As we move out of crisis management and forward into realization, COVID-19 restrictions are beginning to ease.
However, given most government agencies remain closed, we are continuing to observe disruption in immigration administration impacting worker mobility.
Many countries continue to maintain restrictions on entry and exit, visa and work permit issuance, closed borders, and tightened quarantine rules.
Questions on specific cases should continue to be directed to your Client Services contact or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moving Forward Amidst COVID-19—Mobility Update
The United States Department of Defense expects to begin moving personnel again in late June.
Due to the pent-up demand for household goods moves for the military, we anticipate pressure to secure suppliers for corporate relocations as we enter the summer months. Companies with moves on hold are encouraged to schedule tentative move dates as soon as practical.
There has been a marked increase in Real Estate related phishing scams due to the shift in handling business online.
Sadly, there have been reports of an increase in the number of fraudulent attempts to redirect closing funds related to property closings. Participants in real estate transactions are strongly encouraged to exercise caution throughout the process and closely monitor wire details.
In recent weeks across the APAC region, secondary waves of infections in Japan, Korea, and Singapore together with the emergence of asymptomatic cases in China have led to a cautious approach to reopening economies.
- Singapore will from May 12 require all businesses to adopt a system that checks visitors into and out of their premises using their smartphone. Called “SafeEntry”, the system is designed to enhance coronavirus contact-tracing capabilities.
- India is set to end its nationwide lockdown in about two weeks. Some restrictions have already been eased in urban areas that have reported no new infections.
- Thailand is preparing to restart businesses nationwide, with a state of emergency set to end on May 31. The easing of restrictions will take place in four stages and start with low-risk activities.
- The Philippines has outlined a gradual reopening of its economy that may be implemented after a lockdown on key economic centers ends in mid-May.
Governments across Europe are beginning to relax lockdown measures utilizing phased approaches.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, May 6, announced a range of steps agreed to with Germany's 16 federal state leaders to ease the coronavirus lockdown.
- Spain’s parliament on Wednesday, voted to extend the country's state of emergency, allowing stringent coronavirus lockdown measures to remain in place for at least two more weeks.
- France will start lifting confinement measures on May 11, with businesses to resume activity.
- Belgium’s Prime minister Sophie Wilmès announced Belgium will continue to ease its lockdown measures and will reopen businesses from 11 May.
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CapRelo is actively monitoring all cases to determine how moves will be impacted. Our remote workforce and technology solutions remain fully operational; therefore, we anticipate no significant disruption to service fulfillment for our clients and their transferees.
The safety and care of our employees, clients and customers is our highest priority. As circumstances evolve, we will continue to share our observations as it pertains to the relocation landscape.
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