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International travel restrictions

International travel restrictions during COVID-19 pandemics can be challenging. Many countries closed their borders and cancel all their international flights.

To help you to plan your essential travel, you may use this Interactive Coronavirus (Covid-19) Travel Regulations Map created by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). You can get up-to-date information about each country current travel restrictions imposed by their governments. The map is very easy to use. You can click on the country you wish to know their current restrictions. For example, below is Australia’s current international travel restrictions published on the Interactive Coronavirus (Covid-19) Travel Regulations Map.

Australia’s current international travel restrictions

The restrictions were published on 27.05.2020.

1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Australia.This DOES NOT apply to nationals of Australia, the immediate family members of nationals of Australia.
The restriction also does not apply to permanent residents of Australia and their immediate family members.
If you are a national of New Zealand residing in Australia, this rule does not apply to you too.
Diplomats accredited to Australia and currently resident in Australia, and their immediate family members are also exempt from this restriction.
2. Passengers and airline crew are required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days at their first arrival location in Australia. If their duration of stay is less than 14 days, they must self-isolate for the entire duration of stay.This does not apply to airline crew with the appropriate personal protective equipment.
3. Airline crew who are nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate at their place of residence (or hotel) between flights, or for 14 days, whichever is shorter.
Airline crew who are not nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate in their hotel on arrival until their next flight.
4. When passengers transit through Australia for 8 to 72 hours, they must go to mandatory quarantine at the state-designated facility until the time of the departing flight.
5. For repatriation charter flights, airlines are advised to contact the Australian Border Force (ABF) as early as possible in the planning process. Airlines should not confirm or schedule flights before discussing arrangements with the ABF repatriation team.
Source: IATA

If you are a British citizen, currently in Australia, would like help, please contact the British Embassy in Australia.

Support and help available Companies House

There is support and help from Companies House for company directors that currently abroad to comply with witth UK company’s legal filings requirements.

 You can submit the following documents online with Companies House.

All you need is your company’s authentication code issued by Companies House. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Keep safe your authentication code.

If you are unable to complete your company accounts due to the interruption from this COVID-19 outbreak, you can apply to Companies House to extend your company accounts filing deadline without incurring a late filing penalty.

Companies House also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature.

If you require help with your UK company’s filings, contact us. Our accountants can help you.

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