COVID-19: Travel Advice and Restrictions

Category: Travel Tips & Guides
Updated on August 10th, 2020

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East Asia


USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada recommend “Do not travel to China” or “To avoid all non-essential travel to China”.
From March 28, China banned foreign nationals from entering the country. A fourteen-day quarantine at designated hotels is mandatory for all international arrivals. The lockdown in Hubei province was lifted (outside of Wuhan) on March 25, although people still need to confirm the "Green Code" health classification in order to travel. Lockdown in Wuhan city was lifted on April 8.

Airlines were only allowed operate a single passenger flight into China, with no flight filled to more than 75% of capacity, but from June China has started to allow more international airlines to fly more than once. 


Foreign nationals who hold a Chinese passport issued by Hubei/Zhejiang Provinces or who have visited the following countries or areas within 14 days of arrival in Japan will not be able to land in Japan except under special circumstances until July 31: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Congo Democratic Republic, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt,  Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Vietnam.

The government is considering easing the entry ban, starting with travellers from four countries: Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand.

South Korea

From April 17, all flights must arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN) between 5:00 and 20:00.

Short-term visas (type C-1 and C-3) issued on or before 5 April are invalidated. Visa exemptions for 90 nationalities with normal passport are temporarily suspended. Korean visas issued by the Wuhan Consulate in Hubei Province are invalidated. Visitors who have been in Hubei in the past 14 days are not allowed to transit or enter South Korea. Nationals of China with a passport issued in Hubei are not allowed to transit or enter South Korea.

All passengers are subject to mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days, except Chinese nationals, who must hold a medical certificate to prove COVID-19 negative testing result issued within 72 hours before departure, and will be tested upon arrival.

Passengers and airline crew must install 'Self-diagnosis Mobile App' in their personal device and a completed Health Declaration Form and a Special Quarantine Declaration Form must be presented to the quarantine desk upon arrival.

National flag carrier Korean Air reopened 19 international routes in the beginning of June, The routes include Washington D.C., Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, Frankfurt, Singapore, Beijing and Kuala Lumpur.

Air Busan resumed flights between S. Korea and China from mid July with weekly flights from Incheon to Shenzhen and to Ningbo. Asiana Airlines will resume the route Incheon-Nanjing. Currently, 10 airlines -seven of them Chinese- are flying one weekly flight between China and South Korea.

South East Asia


Thailand has declared a nationwide state of emergency until August 31. Passengers are not allowed to enter Thailand except airline crew with pre-existing schedules, diplomats and their family members, passengers with a work permit and passengers with a waiver from PM or PIC of State of Emergency. Flights to Thailand are suspended.
The Tourism and Sports Ministry has stated that they are aiming to reopen five islands to foreign tourists in three provinces –Phuket, Krabi and Surat Thani– by August, which is faster than the original schedule of between September and October.
Thai Airways has pushed back its resumption of international services from the start of July to August.


Entry of all foreigners is suspended until further notice. All passengers will be placed on quarantine at a designated facility for 14 days upon arrival.
Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport has confirmed it will consider reopening of international airline routes to countries and territories that have no local community cases of Covid-19 for 30 consecutive days.


All passengers must have a medical certificate and proof of insurance policy, deposit $3,000 at a designated bank on arrival and will be subject to mandatory quarantine. All visa exemptions, visas on arrival and e-visas are suspended.


Borders are closed. All international flights to Laos are suspended. Passengers and crew are subject to be tested for COVID-19 and placed in quarantine for 14 days. Passengers arriving in Malaysia are subject to self-quarantine for 14 days and to medical screening; and must install 'MySejahtera app' in their smart phone.


Passengers are not allowed to enter Malaysia until 31 August 2020. This does not apply to spouses or children of nationals of Malaysia. 


Passengers are not allowed to enter and transit, unless:
- have a diplomatic or service visa.
- have a visa issued after 31 March 2020.
- airline crew or merchant seamen.
Bali island will officially be reopening its borders for international tourism on September 11th.

The Philippines

The Philippines will remain under a state of calamity for six months "unless earlier lifted or extended as circumstances may warrant." Ban entry for passengers who arrive from or during last 14 days have been in China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, South Korea (North Gyeongsang Province (including Daegu and Cheongdo Country)), Macao. Passengers under Visa Waiver Agreements and with special visas are not allowed to enter. Airports are closed.

Philippines Airlines resumed operations from June 8, with flights to and from the US, Canada, Guam, Vietnam, mainland China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Japan, the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. 


Foreigners are prohibited from entering until August 31. This does not apply to permanent residents of Malaysia with a MyPR card, spouses or children of nationals of Malaysia, passengers with a diplomatic passport and embassy employees and their dependents.


From 24 March 2020, all short-term visitors (from anywhere in the world) are not allowed to entry or to transit through Singapore.

South Asia


India is currently suspending all tourist visas and enforcing a 14-day quarantine on all travelers, including returning Indian nationals, at their own cost. Flights to India are suspended, but domestic flights resumed from May 25 with one-third of the pre-lockdown capacity. The government has suspended international flights until August 31.


International flights to Nepal are suspended until August 16th and passengers are subject to self-quarantine for 14 days.


Visa on arrival is suspended. Passengers with a visa or work permit issued by Bhutan are not allowed to enter if they arrive from or have visited or transited through a COVID-19 affected country.

Sri Lanka

All airports are closed. Visas and ETAs have been invalidated.

Sri Lanka was aiming to reopen Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport on August 1st, but has delayed it indefinitely after repatriation flights were suspended due to a spike in Covid-19 infections.


From July 15, The Maldives has reopened its borders and visa on arrival facility has restarted. Passengers traveling as tourists must have a hotel reservation confirmation for the entire stay in a registered tourist facility, will be subject to medical screening and must complete a "self-declarative health declaration" 24 hours before arrival.

The Middle East and Africa


Flights to Egypt restarted at the beginning of July.
A completed "Public Health Card" must be presented to immigration upon arrival. Passengers must have an insurance to cover medical expenses in Egypt. The country reopened its borders for tourism to seaside resorts starting on July 1st in popular tourist destinations.


Israel extended its entry ban to foreign nationals at least until September 1st. Passengers from any country who are neither Israeli citizens nor residents are not allowed to enter Israel, including via transit flights, although the country may allow quarantine-free travel from "green countries" as of mid-August.


Flights to Jordan from 22 low-risk destinations were initially suspended until August 4th, but the resumption has been deferred again due to a surge in contaminations abroad.


Turkey has officially reopened its borders to all tourists under normal travel regulations.
Turkish Airlines started a gradual resumption of flights from June (60% of domestic flights and flights to 19 countries, with plans to increase up to 99 countries by September) and will take four months to return to near full operation.


Moroccan government has suspended all international flights to and from Morocco. The country reopened air and sea borders for Moroccan citizens and foreign residents at midnight on July 14.


The Ministry of Health has stated that all visas are no longer available until further notice. Foreigners are not allowed to enter. All flights to Oman are suspended.


All international flights are suspended, but president Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that they shall resume from August 1st and the government is considering lifting the 14-quarantine requirement.

South Africa

Flights to South Africa are suspended. Visas on arrival suspended.


The Government of Tanzania have put in place strengthened screening measures at airports for all passengers arriving into Tanzania’s three international airports (Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar).



On March 11 the United States barred the entry of all foreign nationals who had visited China, Iran and a group of European countries during the previous 14 days. The ban applies to countries in the Schengen Area, which are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Effective March 16, the ban applies to foreign nationals departing from the United Kingdom and Ireland.

United States-Canada border will remain closed until August 21. From March 21, non-essential travel across the US-Mexico border is restricted as well.

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:

Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL),Georgia
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia

United Airlines is set to resume services between San Francisco and Shanghai from July 8 and plans to add about 25,000 flights in August. United will be operating twice-weekly flights between San Francisco and Shanghai via Seoul’s Incheon International Airport. Delta Air Lines was the first to fly between the US and mainland China after planes were grounded due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Delta restarted its route between Seattle and Shanghai on June 25. However, Delta said flights from New York to Lisbon in Portugal and Athens in Greece, which were scheduled for July, would now resume in August. It’s also delaying Atlanta to Lagos, Nigeria and JFK to Accra, Ghana.


Passengers who have been outside of Canada or USA in the past 14 days, are not allowed to enter the country. This does not apply to nationals of Canada and permanent residents and their immediate family members. Passengers must have a quarantine plan upon arrival and are required to quarantine for a period of 14 days.


Brazil has reopened its borders for foreigners arriving by plane, but will require foreign visitors staying for 90 days or less to have health insurance covering them in the country before they travel


Passengers are not allowed to enter Chile until August 15th. Nationals and residents of Chile will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica reopened its borders for tourism on August 1st, allowing tourists from select low-risk countries and only five flights per week. Germany and Spain have been the first countries, with the rest of the Schengen area, UK and Canada expected to be authorised in the following months.


Passengers are not allowed to enter Peru until August 31st.



European Union

The European Commission recommended Schengen Member States to lift internal border controls by June 15 and to prolong the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU until June 30. 

Many European countries have started easing travel restrictions, with June 15 seeing several of them open up to visitors from certain countries. Since each country is following its own timetable, the European Commission has launched a website to help tourists choose their holiday destination this summer as borders reopen across the territory. From 1 July 2020, travelers from the following countries are again allowed to cross EU-borders and the Schengen area: Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, Canada, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Ruanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. British nationals are considered EU-citizens until the end of 2020. Traveling citizens from China will be allowed entry based on the re-opening of its borders to European travelers

Lufthansa restarted flights to mainland China in the first week of July— its first regular scheduled flights since the pandemic. Besides resuming operations once a week between Frankfurt and Shanghai, it also started thrice-weekly service between Frankfurt and Boston and Los Angeles from Thursday. Frequencies on those routes will increase to five times weekly in August and to daily flights in September.

Finland's national airline Finnair has stated that it will add more flights and routes to Asia and Europe beginning in July if governments ease their lockdowns enough for travel to resume. In July 23rd, Finnair resumed its Helsinki-Shanghai route.

EasyJet resumed flights on a small number of domestic routes from June 15. Ryanair has also announced that it intends to restart 40% of its flights in July (1,000 flights per day and 90 per cent of its network).

Lufthansa intents to operate 1,800 weekly connections to 106 European and 20 long-haul destinations from June, including a resumption of services from Birmingham, Dublin, Edinburgh and Manchester, as well as additional flights from London Heathrow.


Icelandic prime minister announced that international tourists would be welcome into the country, with restrictions, from June 15th. Testing for SARS-CoV-2, with same day results, will be available. Those testing negative will not be required to quarantine.



From March 20, Australia no longer allows entry to non-Australian citizens or residents, unless they are direct family members of Australians. Tourism Minister has stated that it is likely that Australian borders are likely to stay closed until 2021.

On March 18, Australia Government advised all Australians not to travel overseas at this time. It is their highest advice level (level 4 of 4). Regardless of destination, age or health, advice is do not travel at this time. Australians may be allowed to travel to New Zealand and the Pacific from July 1, and other countries deemed “safe” from September, according to a timetable produced by the Tourism Restart Taskforce.

New Zealand

New Zealand closed its borders to all non-citizens and non-residents at 11:59 p.m. on March 19 and every person entering New Zealand is required to self-isolate for 14 days.

New Zealand and Australia governments are in talks in order to set up a travel bubble, possibly by September.
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