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  • Global Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 Omicron Variant

    Global Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 Omicron Variant

    On 26 Nov. 2021, the WHO named the new B.1.1.529 variant Omicron. In response to this new variant, a number of countries have reintroduced travel restrictions and entry requirements.

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  • Andorra: Minimum Hourly Wage Increases for 2022 

    The government of Andorra increased the minimum hourly wage for 2022 effective 1 Jan. 2022. The hourly interprofessional wage will increase to EUR 6.68 per hour for 2022.

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  • France: Minimum Hourly Wage Increase for 2022

    France: Minimum Hourly Wage Increase for 2022

    The government of France increased the minimum wage by 0.9 percent on 1 Jan. 2022. The minimum hourly gross wage will increase to EUR 10.57 per hour for 2022.

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  • EU: Council Updates Travel Restrictions List

    EU: Council Updates Travel Restrictions List

    On 17 Jan. 2022, the European Council (EC) recommended that travel restrictions on 13 countries from outside of the European Union (EU) and the Schengen Area be gradually lifted.

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  • Thailand: Digital Vaccination Certificate Application Deadline Extended

    Thailand: Digital Vaccination Certificate Application Deadline Extended

    The government of Thailand will extend the free issuing of e-vaccination certificates, known as e-Vaccine passports, for individuals who are vaccinated in Thailand until 31 March 2022.

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  • Malaysia: Entry Approval Letter Exemptions for Some Work Pass Holders

    Malaysia: Entry Approval Letter Exemptions for Some Work Pass Holders

    The government of Malaysia will no longer require an entry approval letter for certain work pass holders. This exemption is expected to allow for shorter processing times for some work pass types.

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  • Colombia: New Andean Migrant Visa and Resident Visa

    Colombia: New Andean Migrant Visa and Resident Visa

    The government of Colombia created the Andean Migrant Visa and the Andean Resident Visa. Citizens entering from Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru will be eligible for these visa types.

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  • China: Entrance Requirements for Fully Vaccinated Travelers Arriving from the US

    China: Entrance Requirements for Fully Vaccinated Travelers Arriving from the US

    The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America released further guidance for fully vaccinated US travelers entering China beginning 13 Jan. 2022.

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  • Latvia: State of Emergency Extended until 28 Feb. 2022 

    Latvia: State of Emergency Extended until 28 Feb. 2022 

    The government of Latvia will extend a state of emergency until 28 Feb. 2022, maintaining existing COVID-19 safety measures.

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  • Italy: Work Permit Quota 2022 

    Italy: Work Permit Quota 2022 

    The government of Italy updated the work permit quota for 2022 for workers from countries outside of the European Economic Area (EEA).

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  • Singapore: Vaccinated Travel Lane Updates

    Singapore: Vaccinated Travel Lane Updates

    The government of Singapore announced it will not authorize new airline ticket sales on designated Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights from all VTL approved countries until 20 Jan. 2022.

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  • Germany: Annual Gross Salary Requirements for EU Blue Card Holders 

    Germany: Annual Gross Salary Requirements for EU Blue Card Holders 

    The government of Germany announced the minimum annual gross salary requirements for an EU Blue Card holder in Germany for the year 2022.

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  • UK: Youth Mobility Scheme for South Korean Nationals 

    UK: Youth Mobility Scheme for South Korean Nationals 

    The government of the United Kingdom (UK) will provide a total of 1,000 places for South Korean nationals applying for the Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) for 2022.

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  • Switzerland: Updates to COVID-19 Measures 

    Switzerland: Updates to COVID-19 Measures 

    The government of Switzerland will maintain internal COVID-19 measures, reduce the quarantine period for international travelers and shorten the validity of COVID-19 vaccination certificates.

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  • Cyprus: Pre-Departure Testing Options 

    Cyprus: Pre-Departure Testing Options 

    The government of Cyprus will allow travelers over the age of 12 the option to undergo either RT-PCR testing or antigen rapid testing for their pre-arrival required test beginning 14 Jan. 2022.

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  • Cayman Islands: New Quarantine Requirements 

    The government of the Cayman Islands introduced new quarantine requirements for residents and visitors entering the country.

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  • Malaysia: Updated Quarantine Requirements for Fully Vaccinated Travelers

    Malaysia: Updated Quarantine Requirements for Fully Vaccinated Travelers

    Effective 13 Jan. 2022, the government of Malaysia updated the entrance arrival requirements for travelers who are vaccinated against COVID-19 or who have recovered from COVID-19.

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  • India: VFS Global Updates for Indian Travelers to Ukraine

    India: VFS Global Updates for Indian Travelers to Ukraine

    VFS Global will provide locations throughout India for travelers to submit biometric data for a business or work visa application for Ukraine.

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  • The New Global Mobility Paradigm

    Join Envoy Global, Global Tax Network (GTN) and Odyssey Relocation as we reflect on key changes in our society that shifted how we manage immigration and consider what the future holds.

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  • Iceland: Border Measures Remain Unchanged Until February 2022 

    Iceland: Border Measures Remain Unchanged Until February 2022 

    The government of Iceland announced that the country’s current border measures will remain in place until 20 Feb. 2022.

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