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

Check entry restrictions, flight availability, visa suspensions, health insurance and quarantine requirements, etc. that apply to your destination. We update this page as the official statements from national governments are being released.

For general COVID-19-related health advice please visit the WHO website.

17 November 2020
Maksim Koval
Pandemic, Travel AdviceSeptember 1, 2020

APAC is reopening for tourism

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. Among the countries that have reopened (fully or partially) for tourism are Maldives (fully reopened), Indonesia (partially reopened), and Thailand (some restrictions apply). Visitors from "high-risk" countries – those with large numbers of new cases – will most likely be subject to quarantines and stricter entry restrictions (or even travel bans) for a prolonged time.
  • 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.
  • Most 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.
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.
Maledives reopen for tourism
Waiting for the world to reopen to tourism. Maldives is the first APAC country to remove all restrictions for foreign tourists.

Coronavirus Travel Restrictions by Country

At the moment almost all APAC countries have restrictions of some kind, and international tourism is severely limited. We all hope for a gradual reopening in 2021, and there are already signs of a loosening tourist admission policy in some countries. We will be updating this page frequently with the most recent news and latest governments' regulations.
Coronavirus Travel Restrictions by Country
CountryCOVID-19 Travel Restrictions
AustraliaAustralia’s borders are closed for tourism.

Only Australian citizens, residents, and immediate family members can travel to Australia. All arriving travelers (including Australian citizens) must quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility, and may be required to pay for the costs. Australian citizens are restricted from traveling overseas (a few exceptions apply).

From 16 October 2020, New Zealand citizens and residents will be allowed to enter Australia's state of New South Wales - without having to undergo the 14-days quarantine.

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.

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, visa exemptions, and visa-free entry. Foreign visitors are required to obtain a visa in advance.

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 and a deposit of $2,000 at a designated bank on arrival are also required.

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.

Passengers arriving at Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai Hongqiao, Shanghai Pudong, Shenzhen or Xiamen are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.

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

Domestic flights have resumed its operations.

travel bubbles: China
East TimorNot yet reopened for general tourism, foreign passengers are not allowed to enter.

Passengers allowed to enter are subject to isolation for 14 days.
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 through Hong Kong is allowed (except flights to Mainland of China), but the passengers must have a connecting flight booked on the same ticket, all the boarding passes printed, and their baggage checked through until the final destination.

official website   airport updates: Hong Kong   travel bubbles: Hong Kong (HKG)
IndiaAll flights to India are suspended until 31 October 2020. Foreign nationals are not allowed to enter (with some exceptions).

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

Passengers arriving in India are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.

Visas for foreigners already in India remain valid.

travel bubbles: India
IndonesiaVisiting Indonesia for tourism is difficult, at least until the end of 2020. The island of Bali is still closed to foreign tourists, only local tourism is allowed.

The number of international flights has been greatly reduced. The negative COVID-19 test result is required for all foreign arrivals.

Passengers are not allowed to transit.

Since October 2020, the Indonesian government has been testing a new e-visa system. It will streamline the process of applying for and obtaining all visas - without visiting foreign embassies/consulates or immigration offices in Indonesia. At the moment the regular VOA (Visa on Arrival) is not available, but foreign nationals who want to visit Indonesia can apply for a long-stay visa. A single-entry visa allows staying in the country for 2 months and can be extended 4 times with 30-days extensions (visa code: B211A). It can be used by anyone who wishes to stay in Indonesia for tourism and social purposes. As you will need an Indonesian "sponsor" (someone who vouch for you), the best way to obtain a single-entry visa is to use an agent in Indonesia (cost around 8mln IDR or 550 USD). For more information read the official guide (PDF, Bahasa Indonesia) or visit e-visa section of Indonesian immigration website.

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.

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).

Passengers transiting through Tokyo must have their next flight on the same calendar day.

official website   travel bubbles: Japan
LaosLaos is closed for now. 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.

Passengers eligible to enter must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result issued at most 72 hours before departure.
MalaysiaNot yet reopened for general tourism. Passengers (except Malaysian nationals, permanent residents, work pass, and MM2H permit holders) are not allowed to enter at least until 31 December 2020. 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)
MaldivesThe Maldives is open to general tourism since June 2020.

The outbound foreign flights are resumed with normal traveling procedures. There is not even any testing or quarantining mandated upon arrival in the Maldives.

official website
MyanmarFlights to Myanmar are suspended until 31 October 2020.
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). Transit at Auckland is only allowed for maximum 24 hours.

Passengers are subject to medical screening. 14-days "managed isolation" in a hotel is mandatory (does not apply to passengers in transit). Starting 3 November 2020, passengers must have a voucher confirming their allocation to a place in managed isolation.

official website   travel bubbles: New Zealand
Papua New GuineaThe country is closed for now. Foreign nationals are not allowed to enter (with some exceptions).

PhilippinesThere is a travel ban in place for all foreign nationals, with some exceptions.

In October, the country reopened its resort island of Boracay in the central Philippines. Both Filipino and foreign tourists can visit the island provided that they have negative COVID-19 test results.

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
QatarForeign nationals are not allowed to enter Qatar (with some exceptions).

Passengers are subject to the medical screening on arrival.

Passengers are subject to self-quarantine for 7 days. A quarantine hotel reservation made at for a duration of 7 days is required on arrival.

RussiaForeign nationals are not allowed to enter Russia (with some exceptions).

E-visa issuance has been suspended.

Transiting the Russian Federation is allowed.

Passengers (including transit) must have a printed medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival.
Saudi ArabiaFlights to Saudi Arabia are suspended.

E-visa issuance has been suspended.
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.

Passengers are not allowed to transit Singapore unless they travel on airlines with transfer routes approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).

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 LankaFlights to Sri Lanka are suspended. Reopening 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.

Passengers eligible to enter must have a printed medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued 72 hours before departure.

A completed Health Declaration Form must be presented upon arrival.

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 unless they are transiting through Taoyuan for a connecting flight within 8 hours operated by the same carrier group. They must not arrive from or depart to the Mainland of China.

Passengers who are eligible to enter must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus PCR test result issued at most 3 working days before departure.

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

ThailandThailand is now open for long-stay visitors who wish to stay in the country for at least 90 days. New Special Tourist Visa (STV) policy is in place from 1 October 2020 until 30 September 2021. Foreigners from low-risk countries can apply for an STV via an agency approved by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (10,000 THB / ~315 USD fee applies). STV will allow staying in the country for 90 days, with two additional 90-days extensions each with a visa fee of 2,000 THB (~64 USD). There is a mandatory 14-days quarantine in appointed hospitals or hotels, with all costs paid by the visitor. At the moment there are quarantine hotels in Bangkok and Phuket with the quarantine packages ranging from 28,000 THB (~885 USD) to 200,000 THB (~6,300 USD) per person. Tourists should provide evidence of a place to stay during the long visit, such as paid accommodation or property ownership. Additionally, a health insurance policy that covers the entire period of stay in Thailand is required (with a minimum coverage of 100,000 USD). During this phase number of visitors allowed to enter the country will be limited to around 1,200 people a month, with plans to increase the quota in the next phase.

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
TurkeyThe country is open to foreign tourists.
Passengers are subject to the medical screening on arrival.
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.
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.

Passengers are subject to Coronavirus measures set by the state or territory of their final destination.

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
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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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