Southeast Asia

Cambodia

Effective March 17, for the next 30-days foreigners traveling into the country from the United States, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

Travelers are required to complete a health declaration form before disembarkation in Cambodia.

Indonesia

During the Covid-19 pandemic period, the Indonesian Government will apply the temporary prohibition to entry and/or transit into Indonesia all foreigners, with the exceptions of:

  • Foreigner holders of Temporary Stay Permit (ITAS) or Permanent Stay Permit (ITAP) in Indonesia

  • Foreigner holders of Indonesian Diplomatic Visa or Indonesian Service Visa

  • Foreigner holders of Diplomatic Stay Permit or Service Stay Permit in Indonesia

  • Medical Aid Workers or Food Sustenance Workers for Humanitarian Purposes

  • Crews (Air, Sea or Land Transport)

  • Foreigners/Expatriates working on Strategic National Projects

The aforementioned foreigners excluded from the new policy must comply with the following requirements:

  • Possess a valid health certificate (in the English language) issued by the Health Authority of the respective country
  • Residing for at least 14 (fourteen) days in a country/territory with no eminent case of Covid-19
  • Statement of compliance to be Quarantined for 14 (fourteen) days facilitated by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia

The Indonesian government has suspended all visa applications except for diplomatic visas, Indonesian service visas, and foreigners/expatriates working on Strategic National Projects.

Visa exemption policy also suspended except for medical aid workers or food sustenance workers for humanitarian purposes with a recommendation letter from the Indonesian government.

Aside from that, there are also travel prohibition for all travel from/unto/through areas that apply PSBB (large-scale social restrictions). Travel prohibitions and its exemptions will depend on each regional policy.

Malaysia

The Government of Malaysia has imposed a temporary entry ban on citizens of 23 countries to curb the further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic (list of countries attached below). The temporary entry ban will take effect from 7 September 2020.

In this regard. holders of the following long term pass from the 23 countries will no longer be allowed entry into Malaysia until further notice:

  • Permanent Residents of Malaysia (MyPR)
  • Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H)
  • All expatriates - Employment pass (Category l. II and Ill). Residence pass-Talent (RP-T). Professional Visit pass (expert category) and Dependent pass
  • Residence Pass
  • Spouse/Children to a Malaysian citizen with Long Term Visit 6. Pass (Social) (Husband/Wife/Children to Malaysian citizen): Student Pass
  • Visit Pass (Temporary Employment)

The temporary entry ban will also involve other foreign nationals who currently reside and hold long-term passes in the 23 countries as listed below :

  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • India
  • United States of America
  • United Kingdom
  • Brazil
  • Russia
  • Peru
  • Colombia
  • South Africa
  • Mexico
  • Spain
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Iran
  • Bangladesh
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Pakistan
  • France
  • Turkey
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Iraq

Please note that transit facilities for these 23 countries will only be allowed for passengers with a confirmed connecting flight, who do not require Immigration clearance. Malaysian citizens from the 23 countries as listed may return but will be subjected to the 14-day mandatory quarantine and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) as required.

The entry ban’s relaxed on expatriate and professional visit pass holders from these 23 countries if they’ve received approval from the Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) and a support letter from the Malaysian Investment Development Authority. Permanent residents and foreign spouses of Malaysian citizens can apply with JIM to enter Malaysia, the same procedure also applies to student pass holders. However, JIM will not accept new student pass applications

Exceptions to this entry ban will also be given for the following categories:

  1. Diplomats based in Malaysia and their dependents who have been issued with Exemption Order. Diplomats who have not been issued with the pass/first-time entry/currently reside in other countries such as holders of United Nations (UN) passport, World Health Organization (WHO)/ United Nations Development Programs (UNDP), will need to obtain an entry approval from the Director-General of Immigration;
  2. Seafarers (where the entry is for the sign-on or joint ship activities)
  3. Pilots and cabin crew of commercial and private airliners who are entering as crew or passengers provided that they can present a General Declaration for the next flight operation;
  4. Professional crew and workers in the oil and gas industry who already have a valid pass and have been granted with an entry approval by the Director-General of Immigration.

Starting on 27th September 2020, The Government of Malaysia also imposed for those returning from Sabah to other parts of the country via international entry points of the country will be required to undergo a compulsory quarantine at home.

Myanmar

On March 15, Myanmar restricted entry by foreign travelers who in the last 14 days visited the Hubei Province in China or the Daegu and Gyeongbuk regions in South Korea. Myanmar nationals returning from those areas will be quarantined in a public hospital for 14 days, according to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Travelers from elsewhere in South Korea need a medical certificate from Korean health officials showing no symptoms of acute respiratory illness to board a plane to Myanmar, where they will be quarantined at home for 14 days.

Anyone from Italy, Iran, France, Spain, or Germany or anyone who has visited those countries in the last 14 days needs a similar medical certificate to fly and will be quarantined in a Myanmar public hospital for 14 days after arriving.

Philippines

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS WHEN YOU TRAVEL IN THE PHILIPPINES: Please make sure that you have prepared these documents when traveling:

LSI (Locally Stranded Individual) -Medical Clearance Certificate issued by the city or Municipality Health Office -Travel Authorization by PNP OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) -Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) Certificate -Passport (with arrival stamp) -ID with proof of residence APOR (Authorized Person Outside Residence) -Certificate of Employment or Company ID -Medical Clearance Certificate by city or Municipality Health Office -Travel Authorization by PNP

Other reminders:

-Passengers are advised to wear the mask at all times. Guests without masks will be denied entry on some airlines.

-Passengers are advised to come to the airport at least 3 hours before the departure time.

-Leisure travel is not allowed.

-Passengers under 21 years of age/above 60 years of age, as well as pregnant women, are not allowed, in some airlines, please keep the updated rules for each airline.

-Travel documents may vary depending on the destinations. Passengers are highly advised to always check the updated rules.

Singapore

Starting March 23 at 23:59, all short-term visitors (from anywhere in the world) will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore. Furthermore, the Ministry of Manpower will only allow the entry/ return of work pass holders, including their dependents, for those providing essential services, such as in healthcare and transport.

Starting from April 7, Singapore residents have to stay home and go out only for essential activities like work (only for essential services), buying food, or exercise in the neighborhood park. The Government had announced that most workplaces will be shut down and dining in will not be allowed at food establishments until May 4, as part of a set of “circuit breaker” measures to stem the spread of Covid-19 in the community.

Travelers that eligible to enter Singapore are Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Long-Term Pass holder (Student’s Pass, Dependant’s Pass, Long-Term Visit Pass, and Work Pass).

All travelers must submit the electronic health declaration before they enter Singapore, using the SG Arrival Card e-Service. You can do so up to three (3) days before your arrival in Singapore.

For more information, you may visit ICA’s website.

Thailand

Thai authorities announced on 15 April to extend a ban on incoming passenger flights until the end of April (30/04/2020) except in certain circumstances (see below).

If you do not meet these criteria you should not try to enter Thailand:

  • Persons that providing humanitarian assistance conducting medical aviation Or transporting items for relief to people affected by coronary artery disease 2019 (COVID 19) (Humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights).

  • Shippers – Will have to leave immediately after they have carried out their shipment. (Cargo Flight)

Vietnam

To staunch the spread of COVID-19, for 30 days from March 18, 2020, Vietnam will not be issuing visas to any foreign nationals, except those traveling for official or diplomatic purposes.

From March 15 to April 15, travelers from the 26 Schengen countries, the UK and Northern Ireland, or those who have visited or transited through these countries in the past 14 days, will not be allowed entry into Vietnam. This also applies to those who currently hold visas or visa letters.

All incoming travelers from the United States and ASEAN nations must undergo medical checks and 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Vietnam.

South, East, and the Middle East Asia

China

Starting from March 28, China will temporarily suspend the entry of foreigners with valid Chinese visas and residence permits. Exemptions will be made to those traveling in a diplomatic or official capacity, as well as holders of “C” visas, which are issued to foreigners involved in the provision of international transportation services.

Hong Kong

All non-Hong Kong residents from overseas will be denied to enter or transit through Hong Kong.

The following measures have been effective from 25 March 2020 until further notice:

-All non-Hong Kong residents coming from overseas countries/regions by plane will be denied entry to Hong Kong.

-All non-Hong Kong residents coming from Mainland China, Macao, and Taiwan will be subject to a 14-day compulsory quarantine after entering Hong Kong, but entry will be denied if any non-Hong Kong resident has been to any overseas countries/regions in the 14 days prior to arrival in Hong Kong.

-Cross-boundary land transport and scheduled ferry transfer services are suspended for all passengers at Hong Kong International Airport.

For more information / enquiries, please approach staff of the Department of Health or visit website: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html.

India

On 24 March 2020, the Indian government announced a countrywide lockdown until the next 21 days. India has suspended all international commercial flights from 22 March 2020 for a week and all domestic flights from 25 March 2020 until further notice.

All travelers must undergo medical screening upon arrival in India.

All travelers entering India, including Indian nationals, that have visited China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, or Germany on or after 15 February 2020 will be quarantined for at least 14 days.

All existing visas will be suspended, except diplomatic, official, UN/International organizations, employment, and project visas until April 15.

Japan

Starting from April 3:

  • The validity of single entry and multiple entry visa, issued on/before 27 March 2020, will be suspended.

  • Banning the entry of foreigners who have visited Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Canada, United States, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Dominica, Ecuador, Panama, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican, Bahrain, Iran, Israel, Turkey, Qatar, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Mauritius, Morocco within the last 14 days unless there are special circumstances.

  • Visa exemption for all countries will be suspended, except for Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Dominica, Ecuador, Panama, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritius, Morocco.

Lao

  • Flights to Lao People’s Democratic Republic are suspended until October 31, 2020.

  • Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.

Mongolia

  • Passengers are not allowed to enter until October 31, 2020. This does not apply to:

    • Nationals and permanent residents of Mongolia;

    • Passengers with a short-term visa (business (B-type), diplomatic (D-type), or official (A-type) visa) issued on or after October 8, 2020.

  • Passengers are subject to quarantine for 21 days.

South Korea

Nationals of Thailand, Mongolia, Russia are not allowed to transit in Korea. Regardless of departure or destination, including diplomatic/official passport holders, including valid Korea visa holders.

South Korea has restricted the entry of travelers with passports from China’s Hubei Province as well as anyone who has visited that region in the past 14 days. Additionally, Korean visas that were issued to travelers in Hubei are canceled.

Visa-free entry to Jeju Island for all foreigners, as well as a visa-free entry for Chinese nationals and travelers who are headed to China, are both suspended.

Taiwan

As of March 14, travelers from European countries in the Schengen Area, a group of 26 countries most of which are in the European Union, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Dubai will be quarantined at home for 14 days after entering Taiwan.

Foreign nationals who have visited China, Hong Kong, and Macau in the last 14 days are prohibited from entering the country. Those who have transited through those countries must undergo a mandatory 14-day home quarantine.

Foreign travelers required to follow home quarantine can pay to stay at the group quarantine facilities if they do not have other places to reside in. Please check with Taiwan Official regarding this matter.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has issued travel restrictions for all foreign travelers starting from March 26. This means visitors will no longer be allowed to enter or transit through the UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah). These restrictions do not apply to UAE citizens and their immediate family members, diplomatic passport holders, and domestic helpers of UAE nationals with UAE-API clearance.

Saudi Arabia

  • The Government of Saudi Arabia announced changes effective September 15 that allow holders of current residence permits (iqamas) with a valid entry/exit visa as well as holders of a valid business or visit visa to enter (including exit and re-enter) Saudi Arabia.

  • The Government has lifted the suspension of entry into the Kingdom, and those authorized to enter may do so via international flight or land border. The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation issued Passenger Guide a downloadable with detailed guidance for air travelers. For example, a negative COVID test is required within 48 hours before entry to Saudi Arabia. Please review the guide for detailed requirements and information.

  • The Government of Saudi Arabia has announced that the complete lifting of restrictions on entering and exiting the Kingdom and resumption of all means of transport through land, sea, and airports will occur after January 1, 2021, and will be announced at least 30 days ahead of the opening.

Australia and Oceania

Australia

On March 20, Australia will ban all non-residents and non-Australian citizens from entering the country.

New Zealand citizens are allowed to enter the country. They will need to self-isolate at home or at a hotel for 14 days.

The Australian government had previously announced that all travelers arriving in the country will have to self-isolate for 14 days and that cruise ships arriving from foreign ports will be banned for 30 days.

New Zealand

On March 19, New Zealand announced it was closing its border to all travelers. Only New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, residents “with valid travel conditions” and their immediate families (partner or spouse, legal guardian and dependent children under the age of 24) are allowed to enter the country.

Australian citizens and permanent residents who live in New Zealand can also come in. The government has said it will be making exceptions on a case-by-case basis. For a list of these exceptions, check this official website.

Returning residents and citizens are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon the arrival.

If you want to transit, you need to remain airside and not enter New Zealand. If you enter New Zealand, you will be required to self-isolate.

North America

Canada

On March 16, Canada was blocking the entry of anyone who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, except for airplane crews, diplomats, immediate family members of Canadian citizens.

Beginning March 18, only four Canadian airports will continue to accept international flights. The airports include Toronto Pearson International Airport, Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Vancouver International Airport and Calgary International Airport; domestic flights and those arriving from the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean and Saint Pierre and Miquelon will be exempted.

United States of America

Effective March 16, the ban will apply to foreign nationals departing from the United Kingdom and Ireland. This is in addition to the previous US ban applying to the 26 countries in the Schengen Countries. The ban did not apply to American citizens or their family members.

Passengers who’ve been in China and Iran in the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter. As of March 13, all American citizens and legal permanent residents who have been in high-risk areas and return to the United States are required to fly to one of the following 13 airports BOS, ORD, DFW, DTW, HNL, ATL, JFK, LAX, MIA, EWR, SFO, SEA, IAD.

Europe and Scandinavia

Austria

Starting March 20, Austria has suspended the entry of third-country nationals (non-EU/EEA/CH citizens) entering Austria by air from outside the Schengen area. Exceptions applied for passengers in transit as well as holders of a D visa or residence permit issued by Austria. In addition, Austrian and EU/EEA/CH citizens entering Austria by air will be subject to a 14-day home quarantine, unless their immediate departure to another country (e.g. by car or train) is ensured.

Third-country nationals (non-EU/EEA/CH citizens) who have been in coronavirus hot spots such as France, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and parts of China in the past 14 days will have to present a medical certificate confirming a negative molecular-biological SARS-CoV-2 test result upon entry to Austria. The Austrian government also announced that all passengers, regardless of citizenship, will also have to provide a certificate confirming a negative test result if they’re entering Austria from Italy, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein (from March 16).

The certificate, which must be dated within four days of arrival, needs to be signed by a licensed medical practitioner and be in English, German, Italian, or French.

Denmark

Persons wishing to enter Denmark must expect to be rejected entry at the Danish borders, including in Danish airports, unless they have a worthy purpose for entering, e.g. if the person lives or works in Denmark or has been commissioned to provide goods or services in Denmark.

France

Travel to France is significantly restricted. Special case exceptions are applicable, please check with the French Government.

Medical professionals at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris will meet flights from China, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, South Korea, Iran, and certain regions in Italy to check passengers for symptoms and answer questions.

Germany

Starting March 17, all corresponding entries from non-EU-citizens and citizens of non-Schengen states by plane or ship will be affected. Entry will be possible for German citizens.

Also, EU-citizens and citizens of Great Britain, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland and their family members will be allowed to transit through Germany to reach their home countries. The same will apply for foreigners holding a residence permit in one of these countries. Other people may be rejected entry if they cannot provide proof of urgent reasons for their entry.

Greece

On March 16, Greek authorities announced all international travelers who arrive in the country must undergo a 14-day mandatory self-quarantine.

Flights from Italy and Spain are suspended. Greece closed its borders with Albania and North Macedonia. Ferry service from Italy to Greece is also suspended. Cruise ships and tourism boats cannot dock in Greece as of March 15.

Ireland

Anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland, will be required to either restrict their movements or self-isolate on arrival for 14 days. This includes Irish residents. Essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots, and maritime staff are exempt.

Italy

In Italy, government officials implemented strict orders placing the country on lockdown in an attempt to stop the spreading infection.

Netherlands

The Dutch government announced the suspension of flights from “risk countries” such as mainland China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, and South Korea. The ban is in place through at least March 27.

Norway

On March 15, the Norwegian government closed the border to foreign nationals who did not have a residence permit in Norway. Anyone coming into Norway should be quarantined at home for two weeks from their arrival.

Poland

Starting March 15, Poland will ban foreigners from the country. All Polish citizens returning from abroad must voluntarily quarantine for two weeks, according to officials.

Russia

Starting March 18, the Russian government banned the entry of all foreign citizens until May 1. The ban does not apply to diplomats, airplane crew members, permanent residents of the Russian Federation or transit passengers.

Slovak

Starting March 13, all the people coming to Slovakia from abroad are obliged to remain in quarantine for 14 days.

Spain

On March 16, the Spanish government announced the closing of its land borders, allowing only citizens, residents, and others with special circumstances to enter the country.

Direct flights from Italy to Spain are banned until March 25 Switzerland People from high-risk countries and areas, including Italy, Germany, Austria, and France, will be refused entry into Switzerland. Swiss citizens, and people who live or work in Switzerland, are some exceptions to this ban.

Turkey

As of March 18, Turkey has suspended all flights to and from Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Ireland, Kosovo, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. Foreign travelers who were physically present in these countries in the last 14 days are also barred from entering the country. Turkish citizens, including dual citizens, are exempt, but they could be subject to a quarantine requirement.

Ukraine

Starting March 17, all commercial international passenger services, including flights, trains, and passenger buses, to and from Ukraine have been suspended for a period of two weeks. As of March 16, all foreigners are barred from entering Ukraine.

Sweden

As of August 28, 2020, passengers are not allowed to enter until October 31, 2020.

This does not apply to:

The entry ban applies to all foreign citizens, except for people with residence permits or right of residence in Sweden, for people who are citizens of other European countries or are family members of such a person, and for people who need to enter the country to be able to return to their homes. The entry ban does not apply to Swedish citizens.

Source: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php