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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions

Latest update: 04 Apr 2020 9:45 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 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.

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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
  • Passengers are allowed to transit in Australia if the connecting international flight is within 8 hours, and they remain airside within the airport sterile area. If the connecting international flight is within 8 to 72 hours, they may be required to go to mandatory quarantine at the designated facility until the time of the departing flight.

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, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey and UAE will not be allowed to land at in Bangladesh until 7 April 2020
  • Any passenger who lived in or visited EU region and Iran since 1 March 2020 will not be allowed to enter Bangladesh until 15 April 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 having valid visas will be required to produce a medical certificate (with English translation) to be obtained within 72 hours of travel, indicating that they are free from COVID-19 symptoms.

Quarantine measure

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

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

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

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 National with a valid Canadian work permit
  • Foreign National with a valid Canadian study permit
  • Foreign National holding an approval letter to obtain a work permit in Canada
  • Foreign National 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.)

Quarantine requirement

  • All passengers entering Canada are required to self-isolate for 14 days

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.
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 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 KongOpen a new window

 

India

 

All flights to India have been suspended until 14 April 2020 18:30 (IST).

 

Indonesia

Entry restrictions

  • An entry ban applies to all foreigners, with these exceptions:
    • Foreign Holders of Limited Stay Permits and Permanent Stay Permits
    • Foreign Diplomatic Visa and Service Visa Holders 
    • Foreigners who hold Diplomatic Stay Permits and Official Stay
    • Permits Medical and food aid and support workers 
    • Crews of conveyance both sea, air and land 
    • Foreigners working on National Strategic Projects
  • Exempted foreigners must fulfill additional requirements:
    • Hold a health certificate in English issued by the health authorities of each country (country the passenger is departing from and Indonesia)
    • Have spent the last “14 days in the territory / country that is free of COVID-19”
    • Government mandated quarantine may be required on arrival. Please consult the government ministries of Indonesia for the most updated requirements
  • Additionally, all foreigners who have visited one or more of the following destinations within the last 14 days are not permitted to enter Indonesia:
    • Mainland China
    • France
    • Germany
    • Iran
    • Italy
    • Korea
    • Spain
    • Switzerland
    • United Kingdom

Visa restriction

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • Brunei, China (including Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR* and Macao SAR), Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
  • Australia, New Zealand
  • Canada, United States of America
  • Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Dominica, Panama
  • Albania, Andorra, Armenia. Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Vatican
  • Bahrain, Israel, Iran, Turkey
  • Cote d’lvoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Mauritius, Morocco

*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.

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.

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 are  subject to quarantine at a government facilty, 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
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)
  • 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
  • All exempted passengers must undergo 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

Entry restrictions

All flights are suspended until 13 April 2020.

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

All visa types have been suspended for all nationals until 30 April 2020.

Exemptions: Diplomatic passport holders, United Nations officials resident

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)
  • 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 

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 are not allowed to transit through Thailand

Transit restriction exemptions

  • Passenger is holding an approval letter from the Prime Minister or Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign affairs
  • On a Diplomatic or Consular mission, or under International Organizations 
  • Representatives of the Government performing their duties or other persons or International Agencies that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs gives permission, and their families; in this case, certificate of entry to the Kingdom issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs in required

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

Entry restrictions

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)

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) 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 15 April 2020
  • 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