AMERICAS

CHILE – Chile is reopening its borders for foreigners starting on November 23rd

CANADA – New Pre-Travel and Post Arrival Requirements

APAC

INDIA –  International Flight ban extended for inbound and outbound flights

EMEA

IRELAND –  Government calls for submissions on Occupations Lists due on December 11th


AMERICAS

CHILE – Chile is reopening its borders for foreigners starting on November 23rd.

Chilean Government recently announced that borders will reopen to all foreign nationals from November 23rd.

 Authorized Airport: Foreign nationals from all countries will be allowed to travel to Chile via Air travel. Foreigners will only be authorized to travel through Chile’s main International Airport Arturo Merino Benitez (SCL) at Santiago de Chile. Other air, land and water borders in Chile will remain closed for foreigners.

Entry Requirements for Foreign nationals: Entry will only be authorized for those foreign national that,

  1. Hold a negative COVID 19-PCR test taken within 72 hours of entry;
  2. Must complete an online health affidavit upon arrival;
  3. Hold a medical insurance that covers COVID-19 and undergo health checks.

Mandatory Quarantine: Foreign nationals arriving to Chile must remain in a mandatory quarantine of 14 days. Chilean nationals and resident permit holders can be exempted of this requirement if they present a negative PCR COVID-19 test results from abroad (Obtained within 72 hours before travel) or from an authorized laboratory in Chile.

Business Travel: Business Travelers will also be able to travel to Chile from November 23rd.

CANADA – New Pre-Travel and Post Arrival Requirements.

Starting November 21st, individuals entering Canada via air, land or water ports of entry will be required to provide mandatory travel information.

Impact: All travelers to Canada.

ArriveCAN: Travelers are required to provide the mandatory information through the ArriveCAN app. or online at https://arrivecan.cbsa-asfc.cloud-nuage.canada.ca/privacy.

If traveling by Air: Those individuals traveling by air must submit the information before boarding their flight to Canada. Border officers will ask to see an ArriveCAN receipt when entering Canada.

Post-Arrival Requirements: Within 48 hours of entering Canada, travelers must provide confirmation of arrival to their place of quarantine via the app or by calling the toll-free number 1-833-641-0343. Travelers in quarantine must complete a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment every day throughout their entire quarantine. Travelers who use the telephone option will not be able to use the ArriveCAN app option later.

Exemption: Travelers may be exempted to the Mandatory Isolation Order if they qualify for one of the limited self-quarantine exemptions that are available in Canada for those performing an essential job or function. The exemption will only apply, if it also follows the requirements of the corresponding province where the traveler will be performing the essential job or function.

APAC —India International Flight ban extended for inbound and outbound flights —.

Impact: All travelers to India as well as those who want to travel abroad.

India has recently extended the ban on all inbound and outbound scheduled international commercial flights. However, authorities are still able to allow international flights on a case by case basis and a limited number of commercial flights still remain open in India based on Air Bubble travel arrangements.

EMEA – Ireland Government calls for submissions on Occupations Lists due on December 11th —.

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment is completing another public consultation on the Critical Skills Occupation List and the Ineligible List of Occupations for Employment Permits. For the second time this year, Employers in Ireland, Government Department and Agencies are invited to submit their comments to the above list via email empu@enterprise.gove.ie and MSI Immigration can assist you completing the form.

Impact: This Consultation can impact future eligibility to Critical Skills Employment Permit and to Employment Permits.  

The Critical Skills Occupations List is the one that determines which occupations are eligible for the Critical Skills Employment Permit, an immigration route for local hires that exempts employers from labor market testing and other advantages.

The Ineligible List of Occupations for Employment Permits is the one that determines for which occupations foreign nationals from non-EU/European Economic Area/Swiss nationals cannot qualify when applying for a sponsorship-based Employment Permit.

After December 11th and following a review period, the government has the option to also add occupations to the Critical Skills Employment Permit and General Employment Categories (both local-hire permits), which would expand hiring options for employers and prospective employees in the following months.

For more information on MSI’s Immigration Services please contact us at msi.immigration@msiimmigration.com

Information for this update has been provided by our global network of immigration partners. Given the nature of and speed at which online communications are developed, we will make every effort to maintain the accuracy of the information provided. However, materials contained in this alert are subject to change at any time without any notice.