Travel Restrictions in Asia Pacific by Country [COVID-19 Live Update]

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. This travel advisory will help you to make the right decisions regarding your leisure travel or business trips during the coronavirus pandemic - we update this page as the official statements from national governments are being released.

We strongly advise ensuring your eligibility to travel before booking a flight. Review the entry restrictions, visa suspensions, and quarantine requirements that apply at your destination. For general COVID-19-related health advice please visit the WHO website.

13 September 2020
Maksim Koval

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).

Travel restrictions between states and territories and in some remote areas of Australia are in place.

All arriving travelers (including Australian citizens) must quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility, and may be required to pay for the costs.

Transiting Australia is allowed for foreign nationals, as long as the connecting flight will depart from the same airport. Passengers with extended transfer times (more than 24 hours) may be required to enter quarantine at a government-arranged hotel at their own cost.

There is a plan to reopen borders with New Zealand. This "COVID-safe travel zone" or "travel bubble" may expand to coronavirus-free South Pacific nations in the next months.

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
CambodiaCambodia is not yet reopened for general tourism. It has suspended issuing e-visas, visas on arrival or visa exemptions.

Travelers eligible to enter 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 has been recently reopening for domestic tourism, but has not yet welcomed tourists from abroad. The 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 KongNonresident foreign nationals are not allowed to enter Hong Kong (with some exceptions). Travelers from Macau, Taiwan, and mainland China are exempt from restrictions provided they do not have a recent travel history elsewhere.

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

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

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
IndonesiaDenied entry for all foreign nationals at least until the end of 2020. Plans to open Bali to international tourism on September 11 have been canceled.

International flights are on hold, with only a few exceptions.

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
JapanPlans to reopen soon for tourism. First, Japan intends to reopen to business travelers and investors, then to students, and finally general tourists. The borders will open first with those countries: Australia, China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Denied entry for foreign nationals who have visited recently countries with high numbers of coronavirus cases.

14-days quarantine in a facility after arrival. However, travelers who obtain a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival, and agree to have another test done upon arrival, can circumvent the 14-day quarantine (providing both tests are negative).

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.
MalaysiaNot yet reopened for general tourism.

Passengers not allowed to enter (except Malaysian nationals, permanent residents, work pass and MM2H permit holders). Malaysia may only start allowing international travelers from the second quarter of 2021.

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

Medical tourists are allowed to enter the country if they are coming from green zone countries: Brunei, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand.

Green lane with Singapore is planned (cross-border travel for essential business and official purposes only).

To 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.

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

travel bubbles: Malaysia   airport update: Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
New ZealandOnly New Zealand citizens and residents can enter the country.

Visa applications are currently on hold.

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.

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

Filipinos are allowed to take non-essential travel to countries that will allow their entry, as long as they have round-trip tickets, visas and health insurances,

official website   travel bubbles: Philippines
SingaporePlans to reopen soon for tourism.

Starting September 1st, travelers from selected countries will be able to apply for an Air Travel Pass (ATP) which will allow them to enter Singapore without having to quarantine.

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

Transit through Singapore Changi Airport is temporary not allowed until further notice.

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 LankaReopening plans have been delayed.

Colombo 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   travel bubbles: South Korea
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.

There is a plan to open Phuket for international tourism on October 1st. Foreign travelers who are willing to stay for 30 days are allowed into Phuket (with a monthly quota of 200 tourists), where they will quarantine in specified resorts and undergo two Covid-19 tests. It will act as a pilot program for the rest of Thailand.

A possible plan to allow entry for foreigners from countries with low coronavirus infections - without mandatory quarantine.

Six of Thailand's international airports reopened on July 1st, handling both domestic and international arrivals (Don Mueang, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Chiang Rai, and Suvarnabhumi).

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

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
United Arab EmiratesUAE is open to tourists. All travelers must have travel insurance with COVID-19 cover or declare that they will bear the costs for treatment and isolation if necessary.

Evidence of a negative Covid-19 test is required. The PCR test is also available on arrival in Dubai.

The UAE citizens and residents are allowed to travel abroad once they have tested negative for Covid-19.

Maksim Koval

Maksim is an industry expert and digital editor at Tiket2. He is also a frequent flyer, travel writer, photographer, and the truest evangelist of the company.

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