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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions

Latest update: 26 Mar 2020 22:30 HKT (GMT+8)

In light of the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, a number of governments have issued entry restrictions, visa suspensions and quarantine measures for travellers. The below table outlines these restrictions by country/region.

As these restrictions may change at short notice, this table should be used as a guideline only. Passengers should refer to the latest information published by the government of their destination country.

If you’re travelling to Hong Kong
View the latest Hong Kong travel restrictions to ensure you’re eligible to travel.

If you’re transiting through Hong Kong
Refer to the latest Hong Kong travel restrictions for transit passengers, along with the entry restrictions of your final destination. Please note: from 25 March 2020 (00:00 HKT), passengers will no longer be permitted to transit through Hong Kong International Airport.

If you’re travelling from Hong Kong
At the airport, our staff will perform document checks to confirm you’re eligible to travel. You’ll also be asked to declare your travel history over the past 14 days.

Change or cancel your booking without charge
We’re waiving rebooking, rerouting, no-show and cancellation fees for tickets booked before 23 March 2020 – so you can alter your plans easily. 

For all questions relating to COVID-19 and your travels, please visit our coronavirus (COVID-19) information centre.

Destination Travel restrictions
Australia

Entry restrictions

  • All foreign nationals are not permitted to enter or transit through Australia

Entry restriction exemptions

  • Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family including legal guardians, spouse, de facto partner, provisional partner via holders and dependent children of a passenger eligible for entry to Australia
  • Diplomats accredited to Australia that currently reside in Australia and their immediate family
  • Nationals of New Zealand who ordinarily reside in Australia (444 visa)
  • New Zealand citizens who do not reside in Australia are permitted to transit through Australia if their final destination is New Zealand
  • Citizens of the followings countries are permitted to transit through Australia to return home:
    • Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati Marshall Islands, Micronesia 
    • Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guine
    • Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
  • In effect until 24 March 2020 (11:59 AESDT), foreign nationals departing New Zealand to return home are permitted to transit through Australia provided:
    • They have not been in China, Iran, Korea or Italy in the past 14 day
    • That the transit occurs on the same day and the customer remains airside in the airport

Quarantine requirements

  • All passengers are required to undergo a compulsory 14-day self-quarantine immediately upon arrival
Bahrain

Entry restrictions

Foreign nationalss who have visited/transited through one or more of the following destinations within the last 14 days are not permitted to enter Bahrain:

  • Mainland China
  • Hong Kong SAR

Entry restriction exemptions

  • Bahrain nationals
  • Bahrain citizens/residents (including holders of a Bahrain identity card or resident permit visa)
  • GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) nationals, including nationals of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
Bangladesh

Entry restrictions

Passengers who have visited one or more of the following destinations since 1 March 2020, are not permitted to enter Bangladesh:

  • All European countries (except the United Kingdom)
  • Iran

Entry restriction exemptions

  • Nationals of the EU or Iran who have been living outside the EU or Iran since 29 February 2020 can travel if they have a valid visa
  • Diplomatic, official and laissez passer passport holders on diplomatic missions and their family members

Quarantine measure

  • All passengers are required to undergo a compulsory quarantine for up to maximum 14 days upon arrival

Visa restrictions

  • Visa on arrival services have been suspended for all nationals
  • All foreign nationals with a pre-arranged visa must have a medical certificate in English that confirms they tested negative for COVID-19, issued within 72 hours of travel
  • Passengers with a confirmed Bangladesh Board of Investment (BOI) must travel with a valid sticker/label visa
Cambodia

Entry restrictions

Foreign nationals travelling from the following countries/regions are not permitted to enter or transit through Cambodia:

  • France, Germany, Italy, Spain
  • Iran
  • United States

Quarantine measures

The following passengers will be subject to 14 days of compulsory quarantine upon arrival:

  • Nationals and residents of Cambodia
  • Diplomats and officials of foreign embassies and international organisations and their family members who are holding the Diplomatic Visa Type A and Official Visa Type B, who live or have been in or via France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain or the US in the past 14 days.
Canada

Entry restrictions

Only the following passengers are permitted to enter Canada:

  • Canadian citizens and permanent residents (and their immediate family members)
  • Immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Immediate family members are defined as: 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; the parent or step-parent of the person or of the person’s spouse or common-law partner; the guardian or tutor of the person
  • US citizens
  • A person travelling on a diplomatic passport
  • A person who is authorised, in writing, by a consular officer of the Government of Canada to enter Canada for the purpose of reuniting immediate family members
  • 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
  • A person who enters Canada at the invitation of the Minister of Health for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 response 
  • A person who arrives by means of an aircraft operated by the 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 protected person within the meaning of subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • 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 
  • 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: 
    • does not pose a risk of significant harm to public health, or
    • 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

Foreigner nationals are allowed to transit Canada to another country by air through international-to-international transit, even if this entails a change of terminals in the same airport, provided the following conditions are met:

  • The customer must not present any symptoms of COVID-19, as per the mandatory additional questions related to the health check
  • The customer must have a confirmed onward flight outside of Canada
  • The customer must not leave the airport
  • The customer must satisfy all other documentary requirements (e.g. ETA, transit visa etc.)

China (Mainland):

Guangzhou (CAN)
Changsha (CSX)
Chongqing (CKG)
Hangzhou (HGH)
Ningbo (NGB)
Nanjing (NKG)
Qingdao (TAO)
Wenzhou (WNZ)
Xi’an (XIY)

Quarantine measures

All passengers who meet one or more of the following criteria are permitted to travel, but may be subject to quarantine requirements for 14 days upon arrival:

  • Travelling on a People’s Republic of China passport or China ID card that lists Hubei Province as the place of issue.
  • Visited the Hubei Province in the past 14 days.

China (Mainland):

Chengdu (CTU)

Quarantine measures

All passengers who meet one or more of the following criteria are permitted to enter Chengdu, but may be subject to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival:

  • Travelling on a People’s Republic of China passport or China ID card that lists Hubei Province as the place of issue
  • Visited the Hubei Province in the past 14 days
All passengers who have been to one or more of the following destinations in the last 14 days will be required to undergo a compulsory 14-day quarantine at a government designated location immediately upon arrival:
  • Japan, South Korea
  • Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherland, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Iran
All passengers are required to undergo a compulsory quarantine upon arrival in Chengdu International Airport. Passengers will be permitted to enter Chengdu once their test result for COVID-19 is negative.

China (Mainland): Hainan Province

Sanya (SYX)
Haikou (HAK)

Entry restrictions

All passengers who meet one or more of the following criteria are not permitted to enter Hainan Island:

  • Travelling on a People’s Republic of China passport or China ID card that lists Hubei Province as the place of issue.
  • Visited the Hubei Province in the past 14 days.

China (Mainland):

Beijing (PEK)

Quarantine measures

  • All passengers (including Chinese residents) who arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine, either at home or at the designated area.
  • Foreign nationals travelling for business purposes, are not permitted to leave the assigned hotel before the coronavirus (COVID-19) clearance.
  • All passengers who are transiting through Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), are also required to conduct medical health checks at the transfer area.

China (Mainland):

Shanghai (PVG & SHA)

Quarantine measures

All passengers who reside in or have visited the following destinations in the last 14 days are required to undergo a compulsory 14-day quarantine immediately upon arrival at Shanghai Pudong (PVG) or Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) airport:

  • Australia
  • Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, ,Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
  • Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Korea (South Korea)
  • Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia
  • Canada, United States

All passengers travelling from the following countries/regions – by direct or transit flight – are required to undergo a compulsory 14-day quarantine immediately upon arrival:

  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea (South Korea)

If the permitted stay in Mainland China is less than 14 days, entry to Shanghai (PVG/SHA) will be refused.

China (Mainland):

Xiamen (XMN)

Transit restrictions

  • Passengers are no longer permitted to transit through Xiamen

Quarantine measures

  • All passengers arriving from an international flight will be required to undergo a compulsory 14-day quarantine at a designed location in Xiamen
  • The elderly, young children and pregnant woman will be required to undergo a compulsory 14-day self-imposed quarantine instead
  • If the permitted stay in Mainland China is less than 14 days, entry to Xiamen will be refused
European Union - Schengen area and Associated countries

Entry restrictions

A temporary travel restriction is in place until 15 April 2020 for travel from any country outside the EU to the following countries:

  • EU/Schengen: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden
  • Associated countries: Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland

Entry restriction exemptions

  • Citizens of all EU countries and the above associated countries (this includes citizens of the United Kingdom)
  • Family members of the EU and Associated State citizens
  • Long term residents, those with a legal right to reside or hold long term visas (D-visa) to any of the above countries
  • Any travelers having an essential function or need:
    • Passengers in transit (unless in transit to another EU or associated country where their entry would be banned)
    • Healthcare professions, healthcare researchers and elderly care professionals
    • Frontier workers
    • Transport personnel engaged in haulage of goods and other transport staff to the extent necessary
    • Diplomats and staff of international organisations
    • Military personnel
    • Humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their function
    • Travelling for imperative family reasons (eg. attending a funeral)
    • Those in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons
France

Entry restrictions

Only the following passengers are permitted to enter or transit through France:

  • French citizens
  • Legal residents of France
  • Citizens and residents of the EU
  • Citizens and residents of the Schengen zone
  • Citizens and residents of the United Kingdom
Hong Kong SAR, China

 

Please refer to the travel restrictions for passengers travelling to/transiting through Hong Kong

 

India

 

All flights to India have been suspended until 29 March 2020 05:30 (IST).

 

Indonesia

Entry restrictions

  • All foreign nationals are required to travel with a valid visa, KITAS or KITAP travel document in order to enter Indonesia
  • All passengers who have visited one or more of the following destinations within the last 14 days are not permitted to enter Indonesia:
    • Mainland China
    • Iran: Tehran, Qom or Gilan regions
    • Italy: Lombardi, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Marche and Piedmont regions
    • Republic of Korea (South Korea): Daegu city and Gyeongsangbuk-do province
All passengers who have visited one or more of the following destinations within the last 14 days are not permitted to enter or transit through Indonesia:
  • Iran
  • France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican

Entry restriction exemptions

  • Nationals or residents of Indonesia

Visa restriction exemptions

  • Visa exemption policy for a short-stay visit, visa-on-arrival and diplomatic/service visa-free facilities for all countries has been suspended.
Israel Passengers who meet the following criteria are not permitted to enter Israel:
  • Travelled from/transited through Mainland China in the past 14 days
  • Anyone who has visited China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Japan, Thailand, Singapore or South Korea in the past 14 days
The Israeli government has announced further restrictions:
  • Foreigners who have visited Italy, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Austria, Spain, France, Germany and Switzerland (in addition to China, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea and Japan) in the past 14 days, are not allowed to enter Israel

Exemptions

  • Israeli citizens or residents
  • Passengers transiting through Hong Kong, Macao, Japan, Thailand, Singapore or South Korea
Japan

Entry restrictions

Passengers who meet one or more of the following criteria are not permitted to enter Japan:

  • Travelling on a People’s Republic of China passport that lists Hubei or Zhejiang province as the place of issue
  • Have visited the following destinations in the past 14 days:
    • The Hubei or Zhejiang province
    • Republic of Korea: Gyeongsangbuk-do, Gyeongsang, Andong, Yeongcheon, Chilgok, Uiseong, Seongju, Gunwi
    • Iran: cities of Ghom, Tehran and Gilan

Foreign nationals who have visited one or more of the following destinations are not permitted to enter Japan:

  • Italy: Regione Valle D’aosta, Regione Trentino Alto Aidge, Regione Friuli Venezia Giula, Regione Liguria
  • Spain: Navarra Country, Bask Country, Madrid Country, La Rioja Country
  • Switzerland: Canton Ticino, Half-canton of Basel-Stadt

Quarantine requirements

Passengers arriving from one or more of the following destinations are required to undergo a compulsory 14-day quarantine at a government designated location immediately upon arrival and are not permitted to use public transportation in Japan:

  • People’s Republic of China (including Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR)
  • Republic of Korea
  • United States

Passengers transiting from Hong Kong to Japan will also be required to undergo a compulsory quarantine.

Visa restrictions

  • Visa issuance services for Chinese nationals have been suspended until further notice
  • The visa waiver program for Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR and Korean passport holders have been suspended until further notice
Korea

Entry restrictions

Passengers who meet one or more of the following criteria are not permitted to enter South Korea:

  • Travelling on a People’s Republic of China passport that lists Hubei province as the place of issue
  • Travelling on any type of visa issued by the Korean Consulate in Wuhan
  • Have visited the Hubei province in the past 14 days

Entry restriction exemptions

  • South Korean citizens, permanent residents, spouses and direct family members are permitted to enter

Additional entry requirements

All passengers travelling from Hong Kong or Macao must travel with a functioning mobile phone and contactable phone number (hotel number not accepted). On arrival, local quarantine or immigration officials will verify the passenger’s contact number. If the verification process is unsuccessful, the passenger will be denied entry into Korea.

Quarantine measures

  • All passengers are required to undergo a self-diagnosis quarantine process immediately upon entry
  • All passengers (including Korean nationals) arriving or transiting from European countries are required to undergo 14 days of self-quarantine at their place of residence.
  • Foreigners without a domestic residence will receive enhanced active monitoring (checked by daily telephone calls) during their stay in Korea.

Visa restrictions

  • Visa waiver programme for Indonesian passport holders and passengers travelling to Jeju (CJU) on a People’s Republic of China passport has been suspended
Macao SAR

Entry restrictions

Only the following passengers are permitted to enter Macao:

  • Macao SAR passport holders
  • Macao SAR identity card holders
  • Nationals of the People’s Republic of China with a Macao SAR travel permit
  • Passengers with a visit permit for residents of Macao SAR
  • Passengers holding a valid travel document/visa with a validity period of more than 14 days
  • Residents of Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan
Malaysia

Entry restrictions

Passengers who meet the following criteria are not permitted to enter or transit through Malaysia:

  • All foreigners
  • All expatriate pass, student pass, dependent pass, temporary work pass, and MM2H pass holders (if the pass expires while in the respective countries, the holder will only be allowed to enter after the restriction order has been lifted)
  • Malaysian citizens and permanent residents holding a work permit from another country are permitted to enter after 31 March 2020

Entry restriction exemptions

  • Nationals of Malaysia, permanent residents, foreign diplomats, foreign diplomat families that hold a dependent pass, and the spouse and children of a person holding a long term visa pass are permitted to enter Malaysia – however, they must undergo health screening and 14 days of self-quarantine upon arrival

Visa restrictions

The Malaysian Government has suspended new visa applications (i.e. eNTRI, visa on arrival, e-visa and manual visa) for Chinese nationals and other nationalities who have visited Hubei, Zhejiang and/or Jiangsu provinces of China in the past 14 days.

Exit restrictions

Passengers who meet the following criteria are not permitted to exit Malaysia:

  • Malaysian citizens
  • Permanent residents

Exit restriction exemptions

  • Malaysian diplomats serving abroad
  • All visitors and foreign nationals
Maldives

Passengers who meet the following criteria are not permitted to enter or transit through the Maldives:

  • Visited Mainland China, Italy, Iran, South Korean regions of North Gyeongsang Province and South Gyeongsang Province in the past 14 days

Exemptions

Maldivian nationals are permitted to enter.
Myanmar

Entry restrictions

Passengers who have visited one or more of the following destinations are not permitted to enter Myanmar:

  • Mainland China: Hubei-province
  • South Korea: Daegu, Gyeongsanbuk-do

All foreign nationals, all diplomats accredited to Myanmar, and United Nations officials are required to present laboratory evidence of absence of COVID-19 infection issued no more than 72 hours prior to the date of travel.

All passengers (including Myanmar nationals) who have visited one or more of the following countries are required to present a valid medical certificate (issued by a medical facility recognised by the health authorises of the respective country) that states they show no symptoms of acute respiratory illness (fever, cough or shortness of breath):

  • Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
  • Iran
  • USA

If the permitted stay is less than 14 days, entry to Myanmar will be refused.

Additional entry requirements

All passengers travelling from South Korea (including Myanmar nationals) are required to provide a health certificate issued by a designated hospital or clinic in South Korea, certifying that they tested negative for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) upon check-in.

Quarantine measures

All Myanmar and foreign nationals will be subjected to 14-days quarantine at a government nominated facility on arrival.

All diplomats accredited to Myanmar and United Nations officials working in Myanmar will be subjected to home quarantine for 14 days on arrival. 

Visa restrictions

Visa on arrival services and e-visas have been suspended for all nationals until 30 April 2020.
New Zealand

Entry restrictions

  • All foreign nationals are not permitted to enter New Zealand

Entry restriction exemptions

  • New Zealand citizens and resident class visa holders
  • Residents of Realm countries (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 residing in New Zealand
  • People subject to regulation 25 of the Immigration (visa, entry permission, related matters) regulations 2010
  • Diplomats accredited to New Zealand and currently residing in New Zealand
  • Transit passengers, provided that their next destination allows entry
  • Australian citizens (who do not reside in New Zealand) are permitted to transit through New Zealand if Australia is their final destination

Quarantine requirements

  • All passengers are required to undergo a compulsory 14-day self-imposed quarantine immediately upon arrival
Nepal

 

All flights to Nepal have been suspended until 31 March 2020.

 

The Philippines

Entry restrictions

All passengers who meet the following criteria are not permitted to enter the Philippines:

  • Travelling from China (including Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR)
  • Visited China (including Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR) in the past 14 days

Please note that flights to Cebu are no longer permitted to carry passengers. Flights from Cebu to Hong Kong are unaffected.

Entry restriction exemptions

  • Philippine citizens and their foreign spouse/children (including permanent residents, holders of a Recognition certificate and RA9225 Identification certificate) are permitted to enter – however must undergo a 14-day home quarantine on arrival
  • Passengers travelling on a diplomatic passport may travel – however will be subject to a 14-day quarantine on arrival

Exit restrictions

Non-Philippine citizens may continue to travel from the Philippines as normal.

Under a temporary travel restriction, with some limited exemptions, Philippine citizens are not permitted to travel to or transit through Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR or Macao SAR.

Exit restriction exemptions

The following passengers are permitted to travel from the Philippines:

  • Filipinos leaving to study abroad are permitted to travel to Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR
  • Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), whether returning or newly-hired, may travel to Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR upon a declaration signifying their knowledge and understanding of the risks involved. Our airport teams will provide more information on this requirement at check-in
Singapore

Entry restrictions

From 23 March 23:59 local time, only the following passengers are permitted to enter Singapore:

  • Singapore citizens (SC)
  • Permanent residents (PR)
  • Long term pass holders (including work pass, student’s pass, dependent’s pass and long term visit pass)

Additional entry requirements

  • All passengers arriving in Singapore must submit a health declaration prior to their arrival. This must be completed electronically via the Singapore Arrival Card e-service. This service is available up to three days prior to arrival. A free mobile app can be also be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play
  • Work pass holders and their dependents are required to obtain an approval letter from the Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) prior to travel. The MOM will only allow the entry/return of work pass holders and their dependents if they are seen to be providing essential services (i.e. health care and transport, not including air transport)
  • From 23 March 23:59 local time, all short-term visitors (from anywhere in the world) will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore.

Quarantine requirements

  • All Singapore citizens, residents, long term pass holders and short terms pass holders entering Singapore will be issued with a 14-day Stay Home Notice (SHN). Passengers are required to provide proof of the place where they will serve the 14-day SHN. (E.g. a hotel booking covering the entire period or a place of residence they or their family members own)
  • Any of the above passengers with a recent travel history to the Hubei Province in Mainland China will be subject to quarantine immediately upon arrival

Visa restrictions

  • Suspension of the issuance of all visas (including short-term and multiple-visit visas) and previously issued visas for People’s Republic of China passport holders and Iranian passport holders.
South Africa

Entry restrictions

The South African government has announced to enforce a nation-wide lockdown for 21 days with effect from midnight on 26 March 2020 (local time). 

Non-South Africans who have visited the following high-risk countries are not permitted to enter South Africa:

  • People’s Republic of China, South Korea
  • Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
  • Iran
  • United States

Entry restriction exemptions

  • Nationals, residents and refugees of South Africa

Quarantine measures

  • Citizens, permanent residents and refugees of South Africa will be subject to extensive screening immediately upon arrival
  • All passengers are required to complete a health questionnaire and present it to Port Health upon arrival
  • South African citizens and residents arriving from high-risk countries (Mainland China (excluding Hong Kong), Germany, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Spain, USA or United Kingdom), are required to undergo 14 days quarantine after entering South Africa

Visa restrictions

Visa exemptions for nationals of the following countries have been withdrawn:

  • Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea
  • France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom
  • United States

Nationals of Hong Kong, Portugal and Singapore may only travel to South Africa if they possess:

  • A visa issued by the Government of South Africa dated after 15 March 2020
  • A medical certificate stating that they are not carrying COVID-19

Visas issued to nationals of the following countries have been cancelled:

  • People’s Republic of China
  • Iran
Sri Lanka

Entry restrictions

All passenger arrivals to Sri Lanka will be suspended until 25 March 2020 (23:59LT). Passengers transiting through Sri Lanka without leaving the airport are exempted.

Passengers who have visited one or more of the following destinations within the last 14 days are not permitted to enter Sri Lanka:

  • South Korea
  • Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Austria
  • Iran
From 13 March to 27 March 2020, nationals of the following countries are not permitted to enter Sri Lanka:
  • Belgium
  • Norway
  • United Kingdom

Entry restriction exemptions

  • Nationals of Sri Lanka, Diplomatic passport holders, Officials passport holders and Service passport holders, are allowed to enter Sri Lanka but will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine

Visa restrictions

Visa on arrival has been suspended for all foreign nationals.

From 13 March to 27 March 2020, all types of visas have been suspended for nationals of the following countries:

  • Belgium
  • Norway
  • United Kingdom
Switzerland

Entry restrictions

All foreign nationals arriving from one or more of the following destinations are not permitted to enter Switzerland:

  • All countries outside the EU Schengen and European Free Trade Association areas
  • From within the EU: Austria, France, German, Italy and Spain

Entry restriction exemptions

  • Citizens and residents of Switzerland
  • Hold an assurance of a residence permit (Permits B,C and Visa Type D)
  • Hold a cross-border commuter permit
  • Visa issued by Switzerland for the purpose of business meetings as specialists in the field of health or official visit of great importance
  • Transit passengers who are travelling by land to the country of their residence
  • Directly transiting through to another country
  • Entitled to freedom of movement and have a professional reason for entering Switzerland with a confirmation of registration (including a valid work visa for Switzerland)
  • Are of great importance as a specialist in the health sector
Taiwan, China

Entry restrictions

  • Foreign nationals are not permitted to enter Taiwan.
  • From 24 March (00:00 CST) to 7 April 2020, no passengers are permitted to transit through Taiwan.

Entry restriction exemptions

Passengers who meet one or more of the following criteria are permitted to enter Taiwan but will be required to undergo a compulsory 14-day self-imposed quarantine immediately upon arrival:

  • Residents of Taiwan
  • Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) holders
  • Diplomatic passport holders or on official business fulfilling commercial and contractual obligations
  • Foreign nationals with special permission to enter

Quarantine measures

  • All eligible passengers entering Taiwan must undergo 14 days of home quarantine

Visa restrictions

  • Visa on arrival services and online applications have been suspended for Hong Kong SAR passport holders and Macao SAR passport holders.
Thailand

Entry requirements

Foreign nationals are not permitted to enter Thailand.

Entry restriction exemptions

The following passengers are exempt from entry restrictions, and are required to provide a ‘fit to fly’ medical certificate:

  • Nationals of Thailand
  • Foreign nationals holding a Thai work permit
  • Foreign nationals who have obtained a waiver from the Prime Minister or PIC of State of Emergency
  • Diplomats and their family members (who have already obtained documents from MFA)

Additional entry requirements

Thai nationals returning home to Thailand:

  • Must hold a health certificate confirming that the passenger is fit to fly
  • Must have a letter issued by the Royal Thai Embassy, Thai Consular Office or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs certifying that the passengers are Thai nationals returning to Thailand
  • In addition to the above, passengers should be aware that on arrival, they may still be subjected to isolation, quarantine, medical observation or any other measure at the discretion and as deemed necessary by government and health officials

Passengers arriving from People's Republic of China (including Hong Kong SAR & Macao SAR), South Korea, Italy and Iran are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a valid health certificate, along with a negative COVID-19 laboratory result issued within 48 hours of flight departure (applicable to all nationalities) at check-in. Lab test and examination date must be clearly stated on the health certificate
  • Health insurance document that provides at least USD100,000 coverage in Thailand (not applicable to Thai nationals)
  • Undergo a compulsory 14-day self-quarantine or quarantine for the duration of their stay if it is less than 14 days immediately upon arrival

Please note the documentation requirements (health certificates, laboratory tests and/or proof of medical insurance) are mandatory for both passengers in transit as well as those who are entering Thailand.

Transit restrictions

Passengers who hold a ‘fit to fly’ medical certificate are permitted to transit through Thailand, but for no longer than 24 hours.

Visa restrictions

Visa on arrival services have been suspended for nationals of the following countries:

  • People’s Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR)
  • Bhutan, India
  • Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan
  • Cyprus, Saudi Arabia
  • Bulgaria, Georgia, Malta, Romania, Russia
  • Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu
  • Ethiopia
  • Mexico

Visa exemptions have been suspended for nationals of the following countries:

  • Italy

Please visit Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health website for more information. 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

All flights to the UAE are now suspended until further notice.

Entry restrictions

Only the following passengers are permitted to enter the United Arab Emirates (UAE):

  • UAE citizens
  • First degree relatives of UAE nationals holding a valid UAE residence visa
  • Domestic workers accompanying their UAE national sponsors

The entry of all valid visa-holding residents returning to the UAE has been suspended. Those who are currently outside the UAE are advised to contact the UAE diplomatic mission in their respective host countries for all necessary support to facilitate their return.

Additional entry requirements

  • All passengers arriving from Mainland China must have departed from Beijing (PEK)

Exit restrictions

  • UAE nationals and UAE passport holders are not permitted to leave the UAE

Quarantine measures

Passengers who meet one or more of the following criteria are required to undergo a compulsory 14-day quarantine immediately upon arrival:

  • UAE citizens and residents

All passengers must undertake a medical screening and a COVID-19 test upon arrival in the UAE.

Visa restrictions

  • Entry visas have been suspended for all foreign nationals
  • The entry of all valid visa-holding residents returning to the UAE has been suspended. Those who are currently outside the UAE are advised to contact the UAE diplomatic mission in their respective host countries for all necessary support to facilitate their return
  • Passengers are strongly advised to check the validity of their visa online prior to arriving at the airport

Visa restriction exemptions

  • Diplomatic passport holders
  • Passengers with visas issued prior to 17 March 2020
  • Passport holders of:
    • Australia, New Zealand
    • Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Demark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy (Rome), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Vatican, United Kingdom
    • People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea
    • United States, Canada
United States Passengers who meet the following criteria are not permitted to enter the United States:
  • Non-US citizens or residents who have visited or transited through the following countries/regions in the past 14 days:
    • Mainland China
    • Iran
    • Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland
    • France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia
    • Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands
    • Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • United Kingdom, Ireland (effective from 17 March 2020, 03:59GMT / 16 March 2020, 11:59EST)

Exemptions

  • US citizens / lawful permanent residents including their spouse, parents, legal guardian, siblings (unmarried and under the age of 21 years), child, foster child or ward
  • Foreign government officials or an immediate family member of an official (visa: A-1, A-2, C-2, C-3) who originated in, transferred from, or transited through the aforementioned countries/regions in the past 14 days
  • U.S. Armed Forces and their spouses and children (if have been to the aforementioned countries/regions)
Passengers who are exempted will only be permitted to arrive into one of the following 13 airports:
  • Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
  • New York (JFK), New York (EWR), Washington Dulles (IAD)
  • Seattle (SEA), Atlanta (ATL), Honolulu (HNL)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Detroit (DTW), Boston (BOS), Miami (MIA)
All U.S. citizens are subject to a quarantine assessment on arrival.
Vietnam

Entry restrictions

  • Foreign nationals are not permitted to enter Vietnam
  • All flights to Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi are not allowed to carry passengers. Flights from Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi are unaffected.

Entry restriction exemptions

  • Passengers travelling on diplomatic passports

Additional entry requirements

  • All Vietnamese passport holders must contact their local Vietnam embassy for approval before returning to Vietnam. (Not applicable to passengers transiting through airports in Vietnam)

Quarantine measures
The following passengers are required to undergo 14 days of facility quarantine immediately upon arrival:

  • Passengers who have visited or transited through Iran
  • Vietnamese nationals who have been to the United Kingdom or one of the 26 Schengen countries in the last 14 days
  • Foreign nationals who have been to the United Kingdom, one of the 26 Schengen countries or ASEAN countries in the last 14 days
  • All ASEAN passport holders

Foreign nationals that hold a visa exemption booklet and are not required to undergo the compulsory quarantine, or are entering Vietnam under the visa waiver programme, are required to show a health certificate indicating a negative test result for COVID-19.

Visa restrictions

The visa waiver programme has been suspended for the following nationals:

  • South Korea
  • Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Visa on arrival services have been suspended for all foreign nationals even if they are holding a visa on arrival approval letter

Visa exemption has been suspended for Vietnamese or family members of Vietnamese holding foreign passports