In response to COVID-19 outbreaks, some Australian states and territories have enacted new restrictions and closed their borders. These restrictions include mandatory quarantines, COVID-19 tests, and the completion of either declaration or registration forms. Australia has remained closed to international travelers, unless you are an Australia citizen, resident, immediate family member, or meet a specified exemption. If returning home to Australia or if an exception is met, travelers from oversees, with the exception of travelers from New Zealand who meet eligibility criteria, are required to quarantine at their port of arrival for 14 days at a government-designated accommodation.  Continue reading on Mayer Brown’s The Mobile Workforce blog.

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Taiwan continues suspending the entry of visitors and resident visa holders until July 16.  Only foreign nationals with an Alien Resident Certificate are permitted to enter. Exceptions are being considered on a case-by-case basis for emergencies and on humanitarian grounds.  Continue reading on Mayer Brown’s The Mobile Workforce blog.

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Starting September 1st, 2021, Korean immigration will require visa waiver entrants (traveling for tourism or business) to obtain an electronic travel authorization, known as, K-ETA, at least 24 hours prior to travel.  Currently, K-ETA is an optional program but will become mandatory on September 1st.  Continue reading on Mayer Brown’s The Mobile Workforce blog.

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Chile continues suspending the entry of foreign nationals due to the outbreak of Coronavirus until July 25, 2021. Exemptions have been carved out, including specific procedures for companies to apply for a a safe conduct (“Salvoconducto”) to allow entry to the country for essential or critical personnel. Continue reading on Mayer Brown’s Mobile Workforce blog.

 

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Effective at midnight on June 24, 2021, travelers from New York, Connecticut, Iowa and Rhode Island will no longer be subject to Japan’s stricter quarantine measures to prevent the spread of delta variant infections as previously discussed.  Also effective on June 24, travelers from the Arkansas, United Arab Emirates, South Africa and certain other countries will be subject to the stricter quarantine measures.  The two week self quarantine still applies to all entrants to Japan regardless of nationality or visa status.  Further details regarding the stricter quarantine measures are available here and here.

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Effective June 14, travelers from California, Oakland, Nebraska and a few countries are no longer subject to the previously discussed stricter quarantine measures.  On the other hand, also effective June 14, travelers from Washington, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and certain other countries will be subject to such stricter quarantine measures.  Japan is in a fluid state and is updating the quarantine measures for travelers coming into the country on an almost daily basis based on the infection rates of US states and countries.  Such measures are all a result of ongoing fluctuations in COVID variant infection rates globally.

For further details, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website for up-to-date information regarding the entry restrictions and quarantine measures.  Visa restrictions and entry restrictions will continue to apply for the foreseeable future.

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From June 4, 2021, the Japanese government is to implement stricter quarantine measures for travelers from New York, California, Nevada and 12 other states, as well as certain other countries, due to COVID variant infection rates.  Under the stricter quarantine measures, travelers from the applicable states and countries (regardless of nationality) will be required to stay in a government-designated facility (i.e., hotel room quarantine) for three days and, pending a negative COVID test result, are permitted to spend the remaining 11 days in self-quarantine at a place of their choice.  Such measures will also be in place for travelers from Thailand and Germany effective June 4 and have already been in place for travelers from the Netherlands, France, Denmark and other countries.

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The Japanese government has announced that the state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka and seven other prefectures, currently slated to end on May 31, 2021, will be extended through June 20 as a result of the ongoing high rate of COVID variant infections.  Foreign entry into the country and visa applications will continue in principle to be restricted indefinitely, although athletes and other Olympic-related personnel will be specially exempt from the restrictions into entry.  The Olympics are scheduled to be held from July 23 to August 8.  Despite ongoing debate both domestically and internationally as to whether the Olympics should go forward, current indications from both the national government and the IOC suggest it will proceed as planned.

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In response to the rise of COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, the country’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced the implementation of new entry restrictions for foreign visitors.  Specifically, foreign nationals without a valid Alien Resident Certificate (ARC card) will be temporarily barred from entry to Taiwan.  This means holders of visitor or residence visas with COVID-19 special permits, as well as transit travelers, will be banned from entry, including those travelers who plan to apply for ARC cards following arrival in Taiwan.  Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis for emergencies and on humanitarian grounds.

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The Japanese government has announced that the state of emergency, originally slated to end on May 11, 2021, has been extended to May 31 due to the ongoing high number of COVID variant cases in the country.  The entry ban on foreigners (including the business track for travelers from certain countries) and the freeze on the issuance of most visas will continue indefinitely.  In addition to Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo, Fukuoka and Aichi prefectures will also be subject to the state of emergency starting May 12.  With the Tokyo Olympics expected to start in late July, the Japanese government has been vigilant in trying to reduce the spread of COVID within the country.  While bars and restaurants serving alcohol must still remain closed during the state of emergency, from May 12 the prefectural governors of each of the prefectures subject to the state of emergency can independently decide what other establishments should remain closed or be subject to other time restraints.  For example, while large-scale establishments (such as shopping malls, etc.) can remain open until 8:00 p.m. as of May 12, the prefectural governors of Tokyo and Osaka have indicated that such establishments shall remain closed for the duration of the state of emergency.

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