COVID-19 Archives - Hudson McKenzie


What is the new England “winter plan”?

The “Covid-19 Response: Autumn and Winter” plan has been laid out by Parliament. Since the restrictions were lifted in July in England, the government has had to come up with a plan for the winter months to ensure that Covid cases do not overwhelm the NHS. The government have always emphasised that vaccines will help

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Is it the end of the UK travel traffic light system?

September 15, 2021 | COVID-19, News, Travel

Throughout 2020 and now 2021, travellers have been pulled from pillar to post with changing travel rules and restrictions, resulting in booking and cancelling flights at short notice. The UK government has proposed changes to the current travel traffic light system which are due to be announced in the coming weeks.  What are the current

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Portugal changes travel rules for UK tourists

September 9, 2021 | COVID-19, News, Travel

Travellers from the UK visiting Portugal will no longer be required to be fully vaccinated to avoid quarantine on arrival to Portugal. For UK tourists, a negative PCR test will be sufficient. The PCR test must be taken up to 72 hours before departure. These new rules will be in place from 16th September 2021. 

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What are the international travel rules from amber list countries?

July 27, 2021 | COVID-19, News, Travel, UK Government

Since Monday 19th July the Covid restrictions have been lifted in the UK. As a result, the government is no longer recommending against travel to amber list countries. The amber list rules only apply to people who are fully vaccinated under a UK vaccination programme. Being fully vaccinated means that you must have had your

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How will Covid change global immigration?

It is clear that the pandemic has reshaped the way that people live including the way people travel. With many countries in and out of lockdowns and restrictions changing from month to month, a lot of people are taking “staycations” or holidays closer to home. In some countries such as China, quarantine rules for visitors

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Current rules on business travel to China

July 20, 2021 | COVID-19, Immigration, News, Travel

In March 2020 China suspended entry for foreigners; however, now, business travel to China is slowly increasing.  The current requirements for the business travel visa (M visa) are that you must either have: an “invitation letter” (known as a PU letter) or  have a valid APEC business travel card to be able to apply for

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Roll out of the new EU vaccine passport

July 8, 2021 | COVID-19, Travel

The EU has officially issued a Covid vaccine passport which is being rolled out across all 27 member states of the EU. Those with a vaccine passport will be fully vaccinated and will be able to travel throughout Europe. The passport was officially introduced on 1st July 2021 and will be phased-in over a 6-week

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Israel travel changes due to Covid

July 6, 2021 | COVID-19, Travel

Due to a surge in Covid cases, particularly the Delta variant, Israel has had to hold back on plans to ease travel restrictions. The Israel government is urging residents not to travel abroad and for people coming into Israel, they will have to undergo a Covid PCR test. The number of testing sites is said

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How does remote working affect immigration compliance for sponsors?

June 25, 2021 | COVID-19, Employment, Immigration

  Originally, immigration law involving sponsorship and sponsored workers was based on migrants working in offices. Now, the pandemic has changed the work dynamic and more people are working remotely, which begs the question, how does remote working affect immigration compliance for sponsors?   When employees are working from home, it can be difficult to

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What salary does a sponsor have to pay a skilled worker?

In order for a skilled worker to be eligible for the Skilled Worker visa, they must show that they will be earning the required level of income. According to the Immigration rules, a skilled worker will need to be paid at least the minimum salary for the type of work they will be doing. This

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The current position on international travel in the UK

As of 17th May 2021 the UK travel ban on international travel for non-essential purposes was lifted. It seems that international travel will be somewhat similar to last summer’s arrangement whereby the government has a green list of countries that people can visit without having to quarantine on their return to the UK. The list

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Extension for the right to work checks

In a previous post, we explained that the UK government had announced that as of 17th May 2021, right to work checks can no longer be made by checking digital documents or scanned copies of documents online. It must be noted that the UK government has now extended this to 21st June 2021. This means

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Who is eligible for an Intra-company transfer visa?

There are two types of intra company transfer visas: intra-company transfer visa and intra-company transfer graduate trainee visa. You can apply for the intra-company transfer visa when you’re being transferred to a role in the UK by your employer. This is usually applicable to people who work for international companies who have offices in the

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The return of the sponsor licence inspection visits?

The Home Office may conduct sponsor licence inspection visits on work premises in instances where an application for a first sponsor licence is made or when a sponsor licence is being renewed. During the pandemic, many employers have put most of their focus into actually keeping afloat with many employees being furloughed. The UK government

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Short term business travel during COVID-19

Pre-pandemic, business people all over the world travelled between countries as easily as getting on a train, but what has happened to short term business travel in our new normal since Covid has hit? What is the reality of the “new normal” when it comes to business travel? Many businesses have adapted to remote working

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