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.
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
COVID-19 Travel Restrictions
Australia’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.
Cambodia 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).
China 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.
Nonresident 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.
Denied 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).
Plans 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).
Visa On Arrival / e-Visa for all nationals are suspended.
Entry denied for ASEAN countries: Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore.
Not 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.
Visa 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.
The 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.
International 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.