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05/25/2021: Australia – Federal Budget and Immigration Updates – Although Australian borders remain closed until 2022, the recently-announced Federal Budget has affirmed the government’s focus on attracting global talent to and business investment in Australia to support the economic recovery. To encourage investment, the government announced an early engagement process which will be established to provide potential investors and global businesses with greater certainty in order to streamline and simplify the associated processes.


6/28/2021: Bangladesh – No ‘Movement Pass’ During Strict Restrictions from July 1. Bangladesh is implementing strict lockdowns from July 1st for one week. The restrictions may be extended for another week if necessary.

European Union

06/28/2021: European Union – COVID-19 Digital Certificate – Very soon, all nationals residing within the EU will be eligible for the COVID-19 digital certificate. The COVID-19 digital certificate proves that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19. Although national requirements for entering an EU country will remain, the digital COVID-19 certificate will make traveling easier. Several EU countries have already made an app available for COVID-19 digital certificates.


06/10/2021: France – COVID-19: Modifications to Travel Restrictions – From June 9, the flow of travelers between France and foreign countries will be reopened under strict conditions according to procedures that depend on the sanitary/health situation in “departure” countries and the vaccination status of travelers. To deal with the virus and contain the spread of its variants, stricter border control measures have been in effect since April 24, 2021.

From June 9, the flow of travelers between France and foreign countries will be reopened under certain conditions and depending on the country of departure. These rules are updated regularly by the French government and so travelers and global mobility services personnel must keep informed accordingly.

Travelers from France to a country outside of the EU: the conditions and the restrictions for leaving the country depend on the category of the country (Red, Orange) and the vaccination status of the traveler.


06/23/2021: Germany – Some Easing of Travel Restrictions for U.S., Other Countries’ Travelers – Starting June 20, 2021, the German government is no longer considering the U.S. (among other countries such as Serbia, Hong Kong, Albania, Lebanon, or Taiwan (R.O.C.)) to be classified as a COVID-19 risk area anymore. Furthermore, starting from June 25, 2021, fully vaccinated persons traveling from third countries may generally be allowed to enter Germany for any purposes. These rules are updated regularly by the German government, so travelers should stay apprised accordingly.


06/17/2021: India – If Stranded in India, Foreign Nationals’ Visas Extended until 31 August – As per a recent Indian government press release, the Indian visa or stay stipulation period for foreign nationals stranded in India will be considered as valid until August 31, 2021, without the levying of any over-stay penalty. Foreign nationals will not be required to submit any application to the FRRO/FRO concerned for extensions of their visas. Such foreign nationals may apply for an exit permission to the FRRO/FRO concerned before exiting the country.


06/17/2021: Malaysia remains under lockdown – in place since June 1– as reported COVID cases remain high.


06/18/2021: Philippines – COVID-19: Extension of Travel Restrictions – The Philippine government has implemented updated guidelines for inbound travelers including an extension of the entry ban to travelers coming from seven restricted countries. Foreign nationals coming from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Oman, and United Arab Emirates or who have been to these travel-restricted countries within the last 14 days preceding arrival in the Philippines shall not be allowed to enter until June 30, 2021.

South Africa

06/28/2021: South Africa – Enters Strict Lockdown to Combat Third Wave of COVID-19 – South Africa has entered at least two weeks of strict lockdowns to combat a third wave of COVID-19 linked to the more transmissible Delta variant. The restrictions are some of the strictest announced since the early months of the pandemic.


06/30/2021: Spain – Extension of Travel Restrictions with Exception for Vaccinated Travelers – New or revised travel policies announced by Spanish authorities include an extension through July 20, 2021, of temporary restrictions placed on non-essential travel from third countries to the European Union (EU) and Schengen associated countries, including United Kingdom, for public health reasons due to the COVID-19 health crisis. There is an exception for vaccinated travelers. Additionally, there are flight limitations and restrictions on travel from South Africa and Brazil until 22 June, and until 12 June, a quarantine period for international travelers coming from India.


06/29/2021: Switzerland – Eases Entry Restrictions for Fully Vaccinated Persons – Switzerland eases entry restrictions for persons who have been fully vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19. Switzerland has extended “The Application of the Flexibility Rules,” pertaining to the application of standard social security rules and procedures, to December 31, 2021 for some neighboring countries.

United States

06/01/2021: United States – COVID-19: Form I-9 Compliance Flexibility Extended to August 31 – On May 26, 2021, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) extended through August 31, 2021, the flexibility for employers to continue to remotely inspect Form I-9 compliance documents.

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