The Japanese government has continued strict entry restrictions for essentially all foreigners due to COVID-19. At the same time, there have been heated debates amongst government officials and Japanese business groups on whether and how to loosen the entry restrictions for business travel, which have impacted both global business and the Japanese economy since the

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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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.

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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Effective July 1, 2020 at midnight Japan time, the Japanese government announced that it is banning entry in principle of foreigners who have visited Algeria, Cuba, Iraq and 15 other countries for the past 14 days prior to arriving in Japan.  In addition, all Japanese citizens (and any foreigners excluded from the entry ban) who

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, the 50 states and the District of Columbia have adopted a variety of restrictions to contain the spread of the virus. Among other things, governors and state officials have issued stay-at-home orders, banned or restricted gatherings of groups, and ordered closure of certain non-essential business operations. Several states have also imposed varying restrictions on travelers from other parts of the country. Most of these interstate travel restrictions take the form of mandatory 14-day quarantine requirements for people traveling from COVID-19 hot spots, such as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Louisiana. However, some states have taken more aggressive approaches, ranging from highway checkpoints to orders prohibiting hotels from accommodating residents of certain states where the virus is widespread. This post explains and analyzes these restrictions.

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