Questions tagged [covid-19]

Questions about the outbreak of Covid-19 disease, the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and related travel restrictions, border closures, and other difficulties.

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Is completing IMM 5257B (Schedule 1) necessary for in-Canada application of extension of visitor status?

During the application for an extension of visitor status inside Canada, the IRCC online application indicates Schedule 1 - Application for a Temporary Resident Visa Made Outside Canada (IMM 5257) (...
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What is the maximum occupancy of a typical budget airline given 2m social distancing? [closed]

For a typical no-frills airline using a three-aisle-three layout, at economy class density, what is the maximum possible occupancy which maintains a distance of at least two meters between each ...
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Can passengers flying into Thailand do the mandatory 14-day quarantine at home?

Can passengers flying into Thailand do the mandatory 14-day quarantine at home? I read contradictory information in articles published today (2020-05-04) and yesterday on two well-known news websites:...
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Immediate relative visa to the US about to expire [closed]

I applied for my mother to be able to migrate and reside in the United States, after months of following the appropriate procedures and waiting to hear a response from USCIS, and later the NVC her ...
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How can I (US Citizen) bring my girlfriend (UK Citizen) back to the US with me under lockdown?

Just called the government. They said we have to be married. We are not married. Might get married as long as we could get divorced right after. Apparently some county clerks are doing virtual ...
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Did SQ-242, fly from Sydney to Singapore on 8th April 2020? [duplicate]

Was Flight No SQ-242 Singapore Airlines from Sydney to Singapore on 8th April 2020, cancelled due to the Corona virus and border controls in Australia?
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Filing mother's B2 visa extension - Do I need to mention myself as Preparer & Interpreter mandatorily?

Mother's B2 visa stay expiring 17-May-20. Need to file extension. Started filling online I-539 on USCIS portal, have few questions: Do I need to mandatorily mention my name/details, if I am preparing ...
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Waiving the fees for extension of stay ( I-539) for visitors who are stuck in USA [closed]

My parents who are currently here in the US for visiting are not able to go back due to covid-19 flight cancellations. Hence I would have to file for extension, but why is the fees not being waived as ...
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Is “relatively low” flight prices plus “no fee for change” as good as it sounds?

For family reasons, I'm planning a trip from A to B. Airlines are currently not operating the route but flights are already available for the coming weeks, at less than normal prices. Airlines are ...
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At transit or layover, have checked-in luggage transferred to the next airline without passenger retrieval and re-drop

Is there any way to book two connected flights (from different airlines; each one on a unrelated website): without passing via 3rd party agency (online or not) still being able to organize the ...
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Are there any restrictions on European citizens entering Mexico during the coronavirus pandemic?

As mentioned in a related question, I need to fly from the US to Europe and back due to some urgent unfortunate business. On my way back I will need to stay out of the Schengen area for 14 days before ...
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Is there a route that would allow travel to the US from the UK or Schengen area, given the US travel ban?

I'm a European citizen living in the US on a work visa. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, I need to urgently visit my home country. However I would like to get back to the US after my visit is ...
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Are the Guatemala -> Mexico borders near Tapachula open?

Is it currently (28-Apr-2020) possible for Europeans to cross from Guatemala into Mexico overland at one of the two borders close to Tapachula: (1) Tecun Umán / Hidalgo or (2) Carmen / Talismán. I ...
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Norwegian Air ticket conversion to CashPoints because of COVID19 is not working for me, why?

I had booked a ticket for two for June 2020 from Bulgaria to Finland before COVID19 happened. Now I want to cancel or refund my ticket, but the only option there is on the website of Norwegian Airline ...
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No assistance from airlines to return home after cancellation (due to COVID19), can I get compensated under EC 261?

Last month, Morocco went into lockdown while I was there on holiday. I had tickets with BA. At that time some flights were cancelled but then so-called rescue flights were reinstated. Airlines such ...
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Get a refund for a flight to a country that has closed its borders due to COVID-19

So I booked a flight with British Airways from the United States (transferring in the UK) to Sweden months ahead of time before COVID-19 was on the radar. Sweden has now closed its borders to visitors....
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VLS-TS traveling to France amid covid19

I have a French long-stay visa ("visa de long sejour-titre de sejour" or VLS-TS) that was recently issued in February. I was going to travel to France in the middle of March, but, due to covid-19, my ...
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Flight ticket combination only available through agency

I'd like to fly within Europe in these troubled days. Air France has a good combination (with a short connection of 50 minutes in CDG, with change of terminal). However, AF websites doesn't sell the ...
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Stuck in US due to coronavirus - travel visa will expire before flights are available [duplicate]

My cousin was supposed to fly back to Poland on May 27, but we just found out yesterday that her flight is cancelled and the earliest flight back is mid July - her six-month travel visa will expire ...
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How do the Thai air-traveling authorities determine if someone must be assigned a special seat reserved for at-risk passengers in the plane?

I read this quote from a flyer by the PR Thai Government Facebook page summarizing CAAT and airport authorities' new rules and measures: Special seats must be reserved for at-risk passengers on ...
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Covid19 B2 visa extension online- response from USCIS

When should I expect a response from USCIS about visa extension due to Covid19? Also, does it make sense to pay for biometrics when offices are closed? When I tried to complete the I 539 form, I was ...
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Extension of stay at USA due to COVID-19 lockdown

My wife and I are Indian citizens with valid USA B2 visas. We came to visit our children on December 8, 2019. Our authorised stay ends on June 8, 2020. We have planned to return on June 3, 2020. We ...
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Is it common for humanitarian flights to lack security control for the baggage?

Last week I took a flight from X to Y. Since Airport X is closed, they took us to the Military Airport. All the process happened outside of the building. However, they haven’t checked our baggage. I ...
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Ryanair offering voucher instead of refund I applied for

My flight with Ryanair was cancelled due to Covid-19. They sent an email about a month ago, offering me to change my booking for free or to apply for a refund. I applied for a refund. The form used ...
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Why does China Eastern airlines still fly daily to Prague? [closed]

The Czech Republic has been keeping their borders shut for more than a month now and likewise China closed their borders to all foreigners back in March. However mysteriously there is a daily flight ...
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Overstaying Ukrainian visa due to Coronavirus

I am in Ukraine, where public transportation has been stopped (including flights), and people are not allowed to move from province to province. My visa expires soon, and it looks like public ...
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Schengen visa - status due to lockdown

We hold a Schengen visa for 10 days to travel in April 2020. However, later both France and India closed their borders and still under lockdown. What will happen to my visa or visa charges? ...
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Applying I-539 two times because of COVID-19

I am on a B2 visa and entered the USA on July 15th 2019. My I94 was supposed to expire on January 15th 2020. But I had applied for extension (I-539) on November 4th, 2019. On March 30th 2019, I ...
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Are airlines discounting to boost demand during pandemic?

Due to a confluence of factors resulting from the pandemic and government intervention, commercial airlines (at least in the U.S.) have to continue operating scheduled flights – even with few to no ...
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Do vouchers offered by EU airlines for Coronavirus cancellations turn into a full refund if not used?

My family's flights with AlItalia later this month have of course been affected by Coronavirus. We cannot get refunds, only vouchers are offered, as with basically all airlines at the moment. We ...
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Do vouchers offered by EU airlines for Coronavirus cancellations include taxes and fees? [duplicate]

My family's flights with AlItalia later this month have of course been affected by Coronavirus. We cannot get refunds, only vouchers are offered, as with basically all airlines at the moment. We ...
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I need to fly from Germany to US ASAP. I’m holding EU passport [duplicate]

My partner live in the states and I live in Europe. We not married so no legal union. However I still wanna go to him in the States ASAP. The Schengen travel van should expire today but no news of ...
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Full refund due to covid cancellation? [closed]

Booking: 1. Leg: HKG - (DXB) - MUC (1. June 2020) 2. Leg: MUC - (DXB) - HKG (1. July 2020) Class / Fare Economy / Special Emirates cancelled the 1. Leg of my booking due to covid 19. I know want to ...
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Does the 30-day extension of one's stay start from 30th of April 2020 (COVID-19-related automated stay extension) or from 30 days after entry to THA?

When extending one's stay after entering Thailand as a French citizen via the visa waiver programme and after benefiting from the COVID-19-related automated stay extension till the 30th of April 2020, ...
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How can I ask for full refund to Ryanair if I don't want to change my flight for coronavirus?

I have read this question & answer, and it convinced me that the best I can do with respect to my May 22nd-26th travel from London to Napoli and back to London, that Ryanair "kindly" suggested ...
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Mailing address required for filing I-539

My Parents are stuck in US due to COVID 19. They are on B2 visa and their authorized stay as per I-94 is expiring on April 21, 2020. We are in the process of filing I-539 for extending their stay. If ...
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How can I convince Booking.com I should not pay for a cancelled trip? [closed]

I booked a Holiday with booking.com to start 10th June. Now there are no flights, and no English people allowed in Marmaris at that time. So both the airline and the hotel will be unable tp provide me ...
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Can I cancel a flight because of COVID-19 and use the voucher for same time and flight cheaper ticket? [closed]

I have booked a ticket for future travel but now see the price has come down considerably. Should I cancel because of coronavirus and rebook with voucher?
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On 15th March, could I have crossed the border from Germany-France and France-Spain?

on 14th March I had a ticket for Frankfurt-Barcelona with FLiXBUS, where the departure time would have been around 3pm and I would have arrived in Barcelona on the 15th March around 9pm. Now, I got a ...
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Getting a refund From Cancelled TAP Air Portugal flight due to COVID-19 [duplicate]

Our TAP Air Portugal flight From San Francisco to Barcelona, scheduled for Apr 28, 2020, was canceled by the airline. We called TAP Air Portugal and asked for a full refund to our credit card, which ...
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How are border closures enforced in the Schengen area given the large number of crossing points?

In the past month, all Schengen countries announced strict border controls even within the Schengen area and even for EU citizens. However European borders are extremely porous given the large number ...
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Does the US Schengen entry ban expire on April 13th 2020?

On March 13th President Trump temporarily banned travelers from the EU: While announcing the entry restriction for European countries, President Donald Trump addressed to the American people on ...
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Why does one often have to check in extra early, i.e. 3-4 hours early, before the flight departure for (covid-19) repatriation flights?

I read on https://twitter.com/RichardBarrow/status/1247761807839657984?s=20: In addition, for repatriation flights, you often have to check in extra early like 3-4 hours beforehand. Why does one ...
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Does the COVID-19-related automated visa extension till the 30th of April 2020 in Thailand also apply to foreigners who entered Thailand visa-free?

I read on https://immigration.go.th/content/visa_auto_extension (mirror): 👮‍♂️ The person whose visas has expired from 26th of March 2020 will be automatically extended to 30th of April 2020. ...
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B2 visa extension due to covid

My mother's I-94 expires in April 23, 2020. We are in the process of filing I-539. Does it matter if we file online or paper form, our worry is the receipt as if we file the paper form we may not get ...
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What are the specific guidelines in driving from state to state during this pandemic? [closed]

April 7, 2020 Can you provide me any information about the travel restrictions in driving from state to state during this pandemic? There are curfews and businesses closing early, does this affect ...
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How will the travel restrictions in Germany due to COVID-19 affect student visas [closed]

On 16th March, 2020 the EU announced a 30 day travel restriction for all non-essential travel. On 6th April, 2020 Germany has announced the new updated travel restrictions to Germany. However, there ...
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Can a student studying in U.K (with a visa) travel to Germany (with a Schengen visa) during the current travel restrictions?

With the current travel restriction at the Germany and U.K. border. Is it possible for a student studying (with a visa) in U.K to travel to Germany (with a Schengen visa) to participate in an ...
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Is it possible to apply again for new extension for visa B2 due to covid?

I requested a B-2 visa extension on September for my mother, she has to stay until may 14, so she is already 1 year in USA as a visitor, but due to covid-19 I am worry about her health, she is 74 ...
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Colombian citizen stuck in the US due to coronavirus

I was on vacation in the US for 3 weeks. I am a Colombian citizen. Before I was to return on March 23 to Colombia my flight was cancelled due to Colombia closing its borders including to its ...