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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions

Latest update: 23 May 2020 14:00 HKT (GMT+8)

Important health notices

To protect the health and safety of our passengers and crew, we’re unable to accept anyone presenting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 for travel. We therefore ask that you to postpone travel if:

  • you are feeling unwell with respiratory symptoms, such as a fever, cough, sore throat or muscle aches;
  • you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to travel; or
  • you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Please note: customers that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to provide a medical certificate confirming they have recovered and are no longer contagious in order to travel.

If you need to postpone travel, we’ve introduced a number of free ticket change options that allow you to alter your plans easily. Please visit our COVID-19 information centre to learn more.

Face coverings requirement

Effective 15 May 2020, all passengers are required to wear face coverings in situations where physical distancing (minimum 2 metres) cannot be maintained. This includes during airport check-in, in the lounges, during boarding, in the aircraft cabin and during disembarkation, as well as in high-traffic areas such as security lines and baggage collection areas. Passengers who are unable to tolerate a face covering, including young children, are exempt from this requirement. We kindly ask that passengers bring their own face coverings.

Government travel restrictions

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 restrictionsOpen a new window to ensure you’re eligible to travel.

If you’re transiting through Hong Kong
Refer to the latest Hong Kong travel restrictionsOpen a new window 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.

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
  • Foreign nationals transiting an Australian airport with a confirmed onward flight (provided they do not leave the airport during transit)

Quarantine requirements

  • All passengers (including Australian citizens and residents) arriving in Australia will be subject to a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days at their first Australian destination. Passengers will be provided with accommodation to stay in 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.

Exemptions

  • New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (including their immediate family) or a citizen of a South Pacific Island travelling home through (ie – transiting) Australia, is not subject to these mandatory quarantine requirements
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

  • All flights from Bahrain, Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, UAE and UK have been suspended until 30 May 2020.

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
  • Foreign nationals holding a valid visa will be required to produce a medical certificate (with English translation) – obtained within 72 hours of travel – indicating that they are free from COVID-19 symptoms

Quarantine measures

  • All passengers are required to undergo a compulsory quarantine for up to 14 days upon arrival
  • Nationals of Bangladesh who do not submit a medical certificate stating that they do not show symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to undergo 14 days of quarantine in Dhaka
  • Nationals of Bangladesh who submit a medical certificate stating that they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to undergo 14 days of home quarantine

Visa restrictions

  • Visa on arrival services have been suspended for all nationals
  • 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

Further, all foreign nationals must provide:

  • A medical certificate, issued by a competent health authority of resident country no more than 72 hours prior to the date of travel, certifying they have not tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Proof of an insurance policy that shows minimum medical coverage during their intended stay in Cambodia in the amount not less than USD$50,000.

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

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

All passengers must be in possession of a face mask, before boarding any flight to Canada.  This will be enforced at the boarding gate prior to departure. For details, please visit the official website of the Government of Canada , Link opens in a new window operated by external parties and may not conform to the same accessibility policies as Cathay Pacific

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
  • Foreign nationals with a valid Canadian work permit
  • Foreign nationals with a valid Canadian study permit
  • Foreign nationals holding an approval letter to obtain a work permit in Canada
  • Foreign nationals approved to study (Approval letter dated before 18 March 2020)
  • Accredited diplomats and their immediate family members

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.)

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 , Link opens in a new window operated by external parties and may not conform to the same accessibility policies as Cathay Pacific or Google Play , Link opens in a new window operated by external parties and may not conform to the same accessibility policies as Cathay Pacific

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
China (Mainland)

Entry restrictions

  • Foreign nationals with visas issued before 28 March 2020 are not permitted to enter China.
  • Foreign nationals with residence permits or APEC Business Travel Cards are not permitted to enter China.

Entry restriction exemption

  • Foreigners holding diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas
  • Foreign nationals coming to China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities; foreign nationals arriving for emergency humanitarian needs may apply for visas at Chinese embassies / consulates        
  • Foreign nationals with visas issued on or after 28 March 2020

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

  • Passengers travelling on China ID cards or PRC passports that show Hubei province as the place of issue, or passengers have visited Hubei province in the past 14 days will be denied entry

Transit restrictions

  • Passengers are no longer permitted to transit through Beijing Capital International Airport and Xiamen Airport.

Visa restrictions

All visa free transit services have been suspended. This includes the: 

  • 24/72/144-hour visa free transit policy
  • Hainan 30-day visa-free policy 
  • 15-day visa-free policy for foreign cruise-group-tours through Shanghai Port
  • Guangdong 144-hour visa-free policy for foreign tour groups from Hong Kong or Macao SAR
  • Guangxi 15-day visa-free policy for foreign tour groups from ASEAN countries

Additionally, the visa exemption policy is suspended to nationals of Japan, Singapore and Brunei

Quarantine measures

  • All passengers, regardless of nationality, will be subject to the latest quarantine policies
European Union - Schengen area and Associated countries

Entry restrictions

A temporary travel restriction is in place 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 travellers 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 Open a new window

 

India

 

All flights to India have been suspended until 18 May 2020.

 

Indonesia

Entry restrictions

An entry ban applies to all foreign nationals, with these exceptions:

  • Foreign holders of Limited Stay Permits and Permanent Stay Permits
  • Foreign Diplomatic Visa and Service Visa holders 
  • Foreign nationals who hold Diplomatic Stay Permits and Official Stay
  • Permit Medical and food aid and support workers 
  • Crews of conveyance (sea, air and land) 
  • Foreign nationals working on ‘National Strategic Projects’


Exempted foreign nationals must fulfil additional requirements:

  • Hold a health certificate in English issued by the health authorities of their respective country. It must be valid within 7 days and state that the passenger is free from respiratory disease and fit to travel. It must also contain the PCR test result.
  • Have not visited any of the following countries in the past 14 days:
    • Mainland China, South Korea
    • France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican City (Holy See)
    • Iran
  • Agree to self-quarantine for 14 days and fill in statement of compliance upon arrival.

Quarantine measures

  • All eligible foreign nationals will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entry
  • Nationals of Indonesia who do not hold a health certificate and PCR test result will be quarantined at the government quarantine house upon entry
  • Nationals of Indonesia who hold a health certificate and PCR test will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entry

Visa restrictions

  • Visa exemption policy for a short-stay visit, visa-on-arrival and diplomatic/service visa-free facilities for all countries has been suspended.
Israel Entry restrictions

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
  • 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
  • Passengers holding an entry approval from the Population and Immigration Authority of Israel

Quarantine measures

  • All passengers from international arrivals will be quarantined at a government designated facility for 14 days
Japan

Entry restrictions

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

  • Nationals of China (People's Republic of China) with a passport issued in Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province

Foreign nationals who have visited one or more of the following destinations in the past 14 days are not permitted to enter Japan:

Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China (including Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR*, Macao SAR and Taiwan), Colombia, Cote d’lvoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Greece, Guinea Bissau, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vatican, Vietnam

*Subject to Hong Kong government’s prevailing restrictions for transiting through Hong Kong, foreign nationals may transit Hong Kong to Japan if they have not been to any of the above countries – and will be required to take a COVID-19 test and undergo 14 days of quarantine in a hotel.

Quarantine requirements

All passengers will be subject to 14 days of quarantine at a location designated by the quarantine station chief, and are not permitted to use public transportation.


Visa restrictions

Single and multiple-entry visas issued before 8 March 2020 by Japanese Embassies to China nationals (including Hong Kong and Macao SAR) have been suspended. For the full list of visa suspensions and the affected countries/regions, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan , Link opens in a new window operated by external parties and may not conform to the same accessibility policies as Cathay Pacific .

Visa exemption measures have been suspended for a number of countries/regions, including Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR. For the full list, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. , Link opens in a new window operated by external parties and may not conform to the same accessibility policies as Cathay Pacific

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
  • Nationals of Japan who do not hold a Korean visa issued on or after 9 March 2020

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 arriving in South Korea are required to undergo quarantine for 14 days upon entry.
  • Foreigners with short-term visas or without a domestic residence are subject to quarantine at a government facility, at the expense of KRW1,400,000.
  • All passengers should install the “Self-Diagnosis Mobile app” upon entering 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
  • Visas issued on or before 5 April 2020 are no longer valid
  • Visa exemptions for normal passports are temporarily suspended, except for passengers travelling with an APEC Business Travel Card
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 foreign nationals until 9 June 2020
  • All expatriate pass, student pass, dependent pass, and temporary work pass (if the pass expires while in the respective countries, the holder will only be allowed to enter after the restriction order has been lifted)
  • Passengers are not allowed to transit from an international flight to a domestic flight in Malaysia

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.
  • Passengers who hold a Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) Pass are permitted to enter Malaysia provided they meet the following conditions:
    • A letter of approval from the Immigration Department of Malaysia has to be obtained prior to departure, and a copy of the letter must be showed during check-in.
    • Authorisation of entry is subject to inspection and compliance with the conditions of entry set by the Immigration Department of Malaysia.
    • Perform a swab test in their country of origin in the 14 days prior to arrival to Malaysia (showing a negative result for COVID-19).
    • Submit a self-declaration letter to bear all cost of quarantine at the designated quarantine centers in Malaysia.

Quarantine measures

All exempted passengers must undergo a 14-day quarantine at a National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) monitored quarantine facility 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

 

All flights to Myanmar have been suspended until 31 May 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 quarantine immediately upon arrival
  • Passengers with any COVID-19 symptoms on arrival, 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.
  • Passengers without any COVID-19 symptoms will be transported to a managed isolation facility where they must stay for at least 14 days.
Nepal

 

All flights to Nepal have been suspended until 14 June 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)
  • Long term pass holders including those granted an In-Principle Approval (IPA) who are entering or returning to Singapore and are able to show the approval letter of entry
  • Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP) holders issued by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) with ICA approval letter. 
  • All Student Pass holders (STP) issued by Ministry of Education (MOE) with MOE approval letter.
  • Work Pass holders (including Employment Pass, Entre Pass, Personalised Employment Pass, S Pass, Work Permit, Training Employment Pass, Work Holiday Pass, Dependant’s Pass, Long Term Visit Pass.) issued by Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) with MOM approval letter
  • Short-term visitors who hold a “Waiver Of Restriction On Short-Term Visitors From Entry Into Singapore Based On Medical Grounds” issued by the Singapore Ministry of Health. All other short-term visitors will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore.

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)

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)
  • All Singapore citizens, permanent residents and long term pass holders returning from ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam), France, India, Switzerland, UK or US will be required to undergo their 14-day SHN at a dedicated SHN facility

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

All passenger flights to South Africa have been suspended until further notice.

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 further notice. 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
Nationals of the following countries are not permitted to enter Sri Lanka until further notice:
  • 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 are not permitted to enter Switzerland. 

Entry restriction exemptions

  • Citizens and residents of Switzerland
  • Nationals of Liechtenstein
  • 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.
  • No passengers are permitted to transit through Taiwan until further notice.

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

Additional entry requirements

A health declaration form must be completed and submitted to Taiwan quarantine officers on arrival. Passengers can submit their details by filling out the online form Open a new window prior to departure.

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

All flights to Thailand have been suspended until 31 May 2020.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

All flights to the UAE have been suspended until further notice.

United Kingdom All passengers must read and adhere to the latest public health guidance before travelling. Please refer to the official government website, Link opens in a new window operated by external parties and may not conform to the same accessibility policies as Cathay Pacific for details. 
United States

Entry restrictions

Non-US citizens and residents who have visited/transited through one or more of the following countries/regions in the past 14 days are not permitted to enter:

  • 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

Entry restriction 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, E-1, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO-1, NATO-2, NATO-3, NATO-4, or NATO-6) 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 suspended until further notice
  • 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