Last updated: Aug 7, 2020 at 17:30 (HK time)
There has been significant media coverage of the Coronavirus(COVID-19) situation. As this is an ongoing concern, we have summarized hereunder with the key information related to the Coronavirus(COVID-19) outbreak for your easier reference.
Please note that the below information may change in very short notice. The information provided here is a guideline and for reference only. Passengers should check their personal circumstances with the information published by the Government of their destination country before travelling.
(1) GOVERNMENT ADVISORIES / TRAVEL BAN
Several countries / regions have issued various levels of travel advisories, as well as some measures, for their citizens travelling to China, including the below:
In response to a request from the Victorian government, no international passenger flights will arrive in Melbourne from 1 to 14 July, 2020. A limit of 450 passengers per day will be applied to international flights arriving in Sydney 4 to 17 July, 2020 inclusive. This period may be extended.
When arriving back in Australia, travellers will be subject to the Australian Government’s mandatory quarantine period of 14 days at the first Australian destination.Travellers won't be permitted to travel domestically (including back to home) or continue on any domestic connections, until they have completed the 14-day mandatory quarantine period. For more information, please check Link Here
New South Wales officials will close the state's border with Victoria beginning 0001 July 8 due to rising community transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in parts of Melbourne. New South Wales Police will enforce the border restriction. New South Wales government will make exceptions for freight shipments and critical services. Although the closure is likely to cause significant transport disruptions between the two states, the New South Wales government will allow some passenger train and plane travel. However, visitors must obtain a permit from state authorities before attempting to enter the state.
Victoria residents traveling to New South Wales before the deadline will have to undergo self-quarantine for two weeks. New South Wales residents returning from Victoria will have to self-isolate for two weeks. Travelers violating the orders could receive fines of up to AUD 11,000 (USD 7,660) and face up to six months in jail.
An entry ban for foreign nationals remains in effect. Permanent residents and long-term pass holders, as well as their immediate relatives, are allowed to enter the country. The government is requiring all returning passengers to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is maintaining its outbound international travel advisory for citizens at "Do Not Travel," the highest level, and the country has banned most citizens from outbound travel. Citizens living in other countries, government officials on business, and workers at offshore facilities are exempt from the restriction. Exceptions are also in place for airline and maritime staff and crews for international cargo shipments.
Nonresident foreign nationals barred from entering until further notice. Mandatory quarantine nationwide through at least May 24.
Authorities in Austria have lifted a suspension on direct flights from Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Iran, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Ukraine as of Aug. 1. The ban was initially in effect since mid-July due to an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection rates in the affected countries.
Entry to Austria remains prohibited indefinitely for third-country nationals from states outside the Schengen Area. Exceptions are in place for health workers, freight workers, diplomats, individuals in transit, and urgent or essential reasons decided on a case-by-case basis. Travelers who are citizens of countries in the EU, Schengen Area, and Switzerland, and are arriving from Albania, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China-Hubei Province, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kosovo, Mexico, Moldavia, Montenegro, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, and the US must present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test no older than 72 hours, or get tested within 48 hours upon arrival and self-isolate while waiting for the results. Travelers arriving from all other EU, Schengen Area, and associated countries, including the UK, may enter Austria without restrictions, provided they have not traveled to any COVID-19 high-risk countries in the last 10 days; this measure applies only to residents of these countries or Austrian citizens.
Authorities resumed some international flights June 16, and intend to reopen more flight routes in the coming weeks gradually. All citizens and foreigners exiting the country via flight - except children below the age of 10, holders of diplomatic, official, or international organizations' passports, as well as foreigners who have stayed in Bangladesh for less than 14 days - must obtain medical certification from a government-approved facility confirming a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result. Limited domestic passenger flights have resumed since June 1, though cancellations are likely due to low demand. Land borders with India and Myanmar are closed to travelers. On-arrival visa issuance remains suspended, and additional travel bans continue for those with travel history to the EU or Iran since March 1. Permitted foreign nationals, such as business travelers arriving in Bangladesh, must provide a medical certificate (with an English translation) no older than 72 hours on their arrival, indicating that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Officials still require persons to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.
Foreign citizens are allowed to enter Brazil by air, except to the states of Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraiba, Rondonia, Rio Grande do Sul, and Tocantins. Before traveling to Brazil, visitors must prove they have health insurance, and their visits must not be longer than 90 days. Officials have extended a ban on entry for all nonresident foreign nationals by land and water through at least August 31, with exceptions for passengers en route to another country. Most state authorities have imposed business and movement restrictions.
As of April 6, Bruneian authorities are requiring all travelers, including citizens and foreigners, entering the country to undergo quarantine at designated facilities for 14 days. Authorities have banned foreign nationals, including long-term pass holders, from entering or transiting in Brunei since March 24. Officials are only allowing the entry of foreigners whose work relates to matters of national interest, such as transporting necessities like food and medical supplies. Officials have also barred Bruneian nationals from leaving the country, except for medical emergency or resuming studies.
Cambodian authorities continue to adjust restrictions as of Aug. 6 amid efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The government announced Aug. 5 that it requires diplomatic and official visa holders, including international organizations' officials, to obtain a document stating they are free from COVID-19 within 72 hours before traveling to Cambodia. The visa holders will undergo COVID-19 tests upon arriving in Cambodia and isolate at designated sites while waiting for test results. People who test negative will self-isolate for 14 days, while those testing positive will be quarantined. Authorities will bear the test costs; however, embassies or international organizations will have to cover expenses for visa holders who test positive.
As of June 22, Officials have allowed cross-border travel with Vietnam for non-tourism purposes to resume; travelers will have to adhere to relevant health protocols. Issuance of tourist visas and e-visas, visa-on-arrival services, and visa exemption remain suspended. Foreign nationals intending to visit the country need to obtain a visa from a Cambodian diplomatic mission by submitting documentation of medical insurance worth at least USD 50,000 and a medical certificate from local health authorities stating they are free from COVID-19 within 72 hours of departure. Diplomatic and official visa holders are exempt from the requirements. Officials will test arriving passengers for COVID-19 and require all travelers to quarantine for 14 days if any passenger tests positive for the disease. Authorities will permit travelers who test negative to self-quarantine; inbound foreign nationals will have to pay a USD 3,000 deposit to cover the costs, including USD 100 for the COVID-19 testing and USD 30 for a certificate stating they do not carry the virus. Most border checkpoints remain closed.
Officials in Canada have tightened border restrictions for persons transiting Canada to reach Alaska from the 48 contiguous US states on essential travel. The measure was taken in response to an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Starting July 31, foreign nationals traveling by land to Alaska from the US Lower 48 may only enter Canada through one of five border crossings: Abbotsford-Huntington, Kingsgate, or Osoyoos in British Columbia; North Portal, Saskatchewan; or Coutts, Alberta. Travelers who attempt to enter Canada through any other border crossing will be denied entry and rerouted to an approved crossing. Persons entering Canada from Alaska may use any border crossing. The new regulations specify that the traveler must take the most direct route through Canada and avoid stopping at leisure sites or national parks. Violators could face fines. Nonessential ground travel through the US-Canada border remains suspended through at least Aug. 21.
Additionally, Canadian authorities are maintaining a ban on entry for most nonresident foreign nationals until Aug. 31. However, immediate family members of Canadian citizens or residents can enter, provided they plan to stay for at least 15 days and are able to quarantine for the first 14 days of their stay. Other nonresident foreign nationals allowed to enter must be traveling for essential reasons, and must travel either from the US or be exempt from the restrictions by virtue of being temporary workers, international students, diplomats, aircrew members, or French citizens who live in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.
Persons exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to board planes to Canada, including Canadian citizens. Canadian authorities have also banned individuals displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19 from domestic air and train travel until further notice. Travelers who are denied boarding will be barred from air or train travel for at least 14 days unless they can produce a medical certificate confirming that any symptoms are unrelated to COVID-19.
All international flights to Canada - except for trade and business flights, as well as flights from the US, Mexico, Caribbean, and St. Pierre and Miquelon - are landing only at Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Toronto, Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Montreal Trudeau Airport (YUL), and Calgary International Airport (YYC). Canadian citizens and residents returning from abroad must self-quarantine for 14 days. Authorities may order those entering the country to isolate at a hotel if they believe the traveler may put others at risk. All air passengers are required to wear protective face coverings, and all maritime and land passengers are encouraged to do the same. Officials have recommended all residents wear some form of protective face covering whenever social distancing is not possible.
CAAC, GACC and MFA public announcement on presenting negative results of COVID-19 nucleic acid tests before boarding by passengers taking flights bound for China. Specific arrangements are as follows:
Authorities have introduced localized controls and transport restrictions in parts of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region from July 17 over coronavirus disease (COVID-19) concerns. The restrictions were imposed after several cases of COVID-19 were discovered in the region's capital city of Urumqi; the cases were the first reported instances of confirmed community transmission in Xinjiang since February. Hundreds of flights into and out of Urumqi Diwopu International Airport (URC) have been canceled. Officials in Urumqi have also suspended public transport services and closed restaurants in the city. Movement controls have also been reported in Kashgar, the largest city in western Xinjiang.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) is allowing more international commercial flights as of June 30. The CAAC has tied airline flight volume to COVID-19 testing outcomes for passengers. If a foreign carrier achieves three weeks with no passengers testing positive, officials will permit it to add one more flight on preexisting routes. If five passengers test positive for any carrier, CAAC will suspend the airline's operations for one week and four weeks if 10 of the airline's passengers test positive. CAAC will limit total international flights to 64 per week. Despite the resumption of more international flights, flight disruptions are likely to continue in the coming weeks. Authorities continue to limit Chinese airlines' operations and limit capacity on aircraft. Many airlines have suspended services to and from mainland China due to health concerns and significantly decreased demand. CAAC has lifted all restrictions on cargo flights to airports in Beijing.
Chinese authorities continue to ease some travel restrictions for foreign nationals amid reduced coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Beginning June 8, officials will allow essential business travel from Singapore under a fast-track arrangement, which will enable journeys between the city-state and Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang provinces and Chongqing, Shanghai, and Tianjin municipalities. However, officials will continue to limit the total number of passengers under the program. Companies or government agencies can apply for special passes for inbound visitors, who will be required to test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours of their departure and obtain a visa; visa-free travel remains suspended for Singaporean nationals. Passengers will undergo COVID-19 testing again upon arrival in China and isolate at designated facilities (usually hotels) until their results are available. Business travelers testing negative will adhere to a pre-agreed itinerary and refrain from using public transport, except for private hire vehicles, for the first 14 days. The travelers will also have to download and use a health pass while in the country. Arriving passengers testing positive for COVID-19 will undergo health treatment at their own expense.
Authorities continue to bar all foreign nationals from entering the country; exceptions are in place for diplomatic personnel and C visa holders, which officials generally issue to members of flight and shipping crews, and essential business travel from fast-track countries. Most travelers, regardless of nationality, are barred from entering or exiting land border checkpoints. Officials are allowing "fast track" entry for business travelers from South Korea to 10 Chinese locations, including Shanghai and Liaoning, Shandong, Jiangsu, and Anhui provinces. Passengers must have an invitation from a Chinese business to qualify for entry. Approved travelers will have to undergo testing in South Korea within 72 hours of travel and undergo testing again during a one- or two-day quarantine in China.
Foreign nationals present in China before the ban are not required to leave the country. Officials in Beijing continue to divert some international flights to nearby cities, where passengers receive health scans; symptomatic passengers receive treatment locally. Asymptomatic passengers are then allowed to continue to Beijing. All inbound international flights must land at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK), where passengers will undergo further health assessments and review their travel history with authorities before going into quarantine. The municipal government allows some travelers in specific categories to self-quarantine; residents who live alone, travelers over 70 years old, pregnant women, and travelers with underlying conditions may seek permission to stay at home.
Authorities in the Czech Republic are maintaining international travel restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of July 10. Although most restrictions on travel to and from European Economic Area (EEA) and Schengen states have now been lifted,travelers arriving from Sweden without a recent health certificate declaring them to be COVID-19-free must self-isolate for 14 days. All other international arrivals - with the exception of those traveling from Australia, Canada, Japan, Montenegro, New Zealand, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, or the UK - require a similar health certificate or must self-isolate for 14-days.
Since July 1, travel has resumed between France and 13 non-EU countries, including Australia, Georgia, Japan, Canada, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay. Previous measures lifted restrictions on entry for residents of EU and Schengen Area member states and associated countries. Travelers from all countries with which travel restrictions have been lifted are not required to fill out an attestation form prior to travel or to undergo 14 days of self-isolation on arrival. Citizens of other destinations remain barred from entry, though exceptions are made, such as for health workers, freight and transport workers, diplomats, students, and urgent family reasons; all such arrivals are required to fill out an attestation form prior to travel and to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Travel with Guyana and Mayotte is currently suspended indefinitely; from July 11, travel to all other overseas territories will require a negative COVID-19 test taken in the previous 72 hours.
Authorities in Finland will suspend entry for travelers from Australia and Algeria from July 27 due to an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection rates in those two countries. Authorities will also reimpose internal border controls for travelers arriving from Austria, Slovenia, and Switzerland; travelers from these countries, as well as Spain, Luxembourg, Portugal, Poland, France, Sweden, and the Czech Republic, which were previously added to the list, will be urged to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.
As of July 27, there will no internal border controls for travelers from Andorra, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, San Marino, Slovakia, and the Vatican. Travel will also be permitted without restrictions for several non-EU states such as China, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay; travel to and from these countries was permitted only for essential and work purposes until July 27.
Travel for all but essential purposes is prohibited from all other countries. Travelers from countries with which restrictions remain in force may be requested to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.
Most foreign nationals have been effectively banned from entering the country. All arrivals are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine. Arrivals from Australia and New Zealand have the option of providing documentation verifying they spent 14 days in quarantine in their home country and tested negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours of departing for Fiji, which will allow them to avoid a strict quarantine but still remain separated from the general public. Travelers from those countries that do not provide the documentation will quarantine at their own cost at a government quarantine facility or hotel.
Authorities have called on Fijian nationals to suspend outbound travel. Inter-island transport has resumed, and Fiji Link (FJ) has restarted limited domestic flights.
Authorities will introduce mandatory testing for international arrivals from designated high-risk areas from Aug. 8 amid a rising number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country. The testing will be free of charge and take place at international travel hubs, including airports and railway stations. Where necessary, testing facilities will also be available for those arriving by car, though the precise nature of the procedure is currently unclear. Quarantine requirements will be waived for travelers who are found to be COVID-19-free. As a result of the new testing, processing delays are possible for travelers arriving from higher-risk areas. The Robert Koch Institute lists locations currently considered to be high risk for COVID-19.
Authorities are maintaining entry restrictions for many locations as of Aug. 6. Travelers from outside of the EU and Schengen Area, with the exception of those from Australia, Canada, Georgia, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia, the UK, and Uruguay, remain subject to restrictions, including a mandatory 14-day self-isolation if arriving from a location of high COVID-19 activity. Arrivals can avoid quarantine if in possession of a medical certificate issued within the previous 48 hours by an EU member state or a state listed by the Robert Koch Institute, declaring them to be COVID-free. Germany has issued travel warnings for locations where new COVID-19 cases exceed 50 per 100,000 inhabitants over a seven-day period; travel warnings have therefore been issued for Luxembourg and parts of Belgium and Spain.
Authorities in Greece have extended the nation's existing ban on entry by non-EU citizens and residents through at least Aug. 15. Citizens of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and the United Arab Emirates are exempt from the entry ban, as are freight transporters, diplomats, students enrolled at Greek universities, seasonal workers, healthcare workers, and passengers in transit. Travelers arriving by air from Bulgaria, Romania, and the United Arab Emirates must produce proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours prior to arrival.
While all of Greece's 27 airports are open as of Aug. 3, most are operating only at limited capacity. Moreover, commercial, general aviation, and business aviation flights from Albania and North Macedonia will be restricted to landing only at Athens International Airport (ATH) until Aug. 15; flights to and from Turkey remain banned through the same date.
Travelers entering Greece are not automatically subject to a mandatory quarantine period; however, they are be required to complete a detailed declaration providing their contact details, country of origin, and travel history over the past 15 days, among other information. Authorities conduct targeted COVID-19 testing of arriving travelers based on information provided in the declarations; persons testing positive for the virus may be required to quarantine for 14 days in government-provided accommodations.
As of the morning of Feb. 3, officials are banning passengers who traveled in mainland China within 14 days of arrival. All arriving visitors from countries with COVID-19 activity are required to quarantine,
In response to COVID-19, the Hong Kong SAR government has introduced new immigration requirements for passengers who are ending their journey in Hong Kong and have visited or transited through certain countries in the 14 days prior to arriving.
Starting from 25 July 2020, passengers who have visited or transited through the following countries within the last 14 days, they will be required to present additional documents in order to be permitted to enter Hong Kong.
Effective 25 July 2020: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines or South Africa
Effective 29 July 2020: The aforementioned countries, Kazakhstan or the United States
Additional entry documents:
The Government announced on July 26 that crew change arrangement for passenger vessels and goods vessels without cargo operation in Hong Kong would be suspended with effect from July 29. The testing and quarantine arrangement for sea crew members of goods vessels coming to Hong Kong for cargo operation, air crew members and other persons exempted from quarantine requirement (exempted persons) arriving Hong Kong will also be tightened.
With effect from July 29 (Wednesday), in accordance with the risk level of respective exemption categories, the Government will tighten the testing and quarantine arrangement for exempted persons as set out below -
Sea Crew of Passenger and Goods Vessels
Air crew travelling between Hong Kong and the Mainland, Macao, Taiwan or foreign places to perform their duties
Other exempted persons arriving Hong Kong at HKIA
The Hong Kong SAR Government has earlier introduced Cap. 599H to impose conditions on travellers coming to Hong Kong from high-risk places to reduce the health risk they may bring to Hong Kong. SFH has earlier published in the gazette specifications on the new measures which would be applicable to seven specified places (i.e. Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and South Africa) with effect from July 25. Taking into account the latest public health risk assessment, and the changes and developments of the epidemic situation, SFH published in the gazette new specifications to maintain the conditions imposed and include Kazakhstan and the United States of America as additional specified places with effect from July 29.
According to the latest specification, a traveller who, on the day on which the traveller boarded a civil aviation aircraft that arrives at, or is about to arrive at Hong Kong (specified aircraft), or during the 14 days before that day, has stayed in one of the aforementioned specified places must provide the following documents:
(1) a letter or certificate in English or Chinese issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution bearing the name and identity card or passport number of the relevant traveller to show that:
(a) the relevant traveller underwent a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 the sample for which was taken from the relevant traveller within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the specified aircraft;
(b) the test conducted on the sample is a nucleic acid test for COVID-19; and
(c) the result of the test is that the relevant traveller was tested negative for COVID-19; and
(2) the original of the report for the test issued by the laboratory or healthcare institution bearing the name and identity card or passport number of the relevant traveller;
(3) a letter in English or Chinese issued by the relevant authority of the government of the place in which the laboratory or healthcare institution is located certifying that the laboratory or healthcare institution is recognised or approved by the government; and
(4) the relevant traveller has confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 14 days starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong.
The operator of the specified aircraft should submit to the Department of Health (DH) before the specified aircraft arrives at Hong Kong a document in a form specified by DH confirming that each relevant traveller has, before being checked-in for the flight to Hong Kong on the aircraft, produced for boarding on the aircraft the above documents.
If any conditions specified by SFH is not met in relation to any relevant traveller on the conveyance, each of the operators of the conveyance commits an offence, and is liable on conviction to the maximum penalty of a fine at level 5 ($50,000) and imprisonment for six months. If an operator fails to comply with a requirement to provide information, or knowingly or recklessly provides any information that is false or misleading in a material particular, he or she is liable on conviction to the maximum penalty of a fine at level 5 ($50,000) and imprisonment for six months.
As for travellers, if a traveller coming to Hong Kong fails to comply with a requirement to provide information, or knowingly or recklessly provides any information that is false or misleading in a material particular, he or she is liable on conviction to the maximum penalty of a fine at level 3 ($10,000) and imprisonment for six months.
Hong Kong SAR Government Announcement - Specifications under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation gazetted - to impose conditions based on public health grounds on travellers who has visited specified high risk places within 14 days before arrival in Hong Kong, come into effect on July 25, 2020
(1) Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation
Cap. 599H introduces a mechanism to empower the Secretary for Food and Health (the Secretary) to impose conditions related to the prevention and control of the specified disease or protection of public health, on cross-boundary conveyances arriving at Hong Kong from specified places and relevant travellers coming to Hong Kong on the conveyances. The mechanism empowers the Government to flexibly impose various conditions on travellers, either based on their originating place (e.g. specific high-risk places), or solely having regard to the office they assume (e.g. air crew or sea crew), including requiring inbound travellers from cross-boundary conveyances to obtain a negative result from a COVID-19 test conducted by a recognised laboratory before arriving at Hong Kong. The Secretary will issue directions on the above matters in due course.
If any conditions specified by the Secretary is not met in relation to any traveller on a conveyance, a health officer or authorised officer acting on the advice of a health officer may prohibit the aircraft from landing in Hong Kong or prohibit the vessel from entering or staying in the waters of Hong Kong.
To ensure the operator of a conveyance comply with the relevant requirements, the health officer or authorised officer acting on the advice of a health officer may require the operator to provide information, including information concerning the meeting of the specified conditions for the relevant traveller(s) on the said conveyance, the travel record of the conveyance or the health condition of the persons on the conveyance. As for travellers coming to Hong Kong, the health officer or authorised officer acting on the advice of a health officer may require them to provide information concerning their health condition, travel history and the meeting of the specified conditions, including their COVID-19 test results.
If any conditions specified by the Secretary is not met in relation to any relevant traveller on the conveyance, each of the operators of the conveyance commits an offence, and is liable on conviction to the maximum penalty of a fine at level 5 ($50,000) and imprisonment for six months. If an operator fails to comply with a requirement to provide information, or knowingly or recklessly provides any information that is false or misleading in a material particular, he or she is liable on conviction to the maximum penalty of a fine at level 5 ($50,000) and imprisonment for six months.
As for travellers, if a traveller coming to Hong Kong fails to comply with a requirement to provide information, or knowingly or recklessly provides any information that is false or misleading in a material particular, he or she is liable on conviction to the maximum penalty of a fine at level 3 ($10,000) and imprisonment for six months.
(2) Prevention and Control of Disease (Wearing of Mask) (Public Transport) Regulation
Cap. 599I empowers the Secretary, for preventing, protecting against, delaying or otherwise controlling the incidence or transmission of the specified disease, to, by notice published in the Gazette, specify a period. During the specified period, a person must wear a mask at all times when the person is boarding or on board a public transport carrier (see Annex), or is entering or present in an MTR paid area.
The relevant provision does not apply to a person who is under the age of two, and a person who has lawful authority or reasonable excuse for not wearing a mask. Reasonable excuses listed under Cap. 599I include:
(a) the person cannot put on, wear or remove a mask:
(i) because of any physical or mental illness, impairment or disability; or
(ii) without severe distress;
(b) the person is accompanying, or providing assistance to, another person who relies on lip reading to communicate with the person;
(c) it is reasonably necessary for the person not to wear a mask in order to avoid any physical harm to the person or others;
(d) it is reasonably necessary for the person to board or be on board a public transport carrier, or enter or be present in an MTR paid area, in order to avoid any physical harm to the person but the person does not have a mask;
(e) the person is not wearing a mask in order to do any of the following acts (only if the act is lawful and reasonably necessary in the circumstances):
(i) eat or drink;
(ii) take medication;
(iii) maintain personal hygiene; or
(f) the person is required by a public officer (who is performing a function of the officer) to remove a mask the person is otherwise wearing.
In addition, if a person is boarding or on board a public transport carrier that is not in service, or is entering or present in an MTR paid area that is not open to the public, the relevant provision does not apply either.
The Secretary has published in the Gazette a notice, specifying for the period of 14 days from 0.00am of July 15 to July 28, 2020, a person must wear a mask at all times when the person is boarding or on board a public transport carrier, or is entering or present in an MTR paid area.
If a person does not wear a mask in accordance with the requirement, an authorised person may deny that person from boarding a public transport carrier or entering the area concerned, as well as require that person to wear a mask and disembark from the carrier or leave the said area. A person who contravenes the relevant provision commits an offence and the maximum penalty is a fine at level 2 ($5,000).
Air transit/transfer services at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) have resumed gradually. From 15 June 2020, passengers can use HKIA for transit/transfer on flights operated by different airlines under the same air ticket, provided that the passengers have checked through at the origin port with their boarding passes printed and baggage tagged-through to the final destination. Passengers should also confirm in advance that they are able to enter the final destination.
The Hong Kong SAR government has implemented the following travel restrictions for passengers arriving in and transiting through Hong Kong.
Effective from 25 March 2020 (00:00 HKT), only Hong Kong residents with following documents will be permitted to enter Hong Kong:
Entry restriction exemptions
The following passengers are exempt from the entry restrictions:
Passengers travelling from Mainland China, Taiwan or Macao SAR, and have not been to other country/region in past 14 days
Hong Kong continues to restrict land border crossings with mainland China to the Shenzhen Bay checkpoint and along the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. Immigration processing centers at Ocean Terminal and Kai Tak Cruise Terminal remain closed. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) remains open, and authorities will allow transit flights to resume at the airport beginning June 1.
As of 8 Jun 2020, the Hong Kong SAR Government has announced that directors or executives of certain companies listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK) who can meet the eligibility criteria may apply for exemption from the compulsory quarantine arrangement when they arrive at Hong Kong from the Mainland, subject to a pre-determined quota. The new scheme covers companies that are listed on the SEHK and included in the Hang Seng Index, Hang Seng China Enterprises Index or Hang Seng Composite LargeCap, MidCap or SmallCap Index, representing around 95 per cent of the total market capitalisation in Hong Kong. Directors or executives of these listed companies who (i) travel from the Mainland to Hong Kong for essential business activities or (ii) return from the Mainland to Hong Kong after completing essential business activities, and satisfy certain eligibility criteria may apply for exemption. For more details, please visit HKSAR government website Link Here.
All travellers arriving at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) will be mandated under the Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation (Cap. 599A) to collect their deep throat saliva samples at the DH's Temporary Specimen Collection Centre at the AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE) for conducting testing for COVID-19. Pls. log on the below website for more information about the DH strengthens health quarantine and testing arrangements for inbound travellers.
The Chief Secretary for Administration has exempted the following categories of "Construction Personnel for Provision of Professional Services in the Mainland" from the compulsory quarantine arrangement with effect from May 13 this year:
(a) either the owner of an enterprise with a valid business registration certificate issued under the Business Registration Ordinance (Cap. 310) and with provision of construction-related professional services in the Mainland, and up to one person employed and so authorised by the enterprise; or
(b) up to two persons employed and so authorised by such an enterprise as described in (a).
An exempted person must only travel to and stay in the city/area where the construction-related professional services are provided for the purpose of provision of the intended construction-related professional services as approved, and must take every precautionary measure to ensure personal hygiene and avoid unnecessary social contact. After returning to Hong Kong, the exempted person will be subject to medical surveillance arranged by the Department of Health for a period of 14 days. The person will be required to wear masks and check body temperature daily, and report to the Department of Health on any discomfort.
Details of the exemption arrangement and the application form are in Annex 1 and Annex 2 respectively. The application form can be downloaded from the website of the Development Bureau Link Here
The Hong Kong SAR Government announced (May 18) the mechanism for persons engaged in technological research and development (R&D) co-operation-related activities in the Mainland, Macao or Taiwan to apply for exemption from the compulsory quarantine arrangement.The Chief Secretary for Administration has exempted the following category of persons from the compulsory quarantine arrangement.
An eligible enterprise or institution must be:
(a) A public R&D institution in Hong Kong (i.e. the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute, the Automotive Platforms and Application Systems Research and Development Centre, the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel, the Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech Research and Development Centre, and the Nano and Advanced Materials Institute); or
(b) A tenant/incubatee/grantee/occupant of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTPC) or Cyberport which conducts technological R&D work.
Each eligible enterprise or institution can have up to two personnel who are either the owner and/or full-time employee(s) to be exempted, and such persons have to travel to the Mainland, Macao or Taiwan for conducting one of the following R&D-related activities:
(a) on-the-ground R&D work requiring collaboration with an enterprise or institution in the Mainland, Macao or Taiwan;
(b) sourcing of essential materials or equipment which are required to sustain the technological R&D work carried out in Hong Kong by the eligible enterprise or institution; or
(c) overseeing the operations of the eligible enterprise or institution's research facility(ies) in the Mainland, Macao or Taiwan.
An exempted person must undertake to fulfill the following requirements:
(a) he/she must only travel for the purpose of conducting the technological R&D activities as approved;
(b) he/she must only travel to and stay in the city in which the relevant facility(ies), enterprise(s) or institution(s) with the approved technological R&D activities is/are located;
(c) he/she must take every precautionary measure to ensure personal hygiene and avoid unnecessary social contact whilst in the Mainland, Macao or Taiwan; and
(d) after returning to Hong Kong, he/she will be subject to medical surveillance arranged by the Department of Health (DH) for a period of 14 days. He/she will be required to wear masks and check body temperature daily, as well as to report to the DH on any discomfort.
Details of the exemption arrangement and the application form are available on the ITC website Link Here.
Tenants/incubatees/grantees/occupants of the HKSTPC or Cyberport should submit the completed application form with all required supporting documents to the ITC through the HKSTPC (ECQ@hkstp.org) or Cyberport (ECQ@cyberport.hk) as appropriate. Public R&D institutions should submit the completed application form with all required supporting documents directly to the ITC by email (ECQ@itc.gov.hk).
And certified public accountants (practising), partners, directors or employees of registered practice units of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) who are required to travel to the Mainland to conduct audit work for companies listed in Hong Kong with Mainland operations may apply for exemption from the compulsory quarantine arrangement.
In accordance with the above-mentioned provision, the Chief Secretary for Administration has designated the following category of persons for exemption from the compulsory quarantine arrangement:
Certified public accountants (practising), partners, directors or employees of practice units registered with the HKICPA under the Professional Accountants Ordinance (Cap. 50), who are required to travel to the Mainland to conduct audit work for companies listed on a recognised stock market (as defined by section 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 1 to the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571)) and having Mainland operations, to assist those companies to fulfil their obligations under relevant Ordinances or other regulatory instruments that govern the operation of the companies or their business.
An exempted person must only travel to and stay in the Mainland area/city where the professional services of auditing are provided for the purpose of provision of the intended professional services of auditing as approved, and must take every precautionary measure to ensure personal hygiene and avoid unnecessary social contact whilst in the Mainland. After returning to Hong Kong, the exempted person will be subject to medical surveillance arranged by the Department of Health for a period of 14 days. The person will be required to wear masks and check body temperature daily, and report to the Department of Health on any discomfort. Reference Link Here.
The University of Hong Kong – Shenzhen Hospital (HKUSZH) and Hong Kong enterprises providing medical or dental services in the Mainland to apply for exemption from the compulsory quarantine arrangement under our local regime. The following categories of persons from the compulsory quarantine arrangement:
1.up to 50 persons employed and so authorised by HKUSZH; and
2.(i) either the owner of a Hong Kong enterprise with a valid Hong Kong Service Supplier Certificate in relation to the provision of medical and dental services in the Mainland under the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement, and up to one person employed and so authorised by the enterprise; or
(ii) up to two persons employed and so authorised by such an enterprise as described in (i).
Each exempted person must take a COVID-19 nucleic acid test at HKUSZH within seven days before entry to Hong Kong (starting from the date of collection of sample) and present a valid certificate of negative test result to authorised officers at the control points.
An exempted person must only travel to and stay in the areas/cities where the services are provided for the purpose of provision of the intended services as approved, and must take every precautionary measure to ensure personal hygiene and avoid unnecessary social contact. After returning to Hong Kong, the exempted person will be subject to medical surveillance arranged by the Department of Health for a period of 14 days. The person will be required to wear masks and check body temperature daily, and report to the Department of Health on any discomfort.
All exempted persons should note that currently travellers to the Mainland would still be subject to the 14-day compulsory quarantine requirement imposed by the Mainland authorities. The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is discussing with authorities in the Mainland on mutual recognition of COVID-19 testing results conducted by recognised medical laboratories, with a view to exempting the quarantine requirement for Hong Kong travellers to the Mainland. Details of the arrangement will be announced when available.
The details of the exemption arrangement and the application forms are available for download from the website of the Food and Health Bureau (FHB)Link Here.
All nonresident foreign nationals remain prohibited from entering or transiting the territory. For passengers arriving from countries designated by the Hong Kong government as high risk for COVID-19 infection, such as Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Nepal, South Africa, the United States, and Kazakhstan, authorities require several documents, including evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result. Travelers from Macau, Taiwan, and mainland China may enter Hong Kong, provided they have no recent travel history elsewhere. All arriving travelers must self-quarantine for two weeks; officials may quarantine symptomatic passengers or people testing positive for COVID-19 at government-designated facilities. Authorities have exempted some mainland Chinese teachers and students, as well as businesspeople whose activities officials deem economically beneficial to the territory, from the mandatory 14-day quarantine
Beginning 0001 July 15, the Hungarian government will implement a new three-tier classification system as part of its process for restricting incoming travel in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Under the new system, health officials have organized various foreign countries and applicable entry restrictions into three color-coded categories based on their COVID-19 risk severity. The classifications are:
Green (Low Risk): This category includes most countries in the European Union, except where stipulated otherwise. Travelers from "green" countries are permitted to enter Hungary without restriction.
Yellow (Moderate Risk): This category includes Bulgaria, China, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, the UK, and the US. Travelers entering Hungary from "yellow" countries will undergo medical screenings at the border and be quarantined for 14 days. Exceptions to the health checks and quarantine may be made for travelers who can produce proof of having taken two negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests at least 48 hours apart within the previous five days with negative results.
Red (High Risk): This category includes Albania, Australia, Bosnia, Belarus, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, and Ukraine; it also includes all countries on the African continent, as well as all countries in Asia and Oceania, except for China and Japan. Hungarian nationals from "red" countries will undergo medical screenings at the border and be quarantined for 14 days. Foreign nationals are prohibited from entering Hungary from "red" countries.
Authorities previously removed border restrictions with Schengen Area countries as of June 9. Budapest Ferenc Liszt (BUD) and Debrecen (DEB) airports are open, though airline operations are significantly reduced throughout Europe. Many airlines have suspended or curtailed flights.
India has modified entry guidelines related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) effective 0001 Aug. 8. All entrants to the country must undergo a paid institutional quarantine of seven days, followed by a week-long home quarantine. Exemptions are possible for some categories of asymptomatic passengers, including those with a negative swab test for COVID-19 obtained within 96 hours before entry, requiring special care such as elderly or pregnant women, and parents accompanied by children aged below ten years. Arriving passengers must register online within 72 hours before travel; different states may impose variable quarantine and testing requirements.
Most international flights remain banned through at least July 31. Authorities are allowing limited commercial flights with France, Germany, and the US through Aug. 31. However, entry is limited to currently permitted categories of travelers: Indian citizens, Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders and their relatives, business travelers other than those with B-3 sporting visas, holders of diplomatic, official, or UN/international organization and their family members. Authorities may introduce similar measures with other countries such as the UK and the UAE. Charter services for business travelers, family members of official or diplomatic visa holders, and OCI cardholders and their relatives are allowed, provided they obtain a fresh visa. Authorities have suspended visa issuance and canceled previously issued visas of all other international travelers - except diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, and project visas. Travelers already in the country may receive visa extensions upon online application. Passengers arriving from abroad are subject to mandatory 14-day quarantines. Those planning on essential travel to India can contact Indian consulates for visa issuance after medical checks. Domestic flights resumed May 25. Indian authorities stopped passenger traffic at all land, river, and sea ports since March 18. Officials are also maintaining an earlier ban on travelers from Afghanistan, the EU, the European Free Trade Association, Malaysia, Philippines, Turkey, and the UK. The suspension of international cruises, passenger buses, and train services continues.
Indonesia's central government is requiring intercity land and sea travelers to produce certificates stating they have tested negative from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to stem the spread of the virus. The passengers also have to show their identification documents and download the PeduliLindungi contact tracing application. Officials had previously required air travelers to obtain documents stating they do not carry COVID-19, before canceling this regulation. Authorities are also requiring planes and public land transport to operate with 70 percent of their capacity, while private-hire vehicles and taxis can operate with 50 percent of the capacity. There is no capacity limit for sea transport, though other health protocols are in place.
Authorities continue to ban foreign nationals from entering and transiting the country, with exemptions for permanent residents, diplomats, and transport workers. Officials require inbound passengers to produce documents stating they are free from COVID-19; travelers without the certificates will undergo tests upon arrival in Indonesia and be isolated in government-designated premises until test results are released. Arrivals will also have to download the PeduliLindungi contact tracing application. Symptomatic passengers will undergo quarantine at government-designated facilities. Authorities will advise all inbound passengers to self-quarantine for two weeks.
Israeli authorities announced that they will bar all foreigners from entering Israel until further notice. Israeli citizens and permanent residents will still be able to enter. All persons arriving in Israel are required to self-quarantine at home for two weeks. El Al (LY) Airlines suspended all passenger flights to and from Israel at least Aug. 31. However, LY has announced that it will operate limited direct flights from Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) and select international destinations, including Paris, London, Los Angeles, and New York through Aug 2.
Authorities in Italy have imposed mandatory 14-day self-isolation for travelers who have stayed in Bulgaria and Romania in the last 14 days from July 24 due to increased coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in those two countries. Authorities are allowing unrestricted travel to resume with all other EU, Schengen Area, and associated countries. Travelers from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay are permitted to enter Italy, but are required to register with authorities and self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Travel from all other countries remains prohibited, bar a few exceptions, including study, proven work needs, and urgent reasons such as health; all such arrivals are also required to register and self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.
Japan imposed international travel restrictions on Botswana, Comoros, the Republic of Congo, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Libya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Palestinian Territories effective 0001 July 24. Authorities are also maintaining existing travel restrictions on 130 other countries and territories, including China, India, Pakistan, South Korea, the US, Australia, and all of the European Union. Foreign nationals with recent travel history in the designated locations are barred from entering Japan.
Authorities require travelers entering the country, including Japanese nationals, to quarantine for 14 days; isolation may take place at a designated facility or at home. Individuals under quarantine orders must refrain from using public transportation. Officials also require all passengers arriving from specified areas to undergo polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, which involves medical personnel taking a nasopharyngeal swab, upon arrival.
Flights from South Korea and China are only authorized to land at Narita International Airport (NRT) and Kansai International Airport (KIX). Transit flights for foreign nationals are only allowed through NRT.
Visa restrictions - The first and multiple visas issued by the Japanese embassy or consulates located in China and South Korea have been suspended.
Visa exemptions for Hong Kong (including HKSAR passport and BNO passport), Macau passport and South Korea passport have been suspended.
We have checked with Japan Consulate in Hong Kong, from midnight on March 9, all passengers travel (including Japan national) to Japan from China (including Hong Kong & Macau) and KoreaHK will need to wait 14 days at the location designated by the quarantine director and not use public transport within the country.
And Visa exemptions for Apec card holder with HKSAR passport, BNO passport, Macau passport and South Korea passport have also been suspended.
Authorities in Macau are requiring travelers from Hong Kong to provide evidence of negative coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test results taken within 72 hours prior to arrival as of early August. The move follows an increase in reported COIVD-19 cases in Hong Kong. Officials are also requiring arrivals with recent travel history in Hong Kong and designated "high-risk" locations in mainland China to undergo 14-day quarantines at designated facilities. As of early August, quarantines are required for travelers who have visited Urumqi and Dalian within the previous two weeks.
Macau authorities have lifted quarantine requirements for travelers from Beijing, as of July 15, due to low coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. The move effectively ends quarantine for all inbound mainland Chinese citizens. Officials also ended a requirement that arrivals with a travel history in Hubei Province within the previous two weeks provide evidence of negative COVID-19 status. Travelers from Hubei can now enter casinos. However, the Chinese government has yet to resume visas under the Individual Visa Scheme, and travelers from mainland China must continue to seek entry permits.
Authorities are allowing Macau residents to travel to eight more cities in Guangdong Province without quarantine requirements as of July 8 due to low coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in the region. Officials will permit travel for official reasons, essential business activity, and emergencies, such as attending funerals. Travelers must still receive approval from Macau health authorities via an online application, complete a travel and health declaration, hold a green health code, and provide evidence of a negative nucleic acid COVID-19 test valid for seven days. After crossing the border in Zhuhai, Macau citizens and residents can travel to Dongguan, Foshan, Guangzhou, Huizhou, Jiangmen, Shenzhen, Zhaoqing, and Zhongshan for up to 14 days. People receiving approval can travel across the border an unlimited number of times within seven days. Applications remain capped at 3,000 daily.
Macau has lifted quarantine requirements for nonresident workers that live in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, as of June 24. According to the order, which took effect June 23, workers attempting to enter the territory must obtain confirmation of their residence from Zhuhai officials, show a green Macau health code, and provide evidence of a negative coronavirus disease (COVID-19) nucleic acid test within seven days of entering the territory. The government has resumed applications for Macau residents to enter Zhuhai without quarantine after a multiday suspension. Authorities are permitting travel to Zhuhai for official reasons, essential business activity, and emergencies, such as attending funerals. Travelers must receive approval from health authorities via an online application and undergo a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 within 48 hours of traveling to Zhuhai. People receiving approval can travel across the border an unlimited number of times within seven days but cannot leave Guangdong. The applications are in high demand, and Macau officials could temporarily shut down the system if overwhelmed again. Macau citizens living in Zhuhai with residency permits can cross the border without quarantine requirements, after receiving an exemption. Macau teachers and students residing in Zhuhai can cross the border without a waiver.
The government continues to ban most foreign nationals from entering the territory. Macau residents and travelers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and areas of mainland China can still enter the special administrative region provided they have not traveled to other countries within 14 days. Individuals arriving from mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan are subject to health questionnaires and screenings. However, authorities require travelers who have visited Beijing within 14 days of arrival to quarantine at designated locations for two weeks as of June 17. Additionally, travelers from these locations that have visited "high-risk" countries, including the Schengen Area, the UK, the US, Australia, South Korea, and Japan, within 14 days of arrival must undergo mandatory quarantine at designated hotels.
Travel between Macau and Hong Kong remains available only via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge due to transport restrictions in Hong Kong. However, the government plans to allow twice daily ferry services between Taipa Ferry Terminal and SkyPier at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) June 17-July 16 to facilitate the return of residents and allow foreigners in the territory to depart. Returning residents must register online with the Higher Education Bureau within 48 hours of their return and plan to arrive at HKG 0400-2200. Returning travelers must also provide documentation from the government and proof of residency before boarding ferries for Macau. Departing travelers are required to depart HKG 1200-0300 daily, except July 16, when flights must depart before 2359.
Most foreigners are still not able to enter or re-enter the country; exemptions are currently in place for resident diplomats, foreign spouses, and dependents of Malaysian citizens, as well as expatriate employees working in essential industries and their dependents. The expatriate employees must present a letter for approval by authorities. Arrivals must download the MySejahtera mobile app, and undergo quarantine at designated facilities.
Malaysian nationals remain banned from traveling abroad. Emergency repatriation of Malaysian citizens stranded abroad has occurred on a case-by-case basis. Malaysian and Singaporean authorities plan to receive cross-border travel applications for select groups from Aug. 10. Those planning single-entry trips for essential business and official purposes under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) must present approval letters by immigration authorities as well as a company or government agency in the destination country, visas if required according to nationality, and undergo COVID-19 swab testing within 72 hours prior to travel date as well as upon arrival. Such travelers must also adhere to a pre-approved itinerary limited to a maximum of 14 days, and follow local rules for social distancing. Passengers with long-term work visas traveling under the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) can undertake multiple-entry visits through land border crossings at Woodlands or Tuas for 90-day stays once companies succeed in the application process. Entrants will serve quarantine at designated facilities for at least seven days, and undergo a self-paid or employer-sponsored COVID-19 swab test; such travelers are eligible for a short home leave after every minimum stay of 90 days in the destination country.
Authorities in the Maldives have allowed resumption of international travel from July 15. Foreigners with bookings at any individual resort can obtain a 30-day on-arrival visa; asymptomatic travelers require no mandatory testing or quarantine. Public transport, domestic flights, and inter-island ferry services have also resumed operations, though availability is affected by low demand.
As of July 15, authorities have removed previously imposed visa and entry restrictions for all foreigners. Inbound foreign travelers must reserve accommodation at one resort, where they are to spend their time in Maldives outside of sites such as eateries and tourist spots approved by the Ministry of Tourism. Maldivian authorities require no health certification or test results; however, individual airlines may require these for boarding. There is no mandatory quarantine for asymptomatic travelers. Officials may modify regulations based on a passenger's nationality and travel history, and authorities could rescind resumption of international travel at short notice. Only foreign tourists in transit can check into hotels or guesthouses in the Greater Male urban area; others must stay in resorts, where officials may enforce temporary movement and exit restrictions in the event of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases. Authorities have advised Maldivian citizens to suspend all nonessential international travel.
The government has effectively banned international travel. The country closed its last open border crossing with Russia March 28. Commercial flights connecting Mongolia with Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey remain suspended. International train services with Russia have stopped through at least April 30. Authorities are placing arriving Mongolian citizens who have recently traveled in China, Japan, South Korea, Italy, or Iran under a 14-day quarantine at their own expense.
The central government has extended various nationwide restrictions through at least Aug. 15 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).Officials have suspended all international flights, through at least Aug 31. except for relief or cargo flights, and banned foreign nationals from entering through land border checkpoints.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also suspended visa issuance and visa-free travel to the country. Diplomats, UN officials, and aircraft and ship crew are exempt from visa restrictions. Returning Myanmar citizens and incoming foreigners, with some exceptions, will need to undergo a 21-day quarantine at government facilities and a subsequent one-week self-isolation. Authorities are allowing diplomats and resident UN officials to self-quarantine at their residence.
Additionally, authorities are allowing business trips for essential sectors, such as oil, gas, and power, from mainland China and Japan in a so-called fast lane arrangement. Personnel will have to obtain a medical document stating they do not carry COVID-19 within 36 hours of boarding Myanmar-bound flights, and will also have to undergo COVID-19 tests upon arriving in Myanmar and after completing five days of quarantine at designated facilities. Officials said they plan to add more countries to the fast lane scheme in the coming months. The government has restricted cross-border movements at land checkpoints, allowing only the transport of goods.
Authorities in Morocco have extended the suspension of passenger flights until further notice as part of the nation's efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). However, domestic flights resumed June 27. The measure does not apply to cargo and emergency flights.The suspension of sea travel to Spain, Gibraltar, and France, and the closure of the border with the Spanish autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla on the north coast of Africa remain in effect.
Nepal is maintaining a ban on all inbound and outbound international passenger flights, as well as domestic passenger flights until Aug. 17. Authorities have been exempting charter flights repatriating stranded citizens and providing essential goods and services.
The movement of goods remains permitted at international borders. Although flight and land border restrictions have effectively ended nearly all inbound international passenger travel, Nepal is maintaining a specific ban on entry or transit by travelers from Europe, Gulf Arab countries, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea. Nepal has also suspended on-arrival and electronic visa issuance for all foreign nationals and non-resident Nepalese until further notice. Those wishing to travel to Nepal must contact their local Nepali diplomatic mission for visa approval and submit the results of a swab test demonstrating that the individual is COVID-19 free within seven days before the intended travel date. Officials have advised Nepali citizens against nonessential international travel. Health checks are mandatory at all entry points. Officials are advising incoming travelers, regardless of nationality, to self-isolate for two weeks or undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or in a medical facility based on medical screening outcomes. Intensified land border patrols to prevent unauthorized entry have continued, especially along the India-Nepal border; sporadic arrests and clashes are possible.
Authorities in the Netherlands are maintaining restrictions introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of July 31. Authorities have removed entry restrictions for travelers from EU and Schengen Area countries, and the UK. However, officials have issued specific travel advisories for certain areas in this bloc from which travelers are strongly advised to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival; as of July 31 these areas are Sweden; Bulgaria; Romania; Croatia; Segria, La Marina-Lugo, and Barcelona in Spain; Vale do Tejo in Portugal; Leicester in the UK; and Antwerp in Belgium.
New Zealand is restricting entry to the country for residents and citizens due to limited capacity at coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine facilities as of July 7. The government has agreed with national carrier Air New Zealand (NZ) to limit new bookings for returning residents through at least July 28 and is reportedly working with other airlines to reduce passenger volume. Authorities will allow passengers with booked flights to enter the country, provided there is available capacity; however, airlines could rebook some passengers.
The government previously announced it would allow select foreign nationals to enter the country from July 1.
The government has lifted a requirement for partners and dependents of citizens to return to the country together, provided they have a visa based on the relationship or usually reside in New Zealand. Such travelers and diplomats posted in New Zealand can enter the country without prior consent from the government. Authorities will also allow partners, dependents, and legal guardians of citizens without visas to enter the country, as well as humanitarian travel, Australian citizens and permanent residents who live in New Zealand, and Samoan and Tongan citizens on essential trips approved by their governments. Officials are also permitting critical workers to enter the country on short-term visas valid up to six months. Companies must apply for a visa and demonstrate that the worker's technical or skills are unobtainable within the country, or they are working on infrastructure projects. Additionally, the government will allow some long-term, essential workers provided they meet short-term entrance criteria and earn twice the median salary in the country or participate in a government-backed event. The government requires people from these groups to receive permission before traveling to the country and will review applications for travel on a case-by-case basis.
New Zealand continues to ban most foreign nationals from entering the country. Staff are conducting health screenings of all incoming passengers. Officials continue to quarantine inbound passengers at government-designated facilities for 14 days.
From July 25, travelers from Spain and Andorra will be added to the list of red countries; Hungary and the regions of Varmland, Orebro, Ostre Gotaland and Kalmarwill in Sweden will be now marked as green. Travelers from countries designated green do not need to self-isolate on arrival, while arrivals from red countries must self-isolate for 10 days. Current red designated countries, in addition to Spain and Andorra, are Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, and all of Sweden, apart from the counties of Skane, Blekinge, Kronoberg, Varmland, Orebro, Ostre Gotaland, and Kalmar. Most travelers from all other countries are currently prohibited from entry, excluding those with close family in Norway and individuals who have been granted permits to work or study in Norway; in these cases, arrivals are required to self-isolate for 10 days.
Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, PAL and the Philippine Government have issued precautionary measures, mandatory protocols and requirements for travelers. For passengers in international flights to the Philippines, please be guided on new arrival and quarantine procedures in Manila, Cebu, and Clark. Passengers in international flights to the Philippines must register before flight departure. For more information, please refer to Philippine Airlines website. Click Here
The Philippines will resume some domestic flights from June 3 amid ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) measures. National carrier Philippine Airlines (PR) AirAsia (AK), and Cebu Pacific (5J) plan to reopen domestic routes connecting Manila (MNL) to airports in several other cities, including Cebu (CEB), Davao (DVO), Dumaguete (DGT), and Cagayan de Oro (CGY).
Authorities continue to ban most foreign nationals from entering the country. However, officials are allowing entry for foreign nationals with long-term visas. Inbound foreign nationals must secure a quarantine facility and a COVID-19 testing provider in advance of arrival. Other visas and applications and visa-free privileges remain suspended. Exemptions for foreign spouses and children of Philippine citizens and diplomatic staff and dependents are in place. Arriving travelers must undergo a two-week quarantine at government-designated facilities. The central government reimposed a ban on nonessential outbound travel July 23. People who had confirmed their overseas travel booking as of July 20 can still depart, as well as overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and uniformed personnel on official duty.
Travelers arriving from China, Iran, South Korea, or the Italian regions of Lombardy, Veneto, and Emilia Romagna, are required to self-isolate for 14 days. Travelers who have visited certain designated outbreak hotspots in China, Italy, or South Korea could be placed into institutional quarantine.
Russian authorities will bar Chinese nationals from entering Russia beginning Feb. 20 as a means of preventing the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The ban currently applies to all Chinese travelers, including those with business, work, student, personal, or tourist visas; Chinese travelers with transit visas will be permitted to transit Russian airports. The duration of the measures will likely depend on the course of the outbreak in China and other countries.
Russian suspended all regular and charter flights between Russian and foreign airports from March 25. The suspension will not apply to flights repatriating Russian citizens or other specific flights approved by the Russian government on an individual basis.
Singapore authorities will require passengers arriving from some high-risk areas to serve stay-at-home notices (SHN) at dedicated facilities from 0001 July 20. The measure is due to increasing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in some countries. People who had visited or transited through Japan, Hong Kong, and Victoria State, Australia, in the last 14 days will have to stay at an SHN facility for two weeks at their own cost. Passengers will need to also pass a COVID-19 test before leaving the SHN facility. Authorities may expand the measure to other high-risk countries if caseloads abroad escalate.
Singapore plans to allow business trips to and from select parts of China from June 8. Officials will permit travel between Singapore and so-called fast lane regions in China, including Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang provinces and Chongqing, Shanghai, and Tianjin municipalities. Companies or government agencies can apply for special passes for inbound business travelers; the program will begin with government agencies before expanding to businesses in the future. Visitors from China must stay in one of the approved Chinese areas for seven days before travel. Passengers will need to test negative for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within 48 hours of their departure and obtain a visa if necessary. Passengers will undergo COVID-19 testing again upon arrival in Singapore and must self-isolate in accommodations until test results are available. Business travelers testing negative will adhere to a pre-agreed itinerary and refrain from using public transport, except for private hire vehicles, for the first 14 days. The travelers will also have to download the TraceTogether contact tracing mobile application. People testing positive for COVID-19 will undergo health treatment at their own expense.
Only Singaporean citizens and permanent residents can enter the country, with limited exceptions. Officials have banned entry or transit of all short-term visa holders; the measure extends to work pass holders and their dependents, with exemptions for those providing essential services like healthcare and transport. All long-term visit pass and student pass holders will need to apply for government approval before traveling to Singapore. Officials are allowing foreign nationals to transit at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) with precautions in place. From 0001 June 18, all travelers who enter Singapore will be required to undergo and pay for a COVID-19 test near the end of their mandatory 14-day quarantine or stay-at-home periods. Travelers from most areas are required to undergo two-week quarantine at government-designated facilities at their own cost. However, from June 18, arriving passengers who spent the previous 14 days continuously in specified countries and regions will be allowed to self-quarantine in their residences; this measure will apply to travelers arriving from Australia, Brunei, mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and Vietnam.
Officials are allowing foreign nationals flying with specific airlines from selected cities to transit at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) with precautions in place. As of July 21, only Singapore Airlines (SQ), Scoot (TR), and Silk Air (MI) are allowed to offer transit flights at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) with precautions in place; authorities are allowing transit flights from Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney in Australia; Chongqing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai in mainland China; Hong Kong; Osaka and Tokyo's Narita International Airport (NRT) in Japan; Seoul in South Korea; and Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand. Passenger transit at SIN remains banned for flights to the affected cities. Singaporean and Malaysian authorities plan to allow limited cross-border travel for some groups of people from Aug. 10.
Singaporean authorities plan to accept applications for work and business travel from Malaysia from Aug. 10, amid reduced community transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Cross-border travel will likely start from Aug. 17 under two schemes, the reciprocal green lane (RGL) and the periodic commuting arrangement (PCA) programs for short-visit and long-term travelers respectively.
South Korean authorities will increase visa and entry restrictions for passengers traveling from Pakistan and Bangladesh from June 23. Officials will make exceptions for diplomatic travelers and people traveling for urgent business reasons. Officials also intend to temporarily ban unscheduled flights between South Korea and these two countries. Authorities will likely maintain the ban until the number of COVID-19 cases transferred from Bangladesh and Pakistan to South Korea decreases. The government will also require foreigners who arrive with a non-professional employment visa to have residences where they can self-quarantine for 14 days. Foreigners who do not fulfill this requirement will be banned from entering the country.
The government continues to ban all foreign travelers who have visited China's Hubei Province within 14 days of arrival from entering the country. South Koreans who traveled to Hubei Province will need to self-quarantine for 14 days. Officials have halted visa-free and visa-waiver programs with countries that have entry bans for South Korean citizens. The restriction impacts travelers from 90 countries, including Australia, Canada, and most European nations. Authorities have also canceled existing short-term visas issued before April 5, requiring travelers to reapply for entry documents. The government plans to limit all but essential or urgent travel for foreign nationals to the country. Officials are testing all arriving travelers from the US and Europe. Officials will send arriving passengers that exhibit COVID-19 symptoms to designated quarantine facilities for testing. All inbound passengers, regardless of nationality and testing outcomes, are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Korean air carriers are gradually resuming flight operations as of May 8 but remain limited by flight restrictions. Airlines have suspended routes and reduced flights amid decreased demand.
Regional and international flights remain suspended. Starting March 18, visas were denied to foreign travelers who have visited high-risk countries. Land border crossings are closed. All passengers are required to complete a health questionnaire and present it to Port Health upon arrival
Spain has been gradually recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Internal movement restrictions were lifted June 21; residents are now permitted to travel between the country's different provinces. Authorities previously reopened the country's borders to travelers from most EU and Schengen Area countries June 21. The land border with Portugal was reopened July 1. Spain also allows entry for citizens of 13 non-EU countries deemed epidemiologically safe by the European Council. All travelers allowed to enter will not be required to self-isolate upon arrival. Authorities have introduced a mandatory Sanitary Control Form that all travelers arriving in the country by air must complete. After filling out the form, travelers will receive a unique QR code that they will have to show on arrival at the airport.
Sri Lankan authorities have indefinitely suspended the issuance of all visa types - including electronic, landing, multiple-entry, and residential - to foreigners regardless of nationality previously issued visas for foreign nationals, including residential permits, stand temporarily suspended. Such travelers will not be allowed to enter Sri Lanka. The restrictions do not apply to holders of diplomatic, official, and service passports. Diplomatic personnel permitted to enter Sri Lanka must submit a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result taken within 72 hours of departure, or undergo a PCR test upon arrival. Foreigners who are already in Sri Lanka may apply to extend the validity of their visas. Officials are indefinitely deferring earlier plans to allow entry to foreigners from Aug. 1, due to new local COVID-19 cases.
Officials have also suspended all inbound international passenger flights indefinitely; however, cargo transport, passenger transit, and international departures will continue at the Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Officials had previously halted all international services at the Jaffna International Airport (JAF) - Sri Lanka's only other functional international airport.
Authorities in Sweden are maintaining international entry restrictions as of July 31 as part of the country's efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Most individuals who are not citizens or residents of the the European Economic Area are prohibited from entry through at least Aug. 31. In line with EU recommendations, authorities are also permitting entry to travelers from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, the UK, and Uruguay. Exceptions to the ban will also be made for students, healthcare workers, frontier workers, diplomats, freight workers, transiting passengers, and people who have urgent family matters. The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all nonessential travel to countries outside the EU and EEA until Aug. 31.
Authorities in Switzerland are maintaining restrictions introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as of Aug. 3. Officials previously removed entry restrictions for residents of Schengen Area countries and the UK; as of July 20, entry restrictions were also removed for travelers from Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, Monaco, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and the Vatican City. Most residents of other countries remain prohibited from entry; however, this measure does not apply to freight traffic, individuals in transit, and individuals with compelling reasons for travel to be approved by authorities on a case by case basis.
Swiss authorities are also maintaining a list of high-risk countries from which travelers must undergo a mandatory 10-day self-quarantine. The list was last updated July 23 and includes Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eswatini, Guatemala, Honduras, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Oman, Panama, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, the Turks and Caicos Islands, UAE, and the United States.
Due to increasing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in Japan, Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) removed the country from its list of low- and medium-risk areas Aug. 5. Travelers from Japan will have to observe the mandatory 14-day quarantine. The CECC classifies Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, Laos, Macau, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Palau, Thailand, and Vietnam as low risk; and Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Sri Lanka as medium risk.
The government will allow international travelers to apply for entry for medical care starting Aug. 1; the measure does not include aesthetic procedures and health checks. Applicants must apply at their local Taiwan diplomatic mission and present evidence of adequate health insurance, an affidavit for mandatory quarantine of 14 days, a health declaration, and a disease prevention plan from the treating facility. Approved travelers can bring two people, including family members, to Taiwan during their care; a third companion is possible if they are a caregiver or healthcare worker.
As of July 23, travel for tourism and social reasons remains banned. However, the following exceptions to the entry ban and quarantine requirements are in effect:
All passengers, except business travelers from low- and medium-risk countries, must self-quarantine for 14 days. Authorities require some inbound travelers from Southeast Asian countries to undergo a 14-day quarantine at government-designated hotels; officials will direct arriving passengers living with people with chronic illnesses, children below six years old, or adults above 65 years old to the facilities. Officials require all people allowed into Taiwan to present a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test obtained within three business days of their departing flight. Health officials continue intensified screenings for arriving passengers, including blood samples from passengers who display or report respiratory symptoms or fever. Passengers bound for Taiwan that do not accurately report their travel and medical history could face fines of up to NTD 150,000 (USD 5,000).
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) is allowing people to transit. However, passengers must connect with the same airline through TPE and limit connections in Taiwan to eight hours. As of July 10, officials have cleared China Airlines (CI), EVA Air (BR), and Cathay Pacific (CX) to operate transit flights. However, connecting flights to or from mainland China remain banned. Taiwan is maintaining limits on flights to mainland China indefinitely. Under the measures, airlines are only allowed to fly to airports in Beijing (PEK), Shanghai (SHA, PVG), Xiamen (XMN), and Chengdu (CTU). CA and BR continue to cancel most flight services to mainland China. Taiwan continues to ban cruise ships from docking at ports on the island.
Authorities in Thailand are allowing additional categories of foreigners to enter the country from Aug. 4, amid attempts to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The group includes permanent residents and work permit holders with their spouses and children; foreigners with special arrangements, such as the Thailand Elite Card, a program for frequent business visitors; and migrant workers whose employers have obtained approval for employees' entry. These foreigners will have to adhere to health protocols, such as two weeks of quarantine at designated facilities. Other groups of foreigners, including spouses, parents, and children of Thai citizens, resident diplomats, people seeking medical treatment, students of Thai educational institutions, and transport workers, can continue to enter. Domestic flights can operate with full passenger capacity as long as safeguards, such as requiring passengers to wear protective face coverings, are in place. Public transport has resumed with 70 percent of passenger capacity and other precautions.
Most inbound international flights remain banned. Exemptions are in place for cargo, emergency, and repatriation flights and government aircraft. People who can still enter Thailand will undergo a 14-day quarantine at government-designated facilities upon arrival, with limited exemptions. The government may allow resident diplomats and their family members to isolate at their residence for two weeks. Arriving foreigners also have to comply with additional health protocols, such as obtaining a letter from the nearest Thai embassy, a health insurance policy, and a certificate that they do not carry COVID-19. Authorities have reopened several land checkpoints, though officials continue to ban foreigners from entering the country through border checkpoints.
The central government also announced plans to allow entry for more groups of foreigners; it is unclear when this measure will come into effect. Authorities have additionally extended short-term visas for foreigners already in Thailand through Sept. 26; these foreigners will not be able to remain in the country past that date, with exemptions for people who are ill, among others.
International flights in Turkey will resume from June 18 after previously being suspended due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Initially, Turkish Airlines (TK) will fly to and from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden; it remains unclear when flights to other destinations will resume.
Domestic flights in Turkey have resumed from June 1 after previously being suspended due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The airlines resuming operations include Turkish Airlines (TK), Pegasus (PC), and SunExpress (XQ). Initially, flights will operate from Istanbul to Ankara, Izmir, Antalya, and Trabzon; flights to other cities are expected to gradually resume. Some international commercial passenger flights departing Turkey for major cities in Europe and the US are occurring on an ad hoc basis.
Authorities had already banned all passenger flights to and from China, Italy, Iran, Iraq, and South Korea, with the exception of flights carrying Iranian citizens to their home country. In addition, foreign citizens who have visited the above countries within the last 14 days are not permitted to enter Turkey, including for transit purposes; those with a residency permit will be permitted to enter Turkey but will be tested on arrival, which could result in quarantine or other mobility restriction.
Authorities in Wales and England have updated their countries' coronavirus (COVID-19)-related entry restrictions. As of 0001 Aug. 7, all travelers arriving in Wales from Andorra, Belgium, and the Bahamas will have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival; the same will apply for travelers arriving from these countries in England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland effective 0400 Aug. 8. This measure comes after an increase in COVID-19 infection rates in the targeted countries. In addition, travelers from Brunei and Malaysia will be able to enter UK without restrictions from 0400 Aug. 11 following a decrease in infection rates in those two countries.
On Friday 22 May, the UK Government announced that there will be new health measures in place for entering the UK because of coronavirus (COVID-19). These measures are for residents and visitors applicable from 8 June 2020.
When these measures are in place, those entering the UK will:
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The UK Government announced that all customers arriving from mainland Spain, the Canaries and the Balearics from 26 July 2020 have to quarantine for 14 days.
Effective 0001 July 26, authorities in England and Northern Ireland will reimpose a directive requiring all travelers arriving from Spain to self-quarantine for 14 days due to a recent spike in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in that country. While the governments of Wales and Scotland have as yet made no official announcements on the matter, it is likely that they will implement similar measures over the coming days. Scotland had only placed Spain on its list of "exempted countries," thereby lifting its earlier requirement that travelers arriving from there self-isolate, as of July 23.
All international travelers entering the UK must provide contact details, as well as their travel history over the previous 14 days.Authorities had earlier exempted travelers arriving from 75 countries and overseas territories, including Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and New Zealand - and, initially, Spain - from a requirement to self-isolate for 14 days upon entering the UK. The exempted countries had been assessed to pose a reduced threat from COVID-19. All international travelers entering the UK must provide contact details, as well as their travel history over the previous 14 days
International arrivals of any nationality arriving from nonexempt locations are required to self-isolate for 14 days; health officials may perform spot checks to ensure compliance. Persons without suitable accommodation will be required to stay in facilities arranged by the government at their own expense. The measures apply to arrival by air, rail, and ferry. Freight drivers and healthcare workers are exempt from the requirement. Authorities in Scotland plan to lift quarantine requirements for travelers from Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as of July 28 following a decrease in COVID-19 activity in those countries.
United Arab Emirates:
All inbound and transit passengers traveling to the UAE must have a negative COVID-19 test certificate from Aug. 1. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure and from a pre-approved lab. This excludes children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability. Other measures in effect in the UAE are included below.
Authorities announced the extension of the closure of US land borders with Canada and Mexico to nonessential travel through at least Aug 20. US officials have suspended entry for foreign nationals who have been in Brazil, China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), Iran, UK, Ireland, and the Schengen Area within the last 14 days. The Schengen Area includes 26 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. US citizens and legal permanent residents who have traveled to the restricted country list within 14 days of arrival must self-quarantine for 14 days.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that incoming flights from the above-affected countries are limited to landing in the following 13 airports only:
Authorities plan to issue electronic visas to foreign nationals from 80 countries from July 1 following a reduction of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. The countries include Australia, mainland China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, the UK, and the US. Citizens from these countries will be able to enter Vietnam through selected land, air, and sea border gates. Foreign nationals remain banned from entering the country through June 30, with exceptions for essential and skilled workers. Individuals who can enter Vietnam will undergo quarantine for 14 days at government-run facilities. Land borders with Cambodia and Laos remain closed for passenger travel. Authorities have approved visa extensions for foreigners already in Vietnam through June 30. Authorities have also suspended international flights to Da Nang until further notice; domestic tourists cannot visit the city through at least Aug. 8. Individuals who are allowed to leave Da Nang are required to undergo 14-day home quarantines upon arrival at their residences.
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Several flight operators have announced temporary suspension or the reduction of flights on routes serving China amid travel restrictions imposed in the country to contain the Coronavirus(COVID-19) outbreak. Further short-notice flight cancellations or adjustments in schedules can be expected in the coming days.
Flights Suspension or cancellation from/to China
that have not lapsed the quarantine period of 14 days out of the Country at risk (P.R.C.);
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