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Expatland Welcomes McGregor Bailey as Group Leader in Auckland E-Team

McGregor Bailey,  a chartered accounting firm based in Auckland, has joined Expatland Global Network as one of the group leaders in the Auckland E-Team.

McGregor Bailey is a member of Kreston Global, a global network of independent accounting firms headquartered in London.

McGregor Bailey will oversee the accounting needs of expat clients moving to Auckland and to other cities in New Zealand. Founded in 1948, McGregor Bailey provides businesses with tax and accounting services from inception through to growth and eventual exit.

The Expatland Global Network consists of E-Teams of multi-disciplinary service providers in popular expat cities around the world. Operating at a city level, they have essential local knowledge and insight and are a great resource for expats on the move.

John Marcarian, Founder of the Expatland Global Network, says, “having McGregor Bailey join the Expatland Global Network strengthens our presence in Auckland We are very pleased to have them join our network.”

For Cameron McGregor, Principal of McGregor Bailey, a partnership with Expatland Global Network is a strategic move for any company expanding its services to capture the expat market. Cameron adds, “joining the Expatland Global Network enables our firm to provide our clients with international connectivity. We’re very excited of the opportunities that the network provides.”

‘Expatland’ origins

Expatland began as a book, written in 2015 by John Marcarian, as a result of his personal expat journey. It later evolved into a global community committed in helping expats plan their move overseas.

E-Teams around the globe

The Expatland Global Network was launched by John in 2018. It is expanding rapidly and has established E-Teams in 32 cities including London, Sydney, Singapore, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Budapest, Hong Kong, and Toronto. With best-in-practice members recognising the importance of this service, many more will follow.

If you are interested in being part of Expatland Global Network or a business interested in being an E-Team member, you can get in touch with Expatland: http://www.expatland.com/contact/

Vaccination passports for international travel are a reality

The need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 is paramount.  Possibly mandatory for employment in certain situations, useful for entry into many venues domestically and significant in determining international travel eligibility.  Along with which isolation and testing regimes are required for the destination country, transit countries and country of origin if a return trip is planned. Clearly, vaccination passports for international travel are now a reality.   

Currently, pre-departure Covid-19 testing is mandatory for most long-distance travellers prior to their departure for New Zealand with exceptions limited to enfants, those with medical conditions and a number of neighbouring countries. 

Our Christchurch Immigration member, Mary Noonan of Heartland Immigration shares about the reality of the possible requirement of vaccination passports for international travel.

Vaccination Passports in New Zealand

The question remains unanswered as to the next step as to whether Covid-19 vaccination will be made mandatory for entry to New Zealand. Many New Zealanders are quick to reference Section 18 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights 1990 which gives citizens the right to enter New Zealand. Individual rights are not always absolute particularly during a worldwide health crisis when preserving life and livelihoods takes priority. 

Nevertheless, it is unlikely that New Zealanders and their nearest and dearest will be banned because they are not vaccinated or unable to be vaccinated.  They however may need to undergo additional testing, longer MQ and generally less flexible options than those who are vaccinated.  

Those who need a visa are however a different category in that immigration legislation. Regulations and instructions all explicitly require that approvals are not forthcoming if the applicant is likely to pose a health risk. Making vaccination mandatory is reasonable and pragmatic although provision for those unable to be vaccinated for genuine medical reasons is a necessity. 

Vaccination passports are coming and are likely to be an application on the travellers’ smartphone, or for those without smartphones, will need to print a hard copy before beginning their journey.  Think of the boarding pass Air New Zealand currently uses.

Vaccination Passport as a Global Standard

Many countries, including New Zealand, according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, are working on a Covid-19 vaccine passport to allow their nationals to travel around the world, however, a global standard is yet to be developed or perhaps more accurately, agreed upon. 

The UK has the NHS COVID Pass, in digital format or hard copy version, administered by that Government’s public health service. On the continent, all 27 members of the EU along with  Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have the EU Covid Certificate again in digital or hard copy. Japan already has a vaccination certificate recognised by Italy, Austria, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Poland.  Australia will have these available in October. 

The airline industry has been proactive with Air New Zealand trialling, when trans-Tasman travel was available, an application developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). While that particular bubble has well and truly been burst, valuable insight was gained.  More recently IATA also began a two-week trial of its Digital Travel Pass on flights between Singapore and London and Qantas has already declared they plan to exclude travellers who aren’t vaccinated.

The world will reopen to international travel and we can all prepare for this by promoting Covid-19 vaccinations.