Immigration Updates – 11th of February

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    COVID-19 Updates

    This week, many governments have again updated their COVID-19 measures and/or the lists of countries or regions affected.

    Please find some highlights below – for more information on COVID-19 restrictions in any country, please get in touch. We’re happy to help.

    Denmark

    • Fully vaccinated or previously infected travellers
    • Regardless of country of origin, residence or nationality, no test or self-isolation is required:
    • Unvaccinated / not previously infected travellers
    • For those from the following countries, a test before entering Denmark or within 24 hours after entry is required:
      • EU/Schengen: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands and the Vatican City.
    • For those from the following countries, a test within 24 hours after entry is required, even if holding a negative pre-departure test:
      • COVID-19 risk countries: Bahrain, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay.
      • COVID-19 risk regions and areas: Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
    • For those who arrive from any other country than listed above, and who are not fully vaccinated or previously infected, a test within 24 hours of arrival and self-isolate for 10 days after arriving in Denmark are required. The isolation may end with a negative PCR test taken at least 6 days after arrival.

    Greece

    • Effective 7 February 2022:
      • Travellers to Greece holding an EU digital COVID certificate (EUDCC), or an equivalent from one of the non-EU countries participating in the EUDCC, are no longer required to present a negative result of a pre-departure COVID test.
      • All other inbound travellers, regardless of vaccination status, are required to present a negative result of a PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours before entry, or a rapid test carried out no more than 24 hours before entry.
      • Entry remains suspended for third-country nationals.
        • Exemptions from the entry ban apply to passengers travelling for essential reasons and permanent residents of Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Oman, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican.
      • All inbound travellers are required to complete an electronic Passenger Locator Form (ePLF) at least 24 hours prior to arrival. Once completed, the online form will generate a QR code.
      • Residents of Argentina, Chile, India, Mexico, Oman, Russia and Uruguay, regardless of vaccination status, are subject to a mandatory arrival test.
        • Those who possess a certificate recovery within the last six months are exempt.
        • Travellers who test positive must take a PCR test to confirm the initial result; those who test positive in this second test are required to self-isolate for 5 days.
      • Travellers of any nationality arriving from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey or the United Arab Emirates are subject to a PCR or rapid test on arrival.
        • Traveller with proof of vaccination or recovery are exempt.
        • Travellers who test positive must take a PCR test to confirm the initial result; those who test positive in this second test are required to self-isolate for 5 days
      • All inbound travellers may, at random, be subject to antigen testing on arrival.

    Monaco

    • Effective 10 February 2022, the country classification has been updated as follows:
      • Green Zone: European Union Member States, Andorra, Bahrain, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu and the Vatican.
      • Orange zone:  countries that are not classified in the green and red zones.
      • Red zone: NONE.
    • Regardless of nationality, anyone (aged 16 or over) who wishes to enter Monaco from a country in the green zone must present one of the following documents:
      • A negative result of a PCR or antigen test dated within the last 24 hours.
      • Full vaccination:
        • For the “COVID-19 Janssen Vaccine” 28 days after the administration of one dose
        • For other vaccines, 7 days after the 2nd dose, or a single dose for those who have had COVID-19.
      • A certificate showing proof of recovery from COVID-19: a positive PCR test taken more than 11 days ago and within the last 6 months.
    • Regardless of nationality, anyone (aged 16 or over) who wishes to enter Monaco from a country in the orange zone must present one of the following documents:
      • Full vaccination:
        • For the “COVID-19 Janssen Vaccine” 28 days after the administration of one dose
        • For other vaccines, 7 days after the 2nd dose, or a single dose for those who have had COVID-19.
      • A certificate showing proof of recovery from COVID-19: a positive PCR test taken more than 11 days ago and within the last 6 months.
      • If the person coming from an orange zone cannot present proof of vaccination or recovery, they must comply with the following requirements:
        • Have an essential purpose for travel (personal or family, a health reason relating to an emergency or a professional reason that cannot be postponed);
        • Present the negative result of a PCR or antigen test of less than 24 hours;
        • Either self-isolate for 7 days on arrival in Monaco; OR present the negative result of two new PCR tests, the first carried out within 24 hours of their arrival and the second carried out 5 to 7 days later.
    • Regardless of nationality, anyone (aged 16 or over) who wishes to enter Monaco from a country in the red zone must present one of the following documents:
      • Full vaccination:
        • For the “COVID-19 Janssen Vaccine” 28 days after the administration of one dose
        • For other vaccines, 7 days after the 2nd dose, or a single dose for those who have had COVID-19.
      • If the person coming from a red zone cannot present proof of vaccination or recovery, they must comply with the following requirements:
        • Have an essential purpose for travel (personal or family, a health reason relating to an emergency or a professional reason that cannot be postponed);
        • Present the negative result of a PCR or antigen test of less than 24 hours;
        • Self-isolate for 10 days and present the result of a new PCR test at the end of the isolation period.

    Norway

    • Effective 10 February 2022, vaccination certificates are valid for 270 days.
    • Effective 1 February 2022, on-arrival testing is removed.
    • Effective 26 January 2022, travel quarantine is removed.
    • All travellers arriving in Norway are required to complete entry registration.
      • An exemption will be made for children under the age of 16 and selected groups.
    • All arriving travellers are required to produce confirmation of entry registration and a COVID-19 certificate, if applicable, to the police at border control.
      • COVID-19 certificates are accepted from the following countries:
        • EU member states; Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Morocco, Moldova, Monaco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican.
    • Proof of a negative pre-entry test taken less than 24 hours before arrival is required for individuals over the age of 18, travelling from any country, who cannot produce a verifiable COVID-19 certificate showing that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months.
      • For persons arriving by air, the test may be taken within the 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure time of the first leg of air travel
      • The certificate must be in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French or German.
      • This requirement does not apply to fully vaccinated travellers and recovered travellers (in the last 6 months) if their status can be documented with a secure and verifiable QR code solution.

    Poland

    • Entry is permitted from EU member states.
    • Entry is permitted from outside the EU for the following:
      • Polish citizens and their spouses or children;
      • Citizens of EU/EFTA/EEA states or Switzerland and their spouses or children;
      • Citizens of the UK and their spouses or children;
      • Permanent or temporary residents of EU/EFTA/EEA states, Switzerland or the UK and their spouses or children – only for transit to their place of residence;
      • Citizens of Belarus;
      • Nationals or residents of Australia, Belarus, Canada, Georgia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States who enter Poland by plane;
      • Holders of a Pole’s Card;
      • People who have the right of permanent or temporary residence in Poland;
      • People who have the right to work in Poland and who simultaneously perform work there or during the border control present documents which indicate that their work start immediately after crossing the Polish border;
      • Foreign nationals who run a means of transport designed for the transport of persons or goods, and whose transit takes place as part of their professional activities consisting in the transport of goods or persons,
      • Pupils and students receiving education in Poland;
      • Athletes, journalists and staff entering to attend sports competitions in Poland,
      • Persons who cross the border of Poland based on a national visa for the purpose of repatriation in order to arrive in Poland as the repatriated person’s closest family member;
      • Travellers presenting a plane ticket confirming departure from Poland within 24 hours of arrival.
    • Arrivals from the EU, Schengen area and Turkey:
      • Travellers must present either proof of vaccination or recovery, or a negative result of a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before arrival.
        • Persons who fail to present a negative test result will be required to undergo a 10-day quarantine but can end quarantine early by obtaining a negative result from a test carried out after 48 hours at the earliest.
    • Arrivals from outside the EU, the Schengen area and Turkey:
      • Travellers, regardless of their vaccination status, must present a negative result of a COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours before arrival.
        • Persons who fail to present a negative test result will be required to undergo a 10-day quarantine but can end quarantine early by obtaining a negative result from a test carried out after 48 hours at the earliest.

    Portugal

    • Essential and non-essential entry is permitted from EU member states, Schengen-associated countries, Brazil, United Kingdom and United States.
    • Essential entry only is permitted from Bahrain, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Jordan, Kuwait, Macau, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Republic Popular in China, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay.
    • Effective 7 February 2022, travellers to Portugal, must present, before boarding, one of the following documents:
      • A negative result of a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before departure; OR
      • A laboratory rapid antigen test carried out up to 24 hours before departure; OR
      • A valid EU digital COVID certificate (EUDCC) showing proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test; OR
      • A valid vaccination or recovery certificate issued by one of the following third countries:
        • Albania, Andorra, Armenia, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, The Vatican.
    • All passengers are required to complete a Passenger Locator Card before departure or on board.
    • Children aged 12 years and under are not required to present a test result or an EU Digital COVID Certificate.

    Spain

    • Entry is permitted for non-EU nationals holding a vaccination certificate (valid between 14 and 270 days after the second dose, or after a booster dose).
      • Effective 14 February 2022:
        • Unvaccinated non-EU nationals aged between 12 and 17 years are permitted to enter on presentation of a negative result of a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before arrival.
        • Those aged under 12 years are not required to hold either a certificate of vaccination or a negative test certificate.

    Sweden

    • Effective 9 February 2022, the entry ban for travel to Sweden from EU/EEA countries is lifted.
    • The entry ban for travel to Sweden from non-EU/EEA countries is extended until 31 March 2022.
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