Immigration new updates for APAC and EMEA regions
Thailand: Quarantine updates
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) decided to lift the pre-travel testing requirements for international arrivals, effective from April 1, 2022. This means travelers will be allowed to enter without showing proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel.
Travelers who are entering Thailand through the “TEST & GO” and “Sandbox” scheme need to take a RT-PCR test upon arrival and a self-ATK testing on day five. Nevertheless, the Sandbox staying period is reduced to five days from seven days. After completing five days within the Sandbox destinations, travelers will be allowed to travel domestically within Thailand.
This summary was prepared using information obtained from Thai Embassy.
Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Debra Jane Beynon, Regional Immigration Manager (APAC).
Europe, Middle East and Africa
Italy: Work opportunity for Ukrainian citizens
Ukrainian citizens who arrived in Italy after February 24, 2022, can request a stay permit called “Temporary Protection – Protezione Temporanea’’ which will allow them to work in Italy. Once the permit has been applied for, it will be valid for one year.
This is currently an indication by the Minister, but the police are still waiting for the final law to issue this permit. The police are currently accepting the application, but the permit of stay will not be issued until the final law is issued.
This summary was prepared using information obtained from the European Union Law and Portale Immigrazione (in Italian).
Slovakia: Updates for temporary refuges
More people from Ukraine can now request temporary refuge in Slovakia. The declaration of temporary refuge is in line with the EU Council Implementing Decision of March 4, 2022, applying to the following groups of people:
- Citizens of Ukraine and their family members if the family was present and resident in Ukraine before February 24, 2022.
- Foreigners who are not nationals of Ukraine and have international protection or equivalent national protection granted in the territory of Ukraine, and their family were present on February 24, 2022. The following is considered a family member:
- Their spouse
- The child of that person or the child of the spouse
- A close relative who lived with them in the same household and was wholly or partly dependent on them.
- Foreigners who are not nationals of Ukraine and have a permanent residence in the territory of Ukraine granted before February 24, 2022, and who cannot return to their country or region of origin under safe and stable conditions. The proceedings for the provision of temporary refuge initiated under the Government Resolution of February 28, 2022, will be completed under the original conditions.
This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Government of Slovakia (in Slovak).
Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Laxmi Vikraman, Regional Immigration Manager (EMEA).
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