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Let's say I'm a healthy traveler in a country with relatively few cases of COVID-19, and my tourist visa is expiring soon. Many countries have been instituting travel bans (for all incoming travelers, not only those infected), so my choice of destinations is rapidly narrowing down to only my home country. However, if my home country has more cases of Coronavirus disease, comparatively, it would be in the interest of public health worldwide to not return there and add to the problem.

Are there any countries that allow travelers to overstay their travel visas due to the extenuating circumstance of the Coronavirus outbreak?

Otherwise, travelers in countries with relatively fewer cases of COVID-19 will practically be forced to leave to countries with effectively a higher chance of dying.

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    A foreign country owes nothing to you. Their responsibility is their citizens, and in times of crisis you are an extra mouth to feed and potential patient. It is to their advantage for you to leave. Your only hope is asylum, which will almost certainly fail or normal extension of your visa/stay with a good reason.. Even in civilized Europe, nationalism has taken over. Mar 17 '20 at 15:12
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    It is not that you would be allowed to overstay your visa, it would be that you would be forced to remain in the country. If there is a mean to return home you must use it, if there is no way of returning you are forced to remain no matter your opinio...
    – SJuan76
    Mar 17 '20 at 16:50
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    Also "it would be in the interest of public health worldwide to not return there and add to the problem." is nonsense. Go back to your country and isolate yourself, and "public health worldwide" will be satisfied.
    – SJuan76
    Mar 17 '20 at 16:54
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    There is no general rule. A combination of Force majeure, humanitarian aspect and how much you would not become a further burden would be the keys to a possible decision. Political asylum (to use the correct terminology), is of course nonsense to suggest in this context. Mar 17 '20 at 17:07
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    @Harper-ReinstateMonica, there are legal constructions where a foreigner is ordered to leave and that order to leave is then vacated. A different legal category from permission to stay.
    – o.m.
    Mar 17 '20 at 18:02

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