o v e m b e r 2 0 2 0 N s s u e C W 4 6 I RESTRICTIONS TRAVEL EXEMPTIONS AND FREE SERVICE OF: A GLOBAL MOBILITY SOLUTIONS CONVINUS 70, 8001 ZÜRICH, SCHWEIZ TALSTRASSE / INFO@CONVINUS.COM WWW.CONVINUS.COM LIMIT FOR THE INCOME HEALTH INSURANCE STATUTORY N e w s f r o m t h e w o r l d o f g l o b a l m o b i l i t y The Belgian regions of Brussels and Flanders have published the new minimum annual salaries that have to be paid to foreign employees as of January 1, 2021. Wallonia is expected to announce the new minimum annual salaries soon. The increases are as follows (gross; per annum; extracts): Brussels Highly qualified employees: EUR 43’395 Executives/managers (Intra-Corporate-Transfer): EUR 72’339 Specialists (Intra-Corporate-Transfer): EUR 44’889 EU Blue Card: EUR 56’111 Flanders Highly qualified employees, specialists (Intra-Corporate-Transfer): EUR 43’524 Executives/managers (Intra-Corporate-Transfer): EUR 69’638 EU Blue Card: EUR 52’229 All employers must ensure that the salaries of foreign workers already working in Belgium comply with the new minimum salary thresholds as of January 1, 2021. New applications for permits that do not meet the minimum wage requirements will be rejected. Variable bonuses, cost of living allowances and most other allowances (e.g. travel expenses, board and lodging) are not taken into account for calculating the BELGIUM: SALARY THRESHOLDS MINIMUM FOR 2021 PUBLISHED minimum salary and have to be paid in addition. For the German statutory health insurance, the annual income limit will be increased from 62,550 EUR to 64,350 EUR per year as of January 1, 2021. Employees whose regular annual remuneration is above this limit can take out either private or statutory health insurance. If the regular annual salary does not exceed the annual income limit in 2021 anymore, employees may become subject to statutory health insurance again. Since the contributions to the German statutory health and nursing care insurance are administered via the payroll, it is important for employers to check the insurance obligations of their employees and to inform employees about any necessary changes from private to statutory health insurance. GERMANY: OF THE ANNUAL INCREASE However, there are a number of special regulations to be observed, so that even a desired change from private to statutory health insurance cannot always be carried out. The Australian government has currently strict border measures in place due to the new coronavirus pandemic. Generally, all travellers arriving in Australia, including Australian citizens, must quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility, such as a hotel in their port of arrival. All travellers arriving in Australia on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand are exempt from this rule. A quarantine-free flight from New Zealand to Australia only carries passengers who have declared that they have been in New Zealand for at least 14 days and have not been in a new coronavirus hotspot in New Zealand in the last 14 days before travel. AUSTRALIA: COVID-19 Travellers to Australia are, therefore, only granted entry if they are in an exempt category or have been granted an individual exemption to the current travel restrictions. Most travel exemption requests for Australia are finalised within 7 days. BRITAIN & EUROPEAN UNION: GREAT CITIZENS' RIGHT OF RESIDENCE BRITISH IN THE EU AFTER BREXIT Several EU member states have already compiled guidelines for British citizens according to Art. 50 of the Withdrawal Agreement between EU and the UK. As expected, British citizens must now also apply for residence and work permits in the same way as third country nationals. Citizens who wish to continue working and residing in their current EU country of residence after December 31, 2020 should ensure that they take the necessary steps to prove their residence, register or apply for an appropriate immigration status before the end of the transition period. For example, British citizens will be able to reside in Austria and Belgium after 1 January 2021 and until the new permit is issued based on their current proof of status (E/E+ card and F/F+ card for family members). People who have stayed for more than 5 years in a respective EU country are to some extend entitled to apply for a permanent permit. Austria and France do not yet allow work permits to be submitted for jobs starting in January 2021, whereas the Netherlands and Belgium have already allowed the application procedure from November 1, 2020. In Greece, British citizens must even attend a personal appointment with the authorities to submit their biometric data. In most EU member states, legislation on this issue is still at the draft stage. After December 31, 2020, the British would have to apply for a new residence status or re-apply under the rules of the respective countries.