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Last updated: Dec 28, 2020 at 18:08 (HK time)

CORONAVIRUS(COVID-19)TRAVEL UPDATES

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: 

Australia:

As of Dec. 22, officials have declared all of greater Sydney to be a COVID-19 hotspot, meaning that most individuals with recent travel history in the Sydney metropolitan area are barred from entering Queensland. Exceptions to the travel ban are in place for Queensland residents and some essential workers. Any individuals with recent travel history in greater Sydney allowed to enter Queensland must travel by air and quarantine in government-designated facilities for 14 days upon arrival.

 

New South Wales is banning entry for people who have visited "areas of concern" in South Australia as of Nov. 20. Affected New South Wales residents are still permitted to enter the state but must get a COVID-19 test and self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Authorities will also exempt travelers strictly transiting the state from the ban. All travelers from South Australia must complete an entry declaration form at least 24 hours before arrival.

 

New South Wales will lift border restrictions with Victoria from 0001 Nov. 23. As of Nov. 20, officials allow people transiting Victoria to enter New South Wales, provided they strictly transit the state and apply for a transit permit. Residents of border communities in Victoria can travel within the established 50-km (31-mile) border region for any reason. NSW residents entering Victoria must stay within the border region or face quarantine. NSW residents returning from Victoria can enter the state with an entry permit but must self-isolate upon return or provide official documentation of a completed 14-day quarantine in Victoria. Hundreds of security personnel are present at the border and monitoring the area with surveillance equipment. Travelers violating the orders could receive fines of up to AUD 11,000 (USD 7,660) and face up to six months in jail.

 

Queensland and the Northern Territory require mandatory supervised quarantines in government-approved facilities for all people arriving from South Australia.

 

Authorities in Tasmania are requiring individuals with recent travel history in South Australia to self-quarantine. Western Australia and Victoria have imposed mandatory COVID-19 testing protocols on travelers from South Australia. Additional domestic restrictions on travel from South Australia may be introduced in the coming days. Travelers to South Australia from all parts of Australia must complete a Cross Border Travel Registration before arrival.

 

South Australia allows passengers from all Australian states and territories to enter without quarantine. However, all travelers must still complete a Cross Border Travel Registration before arrival.

 

Other measures remain in place. Authorities will increase the attendance cap for funerals and private functions at licensed venues to 150 people from Dec. 1. Patrons at weddings can now dance and consume food or drinks while standing, though attendance remains limited to 150 people. Officials will also ease the density cap for outdoor events to one person per two square meters. The government continues to restrict home visits to a maximum of 10 people. Religious services can take place with up to 100 people. Indoor gyms, recreation centers, restaurants, and personal services can operate. Personal service workers must continue to wear facemasks.

 

Officials in South Australia continue to ban inbound international flights through at least Nov. 30; they have requested permission from the federal government to extend the policy through Dec. 7. Nevertheless, officials will impose quarantine measures on any international travelers who arrive in the state. South Australia charges all required travelers, including Australian citizens and permanent residents, for quarantine, which is payable after the quarantine period. Quarantine fees are AUD 3,000 (USD 2,150) for the first adult and AUD 1,000 (USD 715) for each additional adult or AUD 500 (USD 358) for children, except those under three years old. People who purchased tickets before 1200 ACST July 13 are exempt from payment.

 

Queensland will ease border controls from 0100 Nov. 3, permitting residents from most of New South Wales to enter the state without quarantine. Travelers from most other Australian states can also enter Queensland without quarantine. However, the government continues to ban all residents of Victoria and 32 local government areas in metropolitan Sydney due to ongoing COVID-19 activity. Returning Queensland residents, people moving permanently to the state, or those traveling for essential reasons - such as state or national security personnel, skilled labor in demand, and transport workers - are still allowed to enter from hotspot areas. Travelers from hotspots cannot cross the border using road transport. However, exceptions are in place for cargo and logistics workers, truck drivers, essential functions, and border zone residents. Travelers from hotspots must complete a Queensland Health Declaration Pass before entering the state and agree to receive COVID-19 testing if symptoms develop. Officials have ended in-state quarantine for travelers from hotspots and will turn away travelers without entry permission from affected areas.

Authorities allow people residing in New South Wales to enter Queensland for medical appointments if they present a Queensland Border Declaration Pass (General), which is available online. Travelers must also obtain a written document from the hospital or service confirming the appointment. Officials require outpatients to quarantine at a facility at their own expense if the treatment is for more than one day, while people who receive treatment for a day must leave Queensland immediately after the treatment.

 

All travelers entering Australia must quarantine in government-designated facilities for 14 days in the city of arrival. Queensland charges all arriving travelers, including Australian citizens and permanent residents, for quarantine, payable at the end of their stay. Quarantine fees are AUD 2,800 (USD 2,005) for the first adult, AUD 3,710 (USD 2,658) for two adults, and AUD 4,620 (USD 3,310) for two adults and two children. Authorities require quarantined travelers to take a COVID-19 test before release. Refusal to take tests will result in an additional 10 days in quarantine.

Most travelers entering Australia must quarantine in government-designated facilities for 14 days in the city of arrival. New Zealand residents can enter New South Wales without quarantine. The New South Wales government charges all travelers required to quarantine to pay at the end of the period. Quarantine fees are AUD 3,000 (USD 2,130) for the first adult, AUD 1,000 (USD 710) per additional adult, and AUD 355 per child; the government does not charge fees for children under three years old. Travelers who purchased tickets with a confirmed arrival date before 2359 July 12 are exempt from payment. Authorities require quarantined travelers to take a COVID-19 test on the 10th day of quarantine. Refusal to take tests will result in an additional 10 days in quarantine.

Argentina:

Nonresident foreign nationals remain barred from entering the country until further notice. Limited domestic flights and flights from Argentina to other countries continue

Austria:

Authorities are maintaining current COVID-19 travel restrictions. Authorities have issued travel warnings for multiple countries, including nations within the EU. Travelers arriving from a country with a travel warning, or anyone who has visited these countries in the preceding 10 days, are required to present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken within 72 hours of arrival or be tested within 48 hours of arrival and self-isolate while waiting for the result. Per the most recent advisory, the Austrian government has designated travel warnings for the following countries:

Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria (Blagoevgrad, Burgas, Dobrich, Gabrovo, Jambol, Kardzhali, Montana, Plovdiv, Rasgrad, Shumen, Sliven, Smolian, Sofia, Stara Zagora, Targovishte, and Varna), Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China (Hubei Province), Costa Rica, Croatia (except Brod-Posavina, Istria, Koprivnica-Krizevci, Osijek-Baranja, Sibenik-Knin, Varazdin, and Zadar), Czech Republic (Prague Region), Ecuador, Egypt, France (Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur and Ile-de-France), India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Kosovo, Kuwait, Maldives, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal (Norte Region and Lisbon), Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Spain (mainland and Balearic Islands), Turkey, Ukraine, and the US

Travelers from all EU countries without travel warnings, as well as the UK, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and Uruguay, are permitted to enter the country without restriction. Travel from all other countries remains prohibited indefinitely; 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. Citizens of countries not currently approved for travel but arriving from within the Schengen Area, Andorra, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Monaco, Romania, San Marino, the UK, or the Vatican are required to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours upon arrival.

Bangladesh:

Officials in Bangladesh are mandating all entrants above 10 years old to undergo polymerase chain reaction (PCR) based testing for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within 72 hours before departure as of Dec. 7. The rule applies to all nationalities and entry routes. Overseas Bangladeshi workers in nations without PCR testing facilities may seek prior approval to produce alternative health certification such as antigen test results. Passengers without approved certification may no longer board Bangladesh-bound flights. Symptomatic arrivals, and those without PCR test results must undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility, while others may undergo home quarantine. Most outbound air passengers are also required to undergo PCR testing in Bangladesh within 72 hours prior to exit.

As of Oct. 14, Bangladesh authorities continue to gradually ease domestic restrictions previously introduced to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

International commercial flights from Bahrain, China, Malaysia, the Maldives, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Turkey, the UAE, and the UK are authorized. Limited flights with India are scheduled to resume Oct. 28.

Visa-on-arrival services remain suspended until further notice; those intending to enter Bangladesh may approach their local Bangladeshi mission for visa issuance. Authorities require foreign nationals traveling to Bangladesh by air, land, or sea to obtain a medical certificate within 72 hours of departure, indicating that they are COVID-19 negative; entrants must self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

Land border crossings have opened for passenger transit, though restrictions by neighboring countries like India severely limit such travel. Cross-border trade is operational. Ground freight transport disruptions have occurred sporadically at the Petrapole-Benapole checkpoint on the Bangladesh-India border; recurrent disruptions are possible.

Domestic flights partially resumed June 1 and are operating on limited routes

Brazil:

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 Oct 24, with exceptions for passengers en route to another country. Most state authorities have imposed business and

Brunei:

Brunei has modified rules governing the entry and exit of passengers and vehicles as of Oct. 2, as part of its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) control measures. Effective Oct. 1, entry/exit fees are BND 3 (USD 2.20) per registered person for each one-way trip across land borders; exempted travelers include children below the age of two years, diplomats and families, as well as those with emergency passes or on official duty. Regular travelers - with proof of at least 15 monthly round trips to Brunei - may apply online for the Frequent Commuters Pass; transport operators must apply separately. Both private and commercial foreign-registered vehicles must also register with the Land Department to obtain a paid vehicle pass sticker by Oct. 15. Foreigners - including transit passengers and commercial vehicle operators - must provide results of a negative COVID-19 swab test taken within seven days before arrival in Brunei.

Most foreign nationals, including long-term pass holders, remain banned from entering or transiting Brunei. Foreigners with essential or business needs can transit through Brunei by land, with protocols in place. Measures include limiting the duration of the travel through Brunei, such as one hour for those going from Labu to Ujong Jalan in eastern Brunei or three hours for people traveling from Kuala Lurah to Sungai Tujoh in western Brunei. Additionally, foreigners whose work relates to matters of national interest, including the oil and gas sector and transport of essential goods, can also enter the country. Officials are requiring inbound foreign workers in the oil and gas industry to undergo COVID-19 tests before entering and upon arrival in the country. The employees will need to take the pre-trip test within 48 hours before departing for Brunei. Existing travel, student, and dependent visas remain suspended. Arrivals will undergo a 14-day quarantine at designated facilities.

Officials have barred local nationals, permanent residents, and foreigners holding Bruneian identification cards from leaving the country. Only people departing to seek medical treatment or to resume studies overseas can leave the country, after obtaining approval from the Prime Minister's Office. Outbound local citizens and permanent residents who require COVID-19 tests have to pay BND 100 (USD 72), while outbound foreign nationals will have to pay BND 200 (USD 144); authorities have exempted students, government employees on official duty, and people with permission from the Ministry of Health.

Bulgaria

Health officials in Bulgaria are tightening certain international entry restrictions as of Dec. 21. The measures will remain in place until at least Jan. 31. All travelers from the UK who are not Bulgarian citizens or permanent residents will be prohibited from entering the country. All those who are allowed entry will have to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival from the UK.

Bulgaria permits citizens from the EU and the Schengen Area, as well as the UK, Australia, Belarus, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Uruguay, Serbia, Belarus, and Turkey to enter the country without restrictions. Travelers from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Israel, Kuwait, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, and Ukraine are allowed to enter if they have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to arrival. Additionally, all medical professionals, transport staff, foreign officials, seasonal workers, and persons traveling for humanitarian reasons will be permitted entry regardless of citizenship as long as they possess negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results.

Cambodia:

Cambodia have closed several border crossings with Thailand, imposed mandatory quarantines on all arrivals, and extended internal gathering and business controls until at least Jan. 11. As of Dec. 21, officials are only allowing crossings through the O’Smach, Doung, and Poipet checkpoints with Thailand. Authorities are also requiring all arrivals in the country, regardless of nationality or visa, to quarantine for 14 days at government-designated facilities; quarantine requirements had previously not been imposed on foreign diplomats and Cambodian nationals arriving overland from Thailand.

Issuance of tourist visas and e-visas, visa-on-arrival services, and visa exemptions remain suspended. Foreign nationals intending to visit Cambodia must comply with several protocols, with limited exceptions. Requirements include obtaining a visa from a Cambodian diplomatic mission by submitting, up to 72 hours before departure, proof of at least USD 50,000 in medical insurance coverage, and a medical certificate from local health authorities stating the traveler is free from COVID-19. Arrivals have to test for COVID-19; travelers who test positive and all passengers on the same flight must quarantine for 14 days. Other travelers must self-quarantine for two weeks.

Inbound foreign nationals have to pay a USD 2,000 deposit to cover costs, including USD 100 for COVID-19 testing and USD 30 for a certificate stating that they are free from the virus; only limited exceptions are allowed. Most land border checkpoints remain closed, though cross-border travel with Vietnam for non-tourism purposes has resumed with health protocols in place.

Diplomatic and official visa holders, including international organization officials, must 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 undergo quarantine. Authorities will bear the test costs; however, embassies or international organizations will have to cover expenses for visa holders who test positive.

The government has allowed foreign business travelers to enter Cambodia with exemptions from the typical two-week self-isolation requirement for arrivals. However, business visitors must still isolate at designated sites for several days upon arrival in Cambodia while waiting for COVID-19 test results. Additionally, these visitors may have to quarantine for 14 days if any passenger on their Cambodia-bound flight tests positive for COVID-19. Other protocols include obtaining sponsorship from a local company and health insurance from an approved provider. Cambodian authorities have indefinitely suspended flights from Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Authorities may reintroduce or expand restrictions in the coming weeks, especially if local COVID-19 activity increases.

Canada:

Canada announced a ban on all commercial and private passenger flights from the UK starting from 0001 Dec. 21. The travel ban will remain in effect until at least 2359 Dec. 23. Additionally, travelers from the UK who entered Canada Dec. 20 will undergo additional screening measures. In the coming days, authorities will analyze if the ban will be extended beyond Dec. 23 or lifted.

Authorities in Canada extended a ban on entry for most nonresident foreign nationals until at least Oct 31. to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Canadian citizens and residents returning to the country will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. 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.

Additionally, Canadian and US governments maintain a ban on nonessential ground travel across the two nations' shared borders through at least Nov 21. The measure has been in place since March 21, and it does not affect trade or essential business travel. Canada has also tightened border restrictions for persons transiting the country to reach Alaska from the 48 contiguous US states ("Lower 48") on essential travel. 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 regulations specify that travelers must take the most direct route through Canada and avoid stopping at leisure sites or national parks. Violators could face fines.

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.

China:

On Dec. 7, health officials declared Taiping Village in Chengdu's Pidu District as a medium-risk location and imposed localized movement restrictions following the confirmation of at least two coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Residents of Taiping Village are not permitted to depart unless they receive a negative result from a nucleic acid COVID-19 test. Authorities have not announced the intended duration of the controls; however, similar measures in other parts of China have typically been maintained for around two weeks, with extensions likely if additional cases are discovered. Taiping Village is approximately 24 km (15 miles) northwest of central Chengdu.

 

Numerous security and emergency response personnel have deployed to Taiping Village and nearby areas to conduct health screenings. Authorities will conduct temperature scans and ensure people wear protective face coverings on public transport in nearby areas. The government will likely continue to conduct mass testing in affected communities. Business and transport restrictions could be imposed throughout Pidu District in the coming days. If a significant outbreak is discovered, officials could impose restrictive measures throughout Chengdu.

 

Authorities in most other provinces and cities will require people traveling from Taiping Village to undergo increased health screenings. Provincial and municipal governments could advise residents to avoid all nonessential travel to Pidu District. Controls on long-distance transportation services could occur at short notice.

National authorities continue to designate parts of Pudong Area, Shanghai, as medium-risk locations for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. As of early Dec. 4, the designation applies to two communities in Zhuqiao Township, one community in Zhoupu Township, and 126 Alley on Shunhe Road in Zhangjiang Township. Authorities in several other provinces and cities are requiring individuals traveling from affected communities in Pudong Area to undergo increased health screenings.

Authorities in mainland China are further tightening inbound travel restrictions while generally maintaining localized domestic movement controls amid ongoing efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Officials require all authorized inbound passengers, including Chinese nationals arriving from specified countries, to provide evidence of both nucleic acid COVID-19 and IgM antibody tests taken at designated facilities in the country of origin within 48 hours of boarding flights. Authorities also require travelers departing affected countries to undergo additional COVID-19 tests in each country through which they transit. As of Nov. 17, the measure applies to Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, the UAE, the UK, the US, and Vietnam. Officials will extend such testing requirements on passengers from South Africa and eSwatini Nov. 18. Authorities will likely further expand the testing requirements to other countries in the coming days and weeks, possibly at short notice.

Authorities have also maintained a ban on foreign nationals traveling from specific countries, to include arrivals from Belgium, France, Russia, the Philippines, India, Italy, Bangladesh, the UK, Ukraine, and Ethiopia. The restrictions do not apply to Chinese nationals, foreign holders of diplomatic passports, and individuals with C visas, which are issued to flight and shipping crew members. Chinese authorities may expand the ban on inbound travel by foreign nationals arriving from additional countries at short notice in the coming days.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) is maintaining controls on international commercial flights. The CAAC continues to manage international airline flight volume based on COVID-19 testing outcomes for passengers. If a foreign carrier achieves three weeks with no passengers testing positive, officials will permit one more flight on preexisting routes. If five passengers test positive for any airline, CAAC will suspend the carrier's operations for one week, and for four weeks if 10 of the airline's passengers test positive. China and US regulators continue to limit available flights from each other's countries to eight per week. Authorities continue to restrict Chinese airlines' international operations and limit capacity on aircraft. Some airlines continue to suspend services to and from mainland China due to significantly decreased demand.

The government is maintaining an entry ban for most foreign nationals. Foreign nationals who have currently valid Chinese residence permits for the purposes of working, visiting family, and personal matters can reenter the country. Specially designated foreign workers with invitation letters issued by provincial or municipal government officials can also enter the country. Some immediate family members of foreign employees may obtain visas to enter the country for emergency humanitarian purposes. Diplomatic personnel and C visa holders - generally flight and shipping crew members - are exempt from entry bans. Foreign nationals with valid residence permits must undergo COVID-19 tests prior to travel and undergo quarantine periods of at least 14 days upon arrival. Foreign nationals with residence permits that expired after March 28 are authorized to reapply for entry visas at Chinese diplomatic facilities.

Additionally, officials are permitting essential business travel from Singapore and South Korea under fast-track arrangements. Travel is possible between Singapore and Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang provinces, as well as Chongqing, Shanghai, and Tianjin municipalities. A fast-track arrangement for business travelers from South Korea to 10 Chinese locations, including Shanghai, as well as Liaoning, Shandong, Jiangsu, and Anhui provinces, is also in place. Companies or government agencies can apply for special passes for inbound visitors, who must test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours of their departure from Singapore, or within 72 hours of their departure from South Korea, and must obtain a visa. Passengers will undergo COVID-19 testing again upon arrival in China and isolate at designated facilities (usually hotels) until their results are available. Singapore travelers must also adhere to a preplanned itinerary; refrain from using public transport, except for private hire vehicles, for the first 14 days; and must download and use a health pass while in the country. Arriving passengers testing positive for COVID-19 will undergo treatment at their own expense.

Authorities require most passengers arriving from abroad - unless otherwise stipulated - to take a nucleic acid COVID-19 test at designated facilities in the country of origin within three days of departure for China. All authorized passengers must apply for a health certificate via the local Chinese diplomatic mission before travel. Chinese citizens must update their information through WeChat to obtain a health code before boarding flights.

Officials are diverting most international flights into Beijing to nearby cities, where passengers receive health scans; exceptions are in place for flights from Canada, Cambodia, Thailand, Pakistan, Greece, Denmark, Sweden, and Austria. Symptomatic passengers receive treatment locally, while asymptomatic passengers can continue to Beijing.

The government continues to conduct health screenings, including body temperature scans and nucleic acid testing, at ports of entry nationwide. Most international travelers must quarantine for 14 days, and officials generally allow nonresident passengers to stay in government-designated hotels at their own cost. However, some governments in border areas require inbound travelers to self-quarantine and undergo medical observation for two additional weeks. The Beijing municipal government allows specific groups of travelers, including residents who live alone, travelers over 70 years old, pregnant women, and travelers with underlying conditions, to self-quarantine, with permission. The Shanghai government allows arriving residents to quarantine at a designated facility for seven days and self-quarantine for an additional seven days at home. All arrivals must receive a negative COVID-19 test result in quarantine before release from designated facilities.

All passengers travelling from Hong Kong to Beijing will be required to have documentary proof for negative results for nucleic acid test for COVID-19 within seven days of the scheduled departure wef 17 Aug 2020.

Entry restrictions

Entry restriction exemption

Further entry restrictions in Sanya (SYX) and Haikou (HAK)

Additional entry requirements

Additional entry requirement for Beijing

With effect from Monday 17 August, 2020, all passengers travelling from Hong Kong to Beijing will be required to have documentary proof that:

Passengers who are unable to provide this documentation at check-in will not be accepted for travel.

The Hong Kong SAR Government’s list of recognised laboratories and healthcare institutions that conduct nucleic acid COVID-19 tests can be found here 

Transit restrictions

Visa restrictions

Quarantine measures

Reference LINK HERE                

Czech Republic:

Authorities in the Czech Republic plan to tighten international entry restrictions introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) due to increasing infection rates throughout the region. Effective Nov. 9, the government in Prague will categorize foreign countries as "green," "orange," or "red" zones based on certain infection indicators. Individuals arriving from green countries may enter the Czech Republic without restriction. Most individuals arriving from countries designated as orange may enter the country without restriction, but foreigners traveling to work or study in the Czech Republic must submit a negative COVID-19 test before entering the workplace or educational institution. Individuals arriving from countries designated as red must fill out an electronic arrival form before departing for the Czech Republic; they must also either produce proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken in an EU or EEA country within no more than 72 hours before arrival or take a COVID-19 test within five days upon arrival and limit their movements until the results return.

Initial countries designated as green are Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vatican City. Countries designated as orange are Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden. All other EEA countries plus Switzerland and the UK are initially designated as red. Travel from all other countries is prohibited. Exceptions to the travel ban include residents of countries where travel restrictions have been lifted, close family members of Czech residents, persons in a relationship with a Czech citizen or resident, diplomats, transport workers, and those with urgent circumstances as decided on a case-by-case basis.

France: 

France have suspended all air, car, ferry, and train travel from the UK from 0001 Dec. 21. As of 1700 Dec. 21, individuals are still permitted to travel to the UK.

International travel restrictions on most foreign nationals remain in effect. International arrivals from the European Economic Area (EEA), as well as Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, and the UK, are permitted to enter without restriction. Most travelers from other locations remain barred from entry, though exceptions are made for French nationals and residents, as well as for persons traveling on what authorities deem to be essential reasons, including certain necessary workers, diplomats, students, and those visiting for urgent family reasons. All such arrivals are required to complete a form declaring themselves to be COVID-19 free and present a certificate declaring their reason for travel.

Permitted travelers arriving from Algeria, Bahrain, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Panama, South Africa, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, the US, and Zimbabwe must present proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to boarding. Permitted arrivals from other countries must meet the same condition or take a test on arrival. Permitted travelers from all other locations are able to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours or take a test on arrival; otherwise, they are required to self-isolate for 7 days.

 

Finland:

Authorities in Finland are amending international entry restrictions for certain countries as of Nov. 9 in an effort to minimize the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Travelers from all Schengen Area countries plus Andorra, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Monaco, Romania, San Marino, and the UK are only permitted to enter Finland if they are returning legal residents, traveling for essential purposes, or arriving for work-related or family reasons. Authorities also advise arrivals from the above locations to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. Travel remains permitted for local border communities along the border with Sweden and Norway; people are able to travel for work to Finland from Sweden and Estonia without a 10-day self-isolation period. Leisure travel, with the exception of leisure boating, from all the aforementioned countries is not allowed.

Travelers arriving from Australia, Japan, Rwanda, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand, Uruguay, and the Vatican can enter without restrictions, as well as travelers arriving from Hong Kong and Macau, provided authorities in those areas apply reciprocal measures. Travel is prohibited from all other countries except for returning residents and persons arriving for critical work-related or essential family reasons; authorities recommend that these arrivals also self-isolate for 10 days. Authorities are reviewing all entry restrictions on a weekly basis.

Authorities allow travelers to shorten the self-isolation period by undertaking two voluntary COVID-19 tests. Travelers must take the first test up to 72 hours before arrival, or at the airport upon arrival for Finnish citizens and residents, and the second test no earlier than 72 hours after entry into the country. Such individuals must remain in self-isolation until the result is known. If the test result is negative, the self-isolation period ends; if the test result is positive, the person will be placed in quarantine until they have recovered.

Fiji:

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.

Germany:

Authorities in Germany are maintaining international entry restrictions and domestic social-distancing mandates as of Nov. 16 in response to rising numbers of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Travelers arriving in the country who have visited high-risk areas within the previous 10 days must self-isolate for 10 days upon entry. However, federal law allows individual states to determine the duration of isolation; some states may allow travelers to leave quarantine after five days if they can produce proof of having tested negative for COVID-19. Since Nov. 15, Germany's federal disease control and prevention agency, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), has designated the following additional locations as high-risk areas 

The Finnish region of Osterbotten is no longer considered to be high risk.

Most travelers from outside of the EEA, with the exception of those from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, the UK, and Uruguay, remain prohibited from entry. Limited exceptions are made for EEA citizens and residents, diplomats, essential workers, students, freight and transport workers, individuals in transit, and for urgent reasons decided on a case-by-case basis. All such arrivals are subject to a mandatory self-isolation period as detailed above; this measure does not apply to transport and freight workers.

Greece:

Greece's restrictions on international entry remain in effect until at least Dec. 14. All international travelers must complete Greece's Passenger Locator Form prior to travel. All arrivals must, upon entry, present a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours. Additionally, travelers must take a rapid antigen test upon entry and spend three days in self-isolation, even if the test is negative. In the event a traveler receives a positive COVID-19 test result, the individual will need to self-isolate until authorities advise otherwise. All international travelers must also complete Greece's Passenger Locator Form.

Authorities prohibit entry for all non-EEA nationals, with certain exemptions, such as healthcare workers, permanent residents of an EU or Schengen Area country, diplomats, student visa holders, seasonal workers, passengers in transit, and transport workers. Citizens of Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Rwanda, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, the UK, the UAE, and Uruguay are also exempt from the travel ban.

Additional international entry restrictions in effect include:

-Krystallopigi border crossing with Albania is closed, while the Kakavia (Albania), Evzoni (North Macedonia), and Promachonas (Bulgaria) crossings will remain open. Only trucks will be allowed to transit the Nymphaea border crossing with Bulgaria.

-Flights between Greece and Turkey, and between Greece and the Catalonia region of Spain, are suspended.

-Up to 10,000 permanent residents of Israel are permitted to arrive at Greek airports per week, and up to 500 permanent residents of Russia are permitted to arrive at Athens (ATH), Thessaloniki (SKG), and Heraklion (HER) airports only.

 

Authorities in Greece will impose a national lockdown beginning 0600 on Nov. 7 until at least Nov. 30. Beginning Nov. 9, all international travelers must complete the Passenger Locator Form prior to travel and present a negative COVID-19 test on entry taken within the previous 48 hours for air arrivals. Individuals entering the country by land must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours. Authorities prohibit entry for all non-EEA nationals, with certain exemptions including healthcare workers, permanent residents of an EU or Schengen Area country, diplomats, student visa holders, seasonal workers, passengers in transit, and transport workers. Citizens of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Rwanda, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, the UK, the United Arab Emirates, and Uruguay are also exempt from the travel ban. As of Nov. 11, authorities have not announced that additional countries or categories of travelers will be prohibited from entering the country, though all arrivals will be subject to the lockdown measures in place.

Guam:
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,

Hong Kong: 

Hong Kong suspended flights from the UK from 22Dec2020 (Tuesday) 0:00am after a more infectious coronavirus variant hit the country.

Travellers have stayed for more than two hours in the UK in the past 14 days, including Hong Kong residents, will be barred from arriving here.

People who recently returned to Hong Kong from the UK to be quarantined at home for another seven days after they completed 14 days of isolation at hotels, until they test negative for Covid-19.

 

The Hong Kong Government will put in place a new measure with effect from 22 December to mandate all travellers arriving in Hong Kong from other countries outside China to undergo 14-day compulsory quarantine at designated quarantine hotels in accordance with the directions under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation (Cap. 599H). The designated quarantine hotels can only receive the aforementioned inbound travellers arriving in Hong Kong from countries outside China who are subject to compulsory quarantine and the Government will also arrange designated transportation for sending them to designated quarantine hotels, with a view to reducing their contact with the community and other guests.

 

The List of Designated Hotels:

https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/designated-hotel-list_en.pdf (English version)

https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/designated-hotel-list_tc.pdf (Tradition Chinese version)

 

To facilitate the need of COVID-19 test result for travel purpose, COVID-19 testing services for departure passengers will be available at two non-restricted area locations of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) starting 8 December. The specimens will be tested by HKSAR Government recognised local COVID-19 nucleic acid testing institutions.

 

One of the COVID-19 testing service locations is run by Prenetics and will be available starting 8 December. Passengers who want to take Prenetics' test will need to arrive at HKIA at least four hours before boarding to allow sufficient time for completing the test and obtaining test result on the same day.

 

Starting 21 December, Raffles Medical Group will also provide testing services for passengers. Passengers can go to the Airport Medical Centre to conduct the test. Test result will be available in 24 hours for specimen collected before noon.

 

Passengers are advised to book the test in advance. For more details on the testing services, please refer to the below information:

 

Prenetics

Service hours: 0930hrs – 1800hrs (subject to change based on operational needs)

Service counter: Terminal 1 L5 Counter A03 (across Arrivals Hall A)

Telephone: +852 3008 1006

 

Raffles Medical Group

Service hours: 0700hrs - 2359hrs

Medical centre location: Terminal 1 L6, 6T104 (accessed by elevator near L7 departures level Aisle A)

Telephone: +852 2261 2626

As of Nov. 24, Hong Kong is designating Bangladesh, Belgium, Ethiopia, France, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, and the US as high-risk areas. Authorities will expand the designation to Ecuador and Germany from Nov. 28. Returning residents arriving from high-risk locations must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 result from a test taken within 72 hours before departure. Officials require all arriving travelers, except from mainland China, to self-quarantine at a hotel for two weeks; travelers must present a hotel reservation for the entire period before boarding flights. All arriving travelers must undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival in Hong Kong and at the end of the quarantine period, if applicable. Officials will isolate and treat symptomatic passengers or people testing positive for COVID-19 at government-designated facilities. Authorities have exempted some mainland Chinese teachers, students, and business travelers whose activities officials deem economically beneficial to the territory from the mandatory quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test result.

The HKSAR Government announced that the testing and isolation arrangements for consular and diplomatic officers who are exempted from quarantine requirement upon arriving Hong Kong will be tightened with effect from November 18.

Consular and diplomatic officers who have visited very high risk places during the 14 days prior to arrival in Hong Kong:

 

Consular and diplomatic officers who have not visited very high risk places during the 14-day prior to arrival in Hong Kong:

Reference: Click Here 

Return2hk – Travel Scheme for Hong Kong Residents Returning from Guangdong Province or Macao without being subject to quarantine under the Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation (Cap. 599C) (Return2hk Scheme)

Introduction

Arrangement for returning to Hong Kong under the Return2hk Scheme

Online reservation before returning to Hong Kong

Points to note: Hong Kong residents who have reserved a quota must return to Hong Kong on the date and at the boundary control point as specified in the booking. They should also fulfill all the specified conditions under section 12(2) of the Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation (the Regulation). Otherwise, they may still be subjected to 14-day compulsory quarantine upon arrival in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong residents without a quota will be regarded as not having met all the specified conditions under section 12(2) of the Regulation. If they continue their trips to Hong Kong, they will be subjected to 14-day compulsory quarantine upon arrival.

Arrangement for taking the COVID-19 test

  1. Medical or testing institutions in the Guangdong Province Click here 
  2. Medical or testing institutions in Macao Click here 
  3. Medical or testing institutions in Hong Kong Click here

Please refer to the relevant departments of the governments of the Guangdong Province or Macao SAR for the latest quarantine arrangement or quarantine exemption details.

For the scheme details, please refer here

The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) announced today (November 21) that in view of the recent epidemic situation in Hong Kong, the Governments of HKSAR and Singapore have decided to defer the inaugural flights under the Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble (ATB) for two weeks.

The Governments of HKSAR and Singapore will continue to closely monitor the epidemic situation of both places, exchange relevant data and statistics, and maintain close communication. The new date of inaugural flights will be announced in early December. Travellers who wish to travel between the two places via the ATB arrangement should watch out for the latest announcement and adjust their itineraries according to their own situation.

 

In response to COVID-19, the Hong Kong SAR government has introduced additional health related 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.
Passengers who have visited any destination outside China
Should your colleagues/customers have visited any destination outside China in the past 14 days, they must provide a hotel room confirmation in English or Chinese for not less than 14 days, starting on the day of arrival in Hong Kong.

Additional entry documents

In addition, passengers who have visited or transited through Bangladesh, Belgium, Ethiopia, France, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom or the United States in the 14 days prior to arriving, they will be required to show the following documents.

1. Test report

A test report issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution that contains the passenger’s name identical to that in his/her valid travel document to show that:

• they have undertaken a nucleic acid test for COVID-19;
• the sample for the test was taken within 72 hours of the scheduled time of departure of the flight to Hong Kong; and
• the result of the test for COVID-19 was negative

The test report must be written in either English or Chinese and can be presented in paper or electronic format If the test report above is not in English or Chinese or does not contain all the above mentioned information, it is acceptable to present a written confirmation, in English or Chinese, issued by the laboratory or healthcare institution that contains the following information:

• the name of the passenger (this must be identical to the name in his/her valid travel document);
• they underwent a nucleic acid test for COVID-19,
• the sample for the test was taken within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the flight to Hong Kong; and
• the result of the test for COVID-19 was negative.

This written confirmation must be presented with the test report.

For passengers travelling from the United Kingdom:

• the NHS (National Health Service) test report does not meet the Hong Kong entry requirements and will not be accepted

Please note that if there is a schedule change or flight cancellation, passengers are responsible for ensuring that their COVID-19 test meets the 72-hour requirement based on the new flight departure time.

2. Documentary proof

Documentary proof (in English or Chinese) to show that the laboratory or healthcare institution is ISO 15189 accredited or is recognised or approved by the relevant authority of the government of the place in which the laboratory or healthcare institution is located.

This can be in the form of a copy of ‘Certificate of Accreditation’, ‘Certificate of Compliance’, or information printed out from an official government website.

Please note that documentary proof is required even if the test report from the laboratory or healthcare institution contains an ISO accreditation reference.

Passengers in the countries below may find the following websites of assistance:

Belgium: Click Here
India: Click Here
Pakistan: Click Here
The Philippines: Click Here
South Africa: Click Here
United Kingdom: Click Here 
United States: Click Here
Ethiopia : Click Here
France: Click Here
Russia Click Here

3. Hotel reservation confirmation

A confirmation of a hotel room reservation in Hong Kong for no less than 14 days starting on the day of your arrival in Hong Kong.

Please note:
This confirmation can be either printed or shown in a digital format and must be written in English or Chinese.
Accommodation is required for all passengers coming from these countries/regions.
Passengers who have a home or residential address in Hong Kong are also required to undergo a 14-days of quarantine at a hotel.
The booking must be with a hotel. Hostels and short term rental accommodation (e.g. Airbnb) will not be permitted by the Hong Kong SAR Government.

To meet these new requirements, all passengers will be asked the following upon check-in:
To complete and sign a declaration regarding your travel history over the past 14 days. We will ask if you have visited or transited through Bangladesh, Belgium, Ethiopia, France, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom or the United States. If you answer yes, you will be required to show us the documentation mentioned above.
To demonstrate to us that you have completed the Hong Kong Department of Health online health declaration form by showing us the resulting QR code. This can be in a printed or digital format.
Passengers who are unable to meet these requirements will not be accepted for travel.
Entry restriction exemptions

The following passengers are exempt from the aforementioned entry restrictions:
Passengers transiting in Hong Kong
Passengers falling within the categories listed on Hong Kong SAR government’s website, who are also being exempted from compulsory quarantine, if they are
travelling from China (please view the list: Click Here)
travelling from other countries (please view the list : Click Here)

For more details regarding the latest travel restrictions, please visit the Hong Kong SAR government’s COVID-19 website: Click Here and Cathay Pacific COVID-19 information centre: Click Here

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

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.

The Hong Kong SAR government has implemented the following travel restrictions for passengers arriving in and transiting through Hong Kong.

Entry restrictions        

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

Hungary:

Authorities in Hungary are maintaining COVID-19-related international entry restrictions as of Dec. 8. Only citizens of the Visegrad Four Group, including the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia, may enter Hungary, though they must provide a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken within five days prior to arrival. Officials will not permit entry to nonresidents from other countries. Military convoys, foreign diplomats, international students, freight transporters, business travelers, persons in transit, and individuals providing humanitarian aid are exempt from this measure. In addition, Hungarian citizens returning to the country are required to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival or present two negative PCR tests taken two days apart; returning Hungarian citizens who have been abroad for work purposes are exempt. Authorities are only accepting tests administered by Hungarian testing centers for Hungarian citizens.

 

Budapest Ferenc Liszt (BUD) and Debrecen (DEB) airports are open, though many airlines have suspended or curtailed flights. The demand for tickets on available flights is high, and enhanced health screenings could prompt processing delays at the airport.

India:

India will ban flights to and from the UK from 2359 Dec. 22-2359 Dec. 31.  Passengers entering India on flights from the UK before this period will undergo COVID-19 RT-PCR tests at airports upon arrival.

India is allowing inbound international travelers to submit a negative coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test to avoid quarantine as of Nov. 11. Officials require travelers to submit the results online within 72 hours of departure or submit the results after being tested at an airport testing facility. Testing facilities are located at airports serving Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Cochin. Passengers can submit the online form to a portal on the New Delhi Airport website, regardless of where they are arriving in India, or via the Ministry of Civil Aviation through relevant airlines. Passengers who have not submitted a form or arrive at an airport without a testing facility will be required to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine, of which the first seven days will be spent in an institution and the last seven days spent at the passenger's residence.

Interstate and international travelers must typically undergo quarantine for at least 14 days; symptomatic passengers are likely to do so at designated facilities, while asymptomatic persons may complete it at home or paid accommodation. Those planning a short stay of fewer than seven days are typically exempt from quarantine in most states; such travelers may need to apply for a travel pass beforehand. Testing is mandatory upon entry into multiple regions like Sikkim State, as well as Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory. State authorities are likely to modify guidelines at short notice according to the local situation. Most domestic and international travel requires registration on the national Aarogya Setu mobile application and state-specific online portals for contact tracing purposes.

Authorities are advising Indian citizens to delay all nonessential international travel. Officials are allowing persons of all nationalities to enter the country through air or seaports on any visa type other than tourism. Indian consulates will issue fresh visas upon approval while existing visas - except electronic, medical, and tourist categories - will also be considered valid. However, inbound international passenger flights remain limited to charter, repatriation, and approved flights under bilateral "air bubble" agreements. Air bubbles are operational between India and countries like Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Maldives, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Rwanda, Tanzania, UAE, UK, Ukraine, and the US as of Nov. 11. Similar arrangements with other countries, as well as modifications at short notice, are possible. 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 10 years. All arriving passengers must register online via the Air Suvidha portal within 72 hours before departure. Different states may impose variable quarantine and testing requirements; those seeking exemptions and waivers must do so from authorities in all intended destinations and transit states before arrival. Officials have restarted visa issuance for all international travelers, except for tourist visas. Foreign nationals already in the country can apply online to avail of a free visa extension valid for 30 days after the resumption of regular international commercial flights.

Officials allow some foreign citizens, residents, and long-term visa holders stranded in India to buy seats on flights leaving India. The flights operate primarily to bring home Indian nationals who have been stranded abroad amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These flights serve airports in several countries, including the UK, the US, Bangladesh, Malaysia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and multiple Central Asian nations. Foreigners looking to board repatriation flights need to confirm their entry eligibility with the intended destination country's embassy and book their tickets through air carriers' websites.

Indonesia: 

Indonesia is modifying testing requirements for domestic travel through Jan. 8. Under these measures, all air, rail, and sea passengers aged above 12 years old must produce negative results of a rapid antigen or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within a specified duration when undertaking select domestic trips.

Most foreign nationals remain banned from entering and transiting the country. Exemptions are in place for permanent residents, diplomats, and transport workers, among others. Arrivals must produce documents stating they are free from COVID-19; travelers without the certificates will undergo tests upon arrival and isolate at government-designated sites until test results are released. Arrivals must also download the PeduliLindungi application. Authorities advise arrivals to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Cross-border travel arrangements for business and official purposes are in place with mainland China, Singapore, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates. People entering Indonesia under the scheme must have a sponsoring Indonesian entity, test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure, and receive another test upon arrival. Indonesia has set up a similar scheme with Japan, though the start date is unclear. Officials also require people leaving Indonesia to produce certificates stating they do not carry COVID-19.

Israel:

Authorities in Israel will ban the entry of foreign nationals, including those with pre-existing travel permits, from 2200 Dec. 23 for a period of at least 10 days due to concerns regarding the spread of a newly discovered coronavirus disease (COVID-19) strain. Only diplomats will be exempt from the measure. Additionally, beginning 2200 Dec. 23, all Israelis returning from abroad will be required to quarantine in a government-designated facility; the quarantine period will range 10 -14 days depending on the results of COVID-19 testing. Individuals arriving in Israel prior to 2200 Dec. 23 will still be required to quarantine but may elect to do so at home.

Israel's ban on entry by nonresident foreign nationals remains in effect. However, there are currently no restrictions on citizens and permanent residents returning to the country. Cargo and emergency flights remain unaffected. The Ministry of Health has exempted Israeli citizens and residents returning from certain pre-approved countries with low COVID-19 infection rates from the nation's mandatory 12-day quarantine. Israeli citizens and legal residents returning from other destinations are subject to the quarantine requirement. Arriving travelers who cannot demonstrate that they can self-quarantine at home will be isolated at a government-established facility.

Italy:

Authorities in Italy have tightened coronavirus (COVID-19)-related entry restrictions for travelers from certain countries.

Travelers from Belgium, France, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Romania, Spain, and the UK must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 molecular or antigenic test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.

Alternatively individuals may opt to take a test at the airport, or self-isolate and arrange to take a test within 48 hours of arrival for airports without testing capabilities; a positive result will require the traveler to quarantine until two consecutive negative tests have been recorded.

Travelers from most other EU countries, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, and the Vatican City, are permitted to enter Italy without restriction. Travelers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay are also permitted to enter but must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

All travel from Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Kosovo, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, and Serbia is prohibited, except for Italian residents and their immediate families, and for government workers. Travel is prohibited from all other countries, except when conducted for study, proven work needs, or urgent reasons such as health; all such arrivals are also required to register and self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Transport and health workers, individuals in transit through Italy, and those staying in Italy for less than 120 hours for work reasons are not required to self-isolate. All travel from Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Kosovo, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, and Serbia is prohibited, except for Italian residents and their immediate families, and for government workers. Travel is prohibited from all other countries, except when conducted for study, proven work needs, or urgent reasons such as health; all such arrivals are also required to register and self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Transport and health workers, individuals in transit through Italy, and those staying in Italy for less than 120 hours for work reasons are not required to self-isolate.

Japan: 

Japan will tighten entry restrictions for arrivals with a travel history to the UK from Dec. 24.

Japan will allow short-term business and official travel from South Korea under the country's Business Track scheme starting Oct. 8, despite ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. South Korean business travelers can enter the country with limited or no quarantine time but must provide authorities with a copy of their itinerary, travel primarily between accommodations and worksites, and remain in contact with health officials during the first 14 days of their visit. The same arrangement is in place for short-term business travelers from Singapore. Authorities also announced a Residence Track agreement with South Korea, allowing long-term travel for residents with a 14-day quarantine period. Residence Track agreements are already in place for people in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Brunei, and Taiwan.

An entry ban for most foreign nationals with a travel history to 159 countries and territories, including China, India, Pakistan, the US, Australia, and all EU member countries, remains in place. Authorities permit permanent residents; foreigners with a student, work, or long-term resident visa: and spouses and children of Japanese nationals and permanent residents to enter, regardless of their departure date from the country. Eligible foreign nationals must get a Re-entry Confirmation Letter from the nearest Japanese diplomatic mission and provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 72 hours of departure to enter the country. Officials are only accepting polymerase chain reaction (PCR), loop-mediated isothermal amplification method (LAMP), or chemiluminescence enzyme immunoassay (CLEIA) antigen tests.

Officials require all passengers to undergo a PCR COVID-19 test upon arrival. Inbound passengers, including Japanese citizens, must self-quarantine for 14 days; travelers may isolate at a predetermined facility or at home but must arrange accommodations in advance. Individuals under quarantine orders and Business Track visitors must refrain from using public transportation and download the government-support contact tracing mobile phone application.

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.

Macau:

Macau are imposing 21-day quarantines on all arrivals, except those arriving from Taiwan and most areas in mainland China. The extended quarantine measures were introduced starting 2200 Dec. 21. The restrictions will primarily affect residents of Macau and Hong Kong since residents of areas outside Macau, mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan remain banned from entering Macau.

Macau is requiring travelers who visited the Dongjiang Port Area in Tianjin's Binhai New Area within two weeks of arrival to quarantine at designated facilities for 14 days, as of Nov. 20, due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission. Mandatory quarantine is also in place for travelers who have visited Hangu subdistrict and the cold-chain logistics area in Tianjin; Zhuqiao in Pudong New Area, Shanghai; and Kashgar and Kizilsu Kyrgyz Autonomous prefectures in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

On Oct. 13, officials in Macau imposed mandatory quarantine requirements on individuals with recent travel history in Qingdao. Any individual who has been in Qingdao within the previous 14 days is required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival in Macau. The policy will remain in effect until further notice.

Macau continues to ban most foreign nationals from entering the territory. Macau residents and locals from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China can enter the special administrative region provided they have not traveled to other countries or territories within 14 days. Individuals arriving from most areas of mainland China are subject to health questionnaires and screenings. Passengers with a travel history to designated high-risk areas of mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and foreign countries within 14 days of arrival must undergo mandatory quarantine at designated hotels. Officials require arrivals to pay for quarantine fees of USD 700 from Sept. 1; locals are exempt from the fees for their first entry but must pay for subsequent quarantine periods unless traveling for select purposes.

Officials have introduced a closed management system with Hong Kong for cargo crews; the program exempts shipping crew members from quarantine regulations as long as they undergo coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing weekly, maintain green health codes, and refrain from disembarking in Hong Kong. Macau residents can also travel to mainland China without quarantine requirements, provided they have not gone elsewhere, including Hong Kong, within the previous 14 days and obtain a negative nucleic acid COVID-19 test within seven days of entry.

Transport between Macau and Hong Kong remains available only via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. Several airlines have suspended flights at Macau International Airport (MFM); further flight cancellations are likely due to decreased demand.

Malaysia:

Most foreigners remain banned from entering Malaysia; exemptions are in place for resident diplomats, foreign spouses and dependents of Malaysian citizens, long-term pass holders, and expatriate employees working in essential industries and their dependents, among others. Arriving expatriate employees must present an approval letter from authorities. Travelers must test for COVID-19 upon arrival. Those testing positive will undergo treatment at medical facilities, while those testing negative will quarantine for 10 days at designated locations. Travelers must also download the MySejahtera contact tracing application. Foreigners may transit at Malaysian airports as long as they do not pass through immigration points. Malaysian nationals remain banned from traveling abroad, with limited exceptions. Emergency repatriation of citizens may occur on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia's federal announced that Sabah State allows entry for visitors from Brunei for any purposes, citing the low COVID-19 activity in the neighboring country. These travelers must test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to travel and must enter Sabah by air or land.

Malaysia allows limited cross-border travel with Singapore for business and official purposes. Under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) scheme, people can travel short-term from Singapore to Malaysia with an exemption from normal quarantine requirements for arrivals. The travelers must present approval letters from immigration authorities and a company or government agency in Malaysia, obtain visas if required, and test for COVID-19 within 72 hours before travel and upon arrival. Such travelers must comply with a controlled itinerary for the first 14 days and contact tracing measures. Additionally, in the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) scheme for long-term work visa holders, only people traveling to Johor State can quarantine at their residence or accommodations for seven days upon arrival, while those going to other Malaysian states must isolate at government-designated facilities for a week. Travelers can leave the quarantine sites upon testing negative for COVID-19. The PCA program allows the travelers to undertake multiple-entry visits through land border crossings at Woodlands or Tuas for 90-day stays once their applications are approved. Travelers are eligible for a home leave of two to four weeks after every minimum stay of 90 days in the country where they work.

Maldives:

International travel: All entrants must register online before arrival and produce negative RT-PCR test results for COVID-19 taken within 96 hours prior to departure. Tourists are exempt from quarantine. Asymptomatic entrants with history of recovery from COVID-19 infection may avail testing and quarantine exemptions. Effective Dec. 20, returning Maldivians and work visa holders arriving at Male city are also not required to quarantine if holding negative COVID-19 test results; however, they will be advised to self-isolate at home for 10 days after arrival. Other categories, such as non-tourist foreign arrivals and those arriving at areas outside Male, must undergo a 10-day home quarantine. Any person staying for over 48 hours in the Greater Male region requires a pre-departure COVID-19 test within 72 hours before leaving the Maldives.

Mongolia:
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.

Myanmar:

Myanmar has extended the international flight ban through Dec. 31 amid increased local coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Relief and cargo flights can continue operating. Authorities may also allow special flights to transport citizens to and from Myanmar on a case-by-case basis.

Domestic commercial passenger flights is scheduled to be lifted from Dec. 16. Passengers will be required to undergo health screenings at airports prior to boarding flights. Visa-on-arrival and e-visa services remain suspended. Exemptions include resident diplomats and UN officials. Returning Myanmar nationals must undergo a 21-day quarantine at government-designated sites, followed by one week of self-isolation. Resident diplomats and UN officials may undergo quarantine at their residence for two weeks.

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.

Morocco:

Moroccan authorities suspended flights between Morocco and the UK from Dec. 20 until further notice.

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.

Nevertheless, the country's borders are open to authorized business visitors, i.e. those persons with an invitation from a Moroccan company to travel to the country and confirmed hotel reservations. The invitation from a Moroccan company must include the traveler's full name and passport number, the purpose of the visit, and the length of stay in the country. Royal Air Maroc (AT) has announced that it will accommodate and allow foreigners who meet the government's requirements to fly with the airline.

Nepal:

Nepal is generally relaxing international and domestic coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, although some controls continue. While visa-on-arrival schemes remain suspended for most travelers, foreign tourists can apply for visas at Nepali diplomatic facilities abroad. Foreign nationals must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure for Nepal. Land border crossing points remain closed to foreign nationals. Arrivals, regardless of nationality, must quarantine for at least two and up to 14 days.

Authorities will allow domestic flights and inter-district travel to resume from Sept. 21.Nepal is permitting citizens returning from neighboring countries through land border crossings to enter only via 10 checkpoints through at least Sept. 16, namely Birgunj of Parsa District, Belahiya in Rupandehi District, Gaddachauki in Kanchanpur District, Gaur in Rautahat district, Gauriphanta in Kailai District, Jamunaha in Banke District, Kakarbhitta in Jhapa District, Krishnanagar in Kapilvastu District, Madar in Siraha District, and Rani in Morang District. All citizens returning via land routes without PCR test results must undergo a self-paid, seven-day quarantine at a designated hotel; officials may advise further self-isolation, home quarantine, or institutional quarantine based on medical screening outcomes. Officials are allowing cargo transit at land borders. The Rasuwagadi and Tatopani crossings with China are open. Cargo handlers must follow health precautions, including wearing protective gear and undergoing frequent medical screenings. Land border trade with India is limited to the import of essential items as well. Shipping disruptions are possible, especially if Nepalese authorities reintroduce the mandate prohibiting transporters without Nepalese citizenship.

Netherlands

The government of the Netherlands has announced plans to impose a nationwide lockdown through at least Jan. 19 as part of the country's effort to counter increasing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection rates.

 

Authorities are maintaining international entry restrictions as of Dec. 8 as part of the nation's effort to control the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Only travelers from European Economic Area (EEA) countries, Switzerland, and the UK, as well as residents of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Uruguay, are permitted to enter. Exceptions may be made for individuals with an essential function or need, such as health workers, on-duty security forces personnel, freight workers, and diplomats, though all such travelers are required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. Arrivals from the following countries must also self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival:

• Andorra
• Aruba
• Austria
• Belgium
• Bonaire
• Bulgaria
• Croatia
• Cyprus
• Czech Republic
• Denmark: Copenhagen, Arhus, Faaborg-Midtfyn, Greve, Koge, Slagelse, Solrod

New Zealand:

An entry ban for most foreign nationals remains in place. Authorities have allowed select foreign nationals to enter the country. However, restrictions on inbound travel may be tightened at short notice. Officials 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 obtaining prior consent from the government. Authorities permit partners, dependents, and legal guardians of citizens without visas to enter the country. Entry is also possible for humanitarian reasons, Australian citizens and permanent residents that live in New Zealand, and Samoan and Tongan citizens on essential trips approved by their governments.

The government is also permitting some critical workers to travel to New Zealand on short-term visas valid up to six months. Companies must apply for a visa and demonstrate that the employee is working on infrastructure projects or possesses technical skills unobtainable within the country. 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.

Authorities continue to quarantine inbound passengers at government-designated facilities for 14 days. Quarantined passengers must test negative for COVID-19 and undergo two additional tests before departing facilities. Authorities have also extended the ban on cruise ships entering New Zealand ports; cargo and fishing vessels will be allowed to load and unload and undertake repairs. Vessel crews arriving in New Zealand are required to spend 14 days in quarantine unless they had been on the vessel for 28 days before docking at the port.

Norway:

Authorities in Norway plan to tighten coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related restrictions. Domestic measures will be increased effective Nov. 7, while stricter directives on international entry will go into force Nov. 9. All EU and Schengen Area countries, along with the UK, remain designated as high-risk (red level), excluding Greenland and the Finnish regions of Aland, Kainnu, Kymenlaakso, Northern Ostrobothnia, Paijat-Hame, Pirkanmaa, Satakunta, South Karelia, and Northern Savonia, which are designated as moderate-risk (yellow level) locations. Those arriving from red locations must present proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 using a test taken no more than 72 hours before entry; persons without such tests may be refused entry. Norwegian citizens and residents, as well as persons who come from Finland and Sweden regularly for work, are exempt from this requirement. Travelers from high-risk areas must also self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival; travelers who do not have permanent residence in the country or a suitable place of residence upon arrival in Norway must stay in quarantine hotels and test themselves during the quarantine period. This also applies to persons traveling to visit relatives in Norway. Travelers arriving from moderate-risk locations are not required to self-isolate.

Travelers from most other countries are currently prohibited from entering Norway. Individuals with close family in Norway and individuals who have been granted permits to work or study in the country are exempt from the travel ban. Travelers entering under these exemptions must self-isolate for 10 days. Authorities continue to advise against all nonessential travel abroad.

Philippines: 

Philippine officials will suspend flights from the UK from 0001 Dec. 24-Dec. 31 due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) concerns. Flights from the Philippines to the UK can continue to operate under existing protocols. Authorities will also restrict entry for all passengers who have visited the UK within the 14 days preceding arrival. Travelers that land in the Philippines before 00001 Dec. 24 are exempt from the entry ban but must quarantine at a government facility in New Clark City, regardless of COVID-19 test results.

While most foreign nationals remain banned from entering the country, the government has allowed foreigners to use investor visas to enter the country since Nov. 1. Authorities will also allow entry for foreigners using visas issued by the state agencies Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority. Exceptions from the entry ban are also in place for foreign nationals with long-term visas, among others. Inbound foreign nationals must secure a quarantine facility and a COVID-19 testing provider prior to the trips and undergo two-week quarantine upon arrival. Other visas and applications and visa-free privileges remain suspended. The government has allowed nonessential outbound travel to resume since Oct. 21. Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and uniformed personnel on official duty can continue traveling outside the country.

Romania:
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.

Russia:
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:

Singaporean authorities will require all travelers, regardless of nationality, from South Korea entering after 2359 Dec. 26 to undergo stay-at-home notices (SHN) for 14 days at dedicated facilities instead of their residences. The rule also applies to those with travel or transit history to South Korea in the past 14 days.

From 2359 Dec. 23, long-term pass holders and short-term travelers who have been in the UK and New South Wales, Australia within the previous 14 days will be banned from entering Singapore.

Singaporean authorities will require arrivals from Hong Kong to serve stay-at-home notices (SHN) for 14 days from 2359 Dec. 13 due to increased coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in the territory. Officials also require travelers from Hong Kong, except for Singaporean citizens and permanent residents, to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before the trips, starting 2359 Dec. 18. The travelers may opt to serve their SHN at their residence if they have spent the previous two weeks in Hong Kong or other locations deemed to be low-risk and are occupying the residence either alone or with other people with the same travel history. Other low-risk places include Australia, Brunei, mainland China, Fiji, Macau, New Zealand, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Authorities have earlier postponed a planned reciprocal travel scheme for all purposes with Hong Kong through at least January 2021.

Additionally, officials will allow entry for all travelers from Taiwan from Dec. 18 due to low COVID-19 activity in the location. The same policy is in place for arrivals from Australia, Brunei, mainland China, New Zealand, and Vietnam. The passengers must have remained in the mentioned locations for the last 14 days before entry, register online on the Safe Travel portal at least one week before entry, and self-isolate until results of an on-arrival test are ready. Travelers who test negative are exempt from the typical compulsory SHN requirement for arrivals, though they must still use the TraceTogether application for contact tracing purposes.

The Johor Causeway, which links Singapore to Malaysia, is open 0700-1900 daily. State carrier Singapore Airlines (SQ) and its subsidiaries, Scoot (TR) and SilkAir (MI), continue to suspend most flights but plan to resume operations to several locations gradually. Singapore-based airline JetStar Asia Airways (3K) has resumed some routes. Foreigners flying with SQ, TR, and MI from select cities can transit via Singapore Changi Airport (SIN).

Officials continue to ban entry of short-term visa holders, including work pass holders who do not provide essential services, with exceptions. Long-term visit pass and student pass holders must apply for official approval before traveling to Singapore. Incoming passengers must submit online health declarations up to three days before arrival. Arrivals must serve their stay-at-home notice (SHN) for 14 days at government-designated premises, with exceptions. As of Nov. 11, travelers who spent the previous two weeks in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia (except Sabah State), and Taiwan can serve a seven-day SHN in their residences. Travelers must test negative for COVID-19 at the end of their SHN before they can leave the SHN facilities. Arrivals from Fiji, Finland, Japan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Turkey can serve SHN at their residence for two weeks if they fulfill specific requirements. The travelers must have spent the previous 14 days in the aforementioned locations and must serve their SHN at the accommodation alone or with other travelers with the same travel history. Officials require travelers from Estonia and Norway to serve SHN at government-designated facilities since Nov. 8, after revoking a policy that allowed them to serve SHN at their residence, due to high COVID-19 activity in the two countries.

Authorities allow entry for all travelers from Australia, Brunei, mainland China, New Zealand, and Vietnam, due to low COVID-19 activity in the locations. Under the scheme, passengers must have remained in the mentioned locations for the last 14 consecutive days before entry, register online on the Safe Travel portal at least seven days before entry, and self-isolate until results from an on-arrival COVID-19 test are ready. Travelers who test negative are exempt from the typical compulsory SHN requirement for arrivals, though they must still use the TraceTogether application for contact tracing purposes.

Arrangements for cross-border business and official travels are in place with Brunei, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, along with Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang provinces and Chongqing, Shanghai, and Tianjin municipalities in mainland China. Travelers entering Singapore under the programs must have a sponsoring Singaporean government agency or company, seek prior approval from the Singaporean authorities, and test negative for COVID-19 within 48-72 hours before departure. Except for those from Malaysia's Sabah State, travelers must receive another COVID-19 test upon arriving in Singapore, remain at their accommodation until the test returns negative, and adhere to controlled itineraries for the first 14 days of their visit. Officials will also start a similar scheme with Germany; the policy's start date and details are unclear.

Long-term pass holders from Malaysia (except Sabah State) traveling under the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) program must isolate upon arrival for at least seven days or until they test negative for COVID-19, whichever is later.

South Korea:

Officials continue to ban cruise ships from docking at ports in the country, including Jeju. Busan requires ships from Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, and Uzbekistan entering Gamcheon Port to use the QR code system to enhance contact tracing for crew members. Korean air carriers are gradually resuming flight operations, but service remains limited. International flight disruptions are likely to continue amid decreased demand.

US Forces Korea (USFK) has maintained Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Bravo, the second-lowest level, for most of the country since Sept. 24. However, HPCON Charlie, the second-highest level, remains in place for most of the Greater Seoul area. The alert level reduces staff numbers at US military installations and requires service members to stay on base, except for official and essential duties. Other travel requires approval. Travel to installations in Greater Seoul remains suspended, except for official visits; however, personnel in the region can travel to bases under HPCON Bravo for approved reasons. Officials are conducting health checks for all personnel at entrance points. A USFK Public Health Emergency declaration remains in place through at least Nov. 18; further extensions are possible.

Visa-free and visa-waiver programs remain suspended with countries that have banned entry for South Korean citizens, impacting travelers from 90 countries. Long-term visa holders resident in South Korea must obtain permits before departing the country and present medical screenings with proof of a negative COVID-19 test result before reentry. Authorities have suspended visa-free entry for foreign sailors, who must obtain visas and provide a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test result issued within 48 hours before departure to enter the country. The government is limiting visas and flight capacity for passengers from Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Uzbekistan. Officials also require a medical certificate confirming that inbound travelers received a negative PCR COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of departure. Diplomats and people on urgent business travel from these high-risk countries are exempt from the restriction.

Authorities allow "fast track" entry for essential business trips and official travel from Singapore, mainland China, Japan, UAE, and Indonesia. Under the agreements, inbound travelers must provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 71-96 hours, depending on the country, and a health certificate. Travelers must also take another COVID-19 test upon arrival, await the result before entering South Korea, and continue to abide by health surveillance procedures.

Most incoming travelers must undergo COVID-19 testing within three days of arrival. Mandatory screenings are ongoing for international arrivals at all ports of entry nationwide, and testing is almost certain for symptomatic passengers. Authorities in Seoul require all inbound passengers remaining in the city to undergo COVID-19 tests upon arrival. Officials will screen travelers with COVID-19 symptoms immediately and transport other passengers from Incheon International Airport (ICN) to designated testing facilities in Seoul. A 14-day self-quarantine requirement remains in place for all international travelers, regardless of testing outcomes. Officials will quarantine foreigners who do not have a residence in South Korea at government facilities at the traveler's expense.

South Africa: 

International Travel Restrictions:

-Three international airports are open for the entry and departure of foreign travelers, namely O.R. Tambo (JNB), Cape Town International (CPT), and King Shaka International Airport (DUR).

-Effective Nov. 12, 18 land ports of entry are fully operational; however, 35 border posts remain closed due to insufficient capacity for screening, testing, and quarantine. Small-craft passenger maritime travel is allowed to resume; however, the government continues to ban all cruise ships from docking.

-Those entering South Africa will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken no longer than 72 hours before arrival in the country.

-All travelers will be screened upon arrival. Those showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to take a test. Travelers who test positive will be subject to mandatory quarantine for up to 10 days at a designated facility. Authorities also require proof of accommodation, should they need to self-quarantine at the time of arrival in the country.

-Travelers departing South Africa will be subject to screening. Those found to have had COVID-19 may be subject to further testing. The outcome of the test will determine whether or not the person may depart the country, as determined by the Director-General of Health or a delegated person. Travelers testing positive will need to self-isolate; this may be done at one's private residence.

 

Spain:

Travelers from countries designated as high risk by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) must possess a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken within the previous 72 hours prior to arrival. The document must be in Spanish or English and can be submitted in either electronic or paper format.

Spain is currently prohibiting most international arrivals with the exception of those traveling from the EEA, Switzerland, and the UK, as well as countries deemed to be epidemiologically safe, including Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Uruguay. All arrivals must undergo a temperature check and authorities have introduced a mandatory Sanitary Control Form that all persons traveling to the country by air must complete. After filling out the form, travelers will receive a Quick Response (QR) code that they must show on arrival at the airport.

Sri Lanka:
As of Oct. 19, Sri Lankan authorities are mandating reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests within 72 hours before departure for all outbound passengers. Officials are also imposing indefinite curfews across high-risk areas with new local cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Affected areas include parts of Gampaha, Kalutara, Kegalle, and Kurunegala districts.

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. SriLankan Airlines (UL) announced a limited resumption of flights from Sept. 6 to airports serving multiple cities, including London, Tokyo, and Melbourne. Inbound passengers are allowed to transit through Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) as long as they have a connecting flight leaving within 12 hours of arrival. It is mandatory for all outbound passengers to take reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests within 72 hours before departure

CMB continues to serve cargo transport, emergency repatriation, passenger transit, and international departures. All international services at Jaffna International Airport (JAF), Sri Lanka's only other functional international airport, remain suspended. International passenger ships such as cruises and ferries are barred indefinitely, though port operations for goods transport can continue.

Sweden:

Sweden's international entry restrictions remain in effect until Dec. 22. Most individuals who are not citizens or residents of the European Economic Area (EEA) or of the UK are prohibited from entering the country. In line with EU recommendations, authorities are also permitting travelers from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and Uruguay to enter. Exceptions to the ban include students, healthcare workers, cross-border workers, diplomats, freight workers, passengers in transit, and persons traveling on urgent family business. The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against all nonessential travel to countries outside the EU and EEA, with the exception of the UK.

Switzerland:

Effective Oct. 29, only travelers arriving from Andorra, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Montenegro, French overseas territories, and the Austrian states of Salzburg and Upper Austria, must self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. This measure does not apply to transit travelers who have spent fewer than 24 hours in a high-risk country or territory. Travelers will not be allowed to shorten their self-quarantine if they receive a negative COVID-19 test result during the 10-day period. Other permitted travelers may enter without restrictions.

International entry restrictions remain in effect. In most circumstances, only citizens and residents of EEA countries, as well as those of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and the UK, are permitted to enter the country.

Taiwan: 

Authorities tightened entry requirements for travelers who have visited the UK within 14 days of arrival Dec. 23. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) requires all affected arrivals to quarantine at destinated government facilities for 14 days and take a COVID-19 test before their release. Authorities will also require airline crew and pilots traveling from the UK to self-quarantine for 14 days and test negative for COVID-19 before leaving home. Officials also halved flights between Taiwan and the UK; only one flight will operate weekly until further notice.

The government allows essential, short-term business travel for specific activities for people from countries and regions on the CECC's low- and medium-risk location lists. The CECC has moved Australia, Bhutan, and Thailand to the medium-risk list due to rising COVID-19 activity in those countries.

Taiwan continues to adjust restrictions on international travelers amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. As of Nov. 20, the government is requiring most migrant workers from Indonesia to undergo two-week quarantine at government facilities. Indonesian travelers with entry visas are exempt from the rule.

The government continues to allow essential, short-term business travel for specific activities for residents from countries on the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC)'s low- and medium-risk location list. Travelers must remain in their home location for two weeks before departure and provide documentation from a local entity detailing the reason for the trip, a full travel itinerary, a disease prevention plan, and the results of a COVID-19 test to apply for reduced quarantine. The CECC has removed South Korea from its medium-risk country list due to COVID-19 activity in that country. As of Nov. 20, the CECC classifies Bhutan, Brunei, Timor-Leste, Fiji, Laos, Macau, the Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Thailand, and Vietnam as low-risk and Australia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Singapore as medium-risk. Business travelers arriving from low-risk areas must quarantine for five days at government-designated facilities, while those traveling from medium-risk destinations must quarantine for seven days. All travelers must undergo a COVID-19 test at their own expense before their release from quarantine.

 

Inbound travel for tourism and social reasons remains banned; however, the following exceptions to the entry ban and quarantine requirements are in effect: 

Officials require all foreigners allowed into Taiwan to present a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test obtained within three business days before their departing flight. Authorities will expand the requirement to all inbound travelers, including Taiwan citizens and residents, starting Dec. 1. Health officials continue intensified screenings for arriving passengers, and all inbound travelers who had COVID-19 symptoms within the previous 14 days must undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test upon arrival. Passengers testing negative must take another PCR test 24 hours later. Officials require these travelers to stay at a government quarantine facility until both results are available and see a physician before release to complete the remainder of the quarantine period. Passengers bound for Taiwan who do not accurately report their travel and medical history could face fines of up to NTD 150,000 (USD 5,000).

Most arrivals, except those 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. All travelers must pay for a COVID-19 test before their release from quarantine.

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.

Thailand:

Thailand has resumed limited foreign tourists' entry and inbound tourist flights, using special tourist visas as of Oct. 21 amid ongoing restrictions to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The travelers must adhere to several protocols, including testing negative for COVID-19 before the trip and upon arrival, committing to staying in Thailand for at least 30 days, quarantining at government-designated facilities for two weeks upon arrival, and downloading a contact tracing application. Cargo, emergency, and repatriation flights and government aircraft can continue operating. People who can enter Thailand will quarantine for 14 days at government-designated facilities upon arrival, with limited exemptions. Foreigners also have to comply with health protocols, such as getting a letter from the nearest Thai embassy, a health insurance policy, and a certificate that they do not carry COVID-19 and quarantining for two weeks at government-designated facilities upon arrival in Thailand. The government may allow resident diplomats and their family members to isolate at their residence for two weeks.

Authorities have extended short-term visas for foreigners already in Thailand through Oct. 31. Several land checkpoints are operational, though the government continues to ban foreigners from entering the country through border checkpoints.

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.

Turkey:

Authorities in Turkey has announced that a nationwide lockdown will be imposed 2100 Dec. 31-0500 Jan. 4 as part of ongoing efforts to curb coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Residents must stay at home during the curfew, except to perform essential work or seek urgent medical care.

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.

 

UK:

Authorities in the UK have banned all direct flights from South Africa effective 0900 Dec. 24. All travelers arriving in the UK from South Africa, or who have been in or transited through South Africa in the last 10 days, are not permitted to enter. Exceptions will be made for British and Irish nationals, visa holders and permanent residents, who are able to enter, but must self-isolate on arrival, along with the rest of their household. It is currently unclear how long these measures will be in place.

Authorities in England have declared that, effective 0001 Dec. 16, Tier 3 – Very  high alert restrictions will apply to London, as well as to parts of Essex and Hertfordshire.

(https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know#very-high-alert)

From 0400 Dec. 12, travelers from the Canary Islands, Spain, will need to self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival in the UK; the self-isolation requirement will be lifted for arrivals from Botswana and Saudi Arabia.

Effective Dec. 15, authorities in the UK will allow travelers arriving from countries with elevated coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity to reduce the required self-isolation period from 14 to five days. Travelers will be allowed to take a COVID-19 test, at their own expense, after five days of self-isolation; however, test results may take up to 48 hours to be returned.

Authorities in UK plan to ease coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related entry restrictions for certain international business travelers. Effective at 0400 Dec. 5, travelers engaged in specific business activities that deliver a significant benefit to the UK economy will no longer need to self-isolate upon entering the country. In addition, as of the same date, TV production staff, journalists, and recently signed elite athletes will also be exempt from self-isolation. These travelers will, however, still need to present a complete passenger locator form upon arrival.

Traveler do not need to self-isolate if he/she is travelling to England from one of the countries, territories or regions in the corridor list. Travelers must have spent the last 10 days in one of these places, or in the UK.

(Corridor list - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors)

If travelers visited somewhere that is not on the corridor list in the 10 days before your arrival in England, they will need to self-isolate for 14 days. Visiting includes making a transit stop.

All travelers need to complete the passenger locator form before you enter the UK.

United Arab Emirates:

As of Dec. 24, international tourists are permitted entry into Abu Dhabi Emirate as part of ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) controls. Under the new measures, international travelers from 'green' countries must present a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result received within 96 hours of their departure for the UAE.

Authorities in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) amended travel protocols to Dubai, Oct. 26. Entry measures are dependent on the perceived risk of COVID-19 in the travelers' country of arrival.

UAE residents who are traveling to Dubai from countries deemed at lower risk can either present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test issued within 96 hours of departure or take a PCR test on arrival. Tourists from these countries must present a negative PCR test issued within 96 hours before departure - except for passengers coming from the UK and Germany who can take a PCR test on arrival in Dubai. Transiting passengers from lower-risk countries are not required to present a PCR test certificate unless it is mandated by authorities in the destination country.

UAE residents traveling from higher-risk countries must take two PCR tests: one issued within 96 hours before departure, and a second test upon arrival in Dubai. These measures also apply for tourists arriving from these countries. Transiting passengers from these countries must have a negative PCR test, as well as any requirements by authorities in their destination countries.

With the exception of Dubai Emirate, travelers into the UAE via international flights are required to quarantine for 14 days and, in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, must wear an electronic tracking bracelet. If international travelers arrive in one of the UAE's other emirates but plan to go to Abu Dhabi, the 14-day quarantine requirement still applies. Time spent in another emirate prior to entering Abu Dhabi is deducted from the 14-day quarantine requirement. Those arriving in Abu Dhabi whose final destination is another emirate are required to obtain a negative PCR test result issued within 96 hours before departure. Travelers may leave Abu Dhabi during their quarantine period to visit another emirate; however, if they wish to return, they must follow entry guidelines. Travelers must take a PCR test on the 12th day of their quarantine.

Persons entering Abu Dhabi via the Dubai border will either need a negative PCR test result, taken within the previous 48 hours, or a negative diffractive phase interferometry (DPI) test result within the last 48 hours, accompanied by a PCR test result, which must have been received within the last six days. All inbound passengers will undergo another COVID-19 test upon arrival in Abu Dhabi. Some flights from Abu Dhabi require a COVID-19 test result before departure.

Other measures in effect in the UAE are included below:

US:

As of Dec. 4, US authorities have updated the risk assessment levels for travelers entering the country from international destinations as part of their efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

 

Under the current guidelines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses a four-level system to categorize the risk of COVID-19 in countries and territories worldwide based on the number of cases in the past 28 days.

 

Regardless of the level of the destination, authorities recommend the following steps for individuals in the US who plan to travel abroad:

 

Get a COVID-19 test between one to three days before traveling abroad, and to not travel if they are still waiting for the test result, tested positive, or are sick.

Get a COVID-19 test between one to three days before returning to the US.

 

Additionally, individuals in the US are advised to follow these recommendations, depending on the risk levels in the country they intend to travel to:

 

Level 4 - Very High: avoid all travel

Level 3 - High: avoid nonessential travel; those at higher risk of severe illness, avoid all travel

Level 2 - Moderate: those at higher risk of severe illness should avoid nonessential travel

Level 1 - Low: no limitations to travel

 

Recommendations for travelers entering the US from an international destination also change depending on the risk level of the country they are traveling from. Those traveling from destinations categorized as Level 4, Level 3, and Level 2 risk of COVID-19 are advised to get tested within three to five days upon arrival in the US and stay at home for seven days, or to stay at home for 10 days upon arrival if they do not get tested.

 

As of Dec. 4, most countries and territories around the world are at Level 4, including most of Europe, most of Latin America, and Canada. Only Saint Lucia is at Level 3, and there are 10 countries and territories at Level 2: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Faroe Islands, Guernsey, Mauritius, Saint Barthelemy, Seychelles, South Korea, and Uruguay.

 

For travelers entering from countries and territories categorized as Level 1 - Low risk of COVID-19, officials recommend mask-wearing and maintaining social distancing from others upon arrival in the US. If travelers recently participated in high-risk activities - such as attending a mass gathering, being in a large crowd at a restaurant or bar, or traveling on a cruise - at a country on Level 1, they are urged to get tested three to five days upon return and remain at home for seven days, or 10 days if they do not get tested. As of Dec. 4, there are 51 countries and territories at Level 1, including Australia, China, Ivory Coast, Mongolia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Other restrictions remain in place. US authorities continue to ban entry by most nonresident foreign nationals who have been in Brazil, China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), Iran, UK, Ireland, and the European Schengen Area within the previous 14 days. US citizens and legal residents who have traveled to a country on the restricted list within 14 days prior to their return are allowed to enter but are urged to limit contact with people from outside of their households upon arrival in the US.

Since Oct. 1, US authorities have added exceptions for nonresident foreign nationals entering from the Schengen Area, UK, or Ireland to enter the US. Business travelers, investors, academics, and journalists, among others, may qualify for a national interest exception, but must contact US diplomatic offices in order to apply.

The government in Washington continues to advise US residents to avoid nonessential travel to most countries in the world due to COVID-19 concerns. As of Oct. 19, US authorities consider only 33 countries and territories worldwide to have moderate, low, or very low-risk of COVID-19, including New Zealand, Thailand, Cambodia, Mongolia, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Laos, New Caledonia, Taiwan, and Vietnam; there are no governmental advisories against travel to designated moderate, low, or very low-risk destinations, except for persons having special risk factors. Travelers returning from all other locations are urged to remain at home as much as possible, wear protective face masks, and practice social distancing.

Vietnam: 

Authorities have allowed the resumption of international flights with Guangzhou, Seoul, Taiwan, and Tokyo from Sept. 15. Flights with Cambodia and Laos will restart from Sept. 22. However, the entry ban for most foreigners remains in place, with exceptions for foreign experts, investors, managers, skilled workers, and resident diplomats; foreign tourists remain barred from boarding inbound flights and visiting Vietnam. Permitted inbound passengers must test negative for COVID-19 up to five days before the travel date, quarantine at designated facilities for at least five days, and test for COVID-19 twice at the isolation sites, with limited exemptions. With exceptions for diplomats, arrivals have to pay for quarantine costs. Foreign experts, business managers, investors, and diplomats who are visiting Vietnam for less than 14 days are exempt from isolation requirements, though they still have to comply with other health protocols. Safeguards include testing for COVID-19 before departure and upon arrival, frequently sanitizing their hands, and adhering to contact tracing measures.

Authorities continue to adjust measures as of Sept. 1 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Officials announced Aug. 30 that arrivals have to pay for isolation costs starting from Sept. 1; people who can enter Vietnam must quarantine for 14 days at government-run facilities. Authorities have also approved visa extensions through Sept. 30 for foreigners already in Vietnam.

Officials continue to bar entry for foreign nationals, with exemptions for essential and skilled workers and diplomats, among others. People who can enter Vietnam must test negative for COVID-19 before traveling and undergo a 14-day quarantine at government-run facilities at their own costs upon arrival, with exceptions; the government announced that arriving diplomats are exempt from having to pay for quarantine expenses. Authorities stated, June 24, that Vietnam was not ready to admit foreign tourists back into the country, even though officials started to issue electronic visas to foreign nationals from 80 locations July 1. These locations include Australia, mainland China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, the UK, and the US. Officials have approved visa extensions through Sept. 30 for foreigners already in Vietnam. Flights to Vietnam remain operational, though only Vietnamese citizens and limited groups of foreigners can board.

 

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