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新型冠状病毒肺炎(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:

机场

诊所位置

工作时间

马尼拉尼诺·阿基诺国际机场第1航站楼

1号行李传动带附近的抵达区

24小时

马尼拉尼诺·阿基诺国际机场第2航站楼

圆形大厅地下室(电梯通道)

24小时

马尼拉尼诺·阿基诺国际机场第3航站楼

国际航班抵达区传送带

24小时

宿雾(国际)

离港大厅,入境柜台前

24小时

宿雾(国内)

机场抵达区

24小时

达沃

二楼,靠近离港前区

24小时

克拉克

国内抵达地

24小时

普林塞萨港

1号登机闸口离港前区

24小时

塔比拉兰(邦劳)

出发前服务台值班护士

航班飞行中

卡利博

国内航班离港区

24小时



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COVID-19旅行规则和要求


以下是包含2019年新型冠状病毒(COVID-19)传播的各国政府强制性规范和要求的列表。这些措施可能包括所有出发,到达和转机的乘客,并且可能包括检查,测量体温和填写健康卡等。请参考每个国家、地区适用的旅行规定。这些规定可能会受到发布政府授权,并出于乘客和公众安全的考虑而随时更改。 

Am I allowed to bring animals, meats, poultry, and fish for my flight?
One must check their destination’s rules and requirements when bringing live animals, meats, poultry, and fish before their flight. Passengers can contact their destination’s Plant and Quarantine, Customs, or Border Control and Security Offices.


Can I rebook / reroute / refund my flight to/from Mainland China?

Passengers whose flights to/from mainland China (Xiamen, Jinjiang, Guangzhou/Canton, Shanghai, Beijing, as well as its Special Administrative Regions, Hong Kong and Macau) are scheduled for travel until February 29, 2020 may refund their flights without penalties. The said passengers may also rebook their flights until their ticket validity date without rebooking service fees once the travel bans are lifted and once our flights to mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau are reinstated. As of this time, the end-date of the travel ban has yet to be determined.
 

For other destinations, rebooking / rerouting / refunds are subject to the terms and conditions of their ticket. In such case, applicable fees or taxes may be collected depending on the fare rules and conditions in their ticket.


Do I need to prepare for additional screening at the Airport?
Due to additional screening in line with the 2019-nCoV, 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 for international flights from Manila
  • at least 3 hours for all other International flights 
  • at least 3 hours for all Domestic flights


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.
Am I allowed to bring animals, meats, poultry, and fish for my flight?
One must check their destination’s rules and requirements when bringing live animals, meats, poultry, and fish before their flight. Passengers can contact their destination’s Plant and Quarantine, Customs, or Border Control and Security Offices.


Can I rebook / reroute / refund my flight to/from Mainland China?

Passengers whose flights to/from mainland China (Xiamen, Jinjiang, Guangzhou/Canton, Shanghai, Beijing, as well as its Special Administrative Regions, Hong Kong and Macau) are scheduled for travel until February 29, 2020 may refund their flights without penalties. The said passengers may also rebook their flights until their ticket validity date without rebooking service fees once the travel bans are lifted and once our flights to mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau are reinstated. As of this time, the end-date of the travel ban has yet to be determined.
 

For other destinations, rebooking / rerouting / refunds are subject to the terms and conditions of their ticket. In such case, applicable fees or taxes may be collected depending on the fare rules and conditions in their ticket.


Do I need to prepare for additional screening at the Airport?
Due to additional screening in line with the 2019-nCoV, 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 for international flights from Manila
  • at least 3 hours for all other International flights 
  • at least 3 hours for all Domestic flights


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.

Updated: September 21, 2020


Notice on Shenzhen Airlines Suspending the Transport of Passengers from the Philippines to China Via a Third Country

In accordance with the epidemic prevention and control requirements, Shenzhen Airlines will suspend the transport of passengers from the Philippines to China via a third country from 00:00 Beijing time on September 20, 2020.

Passengers who have purchased a ticket from the Philippines to China via a third country before September 19, 2020 (inclusive), and the flight from the third country to China is carried by Shenzhen Airlines, please contact the place where the ticket issued for a free refund before the flight takes off.



Updated: August 09, 2020



Public Advisory on Visa Requirement for Non-Filipino Spouses/Children /Parents of Filipino Nationals

Persuant to Resolution No. 60 of the Inter Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, and effective immediately, the following shall be required to possess or secure the appropriate visas in order to be allowed entry into the Philippines:

  1. Non-Filipino spouses of Filipino nationals, regardless of nationality;
  2. Non-Filipino minor children, and foreign children with special needs regardless of age, of Filipino National; and,
  3. Non-Filipino parents of minor children and of Filipino children with special needs regardless of age.

This requirement includes former Filipinos who belong to the above mentioned categories, and are not dual citizens.

In addition to the standard requirements for a visa, Non-Filipino spouses and parents/children should show proof  of marriage or filiation, together with proof the citizenship of the Filipino spouse or parent/child and proof that the Filipino spouse or parent/child will be traveling with them or is in the Philippines.

All visa applications shall be submitted for pre-processing through email at visa@phembassy-us.org


August 07, 2020


Released on August 04, 2020


All passengers using any mode of public transportation will be required to wear face shields, aside from face masks, effective August 15, 2020, as mandated by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).


In a Memorandum Circular released on August 04, 2020, the DOTr, through its Administrative Service, has ordered all officials and heads of its various transportation sectors to enjoin, within their respective jurisdictions, the mandatory wearing of face shields for all passengers in areas where public transportation is allowed.


The initiative aims to further reduce the risk of transmitting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in public transport facilities as health authorities have pointed out that the use of face shields and masks reduces exposure to and emission of respiratory droplets considerably.


The directive applies to all public transportation throughout the country, involving the Aviation and Airports, Railways, Road, and Maritime sectors.


The face shield to be used should sufficiently cover the nose and mouth. Passengers should use the ones that cover the whole face. 


Meanwhile, stringent preventive measures are still in effect to contain the spread of COVID-19 in all public transport facilities. These include the mandatory wearing of face mask, strict enforcement of the social distancing measure, and handwashing or hand sanitizing. Talking and using mobile phones are likewise discouraged inside all public transportation.




Updated: August 03, 2020


SUSPENSION OF MANILA DOMESTIC FLIGHTS


All domestic flights to and from Manila (MNL) from August 4 to 18, 2020 are canceled in line with the Philippine Government's classification of Metro Manila (the National Capital Region) as a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine or MECQ area for this 14-day period.


Domestic flights to and from Clark, Cebu, Davao and other parts of country are not affected and shall remain operational, for so long as Manila is not part of the flight routing.


International flights to and from Manila are not affected and shall remain operational.



Updated: July 21, 2020

Starting July 22, 2020, Filipino citizens may be allowed to exit the Philippines for non-essential travel, subject however to the following conditions:

  1. Submission of confirmed round-trip tickets for those travelling on tourist visa;
  2. Adequate travel and health insurance to cover rebooking and reaccommodation expenses if stranded, and hospitalization in case of infection, in such amount as may be determined by the Department of Tourism (DOT);
  3. Allowed entry by the destination country in accordance with said country's travel, health, and quarantine restrictions;
  4. Execution of Declaration acknowledging the risks involved in travelling, including risk of delay in the traveler's return trip, to be provided upon check-in (download Execution of Declaration form here); and
  5. Upon return, shall follow the Guidelines of Returning Overseas Filipinos of the National Task Force for COVID-19


Updated: July 17, 2020

IATF Resolution No. 56-A

Effective August 01, 2020, foreign nationals with long-term visas (immigrant visas under Sec. 13 of CA 613; RA 7919 and EO 324, including native-born foreign nationals) shall be allowed entry in the Philippines while maintaining the priority of returning Overseas Filipinos subject to the following conditions: 

1. Must have valid and existing visas at the time of entry. However, no new entry visa application shall be accepted;
2. With pre-booked accredited quarantine facility;
3. With pre-booked COVID-19 testing provider;
4. Subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port and date of entry; and

The foregoing is without prejudice to applicable immigration laws, rules and regulations.


Updated: July 03, 2020

All returning overseas Filipinos are encouraged to register and fill out the electronic Case Investigation Form (e-CIF) to secure their own QR Code prior to their scheduled arrival in NAIA. Here’s how: 

1. Open the internet browser and go to https://e-cif.redcross.org.ph/
2. Fill out the form, then click Submit
3. Save the QR Code on your mobile device (by taking a screenshot or by printing out a copy

On top of this form, OFWs are also requested to fill-out the OFW Assistance Information System (OASIS) by logging on to http://oasis.owwa.gov.ph before their flight.


Updated: May 11, 2020

To All International Passengers Arriving in the Philippines:

The Philippine government is implementing stricter quarantine and testing procedures for all arriving passengers, effective immediately, under a new directive from the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19. 

Upon arrival, all passengers will undergo a swab test (RT PCR Covid 19 testing) to be performed by trained personnel from the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ). 

While awaiting test results, passengers must stay either in a government-designated stringent quarantine facility or in a BOQ approved quarantine hotel. 

Payment for accommodation in a government-designated quarantine facility shall be based on the following guidelines: 

     1. For land-based OFWs, the cost shall be shouldered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration;
     2. For sea-based OFWs, cost shall be shouldered by the Maritime Industry Authority or by the local manning agency;
     3. All other travelers (Filipino or foreign nationals), who are non-OFWs, will pay for the cost of their accommodation.

Accommodation in a BOQ-approved quarantine hotel will be to passengers' own cost, regardless if they are OFWs or not. 

Travelers whose test results are positive will be transferred to a designated hospital for further medical management.

Travelers whose test results are negative will be allowed to move out and undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or at an appropriate local monitoring facility. 

For more details and information on these new requirements and related concerns, you may call the government's One Stop Shop hotline number +63 9161019964.

Before flying, passengers must make a confirmed booking with a hotel accredited by the Department of Health for their quarantine stay and while waiting for their test results to be released. Test results in Manila may be released in 3 to 5 days, while Test results in Cebu and Clark may be released in 24 hours to 2 days. This is not definite and may be shortened or lengthened.


Updated: April 24, 2020

The Philippine Government is extending the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and "all other high risk" provinces in Luzon until May 15, 2020.

The following provinces are considered high-risk and will be placed under extended enhanced community quarantine: Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecijia, Pampanga, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Albay, and Catanduanes.

Provinces of Benguet, Pangasinan, Tarlac, and Zambales under enhanced lockdown are up for reevaluation by April 30. Meanwhile, the situation in Antique, Iloilo, Aklan, Capiz, Cebu, Cebu City, Davao del Norte, and Davao City will be rechecked.

All low-risk and moderate-risk areas will be under "general community quarantine" or GCQ until mid-May.



Updated: April 13, 2020

Effective April 14, 2020, 00:00 PH Local Time, the enhanced community quarantine over Luzon will be extended until April 30, 2020, 11:59PM PH Local time to further contain the spread of coronavirus.


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.


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 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 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 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 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.


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: September 04, 2020


Direct Operations to Be Gradually Restored for Beijing-bound International Passenger Flights Diverted to First Points of Entry


CAAC is poised to gradually restore direct operations to Beijing starting September 3 for the Beijing-bound international passenger flights which previously had their entry points diverted to the designated first entry points in China. This move, which is only possible if strict prevention and control measures are taken to guard against imported cases, aims to ensure the stable and orderly operations of international passenger flights under the backdrop of the implementation of regular pandemic prevention and control measures, give a better play to the role of Beijing as an international aviation hub, improve the efficiency of international passenger and cargo transport, and facilitate international travel.


To strictly control the imported cases in Beijing, since March 23, all international passenger flights bound for Beijing have been diverted to the designated first entry points in China, where passengers who passed quarantine inspection could continue their journey to Beijing on the original flight. As of 1 September, 511 international passenger flights have been diverted to the first entry points. As regular pandemic prevention and control measures have been put in place, China will begin allowing direct flights to Beijing. After evaluating the progress made in nucleic acid testing in relevant countries of origin, starting September 3, China will restore, in the first stage, the operations of 9 flights to Beijing from Thailand, Cambodia, Pakistan, Greece, Denmark, Austria, Sweden and Canada, from all of which low numbers of imported cases were reported. The first flight following the restoration of direct flights to Beijing will be on September 3 from Phnom Penh, Cambodia operated by Air China.


Read the complete article, http://www.caac.gov.cn/en/XWZX/202009/t20200903_204358.html



Updated: August 11, 2020


Notification on Requiring China-bound Passengers to Obtain COVID-19 Negative Certificates before Boarding

In accordance with the joint announcement of the Civil Aviation Administration, the General Administration of Customs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, starting from August 20, 2020, Chinese and foreign travelers who are to fly from the Philippines to China are required to take nucleic acid tests for COVID-19 within five days before boarding and only those who test negative will be allowed to board the plane.

The following procedures are for foreign travelers to follow:

1. All foreign passengers inbound China by flights from Philippine airports shall be required to take nucleic acid tests for COVID-19 conducted by designated institutions (Please see http://ph.china-embassy.org/chn/lsfw/t1802803.htm)  and get Nucleic Acid Test Certificates with negative result within 120 hours prior to boarding flights.

2.Passengers shall fill in and sign the Health Declaration Form (please download from the website: http://ph.china-embassy.org/chn/lsfw/t1802803.htm) and are required to send scanned copy of the signed Forms, together with the Nucleic Acid Test Certificates and the photocopies of the front-page of passports to the Chinese Embassy or Consulates (according to the location of the testing institutions) by email:

Chinese Embassy: phlhsjc@outlook.com

Consulate-General in Cebu: consulatecebu@gmail.com

Consulate in Laoag: consulate_laoag@mfa.gov.cn

Consulate-General in Davao: consulate_davao@mfa.gov.cn

3. Certified Health Declaration Forms with a validity period of 5 days (starting from the issuing date of the Nucleic Acid Test Certificates from the designated institutions) shall be issued by the Chinese Embassy or the Consulates and sent back to the applicants by email. Please be noted that it shall take at least 1 working day for the verification by the Chinese Embassy or the Consulates.

4. Passengers shall be required to present the print-out certified Health Declaration Form within the validity period during check-in or before boarding flight and cooperate with airlines for further checking. Please be noted that passengers with expired Health Declaration Forms won't be allowed to board and are required to conduct new Nucleic Acid Tests as well as applying for new Health Declaration Forms.

5. All passengers inbound China from Philippine airports shall follow relative laws and regulations and provide genuine and effective Nucleic Acid Test Certificates. Passengers who provide false certificates or information shall bear corresponding legal liabilities.

6. For foreign passengers ultimately bound for China who transfer via other countries that require valid Health Declaration Forms for boarding (please see https://hr.cs.mfa.gov.cn/help_two/help-two/gj.html, select ENGLISH version on top right of the page) will also be required to show Health Declaration Forms during transfer. Please make sure that the Forms will be still valid when boarding the connecting flights.

7. Please be noted that a certified Health Declaration Form is NOT a Chinese visa. For visa service, please refer to the Announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China and National Immigration Administration on the Temporary Suspension of Entry by Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Chinese Visas or Residence Permits on March 26, 2020. For queries, please contact phchinaembassy@hotmail.com.



Updated: July 22, 2020


Announcement by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), General Administration of Customs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs on requirement for passengers boarding flights into China with negative certificate of a new coronavirus nucleic acid test result


In order to ensure the health and safety of international travel and reduce the risk of cross-border transmission of the epidemic. ALL passengers on flights to China are required to board with the negative certificate of new coronavirus nucleic acid test. The arrangements are as follow:


1. Chinese and foreign passengers on flights to China shall complete COVID-19 nucleic acid detection within 5 days before boarding. The test should be done at the medical institutions designated or recognized by the Chinese embassies abroad.


2. Chinese passengers are required to take photos of the negative result certification of the COVID-19 nucleic acid test and upload it to the international version of epidemic prevention health code application.


3. Foreign passengers need to apply for declaration of health status with Chinese Embassy or consulate abroad by providing the COVID-19 negative nucleic acid test certificate.


4. Airlines are responsible for checking the health code status and health status declaration before boarding. Passengers who do not meet the relevant requirements are not allowed to board. All airlines shall strictly perform this inspection procedures.


5. Passengers who provide false certificates or information shall be liable to legal ramifications.


6. The Chinese Embassy will carefully assess the capability of COVID-19 nucleic acid testing and detection in the respective host country and issue specific implementation measures when conditions are met.


Important Downloads


WeChat mini-program of Inquiry of Outbreak Risk Level

Download 闽政通App

Beijing Health Kit mini-program (北京健康宝)

International version of the Health QR Code

The guide to summit your information and  get Fujian Health Code




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.



Updated: April 8, 2020

Public Announcement of CAAC and GACC


Requirements for Overseas Chinese Passengers to Fill in and Report Health Information for Epidemic Prevention before Returning Back Home by Air


In order to curb cross-border spread of the virus, Chinese passengers who have purchased return air tickets from the countries listed in the appendix are required to fill in and report their health information in advance for epidemic prevention. Specific requirements are as follows:


1. Starting from April 8, 2020, passengers who have purchased tickets need to log in the international version of the health QR code in the Wechat mini program to fill in their personal information, daily health status and travel history. The information can be filled in by others under special circumstances.


2. April 8 to April 22 will be the transition period. Chinese passengers taking flights during this period shall report their information on a daily basis starting from April 8. For Chinese passengers taking flights after the transition period, their information shall be reported on a daily basis starting from the 14th day before boarding the flight.


3. If passengers failed to fill in and report their information in compliance with the requirements above, their boarding will be denied. Passengers who fill in and report false information will self-inflict travel hindrance and will undertake corresponding legal liabilities.


Appendix:


Italy, United States, Spain, Germany, Iran, France, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Australia, Brazil, Turkey, Malaysia, Denmark, Canada, Israel, Czech, Ireland, Philippines, and Thailand



Updated: April 6, 2020

Effective April 19, 2020, Citizens of People’s Republic of China holding valid diplomatic passports, service passports or passports for public affairs of the PRC and citizens of Vanuatu holding diplomatic or official passports of Vanuatu shall be exempted from visa requirements for entry into, exit from or transit through the territory of Vanuatu and the PRC respectively for a period of stay not exceeding 30 days from the date of their entry.


 

Updated: June 08, 2020


Effective June 08, 2020, all passengers arriving in Xiamen must download 闽政通Minzhengtong App and update their personal data to acquire the code (Green or Red code for verification upon arrival).


Exception: For those passengers without mainland China handphone number, they can still register via IXiamen Wechat App to record their personal data for faster CIQ clearances.


Those passengers who have a China mobile number must download the 闽政通Minzhengtong App and update their personal data.


This supersedes the previous advice of arriving passengers to register via IXiamen(I 厦门).


Updated: September 22, 2020 

Reminder and clarification on Quarantine Requirements 


Passengers are reminded that a confirmation of a hotel room reservation in Hong Kong for no less than 14 days (or a 14-night hotel reservation) starting on the day of their arrival is required before acceptance.

Passengers should quarantine in their hotel room for 14 days and 14 nights, nothing less. 

Please note: This confirmation can be either printed or shown in a digital format and must be written in English or Chinese. 

Accommodation is required for all passengers coming from these countries/regions. Passengers who have a home or residential address in Hong Kong are also required to undergo a 14-days of quarantine at a hotel. 


Updated: September 21, 2020


Notice on Shenzhen Airlines Suspending the Transport of Passengers from the Philippines to China Via a Third Country


In accordance with the epidemic prevention and control requirements, Shenzhen Airlines will suspend the transport of passengers from the Philippines to China via a third country from 00:00 Beijing time on September 20, 2020.


Passengers who have purchased a ticket from the Philippines to China via a third country before September 19, 2020 (inclusive), and the flight from the third country to China is carried by Shenzhen Airlines, please contact the place where the ticket issued for a free refund before the flight takes off.



Updated: August 13, 2020

Resumption of Transfer/Transit Services at HKIA FROM Mainland China from August 15 to October 15, 2020

The transfer/transit services at HKIA FROM ports in Mainland China will resume with effect from 0001hour on August 15, 2020 until 2359hours on October 15, 2020 (HKG local time). However, transfer/transit services TO destinations in Mainland China will remain unavailable.

Please be reminded that the current Requirements of transfer/transit services at HKIA will remain in effect, and they are as follows:

Transfer/transit services be allowed for flights operated by different airline groups, on the condition that the passengers are booked under the same air ticket (separate tickets are not allowed) and the passengers have been checked through with both boarding passes printed and baggage tagged-through to final destination; and that the operating airlines will communicate closely and implement all the required pre-flight checking and verification and in-flight safety measures; and layover time within 24 hours.

Airlines MUST ensure that they have checked and confirmed upon check-in that the passengers meet the most updated immigration and health quarantine requirements of the destinations, and the transfer/transit requirements at HKIA to avoid having passengers stranded in Hong Kong. In the event of passengers stranding in HKIA, airlines are responsible for the related handling costs of the stranded passengers, including but not limited to the charges for AVSECO guarding service, the regular health check of the stranded passengers by Raffles’ doctors and etc.


Updated: August 10, 2020


Revised Gazette Notice under Cap 599H - Effective August 10, 2020


Major changes include:


1. No need to have ID or travel document number of the relevant traveler on the test report.  The test report can be a copy, either paper or electronic, doesn't need to be "original".


2. If the test report contains all the information required in English or Chinese, there is no need to have other document for the certification by the laboratory or healthcare institution. However, if the test report is not in English or Chinese; or doesn't contain all the information required, a written confirmation in English or Chinese issued by laboratory or healthcare institution bearing the name of the relevant traveler identical to that in his/her valid travel document and seeing out all of the information required. The written confirmation should be presented together with the test report


3. In addition to government recognized laboratory or healthcare institution, ISO 15189-accredited laboratory is also acceptable


4. The "letter" issued by the relevant authority of the Government becomes "documentary proof"


Please take note of the following:


  • Documentary proof could be in paper or electronic format
  • For the documentary proof of ISO 15189 accreditation or recognition/approval by relevant authority of local government of the lab or healthcare institution, it can be in the form a copy of "Certificate of Accreditation", "Certificate of Compliance", or information printed out from government official website. As far as we know, the list of recognized or approved laboratory in US, the Philippines and India are available from the following website:
  • For the hotel list available on the Government's thematic website on COVID-19, it is not a mandatory requirement for the relevant travelers to have confirmation of room reservation at these hotels
  • The following are common acceptable terms for "nucleic acid test", "Polymerase chain reaction", "PCR", "reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction", "RT-PCR", "real time RT-PCR", "real-time PCR", "nucleic test", nucleic acid amplification test", "NAAT", "TrueNAT", "CBNAAT", "Loop-mediated isothermal amplification", "LAMP"
  • Apart from "COVID-19", "SARS-CoV-2" is also an acceptable term for the virus


Updated: July 26, 2020


UPDATE from Department Health (DH) - Specified conditions imposed on inbound travelers who have visited specified high-risk places (Cap.599H)

  • CHP updated covid-19 website to include Cap599H requirements: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/high-risk-places.html
  • Passengers who have been to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and South Africa are required to stay at specific hotel. It is now confirmed that such requirement is NOT necessary. Passenger can be accepted as long as they can show 14 days hotel booking. A list of recommended hotels are attached: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/inbound/hotels_en.pdf
  • Imposing conditions on travelers from seven specified places (i.e. Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and South Africa) will come into effect at 0.00am on Saturday, July 25, 2020. In addition, the measure will also be extended to include two more specified places (Kazakhstan and the United States of America) starting  Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

 
Updated: July 23, 2020


Reminder: Important links and forms for additional requirements

Additional requirements:

            1. Certificate from an accredited lab with the passenger’s name, passport number or ID which verifies that the passenger tested negative within 72 hours before STD. Test MUST be Nucleic acid test for Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).             

            2. Original lab report (bearing the passenger’s name, passport number or ID). Please note that the Hong Kong Health Authorities will only accept original copy  (and not electronic copy) of the RT-PCR test result.

                Cover letter template in English
                Cover letter template in Chinese

            3. Certificate from the local government recognizing the lab where the passenger was tested.

                Standard letter template in English
                Standard letter template in Chinese

            4. Hotel booking of 14 days in Hong Kong upon arrival 

            5. Airline must submit a document for each flight indicating passenger and fulfillment of above requirements

Electronic Health Declaration form (HDF): https://www.chp.gov.hk/hdf.

For more information, visit https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk
 

Update: July 16, 2020


With reference to the announcement on July 15, 2020, the mandate on passengers arriving in Hong Kong from places with high risk of COVID-19 to obtain a negative result from a COVID-19 test conducted by a recognized laboratory is put ON HOLD. The negative test report requirement is NOT required for the meantime.

 

Updated: July 15, 2020


Effective 12:00am on 15 Jul 2020, there are additional requirement for prevention and control of the disease, like wearing of face masks on public transport and requiring passengers arriving from places with high risk of COVID-19, such as Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and South Africa, as well as foreign domestic helpers from the Philippines and Indonesia, to obtain a negative result from a COVID-19 test conducted by a recognized laboratory before arriving in Hong Kong.



Updated: June 15, 2020


Expansion on Scope of Resumption of Transfer/Transit Services at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)


Effective June 15, 2020, the expansion on the scope of the resumption of transfer/transit services at HKIA by the Hong Kong SAR Government is as follows:

  1. Transfer/transit services shall be allowed for flights operated by different airline groups, on the condition that the passengers are booked under the same air ticket (separate tickets are not allowed) and the passengers have been checked through with both boarding passes printed and baggage tagged-through to final destination; and that the operating airlines will communicate closely and implement all the required pre-flight checking and verification an in-flight safety measures;

  2. Layover time restrictions shall be relaxed to within 24 hours; and

  3. While all ports can be opened for transfer/transit, the operating frequencies for transfer/transit traffic should be resumed in a gradual and coordinated manner. 



Updated: June 10, 2020


Reminder from the Hong Kong Airport Authority

In view of the recent stranded passenger cases arising from the gradual resumption of transfer/transit at HKIA, this seeks everyone’s immediate attention to the current principles for the transit and transfer services at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

As per the principles set by the Hong Kong SAR Government as shared with AOC on May 29, 2020, during the initial stage, only transit/transfer passengers who have checked through at the origin port and taken transit/transfer flights operated by the same airline group shall be accepted at HKIA. Airline alliance and code sharing flights are not defined as “same” airline group. The layover time of transit/transfer passengers at HKIA is limited to within eight hours.  In addition, the transit/transfer service provided at HKIA at this stage does NOT include the PRC Mainland having regard to public health policy and arrangement.

Please also be reminded that the no-entry restriction for non-Hong Kong residents remains unchanged according to Hong Kong SAR Government as below:

  • The Hong Kong SAR Government restricts any Hubei residents, and non-Hong Kong residents who have visited the Hubei Province in the past 14 days upon arrival from entering Hong Kong since January 27, 2020.
  • With effect from 12:00 MN on March 25, 2020 until further notice:
  • All non-Hong Kong residents coming from overseas countries and regions by plane will be denied entry to Hong Kong; and
  • Non-Hong Kong residents coming from the Mainland, Macao and Taiwan will be denied entry to Hong Kong if they have been to any overseas countries and regions in the past 14 days


Passengers are also reminded that upon check-in at origins, NO exemption to the above transit and transfer conditions will be made even if the passengers intend to book connecting flights under 2 separate tickets. The passengers will be responsible for his/her own costs for repatriation to the origin and the associated costs if he/she is stranded.

 

Updated: June 01, 2020


Resumption of Transit and Health Measures


In view of the resumption of transit service at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) starting June 01, 2020, passengers and crew members are reminded of the existing port health measures being implemented in the HKIA, and to adopt stringent precautionary measures for prevention of infectious diseases.

On top of the routine temperature screening for all inbound travelers that has been in place at the HKIA all along, since February 01, 2020, all the travelers (passengers and crew members) who depart or transit at the HKIA have also been required to undergo temperature checks. Those who are detected with fever will be assessed by the staff of the Department of Health and compulsorily referred to a public hospital for further management as appropriate. Such arrangement will remain the same upon the resumption of transit service.

To minimize the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, all passengers and crew members are advised to maintain good personal hygiene at all times and perform hand hygiene frequently. They should wear a surgical mask during the flight and maintain appropriate social distance with other people as far as possible. 

All inbound passengers and crew members must submit the required information for health and quarantine online through the Electronic Health and Quarantine Declaration system.

For the latest updates on COVID-19 situation, please visit the Government’s Thematic Website (https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html).

 
 
Updated: May 29, 2020


With reference to the Terminal Circular (Ref: TOD/028/20) issued on May 13, 2020, please be advised that the compulsory face mask requirement will be extended to all arriving and transfer/transit passengers.

All departing, arriving, and transfer/transit passengers will be required to wear face masks at the passenger accessible areas of the restricted area at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) with effect from 00:01 AM on June 01, 2020 until further notice.

Please refer to the table below for the full list of areas that require both passengers and airport staff to wear face mask:


 

Areas

1

Departure levels of passenger terminal buildings in airside

2

SkyPier Sea-to-Air levels

3

Automated People Mover Departure line and SkyPier line (Sea-to-Air)

4

Apron Passenger Vehicle for departure

5

Arrivals level of passenger terminal buildings in airside

6

SkyPier Air-to-Sea levels

7

Automated People Mover Arrival line and SkyPier line (Sea-to-Air)

8

Apron Passenger Vehicle for departure


 

Updated: May 28, 2020


Enhanced Electronic Health Declaration Form.


The Department of Health has recently enhanced the electronic health declaration form (HDF) for inbound travelers to submit online both health declaration and quarantine information. Follow these instructions below:


1. Go to https://www.chp.gov.hk/hdf.


2. Fill out the electronic form (English or Chinese versions are available).


3. Save the result by clicking the “Save QR Code” button or by taking a screen capture of your mobile device.


4. Show the saved result or screen capture to the border control point staff.


5. It is an offense for any person to provide information that is false or misleading in a particular material and may be liable to a fine and imprisonment.


6. The result is valid for only 48 hours.



14-day Quarantine for Arriving Passengers from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and South Africa


Effective May 11, 2020, Passengers entering Hong Kong by flights arriving from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and South Africa are required to undergo a 14-day compulsory quarantine. These passengers will be transferred in coaches to the DH's Temporary Specimen Collection Centre at AsiaWorld-Expo for compulsory COVID-19 testing, then will be transferred in coaches to the quarantine centre for a 14-day compulsory quarantine period. For more details, please refer to the press release here.


For latest updates on the quarantine measures, please visit the COVID-19 Thematic Website.



Mandatory Wearing of Face Masks at Hong Kong International Airport


Effective May 18, 2020 at 08:00 AM Hong Kong Time, passengers and staff at Hong Kong International Airport are required to wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth at designated areas:



Designated Areas

Passenger

Staff

Departure levels of passenger terminal buildings in airside

SkyPier Sea-to-Air levels

Automated People Mover Departure line and SkyPier line (Sea-to-Air)

Apron Passenger Vehicle for departure

Arrivals level of passenger terminal buildings in airside

SkyPier Air-to-Sea levels

Automated People Mover Arrival line and SkyPier line (Sea-to-Air)

Apron Passenger Vehicle for departure



✓- Required to wear face mask
□ – Recommended to wear face mask


For passengers, face masks will be available for sale in stores or by vending machines.



Updated: April 22, 2020


New quarantine arrangement effective April 22, 2020


The Government of the Hong Kong SAR advised that ALL asymptomatic inbound travelers arriving at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) will be mandated to wait for test results at a designated location after collecting their deep throat saliva samples for conducting testing for COVID-19 at the Department of Health (DH)'s Temporary Specimen Collection Centre (TSCC) at AsiaWorld-Expo under the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance (Cap. 599). Depending on the arrival time of flights and taking into consideration factors including infection control and crowd control as well as testing time, the DH will arrange those asymptomatic inbound travelers who need to wait for test results overnight to be temporarily accommodated in the DH Holding Centre for Test Result (HCTR) set up in the Regal Oriental Hotel.

The DH will issue quarantine orders to all passengers arriving at the HKIA in accordance with the Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation (Cap. 599C) and the Compulsory Quarantine of Persons Arriving at Hong Kong from Foreign Places Regulation (Cap. 599E). The relevant government department will also arrange electronic wristbands for them. According to quarantine orders, those staying at the DH HCTR shall not leave their hotel rooms nor move around in the hotel. Leaving designated rooms will be regarded as a breach of the quarantine order and constitutes a criminal offence. Offenders are subject to a maximum imprisonment for six months and fine of $25,000.


Please refer to the link for details: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202004/20/P2020042000699.htm?fontSize=1



Updated: April 12, 2020

Starting from April 13, 2020, passengers arriving on flights from the US and other European countries are also required to proceed to AWE to collect their deep throat saliva samples and wait for the test results there, in addition to the existing arrangement for the UK flights. Please refer to DH’s press release for details https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202004/11/P2020041100611.htm?fontSize=1


 

Updated: April 8, 2020


1. Effective, April 8, 2020, 0400 HKG Local Time, all arrival passengers will be required to go to AWE (temporary testing centers at AsiaWorld-Expo) for a thorough virus test;


2. From, April 8, 2020, 0300 Local Time, HKG South arrival hall will be closed. All passengers and baggage will have to go through the North arrival hall.


3. Upon arrival, passengers will go through the quarantine check point and immigration, collect their baggage at Custom Hall. After going out to the North arrival hall, passengers will be guided to the T1A area, then take elevator to Level 3 to take a dedicated shuttle to AWE.


4. Meeters of passengers must go to AWE.


5. UM parents can meet UM at Level 3 lift area before boarding the shuttle and go to AWE together. However, the arrangement for WCHR passengers who are unable to travel on the shuttle is still yet to be confirmed.


6. After the test, passengers and meters are expected to leave AWE by own arrangement.


7.  In addition to the above, effective from April 9, 2020, passengers from the UK will be required to stay in AWE until the test results are available (approximate 10+ hours).



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).

   
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 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 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 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 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


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: September 11, 2020


Updated Travel Advisory as of September 04, 2020


There is no date to lift the ban on foreign tourists and Non-Resident workers (Blue Card) entering Macau.  Also, (Chinese nationals) who have been to other foreign countries; though, China as Final Destination transiting MFM will be denied entry.


Additional information: Bus services between Macau and Hong Kong are suspended until further notice.


Health quarantine requirements and measures for inbound travelers of different identities


Type of inbound Traveler:

Visited in the 14 days prior to arrival

Mainland China

Hong Kong SAR

Taiwan

Foreign Country

Foreigners (Non-Macao nationals) (effective March 18, 2020)

Entry Denied

Entry Denied

Entry Denied

Entry Denied

Macao Residents (effective September 04, 2020)

- Nucleic acid certificate with negative COVID-19 infection issued within 7 days

*Guangdong Health Code / Paper Version

- Nucleic acid certificate with negative COVID-19 infection issued within 24 hours

- 14 days of centralized isolation medical observation

- Nucleic acid certificate with negative COVID-19 infection issued within 7 days

- 14 days of centralized isolation medical observation

- Nucleic acid certificate with negative COVID-19 infection issued within 7 days

- 14 days of centralized isolation medical observation

Residents of mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan region (effective September 04, 2020)

- Nucleic acid certificate with negative COVID-19 infection issued within 7 days

*Guangdong Health Code / Paper Version

- Nucleic acid certificate with negative COVID-19 infection issued within 24 hours

- 14 days of centralized isolation medical observation

- Nucleic acid certificate with negative COVID-19 infection issued within 7 days

- 14 days of centralized isolation medical observation

Entry Denied




Updated: August 19, 2020


There is no date to lift the ban on foreign tourists and Non-Resident workers (Blue Card) entering Macau.


Health quarantine requirements ad measures for inbound travelers of different identities


Type of inbound Traveler:

Visited in the 14 days prior to arrival

Mainland China

Hong Kong SAR

Taiwan

Foreign Country

Foreigners (Non-Macao nationals) (effective March 18, 2020)

Entry Denied

Entry Denied

Entry Denied

Entry Denied

Macao Residents (effective August 12, 2020)

Boarding vessel, aircraft, on arrival

- Nucleic acid certificate with negative COVID-19 infection issued within 7 days

*Guangdong Health Code / Paper Version

- Those who have been to Dalian or Urumqi are required to undergo 14 days of centralized isolation medical observation

Boarding vehicle, vessel, aircraft, on arrival

- Nucleic acid certificate with negative COVID-19 infection issued within 24 hours

- 14 days of centralized isolation medical observation

Boarding vehicle, vessel, aircraft, on arrival

- Nucleic acid certificate with negative COVID-19 infection issued within 7 days

- 14 days of centralized isolation medical observation

Boarding vehicle, vessel, aircraft, on arrival

- Nucleic acid certificate with negative COVID-19 infection issued within 7 days

- 14 days of centralized isolation medical observation

Residents of mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan region (effective August 12, 2020)

Boarding vessel, aircraft, on arrival

- Nucleic acid certificate with negative COVID-19 infection issued within 7 days

*Guangdong Health Code / Paper Version

- Those who have been to Dalian or Urumqi are required to undergo 14 days

Boarding vehicle, vessel, aircraft, on arrival

- Nucleic acid certificate with negative COVID-19 infection issued within 24 hours

- 14 days of centralized isolation medical observation

Boarding vehicle, vessel, aircraft, on arrival

- Nucleic acid certificate with negative COVID-19 infection issued within 7 days

- 14 days of centralized isolation medical observation

Entry Denied





Updated August 12, 2020


NO PLANS TO REMOVE BAN ON FOREIGN NON-MACAU RESIDENTS ENTRY IN TO MACAU



Only foreign visitors from regions with zero COVID-19 for more than 130 consecutive days will be allowed to enter Macau.



Currently, non-Macau residents from outside Greater China are not allowed to enter Macau. 


Individual and group tourist visas for Zhuhai, Guangdong Province and the whole Mainland China will be resumed on August 12, August 26 and September 23, respectively.


Updated: July 31, 2020


Eligible Macao ID Holders are able to Travel quarantine-free to Guangdong


Eligible Macao ID holders with a negative nucleic acid test result for COVID-19 infection are able – to travel quarantine-free to anywhere in Guangdong Province.


Under test result requirement, those wishing to travel out of Macao across its land boundaries with Guangdong must obtain a negative nucleic acid test result, issued within seven days of their intended departure from Macao; and have a valid ‘green’ code result for respectively the Macao Health Code system and the Guangdong health-declaration system.


In order to be granted exemption from undergoing a 14-day period of medical observation in Zhuhai, inbound travelers must have avoided travel to any places outside Macao and the mainland in the 14 days prior to their intended arrival in Guangdong.


Once in Guangdong, such travelers must make a daily digital declaration of their health status – via the Guangdong health-declaration system – in the 14 days following their arrival.


To book a reservation online for a nucleic acid test in Macao, would-be travelers can visit: https://app.ssm.gov.mo/rnatestbook/



Updated: July 30, 2020



Note 1: No one is allowed to board the vessel/aircraft without the certificate. Individuals who fail to present the certificate upon arrival are required to submit to testing and receive medical observation until the test results return negative.


Note 2: Unless with special exemption, no one is allowed to board the vehicle/vessel/aircraft without the certificate.


Source: Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Center


 

Updated: July 30, 2020


Updated Travel Restrictions for Macao SAR 


1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Macao SAR, China. This does not apply to:

  • residents of Macao SAR, China;
  • residents of the Mainland of China if they have not been outside the Mainland of China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong SAR, China and Macao SAR, China in the past 14 days;
  • residents of Chinese Taipei or Hong Kong SAR, China if they have not been outside the Mainland of China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong SAR, China and Macao SAR, China in the past 14 days.

Only if these mentioned nationalities have not been outside their territoryonly Medical Certificate with a negative Coronavirus Nucleic Acid Test Result ​shall be presented and undergo quarantine for 14 days.


2. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) nucleic acid test result issued at most 7 days before arrival.


Macao Residents who have been outside Mainland of China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong SAR are allowed to enter Macao, provided they present a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus nucleic acid test result and undergo quarantine for 14 days.


3. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days.


4. All travelers intending to board either a vessel or a flight departing from Macao, must hold a certificate showing a negative result from a COVID-19 nucleic acid test. The measure takes effect after 6am on Tuesday (14 July).


The certificate must have been issued within seven days of the intended date of departure. A result from a nucleic acid test can be lodged on the Macao Health Code system’s online platform.


5. In addition, from 6pm / 13 July 2020, all people arriving in Macao having set-off from Hong Kong via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao (HKZM) Bridge, must hold a certificate proving they have tested negative for COVID-19 infection. The certificate must have been issued within seven days of the traveler’s intended arrival in Macao.


Any traveler making a journey originating in Hong Kong who fails to provide such a certificate may be refused entry to Macao.


All the latest steps are to protect the safety of those using such transport, and transport staff.


Under current rules, those arriving in Macao having set off from Hong Kong, are required to undergo a 14-day period of medical observation in a designated hotel.

 

Updated: July 23, 2020

Reminder

All travelers intending to board either a vessel or a flight departing from Macao, must hold a certificate showing a negative result from a COVID-19 nucleic acid test. 

The certificate must have been issued within seven days of the intended date of departure. A result from a nucleic acid test can be lodged on the Macao Health Code system’s online platform.




Updated: July 16, 2020

End of Operations – Special Charter Ferry Services (HKIA/MACAO)


The Tourism Crisis Management Office of the Macao Special Administrative Region would like to inform that the Special Charter Ferry Services that were in place for the last month to assist the return of Macao residents via Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) as well as assist foreign nationals stranded in Macao return to their home countries through the HKIA will end by July 16, 2020. The last ferry arranged to bring back the remaining Macao residents is scheduled to leave the HKIA on July 16, 2020 at around 23:15.

 


Updated: June 30, 2020

COVID-19 test required for those arriving from certain countries


In order to safeguard the health of the passengers and crew and in accordance with the number 2 of article 4 of the Decree Law No 81/99/M and number 2 of point 2 of article 10 of Law No. 2/2004 (Law on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases), effective immediately, those planning to return to Macao via the Hong Kong International Airport and to make use of the ferry service between the Hong Kong International  Airport and Macao must hold a negative nucleic acid test report for COVID-19 issued by a local qualified medical institution, up to 7 days before arrival in Macao if they are arriving from the following countries: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Indonesia, and Brazil.

Passengers departing from the 6 different countries will need to present test results when checking in at the departure country or they will be rejected to board the ferries between the Hong Kong International Airport and Macao.

 


Updated: April 24, 2020

Restriction/travel ban is still in effect until further advice.

All foreign nationals and non-resident workers (Blue Card Holders) as well as residents of Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR and region of Taiwan who have visited a foreign country within the past 14days, have been prohibited from entering Macao. 

All passengers seeking to travel to Macao should be reminded promptly that they are required to take a nucleic acid test for Covid-19 in advance at the local health authorities and must test negative. Passengers intending to take the flight are required to present the Covid-19 nucleic acid test report issued by a local medical institution within 7days and are subject to temperature check; must at the discretion of the health authorities, undergo to medical observation for 14 days at designated venue.



Updated: April 16, 2020

Starting 25th March 2020, 00:00 Hrs Macau Time, all non-Macao nationals and non-resident workers, as well as 
residents of Mainland China/ Hong Kong Special Administrative Region/ the region of Taiwan who have visited a foreign country within the past 14 days, have been prohibited from entering Macao. In view of the severity of the international epidemic situation, in order to safeguard the health of air passengers and the aircrew including flight attendants, airlines are advised to adopt the following measures for passenger flights departing from areas with high incidence of COVID-19:



Notification before check-in:

1.Airlines should notify prospective passengers in advance of the immigration measures and restrictions currently in place in Macao;

2.All passengers seeking to travel to Macao should be reminded promptly that they are required to take a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 in advance at the local health authorities, and they must test negative in order to be allowed boarding.


Upon check-in:

1.Airlines should verify that every passenger fulfils the conditions of entry formulated in response to the epidemic;

2.Passengers intending to take the flight are required to present the COVID-19 nucleic acid test report issued by a local medical institution within 7 days, and are subject to temperature check; only passengers tested negative may proceed to departure. Individuals with fever or positive test result, as well as those who fail to present the required test report, should be denied boarding.


Other measures:

Please refer to “Prevention of Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia - Advice for Public Transport Managers, Operators and Passengers” and the Special Webpage Against Epidemics at https://www.ssm.gov.mo/PreventCOVID-19


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.



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 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.
 


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: September 07, 2020


For Transit passengers - the following are allowed to transit provided they comply with requirements of their transit point/s as well as final destination:


Passengers with a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeta) and transit visa issued by New Zealand are allowed to transit thru NZ.


Effective until September 18, 2020, this does not apply to passengers in Cook Island., Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Micronesia (Federated States), Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Mariana Island, Samoa, Samoa (American), Solomon Island, Tonga, Tuvalu or Vanuatu, if they are returning via New Zealand to their country of residence.


Transit passengers are not subject to medical screening and quarantine of 14 days.




Updated: August 13, 2020


New Zealand moves to Alert Level 3 for Auckland, Level 2 for rest of country


Effective August 12, 2020, Auckland will be moving back into Alert Level 3 (stay at home apart from essential travel), and the rest of New Zealand will move into Alert Level 2 (take precautions).

International flights

  • Auckland outbound - ticketed passengers can travel to Auckland airport to catch their flight
  • Auckland inbound – no changes to process expected at this stage
  • Social distancing – no requirement for social distancing on outbound international flight
  • Rest of country outbound & inbound – no changes expected apart from at Terminals where social distancing will be required
  • Masks – no change, not enforced on inbound or outbound flights but recommended

Domestic flights


  • Auckland outbound – limited to people leaving Auckland to return home (ticketed passengers are allowed to travel to airport), and essential travellers only onboard
  • Auckland inbound – limited to Aucklanders returning home, essential travellers with essential work in Auckland only
  • Social Distancing – required on all domestic flights as soon as possible, but no later than midnight tonight (2359H August 12, 2020). Middle row empty on jets, empty seat next to PAX on smaller aircraft
  • Masks – must be worn on all domestic flights

Airports

  • Auckland Airport – expected controlled entry into Domestic terminal, social distancing spacing will be required at both International and Domestic terminals
  • Other airports - social distancing spacing at both International and Domestic terminals will be in place



Updated: July 16, 2020

COVID-19 Health Border Advisory (22) – July 15, 2020


Current Border measures

The following is a summary of the current border measures:



Entry and exit health processes at international airports


Health staff are undertaking entry screening for all flights. Every traveller (including aircrew) entering New Zealand via the aviation pathway will have a health on arrival. If a traveller is symptomatic, they will be placed in a quarantine facility and tested for COVID-19. If a passenger is not symptomatic on arrival, they will be placed in an approved managed isolation facility for 14 days. Aircrew, maritime crew and re-positioning crew are exempt quarantine provided they meet the Ministry of Health’s requirements (see below). 


Transit arrangements that detail who may transit New Zealand are published by Immigration NZ and available on their website at https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/coronavirus-update-inz-response. Exit screening is currently limited to travellers and flights departing to the Pacific.



Updated: June 30, 2020

COVID-19 Health Border Advisory (21) – June 26, 2020

New Zealand COVID-19 Alert level

New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 1 (Prepare). Further information on the Government
response and New Zealand COVID-19 Alert Levels can be found here:
https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-system/#new-zealand-covid-19-alert-levels.

Summary of Current Border Measures
The following is a summary of the current border measures. Further information on the immigration
measures can be found on the immigration website https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-
19/border-closures-and-exceptions:

  • Only New Zealand residents and citizens (and their children and partners) are permitted to enter New Zealand. This includes the Realm countries (the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau), Australian citizens and permanent residents ordinarily resident in New Zealand, airline crew and marine cargo crew.
  • There are some exceptions, on a case-by-case basis, for critical workers, humanitarian reasons, partners or dependent children of visa holders living in New Zealand, andothers (https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/border-closures-and-exceptions). 
  • Foreign national marine crew entering via the air border (eg. for fishing crew changes) must apply, via their employers or shipping agents, for an exception to the border restrictions. Further information is available here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/covid-19-information-for-employers
  • Cruise vessels are not permitted to enter New Zealand’s territorial waters on public health grounds until 30 June 2020. This will be extended through the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Maritime Border Order 2020).

Health border measures
  • Every passenger arriving into New Zealand on a flight will either enter a managed isolation or quarantine facility for a minimum period of 14 days from their time of arrival. 
  • A very small number of people will be eligible for exemption from managed isolation, such as medical transfers, people with medical or physical needs which can’t be managed in the accommodation provided, transit passengers, and people entering the country as essential health workers. From June 17, 2020, all compassionate leave exemptions were suspended, and no new exemptions were issued. Legal guardians can apply to join unaccompanied minors in managed facilities.

                 - If an exemption is granted, the person must complete their 14-day self-isolation at home.
                 - Anyone symptomatic on arrival will still be placed in quarantine 

  • The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Air Border) Order 2020, which came into force on June 22, 2020, includes an exemption for marine crew (immediately transferring to a vessel) from 14 days of isolation or quarantine in a managed facility.



Updated: June 23, 2020


Use of medical grade masks for passengers bound for New Zealand

The New Zealand Ministry of Health advises that medical grade masks shall be used by passengers on in bound international flights. Passengers are strongly encouraged to use these masks as a precautionary measure while on board.


Updated: May 28, 2020

Guidance for Aviation Activity under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 Restrictions

  1. All aviation activity is permitted under Level 2 COVID-19 restrictions. This includes all air transport at all levels:

    • Commercial and agricultural aviation
    • General aviation
    • Private Business flying
    • All recreational activities including gliding, ballooning, hang-gliding, paragliding, parachuting (including Part 115 activity)
    • Commercial and private RPAS activity
    • Flight simulator training

  2. Flying to any destination within New Zealand is allowed.
  3. All activities must comply with and be conducted within COVID-19 physical distancing rules and other Ministry of Health public health guidelines.
  4. Aviation medicals are allowed to be carried out at Alert Level 2.

 

Updated: April 25, 2020


COVID-19 Travel and Transport Guidance Related to Aviation at Alert Level 3


You can only travel on domestic air services if:

  • you are travelling to do essential work,
  • you are relocating a home or business,
  • you are travelling for medical reasons,
  • you are travelling because of an emergency, or to give effect to a Court Order,
  • you have an exemption to travel because of compassionate reasons
  • you are going to a funeral or tangihanga,
  • you are a foreign national leaving New Zealand,
  • you are a New Zealander resident in the Realm (Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) returning home,
  • you have arrived in New Zealand from overseas and have completed 14 days’ of managed isolation or quarantine at the port of your arrival (except air and marine crew),
  • you have been ‘stuck in wrong place’ and need to get back to your home or place of work (in this instance,  a one-way trip only is permitted and the region you are travelling to must be at the same alert level, or at a higher alert level).

Even if you fall within one of the groups above, you cannot travel if: you are required to self-isolate (e.g. you have arrived from overseas); have symptoms of COVID-19; are being tested for COVID-19; or are a suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID-19.

Physical distancing and public health measures apply.
 


Updated: April 24, 2020

New Zealand COVID-19 Alert level

At 11:59 PM on Monday, April 27, New Zealand will move back to Alert Level 3 - Restrict. Further information on the Government’s response and New Zealand COVID-19 Alert Levels can be found here: https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-system/#new-zealand-covid-19-alert-levels

Current Border measures

The current border measures, listed below, continue. These are: 

  • Only New Zealand residents and citizens (and their children and partners) are permitted to enter New Zealand. This includes the Realm countries (the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau), Australian citizens and permanent residents ordinarily resident in New Zealand, airline and marine crew.
  • There are some exceptions, on a case by case basis, for example for essential health workers, humanitarian reasons, and others.
  • Cruise vessels are not permitted to enter New Zealand’s territorial waters on public health grounds until 30 June 2020.
  • Every traveller arriving into New Zealand on a flight will either enter a managed isolation or quarantine facility for a minimum period of 14 days from their time of arrival, unless they are exempt as provided for in the Health Act 1956 Order Section 70(1)(e), (ea) and (f) dated 9 April. 
  • The Health Act Order Section 70(1)(e), (ea) and (f) dated 9 April has been extended until 11 May 2020 and amended to include an exemption for marine crew (immediately transferring to a vessel) from 14 days of managed isolation or quarantine.

Exit processes at international airports

Exit screening is currently limited to travellers and flights departing to the Pacific.

Exemptions from managed isolation

A small number of people will be eligible for an exemption from managed isolation. These include medical transfers, and those with serious medical conditions that cannot be managed in the accommodation provided. Exemptions from managed isolation are granted centrally through the email address MI_Exemptions@health.govt.nz.

If a traveller does not hold an exemption before they fly, they will be placed in managed isolation. No exemptions will be granted at the border.

Once in isolation, requests for exemption can be discussed from the facility management team. A person with an exemption will still need to pass the health screening check prior to leaving for self-isolation. No exemptions can be granted from quarantine.

Advice for persons transiting through New Zealand to another country

The New Zealand Government has entered into transit arrangements with a range of countries to make it easier for each other’s citizens to get home. Transit agreements that detail who may transit New Zealand are published by Immigration NZ and available on their website at https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/coronavirus-update-inz-response

Further information and resources

The COVID-19 webpages are updated daily: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus and https://covid19.govt.nz

 Advice for travelers https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-information-specific-audiences/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-advice-travellers

Advice on self-isolation https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-self-isolation

Advice on caring for yourself and others who have, or may have, COVID-19 at home https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public/caring-yourself-and-others-who-have-or-may-have-covid-19-home

All of Government Factsheet for Welfare Support: information on what welfare support is available for people who may be self-isolating or are not sure what assistance may be is available here:https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-resources or phone the 0800 Government Helpline on 0800 779 997 (9am–5pm, seven days/week). For health specific questions, please call Healthline directly on 0800 611 116 (24 hours/day, seven days/week).

Border advisories https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-information-specific-audiences/covid-19-resources-border-sector

Border Controls https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-current-situation/covid-19-border-controls

Factsheets for close contacts with a confirmed case, close contacts of a suspected case and people who have been on an aircraft with an unwell person: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public/contact-tracing-covid-19

General information about COVID-19 https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public

Public events and mass gatherings https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-information-specific-audiences/covid-19-advice-public-events-and-mass-gatherings

World Health Organization situation updates and advice: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus and https://www.who.int/csr/don/en (updates only).

 


Updated: April 18, 2020

Travel Restrictions - Border closure

Most foreign travellers can no longer enter New Zealand. Returning residents and citizens must isolate themselves upon arrival.

New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, residents with valid travel conditions and their immediate family (partner or spouse, legal guardian and dependent children under the age of 24) can still come to New Zealand. Immediate family must have a valid visa or NZeTA and travel with the New Zealand citizen or resident family member on the same flight to New Zealand. 

Australian citizens and permanent residents who normally live in New Zealand can also return to New Zealand.

International Transit Passengers 
New Zealand will assist in repatriation efforts for foreign nationals by allowing passengers to transit New Zealand, providing they meet the following criteria: 

  • Must remain airside (within the pre-departure and allowed transit areas)
  • Cannot enter New Zealand
  • Have a maximum 10-hour window to leave on their onward flight
  • Must have no COVID-19 symptoms, no contact with a suspected or confirmed case and not be awaiting test results
  • Must have confirmation from the airline that they will be permitted to board for their entire journey – as well as confirmation prior to boarding that their destination country will permit arrival. 

With some airlines not providing a check-through function, work is being undertaken to provide an airside international transfer desk. Bags should continue to be tagged between interline carriers. 

New Zealanders can transit Australia to return to NZ and vice versa

New Zealand citizens, permanent residents who normally live in New Zealand and immediate family (partner, legal guardian and dependent children) are able to transit Australia to New Zealand. Transiting travellers must remain airside and cannot enter Australia. 

Similarly, Australian citizens and permanent residents and their immediate family members may transit through New Zealand to return to Australia.

Quarantine requirements for travellers arriving into NZ

From 10 April, all travellers arriving in New Zealand are required to enter quarantine (‘managed isolation’) in government-approved facilities for a minimum of 14 days.

The facilities are a network of 18 hotels, 1 or 2 of which will be dedicated to those who have COVID-19 symptoms or are being tested.

Details are:

  • All arriving travellers in New Zealand will either enter a managed isolation or quarantine facility for a minimum period of 14 days from their time of arrival. 
  • All people arriving in New Zealand will be screened for COVID-19 infection or contact on arrival. 
  • All passengers will be disembarked in small groups from aircraft and met by Government officials at the gate. 
  • There will be officials available at the gate to answer any questions and to provide assistance. 
  • If the passenger has a connecting domestic flight, they will not be allowed to connect to that flight. 
  • If a passenger has COVID-19 symptoms on arrival, they will be tested for COVID-19 and be placed in an approved quarantine facility for 14 days or until they have been symptom-free for at least 48 hours, whichever happens later. 
  • If a passenger does not have COVID-19 symptoms on arrival, they will be transported to a managed Isolation facility where they must stay for at least 14 days. 
  • All passengers placed in managed accommodation will have further information provided to them on what will happen post the 14 days isolation period, including transport arrangements to their final point of arrival. 

Air crew (including repositioning crew) are exempt from mandatory isolation but must continue to strictly adhere to the guidance for air crew on the Ministry of Health website.

If a passenger is worried because they need to get to their final destination urgently, advise the person to talk to the officials at the managed Isolation facility (hotel) they are placed into who will initiate the process to manage these cases.

 

Updated: April 9, 2020


The New Zealand Government has announced further measures to help protect the border as part of the fight against COVID-19. From Thursday, April 9, 2020, 11:59PM New Zealand Time, all passengers bound for New Zealand will be required to undergo mandatory isolation for 14 days at a designated Government facility. This does not apply to:


  • Passengers transiting through New Zealand
  • Airline crew if they use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).


The New Zealand will enter transit arrangements with a range of countries to make it easier for each other’s citizens to get home. There are current arrangements for New Zealand and Australian citizens, residents and immediate family to transit Australia and New Zealand as appropriate. No other agreements have been made yet, but we will provide updates as necessary.


Travelers should familiarize themselves with the following three New Zealand Government websites to keep up to date with the latest information:

- The Immigration New Zealand 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
- The COVID-19 website

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


 

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. 



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: 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 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.

 

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.  


Implementation Date: February 3, 2020 / Updated: April 27, 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.



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.


Updated: September 18, 2020


Updated Mandatory Quarantine Guidelines for GUAM


Executive Order No. 2020-32: Relative to Continuing the Stay-at-Home Order with Additional Services


2. CONTINUED STAY-AT-HOME ORDER


The Stay-at-Home order first issued in Executive Order No. 2020-28 and extended in Executive Orders No. 2020-29, 2020-30, and 2020-31, shall be extended and will continue until 12:00PM on September 25, 2020, unless extended by further order. All persons in Gum are directed to continue to stay at home, subject to and from work at authorized businesses as identified in this Order or in applicable Department of Health and Social Services (DPHSS) Guidance, seeking medical care, caring for dependents or pets, caring for vulnerable person in another location, or for individual exercise. Stay-at-Home conditions instituted in Executive Order No. 2020-29 and in applicable DPHSS Guidance shall remain in effect, subject to further amendments made thereto.


Read the full Executive Order: Executive Order No. 2020-32  



Updated: September 17, 2020


The prohibition for boarding individuals who have been present in the People’s Republic of China (excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong King and Macau), the Islamic Republic of Iran, a Schengen Area country, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom or the Federative Republic of Brazil  within the preceding 14 days does not apply to:


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


2. Any alien who is the parent or legal guardian of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, 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 U.S. passport; IR-visa package.


3. Any alien who is the sibling of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, 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 U.S. passport; IR-visa package


4. Any alien who is the child, foster child, or ward of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, 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 U.S. passport; IR-visa package.


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


6. Any alien traveling as a nonimmigrant pursuant to a C-1, D, or C-1/D nonimmigrant visa 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.


7. Any alien. Seeking entry into or transiting the United States pursuant to one of the following visas: A-1, A-2, C-2, C-3 (as a foreign government official or immediate family member of an official), E-1 (as an employee of TECRO or TECO or the employee’s immediate family members), G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO-1 through NATO-4, or NATO-6 (or seeking to enter as a nonimmigrant in one of those NATO categories).b. Whose travel falls within the scope of section 11 of the United Nations Headquarters Agreement Example of documentation: Visa documentation contained in passport


8. Any alien whose entry would not pose a significant risk of introducing, transmitting, or spreading the virus, as determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, through the CDC Director or his designee. Example of documentation: Written documentation from CDC.


9. 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.


10. 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. Per Presidential Proclamations, the prohibition for boarding individuals who have been present in the Islamic Republic of Iran or a Schengen Area country within the preceding 14 days does not apply to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and spouses and children of members of the U.S. Armed Forces.


11. Students with an F-1 or M-1 visa and their F-2 and M-2 dependents, if they arrive from or have been in Ireland (Rep.), United Kingdom or Schengen Member States in the past 14 days.


Passengers who have originated in, transferred from, or transited through the Islamic Republic of Iran or People's Republic of China excluding Hong Kong and Macau, Schengen Area Country, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom or Federative Republic of Brazil must enter the U.S. thru the following airports only: LAX, SFO, HNL, GUM and JFK (PAL STATIONS).


Or in any of these other U.S. Airports:


  • Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
  • Washington Dulles (IAD)
  • Seattle (SEA)
  • Atlanta (ATL)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)
  • Detroit (DTW)
  • Boston (BOS)
  • Miami (MIA)
  • Ft. Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • Houston George Bush International Airport (IAH)



Updated: September 15, 2020


Federal Government Adjusts COVID-19 Entry Strategy for International Air Passengers


Beginning September 14, 2020, the United States Government (USG) will remove requirements for directing all flights carrying airline passengers arriving from, or recently had a presence in, certain countries to land at one of 15 designated airports and halt enhanced entry health screening for these passengers. Currently, enhanced entry health screening is conducted for those arriving from, or with recent presence in, China (excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau), Iran, the Schengen region of Europe, the United Kingdom (excluding overseas territories outside of Europe), Ireland, and Brazil.


USG resources will instead be dedicated to more effective mitigation efforts that focus on the individual passenger, including: pre-departure, in-flight, and post-arrival health education for passengers; robust illness response at airports; voluntary collection of contact information from passengers using electronic means as proposed by some airlines to avoid long lines, crowding and delays associated with manual data collection; potential testing to reduce the risk of travel-related transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 and movement of the virus from one location to another; country-specific risk assessments to assist passengers in making informed decisions about travel-related risk; enhancing training and education of partners in the transportation sector and at United States ports of entry to ensure recognition of illness and immediate notification to CDC; and post-arrival passenger recommendations for self-monitoring and precautions to protect others, with enhanced precautions, including staying home to the extent possible for 14 days for people arriving from high-risk destinations.


Read the full article here.



Updated: September 10, 2020


City of Honolulu: EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 2020-26 (COVID-19 [Novel Coronavirus])


AMENDED SECOND STAY AT HOME / WORK FROM HOME ORDER


[Excerpt from the Order in travel]


Order 4: All travel, including, but not limited to, travel on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit, except Essential Travel and Essential Activities (as defined in Section II), is prohibited. People must use public transit only for purposes of performing Essential Activities; or to travel to and from Essential Businesses or maintain Essential Governmental Functions. People riding on public transit must comply with Social Distancing Requirements, as applicable, including the face covering requirements contained in Order 5 of this Order. This Order allows travel into or out of the City to perform Essential Activities, operate or visit Essential Businesses, or maintain Essential Governmental Functions.


Read the full article: Emergency Order No. 2020-26 



Updated: September 08, 2020


Guidance memo: Quarantine requirements for all Guam arrivals


Effective 12:00PM on Friday, August 21, 2020, and to continue for an initial period through 12:00PM on September 11, 2020, Executive Order No. 2020-30, restricting entry into Guam. Pursuant to Section 3333, Article 3, Chapter 3, Title 10, Guam Code Annotated, all persons entering Guam shall be subject to quarantine in accordance with the Department of Public Health and Social Services guidance.


All persons entering Guam by air or sea shall be subject to a 14-day quarantine at a Government of Guam Quarantine Facility or approved rental lodging or personal residence.


Individuals permitted to quarantine at their personal residence or rental lodging location must meet certain criteria as contained in this Guidance document – in these instances, individuals must be tested for COVID-19 and receive a negative test result.


In coordination with the Guam International Airport Authority (GIAA), transiting passengers may be asked to remain in a designated section of the airport facility while awaiting connecting flights less than 13 hours from landing time to departure time. Transiting passengers awaiting connecting flights in excess of 13 hours will quarantine at the Government of Guam Quarantine Facility until they are transported to GIAA to transit off Guam.


All persons are required to fill out a Health Declaration Form upon arrival to Guam. Those who are subject to quarantine restrictions are required to sign a Voluntary Quarantine Acknowledgement. Persons who choose not to sign will be subject to Involuntary Quarantine.


Costs associated with the quarantine and/or treatment for persons who are subject to restricted entry into Guam pursuant to Executive Orders 2020-04, 2020-11, 2020-14, 2020-16, 2020-20, 2020-22, and 2020-24 shall be the responsibility of the individual and the individual’s contracted carrier. In addition, all damages to assigned property will be the responsibility of the occupant.


Arrival Protocols:


A. ARRIVING PASSENGERS:


Arriving passengers (air or sea) are subject to a 14-day quarantine period at a Government of Guam Quarantine Facility, regardless of test results.
By signing a Voluntary Quarantine Acknowledgement, arriving passengers agree to the following:


- To comply with the voluntary quarantine order for 14 days from date of arrival
- To be transported directly from the airport to a Government of Guam Quarantine Facility
- To remain in their assigned room in a Government of Guam Quarantine Facility
- To not receive any visitors or visit any other rooms in the facility
- To be monitored daily for symptoms of COVID-19
- To leave quarantine location only for medical emergencies and approved medical appointments.

Individuals departing by air or sea during their quarantine period will be permitted to leave the Government of Guam Quarantine Facility to transit off Guam if they provide verifiable departure information. Transportation will be provided from the Government of Guam Quarantine Facility to A.B. Won Pat Guam International Airport for those traveling by air. However, transportation for individuals departing by sea will be the responsibility of the vessel agent.


B. ARRIVING PASSENGERS FROM COUNTRIES WITH NO REPORTED CASES


Arriving passengers (air or sea) with direct flight/voyage into Guam that originate from a country with No Reported Cases are not required to have a COVID-19 test and are not required to quarantine. However, the following will apply:


To observe social distancing, wear protective face coverings, and practice proper hand-washing etiquette


- To self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms:


a. Chills

b. Shortness of breath

c. Cough, runny nose, sore throat

d. Headache/Muscle aches

e. Feel feverish

f. Loss of smell or taste


- To report any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 to their healthcare provider and immediately isolate if they become symptomatic.
- To be tested for COVID-19 at any private or public clinics if they are symptomatic.
- To access beaches or parks only for the purpose of individual exercise.
- To adhere to any Executive Order currently in place for Guam as it pertains to the Public Health Emergency.

C. ESSENTIAL HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS WITH DPHSS ENDORSEMENT LETTER:


Essential Healthcare Professionals (EHP). To qualify for home quarantine with Restriction of Movement (ROM) guidelines allowing EHPs to report to work during their quarantine period, EHP’s are required to present an endorsement letter from the DPHSS Director at the airport upon arrival and an acceptable COVID-19 negative test result. For those without an endorsement letter from the DPHSS Director or an acceptable COVID-19 negative test result, EHPs will be taken to the Government of Guam Quarantine Facility until they are able to obtain both. DPHSS will facilitate testing at the site as necessary, subject to availability.


Spouse and dependents must also present an acceptable COVID-19 negative test result. Spouse and dependents without an acceptable COVID-19 negative test result will be sent to the Government of Guam Quarantine Facility along with the EHPs until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result. Spouse and dependents must adhere to quarantine at their personal residence or rental lodging.


To request an endorsement letter from DPHSS Director authorizing classification as an Essential Healthcare Professional, please visit the DPHSS website at dphss.guam.gov.  


Read the full Guidance Memo:  DPHSS Memo 2020-11 Rev07


For questions or concerns regarding this document, please submit an inquiry at http://dphss.guam.gov or send an email to dphss_quarantine@dphss.guam.gov.



Updated: August 31, 2020


State of Hawaii: Follow-up - Mandatory Travel Declaration


All arriving travelers are required to provide health and travel information. Scan the QR code and follow the directions on your device.




https://travel.hawaii.gov/#/


ALL passengers need to have the QR codes upon arrival in HNL.  The State of Hawaii will not accept manual forms, effective September 01, 2020.


For passengers that do not have mobile phones or tablet, they will be required to fill out the form and get QR code with the State representatives.  Limited tablets are available at the arrival area after customs. For passengers with no email address, they are required to create an email prior to filling up the form electronically. It is suggested to have it completed at least 72hrs prior to arrival in HNL.



August 28, 2020


State of Hawaii: Mandatory Travel Declaration


Passengers traveling to Hawaii are reminded to complete the Health and Travel Declaration Form (distributed onboard) for the State of Hawaii to avoid delaying the disembarkation process.


An on-line option will be available for passengers in September.  The link is as follows: 
https://travel.hawaii.gov


Click on the video to preview how to complete the information when passengers go to the site.



Updated: August 28, 2020


Updated Mandatory Quarantine Guidelines for GUAM


Executive Order No. 2020-29 – Relative to Extending Public Health Emergency and Modified Stay-at-Home Order


Executive Order No. 2020-28 – Relative to Ordering Guam Residents to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 by Staying Home


EXTENSION OF PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY. Effective on Sunday, August 30, 2020, the public health emergency first declared in Executive Order No. 2020-03, extended in Executive Order Nos. 2020-09, 2020-11, 2020-16, 2020-22, and 2020-24, and currently set to expire on August 29, 2020, is extended for an additional thirty (30) day period.  The public health emergency is now set to expire on September 30, 2020.  


Restricting Entry into Guam


Pursuant to Section 3333, Article 3, Chapter 3, Title 10, Guam Code Annotated, all persons entering Guam shall be subject to quarantine pursuant to this Section and Sections 19604 and 19605 of Article 6, Chapter 19, Title 10, Guam Code Annotated. Such quarantine shall be administered in accordance with applicable DPHSS Guidance, which shall include quarantine in a government qualified facility.


For more details, https://dphss.guam.gov/covid-19-dphss-mandatory-quarantine-procedures/



August 27, 2020


Clarification regarding to Filipino Passengers traveling to Hawaii


Effective October 01, 2020,


  1. Passengers coming in from the Philippines will all be required to get a valid COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) within 72 hours of boarding their flight to Hawaii, and to show proof of a negative test result upon arrival at the airport, to avoid the 14-day quarantine.
  2. If passengers are not able to present the required NAAT, they will be undergoing a 14-day self-quarantine.
  3. For passengers arriving from the Philippines and transiting Honolulu to Outer Islands , if NAAT is not presented, passenger will undergo 14-day quarantine on their destination.


Until such time the following travel policy is in place:


  1. All passengers arriving in Hawaii must undergo 14-day quarantine.
  2. All passengers arriving from the Philippines and transiting in Honolulu to outer islands, must undergo a 14-day quarantine in their final destination.
  3. All passengers arriving from outer islands transiting in Honolulu to take an International flight will not be required to undergo a 14 d14-dayrantine in Honolulu.



August 27, 2020


COVID-19 Related Fatalities


COVID-19 test results are reported from multiple labs at varying times of the day. The Joint Information Center will report cumulative COVID-19 test results once a day, unless unavailable. 


To date, there have been a total of 984 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 9 deaths, 429 not in isolation, and 548 cases in active isolation. Of those cases, 823 are classified as civilians and 161 are military service members.


For updated information on COVID-19 cases on Guam, visit the COVID-19 Dashboard and Situation Report at http://dphss.guam.gov/covid-19/


For the latest information on COVID-19, visit dphss.guam.gov or guamrecovery.com. For inquiries on COVID-19, contact 311 through a local number, or call the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.



Updated: August 24, 2020


State of Hawaii

COVID-19: Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine for all Arriving Passengers Remains; Partial Interisland Quarantine Reinstated


All individuals, both residents and visitors, arriving from out-of-state to Hawaii are still subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.


The start of the state's Pre-Travel Testing Program has been delayed to October 1, at the earliest.


Transpacific Travel


Pre-Travel Testing Program: During a press conference held on August 18, Governor David Ige announced that the state is delaying the start of the Pre-Travel Testing Program. The program will not begin until October 1, at the earliest.


Through the Pre-Travel Testing Program, all travelers arriving in Hawaii from out-of-state will be required to get a valid COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) within 72 hours of boarding their flight to Hawaii, and to show proof of a negative test result upon arrival at the airport, to avoid the 14-day quarantine. The FDA-approved NAAT test from a CLIA-certified laboratory will need to be done prior to arrival. No testing will be provided upon arrival at the airport. Click here for the initial July 13 press conference
and here for the news release.


New information will also be posted here. Program outline:


  • Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab
  • Travelers exempt for mandatory 14-day quarantine if testing negative no more than 72 hours in advance of travel
  • If results are not available by time of arrival, quarantine necessary until test results received
  • All travelers of all ages subject to pre-test requirement
  • Individuals responsible for testing costs
  • No commercial testing provided at Hawaii airports

Statewide Mandatory Quarantine: The 14-day mandatory self-quarantine applies to all arrivals at state airports, including private and commercial aircrafts. All arriving passengers are required to initial and sign this order confirming they are aware of the 14-day quarantine and acknowledging they understand violating the order is a criminal offense, and subject to up to a $5,000 fine and/or a year imprisonment. The period of self-quarantine begins from the time of entry into the State and lasts 14 days or the duration of the person’s time in Hawaii, whichever is shorter. Click here for the order and here or the twelfth supplementary proclamation.


Updated: August 20, 2020


Executive Order No. 2020-28: Relative to Ordering Guam Residents to stop the spread of COVID-19 by staying Home


Stay-At-Home Order


Effective at 12:00PM on Friday, August 21, 2020, and to continue for an initial period through 12:00PM on August 28, 2020, and with the concurrence of DPHSS as expressed in DPHSS Directive No. 34, all persons in Guam are directed to stay at home, subject to limited exceptions such as obtaining food and household necessities, going to and from work at critical businesses, as identified in applicable DPHSS Guidance, seeking medical care, caring for dependents or pets, or caring for a vulnerable person in another location.


Restricting Entry into Guam


Pursuant to Section 3333, Article 3, Chapter 3, Title 10, Guam Code Annotated, all persons entering Guam shall be subject to quarantine pursuant to this Section and Sections 19604 and 19605 of Article 6, Chapter 19, Title 10, Guam Code Annotated. Such quarantine will be administered in accordance with applicable DPHSS Guidance and shall occur in a government qualified facility.


Updated: August 14, 2020

Guam – Pandemic Condition of Readiness 1 (PCOR1)


Effective August 16, 2020, 0001H Sunday, through August 29, 2020, 1159H Saturday,


  • Non-essential businesses will be closed for a period of 14-days;
  • All public gatherings will be prohibited; public and private schools will be closed for in-person instruction; parks and beaches will be closed except for individual exercise, similar to the early days of the pandemic on island. Residents are again prohibited from gathering for religious services. 
  • There is no effect of travel to GUM, same compliance applies as previously advised.  The Guam airport will remain open for operations.  It is highly suggested that travelers to Guam be for essential reasons only.



Updated: August 08, 2020


COVID-19 in Guam: Warning – Level 3, Avoid Non-Essential Travel


Non-Essential Travel to Guam is prohibited starting August 08, 2020, 0600H


COVID-19 risk in Guam is high. CDC recommends travelers avoid all non-essential international travel to Guam. Some examples of essential travel may include traveling for humanitarian aid work, medical reasons, or family emergencies. Older adults, people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions, and others at increased risk for severe illness should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to Guam.


If you get sick in Guam and need medical care, resources may be limited. Plan ahead and learn more about Getting Health Care Abroad.


For more information: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-guam


Click Here to View 20.0807 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 2020-26 - Relative to Implementation of Additional Safety Measures and Issuance of Temporary Teaching Certifications During the Public Health Emergency

 


Updated: July 30, 2020

Waivers of Presidential Proclamations 9993 (Schengen Area) and 9996 (United Kingdom and Ireland) for Academics and Students

Students with valid F-1 and M-1 visas, and their F-2 and M-2 dependents traveling from or otherwise physically present in the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, or Ireland during the preceding 14 days may travel to the United States while these Proclamations are in effect. F and M visa holders subject to these Proclamations have been granted a national interest exception to travel and can be boarded without contacting CBP as long as all admissibility and document requirements are met.

There may be other nonimmigrant visa holders that have approved waivers that are not annotated on the visa, CBP may have additional information about these individuals. Airlines should contact their RCLG or IAP for boarding guidance should a traveler claim to have been issued a waiver.

The Secretary of Homeland Security directed all flights to the United States carrying persons who have recently traveled from, or were otherwise present within; the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Schengen Area arrive at one of the 15 designated United States airports where the United States government is focusing public health resources to implement enhanced screening procedures. Crew, and flights carrying only cargo (i.e., no passengers or non-crew), are excluded from this requirement. This includes deadheading crew.

Those 15 designated airports are:


  • Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia;
  • Newark-Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey;
  • Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas; and
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts; and
  • Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida.
  • Ft. Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • Houston George Bush International Airport (IAH)

This list of affected airports may be modified by an updated publication in the Federal Register or by
posting an advisory to follow at www.cbp.gov
 
Sections 271 and 273(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act provide that it is unlawful for commercial carriers to transport improperly documented aliens to the United States. Carriers that transport aliens subject to the Presidential proclamation may be subject to a carrier fine for each alien brought to the United States. 



Updated: July 21, 2020


State of Hawaii - COVID-19: Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine for all Arriving Passengers; Pre-travel Testing Program Delayed Until September 1

Statewide Order by Governor David Ige: You Must Self-Quarantine For 14 Days If You Arrived in Hawaii After March 26, 2020


Beginning September 01 ,2020, individuals are required to get a valid COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to departure and show proof of negative result to avoid 14-day quarantine.


All individuals, both residents and visitors, arriving from out-of-state to Hawaii are still subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.


PRE-TRAVEL TESTING PROGRAM: Beginning September 1, all travelers arriving in Hawaii from out-of-state will be required to get a valid COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) within 72 hours of boarding their flight to Hawaii, and to show proof of a negative test result upon arrival at the airport, to avoid the 14-day quarantine. The FDA-approved NAAT test from a CLIA-certified laboratory will need to be done prior to arrival. No testing will be provided upon arrival at the airport.


Reiterating the outline of the program:


  • Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab
  • Travelers exempt for mandatory 14-day quarantine if testing negative no more than 72 hours in advance of travel
  • If results are not available by time of arrival, quarantine necessary until test results received
  • All travelers of all ages subject to pre-test requirement
  • Individuals responsible for testing costs
  • No commercial testing provided at Hawaii airports


The governor says the pre-test is one part of a multi-layered screening process which includes arrival temperature checks, completion of the State Travel and Health form, and secondary screening for those with symptoms or temperatures of 100.4 degrees or higher.


New information will also be posted here.


The 14-day mandatory self-quarantine applies to all arrivals at state airports, including private and commercial aircrafts. All arriving passengers are required to initial and sign this order confirming they are aware of the 14-day quarantine and acknowledging they understand violating the order is a criminal offense, and subject to up to a $5,000 fine and/or a year imprisonment. The period of self-quarantine begins from the time of entry into the State and lasts 14 days or the duration of the person’s time in Hawaii, whichever is shorter. Click here for the order and here for the tenth supplementary proclamation.


Transpacific Travel


Pre-travel checklist:


• 24 Hours Before Flight

       - Check in with your airline

       - Domestic/International Travel: Download, print and fill out the  mandatory Travel Declaration Form or complete the information online -   Safe Travels Website

• 3 Hours Before Flight

     - Enter health screening checkpoint

     - Complete TSA check


Once travelers get to a Hawaii airport, they will have to show proof they completed their form and provide identification. After that, they will be expected to check-in daily during their mandatory 14-day quarantine. Visitors will be required to self-quarantine in their accommodations, and residents in their homes, but they may leave for medical emergencies.


After landing they will have their temperature taken. Anyone with a temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will receive a medical assessment by paramedics stationed at the airport. Passengers who do not have a fever will then 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 passenger will move to the self-quarantine station, initial and sign the order confirming they are aware of 14-day quarantine and acknowledging they understand violating the order is a criminal offense and they are subject to up to a $5,000 fine and/or a year imprisonment.



Updated: July 13, 2020

Government of Guam – Memorandum


Department of Public Health and Social Services List of Hospitals with Certified Labs


The following is a list of hospitals with labs from the Philippines that the Department of Public Health and Social Services has deemed certified for acceptance of COVID-19 test results:


Hospital

Address

Contact No.

Contact Person

Email

St. Luke’s Medical Center – Quezon City

279 E Rodriguez Sr. Ave. Quezon City, 1112 Metro Manila, Philippines

+63 2 8723 0101

Rosendo Cruz

rpcruz@stlukes.com.ph

St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City

Rizal Drive cor. 32nd St. and 5thAve., Taguig, 132121 Metro Manila Philippines

+63 2 8789 7700

Makati Medical Center

No. 2 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City, Philippines 1229

+63 2 8888 8999

mmc@makatimed.net.ph

The Medical City

Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines

+63 2 8988 1000 +63 2 8988 7000

Law Sibayan

lysibayan@themedicalcity.com

The Medical City - Clark

100 Gatwick Gateway, Clark Global City, Clark Freeport, Mabalacat, 2023 Pampanga

+63 45 300 8888 +63 905 312 0011 +63 916 448 8046

tmcclark@themedicalcity.com

The Medical City - Iloilo

Locsin St., Molo, Iloilo City, 5000 Iloilo

+63 33 338 1505 to 1213

themedicalcityiloilo@gmail.com

The Medical City - Pangasinan

Nable St., Downtown District, Dagupan, Pangasinan

+63 75 615 2273 +63 75 522 2255

tmcpangasinan@themedicalcity.com

The Medical City – South Luzon

L United Blvd., Don Jose, Santa rosa, Laguna

+63 49 544 0125 +63 2 584 4105

tmcsouthluzon@themedicalcity.com



Updated: July 13, 2020

Announcement date: July 01, 2020


New Quarantine Requirements for Travelers Entering Guam – Effective 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) has updated protocols relative to the quarantine, testing, and monitoring requirements for all travelers entering Guam. Effective after midnight on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the following changes will be implemented:


  • Hotspot locations will be renamed as “High Risk Areas”
  • For the US, risk status will be determined on a state-by-state level, to include territories.
  • The default level of quarantine required upon arrival on Guam is based on whether or not a traveler is coming from a High-Risk Area.
  •  A Pre-Arrival Negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test, in particular to those traveling from a High-Risk Area, is necessary to determine the location of quarantine required and eligibility to qualify for an abbreviated quarantine length.
  • Residency status will NOT determine the level of quarantine or testing required. Considerations for alternate quarantine locations will still be made in certain limited circumstances.
  • High Risk locations will be determined by a calculated COVID-19 Area Risk (CAR) score, which primarily assesses an area’s recently calculated Case Doubling Time and Test Positivity Rate.

You may find the entire quarantine guidelines as officially stipulated by the Guam Department of Public Health in DPHSS GUIDANCE MEMO 2020-11 REV3 (07-01-20).


You may find further clarification on acceptable testing documents in Clarification of Acceptable COVID-19 Test Results.


NOTE: These guidelines are subject to change.


High-Risk States

High-Risk Asian/Pacific Countries

Other High-Risk Continents/Areas

Alabama

Nevada

Bangladesh

Africa

Arizona

North Carolina

India

Central America

Arkansas

Oklahoma

Indonesia

Middle East

California

Oregon

Nepal

South America

Florida

South Carolina

Philippines

Georgia

Tennessee

Idaho

Texas

Mississippi

Utah


Source: http://dphss.guam.gov/covid-19-dphss-mandatory-quarantine-procedures/



Updated June 25, 2020

On June 22, 2020, the President of the United States signed a Presidential Proclamation entitled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak.”

Effective 12:01 AM, Eastern Daylight Time on June 24, 2020 until December 31, 2020


Restrict and suspend entry of certain classes of aliens into the United States:


  • An H-1B or H-2B visa, and any alien accompanying or following to join such alien (H-4 class of admission)
  • A J visa, to the extent the alien is participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program, and any alien accompanying or following to join such alien (J-2 class of admission)
  • An L visa, and any alien accompanying or following to join such alien (L-2 class of admission)

A. The suspension and limitation on entry pursuant to Section 2 of the proclamation shall apply only to any alien who:

1. is outside the United States on the effective date of this proclamation;
2. does not have a nonimmigrant visa that is valid on the effective date of this proclamation; and
3. does not have an official travel document other than a visa (such as a transportation letter, an appropriate boarding foil, or an advance parole document) that is valid on the effective date of this proclamation or issued on any date thereafter that permits him or her to travel to the United States and seek entry or admission.


B. The suspension and limitation on entry pursuant to section 2 of this proclamation shall not apply to:

1. any lawful permanent resident of the United States;
2. any alien who is the spouse or child, as defined in section 101(b)(1) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1101(b)(1)), of a United States citizen;
3. any alien seeking to enter the United States to provide temporary labor or services essential to the United States food supply chain; and
4. any alien whose entry would be in the national interest as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees.


No valid visas will be revoked under the proclamation. 

Presidential Proclamation 10014 and this proclamation provide exceptions to their restrictions for certain categories of immigrants and nonimmigrants. These exceptions include:

1. Certain healthcare professionals
2. Aliens seeking to enter the United States pursuant to an EB-5 investor visa, spouses and children (categories IR1, CR1, IR2, CR2, IR3, IH3, IR4, IH4) of U.S. citizens
3. Members of the United States Armed Forces and any spouse and children of a member of the United States Armed Forces
4. Aliens seeking to enter the United States pursuant to an Afghan and Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa (SQ or SI-SIV),
5. Any alien seeking to provide temporary labor services essential the United States food supply chain, and,
6. Any alien whose entry would be in the national interest as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees.  

In addition, the proclamation explicitly states that cases involving a child applicant who may age out may be considered for a national interest exception.  


Updated: June 13, 2020


State of Hawai’i Ninth Supplementary Proclamation and Extension of COVID-19 Emergency period through July 31, 2020


Section IV. All Persons Traveling to the State or Traveling Inter-Island


A. Traveling to the State


Pursuant to section 127A-13(a)(1), HRS, all persons entering the State of Hawaiʻi shall be subject to mandatory self-quarantine, except those persons entering the State by recreational boats which have been at sea for at least 14 consecutive days before entering State waters and have no persons on board who are ill or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. The period of self-quarantine shall begin from the time of entry into the State and shall last 14 days or the duration of the person’s presence in the State, whichever is shorter. Persons who require paid or commercial lodging while subject to the mandatory self-quarantine shall designate a hotel or motel as their designated quarantine location.


Those persons entering the State to perform critical infrastructure functions as identified in Section III.A of this Proclamation will be subject to self-quarantine but may break quarantine to perform their critical infrastructure functions so long as they wear appropriate protective gear and follow the safe practices identified in Section III.C of this Proclamation.


B. Traveling Inter-Island


  1. Pursuant to section 127A-13(a)(1), HRS, all persons traveling between any of the islands in the State of Hawai‘i shall be subject to mandatory self-quarantine. The period of self-quarantine shall begin from the date of entry onto the island and shall last 14 days or the duration of the person’s presence on the island, whichever is shorter.
  2. Persons traveling between islands for purposes related to medical or health care will not be subject to the self-quarantine so long as they wear appropriate protective gear and follow the safe practices identified in Section III.C of this Proclamation.
  3. Persons traveling between islands to perform critical infrastructure functions as identified in Section III.A of this Proclamation will be subject to self-quarantine while away from their island residence but may break quarantine to perform their critical infrastructure functions. Upon return to their island residence, such persons will not be subject to the self-quarantine so long as they wear appropriate protective gear and follow the safe practices identified in Section III.C of this Proclamation.



Section IV.B. of this Proclamation shall expire at 12:01 AM on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.


Access the “NINTH SUPPLEMENTARY PROCLAMATION RELATED TO THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY” here.



Updated: June 05, 2020


Executive Order No. 2020-20: RELATIVE TO SETTING CONDITIONS FOR ENTRY INTO GUAM AMD PERMITTING LIMIMTED SCHOOL OPERATIONS


RESTRICTING ENTRY INTO GUAM: All persons entering Guam shall be subject to quarantine. Such quarantine will be administered in accordance with Public Health Guidance, which may include a requirement that individuals arriving from designated ‘hotspots’ be quarantined at a government qualified facility.  


As part of Guam’s effort to contain the introduction and spread of COVID-19, all persons entering Guam by air or sea from international hot spots or from international non-hot spots and domestic locations shall be subject to quarantine locations for a period of 14 days:


Arrivals from International Hot Spots

Arrivals from International Non-Hot Spots and Domestic Locations


1. ALL persons having originated from or traveled through international locations deemed to be ‘hot spots’ shall be subject to 14-day quarantine at a GovGuam qualified facility. *See definition





1. ALL persons traveling domestically or having originated from or traveled through international NOT deemed a ‘hot spot’ shall be subject to 14-day quarantine at a GovGuam qualified quarantine facility.


 
2. Considerations for alternate quarantine locations will be made in the certain limited circumstances, where medical or other particular concerns are implicated.


 
2. Guam Residents shall be allowed to complete their 14-day quarantine at their home residence.

 
3. Obtaining a negative test result is NOT a requirement for hot spot  travelers, nor will it alter the quarantine requirements


 
Guam Non-residents can present a valid diagnostic laboratory COVID-19 PCR negative test result for SARS CoV2, that is not more than one (1) week from the date of attempted entry into Guam, and shall complete the 14-day quarantine requirement at their personal residence or rental lodging.




* A ‘Hot Spot’ is defined as a country/location with COVID-19 case doubling rate less than every 30 days. A ‘Non-Hot spot’ location has a COVID-19 case doubling rate greater than or equal to every 30 days. Countries/locations hot spot status will ultimately be determined and updated by the Department of Public Health and Social Services in consultation with the Governor and State Surgeon’s Physician Advisory Group. Reference data sources from John Hopkins University, World Health Organization and other local government reports as compiled and regularly updated via The New York times’ Coronavirus Map: Tracking the Global Outbreak at https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/world/coronavirus-maps.html.


All persons will be asked to sign a Voluntary Quarantine Acknowledgement and any persons who refuse to sign will be subjected to Involuntary Quarantine.


In coordination with the Guam International Airport Authority, transiting passengers will be asked to remain in designated portions of the airport facility while awaiting connecting flights less than 10 hours.


Compliance with voluntary quarantine regardless of location is subject to monitoring, verification, and enforcement. The knowing and intentional failure to follow any part of this order constitutes a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment of not more than one year or both (10 GCA, Chapter 19, 19604 (c) Cooperation).



Updated: June 01, 2020


Advisory from the Governor of Hawai’i: Extension of Traveler Quarantine past June 30, 2020


All individuals, both residents and visitors, arriving or returning to the State of Hawaii through June 30, 2020 are subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The mandate applies to all arrivals as well as interisland travel at state airports, including private and commercial aircrafts. All arriving passengers are required to initial and sign this orderconfirming they are aware of the 14-day quarantine and acknowledging they understand violating the order is a criminal offense, and subject to up to a $5,000 fine and/or a year of imprisonment. The period of self-quarantine begins from the time of entry into the State and lasts 14 days or the duration of the person’s time in Hawaii, whichever is shorter. Click here for the order and here for the supplementary proclamation.


Advisory from the Governor of Hawai’i: Lifting of Quarantine Requirement for Inter-island Travel on June 16, 2020


Effective June 16, 2020, the 14-day quarantine requirement for inter-island travelers shall be lifted.


The state Department of Transportation will require thermal screening at the airport for everyone traveling inter-island. HDOT will also require travelers to fill out a new form that will now also ask for health-related information to assist the state in tracking and responding to new COVID-19 cases.


Travelers may be prohibited from boarding a flight if they have an elevated temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), they refuse to complete the mandatory form, or they are on the 14-day quarantine list prohibiting them from flying.


 

Updated May 28, 2020:

Effective May 26, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT):

  1. The entry into the United States of all aliens, with certain exceptions, who have been physically present in Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States, is suspended.
  2. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin enforcement of this proclamation as it relates to any travelers that arrive in the United States on flights that departed after 11:59 PM EDT on May 26, 2020.

For more information on travelers prohibited from entry to the United States, Click here.

 

Updated: May 11, 2020

Face Coverings Will Be Required at Los Angeles International Airport Beginning Monday, May 11, 2020

(Los Angeles, CA) Beginning Monday, May 11, all persons within Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) terminals will be required to wear face coverings. This policy is in line with guidance from public health officials and mirrors the City of Los Angeles’ policy regarding the use of face coverings in stores and restaurants. The new direction extends an existing policy that all Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) employees must wear face coverings in public areas of terminals and office buildings. Anyone not wearing a face covering will be asked to put one on.

Guests should bring a face covering with them so they can be worn throughout the airport journey. As per the city and county guidance, face coverings can be fabric face coverings, scarves or bandanas. Face coverings can be made from a T-shirt, towel or other fabric held in place by rubber bands or other fasteners. City guidance on face coverings can be found here: https://corona-virus.la/FaceCovering.

Federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers may ask guests to adjust or remove face coverings during the security screening process. The TSA also recommends that passengers wash their hands directly before and after completing the security screening process and that they place personal items such as wallets, keys or phone in carry-on property that will be screened through the X-ray system. TSA guidance can be found here: https://www.tsa.gov/coronavirus.


Updated: April 23, 2020


Presidential Proclamation – Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak


On April 22, 2020, the President of the United States signed a Presidential Proclamation entitled: “Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak.”


  • Effective April 23, 2020, 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on in accordance with this Proclamation, the entry into the United States of all immigrants, with certain exceptions, is suspended.
  • CBP will begin enforcement of this proclamation as it relates to any travelers that arrive in the United States after April 23, 2020, 11:59PM EDT.

The Proclamation does not preclude the travel of individuals with valid immigrant or nonimmigrant visas. Moreover, lawful permanent residents and individuals with proper travel documents may continue to travel to the United States.


Passengers must have a visa or other appropriate travel document upon arrival in the United States.



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 25, 2020 / May 28, 2020

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

Effective March 26, 2020 through June 30, 2020:

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.


For more information on COVID-19 and quarantine protocols for Hawaii airports, please visit https://hidot.hawaii.gov/airports/covid-19/
 

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 19, 2020

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 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 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. 



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: August 18, 2020


Singapore's measures for inbound travelers in relation to COVID-19 are summarized in this table:


Travel history in the last 14 days in countries/places

Residents (Singapore citizens, permanent residents)

Long-term pass holders/ In-Principle Approval (IPA) holders [with valid approval letter for entry]

Short-term visitors

- Australia (excluding Victoria state)

- Brunei Darussalam

-Macau SAR

Mainland China

-New Zealand

Republic of Korea

Taiwan

Vietnam

Allowed entry:

- 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at own accommodation

- COVID-19 test before end of SHN

Allowed entry:

- 14-day SHN at own accommodation

- COVID-19 test before end of SHN

Not allowed entry, unless with valid approval letter for entry:

- 14-day SHN at own accommodation

- COVID-19 test before end of SHN

All other countries/places (including Australia, Victoria State)

Allowed entry:

- 14-day SHN at SHN Dedicated Facility (SDF)

-COVID-19 test before end of SHN

Allowed entry:

- 14-day SHN at SDF

-COVID-19 test before end of SHN

Not allowed entry, unless with valid approval for entry:

- 14-day SHN at SDF

-COVID-19 test before end of SHN

The cost incurred for the COVID-19 test is chargeable for all except Singapore citizens or permanent residents who left Singapore before March 27, 2020 and return to Singapore by August 31, 2020

The cost incurred for the SHN Dedicated Facility (SDF) is chargeable for all except Singapore citizens or permanent residents who have left Singapore before March 27, 2020

Entry under Safe Travel (e.g. Fast Lane / Reciprocal Green Lane/ Periodic Commuting Arrangement)

- Please refer to the Safe Travel Website for information on the respective schemes


Upon arrival in Singapore, you will be served SHN (where applicable) during immigration clearance. To ensure smooth clearance, do present the following documents to the immigration officer:


             - Passport/Travel Document that is valid for at least six months
             - SG Arrival Card acknowledgement email
             - Approval Letter of Entry from relevant authority (if applicable)
             - SafeTravel Pass / Periodic Commuting Arrangement Pass (if applicable)
             - Long-Term pass (In-Principle Approval) letter (if applicable)
             - Valid Singapore visa (if applicable)



We will not be able to provide advance information regarding SHN dedicated facilities (SDF), as the demand for these facilities is constantly changing due to the evolving COVID-19 situation. Please follow the instructions given by the ICA officers at the immigration checkpoints.



To aid ICA’s efforts to enforce the SHN requirement, travelers entering Singapore from August 10, 2020, 2359hrs onwards, and are not serving SHN at the SDFs will be required to wear an electronic monitoring device. This device must be worn for the full duration of the SHN period. Travelers aged 12 or younger (in that calendar year) are exempted from wearing the electronic monitoring device. Click here for the news release.


Requirement for Crew Change (Sign-on):


  1. Confirmation that the crew has been in quarantine for at least 14 days prior to departing his/her home country and has been well throughout that period
  2. COVID-19 test (RT-PCR type) with negative result at his/her home country not more than 48 hours prior to his/her departure flight. Ship owners, managers, and agents must ensure that the test results are accurate.
  3. Fit-to-travel medical certificate issued by a doctor at his/her home country not more than 24 hours prior to his/her departure flight


Transfer Arrangements:


  1. The crew must be transferred directly between the ship and point of arrival/departure in Singapore
  2. The ship will not be allowed to depart Singapore until sign-off crew has departed Singapore and/or the sign-on crew has boarded the ship


Ship owners/managers/agents should apply for crew change in Singapore by writing to shipping@mpa.gov.sg and pms@mpa.gov.sg at least 14 days in advance of the planned crew change.



Updated: August 06, 2020


Malaysia and Singapore Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL): The Malaysia and Singapore governments agreed to facilitate business travels between the two countries. The following table summarizes the requirements and procedures:


Malaysia

Singapore

Effective August 17, 2020, residents in Singapore are allowed to enter Malaysia if they:

·       have stayed in Singapore for at least 14 days prior to departure for Malaysia;

·       hold a MyTravelPass approval letter

·       hold a negative PCR testing result issued within 72 hours before departure

Effective August 17, 2020, residents in Malaysia are allowed to enter Singapore if they:

  • have not travelled out of Malaysia in the entirety of the 14 days prior to departure for Singapore;
  • hold a valid SafeTravel Pass approval letter
  • hold a negative PCR testing result issued within 72 hours before departure

They must download MySejahtera mobile application.

They are subject to PCR testing upon arrival and quarantine until the testing result is released. If the testing result is negative, they are exempt from 14-day quarantine.

They must download TraceTogether app.

They are subject to PCR testing upon arrival and quarantine until the testing result is released. If the testing result is negative, they are exempt from 14-day quarantine.

https://www.imi.gov.my/portal2017/images/fail_pengumuman/2020/8_Ogos/RGL_Procedures_01082020.pdf

https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/malaysia/rgl/requirements-and-process



Updated: July 23, 2020


Updated Travel Restrictions for Singapore


• Passengers are NOT ALLOWED to enter Singapore. This does not apply to:

  1. nationals of Singapore;

  2. permanent residents of Singapore;

  3. passengers with a Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) or a Long-Term Visit Pass In-Principle Approval (LTVP IPA). They must have an Approval Letter for Entry (ALE) issued by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA);

  4. passengers with a Work Pass, Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP), Dependent’s Pass, or the respective In-Principle Approval (IPA) issued by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). They must have an approval letter from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) or the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA);

  5. passengers with a Student's Pass (STP) or a Student's Pass In-Principle Approval (STP IPA). They must have an Approval Letter for Entry (ALE) issued by the Ministry of Education (MOE) or the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA);

  6. passengers with an approval letter from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Ministry of Education (MOE), Ministry of Health (MOH), or Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI);

  7. residents of China (People’s Rep.) if they:

            a. have a valid Safe Travel Pass approval letter issued by Singapore under the Singapore-China Fast Lane; and
            b. have a visa to enter Singapore (if they are a visa-required short-term visitor); and have a medical certificate stating a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, taken within 48 hours before departure; and
            c. stayed in Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Tianjin, or Zhejiang in the last 7 days before departure; and
            d. have a return ticket or proof of other transportation arrangements to depart from Singapore.
            e. returning passengers with a Work Pass, Student's Pass, Dependent’s Pass, or Long-Term Visit Pass who have an invitation letter issued by the Chinese authorities under the Singapore-China Fast Lane. They do not require an approval letter from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Ministry of Manpower (MOM), or Ministry of Education (MOE).


• Passengers are not allowed to transit Singapore
This does not apply when traveling on airlines with transfer routes approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). Passengers must check with airlines if they have the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)'s approval, before purchasing tickets.


• Passengers must comply with the prevailing Stay-Home Notice (SHN) requirements upon entry into Singapore. Please refer tohttps://www.ica.gov.sg/covid-19.


This does not apply to passengers entering Singapore under the Singapore-China Fast Lane. They must comply with requirements found at https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg.

• Passengers must submit a health declaration before arrival via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service (https://eservices.ica.gov.sg/sgarrivalcard) or via the mobile application.


This does not apply to passengers in transit.


• To facilitate business travel, a Pre-approved Business Pass for the period of July 01, 2020 to December 31, 2020 may be used to enter Singapore.

This Pass allows the holder multiple entries into Singapore without having to serve Stay-Home Notice (SHN) requirements when they return from their overseas business trips. In lieu of the SHN requirements, holders of a Pre-approved Business Pass must undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on arrival in Singapore at their own cost, and self-isolate until the test results are out and confirmed to be negative for COVID-19. They are also required to abide by the actions set out in by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) Singapore.

This Pass also grants the individual access to pre-departure PCR tests at their own cost provided that pre-departure tests are a mandatory requirement by the authorities in your country of destination and/or your company’s clients.


Please note the conditions of this Pass:

• This Pass is valid until December 31, 2020, 2359hrs,

• This Pass is non-transferable.

• As this Pass is meant for select frequent business travelers, it will be revoked if unused after one month of its issuance.

• You are to adhere to the actions at Annex A


MTI reserves the right to revoke this Pass at any time, especially if any of the conditions are found to be breached.



Updated: July 01, 2020


Pre-approved Business Pass


Some business travelers may check in for flights to Singapore with a Pre-approved Business Pass issued by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI). These passengers will be allowed to enter Singapore, as long as they hold the Pre-approved Business Pass letter issued by MTI.

The Pass allows business travelers multiple entries into Singapore without having to serve Stay-Home Notice (SHN) requirements when they return from their overseas business trips. In lieu of the SHN requirements, they must undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on arrival in Singapore at their own cost, and self-isolate until the test results are out and confirmed to be negative for COVID-19.

The Pass also grants business travelers access to pre-departure PCR tests at their own cost provided that pre-departure tests are a mandatory requirement by the authorities in their country of destination and/or their company’s clients.

The Pass is non-transferrable and is meant for frequent business travelers. It will be revoked if unused after one month of its issuance.

MTI reserves the right to revoke the Pass at any time, especially if any of the conditions are found to be breached.

https://www.mti.gov.sg/Newsroom/Updates-on-COVID-19



Updated: April 9, 2020


Enhanced Precautionary Measures for returning Singapore residents1


Singapore has implemented additional precautionary measures to further protect Singaporeans and ring fence the risk of community transmission from imported cases of COVID-19.

1. With effect from 9 April 2020 2359hours (Singapore time), the Singapore Government requires all Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents of Singapore, and Long-Term Pass holders entering Singapore to serve a 14-day self-isolation at dedicated Stay-Home Notice (SHN) facilities. This is a further expansion of our enhanced  SHN requirements for travelers returning to Singapore. We started out by requiring returnees from the UK and US to serve a 14-day self-isolation at dedicated SHN facilities. This was subsequently expanded to returnees from ASEAN countries, France, India, and Switzerland.

If there are unexpected capacity constraints due to a larger than expected number of returning Singapore residents, the dedicated SHN facilities will be prioritized for returning Singapore residents from certain regions or countries, based on risk assessment.

2. Upon arrival at Changi or Seletar Airport, returning Singapore residents will be briefed by the relevant authorities of the arrangements. They will be transported directly from the airport to the dedicated SHN facilities. We therefore request that returning Singapore residents inform their family members and friends not to go to Changi or Seletar Airport to receive them. They can remain in contact with their family members and friends through their mobile devices.

3. If returning Singapore residents have made any prior accommodation bookings, they should cancel their reservations. At the dedicated facilities they will have their own rooms and toilets, and meals will be provided for, so that they may avoid physical contact with other individuals. The Government will absorb the cost of accommodation at these facilities for returning Singapore residents, except for those who disregarded prevailing travel advisories and left Singapore on or after 27 March 2020. Such returning Singapore residents would be required to bear the full cost of their 14-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities.

4. These are challenging times for everyone, and we seek everyone’s understanding and support as we work together to keep everyone safe in Singapore. For more information, please contact the SHN Helpline at 6812 5555.

1Singapore residents refer to Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Long-Term Pass holders.
 

Updated: April 7, 2020

Important Information for the Import of Pets owned by Singaporeans, Permanent Residents or Long-term Pass Holders returning from ASEAN countries, France, India, Switzerland, United States (US), and the United Kingdom (UK) to Singapore, due to the COVID-19 situation

The Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS), a cluster of the National Parks Board (NParks), is facilitating the urgent return of pets owned by Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and Long-term Pass Holders from the ASEAN countries, France, India, Switzerland, United States (US), and the United Kingdom (UK) due to the current COVID-19 situation. These travellers will be required to serve a Stay Home Notice (SHN) period at a designated facility.

The SHN measures for ASEAN countries, France, India and Switzerland will only apply from April 5, 2020 at 11.59pm.

All imports of animals into Singapore are subject to import requirements. However, in light of the current situation, AVS will waive certain requirements.

To facilitate the return of your pet, please submit an online “Declaration for Pet Owners Returning to Singapore” to AVS prior to your arrival in Singapore.

AVS requires details of the pet owner, pet and flight details, to assess if a pet needs to be quarantined at a designated facility. You may submit the declaration to AVS using the following link: https://go.gov.sg/returningpetowner

Upon your arrival in Singapore, ground staff will provide instructions for your SNH. Your pets will be safely handed over to AVS.


Air Travel

Mode of arrival of pet

Process

Hand-carried baggage (in-cabin)

Pets will be handed over to airline/ground handling staff at the Lost & found Counter, located at the Baggage collection area

Manifested cargo or excess baggage (check-in)

Ground handling agents will bring your pets to AVS’ Changi Animal & Plant Quarantine (CAPQ)



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


 

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: 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 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 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

--

--

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) 


             
 

Ship owners/managers/agents should apply for crew change in Singapore by writing to shipping@mpa.gov.sg and pms@mpa.gov.sg at least 14 days in advance of the planned crew change.

Updated: August 13, 2020

RT-PCR Test Requirement for Filipino Passengers

It is highly recommended that passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result valid for (minimum) 7 days prior to departure date. They are subject to quarantine for 14 days at their own expense. 

If passenger is not able to get a PCR test prior to departure, he/she will be subject to a PCR test upon arrival and shall quarantine for 14 days at their own expense. 

The Indonesian Government shall cover for the costs of INDONESIAN WORKERS. 


Updated: August 04, 2020

Updated Entry Restrictions 

1. Passengers are not allowed to enter and transit. This does not apply to:
     a. nationals of Indonesia.
     b. passengers with a Temporary Stay Permit (ITAS) or Permanent Stay Permit (ITAP).
     c. passengers with a diplomatic or a service visa.
     d. passengers with a diplomatic or service stay permit.
     e. passengers with a visa issued after 31 March 2020.

2. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 7 days before arrival. They are subject to quarantine for 14 days.

3. Airline crew must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 7 days before arrival. They are subject to quarantine until their next flight.

4. Passengers without a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result is subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.

For Jakarta (CGK) Domestic Travel (within Indonesia)

PCR-Test is required with a validity of 7days prior to departure on a domestic flight.


For Denpasar (DPS)

  • The PCR Test certificate is now valid for 7 days.
  • Every individual arriving from an international place of origin shall undergo PCR Test if passenger is unable to show a PCR test result from country of departure.
  • While waiting for the result of the PCR test, passenger to be specially quarantined in a hotel certified by health ministry for COVID-19 handling.
  • PCR Test will be conducted to passenger will be directed to Udayana University Hospital.
  • Cost of the PCR Test and hotel will be charged to the passenger.
  • Above process applies to persons arriving from an international place of origin applied as well to Indonesian – non overseas worker and foreigners.



Updated: June 30, 2020

Gugus Tugas Circular No. 09 Year 2020 issued on June 26, 2020


Effective immediately, the RAPID Test and PCR Test certificate is now valid 14days instead of the previous circular mentioned that the RAPID Test is valid 3 days and PCR Test valid 7days.

Requirement for persons arriving in Bali from other countries

Every individual arriving from other countries shall undergo PCR testing if they haven’t conducted and unable to show PCR test result from country of departure.

While waiting for the PCR test result, the individual is subjected to be specially quarantined and using a hotel certified by the Health Ministry for Covid-19 handling.

While PCR Test is mandatory and should be done by passenger before arrival, validated on arrival, in case the certificate is invalid or the passenger arrived without a PCR Test certificate, the process is as follows:

1. Passenger will be directed to Udayana University Hospital (RSPTN UNUD) for PCR Test
2. While waiting for the test result, passenger will be quarantined in a hotel recommended by Gugus Tugas. These hotels are managed by state enterprise such as Patrajasa, Inna Beach Kuta, etc. Passenger may use his/her hotel that he/she has already booked as long as it is in the list of hotels recommended by Gugus Tugas.
3. The cost of the PCR Test and hotel quarantine shall be covered by the passenger.

Above process are for individuals arriving from other countries (applied for Indonesian – non overseas worker and foreigners).


Updated: May 28, 2020


Health Protocol for Handling Arrival of Indonesian citizen and Foreigners from Overseas to Indonesia Ports and in the Region of Big Scale Social Limitation (PSBB)

  • Indonesian Citizens referred to in this provision are Indonesian Migrant Workers, Students, College Students, Trainees / Apprentices, Diplomats, Transport Equipment Crews and Other Travel Practitioners holding Indonesian passports.

  • Foreigners referred to in this provision are foreigners as referred to in Article 3 paragraph (1) Minister of Law and Human Rights Regulation No. 11 of 2020:

               1. Foreigner holders of Temporary Stay Permit (ITAS) or Permanent Stay Permit (ITAP) in Indonesia;
               2. Foreigner holders of Indonesian Diplomatic Visa or Indonesian Service Visa;
               3. Foreigner holders of Diplomatic Stay Permit or Service Stay Permit in Indonesia;
               4. Medical Aid Workers or Food Sustenance Workers for Humanitarian Purposes;
               5. Crews (Air, Sea or Land Transport);
               6. Foreigners/Expatriates working on Strategic National Projects.


Handling upon Entry to Indonesia
1. Every citizen and non-Indonesians who enters Indonesia must follow the Health quarantine procedure and additional health checks in Indonesia, which include interview, checking of temperature and signs and symptoms of COVID-19, Oxygen Saturation Check, and Rapid Test and/or PCR examination.

2. Every citizen and non-Indonesians must follow: Physical Distancing, Mandatory Mask Wearing, and Implementation of Clean and Healthy Behavior (PHBS).

3. Every Indonesian citizen who returns to Indonesia needs to bring a health certificate wherever possible in English which is valid for a maximum of 7 days since it is issued by the health facility from the country of origin, and is validated by the Port Health Office doctor at the port / airport / State Land Border Post (PLNDN) on arrival.

4. Returning Indonesian citizens must present a health certificate proving the negative results from COVID-19 PCR test. They must observe the following thereafter:
  1. Undergo additional health checks except for Rapid Testing.
  2. If no disease and / or risk factors are found in the health examination, the Port Health Office (KKP) shall issue a health clearance and Health Alert Card (HAC) to the relevant parties.
  3. Allowed to continue the trip to the area of origin by bringing a letter of travel from the local COVID-19 Handling Task Force.
  4. Undertake independent quarantine at each home for 14 days, apply physical distancing, wear masks, and apply Clean and Healthy Behavior (PHBS).
  5. The Health Clearance must be submitted to the local neighborhood Association (RT/RW) which will be then forwarded to the local Puskesmas/Public Health Center to carry out monitoring during the quarantine period at home.
5. Additional health checks are carried out for Indonesian citizens who do not carry a health certificate; do not have a Health certificate with a validity period of more than 7 days; or have a health certificate but do not prove negative PCR results of COVID-19. 

6. If a specimen can be collected for PCR examination at the entrance, Indonesian citizens can wait temporarily at the quarantine facility / facility prepared until the results of the PCR examination come out. Indonesian citizens with negative COVID-19 PCR exam results or no risk factors will be: 

a. Provided a health clearance by health workers in quarantine facilities

b. Asked to present a Health Alert Card (HAC) that has been given at the entrance.

c. Allowed to continue the journey to the area of origin by carrying a travel permit from the local COVID-19 Handling Task Force, and always wears a mask during the trip. Their trip to the area of origin can be facilitated by the Government.

d. Asked to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine with physical distancing, wearing of masks masks, and application of Clean and Healthy Behavior (PHBS).

Note: Their Health clearance will be submitted to the local neighborhood Association (RT / RW) which is then forwarded to the local Puskesmas/Public health center, so that monitoring is carried out during the quarantine period at home.

7. If PCR examination cannot be performed at the entrance, then Rapid Tests will be carried out for Indonesian citizens. Indonesian citizens with non-reactive Rapid Test results will undergo the following procedures:

a. Quarantine will be carried out at the quarantine facility prepared by the government or other parties.

b. The Task Force for the Acceleration of National / Regional COVID-19 Handling or other parties will provide transportation facilities to/from the quarantine facility

c. KKP shall still provide HAC to those concerned, and

d. The quarantine period will last until the results of PCR examination (if carried out at the quarantine facility) turn out to be negative or until Rapid Test results on the 7th and 10th days are non-reactive.

8. Indonesian citizens with reactive rapid test results or COVID-19 positive PCR examination results, are referred to the Emergency Hospital / Referral Hospital in the local area by implementing an infectious disease referral protocol.

9. Every non-Indonesians national entering Indonesia must have a Health Certificate in English stating the negative results of COVID-19 PCR checks. The health certificate is valid for a maximum of 7 days from the issuance of the health facility from the country of origin, and is validated by the doctor of the Port Health Office at the port / airport / PLBDN arrival. Non-Indonesians with a Health certificate proving negative COVID-19 PCR results must undergo the following procedures: 

a. Additional health checks will be carried out except for Rapid Test or PCR.
b. If no diseases and / or risk factors are found in the health examination, KKP will issue a health clearance and Health Alert Card (HAC) to the relevant parties.
c. Passenger will be allowed to continue his/her journey to the destination area by bringing a travel permit from the local COVID-19 Handling Task Force, and by always wearing a mask during the trip.
d. Passenger will be asked to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine with physical distancing, wearing of masks, and application of Clean and Healthy Behavior (PHBS).
e. Health clearance will be submitted to the representative of their country to be forwarded to the local Health Department so that monitoring is carried out during the quarantine period.

10. Non-Indonesians who do not have a health certificate, who carries a health certificate with a validity period of more than 7 days, or carry a health certificate but do not prove negative PCR exam results will be asked to follow the said procedures:

a. Additional health checks will be carried out including the Rapid Test.

b. Non-Indonesians with reactive Rapid Test results must carry-out isolation measures to the emergency hospital / COVID-19 referral hospital.

c. Non-Indonesians who have no symptoms, but have reactive Rapid Test results, are recommended to the immigration officials for deportation.

d. Non-Indonesians with non-reactive Rapid Test results are recommended to the immigration officials for deportation.

 

Updated: April 3, 2020:


All non-Indonesian citizens are not allowed to enter or transit through Republic of Indonesia with exemptions as follows:


  1. Holders of Limited Staying Permit and Permanent Staying Permit;
  2. Holders of Diplomatic Visa and Service Visa;
  3. Holders of Diplomatic Staying Permit and Service Staying Permit;
  4. Humanitarian purpose personnel with medical or food aid;
  5. Air, land and sea transportation crew; and
  6. Employees working for National Strategic Projects

 

Updated: April 3, 2020:

The exempted non-Indonesian citizens must meet the following requirements:

  1. Providing health certificate in English issued by health authority of the respective country;
  2. Having been staying for 14 days in Covid-19 free country or area; and
  3. Providing statement of willingness to be in 14 days quarantine provided by the Indonesian government


 

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).



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.



Implementation Date: February 5, 2020 / Updated: May 05, 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: September 21, 2020


Advisory from China Southern Airlines (CZ)


All passengers arriving from the Philippines to China via Incheon on China Southern Airlines will NOT be accepted due to COVID-19.



Updated: September 17, 2020


Notice on Re-entry Permit System and Submission for Re-entry into the ROK


In response to the global spread of COVID-19, the government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) implements a re-entry permit system and a medical certificate submission system effective from June 1st, 2020 to protect the health and safety of its citizens and foreigners staying in the ROK and to prepare for a second wave of pandemic spread warned by the World Health Organization (WHO).


Please understand that this is an inevitable measure to protect the health and safety of Korean citizens and foreigners staying in the ROK against COVID-19, and we ask for cooperation and understanding for any inconvenience.


Eligibility

Exemptions

Requirements

Application for Re-entry Permit (Re-entry is restricted when leaving the ROK without obtaining a re-entry permit)

Application: Immigration (branch) Offices across the nation (including at ports and airports)

*Application can be filed at the airport, on the day of departure without any prior reservation

Registered aliens (regardless of nationality) seeking re-entry into the ROK after departure from the country as of June 1, 2020

a. Those with Diplomats (A-1), Government Officials (A-2), International Agreement (A-3) or Overseas Korean (F-4) status

b. Those recognized as refugees who hold a valid refugee travel document

Required documents: a. passport

b. copy of alien registration

c. re-entry permit application

d. letter of explanation

*Travelers for the purpose of business activities, journalism, or academic activities can apply for a "Medical Examination Exemption Certificate" by submitting supporting documents proving the purpose of travel. (Please visit www.hikorea.go.kr for more information on this exemption)

Diagnosis Requirement for those seeking re-entry (Those without a written diagnosis are not permitted to re-enter the ROK)

Registered aliens (regardless of nationality) seeking re-entry into the ROK after departure from the country as of June 1, 2020.

The ff are not required to carry and present a written diagnosis:

a. Those with Diplomats (A-1), Government Officials (A-2), International Agreement (A-3) or Overseas Korean (F-4) status

b. Those with a valid ‘Isolation Exemption Certificate’ issued by a Korean embassy or consular office

c. Travelers for the purpose of business activities, journalism, or academic activities with a valid 'Medical Examination Exemption Certificate’ issued by local immigration offices

A diagnosis report issued by a local medical institute must be presented when boarding, and submitted to immigration authorities, which is issued within 2 days (excluding holidays) before departure date (yet, in unavoidable circumstances, it shall be issued within 3 days (excluding holidays)

Important Note on Diagnosis Report :

  • A diagnosis report must be written either in Korean or English and be issued by an authorized local medical institute. However, under exceptional circumstances, a diagnosis report written in third languages other than English or Korean, can be accepted when submitted with a full English or Korean translation with 'translation certificate'. (notarization for the translation is NOT required)
  • It must include the date of examination (valid only when examined within 48 hours in advance of departure date), and the presence or absence of fever, cough, chills, headache, difficulty of breathing, muscle pain and pulmonary symptoms (X-ray scans are not required), and must be signed by a medical examiner. (It does not have to include a COVID-19 test result)

(A medical certificate with COVID-19 test negative result shall also be deemed as valid.)



Updated: September 16, 2020


Advisory regarding Transit Passengers from the Middle East


Transit passengers arriving from the Middle East to China via Incheon on Jeju Air will NOT be accepted due to COVID-19.



Updated: September 14, 2020


All Philippine passengers who are transiting from Incheon to China on Jeju Air, T’Way Airlines, and Air Seoul will not be accepted due to COVID-19.



Updated: September 11, 2020


Travel advisory for passengers transiting in Incheon


Starting September 20, all Philippine passengers who re transiting from Incheon to the Middle East on Asiana Airlines will not be accepted due to COVID-19.  



Updated: September 06, 2020


PAL Advisory: Manila- Seoul (Incheon)- Manila, September 9 and 23, 2020


No entry restriction for non-Korean passport holders. Only Korean nationals including those with marriage visa are allowed to board PR5468 MNL-ICN on September 09 and 23, 2020.



Updated: August 25, 2020


Updated Entry Restrictions for South Korea


1. Short-term visas (type C-1 and C-3) issued on or before 5 April are no longer valid.


2. Suspension of visa exemptions for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Marshall Isl., Mauritius, Micronesia (Federated States), Montenegro, Morocco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Isl., South Africa, Spain, St. Lucia, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay with a normal passport.


     - This does not apply to airline crew.

     - This does not apply to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card.


3. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) normal passport.


4. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport.


5. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Macao (SAR China) passport.


6. Passengers arriving from China (People's Rep) must have a visa issued by Korea (Rep.) to transit through Korea (Rep.).


     - This does not apply to nationals of Albania, Andorra, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Ireland (Rep.), Korea (Rep.), Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Palau, San
       Marino, Slovenia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, USA, Vatican City (Holy See) and Venezuela.

     - This does not apply to passengers with a British normal passport with nationality of "British Citizen".

     - This does not apply to nationals of France with a passport issued by New Caledonia.

     - This does not apply to passengers with a diplomatic, consular, official, service or special passport.


7. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days and to a PCR test for Coronavirus (COVID-19). This does not apply to nationals of China (People's Rep.) traveling on business under the Fast Lane program and their accompanying family members. They must:


     - self-monitor their health conditions minimum 14 days before departure and hold a medical certificate to prove Coronavirus (COVID-19) negative testing result
       issued at most 72 hours before departure, and

     - be tested on Coronavirus (COVID-19) upon arrival. They must stay at designated quarantine facilities for 1 or 2 days until a negative test result is obtained.


8. Nationals and residents of Korea (Rep.) are required to install 'Self-quarantine safety protection mobile app'.


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


10. All flights must arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN) between 5:00 and 20:00.


11. Passengers with a Re-Entry Permit issued by Korea (Rep.) who left Korea (Rep.) after 1 June 2020 must have a medical certificate. The certificate must:


     - be issued by a local authorized medical institute at most 48 hours before departure; and

     - be written in English or Korean; and

     - include the date of examination, and the presence or absence of fever, cough, chills, headache, difficulty of breathing, muscle pain and pulmonary symptoms; and

     - be signed by a medical examiner.

     - This does not apply to passengers with status Diplomats (A-1), Government Officials (A-2, A-3) or Overseas Korean (F-4).


12. Nationals of Mongolia are not allowed to transit if they depart from Mongolia or travel onward to Mongolia.


13. Nationals of Russian Fed. are not allowed to transit if they depart from Russian Fed. or travel onward to Russian Fed.


14. Nationals of Thailand are not allowed to transit if they depart from Thailand or travel onward to Thailand.


15. Passengers with a visa on an expired passport must present a printed "Visa Grant Notice" and the expired passport to the immigration upon arrival.


16. Passengers who have been in Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Philippines or Uzbekistan in the past 14 days must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before departure. The certificate must be in English.


     - This does not apply to nationals of Korea (Rep.).


17. Merchant seamen with a visa must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before departure. The certificate must be in English and the passengers must have two copies of the certificate. Seafarers who plan to enter Korea through airplane or vessel for the purpose of joining a vessel which is anchored or to be anchored in Korea must secure a visa prior to entry.


*Exempted countries: USA, Guyana, Malta, Ireland, UK, Nicaragua, Dominican Federation, Mexico, Barbados, Venezuela, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Guam, New Caledonia, Palau, Monaco, Vatican, San Marino, Andorra, Albania, Slovenia



Updated: August 04, 2020

Updated Entry Restrictions in South Korea

1. Short-term visas (type C-1 and C-3) issued on or before 5 April are no longer valid.

2. Suspension of visa exemptions for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Marshall Isl., Mauritius, Micronesia (Federated States), Montenegro, Morocco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Isl., South Africa, Spain, St. Lucia, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay with a normal passport.

- This does not apply to airline crew.
- This does not apply to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card.


3. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) normal passport.

4. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport.

5. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Macao (SAR China) passport.

6. Korean visas issued by the Wuhan Consulate in the Hubei Province are no longer valid.

7. Visitors who have been in the Hubei Province (China People's Rep.) in the past 14 days are not allowed to transit or enter Korea (Rep.).

8. Nationals of China (People’s Rep.) with a passport issued in the Hubei Province are not allowed to transit or enter Korea (Rep.).

9. Passengers arriving from China (People's Rep) must have a visa issued by Korea (Rep.) to transit through Korea (Rep.).

- This does not apply to nationals of Albania, Andorra, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Ireland (Rep.), Korea (Rep.), Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Palau, San Marino, Slovenia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, USA, Vatican City (Holy See) and Venezuela.
- This does not apply to passengers with a British normal passport with nationality of "British Citizen".
- This does not apply to nationals of France with a passport issued by New Caledonia.
- This does not apply to passengers with a diplomatic, consular, official, service or special passport.


10. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days and to a PCR test for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

- This does not apply to nationals of China (People's Rep.) traveling on business under the Fast Lane program and their accompanying family members. They must:
- self-monitor their health conditions minimum 14 days before departure and hold a medical certificate to prove Coronavirus (COVID-19) negative testing result issued at most 72 hours before departure, and
- be tested on Coronavirus (COVID-19) upon arrival. They must stay at designated quarantine facilities for 1 or 2 days until a negative test result is obtained.


             11. Nationals and residents of Korea (Rep.) are required to install 'Self-quarantine safety protection mobile app'.

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

13. All flights must arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN) between 5:00 and 20:00.

14. Passengers with a Re-Entry Permit issued by Korea (Rep.) who left Korea (Rep.) after 1 June 2020 must have a medical certificate. The certificate must:

- be issued by a local authorized medical institute at most 48 hours before departure; and
- be written in English or Korean; and
- include the date of examination, and the presence or absence of fever, cough, chills, headache, difficulty of breathing, muscle pain and pulmonary symptoms; and
- be signed by a medical examiner.
- This does not apply to passengers with status Diplomats (A-1), Government Officials (A-2, A-3) or Overseas Korean (F-4).


15. Nationals of Mongolia are not allowed to transit if they depart from Mongolia or travel onward to Mongolia.

- This does not apply to airline crew.


16. Nationals of Russian Fed. are not allowed to transit if they depart from Russian Fed. or travel onward to Russian Fed.

- This does not apply to airline crew.


17. Nationals of Thailand are not allowed to transit if they depart from Thailand or travel onward to Thailand.

- This does not apply to airline crew.


18. Passengers with a visa on an expired passport must present a printed "Visa Grant Notice" and the expired passport to the immigration upon arrival.

19. Passengers who have been in Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Philippines or Uzbekistan in the past 14 days must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before departure. The certificate must be in English.

-This does not apply to nationals of Korea (Rep.).


20. Merchant seamen with a visa must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before departure. The certificate must be in English and the passengers must have two copies of the certificate.

21. Returning Foreign Workers of South Korea with E-9 visas must submit a “Confirmation of Self-quarantine.” If the person fails to submit the confirmation or do not agree with 14 days of self-quarantine, the government may deny entry. In the Philippines, the confirmation should be noted by the Employment Permit System (EPS) Center located in the Philippines.

22. Passengers must fill the Travel Record Declaration must before disembarkation.

Passengers who fail to follow these instructions may get a departure order considered as violation of quarantine measures, in accordance with the Quarantine Act etc.  



Updated: July 20, 2020

1. Effective July 20, 2020, all foreigners departing from below countries must submit a "COVID-19 Negative Certificate" (PCR test report) upon entering Korea, including via third countries (Korea citizen are excluded). The issued certificate must be presented at the time of ticketing and boarding, and must be submitted to the quarantine authority when entering Korea. Transit passengers are also required to submit the "COVID-19 Negative Certificate" upon boarding.


The submission of the "COVID-19 Negative Certificate" does not exempt the passenger from testing and quarantine upon arrival.


2. Individual guidance on the obligation to submit a PCR voice confirmation when entering Korea for all foreign passengers departing from the following countries:


  • Philippines
  • Pakistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Uzbekistan


*The certificate must be issued within 48 hours of the departure date, and the certificate must be issued by the PCR testing labs designated by the Korean Embassy in said countries (the embassy will publish the list of designated laboratories on their webpage). In the case of a medical certificate issued in the local language, a translation certificate must be submitted along with a Korean or English translation.

*If the passenger doesn't have a PCR test report, you may be restricted from entering Korea and can be repatriated to the place of origin through the carrier.


Updated: July 16, 2020


The South Korean government decided to require all foreigners (including transfer passengers) arriving in South Korea from July 20, 2020 to present a Negative COVID-19 PCR Test Result issued within 48 hours before flight departure time. The Negative COVID-19 PCR Test Result must be shown at the time of check-in at the airport and upon the time of arrival at the quarantine authority in Korea.

* sample case: Passengers on flights departing on July 20 (Mon) 23:55 have to present their Negative COVID-19 PCR Test Result was issued between July 19 (Sun) and July 20 (Mon).

In addition, the Negative COVID-19 PCR Test Result will only be accepted if it was issued by one of the hospitals designated by the embassy. Please refer to the attached file for the list of designated hospitals.

The above measures are not related to visa issuance, so even though you have already received a visa, you must take an additional COVID-19 PCR Test before your flight.

Lastly, we will stop accepting new visa applications at the Korean Embassy in the Philippines until further notice, and we will also stop processing visa applications that have already been received prior to this announcement. (Exceptions: visa for diplomatic, official, seamen, spouse and child of Korean national)

If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact ph_visa@mofa.go.kr.


Updated: May 28, 2020 

Confirmation of Self-Quarantine for E-9 Visa Holders

  1. Returning Foreign Workers of South Korea with E-9 visas must submit a “Confirmation of Self-quarantine.” If the person fails to submit the confirmation or do not agree with 14 days of self-quarantine, the government may deny entry. In the Philippines, the confirmation should be noted by the Employment Permit System (EPS) Center located in the Philippines. For instructions and a copy of the form, click here.
  2. Carriers may restrict issuance of a ticket to passengers who do not have the noted confirmation.
  3. Passengers who fail to follow these instructions may get a departure order considered as violation of quarantine measures, in accordance with the Quarantine Act etc. 


Mandatory Wearing of Masks on All Types of Transportation


Effective May 27, 2020, passengers bound for South Korea are required to wear face masks when on board the aircraft. They must also wear masks in all types of transportation in the country. 


Updated: April 10, 2020


Effective April 13, 2020, 00:00hrs Local Korea Time:


  • Previously issued visas will be invalidated;
  • Visa exemption for all eligible nationalities will no longer be available.
  • These restrictions will be reflected in the iAPI system so that airlines can follow the iAPI response.



Updated: April 6, 2020 

Effective April 6, 2020, 00:00hrs KST, all international flights bound to Gimhae and Jeju are required to land in Incheon International Airport.



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.


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: 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 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 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 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 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.


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:  September 03, 2020


Human Biosecurity Emergency Period Extended by Three Months


The Australian Government will extend the human biosecurity emergency period under the Biosecurity Act 2015 by an additional three months.


The emergency period, which has been in place since March 18, 2020, will now be in place until December 17, 2020. 


The extension of the emergency period was informed by specialist medical and epidemiological advice provided by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC).


AHPPC has advised that the international and domestic COVID-19 situation continues to pose an unacceptable public health risk.


The extension of the emergency period is an appropriate response to that risk.


The human biosecurity emergency declaration ensures the Government has the powers to take any necessary measures to prevent and control COVID-19 and protect the health of all Australians. These powers have been used on a limited basis on expert medical advice.

There are currently four Determinations under section 477 of the Biosecurity Act which are in place to protect Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • Restrictions on the entry of cruise ships into Australia
  • Protections for the supply and sale of certain essential goods
  • Restrictions on overseas travel
  • Restrictions on retail stores at international airports


Updated: August 21, 2020


Reminder:  Caps on International passenger arrivals


On August 07, 2020, Australia’s National Cabinet agreed to extend limits on international passenger arrivals until October 24, 2020, as a necessary and urgent measure to maintain the integrity of the national quarantine system.


Airlines will be limited to bringing in:


  • Melbourne – no incoming passenger arrivals until further notice
  • Sydney – no more than 350 passenger arrivals per day
  • Perth – no more than 525 passenger arrivals per week
  • Brisbane – no more than 500 passenger arrivals per week
  • Adelaide – no more than 500 passengers per week
  • Canberra and Darwin – passenger limits on each flight to be agreed with jurisdictions on a case-by-case basis but with limited overall capacity


Should domestic circumstances allow the Australian Government will work with the States and Territories to increase capacity and raise and eventually remove the passenger limits.


Exempt travellers


  • The following categories of passengers are not counted under the cap:
    • Air crew (including off-shift crew who are travelling as passengers on an aircraft to subsequently operate another international service or reposition at another location);
    • Infants (less than 2 years old);
    • Unaccompanied minors (less than 18 years old);
    • Foreign diplomats; and
    • Passengers transiting Australia to a third country - provided those passengers have the necessary transit exemptions AND remain airside for the duration of their transit (which must be less than 8 hours).
  • Certain Australian Government officials and dependants may be exempt from mandatory quarantine at a government-operated facility and therefore not counted in the cap – please contact the Department if you are intending to carry such passengers on a flight.
  • Maritime crew entering Australia for the purpose of joining an outbound vessel may be exempted from the passenger cap, depending on their port of entry.
    • Maritime crew arriving in Brisbane will not be counted within the cap. Airlines should still notify the Department of the number of maritime crew passengers to be carried on each flight prior to departure.
    • Airlines proposing to carry maritime crew to other ports should contact the Department


Updated: August 14, 2020


Updated Entry Restrictions


 https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/

1. You can only travel to Australia if you are an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident or are a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia.


2. Travelers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to travel to Australia will need to have an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner.


3. All travelers arriving in Australia must undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities (for example, a hotel), in their port of arrival.


4. From midnight (00:01) July 11, 2020 all non-Australian nationals whose itinerary indicates that they will transit Australia for up to a maximum period of 72 hours, will no longer require exemption from Australia’s travel restrictions.


5. Any foreign national proposing to transit Australia for longer than 72 hours will continue to require an exemption from Australia’s travel restrictions. This instruction does not apply to Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents.


6. Travelers will continue to be required to obtain state and territory health exemptions in accordance with state and territory legislation. Travelers must obtain any relevant state or territory health exemptions and bring evidence of this at check in for boarding.


7. Passengers who are allowed to enter Australia must request an exemption before departure at https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form



Updated: August 13, 2020


Important Information on Mandatory Quarantine Arrangements for Passengers Arriving In Australia


ALL PASSENGERS ARRIVING IN AUSTRALIA ARE SUBJECT TO 14 DAYS MANDATORY QUARANTINE AT THEIR FIRST PORT OF ARRIVAL IN AUSTRALIA.


Travelers will be provided suitable accommodation during this period and will not be permitted to travel domestically (including to their home residence) or continue on any domestic connections until the 14-day mandatory quarantine period has been completed.

State and territory governments, with support from the Australian Government, manage quarantine arrangements. In most states and territories, you will be asked to pay a contribution to the cost of quarantine. Further information can be found on relevant state and territory government health websites.

Beginning July 18, the NSW Government will begin to charge international travelers for their quarantine hotel accommodation.

Passengers who purchased their flights before 11:59PM July 12, 2020 AEST will be excluded from the quarantine fees. Please visit the https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules/quarantine# website for more information.

TRANSIT PASSENGERS


International transit passengers arriving into Australia can leave on another international flight that leaves from the city you arrived in. Transit passengers must

  • stay at the airport if you must wait for your next flight, for up to 8 hours
  • go to mandatory quarantine at a state designated facility if the wait for your next flight is from 8 to 72 hours

Transit passengers cannot travel within Australia, even to meet a departing international flight in another city.

ARRANGEMENTS FOR YOUR 14-DAY QUARANTINE PERIOD


  • Government officials at the quarantine accommodation will be awaiting your arrival. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have following your arrival and to assist you during your period of quarantine.
  • The accommodation will have all of the amenities and services you will need during your stay. Accommodation will include safe and hygienic accommodation, food and water and medical support.
  • Should you have health needs, for example prescriptions for regular medications, arrangements will be made to facilitate these requirements.
  • You may be tested for COVID-19 in the first 48 hours and then between days 10 to 12 of quarantine. If you refuse testing, you may have to quarantine for a longer period. Exact testing arrangements depend on states and territories.
  • Under the Biosecurity Act 2015 and applicable state legislation, you will be required to remain in the allocated accommodation until you are medically cleared to enter the Australian community.

These arrangements will be enforced by state and territory governments and supported by Australian Government agencies.

COMPLETION OF YOUR 14-DAY QUARANTINE PERIOD


Once you have completed the mandatory quarantine period, you can travel within Australia. Please be aware states and territories may have entry and quarantine requirements. You should check the entry and quarantine requirements for each state and territory ahead of travel.

The Australian Government Department of Health website includes links to state and territory information on travel restrictions https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-international-travellers#quarantine-for-incoming-travellers

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT:

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Factsheets/air-transportation-guidelines.pdf



Updated: August 10, 2020


Caps on International passenger arrivals


A limited number of international flights continue to operate to Australia, to bring Australians home, allow foreign visitors to depart, and maintain essential freight connections.


Quarantine arrangements for international arrivals remains one of the most effective measures to protect against the spread of COVID-19 in the Australian community.


These arrangements have now been extended until October 24, 2020


Airlines will be limited to bringing in:


  • Melbourne – no incoming passenger arrivals until further notice
  • Sydney – no more than 350 passenger arrivals per day
  • Perth – no more than 525 passenger arrivals per week
  • Brisbane – no more than 500 passenger arrivals per week
  • Adelaide – no more than 500 passengers per week
  • Canberra and Darwin – passenger limits on each flight to be agreed with jurisdictions on a case-by-case basis but with limited overall capacity


Passengers with upcoming flights to Australia are advised to contact their airline or travel agent in the first instance for information on any changes to their flight. The availability of flights, cost, and to whom seats are offered, remain matters for airlines to decide.


Some travelers may experience delays in returning to Australia, or need to make alternate arrangements to arrive at a different Australian airport. They can then make onward domestic transit arrangements after they complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine, but should check the latest state border restrictions before they travel.


There may be charges for quarantine arrangements. More states and territories have introduced charges – this is a matter for individual jurisdictions to determine and manage. Passengers should contact state or territory governments for more information.


The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, through Australia’s overseas diplomatic network, will continue to provide consular assistance to Australians overseas via critical consular services.


Australians who remain overseas are advised to subscribe to Smartraveller for the latest advice and follow the social media account of their closest embassy, consulate or high commission for regular updates.


Australians can contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 from anywhere in the world if they need urgent consular assistance.



Updated: July 20, 2020


Passengers who are allowed to enter Australia must request an exemption before departure at https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form


Quarantine Requirements


All passengers (including Australian citizens and residents) arriving in Australia will be subject to a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days.


Beginning July 18, 2020, the NSW Government will begin to charge international travelers for their hotel quarantine accommodation. Passengers who purchased their flights before 11:59PM, July 12, 2020 AEST will be excluded from quarantine fees. Please visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules/quarantine#
website for more information



Updated: July 10, 2020


Effective July 11, 2020, 00:01 AUS local time, all Non-Australian nationals whose itinerary indicates that they will transit Australia for up to a maximum period of 72 hours, will no longer require exemption from Australia’s travel restrictions. Any foreign national proposing to transit Australia for longer than 72 hours will continue to require an exemption from Australia’s travel restrictions. This instruction does not apply to Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents. Travelers continue to be required to obtain state and territory legislation. Travelers must obtain any relevant state or territory health exemptions and bring evidence of this at check in for boarding. Please refer to the following website to confirm each state or territory’s requirements: https://www.health.gov.au/about-us/contact-us/local-state-and-territory-health-departments



Updated: July 01, 2020

Restrictions on international flights into Melbourne Airport

Effective immediately, the Australian Government will not be permitting airlines to carry international passengers to arrive into Melbourne until July 15, 2020.
It is important to note:

  • Freight-only flights to Melbourne Airport will still be permitted
  • Inbound international flights that are not carrying passengers will be permitted to arrive into Melbourne, subject to holding the required approvals from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development.  These flights will be permitted to uplift passengers in Melbourne for an outbound flight.  


Updated: July 01, 2020

Information for international travelers arriving in Queensland

In response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, anyone arriving in Queensland from overseas must complete 14 days of mandatory quarantine. You will need to stay at government arranged accommodation unless you have received a quarantine exemption.

Mandatory quarantine is needed to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Queensland.

Your quarantine accommodation and daily meals will be managed by Queensland Government.

From July 01, 2020, you will need to contribute to the cost of quarantine.

When you arrive in Queensland you will be:
  • issued a Quarantine Direction Notice and Notice to Pay
  • required to undertake a health screening; and
  • transported to your arranged accommodation to quarantine.
At the end of your 14-day quarantine period, you will receive an invoice for the quarantine fee. Full fee details appear on the attached Notice of Pay. You may be eligible to apply for all or part of the quarantine fee to be waived. Payment plans are also available.

The quarantine fee includes your accommodation, meals and room cleaning for 14 days. The fees are $2,800 for one adult, $3,710 for two adults in the same room, and $4,620 for two adults and two children in the same room. Please refer to the attached Notice of Pay for full details.

You may be eligible to apply for all or part of the quarantine fee to be waived after you get the invoice. Those eligible to apply include, but are not limited to:

  • people who had a confirmed arrival date into Queensland before midnight on 17 June 2020, even if they arrive after 1 July 2020
  • people who are experiencing financial hardship; and
  • people who are vulnerable.

Once the quarantine fee invoice is issued you have 30 days to apply to have the amount waived. The full eligibility criteria and application form is available at www.health.qld.gov.au/covid-19-quarantine.

Anyone arriving in Queensland from overseas must complete 14 days of mandatory quarantine. There are very few reasons why an exemption from quarantine will be granted. To apply for an exemption, complete the form at www.health.qld.gov.au/covid-19-quarantine.

For more information on quarantine including accommodation, fees and exemptions, visit www.health.qld.gov.au/covid-19-quarantine or call 134 COVID (134 26843).

For the latest COVID-19 health advice, information and resources, visit www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).



Updated: June 30, 2020


Travel Restrictions for Australia effective June 30, 2020


Individuals can only travel to Australia if they are an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident or are a New Zealand citizen usually residing in Australia.

Travelers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to travel to Australia will need to have an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner.

All travelers arriving in Australia must undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities (for example, a hotel), in their port to arrival.

Travel restrictions are subject to change. Some exemptions are in place. Please check back regularly.


Additional exemptions as determined by the Commissioner 

The Commissioner of the Australian Border Force (ABF) may consider an additional 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
  • People 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
  • Case-by-case exceptions for humanitarian or compassionate reasons.

Exemptions must be granted prior to travelling to Australia. The request for an exemption through Commissioner’s Discretion must be accompanied by:
  • Passenger details: name, DOB, visa type and number, passport number, Australian residential address, Australian telephone number)
  • Case information: 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.

It is important that all travelers provide evidence that they meet one of the exemptions above before travelling.

Depending on your reason for requesting exemption, evidence must be provided and could include:

  • proof of ID
  • marriage certificates
  • birth certificates
  • death certificates
  • proof of relationship (for example, shared tenancy agreement, joint bank account etc.)
  • visa status
  • letter from a doctor or hospital indicating why the travel is necessary
  • letter from an employer indicating why the travel is necessary or the work undertaken is critical
  • letter from a related business or company
  • any other proof you may have to support your claims.

All evidence supporting a travel exemption claim needs to be officially translated into English.

You should apply for an exemption at least 4 weeks, but not more than 3 months, before your planned travel.
 
If you are not granted an exemption, you should not continue with your travel plans. If granted an exemption, you must take evidence of that exemption decision to the airport.

Apply online for an exemption or provide further information.

Travelers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to travel to Australia can also use this form to apply for an exemption.


Advice on managing health risks from COVID-19 on international flights

Air travelers must quarantine in designated accommodation for 14 days after entering Australia. Travelers may also be subject to health screening at the airport.

Entry restrictions apply to all foreign travelers, except New Zealand citizens living in Australia.

The ‘COVID-19 information for international travelers’ fact sheet is given to everyone arriving at international airports.

More information is available at the arrival halls of every Australian airport. This information explains the symptoms of COVID-19 and encourages travelers to report to biosecurity officers if they have symptoms.

Staff will assess sick travelers on aircraft using the ‘Traveler with Illness Checklist.’ This checklist includes questions to screen for COVID-19.


Other information


The Department of Health is providing information for passengers and crew on-board all aircraft into Australia and at all Australian international airports. This information explains what COVID-19 is and what to do if they have come from a risk area and are sick, or become sick. The information sheets are updated as significant developments take place and are available at www.health.gov.au/covid19-resources

For the latest advice, information and resources, go to www.health.gov.au.

Call the National Coronavirus Health Helpline on 1800 020 080. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

The phone number of your state or territory public health agency is available at www.health.gov.au/state-territory-contacts.

If you have concerns about your health, speak to your doctor.

 

Updated: June 06, 2020


Advice on managing the health risks from COVID-19 on international flights.


All travelers arriving at Australia’s international airports will be provided with a ‘COVID-19 information for international travelers’ fact sheet.


Additional communication materials and announcements are available at the arrival halls of every Australian port. This material informs travelers of the symptoms of COVID-19 and encourages them to report to biosecurity officers if they are experiencing symptoms while in the port environment.


Entry restrictions apply to foreign travelers from all countries, excluding New Zealand citizens resident in Australia.


All travelers arriving in Australia must quarantine in designated accommodation for 14 days after entering Australia. Travelers may also be subject to health screening at the airport.


All travelers on aircraft will continue to be assessed using the ‘Traveler with Illness Checklist’, which includes questions to screen for COVID-19.


The Australian Government is also working closely with the airlines to support crew members travelling to and from international destinations. Crew have been advised to take particular care on layovers, to use dedicated private transport, avoid crowded public spaces, practice good hygiene, use personal protective equipment (PPE) where appropriate, monitor for symptoms, and not to fly if they have any symptoms of a respiratory illness.


Other information


The Department of Health is providing additional communication material for travelers (including passengers and crew) on-board all aircraft into Australia and at all Australian international airports and seaports. This material informs travelers about COVID-19 and what to do if they have come from a risk area and are ill, or become ill. The information sheets are updated as significant developments take place and are available at www.health.gov.au/covid19-resources.


For the latest advice, information and resources, go to www.health.gov.au.


Call the National Coronavirus Health Helpline on 1800 020 080. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.


The phone number of your state or territory public health agency is available at www.health.gov.au/state-territory-contacts.



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.


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. 



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 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

 
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: September 21, 2020


Notice on Shenzhen Airlines Suspending the Transport of Passengers from the Philippines to China Via a Third Country


In accordance with the epidemic prevention and control requirements, Shenzhen Airlines will suspend the transport of passengers from the Philippines to China via a third country from 00:00 Beijing time on September 20, 2020.


Passengers who have purchased a ticket from the Philippines to China via a third country before September 19, 2020 (inclusive), and the flight from the third country to China is carried by Shenzhen Airlines, please contact the place where the ticket issued for a free refund before the flight takes off.



Updated: September 07, 2020


Embargo on Transit Passengers for Xiamen Airlines (MF) from the Philippines

All transit passengers for Xiamen Airlines (MF) at Narita Airport arriving from the Philippines are NOT accepted for the period of September 07 to September 30, 2020.



August 29, 2020


Updated Japan Entry Restrictions


Effective September 01, 2020


FOR NON-JAPANESE NATIONALS INCLUDING FILIPINOS WITH NEW JAPAN VISA /

STICKER ON PASSPORT

TYPES OF PASSENGERS

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY

1. Seafarers

Pre-entry test negative certificate conducted within 72 hours before departure

2. Other than Seafarers

(aa) New Japan visa (bb) Pre-entry PCR test negative certificate conducted within 72 hours before departure

FOR NON-JAPANESE NATIONALS INCLUDING FILIPINOS HOLDING RE-ENTRY PERMIT

1. Non-Japanese holding re-entry permit; Filipinos who departed Japan before August 31, 2020

(aa) Re-entry permit (bb) Letter of confirmation of after submitting Required documentation for Re-entry to Japan (Attachment 7-2) (cc) Pre-entry PCR test negative certificate conducted within 72 hours before departure

2. Non-Japanese holding re-entry permit, passengers who possess Receipt for request for re-entry and departed Japan on and after September 01, 2020

(aa) Re-entry permit (bb) Receipt for request for re-entry (Attachment 8) (cc) Pre-entry PCR test negative certificate conducted within 72 hours before departure (Attachment 7-2) or letter for guidance or re-entry (Attachment 9-2)

3. Non-Japanese holding re-entry permit who do NOT have a Receipt for request for re-entry and departed Japan ON and AFTER September 01, 2020

(aa) Re-entry permit (bb) Letter of confirmation after submitting the Required documentation for Re-entry into Japan (cc) Pre-entry PCR test negative certificate conducted within 72 hours before departure (dd) Documents certifying the need for humanitarian consideration or the presence of public interest (No need for foreign nationals who already have a Letter of Confirmation of Submitting the Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan)


Required format for the Certificate of Testing for COVID-19




August 25, 2020


Effective September 01, 2020, SEAFARERS arriving in Japan (ALL routes) are required to present a negative result of a COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours before flight departure.


Updated: August 19, 2020


Reminder to passengers traveling to Nagoya (NGO)


Passengers are required to accomplish the following forms before their flight to Nagoya, Japan:


  1. Undertaking for LINE apps
  2. Health Card (Japanese and English)
  3. Questionnaire (English)
  4. Questionnaire (Japanese)
  5. Declaration


Passengers shall present these forms upon check-in. Failure to complete said forms may result to delay in boarding your flight.


August 12, 2020

Updated Restrictions for Filipino Passengers traveling to Japan:

Filipino Passenger with New Japan Visa / Sticker on passport

Filipino Passenger holding Japan Resident Permanent Visa last departure from Japan after APRIL 03, 2020

Filipino Passenger holding Japan Permanent Resident / Spouse, Child of Japanese / Long Term Resident last departure from Japan before APRIL 02, 2020

between one year / or / until japan visa expire date

And, holding a Certificate of Eligibility

 

NOT ALLOWED TO ENTER TO JAPAN

 

And, holding Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan

OK TO CHECK IN

OK TO CHECK IN

NO NEED FOR PRE-ENTRY PCR COVID 19 TEST CERTIFICATE

UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST 2020

MUST HAVE A PRE-ENTRY PCR TEST NEGATIVE CERTIFICATE

 


Updated: August 11, 2020

Effective August 07, 2020, all non-Japanese passengers (except seafarers) departing from the Philippines and arriving in Japan are required to possess a certificate of pre-entry PCR testing result and Re-entry confirmation letter as mentioned below: 


  1. Certificate of pre-entry PCR testing COVID-19 negative test result conducted within 72 hours prior to departure. The certificate must be accomplished and signed by a medical institution. If the applicant cannot find a medical institution which accepts the above-mentioned format, the applicant can submit an optional format document with the following information in English, but it might take extra time for quarantine inspection and immigration inspection.


i. personal information of an applicant (name, passport number, nationality, date of birth, sex)

ii. proof of authenticity of the COVID-19 test result (test method (only limited to the test method mentioned in the format), result, date of test, date of test result, date of issuance of the test)

iii. information of a medical institution (the name and address of a medical institution /the name of a doctor/stamp seal (or sign by doctor))


Applicants are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result (or copy) to quarantine officer when arriving in Japan. After that, please submit “Re-entry Confirmation Letter to immigration officer. If applicants cannot submit these documents to immigration officer, the applicants are denied entry into Japan based on Ordinance for Enforcement of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act. If applicants enter Japan with false documents, their status of residence is revoked, and they could be subject to deportation based on Ordinance for Enforcement of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.


Revised Certificate of Testing for COVID-19 

2. Re-entry confirmation letter


The applicant is required to go to a Japanese overseas establishment where you reside to obtain the letter of confirmation of submitting necessary documentation for re-entry into Japan. The following documents are required for the application:

    • Passport with valid re-entry permit including special re-entry permit

    • Residence card issued by the Japanese authority

    • Application form


The applicant will be contacted once “Re-entry Confirmation Letter” is ready. The applicant or a representative of the applicant can obtain “Re-entry Confirmation Letter” at the Japanese overseas establishment. This process is free of charge.


Please be noted that “Re-entry Confirmation Letter” is not issued on the same day of the application.

For more information, please visit: https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001074.html


 

Updated: August 06, 2020


The new requirements are applied only to those foreign nationals who have left Japan BEFORE the day when country/region where such foreign nationals are currently staying was designated as an area subject to denial of permission to entry into Japan. Those who have left Japan AFTER the day when country/region where such foreign nationals are currently staying was designated as an area subject to denial of permission are not in the scope and are not allowed to enter Japan.



 
(note 1 ): Four Categories: “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse of Child of Japanese National”, Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” and “Long Term Resident” (including the spouse of a Japanese national or Japanese child who does not have these statuses of residence

(note 2): Four Countries: who have stayed in Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Peru within 14 days prior to landing Japan

(note 3): Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan (hereinafter referred to as “Re-entry Confirmation Letter”) obtained from the Japanese overseas establishment at the country/region where applicants reside; A certificate of COVID-19 negative test result conducted within 72 hour of the departure time of the flight
 


Updated: August 05, 2020

Effective August 05, 2020, all passengers seeking re-entry such as those going on "technical intern training" and "college student" who previously were not allowed to re-enter Japan are now allowed to re-enter Japan if they are able to present the following:

  1. Re-entry Confirmation Letter issued by Embassy, Consulate.
  2. Negative COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours of the departure time is required as attached.

Effective August 07, 2020, all passengers seeking re-entry such as "permanent resident" and "spouse of Japanese" who previously were not allowed to re-enter Japan are now allowed to re-enter Japan if they are able to present the following:

  1. Re-entry Confirmation Letter issued by Embassy, Consulate.
  2. Negative COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours of the departure time is required as attached.

However, above passengers with special reason such as death in their family and needing medical care etc., they will be exempt from presenting items 1 and 2.
 


Updated: July 30, 2020

Currently, Non-Japanese arriving in Japan from the Philippines who departed Japan with the re-entry permit obtained before April 02, 2020 and have the status of “Permanent Resident”,”Spouse or Child of Japanese National”,” Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident”, “Long Term Resident” may be allowed entry into Japan.

Effective August 07, 2020, all non-Japanese passengers departing from the Philippines and arriving in Japan are required to have the following documents:  

  1. Certificate of pre-entry PCR testing result conducted within 72 hours of the departure time of the flight 
  2. Re-entry confirmation letter

1. Certificate of pre-entry PCR testing result conducted within 72 hours of the departure time of the flight (See sample format here

The certificate must be filled in and signed by a medical institution. If the applicant cannot find a medical institution which accepts the above-mentioned format, the applicant can submit an optional format document with the following information in English, but in that case, it might take extra time for quarantine inspection and immigration inspection.

  • personal information of an applicant (name, passport number, nationality, date of birth, sex)
  • proof of authenticity of the COVID-19 test result (test method (only limited to the test method mentioned in the format), result, date of test, date of test result, date of issuance of the test)
  • information of a medical institution (the name and address of a medical institution /the name of a doctor/stamp seal (or sign by doctor))

Applicants are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result (or copy) to quarantine officer when arriving at Japan. After that, please submit “Re-entry Confirmation Letter” to immigration officer.

If applicants cannot submit these documents to immigration officer, the applicants are denied entry into Japan based on Ordinance for Enforcement of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.

If applicants enter Japan with false documents, their status of residence is revoked, and they could be subject to deportation based on Ordinance for Enforcement of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.

2. Re-entry confirmation letter

The applicant is required to go to a Japanese overseas establishment where you reside to obtain the letter of confirmation of submitting necessary documentation for re-entry into Japan. The following documents are required for the application:

  a. Passport with valid re-entry permit including special re-entry permit 
  b. Residence card issued by the Japanese authority
  c. Application form 
     See sample Letter of Confirmation here  

The applicant will be contacted once “Re-entry Confirmation Letter” is ready. The applicant or a representative of the applicant can obtain “Re-entry Confirmation Letter” at the Japanese overseas establishment. This process is free of charge.

Please be noted that “Re-entry Confirmation Letter” is not issued on the same day of the application.

For more information, please visit https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001074.html



Updated: July 24, 2020

Notice from the Immigration Services Agency

Effective July 24, 2020, foreigners who departed Japan with Re-entry Permit (including Special Re-entry Permit) will not be allowed to re-enter Japan in principle, if he/she have travelled to /transited at the specific countries or regions listed below within 14 days prior to arrival in Japan (except for foreigner with Special permanent residence status).

The countries and regions written in red are newly added to the regulations areas this time.

Foreigners with the status of residence of “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” or “Long-term Resident”, who have departed Japan, with Re-entry Permission by July 23, 2020 and re-enter Japan with the Re-entry Permission from the above designated  states as target areas of reused entry, will be treated in principle as people in special circumstances. However, this shall not apply to foreigners who will depart Japan on or after July 24, 2020. It should be noted that “Special Permanent Resident” is not subject to refused entry.


All nationals arriving from the countries and regions listed above within 14 days prior to their application for landing into Japan are subject to conducting of PCR tests.

All nationals arriving from all regions are called upon to wait 14 days at a location designated by the quarantine station chief and to refrain from using public transportation until the August 01, 2020 (The period may be renewed.)

You may find more information about the country’s COVID-19 response and about measures put in place at https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html

Expanded List of Designated areas subject to Denial

Asia

India, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Islamic Republic of Pakistan, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, Republic of Maldives, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

Oceania

Australia, New Zealand

North America

Canada, United States of America

Latin America and the Caribbean

Argentine Republic, Antigua and Barbuda, Oriental Republic of Uruguay, Ecuador, Republic of El Salvador, Republic of Guyana, Republic of Cuba, Republic of Guatemala, Grenada, Republic of Costa Rica, Republic of Columbia, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Chile, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Republic of Nicaragua, Republic of Haiti, Panama, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Republic of Peru, Bolivia, Republic of Honduras, United Mexican States, Republic of Paraguay, Republic of Suriname, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Europe

Iceland, Ireland, Azerbaijan, Albania, Armenia, Andorra, Italy, Ukraine, Republic of Uzbekistan, United Kingdom, Estonia,

Austria, Netherlands, Kazakhstan, North Macedonia, Cyprus, Greece, Kyrgyz, Croatia, Kosovo, San Marino, Georgia, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Vatican, Hungary, Finland, France, Bulgaria, Belarus, Belgium,

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Portugal, Malta , Monaco, Moldova, Montenegro, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein,

Romania, Luxembourg, Russian Federation

Middle East

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Republic of Iraq, Iran, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar, State of Kuwait, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Lebanese Republic, Palestine

Africa

People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, Egypt, Kingdom of Eswatini, Republic of Ghana, Republic of Cabo Verde, Gabonese Republic, Republic of Cameroon, Republic of Guinea, Republic of Guinea-Bissau, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Republic of Senegal, Republic of Djibouti, Central African Republic, Republic of South Africa, Mauritius, Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Morocco, Union of Comoros, Republic of Sierra Leone, The Republic of Sudan, Federal Republic of Somalia, Republic of Namibia, Republic of Botswana, Republic of Madagascar, Mauritius, Libya, Republic of Liberia,


Updated: July 01, 2020


Due to the spread of coronavirus infections, the range of foreigners who are NOT permitted to enter Japan was expanded, effective July 01, 2020 as follows;

The countries and regions written in red are newly added to the regulations areas this time. 
 

Designated areas subject to entry denial

Asia

India, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Islamic Republic of Pakistan, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, Republic of Maldives

Oceania

Australia, New Zealand

North America

Canada, United States of America

Latin America and the Caribbean

Argentine Republic, Antigua and Barbuda, Oriental Republic of Uruguay, Ecuador, Republic of El Salvador, Republic of Guyana, Republic of Cuba, Republic of Guatemala, Grenada, Republic of Costa Rica, Republic of Columbia, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Chile, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Republic of Nicaragua, Republic of Haiti, Panama, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Republic of Peru, Bolivia, Republic of Honduras, United Mexican States

Europe

Iceland, Ireland, Republic of Azerbaijan, Albania, Armenia, Aandorra, Italy, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Austria, Netherlands, Republic of Kazakhstan, North Macedonia, Cyprus, Greece, Kyrgyz Republic, Croatia, Kosovo, San Marino, Georgia, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Republic of Tajikistan, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Vatican, Hungary, Finland, France, Bulgaria, Republic of Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Portugal, Malta, Monaco, Moldova, Montenegro, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Romania, Luxembourg, Russian Federation

Middle East

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Republic of Iraq, Iran, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar, State of Kuwait, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Lebanese Republic

Africa

People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, Egypt, Kingdom of Eswatini, Republic of Ghana, Republic of Cabo Verde, Gabonese Republic, Republic of Cameroon, Republic of Guinea, Republic of Guinea-Bissau, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Republic of Senegal, Republic of Djibouti, Central African Republic, Republic of South Africa, Mauritius, Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Morocco.


Updated: June 30, 2020


SHORE PASS for NARITA is NOT AVAILABLE - Local immigration will not issue shore pass until further notice due to COVID-19.



Updated: May 28, 2020

Effective May 27, 2020 at 00:00 MN Japan Time:


  1. The Ministry of Justice has designated the following 11 states as target areas for refused entry pursuant to Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act (Note 1): Afghanistan, Argentina, India, El Salvador, Ghana, Guinea, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Republic of South Africa. Any non-Japanese national who has stayed in the above areas within the past 14 days, unless there are special circumstances, shall be refused for entry (Note 2).

  2. (Note 1) The total number of the target areas for refused entry including this addition is 111 states and regions.
    (Note 2) Non-Japanese citizens with the status of “Permanent Resident,” “Spouse or Child of Japanese National,” “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” or “Long-Term Resident,” who have departed from Japan with Re-entry Permission by May 26, 2020 and have reentered Japan with the Re-entry Permission from the above 11 states additionally designated as target areas for refused entry, will be treated in principle as people in special circumstances. However, this shall not apply to non-Japanese citizens who will depart Japan on or after May 27, 2020. It should be noted that “Special Permanent Resident” is not subject to refused entry.


  3. Entrants who have stayed in the target areas for refused entry listed in paragraph 1 above within the past 14 days are subject to conducting PCR tests.

  4. The due date for implementing measures such as strengthened quarantine, visa restrictions, restriction of arrival airports for passenger aircraft and reduction of the number of arrival passengers is renewed to extend to the end of June 2020. The period may be renewed.



Updated: April 27, 2020

Reiteration of the measures to strengthen border restrictions implemented on April 3, 2020.


The measures described and implemented re additional designation of areas subject to the entry ban on April 3 shall remain in place for a period. The measures will also be applied to those who will depart before the launch of these measures and arrive in Japan after their introduction.


The measures described regarding testing and quarantine of arriving passengers will be applied to passengers of aircrafts and ships which will arrive in Japan after 0:00 am on April 3 (JST) and be implemented until the last day of April. The period can be renewed.


The measures described on reducing the number of passengers and visa restrictions will be implemented from 0:00AM on April 3 (JST) until the last day of April. The period can be renewed.



Updated April 3, 2020


Effective April 1, 2020, the following additional measures will be followed:


1. Beginning April 3, 2020, 00:00 hours Japan Local Time, passengers who have been to the following countries within the last 14 days are not allowed to enter Japan: Albania, Armenia, Israel, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Ecuador, Egypt, Australia, Canada, Republic of Korea, North Macedonia, Cyprus, Greece, Croatia, Kosovo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Singapore, Slovakia, Serbia, Thailand, Taiwan, Czech, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Chile, Dominica, Turkey, New Zealand, Panama, Hungary, Bahrain, Philippines, Finland, Brazil, Bulgaria, Brunei, United States, Vietnam, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bolivia, Poland, Malaysia, Moldova, Morocco, Montenegro, Mauritius, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania.


2. The travel ban does not apply to nationals of Japan, Permanent Residents of Japan, Spouse or Child of Japanese National, Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident or Long-Term Resident of Japan, who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission by April 2. The travel ban also does not apply to passengers with a Special Permanent Resident Permit.


3. For vessels arriving on April 3, 2020, 00:00 hours (JST) until April 30, 2020, PCR tests shall be conducted to all arriving passengers who have visited the countries and regions listed in #1 within the last 14 days prior to their arrival to Japan. All arriving passengers must wait 14 days at a location designated by a quarantine station chief and must refrain from using public transportation.


4. Starting April 3, 2020, 00:00 hours, airline companies are requested to reduce the passenger flights and to ensure the appropriate conduct of quarantine measures; however, appropriate consideration will be given to overseas Japanese nationals and overseas travelers hoping to return home in order to facilitate the departure for home.


5. Single or multiple-entry visas issued on or before April 2, 2020 by Japanese Embassies or Consulates General located in any region outside of countries listed in #1 are invalidated.


6.Visa exemption for nationals of Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Lesotho, Mexico, Peru, Suriname, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Uruguay is suspended.


7. Validity of Pre-clearance granted to APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) issued by any relevant country or region except the countries and regions in #1 is suspended. Visa restrictions which have been decided from the Meeting of the Novel Coronavirus Response Headquarters held on March 18 and 26 respectively, will remain in place until the last day of April.


As of April 3, 2020, the list of designated areas that are subject to denial of entry include the following:


1. Asia: Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia


2. Oceania: Australia, New Zealand


3. North America: Canada, United States of America


4. Latin America and the Caribbean: Ecuador, Chile, Dominica, Panama, Brazil, Bolivia


5. Europe: Iceland, Ireland, Albania, Armenia, Andorra, Italy, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Austria, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Cyprus, Greece, Croatia, Kosovo, San Marino, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Vatican, Hungary, Finland, France, Bulgaria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Portugal, Malta, Monaco, Moldova, Montenegro, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Romania, Luxembourg


6. Middle East: Israel, Iran, Turkey, Bahrain


7. Africa: Egypt, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, Morocco

 

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.



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.



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: July 21, 2020


Released: July 16, 2020


Pandemic Direction – Approval Process for Incoming Self-funded International Passengers


1. Any non-citizen and non-permanent resident who seeks to enter PNG shall submit to covid19-travel@police.gov.pg:


   a. A letter requesting an approval to enter Papua New Guinea, this shall include, name, date of birth, nationality, passport number, visa type, visa number, and visa expiry, expected date of arrival into PNG and location of quarantine.

   b. Air Passenger Travel Form.
   c. It is an offense to provide false information on the Air Passenger Travel Form. Reliable contact numbers, factual home address, and temporary address (which must be the  preferred quarantine location) must be provided.


2. If a person seeking to quarantine at home or at a location other than at a designated hotel per the Measures, they must complete the Home Quarantine: Request for Extraordinary Exemption form.


3. Upon receipt of these documents the Controller shall decide whether a person will be approved to enter Papua New Guinea.


4. Upon receipt of approval a person entering Papua New Guinea, a person shall submit to covid19-travel@police.gov.pg:


    a. Hotel booking for 14-day quarantine or approval to quarantine elsewhere; and
    b. Flight booking


5. Air operators shall not uplift any person without ensuring a person has:


   a. Approval of the Controller to enter PNG;
   b. Air Passenger Travel Form; and
   c. A negative COVID-19 PCR Test conducted within 7 days of departure – noting that PANDEMIC NOTICE NO. 1 – COVID-19 TEST REQUIREMENT allowing tests within 14 days of departure until 11:00PM Wednesday, July 22, 2020

6. Upon arrival, PNG Customs must check – in addition to the normal documents checked – the following documents of all incoming persons:


    a. Approval to enter PNG;
    b. Approved Air Passenger Travel Form


Pandemic Notice No. 1 – COVID-19 Test Requirement


1. Per Measure 2 – International Travel Measures – paragraph 28, exemption to paragraph 7, for person traveling into PNG until 11:00PM, Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

2. All persons exempted (by paragraph 1), traveling into PNG before 11:00PM, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 must have a COVID-19 test within a 14-day period prior to boarding an aircraft and have returned a result indicating they do not have detectable levels of COVID-19.

3. For the avoidance of doubt, all persons traveling after 11:00PM on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 must have a COVID-19 test within a 7-day period prior to boarding an aircraft and have returned a result indicating they do not have detectable levels of COVID-19.

4. This exemption does not apply to persons seeking to quarantine for 7 days in PNG and currently meet the criteria as per Measure 2 – International Travel Measures – paragraph 15. Any such person must have a COVID-19 test within a 7-day period prior to boarding an aircraft and have returned a result indicating they do not have detectable levels of COVID-19.


Implementation Date: January 31, 2020


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



 

Updated: September 09, 2020


Transit restrictions advisory from KULMF for the non-acceptance of transit passengers on XIAMEN Airlines at KUL station effective from September 05 – 30, 2020


Effective September 05 until September 30, 2020, ALL Philippine and People’s Republic of China travelers who are to fly or transit from Malaysia to Xiamen via Xiamen Airlines will NOT be accepted to enter Xiamen. Transit passengers with tickets purchased from Xiamen Airlines are advised to refund from the ticket issuing office.



Updated: September 06, 2020


TRAVEL ADVISORY: ENTRY RESTRICTIONS ON FOREIGN NATIONALS AND TRAVELERS TO MALAYSIA, SEPTEMBER 04, 2020


1. Effective from September 07, 2020, the Government of Malaysia is imposing entry restrictions into Malaysia on Foreign nationals and travelers who are traveling from countries that have recorded over 150,000 COVID-19 cases, as listed below:


  • The United States of America
  • Brazil
  • India
  • Russia
  • Peru
  • Colombia
  • South Africa
  • Mexico
  • Spain
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Iran
  • The United Kingdom
  • Bangladesh
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Pakistan
  • France
  • Turkey
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Iraq
  • Indonesia
  • The Philippines


2. The entry restrictions include travelers who are citizens of/holders of long-term passes of the countries listed above, who are residing in or traveling from those countries.


3. The latest decision is part of continuing efforts by the Government of Malaysia to contain the spread of COVID-19 and in view of the recent increase in the number of imported COVID-19 cases detected at international points of entry to Malaysia among travelers coming from the listed countries. The restriction is a temporary measure and will be reviewed regularly.   

 

4. The entry restrictions cover travelers holding long-term passes from Malaysia including:


  1. Permanent Residents (PR);
  2. Malaysia My Second Home Program (MM2H) pass holders;
  3. All Expatriates (including Employment pass Category I, II and III; Residence Pass-Talent (RPT); Professional Visit pass; and Dependent pass);
  4. Resident pass holders;
  5. Spouse/Child of Malaysians with long-term social visit pass;
  6. Student pass holders; and
  7. Temporary Employment pass holders.

 

5. Exemptions to the entry restrictions may be considered for travelers under the following categories:


  1. Diplomats and their dependents who are eligible under the Exemption Order. However, for Diplomats or Embassy staff who do not have required passes such as first-time entry into Malaysia; residents in other countries who holds the United Nations (UN) / World Health Organization (WHO) / United Nations Development Program (UNDP) passport are required to obtain approval from the Director General of the Immigration Department of Malaysia through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia prior to traveling;
  2.  Ship crew members who are involved in sign-on/joint-ship and sign-off activities. A Letter of Guarantee (LG) and Seaman Book must be provided as additional required documents during entry;
  3. Flight crew members for commercial or private flights. A General Declaration for the next flight operation must be provided as additional required documents during entry; and
  4. Professional crew/workers in the oil and gas industry with existing passes and prior entry approval from the Director General of the Immigration Department of Malaysia.

 

6. Apart from the categories in paragraph 5 above, the Director General of the Immigration Department of Malaysia may consider exemption appeals, on a case-by-case basis, to enter Malaysia in cases of emergencies and on compassionate grounds.


7. The enforcement mechanism for the entry restrictions at all Malaysian entry points is as follows:

 

  1. Inspection of travel documents, including place of issue, departure stamp on passport, and flight ticket;
  2. Travelers holding travel documents/long term visas from the countries listed above, or who are residents of the listed countries, will be prevented from entry into Malaysia;
  3. Travelers who have been denied entry into Malaysia will be directed to the respective airlines to be repatriated.


8. The entry restrictions do not apply to travelers who are transiting in Malaysia for departure to another country, provided the transit travelers do not leave the departure terminal and do not go through immigration inspection.


9. Malaysian citizens are exempted from this ruling. Malaysian citizens who wish to return to Malaysia, including from the countries listed above, may do so provided they have a Travel Notice issued by the Embassy and a Letter of Undertaking to bear the costs of quarantine upon arrival. All Malaysians are also reminded to download, register, and activate the MySejahtera online application before entering Malaysia. The application can be downloaded through the URL link at: https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my.

 

10. For further inquiry, information or assistance, please contact the Embassy of Malaysia or Consulate-General in your respective countries and Government of Malaysia quick links as follows:

       Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA): www.kln.gov.my

       National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA): www.nadma.gov.my

       Immigration Department of Malaysia (IMI): www.imi.gov.my

       Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH): www.moh.gov.my

       Ministry of Transport Malaysia (MOT): www.mot.gov.my

       Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC): www.motac.gov.my

      

The Director General Immigration of Malaysia (DGIM/KPI) approval, application must submit to immigration official email addresses:

       pbf@imi.gov.my

       kpi@imi.gov.my

       naeem.azmi@imi.gov.my

      

MySejahtera including how to download it is available at the following link:

      https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my/intro_en


Mandatory Quarantine Order Guidelines and Full Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) can be viewed at the following link:

     https://www.kln.gov.my/documents/8390448/8392184/GUIDELINES+Mandatory+Quarantine+Order+24+July+2020.pdf/f7d04aee-d50e-42da-af07-c1095daca544 

    

Sabah State Secretary (Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Sabah) 

     crisis@sabah.gov.my 

    

Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC)

    https://sarawakdisastermc.com/

    

State Disaster Management Committee of Sarawak 

    https://www.sarawak.gov.my/


11. Travelers seeking clarifications at the Malaysian international point of entry may call the KLIA Operation Room (24 hours) at: +603-8776-3681.



Updated: September 04, 2020


Update - Indian, Indonesian, and Philippine nationals barred from entering Malaysia effective September 07, 2020


As of September 03, 2020, the latest (updated) entry ban restrictions for citizens from United States, Brazil, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and the Philippines.


The following is a list of long-term visit pass for Indian, Indonesian and Filipino citizens who are not allowed to enter Malaysia:


1. Permanent Resident (PR)

2. Malaysia My Second Home Program Pass (MM2H)

3. All Expatriate - Employment Pass (CATEGORY I, II and III) Resident-Talent Pass (RPT), Professional Visit Pass (PVP - EXPERTS CATEGORY) and Dependent Pass.

4. Residence Pass

5. Spouses Pass: Husband / Wife / Children to Malaysian Citizen

6. Student Pass

7. Temporary Employment Visit Pass


This restriction also involves other Foreign Citizens who are Residents or have a Long-Term Visit Pass from India, Indonesia and the Philippines. Please note that this restriction applies EXCEPT for Indian, Indonesian And Filipino citizens in the following categories:


1. Diplomats

2. Sea Crew/Seamen entering Malaysia to carry out sign-on or joint ship activities


In addition, the mechanism of implementation of restrictions at the entry point (land), airports (air) or ports (sea) all over the country is as follows:


1. Monitoring implemented is through examination of travel documents based on the place of issue issued and flight ticket itinerary.

2. All entry are not allowed to enter Malaysia if the foreign citizens hold a passport, resident or have a long-term visit pass from India, Indonesia and the Philippines.

3. Refusal entry passengers will be issue not-to-land notice (NTL) and endorsed to the respective airline company for deportation process.


Transit facilities for three citizens can only be allowed for those who do not have the intention to enter the country and not through immigration clearance checkpoint.


This instructions order is effective from September 7, 2020 at all Malaysian entry check points (land), ports (sea) and airports (air).


SEA-BASED CREW/SEAMEN SIGN-ON TO JOINT SHIP AT KUL


  • Subjected to undergo 14-day mandatory quarantine at designated quarantine station center by government of Malaysia at own/agency expenses.
  • Subjected to undergo PCR swab tests upon arrival at KUL airport at own/agency expense.
  • Malaysian immigration clearance letter (Entry clearance).
  • Letter of Guarantee and OK to Board Advice from port of arrival by shipping agency (LOG).
  • Signed on Letter of Undertaking and Indemnity Person Under Surveillance (LOU).
  • NADMA LINK: http://www.nadma.gov.my/images/nadma/documents/LoUCOVID19/d_LETTER_OF_UNDERTAKING_AND_INDEMNITY_NON-CITIZEN.pdf
  • - Signed on PAL declaration release and waiver form.


TRANSIT PASSENGER* AT KUL


To avoid any confusion, citizens from the affected countries are still allowed to transit at KUL/KLIA airports as long as they remain inside the international Airside Transit Area and not enter Malaysia without immigration clearance. They are also not required for PCR swab tests before arrival or on arrival at KUL.


Affected countries or passengers are allowed to be on transit while waiting for the next connecting flight. If the transit involves overnight stay, passengers must remain at airside transit hotel (Airside Hotel) located at KLIA (Terminal 1).


* Signed on PAL declaration release and waiver form. 



Updated: September 03, 2020


https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2020/09/01/indian-indonesian-philippine-nationals-barred-from-entering-malaysia-from-sept-7/


Indian, Indonesian, and Philippine nationals barred from entering Malaysia effective September 07, 2020


The Malaysian government will bar long-term pass holders from India, Indonesia and the Philippines will not be allowed into Malaysia due to the worsening Covid-19 situation in these countries.


The restrictions apply to permanent residents, Malaysia My Second Home pass holders, expatriates, spousal visa holders and foreign students.


The health ministry will propose a plan to minimize the risk of foreign infections through returning Malaysians from these countries.


Also, the targeted movement control order (TEMCO) in Amanjaya, Kedah, will end on Sept 10, 2020.


Updated: August 31, 2020


MALAYSIA Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) will be extended until December 31, 2020


The entry of foreign tourists is still currently not allowed to avoid the spread of import cases into the country.


https://www.pmo.gov.my/2020/08/nations-economy-showing-positive-signs-toward-recovery-pm/



Updated: August 06, 2020


Malaysia and Singapore Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL): The Malaysia and Singapore governments agreed to facilitate business travels between the two countries. The following table summarizes the requirements and procedures:


Malaysia

Singapore

Effective August 17, 2020, residents in Singapore are allowed to enter Malaysia if they:

·       have stayed in Singapore for at least 14 days prior to departure for Malaysia;

·       hold a MyTravelPass approval letter

·       hold a negative PCR testing result issued within 72 hours before departure

Effective August 17, 2020, residents in Malaysia are allowed to enter Singapore if they:

  • have not travelled out of Malaysia in the entirety of the 14 days prior to departure for Singapore;
  • hold a valid SafeTravel Pass approval letter
  • hold a negative PCR testing result issued within 72 hours before departure

They must download MySejahtera mobile application.

They are subject to PCR testing upon arrival and quarantine until the testing result is released. If the testing result is negative, they are exempt from 14-day quarantine.

They must download TraceTogether app.

They are subject to PCR testing upon arrival and quarantine until the testing result is released. If the testing result is negative, they are exempt from 14-day quarantine.

https://www.imi.gov.my/portal2017/images/fail_pengumuman/2020/8_Ogos/RGL_Procedures_01082020.pdf

https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/malaysia/rgl/requirements-and-process




Updated: August 01, 2020



A. ENTRY PERMISSION FOR EXPATRIATES WITH AN ACTIVE PASS AND APPROVED PASS APPLICATION WHO ARE ABROAD


B. EXIT MALAYSIA AND RETURN PERMISSION WITH AN ACTIVE PASS WHO ARE IN MALAYSIA


1. This is with reference to the latest announcement made on 25 July 2020 pertaining to the Entry Permission for Expatriates AND Permission to Exit and Return to Malaysia. Please find the below changes and updates for the following pass categories:


NO

PASS TYPE

CONDITION

a) Employment Pass Category I (EP I) & Residence Pass-Talent (RP-T)

b) Dependents and Foreign Maids for (EP I & RP-T)

i. EXEMPTED TO OBTAIN ENTRY PERMISSION from the Director of Immigration Malaysia (DGIM).

ii. Upon arrival to Malaysia, cost of PCR COVID-19 Swab Test shall be borne by the applicant.

iii. Compulsory to undergo a Fourteen (14) days quarantine at a Quarantine Center stipulated by the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) and Ministry of Health (MOH). The cost of quarantine shall be borne by the applicant.

a) Employment Pass Category II & III (EP II & EP III)

b) Professional Visit Pass (PVP)

c) Dependents & Foreign Maids for (EP II & EP III)

d) Long-Term Social Visit Pass (LT-SVP) for (EP I, EP II, EP III & RP-T)

i. COMPULSARY TO OBTAIN  ENTRY PERMISSION from Director General of Immigration Malaysia (DGIM)

ii. Upon arrival to Malaysia, cost of PCR COVID-19 Swab Test shall be borne by the applicant.

iii. Compulsory to undergo a Fourteen (14) days quarantine at a Quarantine Center stipulated by the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) and Ministry of Health (MOH). The cost of quarantine shall be borne by the applicant.


2. The full latest Guidelines for expatriates and its related passes are as below:


A. Entry Permission for Expatriates with an Active Pass and Approved Pass Application Who Are Abroad.


Please refer to Guideline for the Entry of Expatriate

https://esd.imi.gov.my/portal/pdf/Guideline_expatriate_A_2.pdf


B. Exit Malaysia and Return with an Active Pass Who are in Malaysia. Please refer to Guideline for Exit and Return of Expatriate

https://esd.imi.gov.my/portal/pdf/Guideline_expatriate_B_2.pdf


3. All of the permission above in item A and B is to be sent via email to taskforce_esd@imi.gov.my


4. Please refer to Appendix A https://esd.imi.gov.my/portal/pdf/Entry_appendix_A_2.pdf  for a detailed information.


5. Please refer to Appendix B https://esd.imi.gov.my/portal/pdf/Entry_appendix_B_2.pdf  for a List of Approving and Supporting Agencies.


Note: The information in this document is subject to change depending on the latest update by the relevant Agencies from the Government of Malaysia.



Updated: July 28, 2020


Changes in the entry requirements in relation to the change in the quarantine procedure


• Passengers are not allowed to enter Malaysia until August 31, 2020. This does not apply to:

          - nationals of Malaysia;

          - permanent residents of Malaysia with a MyPR card;
          - passengers with a sticker label visa in their passport specifying that they are spouses or children of nationals of Malaysia;
          - passengers with a Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) with a printed entry permission from Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture;
          - passengers with a diplomatic passport;
          - passengers with an official passport on a diplomatic mission;
          - students with an immigration approval.


• Effective July 24, 2020, all travelers who are planning to enter Malaysia should fill in a Letter of Undertaking (LoU) and email it to the Embassy of Malaysia at least three (3) days before departure date. The Embassy will then issue a Travel Notice to the travelers via email.


• However, if any passengers (Including Malaysians) are unable to submit the LoU, they should NOT be denied boarding as provision will be given for them to submit the LoU upon arrival in Malaysia.


• The Government of Malaysia NO longer requires all passengers (Including Malaysian) to undergo COVID-19 testing prior to departure to Malaysia. All passengers are required to undergo COVID-19 swab test upon arrival at the Malaysia international point of entry. The costs for the test will be borne by passengers, as determined by the Malaysian Ministry of Health.


• More information can be found here. 


Updated: July 23, 2020


(UPDATED) Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine Order at Government Quarantine Station and Mandatory Pre-COVID-19 Test for Passengers Entering Malaysia


Mandatory Pre-COVID-19 Test for Passengers Entering Malaysia:


Effective July 20, 2020, all Malaysian nationals and foreigners entering Malaysia through International Arrivals are required to undergo a mandatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test, three (3) days prior to the date of departure. Those with negative results will be allowed entry into Malaysia. The result or medical certificate issued must be in English.

Upon arrival, passengers whose PCR COVID-19 test results are not accepted by the Ministry of Health, Malaysia will be required to undergo the test again at the entrance upon arrival at KUL.


Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine Order at Government Quarantine Station for Passengers Entering Malaysia: 


Effective from July 24, 2020 until further notice, announced by the Government of Malaysia that no longer mandatory self-quarantine at home, in order to restraint/curb the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak, the Government of Malaysia has decided that individuals entering Malaysia from abroad will be subjected to compulsory quarantine orders at the Quarantine Stations (QS) set by the Government of Malaysia. 

Please note that the maximum cost of Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) 150.00 per day for the Government quarantine station and the COVID tests will be borne by the travelers.


Other additional requirements are as follows:

1. Upon arrival, passengers whose PCR COVID-19 test results are not accepted by the Ministry of Health, Malaysia will be required to undergo the test again at the entrance upon arrival at KUL.

2. Malaysians and non-Malaysians are required to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine at government quarantine center stations.

3. Malaysians and foreigners returning to Malaysia are also required to download the download the MySejahtera application on their phones. The app is developed by the Government of Malaysia specially for Malaysians and Non-Malaysians who would be returning or visiting Malaysia starting from departure, upon arrival and during 14 days quarantine. It is based on the standard operating procedure developed by the Malaysian government to manage the COVID-19 pandemic especially upon the gradual opening of Malaysian international borders.


The app may be downloaded via https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my

4. Any exemptions (health issues or emergency situations) to the above requirements must obtain the approval of the Director General of Immigration via email to kpi@imi.gov.my

5. Valid visa is required for visitors from countries that require visa to enter Malaysia.

6. Malaysians and Foreign Nationals who exit during the Movement Control Order (MCO) from March 18, 2020 are not allowed to return to Malaysia until further notice without approval from the Director General of Immigration, Malaysia.


Download Health Declaration form here



Updated: July 10, 2020


Entry Procedures for Various Non-Citizens who wish to enter Malaysia under the Recovery Movement Control from June 10, 2020 until August 31, 2020


No

Non-Citizens Category

Pass/Visa still Valid

New Application / Expired Pass/Visa

1

Permanent Resident (PR)

Permitted to enter Malaysia without the special approval from the DG of Immigration of Malaysia

- download MySejahtera mobile app to register

- Undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Malaysia

- Undergo a mandatory 14 days home quarantine

Required to request for special approval to enter Malaysia from the DG of Immigration of Malaysia to be submitted at kpi@imi.gov.my

Negative COVID-19 swab test result must be acquired 3 days prior to the entry to Malaysia

2

Diplomat

3

Long Term Spouse/Dependent Pass (LTS/DP)

Permitted to enter Malaysia without special approval from the DG of Immigration of Malaysia

LTS/DP must:

- download MySejahtera mobile app to register

- Undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Malaysia

- Undergo a mandatory 14 days home quarantine

Expatriates must follow these procedures:

Undergo PCR or must have a negative COVID-19 Swab test result within 3 days prior to the entry to Malaysia

- Download MySejahtera mobile app to register

- Undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Malaysia

- Undergo a mandatory 14 days home quarantine except for expatriates from Brunei, Singapore, New Zealand, and Australia

Required to request for special approval to enter Malaysia from the DG of Immigration of Malaysia to be submitted at kpi@imi.gov.my

For Expatriates

Please submit request to pbf@imi.gov.my

And please refer to guidelines stated in *

Apply for a Single Entry Visa (SEV)

4

Employment Pass Holder (Expatriate) Category I

- Dependent of Category  I with valid dependent pass

- Household helper to Category I

Effective from June 24, 2020

5

Employment Pass Holder (Expatriate)

Category II

Category III

Skilled worker/ knowledge worker

Required to request for special approval to enter Malaysia from the DG if Immigration of Malaysia to be submitted at pbf@imi.gov.my

*Please refer to the guidelines:

https://esd.imi.gov.my/portal/pdf/Guideline_expatriate.pdf



Updated: June 24, 2020


Latest Procedure on Foreign Nationals Entry into Malaysia

The Government of Malaysia has announced that the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) will commence from June 10, 2020 up to August 31, 2020. During this RMCO period, foreign nationals are still not permitted to enter Malaysia as per the initial circular from the Malaysian Immigration Department dated March 17, 2020.

However, in supporting the country’s economy that has since been reopened, some categories of foreign nationals such as Expatriates and Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) Pass Holders are allowed entry provided they are granted prior approval from the Director General of Immigration (Ketua Pengarah Immigration - KPI.)

Therefore, listed below is a summary of procedures with regards to the category of Foreign National’s
admittance into Malaysia during the ongoing RMCO:

No

Foreign National Category

Status of Valid  Pass

New Application / Expired Pass

1

Permanent Resident (PR)

KPI Approval Not Required

Application to KPI

2

Diplomat

KPI Approval Not Required

Application to KPI

3

Long Term Pass (Spouse)

KPI Approval Not Required

Application to KPI

4

Expatriate

Required Prior KPI Approval

Application to KPI

5

MM2H Pass Holders

Requires Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture (MOTAC) Approval

Not Allowed

6

Other Long-Term Visit Pass Holders (Visa with Reference):

  1. Resident Pass
  2. Temporary Work Visit Pass (PLKS)
  3. Professional (Ikhtisas) Visit Pass
  4. Student Pass
  5. Dependent Pass for Short Term Visit Pass Holders

Requires Prior KPI Approval

Not Allowed

For your reference, prior to arriving in Malaysia and after the necessary approval has been granted from the KPI, listed below are the procedures that MUST be strictly followed:

1. Taken a PCR or COVID-19 swab test with a negative result, three (3) days prior to arriving in Malaysia
2. Download the MySejahtera app on a smart phone and update the required information

The successful applicant will be also required to submit all the above required information to the
immigration officer during entry checks and has to adhere to the following conditions upon arrival:

1. Present approval letter / email from the Malaysian Immigration Department
2. Undergo a COVID-19 health screening at the arrival entrance
3. Observe a self-quarantine at home for 14 days and strictly adhering to the quarantine procedures that has been set by the National Disaster Management Agency of Malaysia (NADMA) and the Malaysian Health Ministry (KKM).
4. Adhere to all existing entry procedures of Malaysia and immigration checks.

Those who do not comply with the above are not to be accepted on the flights.


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.


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 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: 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.


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: August 27, 2020


Quarantine System for Entry


All (regardless nationality) passengers traveling to Taiwan are REQUIRED to complete the Quarantine System for Entry health declaration form prior to boarding. This should be done 48 hours before the flight arrives Taiwan in order to maintain accurate data.  All arriving passengers are led by quarantine personnel directly to the Group Quarantine Facility after arrival. 


The Quarantine System for Entry can be accomplished by using a Taiwan local mobile number to complete online https://hdhq.mohw.gov.tw or scan the QR code provided below:


Quarantine System for Entry


Updated: August 09, 2020


The Taiwan Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC announced that starting from August 12, travelers arriving in Taiwan from the Philippines must follow related quarantine measures which are listed below.


1. Taiwanese nationals and certain non-Taiwanese nationals (foreign nationals with an Alien Resident Certificate or a resident visa, migrant workers, foreign students, and foreign diplomats) must, whether they have symptoms or not, have their specimens collected at the airport upon entry into the country.


2. Non-Taiwanese nationals without an Alien Resident Certificate must provide a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result issued within three (3) days of boarding before they are allowed to board their flight, board their transit flight, or enter Taiwan.


3. All travelers from the Philippines to Taiwan must undergo group quarantine for 14 days After their entry into the country. For Non-Taiwanese nationals (except foreign nationals with an Alien Resident Certificate or a resident visa) must pay TWD1500/per day for their quarantine expense. As for Taiwanese nationals and certain non-Taiwanese nationals (foreign nationals with an Alien Resident Certificate or a resident visa), the group quarantine charge will be shouldered by Taiwan government.



Updated: July 30, 2020


Posted on June 25, 2020 – Transit Passengers

In order to minimize the risk of infection posed by transit passengers, related restrictions will be put into place. These restrictions include the following: 

(1) transit flights from or to China where COVID-19 continues to spread are excluded from the plan; 

(2)  transit passengers are required to fly with the same airline (only Taiwan’s China Airlines and Eva Air and Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific are included in the transit plan, and the list of airline companies permitted will be reviewed based on the pandemic situation and implementation of the project; PAL and other airlines are not allowed to have transit pax in Taiwan); and 

(3) transit passengers are required to leave Taiwan within eight hours. Control concerning transit passengers’ activity areas, routes and separation from other people after disembarkation and other protective measures will also be implemented. Furthermore, meal arrangements and shopping activity of transit passengers will be monitored by designated airport personnel. The MOTC also has a response plan in place if a flight is delayed or passengers experience illness.



Updated: July 28, 2020

Posted on July 16, 2020


The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that starting from 00:00 Taipei Standard Time on July 16, 2020, mainland Chinese children 2 years old or younger, who possess an R.O.C. Resident Certificate, of Taiwanese nationals may apply for entry into Taiwan and their parents may accompany them.


Posted on July 22, 2020


The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that international patients may, except for non-urgent medical care needs including health checkups, and aesthetic medicine, provide relevant documents to medical institutions to apply for receiving medical care in Taiwan starting from August 01, 2020.



Updated: July 26, 2020


Starting July 26, ALL arriving passengers coming from the Philippines to Taiwan must be mandatory swabbed for COVID-19 test on arrival. 


Taiwan nationals or Foreign nationals that are holding ARC/Permanent resident card, OFW, students, diplomats, etc. will be released to go home after tested negative but will still undergo home quarantine for 14 days.


Foreign nationals who does not hold an ARC/Permanent resident card will be required to present an RT-PCR negative test result of COVID-19 taken within 3 days prior to check-in at place of departure. Then to undergo 14-day quarantine after swabbed with negative result on arrival.



Updated: July 04, 2020


Restriction to Citizens/Non-Citizens entering Taiwan

*ARC means R.O.C. (Taiwan) Resident Certificate


Traveler Type

Credential

Eligible to Enter Taiwan?

Requirement

Foreign National

Holder of ARC

*migrant  worker must also hold re-entry permit

Yes

After entry: home quarantine Short-term business traveler, see note 1

Non-ARC holder

Foreign nationals may apply to enter Taiwan for reasons other than tourism and regular social visits.

Yes

1. Before boarding: certificate of negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test *note 2

2. After entry: Home quarantine 14 days *Short-term business traveler, see note 1

Purpose of entry to be tourism and regular social visits

No

-

Hong Kong/ Macao Resident

Holder of Entry Permit to R.O.C.

1. Special humanitarian reasons or emergency situations (e.g. entry for bereavement or family who is in catastrophic illness)

2. To fulfill contractual obligations, or as part of internal transfers within multinational enterprises

Yes

1. Before boarding: certificate of negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test *note 2

2. After entry: Home quarantine 14 days *Short-term business traveler, see note 1

Holder of ARC

1. Spouse of child of Taiwan national *note 3

2. Entry for commercial and trade exchanges (e.g. holder of Employment Gold Card or ARC related to employment /investment/entrepreneurship)

Yes

After entry: Home quarantine 14 days *Short-term business traveler, see note 1

All Others

No

-

Mainland Chinese

Holder of ARC as spouse of Taiwan national

Yes

After entry: home quarantine 14 days

All others

No

-



Traveler Type

History of Travel

Eligible to Enter Taiwan?

Requirement upon Arrival

Taiwan National

Departure from any international port

Yes

After entry: Home quarantine 14 days *Short-term business traveler, see note 1


Note:

1. Short-term business travelers can apply for reduced amount of time of home quarantine if such travelers meet all required conditions including obtaining certificate of negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within 3 days. See Regulations concerning short-term business travelers’ applications for shortened quarantine periods in Taiwan on Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for details.


2. Before boarding: Non-citizens must obtain a certificate of negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within three (3) days prior to their flight to Taiwan. Travelers must use mobile phone to log into the Quarantine System for Entry (https://hdhq.mohw.gov.tw/) and must fill out a health declaration form to acquire confirmation message. Upon arrival: Travelers must show the confirmation message to quarantine staff. The confirmation message is required to enter Taiwan. (Visitors of the following categories can be exempted from negative COVID-19 test: personnel on diplomatic or official business, migrant workers, and students (whose entry is managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labor, and Ministry of Education and who represent manageable risk levels), as well as people coming to Taiwan for emergency situations and crewmembers on vessels arriving in Taiwan (for whom it may be difficult to obtain a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test.)


3. Hong Kong/ Macao residents as holders of ARC with the following Residency Code are eligible for entry: HF143 to 152, 155, 162, 163, 171 to 174, 189, 196 to 199.


4. In respond to epidemical changes, timely adjustment of travel restrictions will be made following instructions by Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC.).



Updated: June 30, 2020


COVID-19 TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS UPDATE

For non-Taiwanese passengers:

  1. Taiwan bars foreign nationals whose flights depart after 00:00 Standard Time (GMT+8) on March 19 from entering the country in accordance with measures announced by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC). Exemptions will be granted to Alien Resident Certificate holders, personnel on diplomatic or official business, persons who can prove they are fulfilling commercial and contractual obligations, and persons requiring special permission.
  2. For OFW with valid Alien Resident Certificate and re-entry permit, a confirmed reservation of quarantine lodging is mandatory. The name list with confirmed reservation will be provided by the Entry and Departure of the Foreign Labor Airport Care Service one day earlier of the flight.
  3. Foreign nationals who are eligible for visa-free entry or hold a visitor or resident visa and wish to enter Taiwan from March 19 must hold relevant documents and special entry permits issued by R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions to qualify for exempted status. If not, they are not allowed.
  4. Taiwan bans airline passenger transits through the country starting March 24 onward except from June 25, transfer through TPE airport is allows if it is within 8 hours and between SAME airline group, that is, CI/BR/CX. 


COVID-19 Health Declaration and Home Quarantine Notice form

Please be reminded that all arriving passengers in TPE must complete the "COVID-19 Health Declaration and Home Quarantine Notice" form, which is:
  1. Available at the Quarantine counter before immigration.
  2. Strongly recommend for those passengers with Taiwan local mobile phone number to complete online https://hdhq.mohw.gov.tw before boarding the plane or after landing in TPE.
  3. Available by scanning the QR code seen on posters along the way to the Quarantine counter upon arrival in TPE.
  4. 14-day quarantine for all passengers.


Updated: June 17, 2020


TAIWAN TRAVEL RESTRICTION UPDATE:


For non-Taiwanese passengers:


  1. Taiwan bars foreign nationals whose flights depart after 00:00 Standard Time (GMT+8) on March 19, 2020 from entering the country in accordance with measures announced by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC). Exemptions will be granted to Alien Resident Certificate holders, personnel on diplomatic or official business, persons who can prove they are fulfilling commercial and contractual obligations, and persons requiring special permission.
  2. For OFW with valid Alien Resident Certificate and re-entry permit, a confirmed reservation of quarantine lodging is mandatory. The name list with confirmed reservation will be provided by the Entry and Departure of the Foreign Labor Airport Care Service one day earlier of the flight.
  3. Foreign nationals who are eligible for visa-free entry or hold a visitor or resident visa and wish to enter Taiwan from March 19 must hold relevant documents and special entry permits issued by R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions to qualify for exempted status. If not, they are not allowed.
  4. Taiwan bans airline passenger transits through the country starting March 24 onwards.


COVID-19 Health Declaration and Home Quarantine Notice form


Please be reminded that all arriving passengers in Taipei (TPE) must:


  1. Complete the "COVID-19 Health Declaration and Home Quarantine Notice" form, which is available at the Quarantine counter before immigration; or
  2. Available by scanning the QR code seen on posters along the way to the Quarantine counter upon arrival in Taipei.
  3. Complete the form online (https://hdhq.mohw.gov.tw) before boarding the plane or after landing in TPE—recommended for passengers with a Taiwan local mobile phone number.
  4. Undergo a 14-day quarantine is required for all passengers.



Updated: April 22, 2020


COVID-19 Health Declaration and Home Quarantine Notice

Taiwan incoming travelers who had been to the following countries in the last 14 days are required for home quarantine for 14 days after entry:

     a. China/ Hong Kong/ Macao
     b. Japan/ South Korea
     c. Southeast Asia/ South Asia
     d. New Zealand/ Australia
     e. USA/ Canada
     f. Middle East

Inbound travelers who had visited Europe, America or Southeast Asia in the last 14 days are required to stay at a quarantine hotel for isolation after entry if they live with elder person of 65 years old or older, children of 6 years old or below, persons with chronic diseases (such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes or lung disease), or persons who don't have a separate room (including a separate bathroom). 

According to Article 58 of the Communicable Disease Control Act, any person who falsifies on this notice will be fined up to NT$150,000. Violating the home quarantine requirements will be fined up to NT$1,000,000.



Updated: April 14, 2020

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that beginning April 18, 2020, 00:00 Taipei Standard Time, inbound travelers who have visited Europe and the Americas in the last 14 days (starting 00:00 Taipei Standard Time on April 4) should voluntarily present documents for home quarantine requirements before boarding. Such inbound travelers should stay at the hotels which provide rooms for individuals subject to home quarantine/isolation after entry if they live with people who are 65 years old or older, children 6 years old or under, persons with chronic disease (such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes or lung disease), or persons who don’t have a separate room (including a separate bathroom). Furthermore, those who make a false health declaration will be fined up to NT$150,000.



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.



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


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: August 31, 2020


Types of Persons permissible to enter Thailand in accordance with CAAT Notification on aircraft permission to enter Thailand (No. 2), are slightly amended item 3 (7) (8) (11):


Aircraft carrying persons shall be banned from entering into the airport in Thailand unless it falls with any of the following categories:


  1. State or military aircraft
  2. Emergency landing flights
  3. Technical landing flights without disembarkation
  4. Humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights
  5. Repatriation flights
  6. Cargo flights
  7. Passenger flights carrying the persons permitted to enter Thailand as prescribed in No. 3.

No. 3: The entry into Thailand of the persons of any of the following types, by aircraft, shall be permitted, provided that they comply with the conditions, time limits and rules of the authorized persons under the Thai immigration law, communicable diseases law, air navigation law, and the emergency decree on public administration in emergency situation, for the prevention of the spread of disease and the organization of the number of persons entering Thailand in accordance with the capability of the competent officers or the communicable disease control officers for the screening and arrangement of facilities for isolation, quarantine and control for observation:


a. Thai Nationals

b. Persons with exemption or persons being considered, permitted or invited by the prime minister, or the head of responsible persons accountable for resolving state of emergency issues to enter the kingdom, pertaining to necessity. Such consideration, permission or invitation may be subject to specified conditions and time limits.

c. Persons on diplomatic or consular missions or under international organizations, or rep representatives of foreign government performing their duties in the Kingdom, or persons of other international agencies as permitted by the ministry of foreign affairs pertaining to necessity, including their spouse, parents, or children.

d.  Carriers of necessary goods, subject to immediate return after completion.

e. Crew members who are required to travel into the kingdom on a mission, and have a specified date and time for return

f. Non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parents, or children of a Thai national

g. Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of permanent residency in the Kingdom, or permission to take up residence in the Kingdom including their spouse and children

h. Non-Thai nationals who have work permit or have been granted permission from government agencies to work in the Kingdom, including their spouse or children or foreign workers under the employers or the holders of permit to bring foreigners to work in the Kingdom who have been granted permission from government agencies for temporary stay and work in the Kingdom of those workers.

i. Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students, except for students of non-formal educational institutions under the law on private schools and of other similar private educational institutions.

j. Non-Thai nationals who are in need of medical treatment in Thailand, and their attendants. however, this shall not include medical treatment for covid-19.

k. Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement between Thai and foreign government agencies or a person or a group of people who has been granted permission from the prime minister under the recommendation and scrutiny of the ADHOC committee for the easing of the enforcement of preventive or inhibitive measures for the spread of corona virus (COVID-19) with full compliance with the preventive measures imposed by such committee.


No. 4: To enter the Kingdom, the permissible persons shall be subject to the control of the competent officials and the communicable disease control officials and comply with the conditions, time limits, rules and disease prevention measures applicable to the persons entering the kingdom as specified in article 2 of the regulations issued under section 9 of the emergency decree on public administration in emergency situation b.e.2548 (no.12), on 30 June B.E. 2563 (2020) and the prevention of disease measures for the people entering the kingdom, as annexed to the order of the center for the administration of the situation due to the outbreak of the communicable disease coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) No. 7/2563 Issued on 30 June B.E. 2563 (2020).


To enter the Kingdom, the persons under 3. shall comply with disease prevention measures for the persons entering the kingdom to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease annexed to the order of the center for the administration of the situation due to the outbreak of the communicable disease Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) no. 7/2563 issued on 30 June B.E. 2563 (2020).


No. 5: Airlines are also required to strictly comply with the above conditions, and the regulations on persons entering Thailand issued under the emergency decree. those permissible passengers or persons must fulfil documentation requirements, such as certificate of entry, covid-19 free certificate with PCR test, insurance policy covering expenses on quarantine or medical care in Thailand. without the proper documents, the boarding must be denied.


No. 6: The passengers or permissible persons will also be subject to disease control measures applicable at the airport of arrival, which may be varied according to the seriousness of the situation.


No. 7: The immigration officers have the power to deny the entry of non-Thai nationals who have been tested positive for COVID-19, or under the suspicion of being infected or who refuse to undergo such test.


No. 8: FAQ and answers regarding the conditions of entry into the Thailand and restrictions in place to prevent the spread of covid-19 could be found on website of CAAT (www.caat.or.th) or ministry of public health https://www.moph.go.th/


Scan QR code or click www.caat.or.th/moicovid to see the 11 types of persons who are permitted to enter Thailand  and all the required documents.



FOR PASSENGERS FROM THE PHILIPPINES:


1) Thai Nationals - must present a) Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by Thai Embassy, and b) Fit to Fly certificate issued by doctor


2) Foreigners/ Non-Thai Nationals – a) COE, b) Health Insurance, c) COVID-19 Free medical certificate issued 72 hours prior to the flight, d0 Fit to fly or Fit to Travel Medical Certificate



Updated: July 30, 2020

1. The Notification of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand issued on 29 June. B.E. 2563 (2020) shall be abolished.

2. Aircraft carrying persons shall be banned from entering into the Airport in Thailand unless it falls with any of the following categories:

a. State or military aircraft
b. Emergency landing flights
c. Technical landing flights without disembarkation
d. Humanitarian aid, medical, and relief flights
e. Repatriation flights
f. Cargo flights
g. Passenger flights carrying the persons permitted to enter Thailand as prescribed in 3.


3. The entry into Thailand of persons of any of the following types, by aircraft, shall be permitted, provided that they comply  with the conditions, time limits and rules of the authorized persons under the Thai Immigration Law, Communicable Diseases Law, Air Navigation Law, and the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation, for the prevention of the spread of the disease and the organization of the number of persons entering Thailand.
 In accordance with the capability of the competent Officers or the Communicable Disease Control officers for the screening and arrangement of facilities for isolation, quarantine and control for observation:

  1. Thai nationals
  2. Persons with exemption or persons being considered, permitted or invited by the prime minister, or the head of responsible persons accountable for resolving state of emergency issues to enter the Kingdom, pertaining to necessity. Such consideration, permission or invitation may be subject to specified conditions and time limits.
  3. Persons on diplomatic or consular missions or under international organizations, or representatives of foreign government performing their duties in the kingdom, or persons of other international agencies as permitted by the ministry of foreign affairs pertaining to necessity, including their spouse, parents, or children.
  4. Carriers of necessary goods, subject to immediate return after completion.
  5. Crew members who are required to travel into the Kingdom on a mission, and have a specified date and time for return
  6. non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parents, or children of a Thai national.
  7. non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of permanent residency in the kingdom, or permission to take up residence in the kingdom 
  8. Non-Thai nationals who have work permit or have been granted permission from government agencies to work in the kingdom, including their spouse or children. 
  9. Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students, except for students of non-formal educational institutions under the law on private schools and of other similar private educational institutions.
  10. Non-Thai nationals who are in need of medical treatment in Thailand, and their attendants. However, this shall not include medical treatment for covid-19

Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement with a foreign country

4. To enter the kingdom, the persons under 3. Shall comply with disease prevention measures for the persons entering the Kingdom to prevent the spread of the covid-19 disease annexed to the order of the Centre for the Administration of the situation due to the outbreak of the communicable disease coronavirus 2019 (covid-19)

5. Airlines are also required to strictly comply with the above conditions, and the regulations on persons entering Thailand issued under the emergency decree. Those permissible passengers or persons must fulfil documentation requirements, such as certificate of entry, COVID-19 free certificate with PCR test, insurance policy covering expenses on quarantine or medical care in Thailand. Without the proper documents, the boarding must be denied.

6. The passengers or permissible persons will also be subject to disease control measures applicable at the airport of arrival, which may be varied according to the seriousness of the situation.

7. The immigration officers have the power to deny the entry of non-Thai nationals who have been tested positive for COVID- 19, or under the suspicion of being infected or who refuse to undergo such test.

8. FAQ and answers regarding the conditions of entry into the Thailand and restrictions in place to prevent the spread of covid-19 could be found on website of CAAT (www.caat.or.th) or ministry of public health (https://www.moph.go.th/)


Updated: July 24, 2020


• Passengers and airline crew are not allowed to enter Thailand until August 31, 2020. This does not apply to:


              - nationals and residents of Thailand;
              - passengers who are spouses, parents or children of a national of Thailand;
              - airline crew with a return scheduled flight;
              - students.


• Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure. This does not apply to nationals of Thailand.


             - an insurance to cover medical expenses in Thailand, and
             - a Certificate of Entry issued by Royal Thai Embassy, and
             - a Fit to Fly health certificate.

• Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine.
• Health insurance certificate with a coverage cost of at least USD 100,000.



Updated: June 30, 2020


The Notification on Conditions for International Flight Permit to Thailand


Effective July 01, 2020, at 00:01 Thailand local time, the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand hereby issues the notification on the conditions for permitting aircrafts to fly over, fly into or out of, and take off or land in the Kingdom as follows:

1. The following aircraft will be allowed to fly over, fly into or out of, and take off from or land at an international airport in the Kingdom when permit is given by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand:


       a. State or military aircraft
       b. Emergency landing flights
       c. Technical landing flights without disembarkation
       d. Humanitarian aid, medical, and relief flights
       e. Repatriation flights
        f. Cargo flights


2. Permit for passenger aircraft will be given by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand for flying over, flying into or out of, and taking off or landing at an international airport in the Kingdom only if the passengers or persons on board are one of the following categories:


       a. Thai nationals
       b. Persons with exemption or persons being considered, permitted or invited by the Prime Minister, or the head of responsible persons accountable
           for resolving state of emergency issues to enter the Kingdom, as necessary. Such consideration, permission or invitation may be subject to
           specified conditions and time limits.
       c. Non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parents, or children of a Thai national.
       d. Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of residence, or permission to take up residence in the Kingdom
       e. Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid work permit or are allowed to work in the Kingdom, including their spouse or children.
        f. Carriers of necessary goods, subject to immediate return after completion.
       g. Crew members who are required to travel into the Kingdom on a mission, and have a specified date and time for return.
       h. Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students.
        i. Non-Thai nationals who are in need of medical treatment in Thailand, and their attendants. However, this shall not include medical treatment for
          COVID–19.
        j. Individuals in diplomatic missions, consular affairs, international organizations, government representatives, foreign government agencies working
           in Thailand, or
 individual in other international agencies as permitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including their spouse, parents, or children.
       k. Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement with a foreign country.


3. Aircraft and passengers or persons entering the Kingdom under No.2 must comply with the conditions, time limits and rules of the authorized persons under the Thai immigration law, communicable diseases law, air navigation law, and the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation in force, for prevention of the disease and the organization of the number of persons entering Thailand in accordance with the screening capability of the competent officers or the communicable disease control officers, and the arrangement of quarantine facilities.



Updated: May 28, 2020

Extension of Temporary Ban on All International Flights until June 30, 2020

1. The ban on all international flights to Thailand will be extended from April 30, 2020 at 17:00 UTC to June 30, 2020 at 17:00 UTC. All flight permits granted for such period will be cancelled.

2. The ban does not apply to state or military aircraft, emergency landing, technical landing without disembarkation, humanitarian, medical or relief flights, repatriation flights and cargo flights.

3. The passengers on board in #2 will subject to the measures under communicable disease law, such as 14-day state quarantine, and the regulation under the emergency decree on state emergency.


Updated: April 16, 2020

The ban on all international flights to Thailand will be extended from April 19, 2020 at 00:01 GMT+7 to April 30, 2020 at 23:59 GMT+7. All flight permits granted for such period will be cancelled.


Updated: April 7, 2020

The ban on all international inbound flights to Thailand will be extended to April 18, 2020, at 1700 UTC. The passengers onboard the aircraft leaving the airport of departure before the effectivity of the ban will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period under the contiguous disease law and the regulation under the emergency decree on state of emergency. 


Updated: April 5, 2020

1. According to the latest notification of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, all international passenger flights to Thailand will be banned from April 3, 2020 at 1700 UTC to April 6, 2020 at 1700 UTC. All flight permits granted for such period will be cancelled.

2. The ban does not apply to state or military aircraft, emergency landing, technical landing without disembarkation, humanitarian, medical or relief flights, repatriation flights and cargo flights.

3. The passengers on board the aircraft leaving the airport of departure before the entry into force of the notification will subject to 14 days quarantine under the contiguous disease law and the regulation under the emergency decree on state of emergency.


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.



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: 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 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 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.


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: September 17, 2020


Updated Travel Restrictions for Vietnam


Effective September 16 to December 16, 2020:


1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Vietnam, except:


-Passengers who will enter for diplomatic or official duty

- Foreigners/ Non-Vietnamese nationals who will attend important foreign affairs events

- Experts, Business Managers, Highly-skilled Workers

- Special cases with the approval of the National Steering Committee on Prevention and Control of COVID-19.


2. Passengers and Cargo are allowed to travel from Vietnam


3. All arriving passengers shall be subject to compulsory quarantine for 14 days and comply with existing regulations on Quarantine and Epidemic Prevention.



Updated: August 03, 2020


In order to create favorable conditions for arriving foreign experts (skilled technicians, investors, etc.) to enter while strictly implement the disease prevention and control, the National Steering Committee for Disease Prevention and Control COVID-19 recommends implementing the following: 

1. Units inviting foreign experts to work must ensure:

  • That foreign experts are tested for SAR CoV.2 by REALTIME PCR for 3 to 7 days before entering Vietnam. The SAR CoV.2 test must be performed at a government-approved laboratory or a laboratory of the World Health Organization. 
  • That invited foreign experts with international health insurance or agencies or organizations commit to pay for treatment in case of COVID-19 
  • the safety of COVID-19 prevention when inviting foreign experts to work 

2. Create conditions for experts to complete the procedures to work in Vietnam 

3. Continue to strictly implement the requirement in the earlier official dispatch no. 2487/CV-BYT dated 23May 2020 of COVID-19 Prevention Steering Committee 

4. This dispatch does not apply to experts who will enter Vietnam before August 05, 2020



Updated: June 20, 2020

No inbound passengers from June 16, 2020 to September 16, 2020

Effective immediately, passengers bound for Vietnam are not allowed to enter, except those passengers entering the country for (1) diplomatic or official duty, (2) foreigners who will attend important foreign affairs events, (3) experts, business managers, highly skilled workers, and special cases with the approval of the National Steering Committee in Prevention and Control of COVID-19.

Passengers departing Vietnam and Cargo flights are allowed.

All passengers shall be subject to compulsory quarantine for 14 days and comply with existing regulations on quarantine and epidemic prevention.


Updated: April 3, 2020

Effective April 1, 2020 until April 15, 2020, transportation of all passengers to all Vietnam airports has been suspended with details below:

1. All passengers, including nationals and residents of Vietnam, are not allowed to enter Vietnam.

2. This does not apply to passengers for diplomatic or official duty. They will be subject to mandatory medical declaration and self-isolation.

3. This does not apply to passengers who are experts, business managers or highly skilled workers. They will be subject to mandatory medical declaration and self-isolation.

4. This does not apply to passengers approved by the National Steering Committee on Covid-19 Prevention and Control.


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.


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 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 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 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 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 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: 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.


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.

August 14, 2020


Provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK


Passengers must complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country. This includes if you’re travelling from a country or territory where you do not have to self-isolate when you arrive in the UK. You must complete this form even if you’ve already completed a different form to enter another country.


You cannot submit the form until 48 hours before you’re due to arrive in the UK.


Go to https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk to complete the form.



Updated: August 13, 2020


Reminder to passengers traveling to the UK


Passenger Locator Form


All persons arriving in the UK (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland) from outside the common travel area must provide the Passenger Locator Form ahead of their arrival, unless they are exempt. The form will collect information such as contact details, travel plans and address while in the UK, their flight number for their inbound travel and passport number, so that if individuals come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 whilst travelling they can be quickly identified and contacted with public health advice where appropriate. Upon completing the form, individuals will be sent an electronic copy of their form, confirming that they have completed the form, and the specific details entered.


Passenger Locator Form Exemptions


There are some small differences in the exemptions between the four nations of the UK, therefore please check the links below carefully.


England: A full list of exemptions has been published on gov.uk.


Wales: A full list of exemptions has been published on gov.wales.


Scotland: A full list of exemptions has been published on gov.scot.


Northern Ireland: A full list of exemptions has been published on gov.uk.


Exemptions are specific to each measure (the requirement to complete the form and the requirement to self-isolate), therefore please carefully review the exemptions list for each measure. At the time of writing, members of air crew are not exempt from completing the Passenger Locator Form.



Updated: July 06, 2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors

Here is the list of countries and territories from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors#transit-stops


Coronavirus regulations mean that you must self-isolate for 14 days if you arrive in the UK from a country outside the common travel area.


The government is satisfied that it is now safe to ease these measures in England and has introduced travel corridor exemptions for some countries and territories.


Exemption rules

You may not have to self-isolate when you arrive in England, if you are travelling from one of the countries or territories listed below. That is because these countries or territories are:


  • covered by the travel corridor exemption
  • within the common travel area (Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man)
  • British overseas territories


You will need to self-isolate if you visited or made a transit stop in a country that is not on the list in the 14 days before you arrive in England.


This applies to all travel to England, by train, ferry, coach, air or any other route.


Transit stops

A transit stop is a stop where passengers can get on or off. It can apply to coaches, ferries, trains or flights. Your ticket should show if a stop is a transit stop.


If your journey involves a transit stop in a country not on the list, you will need to self-isolate when you arrive in England if:


  • new passengers get on
  • you or other passengers get off the transport you are on and mix with other people, then get on again


You don’t need to self-isolate beyond normal timescales if, during your transit stop in a non-exempt country:


  • no new passengers get on
  • no-one on-board gets off and mixes with people outside
  • passengers get off but do not get back on


If you arrived back in England before 10 July 2020


If you arrived back in England before 10 July 2020, you should follow the self-isolation rules that applied at the time you arrived.


FCO travel advice and your stay abroad


The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) continues to advise against non-essential international travel, except to countries and territories exempt from advice against ‘all but essential’ international travel.


You will have to comply with coronavirus requirements in the country you travel to. This may include self-isolating or providing your details to local authorities.


FCO travel advice includes information on any health measures in place for visitors to a country or territory. These can include a requirement to self-isolate, quarantine or undergo testing for coronavirus, or even restrictions on entry.


Before and while you are travelling, check:



Make sure you have appropriate travel insurance in case you have unexpected costs.


Updates to the travel corridor list


We will keep the conditions in these countries and territories under review. If they worsen, we will reintroduce self-isolation requirements.


Countries and territories with no self-isolation on arrival in England


Unless you have visited or made a transit stop in any other country or territory in the preceding 14 days, you don’t need to self–isolate when you arrive in England from the following countries and territories:


  • Akrotiri and Dhekelia, Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda. Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, Croatia, Curaҫao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Gibraltar, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadaloupe, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Montserrat, the Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Pitcarin, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, Poland, Reunion, San Marino, Seychelles, South Korea, south Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Spain, St. Barthélemy, St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, St Kitts and Nevis, St. Lacia, St Pierre and Miquelon, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, Vatican City State, Vietnam.


This list may be appended over the coming days following further discussions between the UK and international partners.



Updated: June 23, 2020


The Online Passenger Locator Form is now available and can be found here. People can complete it up to 48 hours in advance of travel to the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland). Since June 08, 2020,  it is needed for travel into the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) from outside of the common travel area.


Passenger Locator Form

All persons arriving in the UK (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland) from outside the common travel area must provide the Passenger Locator Form ahead of their arrival, unless they are exempt. The form will collect information such as contact details, travel plans and address while in the UK, their flight number for their inbound travel and passport number, so that if individuals come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 whilst travelling they can be quickly identified and contacted with public health advice where appropriate. Upon completing the form, individuals will be sent an electronic copy of their form, confirming that they have completed the form, and the specific details entered.


Border Force are working with individual airports to ensure the configuration of Border Control can allow those individuals who have failed to complete the Passenger Locator Form to do so at the border. Border Force will be carrying out spot checks at the border and those who do not comply may receive a Fixed Penalty Notice. Differing penalties apply in each nation within the UK.


England: Those who do not comply may receive a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 for their first offence, with escalating penalties for subsequent offences.

Wales: In Wales, where passengers refuse to complete, or do not accurately complete a Passenger Locator form, the fixed penalty notice is £60 for the first offence (although may be reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days) and will double for each subsequent offence up to a maximum £1920.

Scotland: Those who do not comply may receive a Fixed Penalty Notice of £60 for their first offence and rising on an incremental scale to £480.

Northern Ireland: Those who do not comply may receive a Fixed Penalty Notice of £60 for their first offence and rising on an incremental scale to £480.

In addition, if the individual is neither a British citizen nor a non-British citizen resident in the UK a Border Force officer may decide that the individual should be refused entry on the basis that they are not conducive to the public good.



Passenger Locator Form Exemptions

There are some small differences in the exemptions between the four nations of the UK, therefore please check the links below carefully.


EnglandA full list of exemptions has been published on gov.uk.

WalesA full list of exemptions has been published on gov.wales.

ScotlandA full list of exemptions has been published on gov.scot.

Northern IrelandA full list of exemptions has been published on gov.uk.

Exemptions are specific to each measure (the requirement to complete the form and the requirement to self-isolate), therefore please carefully review the exemptions list for each measure. At the time of writing, members of air crew are not exempt from completing the Passenger Locator Form.

The exemption list will be subject to regular review to ensure exemptions remain proportionate and necessary and support the UK’s roadmap to recovery. We will work in partnership with industry ahead of the first review point on June 29.



14-day self-isolation

From June 08, people entering the UK who are not on an approved list of exemptions will need to self-isolate in an accommodation for fourteen days on arrival into the UK.

These rules are for UK residents and visitors. People will not need to self-isolate for 14 days if they’re travelling to the UK from within the Common Travel Area, Travel Area, that is:

• The UK, the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

However, if you arrive in the UK and have been outside the Common Travel Area within the last 14 days, then you will need to self-isolate for the remainder of the 14 day period, starting from when you arrived in the Common Travel Area.


EnglandSelf-isolation in England.

WalesSelf-isolation in Wales.

ScotlandSelf-isolation in Scotland. There may be circumstances where the 14 day self-isolation may be longer for those who develop symptoms later in the quarantine period.

Northern IrelandSelf-isolation in Northern Ireland.

Where those arriving are unable to demonstrate where they would self-isolate, they may be required to do so in accommodation arranged by the Government.

Those arriving into the UK for a shorter period than 14-days are required to self-isolate for the full time they are in the UK, and only leaving their accommodation to return to a port to depart the UK (by air, sea or rail) or as outlined above.

Border Force will remind individuals at the border of the requirement to self-isolate.

England and Northern Ireland: Public Health England are arranging an assurance service and public health line that will call a random sample of arrivals to make sure they have the advice they need and check they are self-isolating.

Wales: All passengers travelling from outside the Common Travel Area into Wales will be sent a letter containing public health advice on the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days. This letter will be sent by recorded mail to the address given by a passenger on entering Wales. If the letter is returned (which will usually be because the passenger is not available at the address) a follow up process will be implemented.

Scotland: Public Health Scotland will provide a service of support, guidance and information to passengers.



Exemptions

There are some small differences in the exemptions between the four nations of the UK, therefore please check the links below carefully.


EnglandA full list of exemptions has been published.

WalesA full list of exemptions has been published on gov.wales.

ScotlandA full list of exemptions has been published on gov.scot.

Northern IrelandA full list of exemptions has been published.

Note: exemptions do not apply if travelling as part of a personal trip. A separate FAQ on Border Measures has been distributed with further details on exemptions.



Updated: June 11, 2020


Heathrow continues to follow as a minimum (and exceed in some areas) the medical, clinically driven, advice from Public Health England (PHE) on what measures are required and effective to deal with the Coronavirus issue.


  • Enhanced monitoring of flights from affected locations and early liaison with flight crews
  • A dedicated PHE team of doctors and colleagues at Heathrow
  • A public information campaign including signage across all areas of our terminals
  • Heathrow Airport has also put in place a number of measures to help support our passengers and colleagues including:
  • The provision of over 600 hand sanitizer dispenser locations across the airport
  • Increasing the visibility and hygiene focus of our already thorough cleaning procedures
  • The creation of a dedicated, isolated, terminal pier area to be used by PHE medical professionals while liaising with suspected cases
  • Our Airport Fire Service have been provided with additional Personal Protection Equipment and training in case they are required to act as first responders to suspected cases.

Please see the FAQ page on the Heathrow website for the most up-to-date information on how we’re keeping Heathrow safe:

https://www.heathrow.com/customer-support/faq/coronavirus-covid-19

www.heathrow.com/flysafe



Updated: May 28, 2020

Effective June 08, 2020, all arriving passengers into the UK, excluding the Common Travel Area (CTA) and specific exemptions including airline operating crews, are required to undergo a 14-day self-isolation. The following guidelines shall also be observed:


  • Passengers to provide contact details and address of the location where they will be self-isolating; £100 penalty for refusing to complete form
  • Border Force to conduct spot checks at UK border
  • Public Health England (PHE) to make random contact to those on self-isolation
  • £1,000 fixed penalty notice for breaking isolation rules


The latest information and guidance on these measures can be found here and exemptions here.


The UK Government requires all passengers bound for their countries to comply with their health and security requirements. Click on the following links to know about the UK Government's additional security screening and health and safety measures for returning passengers. You may also check UK's Public Health Guidance for more information.



Updated: April 17, 2020

The Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State, Dominic Raab, confirmed that the lockdown restrictions in the UK will continue for "at least" another three weeks.



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 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: July 28, 2020

August 01, 2020, Kuwait-bound commercial international flights will resume. All passengers arriving in Kuwaiti airports will be required to: 

  • Download and register on health-monitoring app Shlonik prior to boarding their departing flight.
  • Provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within the previous 96 hours prior to departure.
  • If requested, undergo a random COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival. Notably, 10% of passengers on each flight will be selected for random testing.

           https://cibtvisas.com/forms?formname=CIBTvisas_Coronavirus_Global_Information.pdf



Updated: July 27, 2020

• Passengers are not allowed to enter. This does not apply to:

- nationals of Kuwait and their first degree family members. They must have a OK TO TRAVEL authorization obtained from the state of Kuwait embassy;
- passengers with a residence permit issued by the Ministry of Health in Kuwait, and their first degree family members;
- passengers with an expired residence permit issued under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Health in Kuwait, and their first degree family members;
- domestic workers if accompanied by a national of Kuwait. They must have a OK TO TRAVEL authorization obtained from the state of Kuwait embassy;
- passengers with a diplomatic passport or UN passport, members of UNESCO with prior approval from the government authorities.


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.


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: September 14, 2020


COVID Alert App


The Government of Canada, in collaboration with other orders of government and across sectors, has developed a new nation-wide mobile app to let users know if they may have been exposed to COVID-19.


The app, called COVID Alert, has already been implemented in Ontario and will soon be rolling out in other provinces across the country. It is available to all Canadians for free download, in the App Store and Google Play Store.


The app uses strong measures to protect the privacy and confidentiality of any data it collects. The app does not track a user’s location or collect personally identifiable information.


COVID Alert is another tool Canadians can use to help slow the spread of infection, prevent future outbreaks and protect our communities as we ease restrictions and restart the economy.


Full statement available here.



Updated: September 07, 2020


Advisory for passengers traveling to Canada

All passengers must arrive at Calgary (YYC), Montreal (YUL), Toronto (YYZ) or Vancouver (YVR).


This does not apply to passengers arriving in direct flights from Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rice, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Suriname, Uruguay, USA or Venezuela.



Updated: September 06, 2020


Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19 No. 7.


Whereas the annexed Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 7 is required to deal with a significant risk, direct or indirect, to aviation safety or the safety of the public.


Read the full article:

https://tc.canada.ca/en/ministerial-orders-interim-orders-directives-directions-response-letters/interim-order-respecting-certain-requirements-civil-aviation-due-covid-19-no-7



Updated: August 23, 2020


Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 6


All passengers must be in possession of a face mask, before boarding any flight to Canada.  This will be enforced at the check-in counter and boarding gate prior to departure. For details, please visit the official website of the Government of Canada (https://www.canada.ca/en/html).


Only the following passengers are permitted to enter Canada:


  • Canadian citizens and permanent residents (and their immediate family members)
  • Non-Canadian nationals seeking entry into Canada made under emergency orders pursuant to the Quarantine Act:


    • an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or of a permanent resident 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;
    • a person authorized in writing by an officer designated under subsection 6(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, to enter Canada for the purpose of reuniting with immediate family members;
    • a person who seeks to enter Canada to take up post as a diplomat, consular officer, representative or official of a country other than Canada, of the United Nations or any of its agencies or of any intergovernmental organization of which Canada is a member, and the immediate family members of that person; 
    • a person who arrives at a Canadian airport aboard a commercial passenger conveyance and who is transiting to a country other than Canada and remains in a sterile transit area within the meaning of section 2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations;
    • a crew member as defined in subsection 101.01(1) of the Canadian Aviation Regulations or a person who seeks to enter Canada only to become such a crew member;
    • a member of a crew as defined in subsection 3(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations or a person who seeks to enter Canada only to become such a crew member;
    • a 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 the immediate family members of that person;
    • a person who seeks to enter Canada at the invitation of the Minister of Health for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 response;
    • a person who arrives by any means of conveyance operated by Canadian Forces or the Department of National Defence
    • 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;
    • a French citizen who resides in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon who has been only in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, the United States or Canada during the period of 14 days before they arrived in Canada;
    • a person or 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, does not pose a risk of significant harm to public health or who will provide an essential service while in Canada;
    • 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;
    • the holder of a valid work permit or study permit, as defined under section 2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations;
    • 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; 
    • 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 seeks to enter Canada for the purpose of delivering, maintaining, or repairing medically necessary equipment or devices;
    • a person who seeks to enter Canada for the purpose of 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 and who seeks to enter Canada for the purpose of performing their duties in that sector.

Additional entry requirements


All passengers entering Canada are required to provide their contact information. To make this process quicker, passengers can submit their details via the ArriveCAN mobile app prior to arrival – this helps reduce wait times and limit points of contact. The app can be downloaded from the App Store (https://apps.apple.com/hk/app/arrivecan/id1505394667) and  Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.gc.cbsa.coronavirus


Transit Restrictions


Non-Canadian nationals are allowed to transit through Canada if the following conditions are met:

  • Passenger must not present any symptoms of COVID-19
  • Passenger arrives and departs from the same airport within 24hours
  • Passenger has a confirmed onward flight outside of Canada
  • Passenger must remain airside / within sterile area of the airport and does not need to go through customs / formally enter Canada
  • Passenger does not need to take a domestic flight to get to another airport
  • Passenger must satisfy all other documentary requirements (e.g. ETA, transit visa etc.)


Transfer process for Non-Canadian Citizens connecting from an International/Transborder flight to an International/Transborder: 


The airline must advise the GTAA Terminal MO via e-mail at ZZL-MgrOps-Terminals@gtaa.com with the following information at the following times:
24-hours in advance

  • provide the number of passengers anticipated
  • passenger Names and
  • connecting flight information.

Once the flight is airborne
  • provide the number of passengers anticipated
  • passenger Names and
  • connecting flight information
  • Number of bags
  • Nationality
  • Revised ETA


A member of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) team or guard will meet the inbound flight and the airline must identify the passenger(s) to CBSA staff. Once identified a security guard will escort the passenger to their connecting flight.


Quarantine measures


All passengers entering Canada are required to self-isolate for 14 days.


Quarantine exemptions


  • Entering Canada at the invitation of the Minister of Health for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 response
  • Member of the Canadian Forces or a visiting force
  • In the class of persons who in the opinion of the Chief Public Health Officer will provide an essential service while in Canada; or 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
  • Permitted to work in Canada as a provider of emergency services under paragraph 186(t) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations;
  • Entering Canada for the purpose of providing medical care or transporting essential medical equipment, supplies, or means of treatment or
  • Entering Canada for the purpose of receiving essential medical services or treatments, other than services or treatments related to COVID-19.
  • A person registered as an Indian under the Indian Act


Passengers with Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms are not allowed to board a plane to Canada. Passengers with Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms on arrival will be referred to Public Health Agency of Canada.


Passengers who have been refused boarding in the past 14 days due to a medical reason related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) are not allowed to enter.


Passengers must travel to Canada for essential purposes, i.e., Indians under the Indian Act, students, merchant seamen. Non-essential purposes include tourism, sightseeing, recreation, entertainment, social visits and religious functions.


Passengers must arrive at Calgary (YYC), Montreal (YUL), Toronto (YYZ) or Vancouver (YVR).


Passengers who were in the cruise ship 'Diamond Princess' are subject to a mandatory 14-day isolation at a quarantine facility upon arrival in Canada.


Passports issued to nationals of North Macedonia (Rep.) which have expired on 18 March 2020 or later, are considered valid until July 31, 2020.


Passengers must arrive at one of the following airports: Calgary (YYC), Montreal (YUL), Toronto (YYZ), Vancouver (YVR).


Face Mask


32 A private operator or air carrier must notify every person who intends to board an aircraft for a flight that the private operator or air carrier operates that


          d. the person must be in possession of a face mask prior to boarding; 
          e. the person must wear the face mask at all times during the boarding process, during the flight and from the moment the doors of the aircraft are opened until
              the person enters the air terminal building when they are two meters or less from another person, unless both persons are occupants of the same dwelling-
              house or other place that serves that purpose; and 
           f. the person must comply with any instructions given by a gate agent or a crew member with respect to wearing a face mask.


Non-Application


31 Sections 32 to 37 do not apply to any of the following persons:


g. an infant; 
h. a person who provides a medical certificate certifying that they are unable to wear a face mask for a medical reason; 
i. a person who is unconscious; 
j. a person who is unable to remove their face mask without assistance; 
k. a crew member; 
l. a gate agent.


Temperature Check


Temperature Check has been mandated by the Canadian Government for all inbound by 30 June 2020 and outbound flights by 31 July 2020 using acceptable Handheld infrared (IR) thermometers (medical) that must comply with this specification:


For handheld IR thermometers, products must conform to industry standard ASTM E1965-98 -Standard specification for infrared thermometers for intermittent determination of patient temperature.


Under Section 22 RE Temperature Screening – Flights Originating in Canada, there is a notification and confirmation requirement to passengers that they may be refused boarding of an aircraft for a flight originating in Canada and must not enter a restricted area of any aerodrome in Canada if the temperature screening to be conducted the CATSA screening officer, indicates an elevated temperature.



Updated: August 15, 2020



Face Mask or Face Covering Requirement


All passengers must be in possession of a face mask, before boarding any flight to Canada.  This will be enforced at the check-in counter and boarding gate prior to departure. This does not apply to:


a. an infant;

b. a person who provides a medical certificate (Sample Medical Certificates) certifying that they are unable to wear a face mask for a medical reason;

c. a person who is unconscious;

d. a person who is unable to remove their face mask without assistance


For details, please visit the official website of the Government of Canada (https://www.canada.ca/en.html).



Updated: August 11, 2020


Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, No. 5


All passengers must be in possession of a face mask, before boarding any flight to Canada.  This will be enforced at the check-in counter and boarding gate prior to departure. For details, please visit the official website of the Government of Canada (https://www.canada.ca/en/html).

Only the following passengers are permitted to enter Canada:


  • Nationals of Canada
  • Passengers arriving from the USA. They must travel for a non-discretionary or non-optional purpose.
  • Permanent residents of Canada and their immediate family members.
  • Diplomats.
  • Seasonal agricultural workers, fish/seafood workers, caregivers and all other temporary foreign workers.
  • International students who hold a valid study permit, or had been approved for a study permit, when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020.
  • Permanent resident applicants who had been approved for permanent residence before the travel restrictions were announced on March 18, 2020, but who had not yet travelled to Canada.
  • Merchant seamen
  • Immediate family members of nationals of Canada, which include:
    • the spouse or common-law partner of the person;
    • a dependent child of the person or of the person's spouse or common-law partner;
    • a dependent child of a dependent child referred to in paragraph b;
    • the parent or stepparent of the person or of the person's spouse or common-law partner; or
    • the guardian or tutor of the person. (membre de la famille immediate).
  • The following passengers:
    • Person registered as an Indian under the Indian Act;
    • Person authorized in writing by a consular officer of the government of Canada to come to Canada to reunite with immediate family members;
    • 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 means of an aircraft operated by Canadian Forces or the Department of National Defense;
    • Member of the Canadian Forces or a visiting force, as defined in section 2 of the Visiting Forces Act, and their immediate family members;
    • Protected person, under section 95 (2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
    • French citizen who resides in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon;
    • 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.
  • Passengers with Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms are not allowed to board a plane to Canada. Passengers with Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms on arrival will be referred to Public Health Agency of Canada.
  • Passengers who have been refused boarding in the past 14 days due to a medical reason related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) are not allowed to enter.
  • Passengers must travel to Canada for essential purposes, i.e., Indians under the Indian Act, students, merchant seamen. Non-essential purposes include tourism, sightseeing, recreation, entertainment, social visits and religious functions.
  • Passengers must arrive at Calgary (YYC), Montreal (YUL), Toronto (YYZ) or Vancouver (YVR).
  • Passengers who were in the cruise ship 'Diamond Princess' are subject to a mandatory 14-day isolation at a quarantine facility upon arrival in Canada.
  • Passports issued to nationals of North Macedonia (Rep.) which have expired on 18 March 2020 or later, are considered valid until July 31, 2020.
  • Passengers must arrive at one of the following airports: Calgary (YYC), Montreal (YUL), Toronto (YYZ), Vancouver (YVR).

Transfer process for Non-Canadian Citizens connecting from an International/Transborder flight to an International/Transborder:

The airline must advise the GTAA Terminal MO via e-mail at ZZL-MgrOps-Terminals@gtaa.com with the following information at the following times:


24-hours in advance

  • provide the number of passengers anticipated
  • passenger Names and
  • connecting flight information.


Once the flight is airborne

  • provide the number of passengers anticipated
  • passenger Names and
  • connecting flight information
  • Number of bags
  • Nationality
  • Revised ETA

A member of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) team or guard will meet the inbound flight and the airline must identify the passenger(s) to CBSA staff. Once identified a security guard will escort the passenger to their connecting flight.


Additional entry requirements


All passengers entering Canada are required to provide their contact information. To make this process quicker, passengers can submit their details via the ArriveCAN mobile app prior to arrival – this helps reduce wait times and limit points of contact. The app can be downloaded from the App Store (https://apps.apple.com/hk/app/arrivecan/id1505394667) and  Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.gc.cbsa.coronavirus)


Quarantine exemptions


  • Entering Canada at the invitation of the Minister of Health for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 response
  • Member of the Canadian Forces or a visiting force
  • In the class of persons who in the opinion of the Chief Public Health Officer will provide an essential service while in Canada; or 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
  • Permitted to work in Canada as a provider of emergency services under paragraph 186(t) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations;
  • Entering Canada for the purpose of providing medical care or transporting essential medical equipment, supplies, or means of treatment or
  • Entering Canada for the purpose of receiving essential medical services or treatments, other than services or treatments related to COVID-19.
  • A person registered as an Indian under the Indian Act


Face Mask


32 A private operator or air carrier must notify every person who intends to board an aircraft for a flight that the private operator or air carrier operates that


  1. the person must be in possession of a face mask prior to boarding;
  2. the person must wear the face mask at all times during the boarding process, during the flight and from the moment the doors of the aircraft are opened until the person enters the air terminal building when they are two meters or less from another person, unless both persons are occupants of the same dwelling-house or other place that serves that purpose; and
  3. the person must comply with any instructions given by a gate agent or a crew member with respect to wearing a face mask.


Non-Application


31 Sections 32 to 37 do not apply to any of the following persons:

  1. an infant;
  2. a person who provides a medical certificate certifying that they are unable to wear a face mask for a medical reason;
  3. a person who is unconscious;
  4. a person who is unable to remove their face mask without assistance;
  5. a crew member;
  6. a gate agent.
 

Temperature Check


Temperature Check has been mandated by the Canadian Government for all inbound by 30 June 2020 and outbound flights by 31 July 2020 using acceptable Handheld infrared (IR) thermometers (medical) that must comply with this specification:

 

For handheld IR thermometers, products must conform to industry standard ASTM E1965-98 -Standard specification for infrared thermometers for intermittent determination of patient temperature.


Under Section 22 RE Temperature Screening – Flights Originating in Canada, there is a notification and confirmation requirement to passengers that they may be refused boarding of an aircraft for a flight originating in Canada and must not enter a restricted area of any aerodrome in Canada if the temperature screening to be conducted the CATSA screening officer, indicates an elevated temperature.



Updated: August 06, 2020


Published: July 30, 2020


CANADA TRAVEL ORDER EFFECTIVE UNTIL AUGUST 31, 2020


The travel ban in place allows certain categories of foreign nationals to travel to Canada under the following circumstances:

1. If they do not exhibit COVID-19 symptoms (i.e. a fever and cough, OR a fever and breathing difficulties) AND
2. If they do not intend to travel to Canada for optional or discretionary purposes such as tourism, recreation, or entertainment.

If meeting these two criteria, here are the exemptions to the travel ban that will allow foreign nationals to travel to Canada:


  • Immediate family member of Canadian citizens and permanent residents;
  • A person who is authorized, in writing, by an officer designated under subsection 6(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, to enter Canada for the purpose of reuniting immediate family members;
  • Crew member;
  • Accredited diplomat and their immediate family members, including representative from the United Nations and international organizations for which Canada is part of;
  • A person travelling at the invitation of the Minister of Health for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 response;
  • Person who arrives by means of an aircraft operated by the Canadian Forces or the Department of National Defense;
  • Member of the Canadian military, visiting forces, and their immediate family members;
  • A French citizen who resides in St. Pierre and Miquelon (SPM) who has only been in SPM, the U.S. or Canada during the period of 14 days before the day on which they board;
  • A person or any person in class of persons who, in the opinion of the Chief Public Health Officer:
  • does not pose a risk of significant harm to the public health, or
  • will provide an essential service while in Canada; • A person or any person in a class of persons whose presence in Canada, as determined by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration, or Public Safety, is in the national interest;
  • A person who holds a valid study or work permit for Canada;
  • A person whose application for a work permit in Canada was approved, and who received written notice but has not yet been issued the permit;
  • A person whose application for a study permit in Canada was approved, and who received written notice of the approval before noon (EDT) on March 18, 2020 but has not yet been issued the permit;
  • A person permitted to work in Canada as a student in a health field or as a provider of emergency health services;
  • A licensed health care professional with proof of employment in Canada;
  • A person who seeks to enter Canada for the purpose of delivering, maintaining, or repairing medically-necessary equipment or devices;
  • A person who seeks to enter Canada for the purpose of 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 in Canada was approved, and who received written notice of the approval before noon (EDT) on March 18, 2020 but has not yet become a permanent resident;
  • A worker in the marine transportation sector who is essential for the movement of goods by vessel, and who seeks to enter Canada for the purpose of performing their duties in that sector;
  • A person who seeks to enter Canada to take up post as a diplomat, consular officer, representative or official of a country other than Canada, of the United Nations or any of its agencies or of any intergovernmental organization of which Canada is a member, and the immediate family members of that person;
  • A person who arrives at a Canadian airport aboard a commercial passenger conveyance and who is transiting to a country other than Canada and remains in a sterile transit area.

In addition, the travel ban in place allows immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to travel to Canada under the following circumstances:

1. If they don’t exhibit COVID-19 symptoms (i.e. a fever and cough, OR a fever and breathing difficulties) AND
2. If they intend to enter Canada to be with their immediate family member who is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, and,
3. can demonstrate the intent to stay in Canada for a period of at least 15 days.

EXEMPTIONS


  • Anyone registered as an Indian under the Indian Act; and
  • Protected persons;
  • A person who enters Canadian waters, including the inland waters, or the airspace over Canada on board a conveyance while proceeding directly from one place outside Canada to another place outside Canada on board the conveyance, as long as the person was continuously on board that conveyance while in Canada and, in the case of a conveyance other than an aircraft, the person did not land in Canada and the conveyance did not make contact with another conveyance, moor or anchor while in Canadian waters, including the inland waters, other than anchoring carried out in accordance with the right of innocent passage under

Travelers’ obligations once they enter Canada

1. Every person must wear a non-medical mask or face covering upon entry and while in transit to the place of quarantine or isolation.
2. Upon entry to Canada, all travelers will have to answer additional screening questions regarding their intended place of quarantine.
3. During their first 14 days in Canada, all travelers will have to answer relevant health screening questions.
4. All asymptomatic travelers must quarantine themselves for 14 days and monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19.
5. Any symptomatic traveler must isolate themselves for 14 days and undergo any health assessment requested by a quarantine officer.

EXEMPTIONS:

  • Crew members;
  • A person who enters at the invitation of the Minister of Health for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 response;
  • A member of the Canadian military or visiting forces;
  • A person or any person in a class of persons whom the Chief Public Health Officer determines will provide an essential service;
  • A person or any person in a class of persons whose presence in Canada is determined by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration or Public Safety to be in the national interest, as long as the person complies with any conditions imposed on them by that Minister to minimize the risk of introduction or spread of COVID-19*;
  • A provider of emergency services;
  • A person who enters Canada for the purposes of providing medical care or transporting essential medical equipment, supplies, or means of treatment, or delivering, maintaining or repairing medically-necessary equipment or devices, as long as they do not directly care for persons 65 years of age or older within the first 14 days after their entry to Canada (also students in a health field, licensed health care professionals);
  • A person who enters Canada for the purpose of receiving essential medical services or treatment, OTHER than services or treatments related to COVID-19;
  • Certain persons supporting fishing-related activities; or,
  • Certain habitual residents of integrated trans-border communities.

Be mindful of provincial border closures and quarantine requirements as this could impact the traveler’s ability to return home.


MANDATORY CONTACT INFORMATION COLLECTION

The Government of Canada remains committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians and reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. As part of the Government of Canada’s efforts to reduce the spread and prevent importation of COVID-19, all travelers entering Canada regardless by mode, must provide their contact information if requested by a CBSA officer. As of July 30, 2020, all travelers arriving in Canada, including those exempt from quarantine requirements, are required to provide their contact information to allow persons to be contacted during the 14-day period that begins on the day on which they enter Canada.

Associated Links:

ArriveCAN mobile application (Google Play and Apple App)

ArriveCAN web application

Traveler Contact Information Form



Updated: July 30, 2020


Effective July 30, 2020 all exempt persons entering Canada will now need to provide the following info (bio data, phone number and email address) to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) upon arrival. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html#ua

If a person fails to provide this contact information, he/she may be subject to additional measures, such as a requirement to undergo a health assessment and could also be charged with an offence under the Quarantine Act. 



Updated: July 20, 2020


ArriveCAN mobile application for incoming travelers


The ArriveCAN mobile application, developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), provides a digital way for travelers entering Canada by land, air or sea to provide their basic traveler information, including a 14-day quarantine plan and a self-assessment of symptoms as required by recent Emergency Orders under the Quarantine Act.


The app enables travelers to input and submit their information quickly, easily and securely within 48 hours before arriving in Canada.


The ArriveCAN app will only collect information needed to confirm compliance with the current requirement to isolate or quarantine for 14 days. Information collected includes contact information, details of the traveler’s quarantine plan, and self-reported symptoms. It does not use any other technology or data, such as GPS, to monitor self-isolation. The protection of Canadians’ personal information is a priority for the Government of Canada and any tool used to collect personal information undergoes a rigorous privacy assessment.


The ArriveCAN app is available for free on Google Play and Apple App stores, and returning travelers are encouraged to use it.



Updated: July 02, 2020


Changes to travel restrictions for immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents


The Canada Border Services Agency announced that effective June 8, 2020 23:59 EDT, foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and who do not have COVID-19 or exhibit any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or who do not have reason to believe they have COVID-19, will be exempt from the prohibition on entry to Canada if entering to be with an immediate family member for a period of at least 15 days.


Foreign nationals who are admitted into Canada pursuant to this exemption must quarantine for 14 days.


An immediate family member refers to a person’s:


a) spouse or common-law partner;

b) dependent child, as defined in section 2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, or a dependent child of the person’s spouse or common-law partner;

c) dependent child, as defined in section 2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, of a dependent child referred to in paragraph (b):

d) parent or step-parent or the parent or step-parent of the person’s spouse or common-law partner;

e) guardian or tutor.


All foreign nationals who have COVID-19 or exhibit any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 continue to remain prohibited from entering Canada.


This change does not apply to immediate family members of temporary residents in Canada, such as those on a student or work visa.


Quick Facts


  • All persons entering Canada – no matter their country of origin or mode of entry – must isolate themselves for 14 days if they have symptoms of or confirmed COVID-19 or quarantine themselves for 14 days if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Asymptomatic foreign national immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who intend to stay in Canada for 14 days or less may still enter Canada as long as their entry is not for a purpose that is discretionary and, if seeking entry from the United States, are able to comply with the requirement to quarantine based on their purpose of travel and intended length of stay.
  • The temporary restriction on all discretionary/optional travel at the Canada-U.S. border put in place on March 21 at 12:01 a.m. EDT continues. This restriction is in place until at least June 21, 2020.
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Registered Indians under the Indian Act can continue to enter Canada by right, and are subject to COVID-19 entry screening measures.
  • The immediate family member will need to confirm that they have a suitable place to quarantine for 14 days where they will have access to basic necessities (such as food and medication) and not have contact with vulnerable people, such as adults aged 65 years or over and people with pre-existing medical conditions, unless the vulnerable person is a consenting adult or is the parent or minor in a parent-minor relationship. Travelers will be expected to make plans for where they will quarantine in advance of arriving to Canada.
  • Travelers should consult the respective  provincial/territorial websites to ensure that they are aware of the provincial/territorial entry, quarantine and public health requirements and can abide by those requirements.
  • As of March 31, 2020, anyone arriving in Canada in any mode (air, land or marine) must provide their contact information to a border services officer when seeking entry. This information is collected on behalf of Public Health Agency of Canada to support their compliance and enforcement of the 14-day quarantine or isolation requirement outlined in Order in Council 2020-0260. Travelers are encouraged to download the mobile ArriveCAN App prior to arrival to reduce wait times and limit contact at the border. The App is available on the Apple App and Google Play stores.


Associated Links


COVID-19 - Travel restrictions, exemptions and advice

COVID-19 - Current border measures and requirements

ArriveCAN App



Updated: June 09, 2020


Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order


Definitions


The following definitions apply in this Order.


  • common-law partner has the same meaning as in subsection 1(1) of the lmmigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. (conjoint de fait)
  • foreign national has the same meaning as in subsection 2(1) of the lmmigration and Refugee Protection Act. (etranger)
  • immediate family member, in respect of a person, means

(a) the spouse or common-law partner of the person;

(b) a dependent child, as defined in section 2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, of the person or of the person's spouse or common-law partner;

(c) a dependent child, as defined in section 2 of the lmmigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, of a dependent child referred to in paragraph (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 immediate)


Prohibition


Any foreign national is prohibited from entering Canada if they arrive from a foreign country other than the United States.


Non-application


 (1) Section 2 does not apply to


(a) an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or of a permanent resident as defined in subsection 2(1) of the lmmigration and Refugee Protection Act;

(b) a person who is authorized, in writing, by an officer designated under subsection 6(1) of the lmmigration and Refugee Protection Act, to enter Canada for the purpose of reuniting immediate family members;

(c) a crew member as defined in subsection 101.01(1) of the Canadian Aviation Regulations or a person who seeks to enter Canada only to become such a crew member;

(d) a member of a crew as defined in subsection 3(1) of the lmmigration and Refugee Protection Regulations or a person who seeks to enter Canada only to become such a member of a crew;

(e) a Person who is exempt from the requirement to obtain a temporary resident visa under paragraph 190(2)(a) of the lmmigration and Refugee Protection Regulationsand the immediate family members of that person;

(f) a person who seeks to enter Canada at the invitation of the Minister of Health for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 response;

(g) a Person who arrives by any means of a conveyance operated by the Canadian Forces or the Department of National Defense;

(h) 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;

(i) 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 arrived in Canada;

(j) 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;


      (k) a person whose presence in Canada, in the opinion of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Citizenship and lmmigration or the Minister of
           Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, is in the national interest;

(l) a person who arrives by means of a vessel as defined in section 2 of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, if the vessel departed before 00:00:01 am Eastern Daylight Time on March 21, 2020 and had a scheduled destination of Canada upon its departure;

(m) the holder of a valid work permit or a study permit as defined in section 2 of the lmmigration and Refugee Protection Regulations;

(n) a person whose application for a work permit referred to in paragraph (m) was approved under the lmmigration and Refugee Protection Act and who has received written notice of the approval, but who has not yet been issued the permit;

(o) a person whose application for a study permit referred to in paragraph (m) was approved under the lmmigration 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;

(p) a Person permitted to work in Canada as a student in a health field under paragraph 186(p) of the lmmigration and Refugee Protection Regulations;

(q) a person permitted to work in Canada as a provider of emergency services under paragraph 186(t) of the lmmigration and Refugee Protection Regulations;

(r) a licensed health care professional with proof of employment in Canada;

(s) a person who seeks to enter Canada for the purpose of delivering, maintaining, or repairing medically-necessary equipment or devices;

(t) a person who seeks to enter Canada for the purpose of 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;

(u) a person whose application for permanent residence was approved under the lmmigration 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;

(v) 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, and who seeks to enter Canada for the purpose of performing their duties in that sector;

(w) a person who seeks to enter Canada to take up post as a diplomat, consular officer, representative or official of a country other than Canada, of the United Nations or any of its agencies or of any intergovernmental organization of which Canada is a member and the immediate family members of that person; or

(x) a person who arrives at a Canadian airport aboard a commercial passenger conveyance and who is transiting to a country other than Canada and remains in a sterile transit area, as defined in section 2 of the lmmigration and Refugee Protection Regulations



Exception – signs and symptoms

(2) A foreign national is prohibited from entering Canada from a foreign country other than the United States if they have COVID-19 or have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or have reasonable grounds to suspect they have such signs and symptoms, including


(a) a fever and cough; or

(b) a fever and breathing difficulties



Exception – optional or discretionary purpose


(3) Despite subsection (1), a person who seeks to enter Canada for an optional or discretionary purpose, such as tourism, recreation or entertainment, is prohibited from entering Canada from a foreign country other than the United States.


Non-application – immediate family member


(4) Subsection (3) does not apply to a foreign national who is an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, as defined in subsection 2(1) of the lmmigration and Refugee Protection Act, if the foreign national intends to enter Canada to be with their immediate family member who is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident and can demonstrate the intent to stay in Canada for a period of at least 15 days.


Non-application – order


This order does not apply to


(a) a person registered as an lndian under the lndian Act;

(b) a protected person within the meaning of subsection 95(2) of the lmmigration and Refugee Protection Act; or

(c) a person who enters Canadian waters, including the inland waters, or the airspace over Canada on board a conveyance while proceeding directly from one place outside Canada and leaves Canada to another place outside Canada on board the conveyance, as long as the person was continuously on board that conveyance while in Canada and, in the case of a conveyance other than an aircraft, the person did not land in Canada and the conveyance did not make contact with another conveyance, moor or anchor while in Canadian waters, including the inland waters, other than anchoring carried out in accordance with the right of innocent passage under international law and, in the case of an aircraft, the conveyance did not land while in Canada.


Powers and obligations


For greater certainty, this Order does not affect any of the powers and obligations set out in the Quarantine Act.


Repeal of P.C. 2020-184


The Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-I9 Coronavirus Disease in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any country other than the United States), is repealed.


Effective period


This Order has effect for the period beginning at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on the day on which it is made and ending at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on June 30, 2020.



Updated: May 2, 2020

New Mandatory PHAC Form or CanArrive App


Wearing of Face masks

  • All inbound travelers will need to wear a mask during CBSA processing.
  • If they do not have a face mask, they will be provided one on Level 4 by our CBSA officers.

Reminder of Travel Ban

  • The travel ban is still in effect as noted at the links below.

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html#_Canada-U.S._border_restrictions_1

https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/initiatives/covid-19-measures-updates-guidance-tc/aviation-measures.html



Updated: April 28, 2020

ArriveCAN – The Mobile App for Incoming Travelers to Canada


In an effort to contain COVID-19 in Canada, anyone entering the country – no matter their citizenship – is required to provide their contact information.

Download the ArriveCAN mobile app, available on the Apple App and Google Play Stores, prior to your arrival to reduce wait times and limit points of contact.

Data obtained from the mobile application will be used by the Public Health Agency of Canada to administer and enforce legislation and keep Canadians safe and healthy.

Inputting your information via the mobile app will generate a summary of your traveler information, which will be used by Border Services Officers and Quarantine Officers at port of entry to support health screening protocols.


Updated: April 22, 2020


Updated Canada Travel Dashboard


Travel from anywhere in the WORLD, other than the US, to Canada 22 April 2020

Are travellers allowed to transit through Canada?

Who is allowed to enter Canada?

What are travellers’ obligations once they enter Canada?

Are travellers allowed to transit through Canada?

  • Yes, as long as the foreign national is not showing symptoms of COVID-19 (a fever and a cough; or a fever and difficulty breathing), they are allowed to transit from international-to-international in Canada.
  • The traveler must be booked and confirmed on an onward international flight.

The travel ban in place allows certain categories of foreign nationals to travel to Canada under the following circumstances:

1) If they don’t exhibit COVID-19 symptoms (i.e. a fever and cough, OR a fever and breathing difficulties)  AND

2) If they do not intend to travel to Canada for non-essential purposes such as tourism, sightseeing, recreation, entertainment, social visits and religious functions.

If meeting these two criteria, here are the exemptions to the travel ban that will allow foreign nationals to travel to Canada:

  • Immediate family member of Canadian citizens and permanent residents;
  • A person who holds a valid study or work permit for Canada;
  • A person whose application for permanent residence in Canada was approved, and who received written notice of the approval before noon (EDT) on March 18, 2020 but has not yet become a permanent resident;
  • A person whose application for a work permit in Canada was approved, and who received written notice but has not yet been issued the permit;
  • A person whose application for a study permit in Canada was approved, and who received written notice of the approval before noon (EDT) on March 18, 2020 but has not yet been issued the permit;
  • Crew member;
  • Person who is authorized, in writing, by a designated officer of the Government of Canada to enter Canada for the purpose of reuniting immediate family members;
  • Accredited diplomat and their immediate family members, including representative from the United Nations and international organizations for which Canada is part of;
  • A French citizen who resides in St. Pierre and Miquelon (SPM) who has only been in SPM, the U.S. or Canada during the period of 14 days before the day on which they board;
  • A person or any person in class of persons who, in the opinion of the Chief Public Health Officer:
    • does not pose a risk of significant harm to the public health, or
    • will provide an essential service while in Canada;
  • Foreign national travelling at the invitation of the Minister of Health for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 response;
  • Person who arrives by means of an aircraft operated by the Canadian Forces or the Department of National Defence;
  • Member of the Canadian military, visiting forces, and their immediate family members;
  • Person whose presence in Canada, in the opinion of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration, or Public Safety, is in the national interest;
  • A student in a health field, including as a medical elective or clinical clerk at a medical teaching institution in Canada, for the primary purpose of acquiring training, if they have written approval from the body that regulates that field;
  • A provider of emergency services, including medical services, for the protection or preservation of life or property;
  • A licensed health care professional with proof of employment in Canada;
  • A person who seeks to enter Canada for the purpose of delivering, maintaining, or repairing medically-necessary equipment or devices;
  • A person who seeks to enter Canada for the purpose of 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 worker in the marine transportation sector who is essential for the movement of goods by vessel, and who seeks to enter Canada for the purpose of performing their duties in that sector.

Is anyone completely exempt from this order? Yes.

  • Anyone registered as an Indian under the Indian Act; and
  • Protected Person presenting a Refugee travel document issued by Canada

When does Order 7 end?

  • June 30, 2020.

What are travellers’ obligations once they enter Canada?

  • Every person must wear a non-medical mask or face covering upon entry and while in transit to the place of quarantine or isolation.
  • Upon entry to Canada, all travellers will have to answer additional screening questions regarding their intended place of quarantine
  • All asymptomatic travellers must quarantine themselves for 14 days and monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19
    • From their answers, if they are considered unable to quarantine themselves, they will be transferred to a quarantine facility.
    • A series of exemptions to the quarantine obligation apply for some categories of asymptomatic travellers, such as crew members, members of the armed forces, persons providing an essential service, et al.
    • Any symptomatic traveller must isolate themselves for 14 days and undergo any health assessment requested by a quarantine officer
      • From their answers, if they are considered unable to isolate themselves, they will be placed into isolation in a quarantine facility.
      • Of note, a person is considered unable to isolate themselves if they must use public transportation (plane, train, bus, taxi) from the place they enter Canada to arrive at their place of isolation.

Are there exceptions to these obligations? Yes.

  • Crew members;
  • Foreign national travelling at the invitation of the Government of Canada for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 response or whose entry would be in the national interest;
  • Member of the Canadian military or visiting forces;
  • Person or any person in class of persons who, in the opinion of the Chief Public Health Officer does not pose a risk of significant harm to the public health, or will provide an essential service while in Canada, including:
    • Persons making necessary medical deliveries during or within a reasonable period of time of the duration of the Order or within reasonable time after that, of cells, blood and blood products, tissues, organs, or other similar lifesaving human body parts, that are required for patient care in Canada;
    • Asymptomatic persons in the trade and transportation sector who are important for the movement of goods and people, including truck drivers and crew on any plane, train or marine vessel, and that cross the border while performing their duties or for the purpose of performing their duties;
    • Asymptomatic persons who have to cross the border regularly to go to work, including in the health care sector or critical infrastructure workers for the purpose of performing their duties; and
    • Asymptomatic persons who have to cross the border to provide or receive essential services, including emergency responders and personnel providing essential services to Canadians related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Person whose presence in Canada, in the opinion of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration, or Public Safety, is in the national interest;
  • A provider of emergency services, including medical services, for the protection or preservation of life or property;
  • A person who enters Canada for the purposes of providing medical care or transporting essential medical equipment, supplies, or means of treatment; or
  • A person who enters Canada for the purpose of receiving essential medical services or treatment, OTHER than services or treatments related to COVID-19.

Be mindful of provincial border closures and quarantine requirements as this could impact a traveler’s full return home.

When does Order 10 end?

June 30, 2020.




Updated: April 21, 2020

Optional / Discretionary travel to Canada

In its ongoing effort to contain the global spread of COVID-19 , the Government of Canada is clarifying air carrier responsibilities and obligations in relation to boarding foreign national passengers to Canada, pursuant to the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Orders.

  • All foreign nationals seeking to travel to Canada must be travelling to Canada for an essential purpose. Travel must not be for an optional or discretionary purpose, such as tourism, sightseeing, recreation, entertainment, social visits and religious functions.
  • All travelers must answer the Transport Canada mandated Health Check questions and confirm that they have in their possession a removable non-medical mask or face covering.
  • Travelers must be able to comply with mandatory isolation requirements.
  • Travelers must also satisfy all other document requirements for travel to Canada.
  • The following clarifications do not apply to Canadian citizens, Canadian permanent residents, registered Indians and protected persons.


Updated: April 17, 2020

Face covering requirements for Air Travelers

The Government of Canada is asking that all travelers have a removable non-medical mask or face covering large enough to cover their mouth and nose during their travel through Canadian airports and in-flight. Otherwise, they will not be allowed to continue with their journey.
At a minimum, travelers will be asked to wear the non-medical mask or face covering:

  • at airport screening checkpoints;
  • during the flight when they cannot physically distance from others, including at all times when they are 2 meters or less from another person, except another occupant of the person’s private home; or
  • as directed by an official of the air operator, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, a Canada Border Services Agency officer, or a Canadian public health official.

Exceptions

Face covering must not be worn under the following circumstances:

  • children under two years old;
  • passengers with breathing difficulties unrelated to COVID-19;
  • at the boarding gate, after handing documents to the air carrier representative, a passenger will be asked to step back to an appropriate distance  and lower their face covering for identity verification. After the verification is complete, the passenger can then re-cover their mouth and nose before collecting their documents;
  • during the flight, when the safety person could be endangered by wearing a face covering; or when the person is eating, drinking or taking oral medications; and
  • at the Customs-controlled area of the airport. Travelers will need to lower their face covering to have their photo taken at the Primary Inspection Kiosk or when asked to do so by a Canada Border Services Agency officer or a Public Health Agency of Canada and/or provincial or territorial official.

Wearing a face covering over the mouth and nose is an important additional measure that all travelers can take to protect those around them. Air travelers are encouraged to wear a non-medical mask or face covering whenever possible, especially in situations where physical distancing guidelines cannot be maintained. Refusal to comply with the wearing of a non-medical mask or face covering could result in a fine of $5,000.00. Travelers are also reminded to practice good hygiene by frequently washing their hands and sneezing into their sleeve or a tissue.


For more information on making face coverings consult: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks/instructions-sew-no-sew-cloth-face-covering.html


Updated: April 9, 2020


The Government of Canada has new restrictions in place for travelers coming into Canada.


Only Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and certain foreign nationals are able to enter Canada by air at this time. Foreign nationals who do not fall under one of the approved exceptions* will be denied boarding.


Allowed Non -symptomatic travelers that are:

Not allowed Travelers that are:

Canadian citizens

Symptomatic for COVID-19

Permanent residents

Foreign Nationals NOT meeting the list of approved exceptions*

 Registered Indians

 Foreign Nationals transiting through Canada with a layover of more than 24 hours

 Protected persons

 

 Foreign Nationals transiting through Canada

 

 Foreign Nationals meeting the list of approved exceptions* and traveling for essential purposes

 



*Approved Exceptions are:

Immediate family members1 of Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents


  • Consular cases for reuniting immediate family members
  • Air/marine crew members repositioning for duty
  • Diplomats and their immediate family members
  • Persons invited by the Canadian Minister of Health for COVID-19 assistance
  • Members of a visiting military force and their immediate family, by invitation
  • French citizens of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon
  • National interest cases, by invitation of the Canadian Ministers of Public Safety, citizenship and 
  • Immigration or Foreign Affairs
  • Special exception from the Canadian Chief Public Health Officer
  • Foreign Nationals holding a valid Canadian work permit
  • Foreign Nationals holding a valid Canadian study permit


Note: For a full list of exceptions, please refer to the COVID-19 Emergency Orders made under the Quarantine Act

_____________

1 Immediate family member (applies to specific exceptions, only when explicitly noted):


  • Spouse or common-law partner
  • Dependent children
  • Dependent children of dependent children
  • Parent or step parent
  • Guardian or tutor


Important: Please note all travelers, with few exceptions, must undergo a mandatory self-isolation period of 14 days upon arrival in Canada, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19. This does not apply to non-symptomatic travelers who are transiting through Canada to their final destination, or to those delivering an essential service. No person should board a flight if feeling ill as they could potentially put others at risk. In addition, should symptoms such as a fever, cough or difficulty breathing develop while in flight, please notify the flight crew immediately.


Additional information can be found at:

www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-special-measures.html



Updated: April 8, 2020

Interim Order to Prevent Certain Persons from Boarding Flights to Canada due to COVID-19, No. 4
International Flights except Flights from the United States


Prohibition
An air carrier is prohibited from permitting a foreign national to board an aircraft for a flight to Canada departing from country other than the United States.

Foreign national means a person who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, and includes a stateless person.


Non-application
The above prohibition does not apply to

a. a foreign national who is permitted to enter Canada under the emergency order made by the Governor General in Council, pursuant to the Quarantine Act, entitled Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any country other than the United States); or

b. a foreign national in transit through Canada to another country


Health Check

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 questions of every person to verify whether they exhibit the following symptoms: 


a. Fever;

b. 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.


A person who is subjected to a health check and is asked the additional question must


a. answer all questions; and

b. not provide answers that they know to be false or misleading


Refusal to Board - Prohibition

Passengers shall be prohibited by the air carrier to board an aircraft if:


a. the passenger’s answers to the health check indicate that they exhibit a (i) a fever and cough, or (ii) a fever and breathing difficulties;
b. the air carrier’s observations during the health check indicate that they exhibit (i) a fever and cough, or (ii) a fever and breathing difficulties;
c. the passenger’s answer to the additional questions asked is in the affirmative; or
d. the passenger is a competent adult and refuses to answer any questions


Wait period of 14 days

A person who is prohibited from boarding pursuant to section 12 is not permitted to board another 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.


Repeal

The Interim Order to Prevent Certain Persons from Boarding Flights to Canada due to COVID-19, No. 3, made on March 24, 2020, is repealed.



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.


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 28, 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: September 09, 2020


Reference to the previous circulars concerning procedures to enter the State of Qatar, please take note that as of August 21, 2020, the exceptional entry permit will be applicable to holders of resident permit in the State of Qatar as well as visitors with personal visit visa issued by Ministry of Interior (see sample below).


Useful references:



For more details and ongoing updates please refer to the ministry of Public Health website.

https://covid19.moph.qa



Updated: September 01, 2020


Updated list of Low Risk Countries as of August 27, 2020


Arriving passengers from these countries can enter state of Qatar without the need for hotel quarantine, and they are subject only to home quarantine for one week and to follow the ministry of Public Health procedures.



For more details and ongoing updates please refer to the ministry of Public Health website.

https://covid19.moph.qa



Updated: August 10, 2020


For PAL passengers from the Philippines:

While the Philippines is not included in the list of low-risk countries, passengers need not secure a negative RT-PCR Test Result before check-in in Manila. Passengers bound for Qatar only need to show an approved Re-entry Permit as well as a 7-day hotel booking for quarantine booked thru the Discover Qatar website before check-in.

Please be reminded of the following entry regulations into the State of Qatar:


General condition:


  • All GCC nationals including Qataris should use their passports to enter the State of Qatar and not their National ID cards.
  • All arriving passengers must install “EHTERAZ” application on their cell phone.
  • Each passenger must complete “Health Assessment Form for Returning Travelers” before arrival to Qatar.
  • Exceptional Entry permit copy should be carried by the passengers to be presented on arrival.

Below listed passengers to follow the conditions hereunder:

1. Qatari Nationals, their spouses, their children, and companions arriving with them on the same flights.

2. Permanent Residency Card holders.

3. GCC nationals using their Passport only along with their companions under their sponsorship traveling on the same flights.

4. Exceptional Return Permit holders.

5. Foreign Diplomats on mission to the State of Qatar, holders of Administrative IDs and staff of International Organizations

  • When travelling to the State of Qatar from the countries mentioned in the list of Low Risk countries published by MOPH will need to take a Coronavirus test upon arrival at the airport. They will also need to sign a formal pledge to adhere to the quarantine at home for a week and provide a duly “completed health assessment form for returning travelers”. Passengers arriving from Low Risk countries must have stayed in the Low Risk country for at least 72 hours prior to their departure to Qatar.
  • If travelling from Turkey and holding a COVID-19 free certificate from one of the below accredited COVID-19 testing centers, then they will not be required to take the test upon arrival in Qatar. Provided that the date of obtaining the certificate does not exceed 48 hours prior to departure to Qatar.
    • Ankara Sehir Hospital in Ankara 
    • Yeshel Koi Murat Delmanlar Hospital in Istanbul
    • Basaksehir Cam ve Sakura Hospital in Istanbul
    • Kartl Dr. Lutfi Kirdar City Hospital in Istanbul
    • Sakarya University Training

  • When travelling from countries that are not included in the list of low-risk countries i.e. high-risk countries they will take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at the airport. They must hold a 7 days hotel quarantine booking issued for the approved quarantine hotels through Discover Qatar https://www.qatarairwaysholidays.com/qa-en/offers/welcome-home-packages/. They also need to provide a duly completed “health assessment form for returning travelers”.

6a. Resident Permit Card Holders

  • When travelling to the State of Qatar from the countries mentioned in the Low Risk countries list must hold an “Exceptional Entry Permit” allowing them to return to Qatar which will state the type i.e. self or hotel and number of days of quarantine. They will also need to sign a formal pledge to adhere to the quarantine at home for a week if eligible and provide a duly completed “health assessment form for returning travelers”. They will need to take a Coronavirus test upon arrival at the airport. Passengers arriving from Low Risk countries must have stayed in the Low Risk countries for at least 72 hours prior to their departure to Qatar.
  • If traveling from Turkey and holding a COVID-19 free test report from one of the below accredited COVID-19 testing centers, then they will not be required to take the test upon arrival in Qatar. Provided that the date of obtaining the certificate does not exceed 48 hours prior to departure to Qatar.

    • Ankara Sehir Hospital in Ankara
    • Yeshel Koi Murat Delmanlar Hospital in Istanbul
    • Basaksehir Cam ve Sakura Hospital in Istanbul
    • Kartl Dr. Lutfi Kirdar City Hospital in Istanbul
    • Sakarya University Training


  • When departing from other countries that are not included in the list of low-risk countries i.e. high-risk country then

    • They must hold an “Exceptional Entry Permit” allowing them to return to Qatar which will state the type and number of days of quarantine.
    • They need to provide a duly completed “health assessment form for returning travelers”.
    • Must hold a hotel quarantine booking for the duration mentioned on the approval issued for the approved quarantine hotels booked through Discover Qatar https://www.qatarairwaysholidays.com/qa-en/offers/welcome-home-packages/
    • They will take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at the airport

6b. Resident Permit Card Holders: Domestic staff, company sponsored and other workers

The “Exceptional Entry Permit” issued for this category of RP holders will state that they need to hotel quarantine for 14 days. Airlines must ensure that passengers must hold hotel bookings as per the requirement stated on the “Exceptional Entry Permits”.  Hotel booking and more details can be found on Discover Qatar website https://www.qatarairwaysholidays.com/qa-en/domestic-staff-and-company-sponsored-workers. They need to provide a duly completed “health assessment form for returning travelers”.

7. Exemption: following categories are eligible for home quarantine, regardless of the country from which they arrive along with their travel companions on their sponsorship. In case they are holding an “Exceptional Entry permit” it will reflect home quarantine.

  • Those over 55
  • Those who have had an organ or spinal cord transplant
  • Those who receive immunosuppressive therapy
  • Those who suffer from heart disease
  • Those who suffer from moderate to severe asthma
  • Those who receive cancer treatment
  • Pregnant women
  • Babysitting mothers with children up to five years-old
  • Those who suffer from kidney failure
  • Those with chronic liver disease
  • Those with lower limb amputation
  • Those with disabilities who require support to carry out activities
  • Disabled children and their mothers
  • Those who suffer from epilepsy and receive treatment
  • Those with diabetic foot
  • Those with immediate relatives who have died in the 10 days prior to their arrival
  • Those receiving treatment for mental and psychiatric illnesses, and people suffering from claustrophobia
  • Those who suffer from diabetes and receive treatment
  • Those who have high blood pressure


Additional information:

  • Upon arrival the EHTERAZ app Health status will be Yellow.
  • Passengers will proceed to one of the accredited health centers by the end of the one-week self-quarantine to do the PCR test and according to the test result, passengers will then follow the rest of the procedures published on the Ministry of Public Health website.
  • List of Low risk countries will be reviewed every 2 weeks.
  • Exceptional Entry Permit issued through “Qatar Portal” https://portal.www.gov.qa/wps/portal/qsports/home/
  • For more information regarding self-quarantine or Hotel Quarantine, Low Risk countries etc. you can refer to the Ministry of Public Health website https://covid19.moph.gov.qa


Useful references:



August 06, 2020


Travel Reminders and Updates

Passengers to be accepted on board flights arriving to Hamad International Airport are limited only to the Following categories:

1. Qatari Nationals, their spouses, their children, their Husbands, and companions under their sponsorship arriving with them on the same flights.
2. Passengers Holding Permanent Residency.
3. Residents arriving in Doha holding the Exceptional Return Permit.

Passengers holding passports of the GCC Countries travelling to Doha must have a confirmed reservation in one of the designated quarantine hotels which are shown on Discover Qatar website, this to be applied on passengers arriving from Countries not listed in the Low-Risk Countries list.

Passengers are also informed that the ID will not be accepted as a travel document to enter the state of Qatar for the time being, as stated in previous instructions from Airport Passport Department in this regard, and until further notification.

Qatari Nationals as well as Citizens of the GCC Countries must present their passports.


Downloadable advisories and forms


• Circular No. (13) of the year 2020 
• HQ Undertaking (English)
• HQ Undertaking (Arabic)
• Health Assessment Form (English)
• Health Assessment Form (Arabic) 



Updated: July 30, 2020

Exceptional entry permit to Qatar Service


It is a temporary service that is provided to residents of the State of Qatar who are unable to return to the country because of the restrictions imposed due to the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

This service allows employers, whether individuals or companies, government or private sector, to apply for an entry permit for residents and their family members holding QIDs to enable them to return to the State of Qatar.


Online Instruction Steps


  • Create new account on Qatar Portal or log in to your existing account (if available).

  • Click on “Apply for Exceptional Entry Permit”.

  • Read terms and conditions and prepare all required attachments before starting the application.

  • Enter application page and fill in required information correctly and completely as shown in passport.

  • Enter your email correctly to receive approval on your application.

  • Print permit and keep copy of it and a copy of quarantine undertaking to be presented to airport officials.


Terms for Those Coming from Low-risk Countries / Other Countries:

First: Low-risk Countries: (Click on the list of low-risk countries and accredited health centers)
 
People coming from low-risk countries should:


  • Conduct COVID-19 test in an approved hospital (if any) within a period not exceeding 48 hours from the date of departure, and submit a hard copy of the examination certificate upon arrival. 

  • In the case the COVID test is not conducted in the departure country, the test will be conducted at the airport upon arrival.

  • The applicant must upload proof of staying in a low-risk country for 72 hours or more. If the expatriate resides less than 72 hours in a low-risk country, they will be considered as coming from other countries (not low-risk) and will be treated accordingly.


Note: The permit will be automatically canceled if there is discrepancy in the entered data of the country of departure.

Second: Other Countries (including the Philippines)

Those who come from other countries (outside the list of low-risk countries) should comply with the following:

  • Hotel reservation in one of the hotels designated and approved for quarantine for one week from the date of arrival
  • Conducting a COVID test at the airport (In the event the result is positive, the expatriate will be directed for isolation, and if the test result is negative, a compulsory period of one week is spent in the quarantine hotel)
  • Permit holders must adhere to hotel quarantine and all followed procedures, including maintaining social distancing. In the event the resident fails to commit, the hotel quarantine will be extended for another period of 7 days

Note: The permit will be automatically canceled if there is discrepancy in the data of the country of departure.

The documents that residents must possess upon arrival at the airport

  • Passport
  • Qatar residence card
  • Entry permit
  • Hotel quarantine undertaking
  • COVID examination certificate: In the event of coming from low-risk countries, a hard copy of the medical examination, conducted within a period not exceeding 48 hours in one of the accredited hospitals (if any), must be presented to concerned officials at the airport.
  • Copy of the hotel reservation for quarantine: In the event of coming from other countries, a hard or soft copy of the residence reservation must be submitted in one of the hotels approved for the quarantine.

Additional Information

To confirm the approved hotel booking, please visit "Discover Qatar" website.
 
For more information, please call on 109 inside Qatar or +974 44069999 outside Qatar.



Updated: July 29, 2020


Effective August 01, 2020, re-entry to the State of Qatar will be allowed for as long as they abide the following instructions. Below are the requirements from the State of Qatar: 


  1. All arriving passengers must install the application “EHTERAZ” on their mobile devices (Apple App StoreGooglePlay).
  2. Must book a quarantine hotel for one week through “Discover Qatar” website, before arriving to the State of Qatar.

  3. Passenger will do an RT-PCR test on day six (6) of hotel quarantine, and according to the test result, passengers will then follow the rest of procedures on the Ministry of Public Health website.



Updated: July 21, 2020


Government Communications Office statement on Qatar’s travel policy during the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions


As part of the gradual lifting of restrictions imposed in the State of Qatar as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and based on Qatar’s travel policy announced previously, the travel policies effective Saturday, August 01, 2020 have been reviewed based on public health indicators in the State of Qatar and around the world.


1. Quarantine Policy

  • Arrivals from countries that are not included in the list of low-risk countries and in which COVID-19 testing centers have been accredited are required to obtain a virus-free certificate from there no more than 48 hours before travelling. The arrivals must also adhere to the home quarantine for a week upon arrival in Doha while also following the policy and conditions applied to arrivals from the low-risk countries mentioned above.
  • Arrivals from other countries that are not included in the list of low-risk countries and in which there are no accredited COVID-19 testing centers will be required to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense for one week, provided that hotel accommodation is booked through the “Discover Qatar“ website before arriving in the State of Qatar. After the week has elapsed, the ending of the quarantine period will depend on the result of a COVID-19 test. If the result is positive, the traveler will be transferred to isolation, and if it is negative, the person will commit to home quarantine for another week, in which case the status on the Ehteraz application will be yellow and will then change to green after the week has passed.


2. Qatari citizens and their wives, spouses and children, and permanent residency holders

  • They can travel outside the country and return at any time, while adhering to all the aforementioned procedures and according to the countries of arrival.
  • Patients receiving treatment abroad at the expense of the state of Qatar and their registered companions, and employees who are dispatched for work assignments, will be exempt from bearing the cost of the hotel, as the relevant body will cover the costs of the hotel quarantine if the traveler meets the conditions of the hotel quarantine, as explained in the statement


3. Residents

  • They will be allowed to return to the State of Qatar starting the August 01, 2020. Residents’ entry will be organized based on a series of priorities, including public health indicators, the nature of the needs of the various government and semi-government sectors and humanitarian cases, and through submitting return requests for permits via the “Qatar Portal” website based on the above-mentioned priorities.
  • The employer shall bear the costs of the quarantine in the dedicated facilities for blue collar workers in the private sector and domestic workers at a nominal cost after obtaining the entry permit.

4. Categories eligible for home quarantine

The Ministry of Public Health has identified the following categories eligible for home quarantine for a week, regardless of the country from which they arrived:

  • Those over 55
  • Those who have had an organ or spinal cord transplant

  • Those who receive immunosuppressive therapy

  • Those who suffer from heart disease

  • Those who suffer from moderate to severe asthma

  • Those who receive cancer treatment

  • Pregnant women

  • Babysitting mothers with children up to five years-old

  • Those who suffer from kidney failure

  • Those with chronic liver disease

  • Those with lower limb amputation

  • Those with disabilities who require support to carry out activities

  • Disabled children and their mothers

  • Those who suffer from epilepsy and receive treatment

  • Those with diabetic foot

  • Those with immediate relatives who have died in the 10 days prior to their arrival

  • Those receiving treatment for mental and psychiatric illnesses, and people suffering from claustrophobia

  • Those who suffer from diabetes and receive treatment

  • Those who have high blood pressure

Workers in the various sectors are required to coordinate the dates of travel and return with their employers. Families and workers in the education sector must take the quarantine period into account when planning their return to the State of Qatar in order to avoid absence during the mandatory quarantine period, whether in the designated facilities or at home.

It should also be noted that the process of issuing return permits for residents will be through the “Qatar Portal“ website until the need to organize the entry process ends, based on relevant public health indicators.


For more information regarding the process of issuing return permits to the State of Qatar, you can visit the Ministry of Public Health page on COVID-19 or contact the Government Contact Centre via the hotline (109).



Updated: July 15, 2020

Exceptional Return Permit


According to the Director of the Department of the Airport Passports, referring to the directives of his Excellency the Prime Minister, Minister of Interior, and in coordination with the Supreme Committee of Crisis Management concerning the exceptional return permit for residents currently staying outside the State of Qatar.


Passengers returning to Doha will be accepted provided that they are holding an Exceptional Return Permit within the period of its validity and to strictly consider the expiry date of this exceptional return permit, and its conditions including the requirement of 14 days quarantine is booked through “Discover Qatar”.


Passengers are requested to download EHTERAZ application on their cell phones upon arrival.



Updated: June 17, 2020


Effective immediately, all passengers traveling out of Doha with a return booking must have a confirmed reservation in one of the designated quarantine hotels in Qatar on their return.


As per the new entry regulations of the State of Qatar, no passengers irrespective of nationality can depart from Doha without a confirmed hotel booking for their return, for a period of fourteen (14) days which will be prepaid against a non-refundable voucher obtained from the hotel through “Discover Qatar” website.


In case travel dates into Doha are amended, hotel reservations can be changed subject to availability.

Passengers who are currently out of the State of Qatar, and upon their return, they must also hold confirmed hotel booking in one of the quarantine hotels at the time of checking into their flights to Doha.

For further details, FAQs and hotel bookings, please refer to Discover Qatar website: https://www.discoverqatar.qa/welcome-home/.



Updated: June 16, 2020


Until July 31, 2020, arrivals into Qatar are only permitted for Qatari Nationals, their travelling companions, those with a Permanent Resident Card, or other exceptionally approved Visa holders.

From August 1, 2020, pre-approved QID resident permit holders will also be able to travel to Qatar. We are awaiting more details from the relevant authorities about the pre-approval process.

If you wish to be informed of the latest updates, we recommend that you sign up to our e-mail newsletter. Alternatively, please come back to this page regularly to check for updates.

We will also post updates to Facebook and Instagram and we recommend that you follow us on these social media platforms to receive further updates.

If you need to book more than three rooms, please call us on +974 4423 7999 or email us.

Before making your booking, please ensure you read all of the information below to ensure that you understand the booking terms and conditions.

To read our FAQs in Arabic, click here.


Eligibility


All permitted arrivals into Qatar must go into Government approved hotels to quarantine for a 14-day period upon arrival into Qatar. The following is a summary of who is currently permitted to arrive into Qatar and what quarantine conditions apply (subject to change so please check out the rules and conditions on regular basis):


For Qatari Nationals, their travel companions, those with a Permanent Resident Card or other eligible Visa holders returning to Doha from June 15 - September 15:


All travelers departing from Qatar will need to book and pay for one of the approved quarantine hotel packages for a period of 14 days, which must be booked before departure from Qatar, if the return date is planned on or before September 15. Check in at HIA will not be permitted without a confirmed quarantine reservation, if arrival back into Qatar is before September 15. Eligible travelers currently outside Qatar will also need to book and pay for one of the approved quarantine hotel packages for a period of 14 days if arriving back into Doha on or before September 15. Only Qatari Nationals, their travelling companions, those with a Permanent Resident Card or other eligible Visa holders, will be permitted to arrive into Qatar before August 01, 2020.


QID holders returning from August 1 - September 15:


QID holders will not be able to board a flight to Qatar without first receiving authorization to travel to Qatar, and then by also providing confirmation of a 14-day government approved welcome home package reservation.

QID holders are advised not to book a quarantine package until approval to return to Qatar has been confirmed. Details of the approval process will be published when the eligibility and guidelines are confirmed by the relevant authorities. Please check back regularly to this page for updates.



Updated: June 09, 2020


Controlled Phased Lifting of COVID-19 Restrictions in Qatar


Effective June 15, 2020, only essential flights out of Doha will be allowed. Upon return, travelers will go to mandatory hotel quarantine allocated by the government for 2 weeks, paid by the traveler.



Updated: March 17, 2020



Effective May 17, 2020, people in Qatar are required to wear face masks when leaving the house for any reason, except in the case when a person is alone while driving a vehicle. In case of non-compliance with this decision, the penalties stipulated in Decree Law No. 17 of 1990 regarding the prevention of infectious diseases shall be applied to the violator – imprisonment for a period not exceeding three (3) years and a fine not exceeding QR200,000, or one of these two penalties.



Updated: May 28, 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.



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.  



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: September 18, 2020


Reminder and clarification on the validity period of the Negative COVID-19 test result


Passengers must provide a negative result (PCR) test from a verified laboratory abroad, and it must be done not later than (48) hours before arriving to the Kingdom. The test RT-PCR Test validity is 48 hours from the time the result was released.



Updated: September 15, 2020


The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Saudi has decided to remove the travel ban for inbound / outbound movement starting September 15, 2020, with precaution and requirements. Specifically:


  • GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) citizens are permitted to travel to/from the Kingdom.
  • Non-Saudi passengers holding a valid visa (Exit/Entry, Residence [Iqamah], and Visit) are permitted to travel to/from the Kingdom.
  • Passengers are not allowed to board unless they provide a negative result (PCR) test from a verified laboratory abroad, and it must be done not later than (48) hours before arriving to the Kingdom.
  • For the passengers mentioned above, entering and exiting the Kingdom, shall be in accordance with the (COVID-19) health preventions control and measures issued by the Ministry of Health.
  • This does not apply to countries in which has been decided by the competent committee to take the necessary measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 in the Kingdom by suspending travel to/from those countries as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19 in it.


Non-compliance with the instructions mentioned above will result in penalties imposed to Article 163 of the Civil Aviation Law.



Updated: August 17, 2020

Facilitating the return of Saudi Citizens to K.S.A.

The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia desire to facilitate the return of Saudi Citizens, and their (Non-Saudi) companions, that are currently overseas and to ensure applying all precautionary procedures to achieve safety during (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • Airlines are permitted to return Saudi Citizens, and their (Non-Saudi) companions, and their Non-Saudi Spouse and children, to the Kingdom, at their own expenses on the repatriation flights to the Kingdom operated by countries to evacuate their citizens from the Kingdom
  • All (Non-Saudi) companions mentioned above must have valid (Iqamah) in the Kingdom
  • Ensuring implementation of the precautionary procedures to avoid the spread of (COVID-19) pandemic.


Updated: August 13, 2020

Entry restrictions as of August 12, 2020.


Flights to Saudi Arabia are suspended.


This does not apply to technical stops, humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights. These flights are subject to prior approval from GACA.
 

Latest update from GACA regarding the return of health practitioners (medical services employees) and their spouse (family members and extend to their housemaid as well) effective 01 July 2020.

  • Expired exit re-entry visas are no longer acceptable because K.S.A already extended all expired exit re-entry visas online till 20 August 2020. 
  • Seafarers are not allowed entry except for ARAMCO employees with prior approval from the Ministry of Interior. 
  • All health practitioners, their spouse and companions under their sponsorship (in one residence address) holding valid exit re-entry visa to Saudi Arabia can be accepted on board inbound flight to both DMM and RUH.  
  • Hospital employees, i.e., hospital food attendant / hospital janitor, are not allowed entry to KSA.
  • Only health professionals, i.e., Doctor, Nurses, X-ray technician, pharmacist and medical assistant, may enter KSA.

The following are confirmed for spouse of Medical Practitioner:


  • (family members and extend to their housemaid) of medical practitioner must travel together with health practitioner or at least health practitioner must be inside K.S.A upon arrival of their spouse.
  • In case of arrival of spouse without practitioner, they must hold relation documents to health practitioners ( marriage certificate- sponsorship documents).

August 10, 2020

Flights to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are suspended.

This does not apply to technical stops, humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights. These flights are subject to prior approval from GACA.

Latest update from GACA regarding the return of health practitioners (medical services employees) and their spouse (family members and extend to their housemaid as well) effective 01 July 2020.


  • Practitioners Holding expired exit re-entry visa should contact K.S.A. embassies abroad for necessary registry and visa extension.
  • Registry is not visa extension; it is only registry on the website
  • Registration can be done and verified through the below website.
    https://es.mofa.gov.sa/moh/index
  • Expired exit re-entry visas no more acceptable as K.S.A already extended all expired exit re-entry visa online till 20 August 2020.
  • Seamen are not allowed except Aramco employees with prior approval from Ministry of Interior.
  • According to DMM Immigration health practitioners holding expired exit re-entry visa can come back directly and obtain the extension upon arrival by paying the extension fee of SAR 400.
  • All health practitioners and their spouse under their sponsorship holding valid exit re-entry visa to K.S.A. can be accepted on board inbound flight to both DMM and RUH.
  • Example of hospital employees that are not acceptable: hospital food attendant / hospital janitor.
  • Only health practitioners related to medical process (Doctor, Nurses, X-ray technician, pharmacist and medical assistant).
  • All passengers arriving in K.S.A. must accomplish a “disclaimer” form inflight / before landing in K.S.A.


Updated: July 13, 2020


With reference to the GACA Circular on facilitating the return of health practitioners stranded abroad to Saudi Arabia and Article 23 of the Civil Aviation Law issued by Royal Decree No. M/44 dated18/07/1426 AH.


Health practitioners abroad who wish to return to Saudi Arabia may do so, provided that they have a valid visa for re-entry, or permission from the Kingdom’s representative offices abroad. This includes the companions of the health practitioners as shown in the residence, including the homeworkers according to the applicable law.



Updated: June 30, 2020


Facilitating the return of health practitioners stranded abroad to Saudi Arabia


Health practitioners abroad who wish to return to Saudi Arabia may do so, provided that they have a valid visa for re-entry, or permission from the Kingdom’s representative offices abroad. This included the companions of the health practitioners as shown in the residence, including the homeworkers according to the applicable law.



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.


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: 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 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 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.


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: September 15, 2020


Reminder to passengers arriving or transiting at DXB or DWC


Effective immediately any passenger arriving or transiting at DXB or DWC without a negative COVID19 certificate or an expired certificate, will be treated as an inadmissible (INAD) passenger.


Passengers entering or transiting Dubai (DXB) must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result valid for 96 hours from time of test. The certificate must be issued by an approved lab listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae



Updated: September 08, 2020


Reposting: Updated Guidelines for Passengers arriving at Dubai (DXB)

If passenger is arriving from any of the countries below


Pakistan

Iran

Uzbekistan

Somaliland

Egypt

Brazil

Montenegro

Tajikistan

Sri Lanka

Sudan

South Africa

Armenia

India

Turkey

Lebanon

Turkmenistan

Tanzania

Philippine

Indonesia