DTM (COVID-19) Ports of Entry Baseline Assessment — 24 March 2020

Snapshot Date
Mar 24 2020
  • Flow Monitoring


The current outbreak of COVID-19 has affected global mobility in the form of various travel disruptions, restrictions and blockages. To better understand how COVID-19 affects global mobility, IOM is developing a global mobility database mapping the locations, status and different restrictions of Ports of Entry (PoE), globally. The information gathered should especially be useful to help States, the UN and other stakeholder to address specific needs faced by migrants and mobile populations during the crisis affected by the global mobility restrictions.


Overview: As of 24th March 2020 (17:00 CET) data for the initial baseline assessment of Ports of Entry (PoE) has been collected and processed for 84 countries/areas.

•The PoE Baseline database contains information on 1,221 ports of entry.
•These consist of 238 airports, 77 internal transit points, 720 land border points and 186 sea border points.
•Of the 1,221 PoEs assessed, 1,014 (83%) have some form of restriction placed upon them,  468 were being fully closed for entry and exit and 401 partially closed. 
•Of the assessed PoE’s, 91% were reported to be official ports of entry.
•The most commonly imposed restriction period spanned between 14 days to one month (57% of all PoEs). 
•Of the 501 PoE’s imposing some form of health restriction, 44% are reportedly conducting routine health screenings, and a further 24% have COVID-19 specific screening activities ongoing. 


  • COVID19