Wednesday, 26th March 2020
To all our clients, vendors and partners.
At Pearl Representation we are working closely with our global partners to ensure we have the most up-to-date information to ensure safety of all groups and service. We will continue to update as the situation changes. We continue to be optimistic that this evolving situation is being managed in each country with the input of all of the local health agencies and the international organizations.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for questions or more detailed information.
Thank you and warm regards,
Please see the updates by country
The coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by WHO (World Health Organization). WHO does not recommend any travel restrictions to any Asian destinations based on the current information available except for China. Read the statement published by WHO on 30th January for detailed information:
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been upgraded to a pandemic status by the WHO (World Health Organization) on March 11th, Thailand has also continuously stepped up its containment measures and is regularly updating these.
As of today, the Thai government installed a State of Emergency related to COVID-19, as a proactive measure aimed at safeguarding public health and reaffirming Thailand’s strong capacities and strict system of monitoring and containment. There have been so far 1045 officially confirmed coronavirus cases for Thailand; 953 are being treated in hospitals, 88 have recovered and returned home, 4 patients passed away.
Travel to/from Thailand has become increasingly difficult due to implemented arrival restrictions, severe reductions of available flights and closure of land borders. Travel within Thailand has focused around ensuring remaining travelers can return safely home and welcoming returning Thai nationals and expatriates back to the country. Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has implemented strict surveillance at all points of entry including ground, sea and air and imposed border-crossing restrictions.
The Thai authorities will allow transit passengers to fly through Bangkok only for a limited time period with just a fit to fly certificate instead of a Covid19 medical certificate, and also without an insurance policy. Return travel home will likely become more complicated in the coming days and weeks so we urge all travelers in the destination to make arrangements as soon as possible for their departure. Please refer to the website of the respective airlines for the latest updates to the outbound flight schedules.
Large parts of public life, including tourist attractions, bars, shopping malls, restaurants, shops, public places, entertainment venues, national parks, hotels, etc… have been closed either by government decree or private initiative. People’s movement has been restricted, social distancing measures have been implemented, any non-essential travel has been advised against, and these measures will undoubtedly be even more actively enforced by the authorities in coming days.
All details on the various restrictions affecting daily life, as well as the updated and officially implemented measures for all arrivals, can be found on below websites:
TAT Newsroom (https://www.tatnews.org/category/thailand-tourism-updates)
Thailand’s Civil Aviation Authority (https://www.caat.or.th/en)
Thailand’s Department of Disease Control (https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php)
The WHO situation reports regarding Thailand can be found here:
Please note the whole situation and official measures change rapidly and we highly advise to rely on the mentioned official websites to monitor the latest confirmed updates.
Update from Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has shut all border checkpoints to foreign visitors in a bid to keep the country Covid-19 free. The temporary closure remains in place until further notice. Myanmar has 27 land checkpoints between Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. Some checkpoints are limited to local trade, but the ones valid for international travel have now closed indefinitely.
At this moment we don’t know how long the border entries will be closed but as soon as we have any updates we will be getting in touch again.
Across the UAE and as of today, 29 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed by the Ministry of Health and Prevention. A full recovery has been reported in five of these cases so far. The remaining cases are being treated in world-class facilities and are being monitored to World Health Organisation standards.
The number of cases in the UAE is currently low but the UAE authorities remain vigilant with key authorities and institutions such as the Cabinet, Ministry of Health, the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA), among others are continuously monitoring the situation and taking commensurate action to contain the spread of COVID-19 to keep people healthy.
The UAE is well prepared to manage these circumstances and will handle any risk to public health with the greatest care, thanks to a strong health/medical infrastructure and close cooperation of all involved. To reduce the spread of the virus, the UAE is following World Health Organisation guidance and has swiftly implemented a robust series of precautionary, preventative measures.
- Nurseries, kindergartens, public and private schools, colleges and universities will commence their spring break earlier than usual, from this Sunday 8 March for a period of four weeks;
- UAE Airports have taken a number of steps to contain the spread of the virus, including providing separate gates to screen higher-risk passengers from a number of destinations;
- The UAE Cabinet has reviewed the country's response to coronavirus and will take timely decisions, as and when required;
- The public and private sectors, as well as the UAE federal and local authorities, have undertaken strict measures to implement the highest standards of sanitation, health and safety protocols.
With seven months to go, Expo 2020 Dubai remains on track with its planning, including for our first test event in March. However, we recognise the changing nature of the current global situation and we’re responding accordingly with any necessary changes to our programme schedule, including delaying our next global marketing campaign by a few weeks.
These types of discussions and decisions are closely made with the Ministry of Health and Prevention, the Dubai Health Authority, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Bureau of International Expositions.
Expo 2020 Dubai’s on-site medical facilities are fully equipped to address any concern amongst our construction workers on-site. No cases have been identified among any of those working for Expo 2020 Dubai, or on our larger master site.
Important communique -COVID -19 related restrictions and travel ban
We wish to bring you up to date with the latest information on the local government policies in Mauritius in line with the fast evolving situation around Covid-19.
First of all, we wish to reiterate that there is no case of Covid -19 in Mauritius.
In line with the international situation coupled with the lock downs, the Government of Mauritius has announced the following measures and restrictions:
- Travellers from Reunion Island shall no longer be allowed to travel to Mauritius for a two- week period, effective as from today 16th March 2020 at 20h00 GMT.
- The two week ban is also applicable to the following travellers and nationals, effective as from Wednesday 18th March 2020, at 20h00 GMT:
- United Kingdom
- European Union
These 2 new measures are in addition to the travel ban already applied to China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Iran, Italy, India, etc…
The above measures and restrictions aim at being preventive as no case of Covid-19 has been reported in Mauritius.
For further information, please visit the Departement of Health & Social Care website: