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Air Travel During COVID-19 Pandemic [Live Update]

A quick insight into the current state of domestic and international travel in the Asia Pacific, and how it's being affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. This travel advisory will help you to make the right decisions regarding your leisure travel or business trips during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

We are updating the data as it becomes released by governments, airlines, and airports.
For general COVID-19-related health advice please visit the WHO website.

We strongly advise ensuring your eligibility to travel before booking a flight. Review the entry restrictions, visa suspensions, and quarantine requirements for your destination – especially if you intend to fly in July, July or August 2020.

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Coronavirus travel restrictions by country

3 July 2020

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

COVID-19: Travellers, airports and airlines grapple with varying travel regulations (CNA)
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).

Domestic flights are gradually resuming, with 40% of pre-COVID-19 traffic to be revived by the end of July 2020.

official website   travel bubbles: Australia
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.

Domestic flights have resumed its operations.

travel bubbles: China
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   airport updates: Hong Kong   travel bubbles: Hong Kong (HKG)
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 a negative result for the COVID-19 test.

Visas for foreigners already in India remain valid.

travel bubbles: India
IndonesiaInternational flights are on hold, with only a few exceptions.

Denied entry for all foreign nationals. Limited access is allowed for specific travel purposes and for authorized personnel only. Negative PCR COVID-19 test result required for all foreign arrivals. All eligible foreign nationals will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entry.

Domestic flights are gradually resuming from June 2020. All passengers need to provide a letter proving the negative result of a PCR test (valid for 7 days) or COVID-19 rapid test (valid for 3 days) to be allowed to travel. The test can be ordered (scheduled) online.

Your eligibility to travel and documents needed may depend on the final destination.

Extensive restrictions on domestic travel within Indonesia on all forms of land and sea transport. Most tourist spots remain closed until further notice.

Plans to open tourism within Bali in July-August for Indonesians and in September for international tourism (subject to evaluation).

official website   airport updates: Bali (DPS), Jakarta (CGK)   travel bubbles: Indonesia
JapanDenied entry for foreign nationals who have visited recently countries with high numbers of coronavirus cases.

14-days quarantine in a facility after arrival.

official website   travel bubbles: Japan
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 bubbles: Malaysia   airport update: Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
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.

official website   travel bubbles: New Zealand
PhilippinesEntry denied for all foreign nationals (with some exceptions).

official website   travel bubbles: Philippines
SingaporeEntry denied (including transit) for all foreign nationals, except Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders.

Short-term visitors are not allowed entry into Singapore, except those coming in under the "travel bubble" (green lane) arrangements with selected countries (China, and others to follow).

Transit travelers are gradually being allowed to transit through Singapore. They must remain in designated facilities within the transit area.

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

All incoming travelers are required to serve a 14-day Stay-Home-Notice and pay all costs associated with it.

official website    airport update: Singapore (SIN)   travel bubbles: Singapore
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   travel bubbles: Taiwan

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    travel bubbles: Thailand
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.

Domestic flights have resumed its operations.

official website   travel bubbles: United States
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, South Korea and Japan.

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   travel bubbles: Vietnam
Travel bubble air corridor green zone air bridge

Travel bubbles in Asia Pacific

3 July 2020

Travel bubble (also: air bridge, corona corridor, green lane, COVID-safe travel zone) is a bilateral arrangement between countries to ease border restrictions and allow quarantine-free travel during the coronavirus outbreak.

In the times of pandemic international travel typically requires two weeks of quarantine or self-isolation – to see if any COVID-19 symptoms appear. While it may work for people returning home or with plans of long-term staying at a destination, 14 days of isolation is not acceptable for most travelers and it basically kills the tourism at the destination.

First travel bubbles were opened between Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia in the EU, followed by Australia – New Zealand and Singapore – China. More countries are expected to join these international circles of trust in the near future.

Travel bridges seem to be the future of travel. They provide hope for a resumption of travel in the post-pandemic world, allowing international commerce and tourism to return. Reciprocal green lane agreements take time though, as it means that there must be mutual assurances of each other’s test protocols, standards, and coronavirus-related regulations. This confidence in each other’s safeguards allows for simplified procedures for travelers, including one-time-only tests and health checks.

The result may ricochet though in a form of new divisions along epidemiological lines, with the countries where the coronavirus has not been fully contained, left behind.

Asia’s 'travel bubbles' could change travelling post-pandemic (Al Jazeera)
Travel bubbles in Asia Pacific
CountryTravel Bubbles
AustraliaAustralia plans to reopen borders with New Zealand with first trial flights taking off by July. Travelers will only be able to travel between Canberra and Wellington initially, with other destinations like Sydney and Auckland to be added in August.

This "trans-Tasman travel bubble" may later expand to other coronavirus-free South Pacific nations.

Travel to other countries (as long as they are considered "safe") may also be allowed - with Israel aiming to join a travel corridor with Australia by December. The direct flights to Tel-Aviv would allow Australian residents to transit to European countries deemed safe without having to quarantine for 14 days.

travel restrictions: Australia
ChinaThe air corridor exists between China and South Korea for business and official travel. It requires to undergo a short quarantine and at least one negative coronavirus test in each country.

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.

Four weekly flights between China and United States.

Planned travel bubbles with Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.

travel restrictions: China
Hong KongPlanned travel bubbles with mainland China, Macau, and Taiwan.

travel restrictions: Hong Kong
IndiaIndia is experiencing a high level of new coronavirus cases at the moment, and there are no plans yet for travel bubbles with other countries.

travel restrictions: India
IndonesiaIndonesia is experiencing a high level of new coronavirus cases at the moment, and there are no plans yet for travel bubbles with other countries.

travel restrictions: Indonesia
JapanJapan is considering travel bubbles for foreign business visitors and tourists from Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and Vietnam.

travel restrictions: Japan
MalaysiaTalks are underway with Singapore to establish COVID-safe travel bubbles. Plans to open borders for Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea.

travel restrictions: Malaysia
New ZealandNew Zealand plans to reopen borders with Australia with first trial flights taking off by July. Travelers will only be able to travel between Wellington and Canberra initially, with other destinations like Auckland and Sydney to be added in August.

This "trans-Tasman travel bubble" may later expand to other coronavirus-free South Pacific nations. Travel to other countries (as long as they are considered "safe") may be allowed starting September 10.

travel restrictions: New Zealand
VietnamThe Philippines is experiencing a high level of new coronavirus cases at the moment, and there are no plans yet for travel bubbles with other countries.

travel restrictions: Philippines
SingaporeEssential 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.

Talks are underway with South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Canada to establish covid-safe corridors for air travel.

travel restrictions: Singapore
South KoreaThe air corridor exists between South Korea and China for business and official travel. It requires to undergo a short quarantine and at least one negative coronavirus test in each country.

Talks are underway with Singapore to establish COVID-safe travel bubbles.

travel restrictions: South Korea
TaiwanThe government plans to create travel bubbles based on bilateral agreements with coronavirus-free countries.

travel restrictions: Taiwan
ThailandThe Thai government considers creating travel bubbles when Thailand’s borders are reopened. Reciprocal green lanes with Japan are planned.

travel restrictions: Thailand
United States

The US considers opening reciprocal travel bubbles with China, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Four weekly flights between United States and China.

travel restrictions: United States
VietnamVietnam considers opening reciprocal travel bubbles with China, South Korea and Japan.

travel restrictions: Vietnam
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Flights availability and COVID-19 airlines regulations

3 July 2020

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.

How likely are coronavirus transmissions during flights? (DW)
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.

Domestic flights in Indonesia have been resumed - the passengers must follow the government's regulations to be allowed to travel.

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

Domestic flights in Indonesia have been resumed - the passengers must follow the government's regulations to be allowed to travel.

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
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)

Domestic flights in Indonesia have been resumed - the passengers must follow the government's regulations to be allowed to travel.

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
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 - old routes are reviving and new ones are introduced. By the end of July 40% of pre-COVID-19 air traffic will be resumed.

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 in Indonesia have been resumed - the passengers must follow the government's regulations to be allowed to travel.

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 - old routes are reviving and new ones are introduced. By the end of July 40% of pre-COVID-19 air traffic will be resumed.

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
Singapore AirlinesOperations temporarily reduced.

Gradual increase in the number of flights in June and July 2020. Reinstated destinations include Adelaide, Amsterdam, Auckland, Barcelona, Brisbane, Cebu, Christchurch, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Medan, Melbourne and Osaka.

All flights are subject to regulatory approvals, and flight schedules may be subject to changes.

Rebooking and no-show fees are suspended.

COVID-19 page
Sriwijaya AirOperations temporarily reduced.
Thai Airways26 international routes are being resumed, including these to Indonesia, China, Australia, France, and Germany.

COVID-19 page
Thai Lion AirDomestic flights have been resumed on May 1 2020.

International flights are gradually restarted. tAt the moment the airline operates routes from Bangkok to Jakarta, Singapore, Taiwan, China and Japan.

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 rules regulations coronavirus travel

New airports rules for passengers

3 July 2020

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 on board for the particular airline you plan to travel with.

Google is adding new features on its Maps service to alert users about COVID-19-related travel restrictions. You can now plan your trips better, by checking how crowded a train station or an airport might be at a particular time, or if public transport on a certain route is running on a limited schedule. The new features also include details on COVID-19 checkpoints and restrictions on crossing national borders.

How Will COVID-19 Change The Way We Travel?
Coronavirus Travel Updates by Airport
AirportDeparture/Arrival/Transit COVID-19 Update
Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), Hong KongEntry 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 restrictions: Hong Kong
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), Kuala LumpurInternational 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 restrictions: Malaysia

Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), Denpasar (Bali)Bali provincial government requires that all travelers visiting the island must present a valid document that shows a negative result for COVID-19 from a swab PCR test. This should be done before flying to Bali, and the document should be checked at the departure airport.

Additional documents may be required:
– a statement of purpose of the visit
– a statement from a sponsor (who is expected to be responsible for the traveler during his stay in the province).
– an application form filled up on the website prepared by the provincial government

These entry requirements are expected to be lifted later this year.

official website   travel restrictions: Indonesia
Singapore Changi Airport (SIN), SingaporeStarting 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   travel restrictions: Singapore
Soekarno-Hatta (CGK), 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).

travel restrictions: Indonesia

Travel during pandemic: FAQ

Can airplane HEPA filters protect passengers from coronavirus?

Yes. HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters are used on the planes to keep temperature, humidity, and air cleanliness in the cabin at the correct levels. HEPA filters can also capture 99.97% of airborne small particles (of the size of Covid-19) and the air is renewed every four to six minutes.

The flow of the HEPA-filtered air itself is designed to minimize infection risks. The air in the cabin is collected from outside the aircraft (normally through the engine) and mixed with recycled air from inside. The air blows down on passengers from vents above the seats and escapes through vents under the seats. This reduces the likelihood that viruses can travel throughout a cabin - a passenger from row 10, for example, cannot contaminate someone in row 20.

These sophisticated, hospital-grade HEPA air ventilation systems make physical distancing onboard flights unnecessary - as long as increased cleaning protocols, mask-wearing, and reduced interaction with the crew and other passengers are in place.

Should I wear a face mask on a plane?

Yes. You’re allowed (and often required) to wear a face mask during a flight.

Many airlines provide face masks and sanitizing wipes to passengers, but you would be better to make sure that you have your own when traveling.

The air in the cabin is renewed every four to six minutes as most commercial flights are using planes equipped with HEPA filtration systems. Still, if a person seated within 2 rows around you have COVID-19, there is a chance he would spread coronavirus particles towards you. A face mask will prevent you to catch the disease in such cases.

Also, if you are contagious but unaware, wearing a mask will prevent you from spreading the virus to your fellow passengers.

What is travel bubble?

Travel bubble (also: air bridge, corona corridor, green zone) is a bilateral arrangement between countries to ease border restrictions and allow quarantine-free travel during the coronavirus outbreak.

In the times of pandemic international travel typically requires two weeks of quarantine or self-isolation - to see if any COVID-19 symptoms appear. While it may work for people returning home or with plans of long-term staying at a destination, 14 days of isolation is not acceptable for most travelers and it basically kills the tourism at the destination.

Travel bridges seem to be the future of travel. They provide hope for a resumption of travel in the post-pandemic world, allowing international commerce and tourism to return. The result though could be also new divisions along epidemiological lines, with the countries where the coronavirus has not been fully contained, left behind.

Should I bring food to the airport and on flight?

As onboard meals are often limited these days, airlines are encouraging travelers to bring food with them. No two airlines have an identical food option during the pandemic. Some airlines still offer complimentary meals, others just pass you a snack bag while some have completely suspended food services.

You should check this with your airlines first, but as a general rule passengers are now welcome to bring food on flights. A little snack and water bottle are a minimum.

We highly recommend putting all carry-on food items into a clear plastic bag for X-ray screening. It not only helps protect food from contamination but also reduces the need for an airport agent to scour through your belongings.

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