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Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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What are coronaviruses?
According to the World Health Organization, “Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).”


What is the new 2019 Coronavirus?
A novel Coronavirus was identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China. The possible source is the Seafood City Market which has been closed since Jan 5 and sanitized. The virus can be transmitted among people. On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an official name for the new coronavirus disease: COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease 2019).


What are the symptoms and possible complications of a Coronavirus infection?
The World Health Organization cites that symptoms of Corona Virus Disease are similar to that of common flu (shortness of breath, cough, runny nose, headache, sore throat, and fever). Severe cases of the infection can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.


What can the public do to prevent the spread of the COVID-19?
The spread of COVID-19 can be prevented through proper hygiene and etiquette:

  1. Frequently wash your hands with soap and running water or alcohol-based cleansers, even if your hands are not visibly dirty. It is recommended to wash your hands:
    a. After coughing or sneezing
    b. Before and after eating
    c. After toilet use
    d.Before and after meal preparation
    e.After handling animals/ animal waste
    f. After handling meat and poultry
    g. If there is visible dirt

  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  

  3. When coughing and sneezing, move away from people and cover your nose and mouth with tissue or flexed elbow. Throw away used tissues properly.

  4. Avoid unprotected contact with farm or wild animals:

  5. Ensure that food is well-cooked

  6. Maintain a healthy lifestyle to build immunity. Eating nutritious food, take enough rest, exercise regularly, and drink plenty of water.


What precautionary measures are PAL taking in regard of this virus?
Philippine Airlines complies with the highest safety standards, which includes following strict sanitation and cleaning measures for our aircraft and facilities. Our aircraft are equipped with HEPA filters and air circulation systems that filter most Coronaviruses. Our ground / inflight staff are also equipped to handle passengers with or with suspected communicable diseases. However, we still encourage passengers to be careful and to take care of their personal health. 

We are in close coordination with the health authorities of the countries we serve on all safety protocols and screening procedures. We temporarily stopped issuing digital boarding passes to ensure passengers pass through our check-in counters and undergo security checks at the airport. To comply with local and international regulations, we also cancelled flights to  destinations that are covered by local and international lockdowns or travel bans.


Can I rebook / reroute / refund my flight?
A.   Passengers in all domestic and international flights during the Enhanced Community Quarantine period imposed by the Philippine Government from March 15 to April 30, 2020 and passengers whose flights are affected by COVID-19 cancellations or are banned for travel (even if their flight is not cancelled) may avail of the following options:

   1. Rebook or reroute once without penalties and without fare difference. The new travel date must be within November 30, 2020* or within ticket validity, whichever comes first.
   2. Convert the unused value of their ticket to a voucher for future use


      Travel Voucher Terms and Conditions:

    • The Voucher is valid one (1) year after date of issuance for travel up to 12 months. 
    • The Voucher can be used to purchase new PAL tickets or Travel Extra/s (Prepaid Choice Seats and Prepaid Baggage only). A maximum of two (2) Vouchers can be used in a single transaction. 
    • For domestic flights, Senior Citizen, PWD and Military discounts shall apply subject to the presentation of valid identification.  
    • Passengers may top-up with cash or credit card to avail of tickets or Travel Extras with prices higher than the amount of the voucher. No change shall be given if the Voucher is exchanged for PAL tickets or Travel Extras less than its face value. 
    • The Voucher is non-transferable and is convertible to cash.


          Note: The said passengers may also refund the unused value of their ticket without penalties. Domestic tickets that are cancelled due to lockdowns may still be processed after April 12, 2020.

         

          *Rebooking and rerouting with blackout travel dates for Canada and United States:


             1. Inbound (Canada/United States to Manila): June 15, 2020 until July 31, 2020
             2. Outbound (Manila to Canada/United States): July 15, 2020 until September 15, 2020


 
B.   For voluntary changes (flights not affected by cancellations or travel bans, travelling on May 1, 2020 onwards, and ticketed on or before March 31, 2020), passengers may opt for the following:

 

   1. Rebook or reroute once without penalties to a later flight with available seat(s) within the ticket validity period. To avail of this benefit, passengers must rebook/reroute up to 7 days before departure 

          

          Note: Rebooking and rerouting must be within the same booking class. Applicable fare rules and taxes will be collected 


   2. Convert the unused value of their ticket to a voucher for future use 


       Travel Voucher Terms and Conditions:

  • The Voucher is valid one (1) year after date of issuance for travel up to 12 months.
  • The Voucher can be used to purchase new PAL tickets or Travel Extra/s (Prepaid Choice Seats and Prepaid Baggage only). A maximum of two (2) Vouchers can be used in a single transaction. 
  • For domestic flights, Senior Citizen, PWD and Military discounts shall apply subject to the presentation of valid identification.  
  • Passengers may top-up with cash or credit card to avail of tickets or Travel Extras with prices higher than the amount of the voucher. 
  • The Voucher is non-transferable. Refundability of travel voucher (in part or full) will follow the fare conditions of the ticket. 

Who can I contact for changes on my flight booking?
Passengers who booked through the PAL website, mobile app, ticket office, or Reservations Hotline may contact any of the following channels:


24/7 Reservations Hotline

(+63 2) 8855 8888

US and Canada Toll Free Number

1-800-I-FLY-PAL or 1-800-435-9725.

PAL Ticket Office

To comply with the Philippine Community Quarantine measures, PAL Ticket Offices in Luzon region including Metro Manila are closed from until April 12, 2020 except for NAIA Terminal 2 Ticket Office which is open from 5:30AM to 6:30PM daily, 7 days a week.

PAL Ticket Offices for stations in Visayas and Mindanao regions with operational flights are open according to regular schedule.


Passengers with tickets issued by travel agents may contact or visit their issuing Travel Agent.


Do I need to prepare for additional screening at the Airport?
Due to additional screening in line with the COVID-19, we advise departing passengers to adjust their arrival time at the airport terminal for check-in:

  • at least 4 hours before scheduled time of departure or by 8:00PM latest for international flights from Manila
  • at least 3 hours for all other International flights 
  • at least 3 hours for all Domestic flights or by 8:00PM latest if departing from Manila

All passengers arriving in Manila are likewise required to accomplish arrival cards and to undergo screening through the Immigration counters. Given this, the Immigration eGates for Philippine Passport holders at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport arrivals area are temporary disabled.

How do I know if there are changes or cancellations on my flight booking?

Passengers may check their flight status by visiting the Flight Status tab on the PAL website 48 hours before your trip. Information is available 2 days before until 2 days after the original flight schedule.

Where should I consult if I feel unwell at the airport before my flight?

If feeling unwell, passengers must immediately consult a Doctor or Nurse so they can receive the necessary care and clearance for the flight. Here is a list of Airport Terminal Clinics or Medical Helpdesks in key PAL Hubs in the Philippines:


Airport

Clinic Location

Operating Hours

Manila NAIA Terminal 1

Arrivals area near carousel 1

24 Hours

Manila NAIA Terminal 2

Basement of rotunda (elevator access)

24 Hours

Manila NAIA Terminal 3

International arrivals conveyor

24 Hours

Cebu (International)

Departures level, before immigration counters

24 Hours

Cebu (Domestic)

Airport arrival area

24 Hours

Davao

Second floor, near pre-departure area

24 Hours

Clark

Domestic arrival area

24 Hours

Puerto Princesa

Pre-departure area across Gate 1

24 Hours

Tagbilaran (Panglao)

Nurse-on-duty at the pre-departure Info Desk

During flight operations

Kalibo

Domestic departure area

24 Hours



Please click on the video below to view our COVID-19 Safety Video:



Per PAL’s Conditions of Carriage, the passenger is solely responsible for verifying and complying with all applicable government laws/regulations of all countries to be flown from, to or through. The following COVID-19 regulatory advisories are meant only as a guide. PAL shall not be liable for the passenger’s failure to comply with said laws/regulations, or for any aid or information given here or by a PAL agent or employee in connection with said laws/regulations. 



COVID-19 Travel Rules and Requirements


Below is a list of various government mandatory protocols and requirements to contain the spread of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19). These may cover all departing, arriving, and connecting passengers, and may include screening, temperature checks, and filling out of health cards, among others. Please refer to the applicable rules per country for your travels. These rules are subject to change by the issuing government authority, and are issued for passengers' and the public's safety.

Implementation Date: February 2, 2020

Implementation Date: February 2, 2020 (For passengers bound for or arriving from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan)

1. Temporarily banning the entry of any person, regardless of nationality, except Filipino citizens and holders of Permanent Resident Visa issued by the Philippine Government, directly coming from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau. 

2. Temporarily banning the entry of any person, regardless of nationality, except Filipino citizens and holders of Permanent Resident Visa issued by the Philippine Government, who within fourteen (14) days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, has been to mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau. 

3. Mandatory fourteen (14) day quarantine for Filipinos and Permanent Resident Visa holders coming from any place in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau. 

4. Temporary ban on Filipinos from travel to mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

5. Effective February 11-14, 2020 only, the restrictions above apply for the same identified passengers bound for or coming from Taiwan.


Updated and Implementation Date: February 28, 2020 (For passengers bound for and arriving from Korea)

The Philippine government has implemented the following travel restrictions and guidelines until further notice: 

1. Total ban on Filipino citizens traveling to any parts of South Korea (including Jeju Island), except Permanent Residents (PR) of South Korea, Students, and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Filipinos who fall under these exemptions shall execute and sign a declaration signifying their knowledge and understanding of the risks involved prior to their travel.

2. Total ban on travelers coming from the North Gyeongsang Province or Geyongbuk of South Korea, including Daegu and Cheongdo County, except for Filipinos and their non-Filipino spouse or children, non-Filipinos with Philippine Permanent Resident Visas (Sec. 13 EO324, RA7919, Native Born (NB), MCL-07-021, MCL-08-003, 47b Refugee), and Members of the Diplomatic corps who will undergo screening and quarantine protocols upon arrival in the Philippines.

3. Travelers from Korea who are NOT coming from North Gyeongsang Province, Daegu, and Cheongdo shall be allowed entry into the Philippines.

4. Transit passengers shall be allowed entry as long as they are not transiting through North Gyeongsang Province, Daegu, and Cheongdo County.

5. Passengers shall ensure completeness of information in the Arrival Card specifically the “Address Abroad” field.

6. Arriving Korean citizens may be asked of their address as indicated in their Resident Registration Certificate.
 

Updated: March 04, 2020 (For Passengers bound for Korea)

Effective March 4, 2020, the Philippine government has announced:

1. The partial lifting of the travel ban for Filipinos to South Korea, except for those traveling to North Gyeongsang Province, Daegu, and Cheongdo. Filipinos who wish to travel to the Republic of Korea shall execute and sign a declaration signifying their knowledge and understanding of the risks involved prior to their travel.

2. Dependents of Filipinos who are permanent resident visa holders in the Republic of Korea shall also be allowed to travel to ensure that families remain intact during the outbreak.


Updated: March 14, 2020 (for Passengers arriving from Iran or Italy)

Effective March 16, 2020 at 12:00 MN Philippine Time:

1. Any passenger, regardless of nationality, who has been to or transited through Iran or Italy within fourteen (14) days prior to arrival in the Philippines, shall be required to present/submit to Primary Inspectors (Immigration Officers) a Medical Clearance or Health Declaration Certificate, issued by the Health Authority 48 hours prior to arrival in the Philippines, certifying that said passenger is COVID-19-free.

2. Any passenger, regardless of nationality, who has been to or transited through Iran or Italy within fourteen (14) days prior to arrival in the Philippines shall undergo a 14-day quarantine.

3. Failure to present a Medical Clearance or Health Declaration Certificate shall be automatically excluded and immediately sent back to the port of origin as stated in the restriction. In the event of unavailability of return flight, the affected passenger shall be placed under quarantine or in a respective designated area.

4. The following are exempted from the above guidelines provided they shall undergo screening and quarantine protocols upon arrival in the Philippines: Filipinos and their non-Filipino spouse or children, non-Filipinos with Philippine Permanent Resident Visas (Sec. 13 EO324, RA7919, Native Born (NB), MCL-07-021, MCL-08-003, 47b Refugee), and Members of the Diplomatic Corps (Diplomatic/Official/Service Passports; 9E Visa Holders; United Nations Laissez Passer; DFA Personnel assigned at Foreign Services posts).


Updated: March 19, 2020

Outbound Travel Restrictions by Philippine Government on Filipino Travelers
As of March 19, 2020:

  • All Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and balikbayans shall be allowed to leave the country at any time, subject to availability of flights. Proof of international travel itinerary with departure scheduled within 24 hours from leaving residence or accommodation, within Luzon, must be presented.
  • Only one (1) person is allowed to bring a passenger to the airport and he/she must depart immediately after dropping off said person. The driver should carry with him/her a copy of the airline ticket of the passenger as proof of conveyance.
  • No Filipino tourists shall be allowed to fly out of the country at any time.
  • Land, air, and sea travel of uniformed personnel for official business, especially those transporting medical supplies, laboratory specimens, related to COVID-19, and other humanitarian assistance, shall be allowed.


Outbound Travel Restrictions by Philippine Government on Foreign Travelers
As of March 19, 2020:

  • All foreign nationals may now fly out of the country at any time, subject to availability of flights.
  • Sweeper flights for foreign nationals to bring them to airports will be allowed to continue operations.
  • Only one (1) person is allowed to bring a passenger to the airport and he/she must depart immediately after dropping off said person. The driver should carry with him/her a copy of the airline ticket of the passenger as proof of conveyance


Updated: March 20, 2020:

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) informs the public that it is temporarily suspending visa issuance in all its Foreign Service Posts effective immediately and will be valid and effective until further notice.

Effective, March 22, 2020, all visa-free privileges including those based on Visa Waiver Agreements, those under Executive Order 408, s.1960, and for holders of Hong Kong and Macau SAR passports, Macau-Portuguese passports, and British National Overseas passports, are likewise temporarily suspended. However, foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals are exempted from this temporary suspension.

The temporary suspension of visa issuance will deem all previously issued visas canceled, and foreigners with visas issued by Philippine Foreign Service Posts (primarily 9a Temporary Visitor/Tourist visas) will not be allowed entry into the country starting March 22, 2020.

However, visas previously issued to accredited Foreign Government and International Organization officials and their dependents will remain valid and will be honored when entering the country even after said date. The same is true for previously issued visas to foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals.

This temporary suspension has no impact on foreign nationals that are already in the country or on holders of visas issued by other government agencies.


Updated March 23, 2020:

Effective March 22, 2020, 00:00 Philippine Time, transfer via Manila will no longer be allowed by Philippine Bureau of Immigration. As such, all arriving passengers must only land in Manila.

Guangzhou/Canton (CAN)

Implementation Date: January 31, 2020


All passengers arriving in Guangzhou shall fill out the health declaration form to be provided by the cabin crew during the flight.



Shanghai/Pudong (PVG)

Implementation Date: January 31, 2020


Shanghai Public Health Committee mandates that passengers traveling to Shanghai must fill out a form prior boarding the aircraft.


Implementation Date: January 27, 2020 


Updated: March 05, 2020


Hong Kong International Airport will be enhancing its temperature checks for all airport staff, visitors, and passengers:


1. This enhancement will extend temperature checks to all building accesses starting March 09, 2020 at 07:00 AM Hong Kong time. 


2. Current temperature checks at L7 and L5 staff access points shall be suspended


3. Airport staff, visitors, and passengers with suspected fever shall be advised to seek medical consultation and may not be granted access to the terminal building.



Updated: March 07, 2020


Effective March 08, 2020 at 12:00 MN Hong Kong Time, all arriving passengers and crew members have to complete the Health Declaration Form or Electronic Health Declaration Form (e-form) and submit to DH staff at designated channels at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) upon arrival:


  • Passengers who have any of the following symptoms must proceed to the RED Channel—Fever, Cough, Breathing Difficulty, Shortness of Breath, or Sore Throat
  • Passengers who do not have any of the symptoms above must proceed to the Green Channel



Updated: March 17, 2020


All passengers arriving in Hong Kong from any country, except Macau and Taiwan, will undergo a 14-day home quarantine or medical surveillance.



Updated: March 19, 2020


Effective March 19, 2020, 00:00AM, all passengers arriving Hong Kong (regardless of whether they are Hong Kong residents) who have been to any overseas country or territory in the past 14 days will be subject to compulsory quarantine.

Entry restrictions for Mainland Hubei residents and compulsory quarantine for those who have been to Mainland China in the past 14 days remain in force. 


Passengers who have been to below areas are required to go to Quarantine Camp (including Hong Kong and non-Hong Kong Residents):


  • Korea (Daegu and Gyenongsangbuk-do)
  • Iran
  • Italy (Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, and Veneto)
  • Hubei (non-HKR will be denied entry)

If a visitor’s permitted limit of stay of Stay in Hong Kong in accordance with the existing immigration policy is shorter than the length of compulsory quarantine (i.e. 14 days), he/she will be refused entry into Hong Kong.

Air-to-sea transfer inside the Hong Kong International Airport is currently not available to all passengers including Mainland residents. PRC Passport holders who are in transit through Hong Kong to and from another country under the prevailing policy is 7 days on each landing (i.e. shorter than the length of compulsory quarantine thus leading to refusal of entry) if applicable to the passenger. 


Updated: March 20, 2020

Reiteration on the following guidelines:

  • There is no land or sea transportation arrangement for passengers who are refused to land Hong Kong from HKIA to any ports of Mainland China.
  • Passengers without valid transfer boarding pass and/or ticket will not be accepted. Tickets of airlines without transfer facilities at HKIA are considered invalid.
  • Airlines are advised to only accept passengers with connections within 48 hours upon arrival at Hong Kong.


Updated: March 24, 2020

Effective March 25, 2020 until further notice:

Landing Hong Kong:


1. All Hong Kong Residents with below documents CAN LAND in Hong Kong from any origin:
   
  a.   Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card
     b.   HKSAR passport or BNO passport (with right of abode in Hong Kong)
     c.   Hong Kong Identity Card – need to accompany with a valid work visa/ study visa
     d.   Work visa not yet activated (first time to arrive in Hong Kong)

2. Non-Hong Kong Resident from any overseas countries/ territories, or have visited overseas countries/ territories in the past 14 days will be DENIED ENTRY except if they came from Mainland China or Taiwan or Macau and have not been to other places in past 14 days

3. Macao residents can continue to land in Hong Kong with prior transport arrangement with Macao Tourism Board

4. All people landing in Hong Kong (resident or not) will be put under 14 days compulsory quarantine (home or hotel)

5. Passengers who have been to any of the areas below in the past 14 days are required to go to Quarantine Camp (Hong Kong Residents only):

     a. Korea (Daegu and Gyenongsangbuk-do)
     b. Iran
     c. Italy (Emilia-Romagna. Lombardy and Veneto)
     d. Wuhan


Transiting Hong Kong:

1. All sea-to-air transit will be suspended effective March 25, 2020; air-to-sea transit has been suspended since March 1, 2020

2. All passenger transiting via Hong Kong, ex-Hong Kong onward flight, STD must be before 2359 of March 24, 2020

Reiteration on travel restrictions:

The following rules shall remain in-force: a) Non-Hong Kong Residents who are Mainland Hubei residents or who have visited Mainland Hubei Province in the past 14 days shall be refused entry, and b) those who have been to mainland China in the past 14 days must undergo compulsory quarantine. 

If a non-Hong Kong Resident’s permitted limit of stay in Hong Kong, in accordance with the existing immigration policy is shorter than the length of compulsory quarantine (i.e. 14 days), he/she will be refused entry into Hong Kong.


Updated: March 25, 2020


Please be advised of the following exemptions from the relevant entry restrictions: 

  • Holders of diplomatic / official passports (subject to prevailing visa requirements).
  • Persons with new entry visas to work, study, establish or join in any business or to take up residence in Hong Kong.
  • Macao residents who have registered with the Macao Tourism Crisis Management Office of the Macao SAR Government for special transport arrangements from the Hong Kong International Airport (airside) to Macao (applicable to any permanent or non-permanent residents of the Macao SAR).

Implementation Date: January 24, 2020

1. All inbound passengers are required to complete the Macau Health Bureau (SSM) health declaration form which will be distributed by airlines during flight. Passengers shall submit the completed declaration forms at Macau Health Bureau-Centre for Disease Control (SSM-CDC) temperature checkpoint at the Arrivals before Customs clearance and entering Macau.

2. SSM-CDC will continue monitoring of passenger’s body temperature for all inbound passengers from Wuhan at the aircraft prior to disembarking. 

3. The SSM has set up a temperature checkpoint at the departures level of the Passenger Terminal Building to measure the temperature of all departing passengers. 

4. Should there be inbound or outbound passengers with recorded fever, the passenger shall follow Macau Health Authority procedures. 

5. Travellers who have entered the Philippines for the past few weeks and are returning to Macau (MFM) should hold a medical certificate issued by a legal medical institution stating that they are not infected with the Corona Virus Disease.


Updated: March 8, 2020

1. Effective March 8, 2020 at 12:00 NN Macau Time, passengers who have travelled to Germany, France, Spain, or Japan within the past 14 days prior to their entry into Macau must submit to medical examination.

2. Effective March 10, 2020 at 12:00 NN Macau Time, passengers who have travelled to the above mentioned countries within the past 14 days prior to their entry into Macao must, at the discretion of the health authorities, undergo medical observation for 14 days at designated venue. 

3. Individuals contravening with the requirements may be subject to mandatory isolation in addition to corresponding criminal liabilities in accordance with the law.


Updated: March 16, 2020


In addition to the existing preventative measures, all passengers entering Macau who have visited any country other than mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan shall, upon entry, undergo 14 days of medical observation (quarantine) at a place designated with the judgment and requirements of the Health Bureau. 

For any queries, please contact Macau’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention at hotline tel: (853) 2870 0800 or email: cds_cds@ssm.gov.mo.



Updated: March 19, 2020


Effective March 18, 2020, all travelers from overseas countries and BLUE CARD HOLDERS will be prohibited from entering Macao, starting from March 19, 2020. The ban will not cover Macao residents and residents of mainland China, of Hong Kong, and Taiwan.



Updated: March 24, 2020


Effective March 25, 2020, the following entry restrictions are in force:


  • All residents of Mainland China, the Hong Kong SAR, and the region of Taiwan who have visited countries or regions outside of China during the last 14 days prior to its intended entry are prohibited from entering the Macau SAR;
  • All Transit/Transfers via Macau International Airport are suspended until further notice.
  • Additional measures in force also in effect:
  • All Macau SAR Residents (BIR holders) that have been in the Hong Kong SAR and the region of Taiwan or any other county during the 14 days prior to its entry will be quarantined in a designated hotel upon entering Macau SAR.
  • All foreign visitors that have been in Mainland China, the Hong Kong SAR or the region of Taiwan or any other county during the 14 days prior to its intended entry are prohibited from entering Macau SAR.
  • All residents of Mainland China, the Hong Kong SAR, and the region of Taiwan who have been in Hong Kong SAR or the region of Taiwan for the past 14 days will be quarantined in a designated hotel upon entering Macau SAR.
  • All residents of Mainland China, the Hong Kong SAR, and the region of Taiwan who have not been in Hong Kong SAR, the region of Taiwan or any foreign country for the past 14 days but arrive from high risk areas will be requested to attend mandatory medical tests upon entering Macau SAR.
  • Non-Resident workers (Blue Cards) are not allowed to enter Macau SAR.

Implementation Date: February 3, 2020 / Updated: March 19, 2020 

Effective March 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM New Zealand Time:

1. Travel restrictions remain in place for people arriving from or who have been in mainland China and Iran over the prior 14 days. This includes transit passengers.

2. Travelers coming from all countries, except parts of the Pacific*, mainland China and Iran, shall be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in New Zealand.

*In practice, this means travelers arriving from these seventeen countries are not required to self-isolate upon arrival in New Zealand unless they are showing symptoms of Covid-19: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Tokelau, Wallis and Futuna

3. All travelers coming from exempted parts of the Pacific will be expected to self-isolate if they show symptoms within 14 days of arrival.

4. There will be enhanced health screening at the border on arrival, and at departure ports overseas before people board planes to New Zealand.

5. There will be temperature and symptom checks at the border for travelers going to the Pacific. It is not recommended people travel to the Pacific if:
  • They travelled outside of New Zealand in the past 14 days,
  • Are a close or casual contact of a confirmed case, or
  • Are symptomatic.


6. Effective March 16, 2020 at 01:00 AM New Zealand Time,  all arriving passengers in New Zealand will be given a health registration form that they must complete before processing through arrivals. Health officials will then speak to each passenger (or group of passengers) to give them advice on self-isolation.

7. Departing passengers to the Pacific Islands will require health / temperature checks before departure.

• Travelers should familiarize themselves with the following websites to keep up to date with the latest information from the authoritative source:
  • the INZ website – which has information about border restrictions
  • the Ministry of Health website – which has information about who might be expected to self-isolate on arrival in New Zealand.

• Travelers can then make an informed choice about coming to New Zealand, including their ability to self-isolate on arrival in New Zealand where required. In some cases, travelers may wish to delay their travel.

• Travelers with NZeTAs should be aware that their NZeTA has a validity of two years from the date of issue. Travelers with visas should be mindful of the expiry date of their visa.


Update: March 19, 2020

The New Zealand Government has further strengthened its travel restrictions and has closed the border to almost all travellers, apart from New Zealanders. The border will be shut to overseas travellers from all over the world and applies to travellers boarding a craft that departs to travel to New Zealand from 23.59 on Thursday 19 March 2020.

  • Passengers checked-in at the departure port / point of origin by 2359 HRS New Zealand Time tonight 19 March 2020, will be allowed to cross the border.   This is the case even if the aircraft departs after this time.
  • Passengers not checked-in at the departure port / point of origin by 2359 HRS New Zealand Time tonight 19 March 2020, and are not NZ citizens or in the exception listed below, will not be allowed to cross the border

Details are in the table.

Category

Coming from or have been through in 14 days prior to travel to New Zealand

Category 1A:
Cannot travel to New Zealand

·         All countries

Category 1B:
Can travel to New Zealand but must self-isolate for 14 days

People to whom Category 1A does not apply:

  • New Zealand citizens and residence class visa holders (including passport holders and residents of Realm countries which is Niue, the Cook Islands and Tokelau),
  • The partner, legal guardian or any dependent children travelling with a New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder,
  • Australian citizens and permanent residence class visa holders ordinarily resident in New Zealand, and
  • People subject to regulation 25 of the Immigration (Visa, Entry Permission, and Related Matters) Regulations 2010, which includes air and marine crew.
  • Diplomats accredited to New Zealand and currently resident in New Zealand

** self-isolation does not apply to air and marine crew

Category 2:
Can travel to New Zealand and must self-isolate for 14 days if unwell

·         No countries



  • Passengers may land at an international airport in New Zealand and transit via a domestic flight to their destination to self-isolate.
  • Passengers who are entitled to travel to New Zealand are able to transit (to a third country including the Pacific), providing their destination allows them to enter that country of destination.
  • This restriction does not apply to:
    • New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and residents with valid travel conditions, and their immediate family
    • Australian citizens and permanent residents are also able to travel to New Zealand, where New Zealand is their primary place of established residence
    • Diplomats accredited to New Zealand and currently resident in New Zealand
  • Case-by-case exceptions may also be granted by an immigration officer, for example for humanitarian reasons, essential health workers, citizens of Samoa or Tonga for essential to travel to New Zealand, or to allow the partner or dependent of a temporary work or student visa holder who ordinarily lives in New Zealand to join their family here.
    • are not able to meet this deadline, please contact Immigration Border Operations.  


Updated: March 24, 2020


Clarifications for transit passengers:

  • Transit window 1 until March 24, 2020, 1500hrs (New Zealand time): Transit between Pacific or South American destinations via NZ to Australia is allowed.
  • Transit window 2 until March 29, 2020: Transit via NZ for US and Canadian nationals in Australia on the way to US or Canada is allowed. Also, it is allowed for all other nationals to travel from Pacific countries, transit via NZ, and to their home countries (but not via Australia).
  • Any traveler using these transit windows must comply with several Ministry of Health requirements, which must be met and passed to IBO for manual override of the Border Closed directive. On this, IATA, in coordination with BARNZ, is currently clarifying the requirements and airlines’ responsibilities.


Updated: March 25, 2020

The New Zealand Prime Minister announced that the COVID-19 alert will be moved to Level 4 from 2359 hours on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

  • Visitors and tourists can still use international air services to travel home.
  • Domestic air transport can be used to proceed to an international airport if returning home (i.e. repatriation).
  • Non-essential workers are allowed to use domestic air travel to return home before 2359 hours Wednesday 25 March 2020.
  • Travellers returning from overseas can catch a domestic flight after 2359 hours Wednesday 25 March 2020 to return home.


Updated: March 26, 2020

Requirements for incoming passengers

All incoming passengers (nationals of New Zealand, permanent residents and residents with valid travel conditions and their immediate family, diplomats accredited to New Zealand and currently resident in New Zealand) will be subject to self-isolation for 14 days.


Updated: April 1, 2020

On top of the requirement for all people entering New Zealand to self-isolate for 14 days, the following additional guidelines will be implemented:

From Thursday March 26, 2020 0200 NZDT, every passenger entering New Zealand is being screened on arrival. 

1. If a passenger has symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival, he/she will be tested and placed in an approved quarantine facility for 14 days and will need to remain there even until the test result is negative. Hospital care will be arranged, if required.

2. If a passenger appeared healthy on arrival but did not have suitable transport arranged or do not have suitable accommodation for self-isolation, he/she will be placed in accommodation, which has been approved for isolation for 14 days. 


Implementation Date: February 20, 2020 / Updated: March 12, 2020 

1. All travellers shall fill out a Special Health Declaration Card in-flight or upon arrival in Samoa.

2. All travellers, including returning residents of American Samoa that are entering Samoa are now required to undergo medical examination by a Registered Medical Practitioner within 3 days before arrival. A medical clearance report is required for check-in prior to issuing of boarding passes.

3. All travellers entering Samoa, including Samoan passport holders who are permanent residents of American Samoa, are now required to have medical examination within 3 days before entering. This requirement should be signed by the attending physician and counter-signed by the Motusa Tuileama Nua, Director of Public Health, American Samoa.

  • All Samoan nationals and Permanent Residents of Samoa travelling to American Samoa are required to have a medical examination within 3 days before entering with proof of MMR/MR vaccination. In the event that their travel is less than 3 days, medical examination issued in Samoa will suffice for their return.

4. Travellers and crew arriving in Samoa shall undergo compulsory screening at all ports of entry. All are required to comply and present additional documents when asked.

5. All travellers originating from or transiting through the following countries must spend at least 14 days in self-quarantine, including being tested for COVID-19 at the country of last entry and must undergo medical clearance within 3 days prior to entry in Samoa (this must be their final stop before travelling to Samoa):

  • Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Kuwait, Taiwan, Germany, Spain, France, Bahrain 


6. Travellers who arrive within the 14-day period will be returned to the country of last entry prior to arrival in Samoa:

7. All chartered flights and cruise ships intended for Samoa will not be granted entry into Samoa until further notice.

Implementation Date: March 02, 2020


Passengers who have been in Cambodia, mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Korea (Rep.), Lao People's Dem. Rep., Macao, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand or Vietnam in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter the Cook Islands.


Implementation Date: February 4, 2020 to March 1, 2020

The US Department of Homeland Security has issued the following directives:

1. A passenger who has been present in Iran and the People’s Republic of China, excluding Hong Kong and Macau, within the past 14 days of their date of departure from the Philippines is not allowed to board a flight to the United States. 

2. Exempted from this rule are: Passengers who are U.S. Citizens, flight crew members, lawful residents in the U.S., holders of Permanent Resident Card or Letter of Parole, any alien (defined by A to J below) seeking entry into or transiting the U.S. or who have originated in, transferred from, or transited through Iran or the People's Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), and are entering the U.S. thru the following airports ONLY: LAX, SFO, HNL, JFK.

  • FDD Any alien who is the spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States. Example of documentation: Passport or other information-identifying individual as related to minor child with a US. Passport; IR- visa package.

  • Any alien who is the parent or legal guardian of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States, provided that the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident is unmarried and under the age of twenty-one. Example of documentation: Passport or other information-identifying individual as related to minor child with a US. passport; IR-visa package. 

  • Any alien who is the sibling of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States, provided that both are unmarried and under the age of twenty-one. Example of documentation: Passport or other information-identifying individual as related to minor child with a US. passport; IR-visa package. 

  • Any alien who is the child, foster child, or ward of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States, or who is a prospective adoptee who is seeking to enter the United States pursuant to the IR-4 or IH-4 visa classifications. Example of documentation: Passport or other information identifying individual as related to minor child with a US. passport; IR- visa package. 

  • Any alien traveling at the invitation of the United States Government for the purpose related to containment or mitigation of the virus. Example of documentation: Letter of invitation on letterhead from the CDC. 

  • Any alien traveling as a nonimmigrant under section 101(a)(15)(C) or (D) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(C) or (D), as a crewmember or any alien otherwise traveling to the United States as air or sea crew. Example of documentation: Visa documentation contained in passport. 

  • Any alien seeking entry into or transiting the United States pursuant to an A-1, A- 2, C2, C-3 (as a foreign government official or immediate family member of an official), G1, G-2, G3, G4, NATO-1 through NATO-4, or NATO-6 visa. Example of documentation: Visa documentation contained in passport. 

  • Any alien whose entry would not pose a significant risk of introducing, transmitting, or spreading the virus, as documented by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or his designee. Example of documentation: Written documentation from CDC.

  • Any alien whose entry would further important United States law enforcement objectives, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees based on a recommendation of the Attorney General or his designee. Example of documentation: Designated point of contact to verify basis of travel. 

  • Any alien whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their designees. Example of documentation: Standard process for verifying the admissibility of a passengers regarding status for entry into the United States. 


3. Aliens exempted who have been present in Iran and/or the People’s Republic of China  and who are seeking to enter the United States at an international airport must possess a valid passport and valid visa or other permissible travel authorization, and one of the following: 

  • An I-551 (Green Card);
  • An A-1, A-2, C-2, C-3, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO-1 through NATO-4, or NATO-6 visa;
  • A C-1, D, or C-1/D visa;
  • An advance parole document;
  • Documentation evidencing that the alien is traveling at the invitation of the United States Government for a purpose related to containment or mitigation of the virus;
  • Other documentation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or U.S. Department of State indicating that the alien has been determined to fall within an exception identified above; or
  • For potential exceptions related to spouses, parents, siblings, or children of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States, documentary evidence of the qualifying relationship and status of the relative, along with travel documents that would ordinarily be required for the stated purpose of the alien’s travel.


4. A passenger who has not been present within PROC or Iran within the preceding 14 days is allowed to travel without restrictions. 

5. Upon check-in, passengers must accomplish and submit a Public Health Declaration Form to complete the check-in process for flights to the U.S.A. as per U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requirement. Rest assured that all information required will be used only in accordance with applicable laws.


Updated: March 14, 2020


Effective March 14, 2020 11:59 PM Philippine Time:

1. Passengers are not allowed to board a US-bound flight if they have been present in the following countries within the past 14 days of their date of departure from the Philippines:

  • Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland

2. Exempted from this rule are passengers identified in #2 of the previous advisory (for passengers bound for the United States).

3. Persons who transit/transfer through any of the following locations stated above are considered to have been present in that location.

4. A passenger who has not been present within the locations stated above within the preceding 14 days is allowed to travel without restrictions. 


Updated: March 18, 2020 (For passengers bound for Guam)

Effective March 19, 2020 at 12:01 AM Guam Time:

1. All persons who are non-residents* who have been in a country with confirmed COVID-19 cases for more than 1 week and do not possess a Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) recognized document certifying that they are COVID-19-free shall be restricted entry into Guam.

2. The date of the test must not be more than 1 week from the date of attempted entry into Guam.

3. Any individual who enters into Guam without the proper documentation shall be quarantined, with costs shouldered by the individual.

*non-residents refer to any person coming into Guam and plans to stay for a short period of time, with no family ties, no student or work visa, or permit.


Updated: March 19, 202
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All travelers seeking entry into Guam who have been in jurisdictions affected by COVID-19 will be subject to a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days.

The mandatory will be applied unless the traveler possesses a DPHSS recognized and certified document that attests the traveler is not infected with COVID-19. The certificate must show that the test was taken 72 hours of the traveler’s arrival on Guam. Returning residents who have significant ties to the community may be allowed to voluntary self-quarantine in their homes for minimum period of 14 days.

For Filipino Travelers:

  • All passengers seeking entry into Guam from Manila, Philippines will be subject to a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days. 
  • The mandatory will be applied unless the traveler possesses a DPHSS recognized and certified document that attests the traveler is not infected with COVID-19. The certificate must show that the test was taken 72 hours of the traveler’s arrival on Guam.



Updated: March 23, 2020


Effective March 26, 2020, 12:01AM, all individuals, both residents and visitors, arriving or returning to the State of Hawaiʻi are required to undergo a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The mandate applies to all arrivals at state airports from the continental U.S. and international destinations and extends to other private and commercial aircraft.

All visitors and residents arriving through Hawaiʻi’s airports will be required to complete a Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture form that will be distributed onboard their flight. They will retain the form when disembarking the aircraft. Upon arrival, they will go through a checkpoint and present the completed form with a valid identification. Checkpoint staff will validate the form and issue documentation that certifies they cleared the checkpoint. The form also includes information on the mandatory requirements for the 14-day quarantine along with penalties.

Failure to follow this order is a misdemeanor and punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000, or imprisonment of not more than one year, or both.  Enforcement will be handled by each of Hawaiʻi’s four counties.


Updated: March 25, 2020

State of Hawaii Policy and Procedures for Arriving Passengers During the 14-Day Mandatory Self-Quarantine

Effective March 26, 2020 through April 30, 2020 unless extended

a. Prior to boarding, passengers are advised to present a pictured Government Identification Card that will be required during the deplaning process. Passengers arriving through Hawaiʻi’s airports will be required to complete the “State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture Plants and Animals Declaration Form” that will be distributed onboard their flight.

b. All deplaning passengers will be required to keep the Agricultural Forms and hand their forms along with a pictured Government Identification Card to the AGENT prior to entering the loading bridge or hold room (The essential items will be the Passenger Information, Lodging or Residential Information, duration of stay and contact phone number during the stay in Hawaii).

c. Once the information on the form is confirmed, the AGENT will provide the passenger with Department of Health Info and Order for Self-Quarantine flyer.

d. International Passengers will be required to fill out the “State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture Plants and Animals Declaration Form.” They will follow the same procedures as outlined in (b).

e. All Inter-Island passengers will be exempt from all 14-day Mandatory Self-Quarantine protocols.


Updated: April 1, 2020

Advisory from the Governor of Guam:

Effective March 31, 2020, 0000 Hrs Guam Local Time, all passengers regarding of place of origin or transit are subject to a 14-day quarantine at a government-designated facility upon entry to Guam. The quarantine will be applied unless the traveler possesses a healthcare recognized and certified document which attests that he or she is not infected with COVID-19 within the last 72 hours. These guidelines are subject to revision.



Updated: March 15, 2020

 

Short-term Visitors

Returning Residents (SCs and PRs) and Long-Term Pass Holders (other than Work Pass Holders) of Singapore

Returning Work Pass Holders1 (including dependents)

Passengers with travel history2 to the following countries in the last 14 days:
-Mainland China
-Iran
-Northern Italy
-Whole of Italy, France, Spain and Germany with effect starting Mar 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM
-Republic of Korea

Not allowed to enter or transit through Singapore

Will be issued a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon entry to Singapore, except passengers with travel history to Hubei province, who will be issued a Quarantine Order (QO), upon entry to Singapore.

Will be required to show the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) approval letter to airline staff upon check-in at the point of departure, and at the Singapore Immigrations and Checkpoint Authority ( ICA) checkpoint upon arrival in Singapore, to gain entry into Singapore.

Upon entry, they will be issued a 14-day SHN, except for passengers with travel history to Hubei province, who will be issued a QO.

Starting March 16, 2020 at 11:59 PM:

Passengers with  travel history to the following countries in the last 14 days:
-ASEAN countries3
-Japan
-Switzeland
-United Kingdom

Will be issued a 14-day SHN upon entry to Singapore.

Allowed to transit through Singapore. SHN will not apply for those who are transiting inSingapore without leaving the airport transit area.

Will be issued a 14-day SHN upon entry to Singapore.

Will be required to show the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) approval letter to airline staff upon check-in at the point of departure, and at the ICA checkpoint upon arrival in Singapore, to gain entry into Singapore.

Upon entry, they will be issued a 14-day SHN.

Starting March 16, 2020 at 11:59 PM:

Nationals of any ASEAN countries

Required to have Ministry of Health's (MOH) approval for entry to Singapore and will be issued a 14-day SHN upon entry.

Allowed to transit through Singapore. MOH's approval and SHN will not apply for those who are transiting in Singapore without leaving the airport transit area.

Will be issued a 14-day SHN upon entry to Singapore.

Will be required to show the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) approval letter to airline staff upon check-in at the point of departure, and at the ICA checkpoint upon arrival in Singapore, to gain entry into Singapore.

Upon entry, they will be issued a 14-day SHN.

Starting March 16, 2020 at 11:59 PM:

Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs), regardless of travel history

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Will be required to show the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) approval letter4 to airline staff upon check-in at the point of departure, and at the ICA checkpoint upon arrival in Singapore, to gain entry into Singapore.

Upon entry, they will be issued a 14-day SHN.

From February 19, 2020 to March 29, 2020:

Passengers and crew members who were on the Princess Diamond Cruise Ship

Not allowed to enter or transit through Singapore

Will be issued a QO upon entry into Singapore.

Will be required to show the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) approval letter to airline staff upon check-in at the point of departure, and at the ICA checkpoint upon arrival in Singapore, to gain entry into Singapore. Upon entry, they will be issued a QO.

Notes:
1Refers to holders any of the following passes issued by MOM: Employment Pass, EntrePass, Personalised Employment Pass, S Pass, Work Permit, Training Employment Pass, Work Holiday Pass, Dependant’s Pass, Long Term Visit Pass.
2A passenger is considered having travel history to a country, if he/she has entered the country, or has transited through that country in the last 14 days.
3ASEAN countries besides Singapore: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam.
4The entry approval requirement will apply to new FDWs [with an In-Principle Approval letter from MOM] and existing FDWs [with a valid Work Permit (Domestic sector) pass issued by MOM] travelling to Singapore from any country


The Singapore Infectious Diseases Act requires persons to act responsibly. If you become unwell with fever or respiratory symptoms during your stay in Singapore, you are advised to see a doctor at any medical clinic.


For more information, please click here: 
www.mom.gov.sg (Ministry of Manpower website)
www.moh.gov.sg (Ministry of Health website)
www.go.gov.sg/wuhancoronavirus (Singapore Government website) 


Updated: March 19, 2020


Category

 Starting March 20, 2020, 2359h:

Short-term Visitors

Returning Residents (SCs and PRs) and Long-Term Pass Holders (other than Work Pass Holders) of Singapore

Returning Work Pass Holders2 [including dependents and foreign domestic workers(FDWs)3]:

 A

All passengers, except those with travel history to:

 • Mainland China                   

• France

• Germany

• Iran

• Italy

• Republic of Korea

• Spain within the last 14 days

Entry:
- Allowed, but must provide proof of the place1 where they will serve the 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN)
- Issued SHN upon entry

Transit:
- Allowed
- No SHN issued for those who remain in airport transit area

Will be issued SHN
- Except for those with travel history to Hubei province, who will be issued a Quarantine Order (QO)

Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) approval letter is required for entry

 B Passengers with travel history4 to:
• Mainland China
• France
• Germany
• Iran
• Italy
• Republic of Korea
• Spain within the last 14 days

Entry: Not allowed
Transit: Not allowed

Will be issued SHN
- Except for those with travel history to Hubei province, who will be issued a Quarantine Order (QO)

Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) approval letter is required for entry

 C

Nationals of any ASEAN countries (other than Singapore)5, regardless of travel history

Entry:
- Allowed, but Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) approval letter is required
-Issued SHN upon entry

Transit:
- Allowed; MOH approval letter not required
- No SHN issued for those who remain in airport transit area

Will be issued SHN
- Except for those with travel history to Hubei province, who will be issued a Quarantine Order (QO)

Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) approval letter is required for entry

 D

PRC passport holders (other than those issued in Hubei province) Iranian passport holders

Entry: Not allowed, due to suspension of visa facilities.

Transit: Allowed, if no travel history to countries listed in [row B] within last 14 days, and they remain in airport transit area

 Will be issued SHN

- Except for those with travel history to Hubei province, who will be issued a Quarantine Order (QO)

Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) approval letter is required for entry

 E

PRC passport holders (passports issued in Hubei province)

Entry: Not allowed

Transit: Not allowed

Will be issued SHN
- Except for those with travel history to Hubei province, who will be issued a Quarantine Order (QO)

Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) approval letter is required for entry


1For example, a hotel booking covering the entire period, or a place of residence they or their family members own.
2Refers to holders of any of the following passes issued by MOM: Employment Pass, EntrePass, Personalised Employment Pass, S Pass, Work Permit, Training Employment Pass, Work Holiday Pass, Dependant’s Pass, Long Term Visit Pass.
3Includes new FDWs with an In-Principle Approval letter from MOM, and existing FDWs with a valid Work Permit (Domestic sector) pass issued by MOM travelling to Singapore from any country.
4A passenger is considered having travel history to a country, if he/she has entered the country or has transited through that country, in the last 14 days 
5Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam.


Notes:
1. A passenger is considered having travel history to a country, if he/she has entered the country or has transited through that country, in the last 14 days.

2. All short-term visitors, who are nationals of any ASEAN country (except Singapore), will have to submit requisite information on their health to the Singapore Overseas Mission in the country they are resident before their intended date of travel. The submission will have to be approved by MOH before travel to Singapore, and the approval will be verified by the ICA officers at the Singapore checkpoints. Short-term visitors, who arrive in Singapore without the necessary approval from MOH, will be denied entry into Singapore.

3. Persons under SHN will have to remain in their place of residence at all times for 14 days after entering Singapore.

4. Short-term visitors who arrive in Singapore without the necessary approval, or proof of the place where they will serve the 14-day SHN (for example a hotel booking covering the entire period, or a place of residence they or their family members own), or do not meet the prevailing entry requirements, will be denied entry into Singapore.

5. All travellers entering Singapore and exhibiting fever and/or other symptoms of respiratory illness are required to undergo a COVID-19 swab test at the checkpoints, regardless of travel history. Such travellers will also be issued a 14-day SHN, which they will have to serve in full even if the result of the swab test is negative. Those who meet the clinical suspect case definition will be conveyed to the hospital for follow-up.

6. Short-term visitors, who refuse to undergo the COVID-19 swab test, will be denied entry into Singapore. Permanent Residents and long-term pass holders, who refuse testing, may have their immigration facilities and work pass privileges revoked, or the validity shortened. All travellers, including Singapore Citizens, who do not comply with the testing or who cannot be contacted after the test, may face penalties and can be prosecuted under the Infectious Diseases Act.


The Singapore Infectious Diseases Act requires persons to act responsibly. If you become unwell with fever or respiratory symptoms during your stay in Singapore, you are advised to see a doctor at any medical clinic.

For more information, please click here: 
www.mom.gov.sg (Ministry of Manpower website)
www.moh.gov.sg (Ministry of Health website)
www.go.gov.sg/wuhancoronavirus (Singapore Government website) 


Updated: March 22, 2020

ADDITIONAL MEASURES FOR TRAVELLERS TO REDUCE FURTHER IMPORTATION OF COVID-19 CASES INTO SINGAPORE


In view of the heightened risk of importation of COVID-19 cases into Singapore, additional border control measures will be implemented.

1. From March 23, 2359 hours, all short-term term visitors (from anywhere in the world) will not be allowed to enter Singapore or transit through Singapore. Furthermore, the Ministry of Manpower will only allow the entry/ return of work pass holders1, including their dependents, for those providing essential services, such as in healthcare and transport.

2. As previously announced, all Singaporean Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long-Term Pass holders2 returning to Singapore will be issued a 14-day SHN.3

3. Singapore’s border control measures in relation to COVID-19 are summarized in the table below:

Travel History in Countries/Regions

For Singapore Residents and Long-Term Pass Holders

For Short-term Visitors

Hubei province (mainland China)

14-day quarantine

Not allowed entry or transit

All other countries/regions

14-day SHN


1Refers to holders of any of the following passes issued by MOM: Employment Pass, EntrePass, Personalised Employment Pass, S Pass, Work Permit, Training Employment Pass, Work Holiday Pass, Dependent’s Pass, Long Term Visit Pass. Currently, all work pass holders and their dependents planning to enter/return to Singapore from any country are required to obtain MOM’s approval before they can commence their journey.
2Long Term Pass holders include work passes, Student’s Pass, Dependent’s Pass, and Long-term Visit Pass.
3The SHN will not apply to Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long-Term Pass holders transiting in Singapore without leaving the transit area.

4. The requirement for those who exhibit fever and/or other symptoms of respiratory illness to undergo a COVID-19 swab test at the checkpoints, will continue to apply. Singapore Permanent Residents and Long-Term Pass holders, who refuse testing, may have their immigration facilities and work pass privileges revoked, or the validity shortened. All travelers, including Singapore Citizens, who do not comply with the testing or who cannot be contacted after the test, may face penalties and can be prosecuted under the Infectious Diseases Act.

5. All airlines must ensure full compliance with the measures in force, including screening of passengers’ recent travel history and the necessary approval letters where applicable, at the point of departure for all flights to Singapore.

6. Existing Not-To-Land (NTL) policies and procedures will apply for passengers who are denied entry into Singapore or transit through Singapore.



Updated: March 24, 2020

Compulsory Submission of Health Declaration via SG Arrival Card e-Service by All Travelers Entering Singapore

1. From March 27, 2020, 0900 hours, all travelers entering Singapore, including Singapore Citizens (SC), Permanent Residents (PR), and Long-Term Pass (LTP) holders, must submit a health declaration before proceeding with immigration clearance. They will have to do so via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service, at https://eservices.ica.gov.sg/sgarrivalcard or the mobile application that can be downloaded for free from Apple AppStore and Google Play.

2. All travelers can submit their health declaration up to three (3) days prior to their arrival in Singapore. However, they must re-submit their health declaration if there are changes to their health condition or travel history before arriving in Singapore. Those who make false declarations will be prosecuted under the Infectious Diseases Act. Travelers who have not submitted their health declaration electronically before arriving in Singapore will be required to do so upon arrival at the checkpoint, which could delay their immigration clearance.

3. With the introduction of the SGAC e-Service, the paper-based embarkation/ disembarkation card will be discontinued. As such, all airlines operating into Singapore can stop distributing these cards for all flights with scheduled time of arrival into Singapore on or after March 27, 2020, 0900 hours (STA).



Updated: March 25, 2020

All short-term visitors (from anywhere in the world) will not be allowed to enter Singapore or transit through Singapore. Work pass holders*, including their dependents, without an approval letter from the Ministry of Manpower will also not be allowed to enter Singapore. 

*For reference, work pass holders refer to those with any of the following passes issued by MOM: Employment Pass, Entry Pass, Personalized Employment Pass, S Pass, Work Permit, Training Employment Pass, Work Holiday Pass, Dependent’s Pass, Long Term Visit Pass.

Effective immediately, all ICA Long-Term Passes (i.e. LTVP and STP**) IPA (In-Principle Approval) has been suspended. The ICA LTP IPA-holder is required to have a valid Approval Letter of Entry (ALE) issued by ICA on/or after 25 Mar 2020 to seek entry into Singapore. Those with ALE approved before 25 Mar 2020 will be refused entry.
 
**LTVP refers to Long-term Visit Pass, STP refers to Student’s Pass



Updated: April 1, 2020

Effective March 28, 2020, Long term pass visit pass holders (including those who have been granted in-principle approval) and student pass holders must obtain approval from the Government before entering Singapore from 11.59pm on Sunday (March 29) with details below:

1. The said passengers are required to show a letter of approval upon check-in, before boarding the plane, and at the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority’s (ICA) checkpoint upon arrival in Singapore. The said passengers may use an electronic copy but are strongly advised to also have a printed copy of the letter for contingency purposes. If the said passengers arrive in Singapore without this letter, they will not be allowed to enter Singapore and their pass may be revoked immediately.   

2. The said passengers must submit a health and travel declaration using the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service up to three (3) days before entry into Singapore. Anyone who makes a false or misleading declaration will be liable to prosecution under the Infectious Diseases Act. 

3. Upon arrival in Singapore, the said passengers may be required to undergo a COVID-19 swab test at the checkpoint. If the said passengers refuse to undergo the swab test when required, they may not be allowed entry into Singapore.

4. The said passengers may also be placed on a 14-day Quarantine Order (QO)2 or Stay-Home Notice (SHN)3, according to prevailing health measures of the Ministry of Health and be required to comply with its requirements. Failure to comply may result to prosecution for an offense under the Infectious Diseases Act and disciplinary action, including suspension or dismissal. This may also include the cancellation of pass/in-principle approval


Implementation Date: February 5, 2020 / Updated March 19, 2020

Effective March 8, 2020 at 12:00 MN Indonesian Local Time, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has implemented the following measures

1. Travelers, except Indonesian citizens, who are arriving from mainland China and have been there for 14 days are temporarily not permitted to enter and transit in Indonesia. 

2. PRC passport-holders who have stayed more than 14 days outside Mainland China shall be granted a visa-on-arrival.

3. Passengers, except nationals and residents of Indonesia, who have been to specific places in Iran, Italy, and South Korea within the last 14 days shall not be allowed to transit through or enter Indonesia:

  • Iran: Tehran, Qom, Gilan
  • Italy: Lombardi, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Marche, Piedmont
  • South Korea: Daegu, Province of Gyeongsakbuk-do


4. Passengers who have travelled to Iran, Italy, and South Korea outside of the infected areas shall be required to present a valid health certificate issued by the health authority of Iran, Italy, or South Korea upon check-in or arrival in Indonesia. The health certificate must be issued up to a maximum of 7 days before intended date of travel, indicating that the passenger is free of respiratory infection, cough, and colds. Iranians traveling to Indonesia must have the appropriate visa on their passport.

5. Passengers who have travelled to Iran, Italy, and South Korea outside of the infected areas shall be required to present a valid health certificate issued by the health authority of Iran, Italy, or South Korea upon check-in or arrival in Indonesia. The health certificate must be issued up to a maximum of 7 days before intended date of travel, indicating that the passenger is free of respiratory infection, cough, and colds. 

6. All health cards are to be filled up on board the flight. Any false information written by the passenger will be reprimanded or will be subject to penalties.

7. All Indonesian passport holders who have traveled in Iran, Italy, and South Korea especially in the infected areas will be subject to an additional health check by the Port Health Office.


Updated: March 19, 2020


Effective March 20, 2020 at 12:00MN Western Indonesia Time:

1. Indonesian citizens are advised to restrict non-essential outbound travels.

2. Indonesian citizens currently traveling abroad are advised to return to Indonesia at the earliest possible time to avoid further travel disruptions.

3. All Indonesian citizens are requested to closely monitor information available through the Safe Travel Application or contact the hotline of the nearest Indonesian Mission.

4. The Indonesian government has suspended its visa exemption policy for short-stay visit, visa-on-arrival and diplomatic/service visa-free facilities for all countries, for a period of 1 month.

5. All non-Indonesians/travelers who wish to visit Indonesia must obtain a visa from Indonesian missions in accordance with the purpose of their visit. Upon application, applicants must provide a health certificate issued by relevant health authorities from their respective countries. 

6. In addition, a number of country-specific policies are as follows:

a. Measure for visitors from China remain in effect, in accordance with the Statement of the Minister for Foreign Affairs on February 02, 2020 (here) and the Regulation of the Minister of Law and Human Rights No. 7 of 2020 (here).

b. Second, measures for visitors from South Korea, Daegu City and Gyeongsangbuk-do Province remain in effect, in accordance with the Statement of the Minister for Foreign Affairs on March 05, 2020 (here). 


c. Third, prohibition of entry or transit to Indonesia for visitors/travelers who have travelled to the following countries, in the last 14 days: Iran, Italy, The Vatican, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

d. All travelers must complete and submit a Health Alert Card to the Port Health Authority upon arrival at Indonesian airports.
 

e. Should the travel history indicate that a person has travelled to the countries above in the last 14 days, such person may be denied entry to Indonesia.

f. For Indonesian citizens who have travelled to the countries above, an additional screening shall be carried out by the Port Health Authority upon arrival:

i. If the additional screening shows initial symptoms of COVID-19, a 14-day observation in a government facility will be applied;

ii. If no initial symptom is found, a 14-day self-quarantine will be strongly recommended.


7. The extension of Short Visit Pass for foreign travelers who are currently in Indonesia and have expired, shall be conducted in accordance with the Regulation of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights No. 7 of 2020.

8. The extension of Residence Permit for holders of Temporary Stay Permit Card (KITAS)/ Permanent Stay Permit Card (KITAP) and holders of Diplomatic Visa and Service Visa who are currently overseas and will expire, shall be conducted in accordance with the Regulation of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights No. 7 of 2020.



Updated: March 20, 2020

Effective March 20, 2020, all non-Indonesians who arrive in Indonesia without Indonesia Visa or valid KITAS or KITAP holder will be rejected to enter. In such case, carriers will be fined per flight due to passenger landing without Indonesia Visa (UU No. 6 Year 2011).

Implementation Date: February 2, 2020 / Updated: February 16, 2020

1. All non-Korean visitors who have been in the Hubei province in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter Korea.

2. Nationals of China with a passport issued in the Hubei province are not allowed to enter Korea.

3. Korean Visas issued by the Wuhan consulate in the Hubei province are invalidated.

4. CJU (Jeju Island) temporally suspends visa-free travel for all non-Korean visitors.

5. Nationals of China who departed from 3rd country except China will be allowed to transfer via Korea to China or 3rd Country effective from February 17, 2020, 12:00 MN Local Time.

6. If Nationals of Singapore, Thai, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Japan have symptoms such as fever or respiratory symptoms, they must submit ‘Health Quarantine Form’ upon arrival at Korea.

7. The entry of all passengers arriving from China, Hong Kong and Macau can be restricted when their contact number (personal mobile phone number reachable at all times) is not verified when going through immigration process. In line with this, all passengers arriving from China, Hong Kong and Macau should download the up-to-date version of ‘corona virus self-check application’ to their smart phones at the airport and should record whether they have developed any symptoms on the application everyday for 14 days after the day of entry to Korea. Those who do not have smart phones can enter to Korea after providing their contact number but they may receive a call from the Korea Centers for Disease Control. If they fail to receive the call, measures may be taken to identify their location.


Other reminders for passengers bound for Busan (PUS):

1. All passengers from Manila do not need to present health questionnaire to quarantine until further notice. However, only passengers who have high fever or diarrhea, abdominal pain symptoms must to be advised to inform to PUS quarantine officers.

2. All passengers departing and transferring from China starting January 28, 2020 must submit a health questionnaire to quarantine. Upon arrival, all passengers go through thermal body scanning and are advised to report to quarantine in case of suspicious symptoms. 


Updated and Implementation Date: February 28, 2020 (For passengers from the Philippines bound for Korea)

The Philippine government has implemented a total ban on Filipino citizens traveling to any parts of South Korea (including Jeju Island), except Permanent Residents (PR) of South Korea, Students, and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Filipinos who fall under these exemptions shall execute and sign a declaration signifying their knowledge and understanding of the risks involved prior to their travel.


Updated: March 04, 2020     

Effective March 4, 2020, the Philippine government has announced:

1. The partial lifting of the travel ban for Filipinos to South Korea, except for those traveling to North Gyeongsang Province, Daegu, and Cheongdo. Filipinos who wish to travel to the Republic of Korea shall execute and sign a declaration signifying their knowledge and understanding of the risks involved prior to their travel.

2. Dependents of Filipinos who are permanent resident visa holders in the Republic of Korea shall also be allowed to travel to ensure that families remain intact during the outbreak.


Updated: March 08, 2020

1. Starting March 09, 2020 at 12:00 MN Korean Time, the Korean government announced the temporary suspension of the visa waiver program for Japanese citizens. Japanese citizens who do not have Korean visas issued after March 09, 2020 cannot enter South Korea.

2. All visas issued by the South Korean diplomatic missions in Japan before March 09, 2020 at 12:00 MN Korean Time are suspended and considered invalid. Visa validity shall be verified through the passenger pre-checking system (IPC) response (except in cases where a valid foreigner registration, including permanent residency, or registration of residence is registered in South Korea).

3. Transfer is possible for passengers who do not enter South Korea and leave for a third country via the transit zone.


Updated: March 16, 2020


1. All passengers from European countries (including passengers transferring in third countries) must submit a health questionnaire to quarantine upon arrival in South Korea.

2. The entry of above passengers can be restricted when their number (personal mobile phone number reachable at all times) is not verified when going through the immigration process.

3. These passengers must download the up-to-date version of ‘corona virus self-check application’ on their smart phones at the airport and should record whether they have developed any symptoms on the application everyday for 14 days after the day of entry to Korea. Those who do not have smart phones can enter to Korea after providing their contact number but they may receive a call from the Korea Centers for Disease Control. If they fail to receive the call, measures may be taken to identify their location.



Updated: March 23, 2020

Effective March 20, 2020, the Korean government announced the temporary suspension of visa waiver agreement for diplomatic and official passport holders between Korea-Indonesia.


          1) Passengers who hold diplomat/official(service) passport must present the Visa.

          2) Visa waiver remains for Crews and Seamans.



Updated: March 24, 2020

  • Effective March 22, 2020, 00:00hrs, all passengers (including Korean nationals) from Europe are subject to COVID-19 tests upon arrival. The tests will be undertaken at designated facilities (two separate places for those who have symptoms and those who don’t).
  • Those whose test results are positive will be sent to a hospital or a clinic, while those with negative results will be required to do self-quarantine at home for 14 days (for citizens and residents) or will be put under observation (daily calls, etc.) by the authority (for foreign short-term visitors).


Updated: March 26, 2020

Arrival measures for all passengers coming from the US:

Effective March 27, 2020, 00:00hrs (Korea time), passengers arriving from the US will go through the following quarantine procedures:


  • Passengers with symptoms will be tested at the airport:
           a. If the result is positive, passengers will be sent to a hospital/clinic right away.
           b. If the result is negative, passengers will be placed under self-quarantine for 14 days.

  • Passengers without symptoms:
           a. Korean citizens and foreign residents will be placed under self-quarantine for 14 days.
           b. Foreign short-term visitors will be tested at designated facilities and if the result is negative, they will be put under observation (daily calls, etc.) by the authority.

  • Crew will be exempted from the test except those who have symptoms.



Updated: April 1, 2020

All passengers entering Korea are required to abide by the following procedures:

1. All passengers must submit a Special Quarantine Declaration upon arrival in South Korea with their accurate contact information (mobile number).

2. The entry of all passengers can be restricted when their contact information is not verified (not reachable) when going through the immigration process.

3. Koreans and foreigners entering Korea from Europe or the United States must install the “Self-quarantine Safety Protection App” or the “Mobile Self-diagnosis App” following the instruction given by the personnel. Korean nationals or long-term staying foreign nationals must install the "Self-quarantine Safety Protection App". The app requires an ID of the public official in charge. Short-term staying foreign nationals must install the "Mobile Self-diagnosis App."

Effective April 1, 2020 00:00 hours (KST), all travelers coming into Korea will be quarantined for two weeks regardless of nationality following the details below:


  • All incoming travelers must self-quarantine or be quarantined in a government-designated facility for two weeks. 
  • People who are subject to self-quarantine (Korean nationals and foreign nationals on long-term stay) must install the “Self-quarantine Safety Protection App” managed by the Ministry of Interior and Safety (MOIS). Those who are not subject to isolation should install “Self-diagnosis Mobile App” operated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW). 
  • Regardless of nationality, incoming travelers who have no residence in Korea or who are quarantined in state-provided facilities must pay the usage fee for the facility. 
  • For short-term staying foreign nationals, boarding pass should be issued when they provide their consent to being quarantined in government-designated facilities.


Notification of Revised Plan of Quarantine Measures on Incoming Travelers 

The following enhanced measures take effect on travelers arriving in Korea from April 1, 2020 00:00 hours KST:

  • All incoming travelers must self-quarantine or be quarantined in a government-designated facility for two weeks. 

    • People who are subject to self-quarantine must install “Self-quarantine Safety Protection App” managed by the Ministry of Interior and Safety (MOIS) and be put under strict management by MOIS and local authorities. 
    • People who are not subject to isolation should install “Self-diagnosis Mobile App” operated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) and exercise enhanced self-monitoring. 
    • Though the flight crew are exempted from self-isolation, they must install the “Self-diagnosis Mobile App”. 
    • Regardless of nationality, incoming travelers who have no residence in Korea or who are quarantined in state-provided facilities* because it’s inappropriate for them to be self-quarantined must pay the usage fee** for the facility. 
                    * Foreign nationals staying on a short-term (B-1, B-2, C-1, C-3, C-4 visa holders) and those who are not subject to self-quarantine are excluded.
 
                    ** For 14 days of quarantine, KRW 1.4 million is claimed per individual (KRW 100,000 a day) 

  • Regardless of nationality, people exhibiting symptoms must get tested for COVID-19 and quarantined in facilities while waiting for the result. 

    • If tested positive, patients are taken to hospitals or residential treatment facilities depending on the severity of infection 
    • If tested negative, 1) Korean nationals and foreign nationals on long-term stay should self-quarantine for 14 days and 2) Foreign nationals for short-term stay are quarantined in government-designated facilities for 14 days. Those who are not subject to quarantine are not isolated. 

  • Asymptomatic Korean Nationals from European region are put under self-quarantine for 14 days and must be tested for COVID-19 within three days of quarantine. 
  • Asymptomatic Korean Nationals from non-European region are put under self-quarantine for 14 days and get tested for COVID-19 only when they start to display COVID-19 related symptoms. 
  • The following guidelines apply for Asymptomatic Foreign Nationals:

1. Long-term staying visitors from European region must be tested for COVID-19 at open triage health centers outside of airport and must wait for the result at a designated facility. If tested negative, they should self-isolate for 14 days. 
2. Long-term staying visitors from non-European region must undergo self-quarantine for 14 days. When they start to show COVID-19 related symptoms, they shall get tested. 
3. Short-term staying visitors from European region are tested for COVID-19 at open triage health centers outside of airport and quarantined in government-designated facilities for 14 days. 
4. Short-term staying visitors from non-European region are quarantined in government-designated facilities for 14 days. When they start to show COVID-19 related symptoms, they shall get tested. 
5. Visitors who are not subject to quarantine (A-1, A-2, A-3 visa holders, those who hold ‘permission for exemption from self-quarantine’) must be tested for COVID-19 at open triage health centers outside of airport and should exercise enhanced self-monitoring.
6.Visitors who are not subject to quarantine:

a. A-1 (diplomats) / A-2 (official duties) / A-3 (agreement) visa holders 

b. Those who received a ‘permission for exemption from self-quarantine’ from a Korean Embassy for the following purposes: Important business purpose (making contract or investment), Academic purpose (international conference), and Visits for other official or humanitarian purposes or any other visits with acceptable reasons


*The enhanced measure continues to take effect until further notice.

Implementation Date: February 1, 2020 / Updated: March 12, 2020

The Australian Government announced on March 05, 2020 that travel restrictions will be introduced for travelers arriving from the Republic of Korea and maintained for travelers arriving from any part of mainland China or Iran.

1. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has raised its travel advisories for the following countries:

  • China – do not travel
  • Iran – do not travel
  • Daeugu, Republic of Korea – do not travel

2. Foreign nationals (excluding permanent residents of Australia) who have been in the following countries will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they have left or transited through:

  • Mainland China
  • Iran
  • Republic of Korea
  • Italy

3. Australian citizens and permanent residents of Australia will still be able to enter, as will their immediate family members (spouses, legal guardians or dependents only). They will be required to self-isolate at home for 14 days from the day they left China, Iran, the Republic of Korea, or Italy.

4. Australia will deny entry to anyone who has left or transited a country subject to travel restrictions within the previous 14 days, with the exception of:

  • Australian citizens
  • Permanent residents of Australia
  • New Zealand citizens resident in Australia
  • Immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents of Australia including spouses, minor dependents and legal guardians
  • Diplomats

5. Limited exemptions also exist for airline and maritime crew, where they have taken appropriate precautionary measures.

6. These enhanced public safety measures will apply to those seeking to enter Australia as well as those seeking to transit through Australia en route to another country.

7. These measures are temporary and will be reviewed.


For International Travelers:

1. Foreign nationals (not permanent residents of Australia) are asked not to travel to Australia at this time if:

a. You are or have been in mainland China since February 01, 2020, and you are not an Australian citizen, permanent resident of Australia, or an immediate family member (spouse, de facto partner, minor dependent or legal guardian) of an Australian citizen or permanent resident
b. You are or have been in Iran on or after March 01, 2020, and you are not an Australian citizen, permanent resident of Australia, or an immediate family member (spouse, de facto partner, minor dependent or legal guardian) of an Australian citizen or permanent resident
c. You are or have been in Republic of Korea on or after March 05, 2020, and you are not an Australian citizen, permanent resident of Australia, or an immediate family member (spouse, de facto partner, minor dependent or legal guardian) of an Australian citizen or permanent resident
d. You are or have been in Italy on or after March 11, 2020, and you are not an Australian citizen, permanent resident of Australia, or an immediate family member (spouse, de facto partner, minor dependent or legal guardian) of an Australian citizen or permanent resident

2. If you attempt to travel to Australia, either directly or indirectly, your airline will not allow you to board the flight.

3. If you do arrive in Australia, your visa may be cancelled.


Updated: March 16, 2020

1. Effective March 16, 2020 at 12:01 AM AEDST,  the Australian Government announced that all travelers entering Australia must undertake a precautionary self-isolation period for up to 14 days upon entry to Australia. 

2. This applies to any traveler entering Australia, inclusive of Australian citizens and permanent residents. 

3. Travelers who are entering Australia for less than 14 days must self-isolate for the entire duration of their stay.

4. The travel restrictions for mainland China, Iran, the Republic of Korea and Italy remain in place. 

5. All travelers will be notified of the precautionary self-isolation requirement through updated a health fact sheet. Travelers may be required to complete a form confirming that they understand they are required to complete the self-isolation period for up to 14 days. 

6. Travelers who are transiting through Australia to an international destination must remain in the airport, or self-isolate (for up to 14 days) in their accommodation, for the duration of their planned transit.

7. Travelers with existing domestic transfer booking or arrangements may complete their domestic transfer and commence their precautionary self-isolation period (of up to 14 days) at the final point of arrival.

8. While in transit, transiting travelers must remain in the airport. If they have an overnight layover, they must self-isolate in their accommodation for the duration of their transit period.


For Brisbane Airport:

1. Effective March 16, 2020, arriving passenger in Brisbane (BNE) will be provided an Information Sheet and a Queensland (QLD) Government Voluntary Self-Quarantine Form. Each passenger or traveling group shall ensure the forms are completed prior to arrival at the Primary Lane.

2. Only one Voluntary Self-Quarantine Form is required to be completed for a family group.

3. The Queensland government has imposed penalties for people failing to self-isolate.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. 

Please visit these links to get more information:
Commonwealth Department of Health
Victorian Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)
WorkSafe Victoria

For additional support, please contact the Border Operation Centre at +61 1300 368 126. For more information on the travel restrictions, please see: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/newsmedia/current-alerts/novel-coronavirus


Updated: March 19, 2020

Effective March 20, 2020, 2100 AEST, the Prime Minister of Australia announced that foreign nationals will not be allowed to enter Australia. For flights scheduled to arrive after March 20, 2020, 2100 AEDST, all passengers entering Australia must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or their immediate family. For the purposes of the measures introduced in response to COVID-19, the definition of ‘immediate family’ pertains to a member of the immediate family that Migration Regulations 1994 assists. This includes legal guardians, spouse, de facto partner, provisional partner visa holders and dependent children of a traveler eligible for entry to Australia.


However, these restrictions will not apply to flights departing Manila for Australia on March 19, 2020, if the flight departs before March 20, 2020, 2100H AEST. Only flights that land in Australia after March 20, 2020, 2100H AEST will need to comply with these travel restrictions.



Updated: March 20, 2020

The Australian Prime Minister has given approval to 36 hour transit window beginning at March 20, 2020, 2100  AEDST.

This will enable European travelers currently in New Zealand to transit via Australian airports enroute back to Europe.  

This will not be a standing exemption, but one that will enable French and other European nationals who rely on connections via Australian airports to return to Europe.

1. Effective 20 March 2020 at 2100 AEDST, all foreign nationals who do not meet the travel exemptions and are not in Australia before March 20, 2020, 2100 AEDST, will not be allowed to enter Australia. All exempt travelers will still be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the time of arrival in Australia

2. The Australian Border Force requests that all non-exempt travelers are not allowed to board. 

3. The following travelers are exempt from the travel restrictions, but will be required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time of arrival in Australia:


a. Australian citizens.
b. Permanent residents of Australia.
c. To align with New Zealand (NZ) border arrangements, exemption has been put in place for all NZ nationals who may be eligible for a Special category (subclass 444) visa on arrival, are of no character concerns and usually reside in Australia. These NZ nationals shall be permitted to travel like other permanent residents. 
d. Immediate family defined as per Regulation 1.12AA. This includes legal guardians, spouse, de facto partner and dependent child, further clarifying ‘immediate family.’
e. Air crew (airline crew are exempt from the isolation requirements if personal protective equipment (PPE) was used in accordance with their existing infection prevention work instructions and they are not symptomatic).
f. Diplomats accredited to Australia and currently resident in Australia, and their immediate family.
g. Transit rights for nationals of all Pacific Island Forum countries and Timor Leste, plus residents of New Caledonia and French Polynesia. 

h. Commissioner’s Discretion – Processes are in place to formally seek an exemption for travel, through a Commissioner’s Discretion for compelling and compassionate circumstances. 



March 21, 2020


Reiteration on the travel restriction on all non-Australian citizens and non-residents:

Effective March 20, 20201 from 2100 AEDST, non-Australian citizens and non-Australian residents will no longer be allowed to enter Australia. Persons must land in Australia by March 20, 2020, 2100 AEDST to be exempt from these travel restrictions.

The following exemptions apply:

  • Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family.

- For the purposes of the measures introduced in response to COVID-19, the definition of ‘immediate family’ in Regulation 1.12AA Member of the immediate family, of the Migration Regulations 1994 assists. For these purposes, immediate family includes legal guardians, spouse, de facto partner, provisional partner visa holders and dependent children of a traveler eligible for entry to Australia.

  • New Zealand citizens ordinarily resident in Australia (subclass 444 visa)
  • Airline crew and maritime crew, including medivac crew and general aviation crew
  • Diplomats accredited to Australia and currently resident in Australia, and their immediate family
  • Citizens of the following countries can transit through Australia to return home. These countries are:


Cook Islands

Nauru

Samoa

Fiji

New Caledonia

Solomon islands

French Polynesia

New Zealand

Timor Leste

Kiribati

Niue

Tonga

Marshall Islands

Palau

Tuvalu

Micronesia

Papua New Guinea

Vanuatu


It is important that all travelers have evidence that they meet one of the exemptions above, for example evidence of a de facto relationship.

If travelers are seeking a Commissioner’s Discretion/Exemption Request:

  • The Commissioner of the Australian Border Force (ABF) may consider an exemption in relation to the travel restrictions currently in place for:

- Foreign nationals travelling at the invitation of the Australian Commonwealth Government for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 response or whose entry would be in the national interest;

           - Critical medical services, including air ambulance and delivery of supplies, that regularly arrive into Australia from international ports;
           - Persons with critical skills (for example, medical specialists, engineers, marine pilots and crews) by exception;
           - Diplomats accredited to Australia and currently resident in Australia, and their immediate family;

- Person or any person in class of persons who, in the opinion of the Chief Medical Officer does not pose a risk of significant harm to the public health and will provide an essential service while in Australia;

           - Case-by-case exceptions may also be granted for humanitarian or compassionate reasons.

  • Exemptions must be granted prior to these travelers undertaking travel to Australia. The request for an exemption through Commissioner’s Discretion must be accompanied by the following information and sent to commissioner.discretion@abf.gov.au:

- Passenger details – name, DOB, visa type and number, passport number, Australian residential address, Australian telephone number.
- Case information - Information as to why this case should be considered for Commissioner discretion/exemption.
- Supporting statement – the request should be accompanied by a statement and evidence of how the individual meets one of the grounds for an exemption or excise of the Commissioner’s discretion listed above.



Additional messages for travelers

  • Please do not travel to Australia unless you meet an existing exemption.
  • If you arrive in Australia as a non-exempt traveller, your visa may be cancelled and you will either be returned to your home country when flights are available or placed in an alternative place of detention for a quarantine period.
  • Upon arrival in Australia, you are required to undertake a precautionary self-isolation period of 14 days.
  • You may transit domestically first, and then begin your self-isolation period of 14 days.


Implementation Date: February 2, 2020

The Japanese government decided on the following travel guidelines: 

1. Non-Japanese nationals who have stayed in Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province (effective February 13, 2020) within 14 days before their arrival in Japan or/and those who hold passports issued by the Hubei or Zhejiang (effective February 13, 2020) provincial government are refused entry to Japan.

2. All passengers entering the country are being checked through the use of thermography for the presence or absence of a fever. 

3. As of February 16, 2020, non-Japanese nationals who have boarded the vessel MS Westerdam are not permitted to land in Japan for the time being. 


Updated: March 19, 2020

The Japanese government has implemented new initiatives to strengthen quarantine measures:

1. Effective March 19, 2020 (18 March 1500Z), passengers who have been in the following country or areas in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter Japan.
      a. Iceland
      b. Italy: Regione Valle D’aosta, Regione Trentino Alto Adige, Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia, Regione Liguria
      c. Switzerland: Canton of Ticino, Half-canton of Basel-Stadt
      d. Spain: Navarra Country, Bask Country, Madrid Country, La Rioja Country

2. Effective March 21, 2020 (20 March 1500Z) until end of April 2020, passengers originating from member states of Schengen Agreement (Note), or the entire area of Ireland, Andorra, Iran, United Kingdom, Egypt, Cyprus, Croatia, San Marino, Vatican, Bulgaria, Monaco and Romania are strongly recommended to be detained at the place designated by a quarantine station chief (at their home or hotel) for 14 days and not to use public transportation in Japan.

(Note) Iceland, Italy, Estonia, Austria, Netherlands, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Hungary, Finland, France, Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg

3. Effective March 21, 2020 (20 March 1500Z) until end of April 2020, the validity of single-entry visa or multiple entry visa issued by 20 March 2020 at a Japanese Embassy or Consulate General in the above States in blue will be suspended. Also, visa waiver will be suspended for the nationals of the above States in blue.

4. Effective March 07, 2020 at 12:00 MN Japan Time, the Ministry of Justice has put in place comprehensive measures for prohibition of entry within 14 days prior to their arrival in Japan for the following:

  • Republic of Korea: Daegu-gwangyeoksi or Gyeongsan-si, Andong-si, Yeongcheon-si, Cheondo-gun, Chilgok-gun, Uiseong-gun, Seongju-gun, Gunwi-gun in Gyeongsangbuk-do
  • Islamic Republic of Iran: (Qom Province, Tehran Province, Gilan Province, Manzandaran Province (※), Isfahan Province(※), Alborz Province(※), Markazi Province(※), Qazvin Province(※), Semnan Province(※), Golestan Province(※), Lorestan Province(※)
  • Italian Republic: Lombardy Region(※), Veneto Region(※), Emilia-Romagna Region(※), Marche Region(※), Piedmont Region(※) (5) the Republic of San Marino(※)

Note: the aforementioned (※) is not applicable for non-Japanese nationals who have departed overseas before March 11, 2020 12:00 MN Japan Time and arrived in Japan on or after March 11, 2020 12:00 MN Japan Time.

5. Effective March 07, 2020 at 12:00 MN Japan Time until March 31, 2020*, The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare requests entrants from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau, and the Republic of Korea to be detained at the place designated by a quarantine station chief for 14 days and to stop using public transportation in Japan.

6. Effective March 07, 2020 at 12:00 MN Japan Time until March 31, 2020*, The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism restricts the arrival of passenger aircraft from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau, or the Republic of Korea to Narita International Airport and Kansai International Airport, and requests vessels to stop passenger transport from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau, or the Republic of Korea.

7. Effective March 09, 2020 at 12:00 MN Japan Time until March 31, 2020*, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism shall suspend the validity of a single-entry visa and multiple-entry visa issued at the Embassy of Japan or the Consulate-General of Japan in the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau, and the Republic of Korea, and the visa waiver measures for Hong Kong, Macau and the Republic of Korea.

8. Any person who has departed from foreign countries before the implementation date and arrives Japan after the implementation of measures above 1 through 4 shall be exempted.

*Effective period may be renewed.



Updated: March 30, 2020

Effective March 26, 2020, the following additional protocols to the strengthened border measures will be implemented:

1. The following areas are added in the list of areas for refused entry pursuant to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act: The following 21 states in Europe, namely, Ireland, Andorra, Italy, Estonia, Austria, Netherland, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovenia, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Vatican, France, Belgium, Portugal, Malta, Monaco, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg, and the entire area of Iran. Any alien who has stayed in the above areas in the past 14 days, unless there are special circumstances, shall be refused for entry.

2. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare will implement a strengthened quarantine, requiring passengers arriving from the following countries to wait for 14 days at the location designated by the quarantine station chief and to refrain from using public transportation in Japan: Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam Malaysia, or the entire area of Israel, Qatar, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Bahrain 

3. The validity of single entry and multiple-entry visas issued on or before March 27, 2020 from the Japanese Embassy or a Consulate General in the states of above areas will be suspended. The application of visa waiver measures based on visa waiver agreements with the said states and based on APEC Business Travel Card with the said states, China, Hong Kong, and Korea will likewise be suspended. 

4. The measures of above 1 shall be implemented for the time being from the beginning of March 28, 2020 (at 00:00 Japan time). However, any person who has departed from foreign countries before the implementation and arrives in Japan after the implementation shall be exempted. 

5. The in number 2 shall apply to aircraft or vessels which will depart after the beginning of 28 March 2020 (at 00:00 Japan time) for Japan, and shall be implemented until the end of April 2020. The period may be renewed.

6. The measures of above 3 shall be implemented from the beginning of March 28 2020 (at 00:00 Japan time) to the end of April 2020. 

*The period may be renewed.


Implementation Date: January 31, 2020


Arriving passengers in Papua New Guinea shall fill out the Health Declaration Form for presentation at the Health concourse.


Implementation Date: January 28, 2020

1. Passengers, regardless of nationality, and who had visited the provinces of (a) Hubei, (b) Zhejiang (province which includes Hangzhou) and (c) Jiangsu (province which includes Nanjing) within a period of 14 days, shall not be allowed entry to Malaysia. 

2. Facilities including visa-on-arrival, e-visa, and visa manual are also temporarily suspended.

3. Visitors on transit are only allowed if they are not entering Malaysia and without having to go through immigration checks point.

4. All visitors from China or other nationalities are subject to the thermal scanners test.

5. China visitors from the neighboring provinces such as Anhui, Jiangxi, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Henan and Hunan must be screened by the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH). 

6. Refused entry visitors will be handed back to the airlines concerned for deportation. 


Updated: February 29, 2020 (For Passengers arriving from Korea)

1. Visitors from Korea and non-Malaysians who have been to Daegu Town and Cheongdo District in the past 14 days before their arrival shall not be allowed to enter or transit through Malaysia. 

2. Malaysians, Permanent Residents of Malaysia and Long Term Visit Pass or Student Pass holders who have been to Daegu Town and Cheongdo District in the last 14 days before arriving into Malaysia must undergo health screening by the Ministry of Health.

3. Special counters are setup for visitors from Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran in KLIA and KLIA2.

4. Visitors holding passports from the Republic of Korea, or non-Malaysians who arrive via Republic of Korea must fill out a declaration form upon arrival.


Updated: March 6, 2020

1. Non-Malaysians who have visited or have been to the following cities or districts in the last 14 days before their arrival to Malaysia shall not be allowed to enter or transit through Malaysia: 


  • Italy: Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna
  • Japan: Hokkaido
  • Iran: Tehran, Qom, Gilan


2. Malaysians, Permanent Residents of Malaysia and Pass Holders (Long Term Social Visit Pass and Student Pass) who have visited or been to the cities or districts as mentioned abovein the last 14 days before arriving into Malaysia must undergo health screening by the Ministry of Health (KKM).


3. Refused entry visitors will be handed back to the airlines concerned for deportation.



Updated: March 12, 2020

Effective March 13, 2020, the Malaysian government has imposed the following travel restrictions: 

1. Non-Malaysians who have visited or have been to the Republic of Korea, Italy, and Iran  in the last 14 days before their arrival to Malaysia shall not be allowed to enter or transit through Malaysia.

2. Malaysians and Permanent Residents of Malaysia are advised to defer their non-essential travels to the above countries.

3. Malaysians, Permanent Residents of Malaysia, and Pass Holders such as Long Term Social Visit Pass and Student Pass who have visited or been to the above countries in the last 14 days before arriving into Malaysia must undergo health screening by the Ministry of Health (KKM).

4. For passengers originating from the Republic of Korea, Italy and Iran, but are not residing in those countries are allowed to enter the country if they pass the immigration examination. The declaration form must be filled for this purpose.



Updated: March 17, 2020

Effective March 18, 2020 at 12:01 AM Malaysia Time until March 31, 2020:

1. Malaysian citizens and Permanent Residents of Malaysia coming back from abroad shall go through health screening and self-quarantine for 14 days.

2. Malaysian citizens and Permanent Residents of Malaysia holding work permits from other countries and who wish to return will be allowed to do so on or after April 01, 2020. They are required to produce relevant documents at the point of departure.

3. Malaysian Diplomats serving abroad are allowed to leave the country.

4. All visitors and non-Malaysians are allowed to leave the country and shall not be allowed entry until further notice.

5. All Expatriate Pass, Student Pass, Dependent Pass, Temporary Work Pass, and Malaysia My 2nd Home (MM2H) Pass holders will not be allowed to enter the country. If the pass expires while in their respective countries, the holder will be allowed to enter after the restriction order has been lifted.

6. Malaysian citizens and Permanent Residents of Malaysia will be denied to travel abroad on holidays.

7. Spouse and children of citizens holding long-term passes are allowed to enter the country.

8. Foreign Diplomats serving in Malaysia are allowed to enter the country but shall undergo self-quarantine for 14 days. Families of Foreign Diplomats are allowed to enter provided they are issued with a Dependent Pass.

9. Passengers who do not need to go through Immigration are allowed to transit through Malaysia.

Implementation Date: January 23, 2020

Passengers who are Hubei residents and passengers that have visited the Hubei province in the past 14 days shall be restricted entry, whether entering into or transiting through TPE.


Updated: March 16, 2020

Effective March 17, 2020, all passengers shall follow a 14-day home quarantine if they are coming from the following countries:

  • France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, Malta, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Dubai


Updated: March 23, 2020

In order to stop the spread of COVID-19 through air transport, the CECC has announced that it will suspend the transit of airline passengers through Taiwan from 00:00 Taipei Standard Time (GMT+8) on March 24 (Tuesday) until April 7 (Tuesday), to decrease the cross-border movement of people and to reduce the risk of disease transmission.


Implementation Date: January 26, 2020

1. Arriving and departing passengers in Bangkok will be thermoscanned two (2) times.

2. Passengers with high temperatures will be intercepted by Health Control and shall be escorted to the Airport Clinic for a recheck.

3. If further checks are necessary, passengers shall be brought to the hospital for testing and check-up. All expenses incurred shall be free of charge. 


Updated: March 12, 2020

1. Passengers, including nationals and residents of Thailand, who have been to mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Republic of Korea, Italy, and Iran in the past 14 days must present a medical certificate indicating that they are free from COVID-19 and should be valid for not more than 48 hours prior to departure. They must be under doctors’ observation 14 days before issuing date.

2. Passengers, excluding nationals and residents of Thailand, who have been to mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Republic of Korea, Italy, and Iran are also required to have medical insurance with coverage of at least USD 100,000 and above. Airlines shall refuse boarding for passengers who fail to present the evidence at check-in.

3. Passengers and crew members must present a completed T.8 health questionnaire to Health Control Office upon arrival.

4. Nationals of United Arab Emirates are not allowed to travel to Thailand.

5. Effective March 13, 2020:

  • Nationals of Bulgaria, Bhutan, mainland China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu and passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) passport can no longer obtain a visa on arrival.
  • Nationals of Italy and Republic of Korea and passengers with a Hong Kong passport are no longer visa exempt.


Updated: March 20, 2020

This notification shall be effective from 22 March B.E. 2563 (2020), 00:00 Thailand local time onwards:

1. Passengers traveling into the Kingdom of Thailand must be subject to isolation, quarantine, under observation, or any other measures for the prevention and control of communicable diseases as prescribed by the communicable disease control officials at the international communicable disease control checkpoint.

2. Air operators are required to perform screening of passengers at the time of check-in:

a. Passengers must have a health certificate certifying that the they pose no risk of being infected by the Coronavirus Disease (COVID–19). The health certificate must be issued no more than 72 hours prior to the date of travel.

b. Passengers must have an insurance policy that shows minimum medical coverage in Thailand of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), in the amount not less than 100,000 USD.


3. For passengers with Thai nationality returning to the Kingdom of Thailand, Air operators are required to perform the screening as follows:

a. Passengers must have health certificate confirming that they are fit to fly

b. Passengers must have a letter issued by the Royal Thai Embassy, Thai Consular Office or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs certifying that they are Thai nationals returning to Thailand.


4. If the passengers are unable to present the required documentation according to 2 or 3, Air operators shall not issue a boarding pass and the boarding shall be denied.

5. After the required screening has been satisfied as in 2 or 3, and the boarding passes are issued to the passengers, the Air operators shall arrange for passengers to provide information on their accommodation that can be contacted in Thailand in Form T.8 in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act B.E. 2558 (2015) and submit to the communicable disease control officials at the international communicable disease control checkpoint of the airport of disembarkation. The passengers may also enter their information in the “AOT Airport of Thailand” application.



Updated: March 25, 2020


Conditions for transit passengers:


  • Transit passengers were initially subject to the same restrictions for incoming passengers put in place today.
  • Temporary exemptions are allowed from today (25 March) till March 31, 2020, 2359hrs under the following conditions:
           a. Transit time should not be more than 24 hours.
           b. Transit passengers are required to hold a ‘FIT TO FLY’ medical certificate.
           c. Transit passengers should remain in the designated transit area until the next flight.
 

Updated: March 26, 2020

  • All foreigners are not allowed to enter Thailand:
               -This does not apply to airline crew with pre-existing schedules.
               -This does not apply to diplomats and their family members.
               -This does not apply to passengers with a work permit.
               -This does not apply to passengers with a waiver from PM or PIC of State of Emergency.

  • All those who are eligible to enter Thailand, i.e. Thai citizens, residents, and diplomats must hold a letter from the Embassy with the ‘fit-to-fly’ health certificate.

  • Transit is allowed until 31 March. (refer to previous update on 25 March)


Updated: April 1, 2020

The following conditions for transit passengers shall be followed:


  • Transit passengers were initially subject to the same restrictions for incoming passengers put in place on March 25, 2020.
  • Temporary exemptions are allowed from March 25 until  March 31, 2020, 2359 Hrs Thailand Local Time under the following conditions:
 
    • Transit time should not be more than 24 hours.
    • Transit passengers are required to hold a ‘FIT TO FLY’ medical certificate.
    • Transit passengers should remain in the designated transit area until the next flight.

Implementation Date: February 4, 2020 to March 1, 2020

1. Vietnam will not grant entry to non-Vietnamese citizen passengers who have been or transited mainland China within 14 days before coming into Vietnam.

2. Passengers who are Vietnamese citizens shall follow normal immigration procedure and comply with all guidance and regulation on epidemic prevention after their entry into Vietnam.


Updated: February 29, 2020 (For Korean Citizens)

Effective February 29. 2020 at 12:00 MN Vietnam Time, Vietnam shall temporarily suspend visa exemption for Korean Citizens.


Updated: March 6, 2020

Effective March 7, 2020 at 06:00 AM Vietnam Local Time, all arriving passengers to Vietnam must fill out a Medical Declaration (Quarantine Form) upon check-in or arrival. An e-form, available in six langauages (English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Italian, and Persian/Iranian), can be accessed here: https://suckhoetoandan.vn/khaiyte.


Updated: March 12, 2020

Effective March 12, 2020 at 12:00 MN Vietnam Local Time, visa exemption for nationals of Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Spain will be suspended.


Updated: March 14, 2020

Effective March 15, 2020 at 12:00 MN Vietnam Local Time

1. Visitors coming from or going through the U.K. and Schengen area in the previous 14 days will not be allowed to enter Vietnam.
2. Vietnam will also suspend granting of visas at border gates.
3. All passengers departing from and bound for Vietnam must secure and wear face masks onboard and in all areas of Vietnam airports.


Updated: March 19, 2020

Effective March 18, 2020 at 12:00 MN Vietnam Local Time, all passengers from ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand) shall undergo 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Vietnam.


Updated: March 20, 2020

Effective March 20, 2020 at 1700 UTC, All passengers on international flights to Vietnam shall be subject to compulsory 14 days centralized quarantine from the entry date.

Effective March 21, 2020 at 1200hrs Vietnam time, nationals of Belarus, Russia and Japan are no longer visa exempt. Overseas Vietnamese and their family members with visa exemption certificates in these countries are also no longer visa exempt.

This restriction does not apply to holders of diplomatic or official passports who enter Vietnam without a visa under the existing agreements between the Vietnamese Government and the Government of Belarus, Russia and Japan.

Nationals of Belarus, Russia and Japan entering Vietnam need to meet the preventive medical requirements of Vietnam according to current regulations. (IATA is currently clarifying what this requirement means.)



Updated: March 22, 2020

Pursuant to Document No. 2595/BGTVT-VT of March 21, 2020 of the Ministry of Transport, the Civil Aviation Authority of Viet Nam would like to inform as follows:

1. Temporary suspension of entry for all non-Vietnamese nationals, effective from 00:00 March 22, 2020. This temporary suspension is not applied to non-Vietnamese nationals who enter for diplomatic, official duty and special cases (foreign guests who attend, serve important diplomatic activities; experts, business managers, highly skilled workers ...), provided that they should strictly follow compulsory regulations on health declaration and shall be quarantined at accommodation.

2. Temporary suspension of entry for overseas Vietnamese who have visa exemption and their relatives, effective from 00:00 March 22, 2020.

3. In case of transporting passengers who are Vietnamese citizens returning home, there is prerequisite that Vietnamese Diplomatic Representative agency in the country from where Vietnamese citizens taking a flight back to Viet Nam shall be consulted in advance. This requirement is effective from 00:00 March 23, 2020.



Updated: March 26, 2020


Arrival in Hanoi Airport will be suspended from 26 to 31 March 2020


  • Effective 0h00 26 Mar to 31 Mar 2020, arrival of nationals of Vietnam to Noi Bai airport (in Hanoi city) will temporarily be suspended due to overloaded quarantine facilities in Hanoi area.
  • All the international flights will be diverted to alternative airports but CAAV will coordinate in contact with each airline for this operation.

Implementation Date: February 7, 2020

1. The UK government has decided to implement the current China Flight Protocols to all flights arriving from Southeast Asia starting February 8, 2020. This includes all flights arriving from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

2. The protocol assures Public Health England (PHE) that any inbound aircraft from the aforementioned countries is free of illness on board prior to disembarkation. Any potential cases with passengers and crew exhibiting symptoms will be met by PHE.


Updated: March 06, 2020


1. Passengers returning to the UK from the following destinations are advised to stay indoors and avoid contact with other people immediately even if they do not have symptoms: 


  • Hubei province China 
  • Iran 
  • Lockdown areas in Northern Italy (in Lombardy: Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorano; in Veneto: Vo’ Euganeo) 
  • Special care zones in South Korea (Daegu, Cheongdo)

2. Passengers returning from the following destinations are only advised to self-isolate should they develop at least one of the symptoms of COVID-19:  


  • Mainland China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Laos, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Republic of Korea, Macau, and Hong Kong 
  • Northern Italy (north of, but not including Pisa, Florence and Rimini)


Implementation Date: February 17, 2020

The Kuwait government has imposed the following restrictions:

1. The citizens of People's Republic of China and Hong Kong are no longer permitted to enter Kuwait.

2. Any passenger holding residence or visa who has been to the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore on or after January 15, 2020 will not be permitted to enter Kuwait.

3. The citizens of the People's Republic of China can no longer obtain a Visa on Arrival (VOA) in Kuwait.


Updated: March 6, 2020

In compliance to the decision issued by the health authorities in the State of Kuwait:

1. Effective March 7, 2020 until March 14, 2020, all incoming flights to and from Kuwait International Airport are temporarily suspended for the following countries: Bangladesh, Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt.

2. All arriving passengers in the State of Kuwait from any nationality who have a valid residency or previous entry visa, as well as those from other airports who were present in the countries mentioned above during the past two weeks are prohibited to enter Kuwait.

3. Citizens of the State of Kuwait coming from these countries are allowed to enter, provided that the necessary quarantine procedures are applied to them.

Updated: March 17, 2020

Effective March 18, 2020 at 12:01 AM:

1. Only Canadian citizens (including immediate family members), permanent residents of Canada, diplomats, air crews, and U.S. passengers from international flights will be permitted to enter Canada through YVR and YYZ.

2. These passengers will undergo increased screening from Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers, and PIK and NEXUS kiosks will require travelers to declare if they are experiencing symptoms, such as coughing, difficulty of breathing, or fever.

3. These arriving passengers will also need to acknowledge that they will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days if they are coming from any location outside Canada.

4. Passengers will be asked to fill out a PHAC coronavirus form, which will help health authorities monitor and track people who have been identified as a potential concern.

5. Any passenger exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to board flights bound for Canada.


For more information, please visit canada.ca/public-health.


Updated: March 21, 2020

Interim Order to Prevent Certain Persons from Boarding Flights to Canada due to COVID-19

Boarding Denied to Foreign Nationals
An air carrier is prohibited from permitting a foreign national (person who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, and includes a stateless person) to board an aircraft for an international flight to Canada.

This does not apply to the following persons:

a. a person who has been only in the United States or Canada during the period of 14 days before the day on which they board;
b. an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or of a permanent resident as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
      i. immediate family member, in respect of a person means

         (a) the spouse or common-law partner of the person;
         (b) a dependent child of the person or of the person’s spouse or common-law partner; or
         (c) a dependent child of a dependent child referred to in (b).
         (d) the parent or step-parent of the person or of the person’s spouse or common-law partner; or
         (e) the guardian or tutor of the person.(membre de la famille immédiate)
c. a person registered as an Indian under the Indian Act;
d. a person who is authorized, in writing, by a consular officer of the Government of Canada to enter Canada for the purpose of reuniting immediate family members;
e. a crew member;
f. a person who is exempt from the requirement to obtain a temporary resident visa under paragraph 190(2)(a) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations and the immediate family members of that person;
g. a person who enters Canada at the invitation of the Minister of Health for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 coronavirus disease response;
h. a person who arrives by means of an aircraft operated by the Canadian Forces or the Department of National Defense;
i. a member of the Canadian Forces or a visiting force, as defined in section 2 of the Visiting Forces Act, and the immediate family members of that member;
j. a protected person within the meaning of subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
k. a French citizen who resides in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and has been only in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, the United States or Canada during the period of 14 days before the day on which they board;
l. a person or any person in a class of persons who, in the opinion of the Chief Public Health Officer appointed under subsection 6(1) of the Public Health Agency of Canada Act:
      i. does not pose a risk of significant harm to public health, or
      ii. will provide an essential service while in Canada;
m. a person whose presence in Canada, in the opinion of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration or the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, is in the national interest; or
n. a person in transit through Canada to another country.


Health Check Before Boarding
All passengers must undergo a health check at the boarding gate (conducted by the air carrier) before boarding an aircraft for a flight to Canada.

An air carrier conducting the health check must ask every person on questions regarding any signs and symptoms of illness suggesting respiratory infection referred to in the World Health Organization’s document entitled Management of ill travelers at points of entry – international airports, ports and ground crossings – in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak, in particular the following symptoms:
 
     a. a fever higher than 38 degrees Celsius or feeling feverish;
     b. a cough; and
     c. breathing difficulties.


Additional question
Passengers will also be asked by the air carrier if they have been refused boarding in the past 14 days due to a medical reason related to COVID-19.


False declaration
The air carrier must advise every person not to provide answers to the health check or the additional question in a way they know to be false or misleading.


Exception
Crew members and passengers who provide medical certificate certifying that symptoms referred above are not related to COVID-19.


Refusal to Board - Prohibition
Passengers shall be prohibited by the air carrier to board an aircraft if: 

1. the passenger’s answers to the health check indicate that they may signs or symptoms of COVID-19;
2. the air carrier’s observations during the health check indicate that they may have signs or symptoms of COVID-19
3. the passenger’s answer to the additional questions asked is in the affirmative; or
4. the passenger is a competent adult and refuses to answer any questions


Wait period of 14 days
A person who is prohibited from boarding under section 9 is not permitted to board an aircraft for the purpose of being transported for a period of 14 days after the refusal, unless they have a medical certificate certifying that any symptoms referred to are not related to COVID-19.


Updated: April 1, 2020


The Minister of Transport has issued an Interim Order to Prevent Certain Persons from Boarding Flights to Canada Due to COVID-19, pursuant to sub-section 6.41 (1) of the Aeronautics Act, requiring that air operators:

  • prohibit the boarding of foreign nationals travelling to Canada as final destination; and
  • conduct a health check of all air passengers travelling to Canada from international locations (part 2).

Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, registered Indian under the Indian Act, a protected person under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, or passengers transiting through Canada (not exceeding 24 hours layover time) are allowed. Foreign nationals with Study (S), Work (W) or IM-1 visa or eTAs with the permits/COPR can likewise travel to Canada However, there are restrictions on these visas/permits holders (not all can go automatically). 
 
Exceptions for foreign nationals seeking entry into Canada made under emergency orders pursuant to the Quarantine Act include the following:

  • Immediate family members of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada which includes: spouse or common-law partner of the person; a dependent child of the person or the person’s spouse or common-law partner; a dependent child of a dependent child of the person or of the person’s spouse or common-law partner; the parent or step-parent of the person or person’s spouse or common law partner; or the guardian or tutor of the person
  • Person authorized in writing by an officer designated under subsection 6(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act or by a consular officer of the government of Canada to come to Canada to reunite with immediate family members
  • Crew members as defined in subsection 101.01(1) of the Canadian Aviation Regulations
  • Member of a crew as defined in subsection 3(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations
  • Person who is exempt from the requirements to obtain a temporary resident visa under paragraph 190 (2)(a) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, and their immediate family members
  • Person who enters Canada at the invitation of the Minister of Health for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 response
  • Person who arrives by any means of conveyanceoperated by Canadian Forces or the Department of National Defence
  • Member of the Canadian Forcesor a visiting force, as defined in section 2 of the Visiting Forces Act, and their immediate family members
  • French citizen who resides in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon who has not been outside Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon / Canada / U.S. in the last 14 days
  • Person or class of persons that the Chief Public Health Officer,appointed under subsection 6 (1) of the Public Health Agency of Canada Act, determines does not pose a risk of significant harm to public health or who will provide an essential service while in Canada
  • Person whom the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration or the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness determines their presence is in the national interest
  • Person holding a valid work permit, as defined under section 2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, or a person whose application for a work permit was approved under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and who has received written notice of the approval, but who has not yet been issued the permit
  • Person holding a study permit, as defined in section 2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations or a person whose application for a study permit was approved under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and who received written notice of the approval before noon, Eastern Daylight Time on March 18, 2020, but who has not yet been issued the permit
  • A person permitted to work in Canada as a student in a health field under paragraph 186(p) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations
  • A person permitted to work in Canada as a provider of emergency services under paragraph186(t) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations
  • A licensed health care professional with proof of employment in Canada
  • A person who is delivering, maintaining, or repairing medically-necessary equipment or devices
  • A person who is making medical deliveries of cells, blood and blood products, tissues, organs or other body parts, that are required for patient care in Canada during or within a reasonable period of time after the expiry of the Order
  • A person whose application for permanent residence was approved under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and who received written notice of the approval before noon, Eastern Daylight Time on March 18, 2020, but who has not yet become a permanent resident under that Act
  • A worker in the marine transportation sector who is essential for the movement of goods by vessel, as defined in section 2 of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001

This Interim Order is in support of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any country other than the United States) Emergency Order made under the Quarantine Act.

Implementation Date: March 01, 2020

The Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) and Head of Immigration have imposed the following travel restrictions:

1. Nationals and visitors from Iran, Italy, mainland China, and the Republic of Korea will not be allowed to obtain an arrival visa.

2. Italian nationals who have obtained an arrival visa or Qatar Resident Permit but have not visited Iran, Italy, mainland China, and the Republic of Korea should go through quarantine for 14 days. Afterwards, the grant of the visa shall be subject to Immigration’s decision.

3. Non-Qatari nationals and visitors from the Republic of Egypt are not allowed to board from Egypt despite holding any visa (including a Qatar Resident Permit) until further notice.

4. Egyptian nationals traveling from any other country and who are holding Qatar Resident Permits or other pre-arranged visas will be allowed to enter Qatar as normal and if they have not visited CAI for one month prior to arrival.

5. Qatari nationals who have been to Egypt, Iran, Italy, mainland China, and the Republic of Korea shall be allowed to enter Qatar and shall undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days.


Updated and Implementation Date: March 10, 2020

1. Passengers coming from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, and Thailand in the past 14 days will not be allowed to enter Qatar

2. Transiting passengers at the Hamad International Airport (DOH) are allowed subject to health screenings.  



Updated: March 17, 2020

Effective immediately and until further notice, travelers, including those holding Qatar Residence Permits, are not allowed to enter Qatar. Exempted from this restriction are Qatari nationals only.


Implementation Date: March 01, 2020

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has implemented the following travel rules and regulations:

1. Suspending entry to the Kingdom for the purpose of Umrah and visiting the Prophet’s Mosque temporarily.

2. For Tourism Visas only, suspending entry into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia only for Passengers coming from countries where the spread of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a danger (mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, Macau, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Philippines, Singapore, India, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Somalia, and Vietnam).

3. Passengers who have been in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, Macau in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter Saudi Arabia.

4. Any transit passenger who had been in of the 25 countries mentioned above, in the last 14 days shall not be allowed entry to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

5. Passengers who have a valid residence permit in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia even if they do not spend 14 days outside of infected countries can enter the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is subject to examination at ports.


Updated: March 08, 2020

1. Effective March 08, 2020, all nationals of GCC countries (Kuwait, Oman, UAE, Bahrain and Qatar) are not allowed to enter the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and all flights between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and GCC countries are temporarily suspended until further notice.

2. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia suspends the arrival of all passengers and for all visa types who are arriving from Italy, Republic of Korea, Japan, Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, and Iraq whether direct or transit through other countries, except for passengers who have spent more than 14 days outside of those countries.


Updated: March 09, 2020

All passengers arriving form Oman, France, Germany, Spain and Turkey are not allowed to enter the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and flights to these five (5) countries are suspended until further notice.


Updated: March 11, 2020

All passengers bound for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must fill out a declaration form to be submitted to the Immigration Officer upon arrival.


Updated: March 13, 2020

Effective March 15, 2020:

1. Saudi citizens and residents of Saudi Arabia living currently in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia shall not be allowed to travel to the Philippines, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia.

2. Arriving passengers from the Philippines, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia shall not be allowed to enter the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, except for flights intending to return citizens of the above-mentioned countries back to their countries, cargo flights, and flights intending to carry health practitioners who have Exit and Re-Entry visas and the new contracts for health practitioners that work for public or private sectors.

3. Saudi citizens and current residents of Saudi Arabia holding valid Iqama will be given until March 14, 2020 to return to the Kingdom.

4. Flights to and from the Philippines, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, EU countries, and Switzerland shall be temporarily suspended, with exceptions to conditions in item 2 and item 3.



Updated: April 1, 2020

Under the efforts which have been taken by the government entities of Saudi Arabia, the following mandatory preventive measures are implemented:

1. Extension of suspension of all international and domestic flights until further notice

2. All kingdom airports are available as alternatives. Air-traffic controls are also available.


Implementation Date: March 10, 2020 / Updated March 19, 2020

1. Iranian nationals are not allowed to enter or transit through the UAE, except Iranian nationals holding UAE Resident Visas or Iranian Diplomatic Passports.

2. Scheduled and non-scheduled flights originating from or via Italy, China, Lebanon, Thailand, and Syria to Dubai shall require passengers and crew to go through a screening regime prescribed by the UAE Health Authority.

3. Flights from all cities of mainland China, except PEK-Beijing, are suspended. Restrictions do not apply to outbound flights from the UAE to PRC.


Updated: March 18, 2020

On Visa Issuance

1. Effective March 18, 2020, pre-issued UAE visa (all types) are cancelled and they cannot apply for new visa until further notice. This is affective from 17th March 2020. All passengers holding this visa type should not be boarded the flights as they will not be allowed to enter the country.

2. It also does not apply to passengers who hold passports from the following countries.
These passengers can continue to travel to and from the UAE and may be subject
to additional screening:

  • Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy (from Rome only), Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Vatican, United Kingdom and The United States of America.


Screening on Arrival

1. All arriving passengers to Dubai International (DXB) shall go through a non-intrusive thermal scanning process as they pass through Customs. 

2. Those arriving from any of the countries listed below will undergo thermal screening and nasal swab. This level of screening is being carried out by Dubai Health Authority’s
(DHA) airport medical center team at Dubai International (DXB) and limited to the
following countries:

  • Italy – Rome, Lebanon (until March 16), People’s Republic of China – Beijing, Syria (until March 16), Thailand


Screening on Departure

Effective March 18, 2020, resident travelling upon departure need to be notified that they will be quarantined for a duration of 2 weeks once they arrive back in UAE. Therefore, kindly notify them  to ensure that all passengers understand the rules and regulations.


Suspension of Flights

As directed by the relevant authorities, all scheduled passenger flights to and from the
following countries have been temporarily suspended until further notice:

  • Bahrain, Iraq (effective as of March 17), Islamic Republic of Iran, Italy (except for Rome), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon (effective as of March 17), People’s Republic of China (except for Beijing), Syria (effective as of March 17), Turkey (effective as of March 17)


Updated: March 19, 2020

Effective March 19, 2020, 8:00 GMT (12:00 UAE local time), UAE will temporarily ban entry for all passengers of all nationalities into UAE until further notice. The ban includes the entry of UAE Residence Visa Holders, visit/tourist visa holders, and visa on arrivals of all nationalities.

UAE Nationals, GCC Nationals (Except Qatar Nationals) and Diplomatic Passport Holders are exempted from this rule.

Passengers are exempted from this rule while transiting through UAE Airports. In the event that passenger was accepted to transit UAE but later denied entry to their final destination, passenger must depart UAE and return back to their origin (Carriers must accommodate and facilitate passenger return).


Updated: April 1, 2020

From March 24, 2020 23:59 UAE Local Time to April 7, 2020, 23:59 UAE Local Time, all passenger-carrying scheduled or non-scheduled flights from/to the UAE  are not permitted.



Updated: March 17, 2020

1. Effective March 15, 2020, all arriving passengers in Cambodia shall fill out a health declaration form. The form shall be distributed during the flight.

2. Effective March 17, 2020, non-Cambodians from Italy, Germany, Spain, France, and the United States of America shall not be allowed entry to Cambodia for 30 days.

3. Effective March 18, 2020, non-Cambodians from Iran shall not be allowed entry to Cambodia for 30 days.

4. Cambodian passengers are allowed to return to Cambodia.


Updated: March 20, 2020

Effective March 20, 2020, non-Cambodian passengers arriving from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United States or Iran are not allowed to enter Cambodia.

Diplomats and officials of foreign embassies and international organizations and their family members who are holding the Diplomatic Visa Type A and Official Visa Type B, and nationals of Cambodia  or residents of Cambodia who live or have been in or via Italy, France, Germany, Spain, the United States or Iran in the past 14 days must be quarantined for 14 days.

This restriction does not apply to:

  • Diplomats and officials of foreign embassies and international organizations and their family members who are holding the Diplomatic Visa Type A and Official Visa Type B departing from or via any country, except, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, the United States or Iran
  • Airlines crew.


Updated: March 24, 2020

A decision has been made by the UAE’s National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority and the General Civil Aviation Authority to suspend all inbound and outbound passenger flights and the transit of airline passengers in the UAE for two weeks, subject to reassessment.

Cargo and rescue flights will still operate while all passenger operations at DXB and DWC will cease at 23:59 (UAE Local Time) on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The suspension will last until 23:59 hours (UAE Local Time) on Thursday, April 9, 2020, though this may change.


Updated: April 1, 2020

Effective 23:59 of March 30, 2020, the following temporary restrictions into the Kingdom of Cambodia will be followed:

1. Suspension of visa exemption policy and issuance of tourist visa, e-visa and visa on arrival to any foreigner for a period of one month

2. Any foreigner wishing to travel to the Kingdom of Cambodia must obtain a prior visa from Cambodian missions abroad. He/She must provide a medical certificate issued by competent health authorities of his/her country no more than 72 hours prior to the date of travel, certifying that he/she is not tested positive for the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). In addition, he/she must provide proof of his/her insurance policy that shows minimum medical coverage during his/her intended stay in Cambodia in the amount not less than USD50,000.

3. The requirements for medical certificate and insurance do not apply to any foreigner holding diplomatic visa (Visa A) or official visa (Visa B) of Cambodia.

4. Upon entry into the Kingdom of Cambodia, any foreigner will be subject to a health risk assessment and screened by competent government officers before he/she can enter the country. He/She will be subject to a mandatory isolation, quarantine or any other measures for the prevention and containment of the virus as prescribed by the Ministry of Health of Cambodia. 

5. All the above-mentioned travel restrictions are temporary and will be reviewed regularly by the Royal Government of Cambodia based on the evolution of the global situation as related to the virus. 

Updated: March 19, 2020

In light of the announcement of the WHO and rapid escalation of the spread of COVID-19 across the globe, the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar is obliged to take precautionary measures to control and limit the risk that the travelers from seriously affected regions may pose to the populations in Myanmar.

With regard to travelers who had visited countries with very high number of cases, the following measures will take effect starting March 15, 2020:

1. All incoming foreign nationals who had been in high-risk areas such as Hubei Province of the People’s Republic of China, Daegu, and Gyeongbuk Regions of the Republic of Korea in the past 14 days shall not be permitted entry into Myanmar until further notice. All Myanmar nationals shall be subjected to 14-day facility quarantine1 on their arrival in Myanmar.

2. All incoming travelers including Myanmar nationals, who had been in the Republic of Korea outside those high-risk areas in the past 14 days, shall be subjected to 14-day home quarantine2 on their arrival in Myanmar. They will also need to present Medical Certificate, issued by a medical facility recognized by health authorities of ROK, of having no symptoms of acute respiratory illness (fever and cough or shortness of breath) before boarding any airline destined to Myanmar. 

3. All incoming travelers including Myanmar nationals, arriving from or having visited Italy, Iran, France, Spain, and Germany in the past 14 days shall be subjected to 14-day facility quarantine on their arrival in Myanmar. Diplomats accredited to Myanmar and the resident United Nations officials are encouraged to take 14-day home quarantine on their arrival in Myanmar. All are required to present the valid Medical Certificate issued  by a medical facility recognized by the health authorities of the respective countries, having no symptoms of acute respiratory illness (fever and cough or shortness of breath) before boarding any airline destined to Myanmar.

4. Diplomats accredited to Myanmar, members of resident UN officials and any foreign national who intends to travel to Myanmar on compelling reason or on important official mission may contact nearest Myanmar Missions for necessary visa and for ease of quarantine procedure.

1Visitors with recent travel history to COVID-19 affected countries within the last 14 days are placed in public buildings or/and hospitals for (14) days to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 infection to Myanmar;

2Visitors  with recent travel history to COVID-19 affected countries within the last 14 days are placed in their home or hotel for (14) days to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 infection to Myanmar.


Updated: March 23, 2020


  • All passengers who have been in USA, Switzerland, UK, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Norway, Sweden and Denmark in the past 14 days are subject to facility quarantine for 14 days.
  • These passengers are required to present a medical certificate that proves no symptoms of acute respiratory illness prior to boarding.
  • Visa on Arrival or eVisa for all countries are suspended until 30 April 2020.


Updated: April 1, 2020

The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has decided to adopt the following entry visa restrictions for all visitors from all countries, effective March 29, 2020, 0001 hours Myanmar Standard Time.  These temporary measures will be in-force until April 30, 2020:

1. Suspension of the issuance of all types of visa (including social visit visa) to all foreign nationals, except diplomats accredited to Myanmar, United Nations officials residing in Myanmar, and crew members of ships and aircraft operating to Myanmar.

2. Suspension of visa exemption granted to all foreign nationals based on bilateral arrangements, including those from ASEAN member countries, except those holding diplomatic and official passport.

3. All diplomats accredited to Myanmar and United Nations officials residing in Myanmar may obtain entry visas through respective Myanmar Missions abroad. They shall be required to provide certification of the absence of COVID-19 infection issued by a recognized laboratory no more than 72 hours prior to the date of travel and before boarding any aircraft destined for Myanmar. They shall be subject to home quarantine for 14 days on their arrival in Myanmar.

4. Crew members of ships or aircraft operating to and from Myanmar may also obtain entry visa through respective Myanmar Missions abroad. They shall be required to follow the latest guidelines and directives issued by the Ministry of Transport and Communication of the Republic of Union of Myanmar.

5. Foreign nationals who are required to visit Myanmar for urgent official mission or for a compelling reason may contact the nearest Myanmar Missions for possible exception on certain entry restrictions from the authorities concerned of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.



Updated: March 19, 2020

  • Passengers who have been in China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), Singapore, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Portugal, Finland, Israel, Australia, New Caledonia, Malaysia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Canada and United States of America in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter Vanuatu.


  • Passengers who have transited through or have been in China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), Singapore, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Portugal, Finland, Israel, Australia, New Caledonia, Malaysia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Canada and United States of America since 31 December 2019 but who have spent the previous 14 days outside of these countries/territories must complete the medical certificate from a registered medical practitioner certifying that they are free from any respiratory illness suspected of Coronavirus (COVID-19).


    • This does not apply to nationals of Vanuatu.
    • This does not apply to residents of Vanuatu.

  • Nationals and residents of Vanuatu who have been away in any other country excluding China (People's Rep.) and Italy, within the last 2 months, can transit through Hong Kong (SAR China), Singapore and New Zealand to Vanuatu if the transit time is not more than 8 hours. They must stay in the airport terminal.


  • Nationals and residents of Vanuatu transiting for more than eight hours in Hong Kong (SAR China), Singapore and New Zealand or have left the terminal must be self-quarantined for 14 days outside of Vanuatu before traveling into the country.



Updated: March 20, 2020

Effective March 20, 2020, all foreigners are not allowed to enter Vanuatu

  • Nationals of Vanuatu, permanent residents and diplomats will be allowed to return but will be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival.
  • Considerations may be given for Foreign Diplomatic Missions and international organizations and will be determined on a case by case basis.


Updated: April 1, 2020

The following new restrictions shall be added:

  • Nationals of Vanuatu, permanent residents and diplomats are not allowed to enter as well.
  • Special consideration will be given for medivac in exceptional circumstances only, and not anymore for Foreign Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations.


Updated: March 20, 2020

  • Passengers who have been in EU Region and Iran since 1 March 2020 will not be allowed to enter Bangladesh.
  • Passengers who obtained valid visas or are applying for new visas will be required to hold a medical certificate issued within 72 hours of travel, indicating that he/she does not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Passengers originating from any COVID-19 affected countries are advised to remain under quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Health officials at the entry points would decide whether the passenger would be self-quarantined or placed in a government-run facility.
  • Diplomats, official and Laissez Passer holders posted in diplomatic missions in Bangladesh are exempted from the restrictions on travel history and medical certificate, but are also advised to do self-quarantine for 14 days if they are arriving from any COVID-19 affected countries.


Updated: March 23, 2020

Flights to Bangladesh from the following locations are suspended until 31 March 2020:

     Bahrain, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Turkey and UAE.


Implementation Date: March 25, 2020

1. Visa on arrival has been suspended. This does not apply to passengers with Diplomatic, Official, Service, or United Nations Passports.

2. All passengers are not allowed to transit through and arrive in Bahrain, unless they are Bahraini Citizens, passengers who reside in Bahrain, passengers with a valid letter of prior permission granted which is presented prior boarding. Airline Crew and Military personnel are exempted from this rule.

3. All passengers arriving in Bahrain will immediately be taken to undergo enhanced testing procedures as a preventive measure and will be subject to quarantine. 

4. Border crossing on the Causeway has likewise been temporarily suspended.