COVID-19 Archives - Hudson McKenzie


Which Chinese cities are in lockdown?

April 13, 2022 | COVID-19, News, Travel

China recently announced its largest lockdown since the pandemic started in the global business hub of Shanghai after experiencing a high number of Covid cases. The lockdown in Shanghai has now been extended further resulting in public transport being stopped and companies asking people to work remotely.  China has been adopting a zero-Covid system rather

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Israel eases travel restrictions for visitors

February 24, 2022 | COVID-19, News, Travel

As of 1st March 2022 all tourists whether vaccinated or unvaccinated will be permitted to travel to Isreal providing they have a PRC test before travelling and on arrival to Isreal.  Israeli nationals will only need to provide a PRC test on arrival to the country and unlike before, unvaccinated nationals will not need to

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Can I work remotely on a tourist visa?

The idea of working remotely has become more popular since the pandemic. People have had the opportunity to work from home away from the office which has been a welcome change to the “normal” traditional ways of working for some. As many countries around the world are introducing remote worker visas or digital nomad visas,

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Which cities are locked down in China?

January 12, 2022 | COVID-19, News, Travel

On 23rd December 2021, Xi’an city in China where 13 million residents live was locked down as a result of the virus. Now Yuzhou has also been forced to lockdown in an attempt to stick to the Covid-zero policy. What is a Covid-zero policy? A Covid-zero policy is where the goal is to have no

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How has the new variant affected UK travel rules?

January 11, 2022 | COVID-19, News, Travel

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said that as a result of the new Omicron variant, the current testing system for travellers is somewhat useless now. The new variant is spreading quickly around the world due to its highly infectious nature, therefore the travel rules need to be adjusted in order to be fit for purpose.

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Which countries are restricting UK visitors?

December 21, 2021 | COVID-19, News, Travel

As a result of the new Omicron variant, countries are closing their borders to UK travellers. As the wave of Omicron hits the UK, it is likely that more countries will follow in restricting travel from the UK. Anyone travelling over the Christmas period should check travel rules and restrictions before doing so. France On

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What are the current rules since the new variant?

December 8, 2021 | COVID-19, News, Travel, UK Government

The new Omicron coronavirus variant was originally detected in South Africa and is now spreading rapidly around the world. As such, many countries have implemented rules to respond to the spread. The UK track and trace system will notify people of contact with suspected Omicron cases and will be required to self-isolate for 10 days

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Saudi Arabia remove travel ban for specific countries?

December 1, 2021 | COVID-19, Travel

Saudi Arabia has stated that it will remove the travel ban which was first implemented on 14th March 2020 for 6 countries. From 1st December 2021 eligible nationals will be able to travel to Saudi Arabia. The travel ban was originally introduced to combat the spread of Coronavirus; however, Saudi Arabia has confirmed that fully

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What are the current requirements for international travel destinations?

November 30, 2021 | COVID-19, Latest Thinking, News, Travel

Different countries around the world are adopting different approaches when it comes to UK visitors and travel restrictions. Since the announcement of the new variant “Omicron” last minute travel restrictions have been put in place. The World Health Organisation has said that the new variant is concerning. As a result, the UK has placed South

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Austria faces first lockdown for unvaccinated people

November 17, 2021 | COVID-19, News, Travel

It has been reported that record infections have spread across Austria. The top of Austria which borders Germany and Czech Republic is said to have the country’s highest level of Covid cases and the least people vaccinated. As such, Austria is heading towards a lockdown for unvaccinated residents.  Currently, unvaccinated people are already banned from

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What are the current UK travel rules?

November 10, 2021 | COVID-19, News, Travel

As of 1st November, the UK “red list” has been removed. The “red-list” rules meant that those returning from a country on the list would need to quarantine for 10 days in a government-approved hotel. The remaining “red” countries including Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela were removed from the list

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Australia ends travel ban for citizens

November 2, 2021 | COVID-19, News, Travel

  From 1st November 2021, Australian citizens will be able to travel outside of Australia without needing permission. Australia has imposed some of the strictest restrictions in the world as a result of Covid rising infections, which has meant that Australians have been unable to travel unless they have an exemption.    However, the rule

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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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