Global Immigration and COVID-19

In addition to the below resources and information, we also have a spreadsheet accessible here that contains up-to-date information about the measures being taken by each country in response to COVID-19.


Canada’s department charged with administering its immigration program is the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The IRCC has a centralized page for all COVID-19 related impacts and changes, accessible here.

European Union (EU):

Read our article about the European Union’s response to COVID-19 here.

Note: Due to the nature of the EU, border controls and immigration are handled at the national level (i.e., by the individual EU Member States), and not the EU Commission or any other supra-national EU body. That being said, the EU Commission has a number of resources outlining both the actions taken by the EU and Member States, and provides access/links to each Member State’s response to COVID-19 and the specific national measures that have been implemented.

EU Commission Summary of Measures:

EU Commission Transport Measures Tool (allows review of specific measures taken by EU Member States and Schengen Area Members by selecting transport mode and “border measure” under category)

United Kingdom (UK):

“We are very clear that no one will have a negative outcome through the immigration system due to a circumstance that was beyond their control…We are looking at further measures…to ensure that no one is penalized because they followed the advice and did what they could to protect our NHS and save lives.” –Kevin Foster, Minister for Future Borders and Immigration, March 23rd

Read our article about the United Kingdom’s response to COVID-19 here.

The UK Home Office (Immigration)  has a centralized response page that can be accessed here.


Read our article about India’s response to COVID-19 here.

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