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Air Travel During COVID-19 Outbreak

This page is updated continuously. With the live updates, we aim to give you a quick insight into the current state of domestic and international travel in the Asia Pacific. Hopefully, this will help you to make the right decisions regarding your leisure travel or business trips during the coronavirus pandemic.We strongly advise ensuring your eligibility to travel (international and domestic) before booking a flight.

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  • Travel restrictions in June, July and August 2020
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2 June 2020

Coronavirus travel restrictions by country

Asia Pacific countries have taken drastic measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on their homefront. Most governments have placed bans on incoming travelers, and almost all have restrictions of some kind.

At the moment we are in a phase of caution, slow process of reopening travel, with every country introducing its own regulations.

  • International travel is still on hold, with a handful of exceptions. Even the eligible travelers must expect a 14 days quarantine to ensure they are free of the virus.
  • Domestic travel is first to come back to life, and you can fly between selected destinations in countries like Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Precisely defined regulations apply, so always check the official websites for the latest government’s announcements.
  • In Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan authorities are experimenting with “country-to-country travel bubbles” to jumpstart aviation, tourism, and business travel. Safe air travel corridors are being established between carefully selected airports, where the quarantine-free travel is allowed (with temperature and symptom-checks still in place). We should expect a gradual addition of new “low-risk” countries to these travel bubbles, with the coronavirus-free situation being the main condition for inclusion.
  • Visitors from “moderate-risk” or “high-risk” countries – those with large numbers of new cases like India or Indonesia – will most likely be subject to quarantines and stricter entry restrictions (or even travel bans) for a prolonged time.

It’s worth observing how air travel will be adapting to the “new normal”. It will define how we travel for the next months or longer.

 

We are updating the data as it becomes released by governments, airlines, and airports.
For general information and health advice latest updates on the pandemic status visit the WHO website.
For the latest news, coronavirus maps and statistics visit Google COVID-19 Statistic.

Coronavirus Travel Restrictions by Country
CountryCOVID-19 Travel Restrictions
AustraliaAustralia’s borders are closed. Only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.

Australian citizens are restricted from traveling overseas (a few exceptions apply).

There is a plan to reopen borders with New Zealand in June. This "COVID-safe travel zone" may expand to coronavirus-free South Pacific nations in July. Travel to other countries (as long as they are considered "safe") will be allowed starting September 10.

Transiting Australia is allowed for foreign nationals, as long as the connecting flight will depart from the same airport.

Passengers arriving from any country may undergo health screening on arrival.

Mandatory 14-days quarantine after arrival in a designated facility (free of charge).

official website
CambodiaAll travelers entering Cambodia must present a COVID-19 medical certificate, indicating a negative status, issued no more than 72 hours prior to the travel. Proof of medical insurance coverage of at least $50,000 is also required.

Visa-free entry is suspended. Foreign visitors are required to obtain a visa in advance.

Mandatory 14 days of quarantine for all travelers entering Cambodia. Upon arrival, travelers must undergo a COVID-19 test and wait to receive laboratory results. If one or more travelers test positive for COVID-19, all accompanying passengers will be subject to quarantine at a location designated by Cambodian authorities. In case of negative COVID-19 test results for all passengers, they are allowed to self-quarantine at their own home or hotel (under control of local authority).
ChinaChina’s borders are closed to almost all foreigners.

Only owners of diplomatic visa, service visa, courtesy visa, C visa, and new visa successfully applied for from Chinese embassies or consulates overseas, are allowed to enter.

Limit of about 20 international flights that are allowed to land in China each day.

Transit through Beijing Capital International Airport and Xiamen Airport is not permitted.

All passengers, regardless of nationality, will be subject to the latest quarantine policies.

Essential travel for business and official purposes are allowed between China and Singapore starting June. "Travel bubble" routes include Singapore and Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang.

Domestic flights have resumed its operations.
Hong KongForeign nationals are not allowed to enter Hong Kong (with some exceptions).
Transit services at the airport are partly resuming starting June 2020.

Passengers who are eligible to enter Hong Kong will be required to undergo 14 days of compulsory quarantine.

official website    travel updates for Hong Kong airport
IndiaAll domestic flights are suspended.

Denied entry (including transit) for passengers coming from Afghanistan, Malaysia and the Philippines.

14-days quarantine for passengers arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain, Germany.

All nationals traveling from/visited Italy or South Korea are required to obtain a certificate proving negative result for the COVID-19 test.

Visas for foreigners already in India remain valid.
IndonesiaDenied entry for all foreign nationals (with some exceptions).

Negative PCR COVID-19 test result required for all foreign arrivals. The test must have been conducted within 7 days prior to travel.

All eligible foreign nationals will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entry

International flights are on hold.

Domestic flights are gradually resuming from June 2020.

Extensive restrictions on domestic travel within Indonesia on all forms of land and sea transport.

Face mask required at all times.

Foreigners already in Indonesia automatically receive Emergency Stay Permit valid until the Covid-19 pandemic is over.
JapanDenied entry for foreign nationals who have visited recently Albania, Armenia, Israel, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Ecuador, Egypt, Australia, Canada, Republic of Korea, North Macedonia, Cyprus, Greece, Croatia, Kosovo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Singapore, Slovakia, Serbia, Thailand, Taiwan, Czech, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Chile, Dominica, Turkey, New Zealand, Panama, Hungary, Bahrain, Philippines, Finland, Brazil, Bulgaria, Brunei, United States, Vietnam, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bolivia, Poland, Malaysia, Moldova, Morocco, Montenegro, Mauritius, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania.

Plans to ease entry limits for Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and Vietnam in summer. Visitors wil be required to present documentation showing they had tested negative for the virus.

14-days quarantine in a facility after arrival.

official website
LaosVisa On Arrival / e-Visa for all nationals are suspended.

Entry denied for ASEAN countries: Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore.
MalaysiaTo travel interstate you must apply for a travel permit via Gerak Malaysia app or obtain written approval from the police.

Sarawak and Sabah are closed for non-residents or need permission to enter.

Health screening after arrival and before boarding. 14-days quarantine in a facility (hospital if symptomatic).

You may be required to present a valid flight ticket to be allowed to go to the airport.

A face mask is required.

travel update for KLIA/KLIA2 airports
MyanmarForeign nationals are denied entry unless they present a certificate of a negative test result for COVID-19 (dated max 72 hours prior to the flight).

14-days home self-quarantine required for Myanmar nationals.
New ZealandOnly New Zealand citizens and residents can enter the country.

Foreign nationals are allowed to transit New Zealand (to a limited range of countries).

Body screening for COVID-19 symptoms on arrival.

14-days "managed isolation" in a hotel is required.

Travelers with a temporary visa will have their visas extended to September.

There is a plan to reopen borders with Australia in June. This "COVID-safe travel zone" may expand to coronavirus-free South Pacific nations in July.

official website
PhilippinesEntry denied for all foreign nationals (with some exceptions).

official website
SingaporeEntry denied (including transit) for all foreign nationals (with some exceptions).

Mandatory health screening upon entry for passengers eligible to enter Singapore.

Essential travel for business and official purposes are allowed between Singapore and China starting June. "Travel bubble" routes include Singapore and Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang.

official website
Sri LankaColombo International Airport is closed for commercial passenger flights (except transit).

Maximum 5 hours of permitted transit time, confirmed onward flight out of Sri Lanka.

Travel between districts is strictly prohibited, except for those providing essential services.

official website
South KoreaVisa exemptions for 90 nationalities are temporarily suspended (with some exceptions).

Self-Isolation Exemption Certificate issued by the Embassy of Korea is required for entry from all foreign nationals. Alternatively, a passenger will be quarantined at a government facility at a cost of KRW1,400,000 (A$ 1750 / $1150) - paid before the flight.

official website
TaiwanEntry denied for all foreign nationals, with some exceptions (Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) holders, diplomatic passport holders, foreign nationals with special permission to enter).

Travelers are not permitted to transit through Taiwan.

A health declaration form must be completed and submitted to Taiwan quarantine officers on arrival.

14-days home self-quarantine required for passengers that qualify for entry.

official website

ThailandThe Thai border is firmly closed, with an estimation that the return of tourists could be possible in the fourth quarter of this year.

All incoming commercial flights are suspended until 20 June 2020.

Repatriation, cargo, medical and relief flights are still allowed, with a requirement of 14 days state quarantine for passengers.

There are very limited flights out.

Foreigners can't enter or transit Thailand (except in limited circumstances).

Some domestic flights have started operating again from 1 May, with health screening measures in place.

State Railway of Thailand resumed train services on 18 May.

Travel between certain provinces is banned, and hotels have been ordered to close.

official website
Timor LestePassengers are not allowed to enter Timor-Leste.

official website
United States

Entry denied for all foreign nationals who have visited Brazil or countries in the Schengen Area (including the UK and Ireland) in the last 14 days and don't have permanent residency in the US.

official website
VietnamInternational flights are presently very limited although Vietnam is considering opening its borders to foreign visitors from countries that have not reported new coronavirus cases for 30 days. Vietnam considers opening reciprocal travel bubbles with China and South Korea.

All travelers on domestic and international flights must wear face masks during the flight and while at the airport.

Entry is denied for all foreigners.

All visa issuances are suspended.

Only Vietnamese nationals, foreigners on diplomatic or official business, and highly skilled workers are allowed to enter the country at this time. Everyone entering Vietnam must undergo medical checks and 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

Most of Vietnam’s tourist destinations are closed.

official website
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Coronavirus travel updates by airline

The airlines cut their flight capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic. The situation is dynamic, routes and destinations are restored as governments ease their travel restrictions and demand increases. Also, the airlines are introducing new regulations and requirements for passengers during the boarding process and on a plane.

We are updating the data as it becomes released by the airlines. Follow us on Twitter for travel alerts.

We strongly advise ensuring your eligibility to travel (international and domestic) before booking a flight.

Coronavirus Travel Updates by Airline
AirlineCoronavirus Travel Update

AirAsia
Starting April 2020 domestic flights are gradually resuming for AirAsia and its regional subsidiaries.

AirAsia Malaysia restarted flights on 29 April.
AirAsia Thailand restarted flights on 1 May.
AirAsia India resumed flights to all 21 domestic destinations in India on 25 May.
AirAsia Indonesia and AirAsia Philippines reopen domestic routes from 1 June 2020.

Flights to international destinations will resume once governments have opened borders and lifted travel restrictions.

Face mask required at all times.

New cabin baggage policy

Body temperature screening before boarding.

Only pre-booked meals will be served on board.

COVID-19 page   COVID-19 Hotline
Air CanadaOperations temporary reduced

COVID-19 page
Air IndiaAll domestic and international flights are canceled.

COVID-19 page

Air New ZealandDomestic and international flights are limited, most routes are suspended until 30 June.

Domestic air travel is only permitted for essential workers.

There are only a few international routes open, including Australia (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne).

No inflight drinks and snacks service.

COVID-19 page
Air NipponSeveral routes have been canceled.

All domestic and international flights are canceled

COVID-19 page

Air SeoulOperations temporarily reduced.

COVID-19 page

Bangkok AirwaysMost domestic and international flights are canceled.

Domestic flights are gradually resumed starting May 15.

COVID-19 page
Batik AirAll International flights in to and out of Indonesia are suspended until further notice.

Domestic flights have been resumed for certain groups of travelers (according to government regulations).

Commercial flights are planned to gradually reopen from June 2020.

Enforced strict health protocols and social distancing during check-in, boarding, and disembarking.

Physical distancing policy onboard - middle seats are omitted in the economy class, the zig-zag seating arrangement in the business class.

COVID-19 page
Cathay PacificOperations temporarily reduced.

COVID-19 page
Cebu PacificAll domestic and international flights remain canceled until May 31.

After resuming flights, boarding procedures will be managed according to physical distancing guidelines, and face masks will be required at all times.

COVID-19 page
CitilinkOperations temporarily reduced.
EmiratesOperations temporarily reduced.

COVID-19 page
EthiadOperations temporarily reduced.

COVID-19 page
Fly DubaiOperations temporarily reduced.

COVID-19 page
Garuda IndonesiaPassengers are required to provide medical letters from hospitals stating that they are COVID-19 negative.

Some international flights are operating, to/from a limited number of destinations (Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Osaka, Sydney, Melbourne, Amsterdam)

Most domestic routes are operating for certain groups of travelers only (according to government regulations). Most flights depart from Jakarta.

Commercial flights are planned to gradually reopen from June 2020.

Passengers are required to wear masks at all times.

In-flight meals have been limited, Book Your Meal service is suspended.

You may expect an empty seat between passengers (but it's not guaranteed).

COVID-19 page   COVID-19 Hotline
Hong Kong ExpressOperations temporarily reduced.

COVID-19 page
JetstarAll scheduled international flights, except for routes between Australia and New Zealand, are suspended until the end of July 2020.

Domestic routes are gradually opening.

COVID-19 page
KLMOperations temporarily reduced.

COVID-19 page
Lion Air / Wings AirAll International flights in to and out of Indonesia are suspended until further notice.

Domestic flights have been resumed for certain groups of travelers (according to government regulations).

Commercial flights are planned to gradually reopen from June 2020.

Enforced strict health protocols and social distancing during check-in, boarding, and disembarking.

Physical distancing policy onboard - middle seats are omitted in the economy class, the zig-zag seating arrangement in the business class.

COVID-19 page   COVID-19 Hotline
Korean AirOperations temporarily reduced.

COVID-19 page
Malindo AirOperations temporarily reduced.
Philippine AirlinesOperations temporarily reduced.

COVID-19 page
QantasAll scheduled international flights, except for routes between Australia and New Zealand, are suspended until the end of July 2020.

Domestic routes are gradually opening.

Limited food, beverage, and inflight entertainment offering.
All lounges, meeting rooms, and valet parking are closed.

COVID-19 page   COVID-19 Hotline
ScootOperations temporarily reduced.

COVID-19 page
Sriwijaya AirOperations temporarily reduced.
Thai AirwaysOperations temporarily reduced.



COVID-19 page
Thai Lion AirInternational flights are suspended.

Domestic flights have been resumed on May 1 2020.

Face mask required at all times.

Temperature screening before boarding. The airline may deny boarding for passengers with a body temperature above 37.3C or showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Enforced strict health protocols and social distancing during check-in, boarding, and disembarking.

No food and beverage service/consumption on board.

COVID-19 page
TigerairOperations temporarily reduced.

COVID-19 page
Turkish AirlinesOperations temporarily reduced.

COVID-19 page
Vietnam AirlinesOperations temporarily reduced.

COVID-19 page
Virgin AustraliaOperations temporarily reduced.

COVID-19 page
Airport covid 19 travel restrictions

Coronavirus travel updates by airport

The airports keep introducing key measures to limit the contact that passengers may have with others as they check-in and then proceed to the departure gates.

COVID-19 related procedures include contactless self-checkin kiosks, self-service baggage drop, self-scanning of boarding passes, changes to food and drink services, regular cleaning of highly frequented areas, etc. As you make your way to your designated departure gate, expect social distancing measures in waiting areas and when boarding to minimize crowding.

Please refer to our Coronavirus Travel Updates By Airline to check the regulations onboard for the particular airline you plan to travel with.

 

We are updating the data as it becomes released by the airports. Follow us on Twitter for travel alerts.

Coronavirus Travel Updates by Airport
AirportDeparture/Arrival/Transit COVID-19 Update
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)Entry denied for all non-Hong Kong residents coming from overseas.

Transit services at the airport are partly resuming starting June 2020.

14-day compulsory quarantine for residents and non-residents coming from Mainland China, Macao and Taiwan. Entry will be denied if non-Hong Kong resident visited overseas countries in the 14 days prior to arrival in Hong Kong.

All departing passengers are required to wear face masks in the restricted area of the departure area.
Arriving passengers are recommended to wear face masks upon their arrival.

Limited service for some airport shops and restaurants. Only essential services are opened for shortened operating hours, including food and beverage, pharmacy, convenience store, money exchange and duty-free shops.

official website   travel updates for Hong Kong
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)International and domestic flights are allowed to depart and arrive.

KLIA Express train service in Kuala Lumpur is suspended.

It is advised to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before departure.

Only passengers with a valid flight ticket or boarding pass are allowed to enter the airport.

Transit and connecting flight passengers who do not require immigration clearance are allowed to enter the airport. No access to the baggage collection area - the check-in baggage must be transferred to the connecting flight by the airline.

Inter-terminal transit (KLIA to KLIA2, KLIA2 to KLIA) is not possible.

Thermal screening for arriving passengers and flight crews.

Medical bays for quarantine purposes located at the arrival gates. Passengers showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be brought to the nearest hospital upon arrival.

Face mask required at all times.

Most airport shops, services are closed, excluding pharmacies, supermarkets and convenience stores selling essential items. Since eat-in is not allowed at the airport restaurants, the passengers can order take-aways.

official website   travel updates for Malaysia

Singapore Changi AirportStarting 2 June 2020 travelers are allowed to transit through the airport.

Safe distancing and temperature taking are mandatory.

Airport staff wear protective equipment when interacting with passengers.

COVID-19 page
Soekarno-Hatta, JakartaNegative PCR COVID-19 test result required for all foreign arrivals. The test must have been conducted within 7 days prior to travel.

Implement physical distancing among passengers.

Travel documents checks (according to government regulations).
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