbreak.  For BUD Fund, a ceiling of 2M for each enterprise will be granted to undertake projects in the Mainland or projects in the economies with which Hong Kong has signed Free Trade Agreements.
  • Korea: As a part of preventive measures against COVID-19, the government decided to delay the start of schools by a few more weeks and the school opening will be carried out step by step depending on the school grades. The Korean Government has decided to extend its social distancing campaign, which was introduced 22 March, until 19 April and also stressed the importance of this measure to further contain COVID19 at stable pace. The Government plans to provide emergency relief fund to families struggling through the coronavirus outbreak with the amount around $810 and these funds will go to the lower 70 percent income group in Korea.
  • Japan: Japan Central Government declared a State of Emergency to seven Prefectures on 7 April, including Tokyo and Osaka. Many retailers and restaurants have been closed or are running shorter business hours. 
  • Malaysia: Malaysia has decided to further extend the movement control order (MCO) by another 14 days until Apr 28.  Under MCO, schools and non-essential businesses are closed. People are urged to stay at home to minimise contact as health authorities strive to contain the spread of the virus.
  • Indonesia: Indonesian President Joko Widodo declared the Covid-19 outbreak as a 'national disaster', and gives task force broader authority. The decree also states that efforts to mitigate the outbreak are to be led by the Covid-19 task force with the cooperation of regional administrations, ministries and national agencies.
  • China: Since 8 APR (China local night time), the personnel passage at the land border port between China and Russia has been temporarily closed. Central government have decided to host the 127th China Import and Export Fair (the Canton Fair), online in June.
  • Spain: From April the 13th, the contingency measures to control the COVID-19 spread have been relaxed. The Spanish Government announced that while the general confinement of the population remains, it is allowing non-essential industries to open their factories and begin working again. However there are still many companies which remain closed.
  • Norway: The ban on public gatherings including major cultural and sporting events will remain in force until June 15.  However several of the country’s emergency measures will be relaxed after Easter.  Kindergartens will open again from April 20, while schools for the youngest age groups will open one week later. Some businesses forced to close because of the regulations will be permitted to reopen in the course of April.
  • Masks export out of China :  The rules governing the export of medical equipment and goods out of China have changed on the 9th of April at midnight. All the goods which were not export cleared prior to that time are now subject to additional controls [CIQ] . These controls have now been slightly relaxed and if the export of masks remains slightly delayed , shipment have resumed in large quantities and within a reasonable time line .
  • You can also find the latest updates on Americas HERE.
  • US - GEORGIA: On April 8, Governor Brian Kemp extended his order for Georgia residents to shelter at home through April 30. Supply chain operations have been deemed an essential business and will remain open.
  • US - MICHIGAN: On April 9, Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended the statewide stay at home order until May 1. Transportation and logistics operations will still be open during this time.
  • Mexico: Amid the health emergency sparked by COVID-19, the Federal Government has reached an agreement with private hospitals so that these are turned into special units to treat coronavirus patients. Last night, a humanitarian flight carrying 10 tons of medical supplies and equipment to fight COVID-19 arrived in Mexico from Shangai. The flight was operated by Mexican airline Aeromexico. Mexico will receive supplies two to three times a week in the coming weeks. The Federal government published in the official gazette an agreement specifying the essential activities that are the responsibility of the Ministry of Communications and transportation. Fleet services and general cargo transportation, supply chain, regular port activities and related services are included.
  • China: After a 76-day lockdown, Wuhan reopens on the 8 APR.  As the lockdown is lifted in Wuhan, railway, airlines and highways are resuming operation in the city. It's estimated Beijing has about 11,000 residents stranded in Wuhan. Starting from 8 APR, around 1,000 people will return each day via train or car after having been tested twice for coronavirus — first in Wuhan and then again in Beijing. Generally, business in China is returning to normal. Nation-wide, work resumption is above 80%. China’s production has returned to close to normal. Transport movements, including trucking services, are also returning to normal status. China export trade starts to feel some impact due to supply chain disruption and the closure of business and manufacturing overseas. Pingxiang customs has sent a notice to control the drivers in and out at the border, effective from 6 APR. The CBT (Cross Border Trucking) cost will increase due to our vendor’s need to hire more drivers at the border and the transit time might still remain 2-3 days at Pingxiang border due to the resource of registered driver are limited.
  • Masks export out of China :  The rules governing the export of medical equipment and goods out of China have changed last night at midnight. All the goods which were not export cleared prior to that time are now subject to additionnal controls [CIQ] . We expect that these new controls will delay for 5 to 7 days the exportation of masks which were planned to be shipped in the coming days.

  • You can also find the latest updates on Americas HERE.
  • US - COLORADO: On April 7, Governor Jared Polis extended the statewide stay-at-home order to April 26. Under the executive order, residents must remain at home and only leave their home to engage in activities or perform tasks critical to their health and safety. Resident may also leave their homes for critical work. Supply Chain operation are deemed critical work and may remain open.
  • US - MICHIGAN: On April 7, Governor Whitmer extended the statewide stay at home order until April 30. Transportation and logistics operations will still be open during this time.
  • US - NEW YORK: On April 6, Governor Andrew Cuomo extended the statewide stay-at-home order to April 29, keeping schools and nonessential businesses closed. Warehouse/distribution and fulfillment have been designated essential services by the state of New York and will remain open.
  • US - RHODE ISLAND: On April 7, Governor Gina Raimondo extended the statewide stay at home order to May 8. The order limits social gatherings to no more than five people and closes non-essential businesses. Supply Chain operations are considered essential businesses and will remain open.
  • US - WASHINGTON: On April 6, Governor Jay Inslee extended the statewide stay-at-home order to May 4. Under this order, all non-essential businesses must close. Transportation and logistics workers are considered essential critical infrastructure workers and may continue to work.
  • Colombia: The Mayor of Bogota implemented a decree, (No. 106 of Apr 8th, 2020) establishing new mobilization restrictions per gender, for women on even days and for men odd days. This transit allows people to do essential activities as purchase food and do bank procedures. 
  • India: Whilst the government is considering making the transport of essential and non-essential goods operational, there are on-ground challenges with the execution of this . This is largely due to shortage of drivers and clarity on the situation.

    You can also find the latest updates on Americas HERE.
  • US - OHIO: On April 6, Governor Mike DeWine extended the state-wide Stay at Home order until May 1. This order continues to prohibit the holding gatherings of any size and closes all non-essential businesses, which are defined as providing services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, essential activities, and essential businesses and operations. Transportation and logistics businesses are considered essential and will remain open.

    • US - SOUTH CAROLINA: On April 6, Governor Henry McMaster announced a mandatory "home or work" order, effective April 7. Therefore, state residents should stay home unless they are working, visiting family, exercising outside at a safe distance or obtaining necessary goods or services. Supply chain operations are considered necessary services and will remain open.

    • Argentina: All the Forwarders, Customs Brokers, NVOCC’s and Carriers (such as Hapag Lloyd, MSC, and HHSUED) are closed or operating with a very small staff until further notice.

    • Mexico: In the midst of criticism after the announcement of the National contingency plan, the Federal Government has announced the creation of the National Contingency center, which will start operating once the crisis enters into phase number 3.

    • Canada: Starting yesterday at 1:15 pm ET, Canada Border Services Agency notified clients of a delay in sending outbound messages, such as acknowledgements, reject messages and notices, through EDI and the Portal. As of last night the problem had not yet been resolved. No estimated time of resolution was available at that time.

    • Spain: The Spanish government decided to extend the state of alarm over the Covid-19 for two more weeks, until 26 April, and is preparing further extensions. But the non-essential sectors that have been paralyzed until April 9 will be able to resume work, as the decree that ordered the economy to go into hibernation will not be extended. The Government's idea is to return after Easter to the confinement that existed before this week, that is, with the economy under minimums but some sectors such as big industry and construction working with security measures.

    • China: All FTL and LTL routings are back to normal out of Hubei. FTL transport from/to all cities in Hubei province are permitted. LTL service are available to all Hubei region including Wuhan but the pickup/delivery cost at Hubei will be higher than during normal periods.  Pingxiang customs has sent a notice to control the drivers in and out at the border, which has been effective since April 6th. Transit times still remain at 2-3 days at Pingxiang border due to the limited resource of registered driver.

    • Singapore: Announced on 03 April 2020, Singapore will apply a circuit breaker from 07 April 2020 to 04 May 2020 to reduce the risk of a bigger outbreak and to reduce numbers of people affected. 

    • Malaysia: Malaysia Government announced movement restriction from 18th March 2020 to 14th April  2020 throughout the country. 

    • Indonesia: Since 7 April Indonesia approved a request by the Jakarta administration to impose further large-scale social restrictions on the capital, the epicentre for COVID-19 cases in the Southeast Asian country. The president has signed a government regulation on “Large-Scale Social Restrictions” and a presidential decree on “Public Health Emergency Status”.

    • Vietnam: Government has requested social isolation. from 1 to 15 April. Factories, businesses and service establishments producing and providing essential goods can remain open but must follow strict health guidelines.

    • Thailand: With effect from 3 April 2020, Thailand has imposed a nationwide curfew between 10pm-4am with exception of the transport of medical product, movement of people on quarantine, patients and travel of medical personnel and those leaving for the airport. Each district has set up its own taskforce to ensure compliance with the regulations.   Tourist beaches inPattaya, Phuket and Prachaup Khiri Khan have been lock down until further notice.  All the Provincial Governors are requested to address immediately and urgently for all COVID-19 measures.

    • Chad: A curfew is in place in Chad from 19h00 to 06h00 for the next 15 days.
  • You can also find the latest updates on Americas HERE.
  • Colombia: The Colombian government officially extended the quarantine period to April 27 throughout the country, initially scheduled to end on April 13. 
  • India: India has partially lifted a ban on the export of a malaria drug; please refer to the notification HERE. Exports of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol will be allowed depending on availability of stock after meeting domestic requirements and existing orders.The decision to partially lift the ban on hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol was taken late Monday evening even as the export of all other key medicines were lifted. GEODIS office is well equipped to handle all Pharma shipments, under the current lockdown situation, and able to provide Charter pricing, should any enquiries arise.
  • Hungary: Emergency powers have been granted to the Hungarian government, with suspension of normal constitutional practices, until the crisis has ended. Some virus related economy support packages, or subsidies, may be announced in week 15.
  • Germany: Partial lockdown, with rules varying across states. 
  • Hong Kong: The Shenzhen Municipal Government introduced the new requirement to strengthen the measures against COVID-19 and further protect the health and safety of SZX and HK residents. Starting from 10 April, all cross-border goods vehicle drivers entering SZX via its ports will need to present the “I Shenzhen” health certification code.  HK government will continue to maintain close contact with the SZX authorities to ensure the normal operation of cross-boundary freight logistics.
  • Taiwan: the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced social distancing measures.
  • Korea: The Government has decided to extend its social distancing campaign, which was introduced 22 March, for another two weeks until 19 April and also stressed the importance of this measure to further contain COVID-19 at a stable pace.
  • Japan: Prime Minister intends to declare a state of emergency, but the declaration will require to pass the advisory panel that is planned to review in Week 15.  The declaration will empower local province authorities to instruct the public to stay at home and request the closure of schools and other facilities.
  • Canada: The Government of British Columbia, Ontario & Québec provinces have extended closure of all non-essential stores and services until May 1. The British Colombia  Government established a new Provincial Supply Chain Coordination Unit to co-ordinate goods & services distribution.
  • Spain:The Spanish government has decided to extend the state of emergency over the Covid19 two more weeks, until 26 April, and is preparing further extensions. But the non-essential sectors that have been paralyzed until April 9 will be able to resume work, as the decree that ordered the economy to go into hibernation will not be extended.
  • Denmark: No national lockdown but borders are closed and non-essential travel is banned. 
  • Hungary: No national lockdown, but all citizens asked to stay at home. State of emergency declared.  Borders are closed and travel restricted. 
  • Sweden: No national lockdown. Outside activities are allowed, Borders are not closed. Ban on non-essential travel since March 17.
  • Romania: National lockdown with restrictions. Outside activities allowed. All events banned.
  • The UK: Non-essential movement banned, exceptions for necessary shopping, medical treatment and travelling to work. 
  • Belgium: Lockdown, except to go to work, supermarkets, health facilities and to care for other people.  Borders closed for "non-essential" travel. All public and private events banned.
  • Singapore: The Singapore government announced today at 4pm Singapore time a series of new measures in response to the Covid-19 situation.GEODIS Singapore will continue to operate without disruption as our type of operations are included in the approved list of essential services and therefore exempted from these new measures.The list of essential services includes the categories of transportation and storage.  The Singapore Government has designated companies which are specifically 3rd party logistics providers, freight forwarders, trucking companies and air express integrators.Additionally, the provision of transportation services, all warehouses and storage services to support other essential services are exempted from the workplace closure measures. Other essential services also cover companies which manufacture (or supply) and/or distribute of products such as semiconductors, pharmaceuticals and biomedical science equipment.  The list also covers the categories of health and social services, the supply of food and energy, among others.
  • Colombia: In issuing memorandum 57 the customs authority (DIAN) clarified that all health products such as mask, toilet paper, antibacterial gel, medical equipment which have entered ports, airports, or authorized warehouses to be exported, before March 22nd, 2020 can continue to be processed. This declaration is made because those kinds of products were previously restricted to export with the purpose to guarantee Colombian health.
  • UAE: RTA has lifted the ban on all heavy trucks on Shaikh Zayed bin Mohammed Road. The Saudi border situation is still congested, 4-5 Days delays in clearance.
  • Spain: Road Transport of any commodity is considered essential. Apart from the companies working in essential activities mentioned in the government allowance to remain open, any importer or exporter company with contracts in place can keep on working on site.  
  • US: While less-than-load capacity and availability remains reasonably high, there is some tightness in the truckload market, especially on the west coast of the United States. End-customer shipments and deliveries are currently running as normal but deliveries are experiencing some delays due to several factors, including retailers' prioritization of deliveries based on inventory shortages, rest stop closures and changes to driver processes aimed at enforcing social distancing.
  • China: China has taken new measures to ensure the quality of medical supplies exported during the global fight against COVID-19. From 1st April 2020, Chinese companies that export medical equipment need to provide new documentation when they go through customs clearance.
    This is  a written or electronic document certifying that the products have been officially registered in China and meet the quality-control standards of the respective export destinations. 
    Products concerned: COVID-19 test kits, medical facemasks; medical protection suits; ventilators; infrared thermometers. More information on the Chinese language site of the National Medical Products Administration HERE
  • Mexico: The Mexican government has no plans to restrict international travel to the country or close its borders. No disruption of transport operations has been reported so far.
  • Argentina: All the Forwarders, Customs Brokers, NVOCC’s and Carriers (like Hapag Lloyd, MSC and HHSUD) are closed or operating with a very small staff until further notice. Some Provinces have closed their borders.
  • Colombia: Standard and Poor's (S&P Global) maintained Colombia's investment grade credit rating at BBB-, in spite of the contingency measures for COVID. Colombia got a favourable rating due to the prudent management of the Colombian macroeconomy, the flexibility of the monetary and exchange rate policy, and a timely and adequate response by the authorities to the emergency. • Government is considering to extend the quarantine period for 15 days more finishing end of April.
  • Canada: CN Rail announced it continues to operate efficiently, and its network is fluid, including at the Canada -  U.S. border. 
  • Spain: Road Transport of any commodity is considered essential and thus, deliver cargo (if the relevant companies are of course open) can be picked-up. Apart from the companies working on essential activities designated by the government to remain open, any import or export company with contracts in place can keep on working.  
  • Poland: The Polish government implemented further restrictions set to start at the beginning of April. People can leave our homes only in cases such as: travelling to and from work, volunteering to fight COVID-19, dealing with matters necessary for everyday life.
  • Tunisia: customs clearance delay to be expected for sea freight due to the COVID 19 situation. All contract logistics activities are maintained in compliance with safety and distancing instructions.
  • Canada: Canada & US border will be restricted to essential travel only. Both countries recognize the critical necessity to preserve the supply chains between the countries, hence they have reiterated that supply chains will not be impacted by government measures.
  • Argentina: The government confirmed that the quarantine and curfew has been extended until April 13th.
  • Brazil: Brazil’s Health Ministry has confirmed that Brazil  has local contamination of COVID-19.
  • Spain: The Spanish Government intensified the contingency measures in the country to control the COVID-19 spread. This means that only workers on essential activities can attend their place of work. The activities considered essential are linked to the health service, pharmaceutical, food and related industries.  .The supply chain operators linked to these essential activities are allowed to travel to their place of work.. All transport operators working in Spain require the shipper/consignee to sign a letter stating that they are a client within the essential activities defined by the Authorities.

March 2020 updates

  • Greece : The Civil Aviation Authority has announced that as from 29th of March till 15th of April all flights to/from Netherlands & to Germany have been suspended. The flights ex Germany still continue.
  • UAE : UAE has intensified the contingency measures in the country to control the COVID-19 spread. This means that only workers on essential activities can attend their workplaces in person. The activities considered essential are linked to health service, pharma, food and related sectors.
  • South Africa: The South African Government has implemented a 21-day lockdown effective 24:00 26th March 2020 until 16th April 2020. 
  • India: India's went under "total lockdown" from midnight of March 25th 2020 for three weeks to fight the spread of coronavirus. Only essential and medical services are allowed to be open and to  operate.
  • Hong Kong & South China: Owing to the constant growth of COVID-19 infections over the past 2 weeks, the Hong Kong Government has established a regulation to prohibit group gatherings with more than four people in public places.  This took effect from 29 March for 14 days till 11 April. 
  • Taiwan: The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced a new policy requiring travellers returning to Taiwan to observe a 14-day home quarantine, which commenced 19 March. CECC recommends suspending indoor gatherings of over 100 people and outdoor gatherings of over 500 people to prevent cluster infections.
  • Korea: As a part of preventive measures against COVID-19, the government decided to delay the start of the school term by one month.  This was originally supposed to be in early March but will be delayed until 6 April. The Korean government is promoting the Enhanced Social Distancing Campaign from 22 March to 5 April.
  • Japan: The Ministry of Finance's Customs Bureau has taken steps to prevent the transmission of new types of pneumonia, such as flexibly allowing customs officials to start working from home.Tokyo Governor recommends remote work arrangement whenever possible.
  • Spain: This weekend, the Spanish Government has intensified the contingency measures in the country to control the COVID-19 spread starting from today March the 30th. This means that only workers on essential activities can attend their workplaces in person. . The activities considered essential are linked to health service, pharma, food and related sectors.
  • Spain: Spanish government has announced  that the country's state of alarm over coronavirus is extended until April 11th.
  • Chile:The Chilean President declared State of Constitutional Exception of Catastrophe covering the whole of Chile for 90 days with a complete lockdown apart from essential goods. Permissions for heavy and oversized pieces will get delayed. Moreover police have stopped all escort duties from Santiago till further notice, so no ODC´s can be handled from Santiago at this time.
  • Colombia: The National Governament declared the lockdown until April 13th. Import and export of essential goods are guaranteed except the export of  health products.
  • Argentina: The Government announced the extension of the total quarantine and curfew until the 13th April. Only authorized and vital goods will be cleared by the Customs Authorities. Ports, Terminals, Airports, etc. are only working with 15% of the regular staff.  Customs are working with very few staff and only attending urgencies. 
  • ChinaIn view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, from 0:00 28 Mar 2020 China has decided to temporarily suspend entry of foreign nationals holding valid Chinese Visas or Residence Permits.
  • UAE: UAE – Oman border has reopened for all commercial activity. The Saudi border is still congested (4-5 Days delays for clearance).
  • Bahrain: Only food and medical products are will be allowed after 26th March (Road freight via KSA) and there are delays in customs clearance activities due to a change in clearance process (customs have stopped accepting cheques and credit card. 100% customs duty and VAT through online payments only).
  • Chad/Cameroon: Land borders between Cameroon, Chad & Central African Republic were opened yesterday for trucks hauling cargo.
  • Tunisia: Established a curfew and large stores closed, only local shops are open. There is a slowdown in deliveries because trucks must have an authorization to travel through Tunisian territory.
  • Italy: The Government has issued a new decree. For the moment all non-essential activities are suspended until April 3rd.
  • India: Due to city-wide lockdown, vehicles are not moving freely and being detained by law enforcement agencies, if the commodity is not of an “Essential Nature”. Thus General cargo haulage is not happening and no trucker is willing to take any risk in carrying general cargo shipments to and from airports. Import Cargo which are not being cleared due to the non-availability of a Customs House Agent or Loaders.. etc are being abandoned in the airport. This will result in chaos and subsequent incidents of damage, pilferage and loss.. Even after clearance, truckers are not willing to take cargo for delivery in urban areas.  Also all inter-city borders are closed.  Other than “Essential Commodities”, nothing is moving. Primary export commodities are Perishable (Meat, Fruits, Vegetables etc) and medicine.
  • South Africa: South African Government has implemented a 21-day lockdown effective 24h00 26th March 2020 until 16th April 2020. It will exclude those involved in the production, distribution and supply of food and basic goods, essential banking services, the maintenance of power, water, and telecommunications services, laboratory services, and the provision of medical and hygiene products.
  • Qatar: No curfew in place for now. But if that were the case, they have the backup plan in place.
  • Chad/Cameroon: Land border between Cameroon, Chad & Central African Republic was opened yesterday for trucks.
  • Canada: The Canada & US border is restricted to essential travel only. Borders remain open for commercial operations but road transport & terminal operations are ongoing however with some delays.
  • India: The government has announced for a complete lockdown in India for 21 days. All enforcing authorities are aware that these strict restrictions fundamentally relate to movement of people, but not to that of essential goods. All transport services will remain suspended except transportation for essential goods only and emergencies services (movement of personnel and airport/port/CFS workers will be severely affected).
  • Mexico: is still at STAGE 1 of contingency. The U.S. and Mexico restricted “non essential travel” across the border but lawful trade will continue.
  • Chad & Cameroon: Chad & Cameroon: No international air traffic in or out for passengers, only cargo flights allowed. Vessels are allowed to berth at Douala Port only after clearance has been obtained from a Medical Team that goes on-board at the base buoy. Land border between Cameroon and Chad open only for trucks hauling cargo.
  • New Zealand: Introduced Level 4 travel restrictions which means all non-essential businesses will be closed and everyone will have to stay at home except for solitary exercise and visiting essential services. Essential services includes supermarkets and the supply chain services that keeps them stocked.

    GEODIS (being an essential service provider) will stay operational albeit in a limited capacity/work from home environment.
  • Chile: On 18th of March the Chilean President declared State of Constitutional Exception of Catastrophe in the whole of Chile for 90 days and all malls will be closed, with the exception of banks, supermarkets and pharmacies. The Government confirmed that so far the supply chain and production is working almost normally but supermarkets are running into supply problems, same are Pharmacies.
  • Peru: was the first country in South America Region to be declared as State of Emergency and drastic measures were given on Sunday March 15, 2020. International logistics have not been blocked so far but air terminals are working with only 30% employees and ocean terminal and carriers with 45%.
  • Brazil: The government decided to close the overland borders for all countries in South America.
  • Argentina: Starting the 20th March the Government decided to put in place a total quarantine and curfew status. International transports have not been blocked so far but customs employees as well as port Terminal, Airports and Carriers employees are working on an emergency mode which is generating delays and extra costs (15% of the regular staff). Customs is working only with very few staff and only attending emergencies. The Government is considering extending the quarantine and curfew until the 6th April.
  • Mexico: is still at STAGE 1 of contingency. The U.S. and Mexico restricted “non essential travel” across the border but lawful trade will continue.
  • USA: The government approved major disaster declarations in New York and Washington state while California’s request is still being processed.
  • Canada: The Canadian government announced on March 18 that Canada & US border will be restricted to essential travel only. Borders remain open for commercial operations but road transport & terminal operations are ongoing however with some delays.
  • Denmark: is prolonging the close down until 13 April.
  • United Kingdom: UK Prime made an announcement on Monday evening ordering residents to stay at home.
  • Czech Republic: As of 18 March, all reexports of medicines and medicinal products registered for Czech market to the EU and the export of such outside the EU is forbidden.
  • Italy: The new decree will be in force from March 25th till next 03 April, around 70% of Italian businesses will remain closed. This will have a significant impact on the ability to carry out collections and deliveries throughout the national territory which will be done with dedicated trucks.
  • Vietnam:
    • Further to clarification with the authorities, whereby citizens from each country are not allowed to cross the border, the cargo can be moved between Cambodia and Vietnam. Special setups, including switching drivers at the border, special protective equipment and health screening of drivers are required. Impact on standard costs and timeline are expected.
    • Although quarantine applies to all persons entering Vietnam from Laos, cargo can still move if a similar setup is put in place as above (ie. switching drivers at the border, special protective equipment and health screening of drivers).
  • Hungary: Declared state of emergency. All public events are banned; schools are closed and the borders are closed for foreign citizens. Only pharmacies, drug stores, food stores are allowed to remain open.
  • Denmark: the government has closed most stores, restaurants, dentists, shopping malls, etc. Only grocery stores remain open.
  • Norway: Airports and ports are closed as of March 18.
  • Italy: New decree which will come into force on Wednesday 25 March till next 3 April which will close about 70% of the activities on the Italian national territory.
  • Chad & Cameroon: Borders had been closed and were re-opened this morning and trucks are moving in. Temperature screening is in place for P2, will start for P4 and Kome tomorrow to protect the drivers. Presidents from both countries are in talks as the closure would have a more negative impact than keeping them open, with restrictions in place.  Both air and sea freight is being allowed in.  The drivers for the trucks that were blocked at approximately 30km from the border were notified and are moving to P4 yard and should be crossing the border tomorrow.
  • Algeria: Presse Service APS has just published a communication issued by the Presidency of the Republic concerning measures taken by the President to limit the spread of coronavirus, COVID 19. These measures will come into force from Sunday 22nd March at 01:00 and will run until 4 April, when they will either be lifted or extended depending on new data.
    • The suspension of all public and private mass transport in the cities and between the wilayas, as well as rail traffic;
    • The demobilization of 50 per cent of civil servants and the retention of only those employees who are necessary for vital services.
    • The demobilization of all working women with young children;
    • Facilitating customs procedures for imported foodstuffs, while speeding up the associated banking procedures, in accordance with the country's exceptional situation;
    • The temporary closure of cafés and restaurants in major cities;
    • Market regulation to combat shortages by ensuring the availability of all essential food products.
  • Vietnam: Starting Friday 20th March 23h59, the border between Vietnam and Cambodia will be closed, with no citizens of either country allowed to cross. From a supply chain standpoint, this stops the entire Cross-border trucking between both countries (including trucks transiting via Cambodia and Vietnam).
  • Morocco has announced that it will impose level 3 restrictions with the total containment of the population from tomorrow.
  • Hong Kong: In view of the health risks arising from the COVID-19 global pandemic, HK government has issued Red Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) and from midnight on 19 Mar, compulsory quarantine orders will be imposed on people arriving in Hong Kong who have been to any one of the overseas countries/territories affected in the past 14 days, regardless of whether or not they are Hong Kong residents.
  • Malaysia: Malaysian Prime Minister has announced nationwide Movement Control Order last night which will take effect from 18th to 31st March 2020. Under this Order, all schools, government and private premises shall be closed; except those involved in providing essential services. All transport related services will continue operations as usual.
  • Vietnam: Vietnamese authorities announced on the 17th March a mandatory 14-days quarantine for any person travelling from any of the ASEAN countries (in addition to all existing restrictions). This is disrupting the Cross-border Road freight activities for any trucks arriving from Laos or Cambodia (even if they are in transit). 

    The Road freight GEODIS team is currently investigating alternative solutions (including locations where to drivers may be switched) to enable the service to resume.
  • South Africa is closing 12 of the 17 border posts with Botswana, nine of the 14 posts with Lesotho, three of the four with Mozambique and five of the seven with Namibia.
  • Colombia: declares emergency state, public and private schools cancel classes until April 20th and recommends people stay home and work from there if possible. Colombia has 54 cases confirmed; no deaths as yet. The entry of foreigners has stopped until further notice. Public events of more than 50 people are not allowed. Bogota was declared public emergency since 16th of March.
  • Philippines has announced last Friday that effective March 15, 2020 a state of community quarantine, whereby no one can go in or out of Manila except employees who go home to the provinces on weekends and returning to work on Mondays. Philippine Government announced an Enhanced Community Quarantine for the whole of Luzon (where Manila is located) to further contain the spreading virus. All establishments and offices, with the exception of businesses related to basic necessities such as food and medicines will be closed.
  • Malaysia government just announced a shutdown of all businesses, and the closing of borders. It starts tomorrow and lasts for two weeks till 31st March.
  • France: moved to "stage 3", the highest emergency level of its epidemic response plan, which requires reinforced measures to reduce the pandemic impact.

    As a result, the government placed a partial lockdown on the country. All non-essential public places, notably cafes, shops, restaurants and discos, are closed until further notice. Only groceries, pharmacies, petrol stations and tobacco shops are allowed to open to the public.

    Public transport networks are operating and places of worship stay open but all services and ceremonies have to be postponed.
  • Poland announced that all international passenger flights and rail connections will be suspended but the borders will remain open for road traffic. The restrictions started on Sunday and will last another 10 days.
  • Peru declares emergency state and social confinement for 15 days.
  • Denmark becomes another country in Europe to go on coronavirus lockdown as Prime Minister announces all schools, kindergartens and universities are to be closed for two weeks. Private sector workers will also be encouraged to work from homePlease note that GEODIS operations in Denmark are carried out as usual with no major disruption apart from some flight cancellations. 
  • France decided to close down all schools. A possible nationwide lockdown similar to that in Italy is considered, as the French coronavirus outbreak worsens. Travels within, to and from France will be curbed, particularly now that an increasing number of airlines are suspending flights to France.
  • The USA is suspending the entry of most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States. These countries, known as the Schengen Area, 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. This does not apply to legal permanent residents, (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation. Note: please be informed that according to US authorities this shall not have impacts on the flow of goods to the US from these countries.
  • Italy is in country wide lockdown as coronavirus cases rise. All the measure of the red zones are extended to all of the national territory, including a ban on all public events. 
  • The Government of India has announced that it will suspend all existing visas for India due to the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus. This change will come into effect from 12:00 GMT 13 March 2020 to 15 April 2020 at the port of departure.
  • The World Health Organization confirmed the corona virus outbreak as pandemic. The use of the word "pandemic" implies the importance for countries to take urgent action to respond to their own outbreak situations.

Hong Kong is to extend its compulsory quarantine orders to more countries on 14 March. The local authority will include those, citizens and non-citizens, who have travelled to anywhere in Italy as well as France, Germany, Spain and Japan. Travellers from South Korea, northern Italy and Iran are affected by current quarantine orders. The affected travellers will be isolated in designated quarantine centres and not at home.

  • Spain has also issued guidelines advising companies to impose "work from home" in case of any risk of contagion. It is expected that this will result in a slowdown of production and service offering across different industries.
  • UK Foreign Office is advising against "all but essential travel" to large parts of northern Italy after they were put in lockdown.
  • Taiwan raised travel notice level for France, Germany and Spain to the level 2: travelers are advised to practice enhanced precautions when travelling to these countries.
  • Japan decided to apply medical insurance to the PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) test from 6 March 2020.
  • Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended travel of citizens and residents to and from nine coronavirus affected countries: United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Italy, and South Korea, as well as suspending the entry of those coming from those countries, or the entry of those who were there during the 14 days prior to their arrival.

February 2020 updates

Japan announced to close all schools until later in March due to the coronavirus. As a consequence, many companies are preparing to have their employees partly working at home during this period.

  • Due to the implications of the “red alert” level in South Korea, many companies based in Seoul decided to implement remote working system, including Samsung, KT, SK Group, Hyundai Motors, Amore Pacific, LS Group, LG Chemical, TiMon, Naver, KAKAO, LG Group and MNCs like BMW, Microsoft, Siemens, AWS Korea, MS Korea, CYSCO Korea and Intel Korea.
  • The Italian Government tightens safety measures in areas with Coronavirus infections in Northern Italy. Several cities in the country are declared as quarantine zone and can only be accessed, left or passed through with special permissions. Public life in those areas is affected due to temporary suspension and cancellations of public services, some businesses and larger events.
  • The government in Hong Kong has extended the school closures until 20 April, 2020. Additionally, from 25 February onward, quarantine orders was issued to returning Hong Kong residents who have been to Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do in Korea over the past 14 days and arrange for them to stay in a quarantine center for 14 days. Hong Kong residents returning from other Korean cities and provinces of Korea will be required to undergo medical surveillance for 14 days.
  • The Taiwanese government announced that it has raised the travel notice for Italy to “Level 2 Alert”. Taiwanese travelers are requested to take enhanced precautions when visiting Italy.
  • The Singaporean Ministry of Manpower has announced to reject all new work pass applications for foreign workers originating from mainland China until further notice. Renewal applications for existing work pass holders will not be affected. Additionally, effective 18 February 2020, a new “Stay-Home Notice” (SHN) has been issued for Singapore residents and long-term pass holders returning to Singapore from mainland China (including those from outside Hubei area).
  • The Hong Kong Government raised its “Outbound Travel Alert” on Korea to red level. The 14-day mandatory quarantine to all people entering Hong Kong from Mainland China is extended to those coming from or via Korea.
  • The South Korean government is implementing new additional containment and mitigation strategies, considering the situation in region. In the so called special management regions (Daegu and Cheongdo) the measures are focused on isolating and treating potential cases.

Japan has begun suspending major public gatherings to counter the spread of Covid-19 as the number of new cases rises quickly and makes the country one of the biggest sites of infection outside China. U.S. raises travel alert to Japan as new coronavirus spreads via unknown infection routes. So far this has no impact on GEODIS’ operations.
Italy confirmed a sharp increase of infections over the weekend, the highest number in Europe. As a consequence the government imposed quarantines on different cities in Northern Italy, close to Milano and Venice. A few of our employees are affected as they cannot leave the established “red zones” to get to work. Nevertheless, so far there is no impact on GEODIS’ operations.
South Korea raised the national threat level to the highest category, due to the increased number of infections. Public and school holidays have been extended into the first week of March, schools remain closed in several areas and companies have closed or slowed-down operations. Six countries have banned the entry of foreigners who have visited South Korea in the last 14 days. 15 countries have now imposed travel restrictions on South Korea. GEODIS is taking stringent measures to respond to the recent outbreak in South Korea. GEODIS' staff are preparing to work from home yet remain connected remotely to provide updates on their safety status and continuous service as far as possible. 

Iran’s authorities reacted to the increased local infection numbers by closing several public services including some schools and universities. For the moment, the latest outbreak in Iran does not further affect other countries in the region, however there is an increased risk of possible impacts on supply chain activities in the Middle East region.

Hubei province (Wuhan) has announced that except for enterprises related to national interest or people's livelihood, other enterprises (such as GEODIS) should not open up before 10 March. First working day is 11 March. 

  • Several local regulatory authorities in Hubei, Ningxia, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Shanxi and Zhejiang provinces have announced and applied stricter temporary access control to protect residents in their cities.
  • Hubei (Wuhan) provincial authority has announced the extension of business closure to 20 February 2020 except for enterprises related to national interest or people's livelihood, other enterprises (such as GEODIS). Hence, the expected business resumption date is on  21 February respectively.
  • The United States declared a public health emergency and announced significantly tighter immigration restrictions, now preventing entry into the US for people who recently travelled to China.
  • Hong Kong further restricts the territory's border crossings with mainland China. Those which remain open are the city's international airport, the Shenzhen Bay border and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge. Cargo is still moving across the border in both directions, however with expected delay.
  • In the meantime, now 34 countries have announced travel and traffic restrictions to and from China, partly for the immediate period until mid of February, partly with longer term suspensions lasting into April. Amongst other sources, one overview can be found here.
  • Following the declaration of “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization last week, more countries have tightened or suspended travel connections to China.
  • Chinese authorities announced the completion of newly built hospitals and extended medical centers. The Huoshenshan specialized hospital, a 1000 bed facility, will come online today.  The 2nd facility in Leishenshan is to be in service as of 5 February. Authorities indicate that the increased treatment capabilities should help to curtail the spreading of the coronavirus and eventually shorten the period of travel disruptions into the affected areas.