World: COVID-19 Mobility Tracking Impact – Points of Entry Analysis: August 20, 2020 – IOM Regional Office for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia

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A total of 35,152 have succumbed to the Covid-19 disease in the South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia region (SEEECA) as of 27 August 2020 according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The outbreak of the virus has affected global and regional mobility in the form of various travel disruptions and restrictions. To better understand how the pandemic affects the mobility at the Points of Entry (PoEs), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has developed an online tool and database which tracks changed in mobility at Points of Entry (airports, land and blue border crossing points). This includes preparedness and response measures to prevent, protect against, control and assist in line with the International Health Regulations (IHR). Among the mobility changes tracked by IOM are: 1) Movement restrictions on entry and/or exit, 2) Changes in visa requirements, 3) Restrictions applied to certain nationalities to disembark at this location, 4) Changes in identification documents needed to disembark, 5) Medical measures in place such as Health Staffing/Medical Personnel, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Risk communication and community engagement (RCCE), Infection prevention and control (IPC) and Surveillance and Referral.

As of 20 August 2020, data was collected on 627 Points of Entry in 19 countries/territories/areas across South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. These locations include: 424 land border crossings points, 122 airports, and 79 blue border crossing points (including sea, river and lake ports). This work is based on the information collected by IOM Country offices in the region. This PoE brief analysis provides an overview of the changes of impact on operational status and mobility restrictions over time, between April and August 2020. It is important to note that not all data on PoEs have been updated every month meaning that the trend displayed does not necessarily represent the current situation of all PoEs. In April – May 602 PoEs were assessed, in June – July, 625 and in August a total of 627 PoEs were assessed.

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