CANADA – Changes to List of Designated Countries for Immigration Medical Exam

Effective 23 November 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated the list of “designated countries” whose residents require an immigration medical examination (IME) to apply for a temporary or permanent residence visa.

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This alert was prepared using information provided by Kranc Associates and Newland Chase.

BOLIVIA – New Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirement

Effective immediately, the Bolivian government has introduced a new requirement for travelers entering Bolivia from certain countries to present a yellow fever vaccination at the port of entry.  This requirement is in response to a recent yellow fever outbreak in Bolivia and neighbouring countries.

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BOLIVIA – New Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirement

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Ferrere Bolivia and the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers.

NICARAGUA – New Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirement

Effective 17 January 2017, the Nicaraguan government has introduced a new requirement for travelers entering Nicaragua from certain countries to submit a yellow fever vaccination at the port of entry.  This requirement is in response to a recent yellow fever outbreak in Brazil.

UPDATE: Since 6 February 2017, visitors to Panama from Brazil are also required to present proof of vaccination.

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NICARAGUA – New Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirement

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Consortium Legal.

SOUTH KOREA – Tuberculosis Test Required for Certain Long-Term Visa Applicants

Effective 2 March 2016, certain applicants for long-term consular visas or post-arrival change of status or visa extension, who are nationals of eighteen “high TB-burden countries”, must submit a “Certificate of Health”, including a tuberculosis test result.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Reloko.

AUSTRALIA – Changes to Immigration Health Policy

Effective 20 November 2015, a new health policy will apply to applicants for Australian visas.

  • Under the new policy, an individual’s country of origin will have one of only two risk levels (requiring health examinations, or not).
  • For nationals and recent residents of higher-risk countries, the duration of stay from which a medical assessment is required has been raised from three months to six months.
  • Under the new policy, applicants for Subclass 457 visas will be treated the same as other temporary visa applicants.
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AUSTRALIA – Changes to Immigration Health Policy

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Hamilton Watts Migration Services and Visa Executive.