Travel Archives - Hudson McKenzie


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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Australia employment law changes 2021

July 14, 2021 | Employment, Immigration, Travel

Increase in wages The Fair Work Commission increased the minimum wage in Australia on 1st July 2021. The increase in the minimum wage has been staggered across industries in order to allow certain industries time to recover as a result of the pandemic. As such the last industries to increase wages for staff are the

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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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Sydney Australia enters lockdown

June 30, 2021 | News, Travel

Australia has managed the virus cautiously after keeping cases low consistently. Subsequently, locals have been able to experience few restrictions. Since March 2020 Australia has enforced strict quarantine and border rules to try to suppress the virus.   However, Australia has had to impose a 2 week lockdown on Sydney, this is the first lockdown

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New destinations added to the UK green list

June 29, 2021 | News, Travel

The guidance for international travel from the UK is changing constantly. The UK government moves countries between the amber, red and green lists and outlines countries which are safe to travel to and therefore on the “green list.”   Which destinations are now on the green list?   As of 30th June 2021, a number

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Global immigration changes

June 25, 2021 | Immigration, Travel

Keep up-to-date with the latest notable global immigration changes in the Netherlands, Canada and Russia.   Netherlands immigration changes   For those UK nationals who are living in the Netherlands currently, the deadline has been extended to apply for a new residence document. For UK nationals who arrived in the Netherlands before 1st January, in

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Notable changes to immigration at UK borders

    The Home Office announced a new plan for immigration: legal migration and border control strategy statement. In another post we gave an overview of the proposals, in this article, we will discuss the notable changes to UK immigration at UK borders.   There is a proposal for electronic travel authorisation including pre-clearance for

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Panama introduces new remote work visa

In May 2021 Panama introduced a new remote worker visa for foreign nationals who intend to work in Panama remotely for a period of 9 months. The visa can be renewed for a further 9 months and the applicant must meet the same requirements again for the renewal. Individuals who work locally or provide services

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EU Blue Card Directive: what is it?

June 24, 2021 | Immigration, Travel, UK Government

The EU Blue Card Directive is an EU-wide work permit that allows highly-skilled non-EU nationals to live and work within the member states in the EU. The only member states which are not included in this Directive are Denmark and Ireland.   Currently, the salary threshold requirement is that foreign nationals working in the EU

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South Africa to introduce remote working visa?

South Africa is one of the world’s leading tourist destinations and along with most other countries, the tourism sector in South Africa was hit hard by the pandemic. South Africa has been said to be one of the best places for remote working due to the extensive co-working spaces, fast internet and internet cafes. It

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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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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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Digital nomad visa requirements

In a previous post, we explained how digital nomad visas are becoming more popular among countries. Countries around the world are trying to encourage people to travel in order to boost economies after the pandemic. A digital nomad visa allows those who want to travel and work remotely to do so legally.  Many of the

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Digital nomad visas on the rise for those travelling whilst working

With many now working from home due to the pandemic, office working seems something of the past and remote working the future. This means that in theory, many people could actually work anywhere in the world that they desire, if it is suitable for their job. Subsequently, many countries have adapted their immigration laws to

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