Covid-19 Updates

Australia

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, Australia has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to Australia, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 21 February 2022
Last Updated at: 21 February 2022

Latest Update

From 21 Feb, all vaccinated travellers will be allowed to enter Australia

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  • Teachers and education support staff are not required to wear face masks while teaching to facilitate better communication, but those who wish to do so, can.
  • Face masks are mandatory for all school staff and school students aged 12 or older when travelling to and from school.

There are currently 7 visas that you can attain.

  • Visit and tourism 
  • Study
  • Work
  • Live here permanently 
  • Join partner or family
  • Stay longer in Australia
  • Refugee and humanitarian 
  • Other types of visas that require prior checks.

More information on COVID-19 information for Temporary Visa Holders in Australia can be found here.

For more information about immigration to Australia, you can check out our article on Moving to Australia? Here Are The Best Australia Immigration Consultants.

Home inspections and auctions are currently allowed in Australia, however, inspections and auction guidelines may differ for each Australian states.

Latest Update for Victoria

  • Private and commercial properties can have pre-arranged real estate inspections for up to 10 members of the public.
  • Face masks must be worn while during home inspections.

For more information, you can visit the State Government of Victoria website.

 

New South Wales

  • Home inspections can take place with a one-person per two square metre density quotient.
  • Mask wearing is recommended but not compulsory.

 

Western Australia

  • Home inspections can take place with a maximum of 20 person viewing and a one-person per two square metre density quotient.
  • Mask wearing is recommended but not compulsory.

 

For more information on other Australian Territory home inspections guidelines, please visit here. 

For more information on long-term accommodations in Australia, you can check out our article on Long Term Accommodations In Australia: Your Best Bet.

Yes. Cats and dogs can be imported to Australia during COVID-19 under stricter conditions

  • Live cats and dogs are prohibited from importing to Australia from Malaysia.
  •  A permit to import a cat or dog from New Zealand or Norfolk Island is not required, but conditions apply. 
  • Cats and dogs have to be transhipped via Sydney to the Post-Entry Quarantine Facility in Melbourne.
  • Pets have to undergo at least 10 days of quarantine isolation in the Australian Government Post-Entry Quarantine Facility in Melbourne.

For more information on importing pets into Australia, you can visit the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment of Australia website.

For more information on pet relocation to Australia, you can check out our article on Pet Relocation: Exporting Your Pets From Australia. 

Canada

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, Australia has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to Australia, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 18 March 2022
Last Updated at: 18 March 2022

Latest Updates

As of 1st April, fully vaccinated travellers will not be required to do pre-arrival Covid-19 testing.

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Elementary and Secondary Schools

  • Safety measures are in place in schools to ensure that there is no spread amongst the staff and students.
  • Maks wearing is optional.

 

Special Needs Schools

  • In-person learning is available for students from special education who are unable to study remotely.
  • These students and supporting staff must check for COVID-19 symptoms every day before going to school.
  • For all Ontario elementary and secondary schools that are providing in-person learning for special needs students, they are required to wear a face mask or face coverings while being in school, on school transportation or outdoors, where physical distance cannot be maintained.

 

Childcare

Child care centres and home-based child care services for non-school-aged children are open.

For more information on Schools COVID-19 guidelines in Canada, please visit here. 

In light of COVID-19, real estates in Canada continues to operate under strict guideline.

  • Property showings are only allowed through appointment.
  • Open house viewing are banned for regions under shut-down or stay home orders or after lockdown restrictions are lifted.
  • Masks are required both indoors and outdoors.
  • Virtuals real estates transactions are recommended.

For more information on real estates in Canada, please visit here. 

Yes. Pet importing is permitted in Canada during COVID-19. However, all animals entering Canada must meet the Canada Import Requirements.

For more information on importing pets into Canada, please visit here. 

Check out the following pages and contact informations to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.
For COVID-19 information: 1-833-784-4397
Public Health Agency of Canada: 1-844-280-5020
For more information about Public Health Agency of Canada visit here
Canada Border Services Agency Contact Information
Government of Canada: COVID-19 website

New Zealand

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, New Zealand has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to New Zealand, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at:30 November 2021

Last Updated at: 30 November 2021

Latest Updates

Only New Zealand citizens are allowed to travel from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Seychelles, Malawi and Mozambique November 28.

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Schools (Alert Level 1)

  • As of 13 April 2022, New Zealand is currently at alert level 1.
  • Schools and bus services are back to normal
  • No physical distancing is needed on Ministry, regional council or Auckland Transport school bus or public transport service.

The education guidance for New Zealand differs according to the country alert level. For more information on the different guidelines for each alert level (1, 2 and 3), please visit the New Zealand Government website here.

There are 6 visas that you can apply for in New Zealand.

  • Study
  • Work
  • Live Permanently
  • Join Family
  • Start a business or invest
  • Other visas

To learn more about the Visas in New Zealand go to: immigration.govt.nz

Home Search

  • Home search services are available in New Zealand.
  • At the current alert level 1, the New Zealand government does not limit gatherings size or require social distancing for business.
  • Masks wearing are mandatory on public transport.

For more information, please visit the New Zealand government website here. 

  • Pet imports to New Zealand are available amidst the pandemic.
  • From March 1 2021, all import and transit permit applications to New Zealand must be sent through the new online permit application system.
  • In light of the COVID-19 situation, the New Zealand government had extended the import permits for cats and dogs validity for up to 6 months instead of the usual 10 days period.

For more information on the documents and requirements needed to import your cats and dogs into New Zealand, please click here. 

Emergency consular assistance for New Zealanders:
International: +64 99 20 20 20
New Zealand: 0800 30 10 30
Urgent immigration queries:
Outside New Zealand : +64 9952 1679
Within New Zealand: 0508 225 288
Healthline: 0800 358 5453
COVID-19.govt.nz
Ministry of Health guidance | COVID-19
Safe Travel | New Zealand Government

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oovaz offer end-to-end relocation services, ranging from international moving, pet relocation, immigration, international school search, home search to settling in services.

 

  • Teachers and education support staff are not required to wear face masks while teaching to facilitate better communication, but those who wish to do so, can.
  • Face masks are mandatory for all school staff and school students aged 12 or older when travelling to and from school.

There are currently 7 visas that you can attain.

  • Visit and tourism 
  • Study
  • Work
  • Live here permanently 
  • Join partner or family
  • Stay longer in Australia
  • Refugee and humanitarian 
  • Other types of visas that require prior checks.

More information on COVID-19 information for Temporary Visa Holders in Australia can be found here.

For more information about immigration to Australia, you can check out our article on Moving to Australia? Here Are The Best Australia Immigration Consultants.

Home inspections and auctions are currently allowed in Australia, however, inspections and auction guidelines may differ for each Australian states.

Latest Update for Victoria

  • Private and commercial properties can have pre-arranged real estate inspections for up to 10 members of the public.
  • Face masks must be worn while during home inspections.

For more information, you can visit the State Government of Victoria website.

 

New South Wales

  • Home inspections can take place with a one-person per two square metre density quotient.
  • Mask wearing is recommended but not compulsory.

 

Western Australia

  • Home inspections can take place with a maximum of 20 person viewing and a one-person per two square metre density quotient.
  • Mask wearing is recommended but not compulsory.

 

For more information on other Australian Territory home inspections guidelines, please visit here. 

For more information on long-term accommodations in Australia, you can check out our article on Long Term Accommodations In Australia: Your Best Bet.

Yes. Cats and dogs can be imported to Australia during COVID-19 under stricter conditions

  • Live cats and dogs are prohibited from importing to Australia from Malaysia.
  •  A permit to import a cat or dog from New Zealand or Norfolk Island is not required, but conditions apply. 
  • Cats and dogs have to be transhipped via Sydney to the Post-Entry Quarantine Facility in Melbourne.
  • Pets have to undergo at least 10 days of quarantine isolation in the Australian Government Post-Entry Quarantine Facility in Melbourne.

For more information on importing pets into Australia, you can visit the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment of Australia website.

For more information on pet relocation to Australia, you can check out our article on Pet Relocation: Exporting Your Pets From Australia. 

Hong Kong

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, Hong Kong has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to Hong Kong, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Last updated at: 17 January 2022

Information Still Current At: 17 January 2022

Latest Updates

From 14 Jan, there will be a ban on transiting travellers from over 150 nations

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  • Hong Kong city schools and kindergarten has returned to full capacity as all student returned back to campus for half-day sessions.
  • Temperature checks are required before entering school grounds.
  •  Mask wearing and social distancing in classrooms and during activities are also required.
  • The French International School and the English Schools Foundation’s Discovery College are among those granted approval to resume full-day sessions.
  • The Immigration Department (ImmD) will resume full public services except for passenger immigration clearance service by May 11
  • ImmD advice applicants who are not required to visit its offices in-person for applications, should submit applications by post, by drop-in, online or by using the mobile application to avoid gathering of people.

For detailed opening hours of individual offices, please refer to the ImmD’s official website

Home Search

  • Gathering restrictions remains at four people in a group. A fine of $25,000 and imprisonment for 6 months will be enforced if individuals are caught gathering in a group of more than 4 people.
  • Mask wearing is required.

For more information on Hong Kong Pet Regulations, please click here. 

Check out the following pages and contact informations to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.
Centre for Health Protection Hotline: 2125 1111 / 2125 1122 (8 am to 12 midnight)
Home Affairs Department Hotline: 2835 1473 (24 hours)
The Immigration Department Hotline: 2824 6111
Department of Health: Travel Health Service Website
The Government of the Hong Kong SAR: Outbound Travel Alert
The Government of the Hong Kong SAR: COVID-19 information

United Kingdom

In view of the worsening COVID-19 situation around the world, the United Kingdom has put in place measures to limit the spread. Do keep up on the latest updates to better plan your relocation to the UK.

Information still current at: 18 March 2022

Last Updated at: 18 March 2022

Latest Update

As of 20th March, the UK lifts all its remaining restrictions on international travel.

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  • All university students t0 return to in-person teaching.
  • For England, pupils and students will no longer be required to wear face coverings in schools and colleges.
  • All children can go to registered childcare, childminders, wraparound care and other supervised children’s activities indoors and outdoors.
  • Up to 6 people from different households or a larger number of no more than 2 households can meet indoors without the need for a formal childcare arrangement.

For more information on operational guidelines for schools, please visit GOV.UK. 

There are currently 7 types of Visas.

  • Work Visas.
  • Business Visas.
  • Study Visas.
  • Visitor Visas.
  • Family Visas.
  • Settlement Visas.
  • Transit Visas.

To learn more about the Visas in the United Kingdom go to : https://www.gov.uk/apply-to-come-to-the-uk

Home Search

In light of the COVID-19 situation, moving home is permitted in the United Kingdom.

  • It is recommended to have initial viewing of the property virtually.
  • Indoor gatherings are limited to a group of up to 6 from any number of households (including children).
  • Face covering or masks are required when viewing the property.
  • Viewings of occupied homes should still be arranged by appointment only
  • Open house viewings with multiple households at the same time is prohibited.
  • When viewing houses, one should avoid touching the surfaces, and wash their hands/use hands sanitiser (the same applies for children)

For more information on property viewing/home moving guidelines in the UK, please click here.

Feel free to check out our article on Best Short Term Accommodation In The UK: Your Best Guide For Navigating the UK Housing Market Upon Arrival. 

You can enter or return to Great Britain with your pet cat, dog or ferret if it:

* Dogs must also usually have a tapeworm treatment.

* If these rules were not met, your pet may face quarantine for up to 4 months or refused entry into the UK if travelled by sea.

For more information on importing pets into great Britain, please visit GOV.UK.

Check out the following pages and contact informations to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.
Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre: 0800 678 1767 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Guidance from Foreign & Commonwealth Office for COVID-19

United States

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, United States has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to United States, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 28 December2021

Last Updated at: 28 December 2021

Latest Update

From 31 Dec, the US will lift the temporary COVID-19 related travel restrictions imposed on eight South African countries 

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K-12 Schools

The Center for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) recommends:

  • K-12 schools should be the last settings to close after all other prevention measures in the community have been employed, and the first to reopen.
  • In-person instruction is prioritized over extracurricular activities (such as sports and school events) to minimise the risk of transmission and protect in-person learning.
  • Families of student who are more susceptible to severe illness (such as those with special healthcare needs) or living with people at high risk are given the option of virtual instruction, regardless of the mode of learning being offered.
  • All schools are encouraged to use cohorting.

For more information, you can visit the CDC website here.

 

Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs)

(Including colleges and universities, community and technical colleges.)

The Center for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) recommends:

* For fully vaccinated IHEs

  • IHEs, where all students, faculty, and staff are fully vaccinated prior to the start of the semester, can return to full capacity in-person learning, without requiring or recommending masking or physical distancing. However, the CDC still encourages students to continued masking and physical distancing for people with weakened immune systems.
  • However, IHEs should encourage handwashing, cleaning/disinfection and respiratory etiquette.

 

* For IHEs not fully vaccinated

  • Mask wearing is required for indoors. Although it is not required to wear masks outdoor, the CDC  recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor or during activities that involve close contact with people who are not fully vaccinated.
  • People not fully vaccinated should perform physical distancing where they should keep space of at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) between people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

For more information, please visit the CDC website here. 

 

Prevention Strategies (All Schools)

The Center for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) recommends:

  • Use of masks required
  • Physical distancing
  • Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
  • Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities
  • Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine.

For more information, you can visit the CDC website here.

For more information about the different visas to the USA, click the links below.

Tourism & Visit

Study & Exchange

Business

Immigrate

Employment

Other Visa Categories

  • Open houses viewing is dependant on each federal, states and local authorities recommendations. The “shelter in place” mandate may affect the permissibility of open houses.
  • No more than 10 people are allowed to tour the home at any given time
  • It is recommended to only allow one buyer group to tour the home at a time.
  • Ensure that guests maintain safe distancing of six or more feet apart.
  • Potential buyers are required to wash their hands immediately upon entry, and remove shoes/covering footwear with booties.

For more information on the COVID-19 guidelines for property viewing, please visit the National Associations of Realtors (NAR) website.

For more information on accommodations in the U.S., you can check out our articles on

A Guide To Short Term Accommodation In The US and Long Term Accommodations In The US: An Expat Guide.

mporting Dogs

  • With effect from July 14 2021, there will be temporary suspension for importing dogs from countries that CDC considers high risk for dog rabies.
  • All dogs imported into the United States must be healthy on arrival.
  • Vaccination against rabies is recommended by the CDC for dogs that are not from high-risk countries.

 

Importing Cats

  • All cats must be healthy upon arrival in the United States.
  • Vaccination against rabies is recommended.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture also has additional requirements for importing pets, check it out here.

For more information on importing pets into the United States, please Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information on pet relocation in the U.S., check out our article on The Best Pet Relocation Services In The US.

Check out the following pages and contact informations to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.
Contact the nearest here U.S. embassy or consulate
Contact U.S embassy assistance call center:
1-888-407-4747
+1 202-501-4444 (From Overseas)
For COVID-19 updates visit USA.GOV

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Singapore

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, Singapore has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to Singapore, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 18 February 2022

Last Updated at: 18 February 2022

Latest Update

From 25 Feb, Singapore loosens travel restrictions and opens up 5 new VTLs

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Primary Schools, Special Needs School , Junior Colleges (JCs) and Millennia Institute (MI)

  • All students will be able to return to school for face to face lessons.

Long Term Pass Holders

  • New entry approvals for all long term pass holders with travel history to higher-risk countries (excluding Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China and New Zealand) have been ceased until further notice.
  • All foreigners holding ICA-issued long-term passes (i.e. Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) or Student’s Pass (STP), or In-Principle Approval (IPA) letters for LTVP/STP, who plan to enter Singapore from any country must obtain permission for entry.

For more information on entry requirements for long term pass holders, please visit the Immigration & Authority Checkpoint Singapore.

 

Work Pass Holders

  • Work pass holders from higher-risk countries are prohibited from entering Singapore before July 5 except for Construction, Marine, Shipyard and Process (CMP) and migrant domestic workers work pass holders who had obtained entry approval to Singapore.
  • The Ministry of Manpower (MoM) Singapore has stopped accepting entry applications from higher-risk countries with the exception of key strategic projects workers.

For more information on work pass holders entry requirements, you can visit the Ministry of Manpower Singapore.

With effect from 29 March 2022, gathering of up to 10 people are allowed.

For more information on short term accommodations in Singapore, you can check out our article on Best Short-Term Accommodations In Singapore: Start Your Expat Journey In Singapore On The Right Note.

Pet relocation services are available in Singapore however pet relocation services may be facing reduced flight options for both Domestic and International travel. In light of the ease of COVID-19 measures, pets returning from overseas are allowed to service quarantine at home instead of a designated isolated facility in Singapore.

For more information on the requirements needed to bring a pet into Singapore, visit here. 

Check out the following pages and contact informations to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.
Ministry Of Health Singapore Emergency Line: 1800 333 9999
Ministry Of Health Singapore General Line: 6325 9220
Immigration & Checkpoints Authority Singapore 24Hr Call Centre: 6391 6100
Other Service Centres (ICA): Contact Us
COVID-19 Latest Updates from ICA
COVID-19 Local Situation Updates from MOH

Moovaz is an online platform designed to make international moving hassle-free and transparent for the modern economy. Simply enter your desired start and end locations, move size and move date to start your planning process.

oovaz offer end-to-end relocation services, ranging from international moving, pet relocation, immigration, international school search, home search to settling in services.

 

  • Teachers and education support staff are not required to wear face masks while teaching to facilitate better communication, but those who wish to do so, can.
  • Face masks are mandatory for all school staff and school students aged 12 or older when travelling to and from school.

There are currently 7 visas that you can attain.

  • Visit and tourism 
  • Study
  • Work
  • Live here permanently 
  • Join partner or family
  • Stay longer in Australia
  • Refugee and humanitarian 
  • Other types of visas that require prior checks.

More information on COVID-19 information for Temporary Visa Holders in Australia can be found here.

For more information about immigration to Australia, you can check out our article on Moving to Australia? Here Are The Best Australia Immigration Consultants.

Home inspections and auctions are currently allowed in Australia, however, inspections and auction guidelines may differ for each Australian states.

Latest Update for Victoria

  • Private and commercial properties can have pre-arranged real estate inspections for up to 10 members of the public.
  • Face masks must be worn while during home inspections.

For more information, you can visit the State Government of Victoria website.

 

New South Wales

  • Home inspections can take place with a one-person per two square metre density quotient.
  • Mask wearing is recommended but not compulsory.

 

Western Australia

  • Home inspections can take place with a maximum of 20 person viewing and a one-person per two square metre density quotient.
  • Mask wearing is recommended but not compulsory.

 

For more information on other Australian Territory home inspections guidelines, please visit here. 

For more information on long-term accommodations in Australia, you can check out our article on Long Term Accommodations In Australia: Your Best Bet.

Yes. Cats and dogs can be imported to Australia during COVID-19 under stricter conditions

  • Live cats and dogs are prohibited from importing to Australia from Malaysia.
  •  A permit to import a cat or dog from New Zealand or Norfolk Island is not required, but conditions apply. 
  • Cats and dogs have to be transhipped via Sydney to the Post-Entry Quarantine Facility in Melbourne.
  • Pets have to undergo at least 10 days of quarantine isolation in the Australian Government Post-Entry Quarantine Facility in Melbourne.

For more information on importing pets into Australia, you can visit the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment of Australia website.

For more information on pet relocation to Australia, you can check out our article on Pet Relocation: Exporting Your Pets From Australia. 

Germany

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, Germany has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to Germany, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 20 December 2021

Last Updated at: 20 December 2021

Latest Updates

From 19 Dec, regardless of the vaccination status, people travelling from the UK are required to quarantine for 14 days.

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  • Germany resumes Visa Application Centres in Muscat (Oman) & Manama (Brahim), accepting applications for a short-stay visa.
  • The Germany Visa Application Centres in Abu Dhabi and Dubai have resumed consular and passport services.
  • Germany resumes Visa Application Centre in Thimpu (Bhutan), accepting application for student, employment, urgent family visit and business visa.
  • Germany resumes Visa Application Centre in Algiers (Alegria), accepting application for limited category long term visa and legalisation requests.

For more information on the availability of German Visa Centres in your country, please click here. 

For more information on special regulations on German entry and residence visa, please visit The Federal Government.

Home Search

  • Services are currently available in Germany.
  • A safe distancing of 1.5m apart is mandatory, and shaking hands should be refrain.

 

Short Term Accommodation

  • Individuals who are moving to Germany and outside of the EU are allowed to import a maximum for five animals. However, these animals should be family pets, not meant for trade or to be sold.
  • For those who are moving to Germany and from the EU, quarantine are not necessary for their animals if they can provide proof of vaccinations.
  • Those who wish to bring cats or dogs into Germany from a country outside of the EU must ensure that their pet is vaccinated for rabies for at least 30 days and not longer than a year before entering Germany. The proof of vaccination (EU Veterinary Certificate in German/English) can be downloaded here and must be completed by a vet.

For more information on importing pets into Germany, please visit howtogermany.com.

France

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, France has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to France, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at:  21 January 2022

Last Updated at: 21 January 2022

Latest Updates

From 15 Jan, all travellers must meet the vaccination requirement and present a negative Covid 19 test within 24-48 hours of departure to be granted entry into France.

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  • Kindergartens, primary, secondary to high schools are open in France. High schools in France are adopting a mix of distance and on-site learning.
  • It is mandatory for all students who are over the age of six to wear a mask in school (kindergartens are exemption from this rule).
  • University students will alternate between on-site and distance learning.

For the latest update on schools in France, please click here.

Visa and immigration services are resumed in France. Applying for a visa is necessary for certain nationalities when intending to visit France. All visas must be applied before departure at the nearest French embassy or French consulate in the applicant’s country of residence. 

For more information on the documents needed for a student visa application, please click here.

  • Home search services are available in France
  • One person is only allowed for viewing per apartment with a time limit of 30 minutes. 
  • Wearing a mask and safe distancing is mandatory during tours.
  • Home visits should be scheduled before viewing.
  • Virtual visits are available.
  • Moves are permitted.
  • No quarantine is needed for your pet cats, dogs and ferrets if the following regulations are met:
  1. Ensure that the pet is a microchip.
  2. Ensure that the pet had undergone rabies vaccinations.
  3. Ensure that the pt had undergone the rabies titer test.
  4. Tapeworm treatment is required (for dogs only)
  5. Obtain a pet health certificate

For more information on importing and exporting pets into France, please click here. 

Check out the following pages and contact information to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.
Contact a toll-free hotline service (French only)
0 800 130 000
+33 800 130 000 (From Overseas)

Please note that the toll-free hotline service cannot give medical advice.

For COVID-19 updates visit the France Diplomacy and Gouvernement.fr.

India

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, India has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to India, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 11 January 2022

Last Updated at: 11 January 2022Latest Updates

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From 11 Jan, all international travel will be required to quarantine for 7 days regardless of their PCR test status.

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  • Schools in India continued to remain closed, with students having online learn. However, some states have decided to resume offline classes.
  • With effect from July 1, Telangana School to reopen physical classes.

For more information on schools reopening in India, please click here.

Changes to Visa Related Services During COVID-19

  • India has resumed services for the issuance of the following visas: e-Business visas, e-Medical Attendant visas, and e-Conference visas.
  • The e-tourist visas are suspended until further notice.

For more updates on the visa services in India, please click here. 

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Short Term Accommodation

  • Hotels are open in Maharashtra.
  • Hotels are available for booking for passengers transiting through India
  • Passengers can also choose to quarantine at hotels in Mumbai.

Importing Pets To India: Rules and Requirements

International flights to India are suspended until July 13 2021, and all land borders are closed.

  • Foreign national of Indian Origin requires an OCI or PIO card to bring pets into India.
  • Foreign national not of Indian Origin must be relocating to India for work purposes, or live in India for at least a year to import pets to the country.
  • Indians citizens visiting India on a short visa requires a DGFT license to bring pets into India.
  • Owners need to obtain the No Objection Certificate (NOC).
  • Cats and dogs must be vaccinated for rabies for at least 31 days before arrival.
  • The rabies titer test is not needed.
  • Owners need to show proof of the Veterinary Certificate issued by India.

Please refer to Pettravel.com for more information on relocating pets into India.

Check out the following pages and contact information to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.
Reach out to the Government of India through MyGov Corona Live Chat, or the national helpline numbers 011-23978046, 1075 (Toll-Free).
For COVID-19 updates visit mygov.in, The India Express (for live update), and covid19india.org.

UAE

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, United Arab Emirates has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to United Arab Emirates, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 4 January 2022

Last Updated at: 4 January 2022

Latest Updates

Starting 10 Jan, unvaccinated citizens will not be able to travel out of the UAE

Moovaz is an online platform designed to make international moving hassle-free and transparent for the modern economy. Simply enter your desired start and end locations, move size and move date to start your planning process.

Moovaz offer end-to-end relocation services, ranging from international moving, pet relocation, immigration, international school search, home search to settling in services.

Safe Distancing Rules in Schools

  • The maximum amount of student allowed per class is 30.
  • Students must seat 1.5 meters apart.
  • Masks are required for students in Grade 1 and above.
  • The maximum amount of KG students allowed in a bubble are 10.
  • The maximum amount of KG students allowed in regular class are 25. They must be seated 1.5-meter apart.

For more information on operational guidelines for Schools in UAE during COVID-19, please click here. 

Changes to Visa Related Services During COVID-19

  • The UAE had resume issuing entry and work permits.

 

Work Visa

The UAE offers only one type of work permit, known as the labour card. Before employees can apply for a work permit, they will need to obtain the following items:

  • an employment entry visa
  • an Emirate ID card
  • a residence visa

 

After securing the employment entry visa, the employee will be given two months to enter the UAE. Upon arrival in the UAE, the employee is required to obtain a residence visa and work permit within 60 days.

 

Step 1: Obtain An Employment Entry Visa (a.k.a Pink Visa)

To obtain the employment entry visa, the employer must:

  • Apply for a visa quota for their employees through the Ministry of Labour (MOL) UAE. 
  • Submit an employment contract, signed by the employee to the MOL.

 

Step 2: Obtain An Emirates ID Card

In order to apply for a residence visa in the UAE, the employee must obtain an Emirates ID Card to undergo medical screening, which is one of the requirements for residence visa approval. Employees need to apply for their Emirates ID card in person at the Emirates Identity Authority (EIA) Center. 

To apply for an Emirates ID Card, the employee must provide:

  • Entry visa
  • Original passport
  • Copy of the original passport

 

Step 3: Obtain An Residence Visa 

The employee is required to submit the following documents to obtain a residence visa in the UAE:

  • Employment Entry Permit
  • An Emirates ID card
  • A valid passport and photocopy of the passport
  • A copy of the passport photo
  • Medical screening results
  • A copy of the employer company card
  • A copy of the company commercial license.

The residence visa in the UAE is renewable every one to three years.  

 

Step 4: Obtaining Work Permit 

After obtaining a residence visa, the employee may proceed to apply for a work permit in the UAE. To acquire the work permit, the employee will require the same documents required for the residence visa. Then, the employee should complete a work permit application in Arabic, and submit an employment contract or proof of employment offer from their company in the UAE.

 

Study Visa

To obtain a student visa from the UAE, the expatriate student must be over 18 years of age and residing in the UAE. Outstanding students can apply for a long-term visa of 5 years in the UAE. 

 

Key requirements: 

  • Official admission letter from the respective university (freshman student)
  • Certificate of continuation of study (for older students)
  • Proof of passing medical tests
  • A visa sponsor (e.g., the university, parent or relative)
  • approval of the relevant General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).

For more information on obtaining a student visa in the UAE, please click here. 

 

Visit Visa

The UAE offers three types of visa eligibility from 30 days, 90 days or 180 days visa based on the different countries. Should you be visiting UAE for leisure purposes, do take note of the following visa requirements for the different countries.

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  • Property viewing and lease checks are available.
  • Virtual viewing with limited physical interactions.
  • Mask wearing, body screening are necessary.
  • Market availability of estates may be restricted due to a lack of mobility in verifying available properties.
  • Agents can help assist at sharing information on the housing market, sharing of sample properties online, coordinating temporary housing bookings and more.

Short Term Accommodations

  • Services are available.
  • Hotels are available for booking.

Updates On Pet Import To UAE During COVID-19 

  • Until further notice, cats entering the UAE will need to spend 14 days in quarantine prior to travel.
  • The issuing veterinarian and the government veterinarian will need to sign an addendum to the health certificate attesting that your cat has no signs of coronavirus infection.
  • Dogs and cats from China are not permitted to enter UAE.
  • All transport of Dogs and Cats from Canada to the UAE has been suspended.

For more information on the documents needed to transport your pet to the UAE, please click here. 

Check out the following pages and contact informations to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.
Contact the Embassy of the UAE here.
For COVID-19 updates visit Emirates, U.AE, National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority