COVID-19: Entry ban relaxed on certain expatriates, professional visit pass-holders

IMPACT – MEDIUM Malaysia has relaxed its entry ban for some travelers. Key Points: Expatriates and their dependants and professional visit pass-holders from the following 23 countries in Malaysia’s enforced entry ban list are now allowed to enter the country: Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru,
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COVID-19: US extends nonessential travel ban with Canada, Mexico

The Department of Homeland Security has extended restrictions on nonessential travel across the U.S.’s land borders with Canada and Mexico. Key Points: The restrictions have been extended through Oct. 21. Only “essential travel” is permitted at all land ports of entry along the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders. The list of individuals permitted to engage in “essential travel”
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Shanghai work permit application processes updated

IMPACT – MEDIUM Authorities in Shanghai have updated work permit application processes. Key points: Applications for Category B and C Notification Letter of Foreigner’s Work Permit, Category B and C extensions of Foreigner’s Work Permit and all cancellation procedures can now be handled online by the employer, without onsite submission of paper documents. For Category
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State Department updates: Diversity Visas, J-1 exceptions to travel ban

The State Department posted two updates regarding the ongoing travel bans that suspend entry of immigrants and certain work-visa applicants. Diversity visas. The agency will begin issuing immigrant visas to winners of the DV-2020 lottery, in compliance with a court order requiring the government to issue the visas by Sept. 30. The State Department’s announcement
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COVID-19: Relaxing of lockdown, resumption of international travel announced

IMPACT – HIGH  South Africa will relax its national lockdown to level 1 on Sept. 20 and allow international travel beginning Oct. 1. Key Points: Effective Sept. 20 at midnight, gatherings of people will be allowed but the total number within a gathering must not be greater than 50% of a venue’s normal capacity. The
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COVID-19: Additional updates announced as commercial air travel reopens

IMPACT – MEDIUM Following the reopening of commercial flights on Sept. 1, airport authorities have issued new protocols for passengers arriving in and departing from Ghana. Key Points: Anyone traveling to Ghana is advised to complete a health declaration form online before departing for Ghana. The form is available here. Starting Sept. 21, all arriving
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COVID-19: Commercial air travel gradually reopening to include United States

IMPACT – HIGH Colombia has announced that it will resume international flights starting Sept. 21. Key points: Flights will be allowed to and from Bolivia, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States. International flights will be available to and from airports in Bogotá, Cali, Cartagena and Rionegro. All travelers will be
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COVID-19: Borders open to foreign nationals from certain countries

IMPACT – MEDIUM Kazakhstan is opening up to travel from a growing number of foreign countries. Key Points: Under a recent change, foreign nationals from Belarus, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, the Netherlands, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates may travel to Kazakhstan. Foreign nationals from those countries do not need authorization if they have
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