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Coronavirus Reports from Expats Around The World

Coronavirus Reports from Expats Around the World

Updated on: Mar 29, 2020

Summary: In this unprecedented time, we are working to provide additional ways for expats to share information and support one another. We have setup an Expat Coronavirus Report in hopes of helping expats stay informed. In addition to spreading helpful information with other expats in your country, the experiences and insight you share will provide critical guidance to expats in other parts of the world who will be facing similar challenges in the near future.

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Venice, Italy (Mar 27, 2020)

Coronavirus in Venice, Italy

Quarantine restrictions fully applied here with ending previsions postponed once again into May. A couple of days with daily number of deaths slightly down in Northern Italy, probably a sign that virus peak is close. - Read Full Report from Venice, Italy

Lviv, Ukraine (Mar 26, 2020)

In Western Ukraine and in this city I have not heard reported cases of the Coronavirus. - Read Full Report from Lviv, Ukraine

San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize (Mar 25, 2020)

Coronavirus in San pedeo, Belize

1st case confirmed very mild we are on complete quarantine and almost all Belizeans are adhering to the rules; however, we have young people who think it does not apply to them. They think they privileged. Our EOC (Emergency Office Center) manned by all the health and department heads and great volunteers are working around the clock to minimize the spread - a truly combined effort. Ambergris Caye is taking it seriously. We wish the rest of the world blessings in their dealings with the tough fallout that is surely following. - Read Full Report from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize

Innsbruck, Austria (Mar 23, 2020)

Here are conscise and up to date links issued in English: Ministry of Health's Information on the Coronavirus COVID19, Letter in English from Land Tirol, and Coronavirus FAQ Tirol. All valuable, relevant and essential information are contained in the links. - Read Full Report from Innsbruck, Austria

Bangkok, Thailand (Mar 23, 2020)

Well what I am seeing, only small shops are closed, big grocery stores are open. Almost all(but found one that was letting people sit inside, restaurants are only offering take out. Otherwise still plenty busy on streets n sidewalks during Rush hour. Did not see a single police officer patrolling for open things or crowd dispercement!! - Read Full Report from Bangkok, Thailand

Montevideo, Uruguay (Mar 23, 2020)

Coronavirus in Montevideo, Uruguay

Note: I do not speak or read the language of Uruguay [Spanish] so my knowledge of what is happening is strictly first-hand. My local grocery story is open and, as of 3/21/2020, was well stocked. The check-out clerks wear face mask but other store employees do not. The major mall is closed. Most eating establishments are closed although a few are open here and there. - Read Full Report from Montevideo, Uruguay

Bernardsville, New Jersey, US (Mar 22, 2020)

Coronavirus in Bernardsville, New Jersey, US

There are 1,327 cases in New Jersey as of yesterday afternoon. There was a 49% increase yesterday with 442 new cases. That number reflects the spread, but also drive through testing locations just opened in New Jersey and more people are being tested. Conditions and government issue warnings and closures changed drastically from day to day over the last week. As of last night, New Jersey is under a stay at home order. You can leave for essentials and if you are a worker in an essential role - medical, first responders, grocery store employees, restaurants doing curb side takeout, etc. Prior to the stay at home order, many people were complying, but others were semi-adhering to the social distancing orders. Our town warned people to stop going to playgrounds and congregating at fields to play sports, but they ultimately had to close all of those types of recreational areas a few days ago. Our kids, like kids throughout the world, switched to remote learning a week ago. That has been a helpful distraction and I am so grateful for all of the work teachers and administrators have been doing to make this change to online learning possible. Friends who have family members in essential roles are frightened by the lack of masks, gloves and other protective gear. There are online please by local nurses and hospitals to bring any extra N-95 masks and crocs - crocs can be easily bleached. People with sewing machines are making masks that are not N95 but will provide some coverage. It's a scary time here, but I'm glad the stay at home order was issued and hope that it helps to flatten the curve. I wish they would have issued it a week ago when schools were closed. - Read Full Report from Bernardsville, US

Porlamar, Venezuela (Mar 21, 2020)

So far Margarita Island has no Virus. Muduro has locked down the whole country the mainland is in dire straights Caracas has no water and no petrol. Here on the island we are confined to our houses or apartments. But things are quiet and not stressed. I still go to the beach for a swim a walk to the shops get food. - Read Full Report from Porlamar, Venezuela

Tashkent, Uzbekistan (Mar 21, 2020)

Coronavirus in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is in lockdown and all schools were closed this week until April 5. A number of new cases of infected people rose this week, so if the rise continues, there's a chance schools will remain closed longer. This past week, I heard only two commercial airliners take off from the nearby international airport in Tashkent. These must be repatriation flights, since all regular flights were grounded about 2-3 weeks ago. 2400 returnees are either in quarantine or in isolation at home. - Read Full Report from Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Valdivia, Chile (Mar 20, 2020)

We do not have reported cases in the city but in the region stemming from the ports of entry within 2 hours. It feels safe here and people are careful - Read Full Report from Valdivia, Chile

Cuenca, Ecuador (Mar 19, 2020)

Coronavirus in Cuenca, Ecuador

Everyone is quarantined and obeying the law. There are less outbreaks here than other parts of the country. - Read Full Report from Cuenca, Ecuador

Tola, Nicaragua (Mar 19, 2020)

Coronavirus in Tola, Nicaragua

There is only once "confirmed" case of Covid-19 in Nicaragua at this point in time (3/19/2020). The government is "monitoring" the situation but has not imposed any restrictions at the borders or internally. But our local Expat community is actively taking steps to minimize potential transmission of the disease. - Read Full Report from Tola, Nicaragua

Martinique, Martinique (Mar 19, 2020)

Coronavirus in Martinique

We are all quarantined in our homes. Although you can see people breaking the rules. They are only letting a very small amount of people in the stores. And children under 16 are not allowed in. Amazing some resturants are staying open. The water is being cut in various areas for hours at a time. Every town has there time. There is barely any food on the shelves. But there was plenty of fresh foods! No we didnt get any at all. People are not taking it as serious as they should. An 80-year-old woman got it from being in contact with someone from a cruise ship. She died. Firefighters got it from answering a call of people saying someone fainted. The man had taken the cruise or been in contact with someone that was on it. He was trying to sell food items at his restaurant. He infected the four firefighters. 24 people have been said to have it in Martinique. Schools are closed. people are still sneaking to beaches. - Read Full Report from Martinique, Martinique

Athens, Greece (Mar 19, 2020)

Coronavirus in Athens, Greece

All schools, restaurants, bars, many shops, hair salons, museums, ancient sites that require admmission, etc. are closed. As of 17 March we have been asked to stay in our homes except for necessary items: groceries, pharmacy, etc. Public transportation and taxis are still in service. There are about 420 cases of the virus with 5 deaths throughout Greece at this point. People are not hoarding, are very kind and seem to be following the guidelines. We are allowed to take walks outside, which helps. - Read Full Report from Athens, Greece

Bali, Indonesia (Mar 19, 2020)

Coronavirus in Bali, Indonesia

Information is written in Bahasa, so not in English. Generally, there is information for people about containing the virus, with school closings. It’s not clear how seriously people take this advise. Bali, where I am, is definitely not in lock down. Seemed like people were very slow to start tracking this and now seemed dazed that suddenly there are changes in their jobs with a dramatic slow down in tourists. There is no large scale testing, and everything here is kind of vague. Fortunately, one can get things delivered easily, with a $35 minimum purchase at a grocery store. I can order organic veggies online for delivery, and there’s plenty of delivery options for food of all kinds here. Bali is getting quiet now with the outflux of tourists, especially Chinese who are the largest population of tourists here normally. So for being an expat right now, it is quite pleasant with the drop in traffic. I can find a rental now much more inexpensively, too. - Read Full Report from Bali, Indonesia

Pasay, Vilamor, Philippines (Mar 18, 2020)

Coronavirus in Passay, Vilamor, Philippines

Sheltering in place, no transportation is allowed. Last international flights leave today. I decided to shelter in place. The supermarket remains open earlier than we wake up until 8pm. Lines are long, but this place is so inefficient normally that this is not a huge change. All the necessaries are still available, minus face masks and limited hand sanitizer. - Read Full Report from Pasay, Vilamor, Philippines

Boquete, Panama (Mar 18, 2020)

Coronavirus in Boquete, Panama

Panama closed their borders last week. Only Panamanians and foreigners with a permanent residency Visa can get in ( they must self-quarantine for 14 days) Malls are closed, Gyms are closed. Beaches are closed. Movie theaters are closed. Immigration is closed to everyone except a lawyer. Many government offices are closed. In Boquete and Chirqui Province, there is a curfew from 9pm to 5am. Other areas in Panama have a curfew too. Tourists ( those without a Visa) are not allowed in to Boquete. Several restaurants have closed temporarily. Other restaurants can only offer carry out or home delivers - no dining in is allowed. As of March 17th, Alcohol sales are prohibited at stores or restaurants. Everyone is encouraged to STAY HOME and only leave to buy groceries or get medications. They only allow 50 people in a grocery store at a time to avoid being around a lot of people. There are lines to get in (with blue tape to keep 6 feet apart) but everyone is being patient. There is no hoarding. We even have toilet paper. Flights out of Panama are getting cancelled. The window to leave Panama is closing. Yet... yet... The skies are blue. The air is fresh and the weather is perfect. It's a beautiful place to live. I would not want to anywhere else during this pandemic. - Read Full Report from Boquete, Panama

Valdivia, Chile (Mar 18, 2020)

Coronavirus in Valdivia, Chile

Schools & the university are closed, as are many restaurants and our gym at hotel Dreams. We went to Immigration today and they are only seeing people who made online appointments but it was quick and orderly. I saw a doctor on Monday at Clinica Alemana and again quick & orderly with an appointment. Pharmacies are sold out of Alcohol, Alcohol gel & Tylenol/paracetamol but otherwise fine. Antibacterial & Chlorox wipes seem to stay sold out. About 1/5 of people are wearing masks. Elbow bumps have replaced personal contact. Everything is organized and orderly but the streets still have more people than we expected. Notices on hand washing are everywhere. Our local supermarket is very well stocked. - Read Full Report from Valdivia, Chile

Pencahue, Chile (Mar 18, 2020)

We're a family of 4 from the USA, we live in Pencahue, 3 hours south of Santiago the Chile. No cases yet in Pencahue but they cancel schools near by. The town near by call Talca has 3-4 cases but mild without hospitalization. Load in vitamin c, fruits and vegetables to give you're body a chance to fight. - Read Full Report from Pencahue, Chile

Punta del Este, Uruguay (Mar 17, 2020)

Coronavirus in Punta del Este, Uruguay

Some travel restrictions as to who can enter the country, public gatherings canceled, school closures, social distancing sometime enforced such as banks only allowing one customer in at a time. Gym and activities restricted or cancelled - Read Full Report from Punta del Este, Uruguay

Jinotepe, Nicaragua (Mar 17, 2020)

Everybody is aware & is buzzing about it. But life seems unaffected & normal. No shortages. - Read Full Report from Jinotepe, Nicaragua

Lisbon Area, Portugal (Mar 17, 2020)

Coronavirus in Lisbon Area, Portugal

Portugal will close its doors, with only cross-border goods and workers allowed to enter and leave. This applies to physical and air borders. The prime minister made it clear what Portugal will face: "the evolution period [of Covid-19] is not limited to the next two weeks but it will surely extend over the next few months". Hence, Costa admits the possibility of more restrictive measures.. The Portuguese government reassures foreigners and residents that documents that expired on and after 9 March 2020 will remain valid until 30 June, 2020. These documents do not have to be renewed during the COVID-19 crisis period and must be accepted for all legal purposes. This pertains to the following documents: >Schengen and National Visas >Citizen Cards >Driver's license >Portugal Criminal Record Check >Birth and Marriage Certificates >Temporary and Permanent Residence Permits Government regulations have been implemented to reinforce social distancing, effective March 12 to April 3 and to be reviewed almost daily. This includes closure of nightclubs and bars, 1/3 reduction of seating in restaurants, closure of all schools (replaced by online instruction), museums, galleries, tourism sites, churches and postponement of all sporting events and concerts. Beaches are closed, as are all gyms and pools. Grocery stores and malls have shorter hours and restrict entry to a set number of persons at any time. Stock in grocery stores is being sustained. 1000 retired medical professionals have been returned to the workforce. - Read Full Report from Lisbon Area, Portugal

Carro, La Spezia, Italy (Mar 17, 2020)

We are in semi-self-quarantine mode as our area of Liguria is not badly hit...yet. Everything is closed except for grocery, gas stations, pharmacy and all that are open are allowing only 1-5 people inside at a time depending on the size of the store. We go out only for rations, some work related and necessities. We are checked by police and must have a form in the car saying why we are out and who we are and where we live. We are strongly encouraged to not go out of our own communities. Exits on the autostrada are being checked as to who is using the highways. There is free pharmacy and grocery delivery from our town stores. The mayor checks in via Facebook almost daily. We are in the country and can take walks as long as we are healthy. All stores and outside areas are posted with signs to stay at least 1 meter away from anyone we meet. The grocery is very well stocked...a little low on wine and beer and veggies but other than that little change. We are requested to buy not more than 5 of any one item. - Read Full Report from Carro, La Spezia, Italy

Las Vegas, Nevada, US (Mar 16, 2020)

Most of the casinos, bars, restaurants and buffets are closed or closing. Cirque du Soliel and many other shows are cancelled. I have lived here for 25 years and I have never witnessed the closing of the casinos. Many employees are losing their jobs. The schools are closed. Clark County school district is the 5th largest in the nation. We have witnessed alot of people hoarding food and toilet paper and water. The grocery isles are empty . There is no meat in the store and toilet paper is a commodity. You can't find hand sanitizer anywhere either. Can't even order it on Amazon. Its the strangest thing I've ever seen. they are going to close all non essential businesses in the next few days. the good news is , that there are aloof resources available and they are making revisions for people pretty quickly. Sees to be a sense of needless panic. It is good that they are closing everything, it will prevent the spread and save vulnerable people. Our gym is closing tonight too. :( Schools are staying open to feed all the children breakfast so they don't go hungry too. - Read Full Report from Las Vegas, US

Medellin, Colombia (Mar 16, 2020)

Colombia has closed all schools, and is in an emergency shut down. Only residents are permitted to fly into the country. All borders are closed. No large gatherings over 50 people. restaurants and bars have been ordered to close. - Read Full Report from Medellin, Colombia

Atlantida, Uruguay (Mar 16, 2020)

Gov is waiting to see what happens, citzens continue to greating with kisses and hugs, busses full, business as usual and the number of seek people continue to raise. Soon will be winter. This has everything required to become a disaster. I hope i am super wrong. - Read Full Report from Atlantida, Uruguay

Antigua, Guatemala (Mar 16, 2020)

Coronavirus in Antigua, Guatemala

Here in Guatemala the government has cancelled all flights into the country from the US and Canada. Also. cancelled all flights out of Guatemala to the US or Canada. Another also, people with US or Canadian passports cannot come into Guatemala. Another also, all countries boarding Guatemala now have closed boarders for anyone, no matter what country they are from. So I guess you could say I'm quarantined because I can't leave Guatemala, not that I want to. - Read Full Report from Antigua, Guatemala

Memphis, Tennessee, US (Mar 16, 2020)

TN has declared a state of emergency and has asked residents to work from home if possible, stay home, and has restricted gatherings of more than 50 people. Schools in the greater Memphis area are all closed for two weeks starting today and most other areas of the state are closing schools. Last week was crazy in the grocery stores with people thinking they would be quarantined so hoarding began. I went to grocery this morning and got what I need for a week or so with no issues. The biggest issue that government is trying to resolve is the slow ability to test people who have been exposed to COVD-19 or is showing any symptoms of COVID-19. The mid-day news just indicated that 2 millions test kits will be distributed today or tomorrow to the states will more being produced. We are all hoping that with people cooperating in not gathering in large groups, staying away from family and friends who are over 60 years old or anyone with immune system issues. Unfortunately there is a large part of the citizens who still think this is fake and not something they should be concerned about. On a national level US citizens or green card holders can continue entering the US but may be required to enter a 14 day quarantine. The biggest issue for those wanting to return to the US will probably be the lack of flights coming to the US from abroad. We had a trip to Las Vegas planned before this occurred but as of tomorrow casinos and their hotels, restaurants in those properties, etc will all be closing for at least 2 weeks with some casinos saying they hope to reopen in April sometime. Airlines for the most part have been great in issuing vouchers for cancellation of flights and no cancellation fees. I personally know that MGM Resorts is automatically canceling all reservations through March 31 & issuing refunds. - Read Full Report from Memphis, US

Bermuda (Mar 16, 2020)

There is no cases reported A number of people are currently being tested (under 100) and we await results. - Read Full Report from Bermuda, Bermuda

Washington DC Area, Md and Virginia , US (Mar 16, 2020)

Spreading quickly but limited test kits. Many suspect cases with symptoms. One individual that came in from the Philippines tested at Andrews Air Force Base is now in self quarantine in Waldorf Maryland outside the DC. - Read Full Report from Washington DC Area, Md and Virginia , US

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