COVID-19: Travel Advice and Restrictions

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Updated on July 3rd, 2020

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East Asia



China


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.

Domestic airlines will only operate a single passenger flight into China until further notice, and no flight should be filled to more than 75% of capacity.

Japan

Foreign nationals who hold a Chinese passport issued by Hubei/Zhejiang Provinces or who have visited following countries or areas within 14 days of arrival in Japan will not be able to land in Japan except under special circumstances for the time being: 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.

South East Asia



Thailand


Thailand has declared a nationwide state of emergency until July 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.

Thai Airways has pushed back its resumption of international services from the start of July to August.


Vietnam

From March 22, 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. The resumption should begin in earnest by 31 July.
Vietnam Airlines is resuming international service from June, with its Hanoi-Seoul Incheon and Ho Chi Minh City-Seoul Incheon routes. Due to travel restrictions, the airline is only accepting reservations for departure from Vietnam.

Cambodia

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

Laos 

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.

Myanmar

From March 30, all international flights except special categories of flights will not be allowed to land in Myanmar. Visa issuance is suspended.

Indonesia

The Indonesian government has suspended its visa exemption policy for short-stay visit, visa-on-arrival and diplomatic/service visa-free facilities for all countries. From April 1st, foreigners are not allowed to enter Indonesia on all border checkpoints, including those on transit purposes, unless they have a Temporary Stay Permit or Permanent Stay Permit. Passengers who are eligible to enter Indonesia (except nationals of Indonesia) must comply with the following requirements:
- have a valid health certificate in English issued by Health Authority from respective country. It must be valid within 7 days and state the passenger is free from respiratory disease, and
- have no travel history in the last 14 days from China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Vatican City and
- agree for self-quarantine for 14 days and fill in statement of compliance on arrival.
Passengers arriving from countries with Coronavirus (COVID-19) confirmed cases must submit a health declaration form on arrival.

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. 

Malaysia

Foreigners are prohibited from entering. 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.

Singapore

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


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. Civil Aviation Minister said that India will try to restart a good percentage of international passenger flights before August.

Nepal

International flights to Nepal are suspended until July 21st.

Bhutan

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.

On August 1st, Sri Lanka will start welcoming tourists again (all tourists sites will be opened from that date), but it is going to be for a limited number of people, and only in small groups. Tourists will be permitted to stay in approved hotels. No quarantine on arrival will be required unless symptoms are detected. A PCR test will be done on arrival with no charge: by August, results will be ready within 4-6 h. A further second test will be done 4-5 days after arrival by a mobile unit. Visas on arrival will remain suspended, tourists will have to apply for tourist visas at their home countries.

The Middle East and Africa



Egypt


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.

Israel

Israel extended its entry ban to foreign nationals at least until August 1. Passengers from any country who are neither Israeli citizens nor residents are not allowed to enter Israel, including via transit flights. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he is optimistic thath Israel will reopen its borders to Greek and Cypriot tourists from August 1.

Jordan

Flights to Jordan are suspended until July 14th. 

Turkey


Nationals of Algeria, Angola, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, China (People's Rep.), Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece. Guatemala, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Niger, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan are not allowed to enter Turkey. Passengers who have transited or have been in these countries are not allowed to enter or transit Turkey. Passengers arriving from or who have been in these countries in the past 14 days are not allowed to transit or enter Turkey. Holders of British and Taiwanese passports are not allowed to enter Turkey.

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.

Morocco

Moroccan government has suspended all international flights to and from Morocco. 

Oman

The Ministry of Health has stated that all visas are no longer available until further notice. Foreigners are not allowed to enter. All cruise ships will be prevented from entering Omani ports for one month.

Kenya

All international flights are suspended.

South Africa

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

Tanzania

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).
All passengers must undergo quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.

Americas



USA


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 July 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.

Canada


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

From March 30, passengers are not allowed to enter Brazil except specific categories of passengers (Brazilians, residents, diplomats, immediate familiy members).

During June, LATAM Airlines Brazil restarted operating four international routes from Sao Paulo to Frankfurt, London, Madrid and Miami, and 74 domestic routes.

Chile

Passengers are not allowed to enter Chile. Nationals and residents of Chile will be quarantined for 14 days.

Peru


Passengers are not allowed to enter Peru.

 

Europe


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

In Greece, as of 1 July, flights from abroad towards all Greek airports are allowed. Tourists donot need to have a coronavirus test prior to travel nor they are quarantined after arrival.

In Italy, Alitalia announced plans to ramp up services, including the resumption of its nonstop Rome-New York routes from June 2. In total the airline will operate 30 routes to 25 airports (15 in Italy and ten abroad), offering around 36 per cent more flights than in May.

From May 15, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have opened their borders to allow citizens from each country to travel freely in and out. The Interior Minister of Lithuania Rita Tamašuniene has submitted a proposal to the government to lift border checks with Latvia from June 1.

The Hungarian-Slovenian border reopened on June 1. 

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.

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.

Iceland

Icelandic prime minister has announced that international tourists will be welcome into the country, with restrictions, no later than June 15th. Testing for SARS-CoV-2, with same day results, will be available. Those testing negative will not be required to quarantine.


Australia



Australia


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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