Coronavirus Update - Avoid all but essential travel to China

Coronavirus Update - Avoid all but essential travel to China

Sterling Lexicon continues to monitor the situation with regards to the coronavirus outbreak and the impact on our clients at this time.

The recommendation from several authorities is to avoid all but essential travel to China.

Last week several countries evacuated as many nationals as possible currently residing in China and each in their own way implemented a variety of controls to limit the spread of the virus on re-entry.

The focus until now has been on the impact of the virus on those residing in China and restricting their movement both within China and on exiting the country. All affected businesses are attempting to ensure business continuity through remote working, but the impact will affect foreign employees as this includes all government bureaus, as well as state- and privately-owned businesses, visa offices, schools, property management companies, real estate offices, etc.

However, the focus now turns to the wider impact on business and travel as a whole in both the APAC region and globally. What we have seen today is that a number of countries such as New Zealand, Australia and the US are implementing temporary restrictions on entry for individuals who have recently left or transited through mainland China. Sterling Lexicon expects this to be replicated by most countries which are likely to have implications on international travel.

Further to this, the repatriation of foreign nationals in China has led to some foreign consulates running on skeleton staff or even closing. This will of course impact ongoing and upcoming visa applications with many government authorities such as New Zealand redirecting applications to other branches for support.

While the situation develops daily and we work closely with our network of partners to monitor changes, we recommend that if you have employees likely to be impacted due to the travel restrictions or whose permit applications may be affected, you reach out to your Sterling Lexicon Account Manager as a priority so we can provide you with the necessary guidance and support.

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