March 16, 2020 Paan Kamonkorn

COVID-19 Situation Summary as of Sunday 15 March 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak is having significant impact on travel around the globe, and is causing significant uncertainty with regards to travel plans. We would like to reassure you that we continue to closely monitor this situation as it rapidly evolves. Please click on each individual country for the latest updates with regards to changes in entry visas, cancellation of events and closure of sites. We will keep these pages updated with the most recent and relevant information and encourage you to check them on a daily basis.

For the latest information about the number of COVID-19 cases in each country, please click here to access the World Health Organisation (WHO) website.

COVID-19 Situation Summary

United Arab Emirates - COVID-19 Update

Get travel advisory updates from the official websites in United Arab Emirates: Department of Health / media

Tuesday 4 August

  • All passengers arriving in Dubai from any destination, including passengers connecting in Dubai, must have a negative COVID-19 test certificate to be accepted on the flight. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure. This excludes children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability.
  • You may need to take another COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. If you take a test at the airport, you must remain in your hotel or residence until you receive the test result. If the test result is positive, you will be required to undergo isolation and follow the Dubai Health Authority guidelines. You must also download the COVID-19 – DXB Smart App.
  • All passengers travelling from Dubai to UK or Europe (and other mandated destinations) will be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test no more than 96 hours before departure and present the test result certificate at check-in.

Thursday 16 July

Dubai has opened to international tourists since 7 July, requirements as follows:
  • Fulfil entry visa requirements to visit the UAE.
  • Tourists may either show their PCR test result (which is valid for 96 hours) upon their arrival to Dubai or carry out a test at the relevant Dubai airport
  • If medical insurance does not have full cover, then a declaration must be signed to bear all costs of quarantine and treatment and complete the Health Declaration Form before departure including ensuring the passenger has no COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Tourists are required to register all their details in the COVID-19 DXB app on arrival.

Tuesday 23 June

  • Dubai is set to reopen for tourism from Tuesday July 7, the Dubai Media Office has confirmed, with several strict rules in place for arrivals. New guidelines require all tourists arriving into Dubai to present a recent COVID-19 negative certificate or undergo testing at Dubai airports. Full details can be found here: https://www.khaleejtimes.com/uae/dubai/guidelines-for-tourists-travelling-to-dubai-from-july-7-

Wednesday 25 March 2020

  • Emirates Airlines has temporarily suspended all passenger services from 25 March. Cargo and emergency repatriation flights are exempt.

Sunday 22 March 2020  

  • All beaches, parks, swimming pools, cinemas, sports training halls, restaurants, cafes, and outlets providing food and drinking services will be closed from Sunday (March 22) for a period of two weeks - subject to review and evaluation.

Thursday 19 March 2020

  • From 19 March 2020 the UAE will suspend all visas on arrival, and entry into the UAE for all passengers except Emiratis, until further notice.

Tuesday 17 March 2020

  • Bars, pubs and lounges (including bars within restaurants) in Dubai will be closed until the end of March.
  • From today, Emirates airline will suspend flights to 30 destinations including: China, Hong Kong, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, New York (via Milan and Athens), Poland, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Cyprus, Malta (via Larnaca) and Portugal.
  • UAE airline, flydubai, will cancel all flights to India between March 17 and 31.

Monday 16 March 2020  

  • UAE has announced that all entry visas will be suspended from 17 March 2020 until the end of the month. The exceptions are diplomats, residents, travellers with a pre-approved visa, and passengers holding passports from the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy (from Rome only), Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Vatican, United Kingdom and The United States of America

Sunday 15 March 2020

  • The Myanmar Government has announced additional quarantine measures for international travelers and Myanmar citizens for anyone with travel history for the past 14 days in Korea, China, Italy, Iran, France, Spain, Germany and the USA
  • All tourist sites are open and operating normally.
  • No cases of COVID-19 has been reported so far by the authorities.

Italy - COVID-19 Update

Get travel advisory updates from the official website in Italy: US Embassies & Consulates in Italy

Thursday 6 August 2020

The external borders of Europe reopened on 1 July - without restrictions only for people from 15 countries including Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Thailand. More information can be found here

Sunday 15 March 2020

  • Italy has suspended flights from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as well as from Taiwan. There is currently no proposed date for lifting the travel restrictions.
  • While direct flights between Chinese points-of-origin and Italian destinations have been temporarily postponed, there are no specific restrictions for entry of anyone based solely on their nationality. Italian authorities continue to monitor arrivals from China at all international airports, and any passengers exhibiting symptoms (e.g., fever, respiratory congestion, coughing, sneezing) are subject to additional medical examination.
  • Italy has expanded temperature screening to all air travellers upon arrival on all international (including European) and domestic flights arriving in Italy’s major airports.

Myanmar - COVID-19 Update

Get travel advisory updates from the official website in Myanmar: The Republic of the Union of Myanmar - Ministry of Health and Sports

Tuesday 27 October

  • Myanmar has now suspended all international and domestic commercial passenger flights until 30 November 2020.

Tuesday 22 September 2020

  • Myanmar has now suspended all international and domestic commercial passenger flights until 1 October.
  • All land borders remain shut.
  • Domestic flights were suspended on 11 September following a spike in Covid-19 infections.

Thursday 27 August

  • International flights have now been suspended until 30 September.

Thursday 6 August 2020

  • International flights have been suspended until at least 31st August 2020. However, there are several “fast lanes” through which “essential businesses and officials” can enter Myanmar upon request. These arrangements have begun with China and Japan and will be extended gradually to other countries.

Thursday 16 July 2020

  • From March 29 until at least July 31, the Burmese government suspended the issuance of all types of visas to all foreign nationals, except diplomats, UN officials, and crew of ships and aircraft.
  • Domestic tourism is slowly re-starting. Many hotels have re-opened with increased COVID-19-control measures in place. Many sites of interest across the country remain closed.
  • Domestic travel in Burma is possible, but slightly more difficult due to various document requirements and uneven enforcement of these requirements.

Tuesday 24 March 2020 

Thursday 19 March 2020

  • The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has temporarily suspended entry of any foreign nationals through any border check point being opened between Myanmar and its neighboring countries. The entry and exit of local population on both sides of the border through the existing check points concerned will not be restricted. They will be subject to health check and temperature screening at the entry of the border check points.
  • Any foreign national with valid entry visa may enter and exit to/from Myanmar only at Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw International Airports in accordance with the existing rules and regulations.

Wednesday 18 March 2020

  • To implement social distancing strategy, 33rd Street artistic alleyway in Yangon will be closed until further notice.

Sunday 15 March 2020

  • The Myanmar Government has announced additional quarantine measures for international travelers and Myanmar citizens for anyone with travel history for the past 14 days in Korea, China, Italy, Iran, France, Spain, Germany and the USA
  • All tourist sites are open and operating normally.
  • No cases of COVID-19 has been reported so far by the authorities.

Singapore - COVID-19 Update

Get travel advisory updates from the official website in Singapore: gov.sg

Thursday 24 November 2020

The below air travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong has been delayed by at least 2 weeks.

Wednesday 11 November

The first leisure air travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore will open on 22 Nov with one bubble flight per day.
  • No restrictions on type of itinerary
  • No restrictions on type of travel
  • No quarantine, stay-home notices, replaced by testing on arrival
  • Daily quota of 200 "bubble travellers"/ way
  • Flights shared between Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines
  • From 7 Dec, the flight capacity will increase to twice daily

Thursday 1 October 2020

Singapore will unilaterally lift border restrictions to visitors from Australia - excluding Victoria state - and Vietnam from Oct 8. Visitors from these countries will be able to apply for the Air Travel Pass for entry into Singapore.

Tuesday 29 September

Singapore has signed another travel agreement with Japan in moves to make frequent business travellers' lives easier with a pilot Business Travel Pass programme.

Thursday 6 August 2020

  • Singapore's borders remain closed to international travellers.

Thursday 16 July 2020

  • All arriving, transit and departing passengers and staff at Changi Airport are subject to temperature screening. Passengers who are febrile or display respiratory symptoms will be referred to a doctor.
  • Increased frequency in cleaning and disinfecting of high contact areas. Frequent swab tests are conducted at these areas to ensure the efficacy of cleaning and disinfection. 
  • Frequently-touched surfaces such as automated check-in kiosks, trolleys, lift buttons and security trays are coated with a protective antimicrobial coating to reduce the risk of virus transmission. 
  • Increased disinfection of floors and cleaning of carpets with autonomous cleaning equipment are deployed daily. 
  • Increase in number of hand sanitisers with motion sensor. 
  • Health checks and Security procedures at Airports will mean longer time spent at Departure/Arrival areas prior to Boarding and Exiting Terminals
SafeEntry System is a national digital check-in system which logs visits by individuals to hot spots and venues. As a start, deployment will be made mandatory for places where individuals are likely to be in close proximity for prolonged periods or in enclosed spaces, or where there is higher traffic such as retail and F&B outlets. SafeEntry has also been progressively rolled out to taxis and our public transportation to better support contact tracing efforts. Foreigners are to scan the SafeEntry QR codes deployed or bring along your passports for verification on your entry and exits. The list of places where SafeEntry are deployed are updated at this link as more activities and services are resumed.

Wednesday 25 March 2020

  • Singapore has closed its borders to all short term visitors from around the world including those who intended to transit through Changi Airport.

Monday 16 March 2020

  • All new visitors with recent travel history to France, Germany, Italy, and Spain within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into Singapore, or transit through Singapore.
  • All travellers including Singaporean residents, long-term pass holders and short-term visitors - entering Singapore with recent travel history to ASEAN countries, Japan, Switzerland or the UK within the last 14 days will be issued with a 14-day stay-home notice (SHN).
  • Travellers entering Singapore and exhibiting fever and/or other symptoms of respiratory illness may be required to undergo a COVID-19 swab test. Those with positive results will be conveyed to a hospital in a dedicated ambulance.

Sunday 15 March 2020

  • Effective 16 March 2020 all travellers including Singaporean residents, long-term pass holders and short-term visitors – entering Singapore with recent travel history to ASEAN countries, Japan, Switzerland or the UK within the last 14 days will be issued with a 14-day stay-home notice (SHN).
  • Travellers entering Singapore and exhibiting fever and/or other symptoms of respiratory illness may be required to undergo a COVID-19 swab test. Those with positive results will be conveyed to a hospital in a dedicated ambulance.

Vietnam - COVID-19 Update

Get travel advisory updates from the official websites in Vietnam: mofa.gov.vn / media

Tuesday 13 October 2020

  • Vietnam has lifted the 14-day quarantine for foreign experts, investors, managers, and diplomats entering the country for less than 14 days.

Thursday 6 August

  • Due to an increase in Covid-19 cases as a result of domestic travel, all plans to restart international flights have been suspended until further notice.

Thursday 16 July

  • There are some proposals from airlines to open flights for China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Cambodia but for bringing Vietnamese overseas back home etc - not yet for tourists.
Wednesday 27 May 2020
  • Vietnam will grant e-visa to citizens from 80 countries from July 1st. The 80 countries include Austria, Poland, Belgium, Portugal, the UAE, Germany, India, South Korea, the U.S., Italy, Finland, France, China, Brazil, Canada, Russia, the UK, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Norway, and more.

Thursday 19 March 2020

  • Vietjet Air said it will suspend flights between Vietnam and Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar and Indonesia from 20 March 2020
  • Vietnam Airlines has also suspended all flights to and from France and Malaysia from Wednesday and is considering cutting down flights to other Southeast Asian destinations.

Wednesday 18 March 2020

  • As from today, citizens of ASEAN countries or other nationals who have been staying or transiting in ASEAN countries within 14 days prior to the date of entry into Vietnam will be subject to compulsory intensive isolation for 14 days from the date of entry.
  • All passengers taking domestic flights must make a mandatory medical declaration when checking in via the electronic forms. Temperatures will be checked of all passengers before boarding the aircraft.

Sunday 15 March 2020

The Government of Vietnam has decided to:
  • temporarily suspend entry for tourists who come from Schengen countries and/or the United Kingdom, or have visited or transited through these areas within 14 days preceding their expected entry into Vietnam.
  • suspend visa upon arrival for all foreign nationals. This decision will be effective from 12:00 (noon), 15 March 2020 for 30 days.

Cambodia- COVID-19 Update

Get travel advisory updates from the official website in Cambodia: US Embassy in Cambodia

Thursday 6 August 2020

The information below is still valid as of now.

Thursday 21 May 2020

  • The government announced the lifting of the travel ban for people from six countries: United States, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Iran. Travellers must obtain a health certificate issued by their individual country to confirm they are free of coronavirus.
  • Both Cambodian and foreigners who enter the Kingdom need health certificates issued within 72 hours to confirm that they do not have COVID-19.
  • Foreigners need health insurance with $50,000 coverage during their stay in Cambodia.
  • All passengers, both Cambodian and foreigners, will be sent to a waiting centre to be tested for COVID-19 where they will wait for the test results.

Wednesday 18 March 2020

  • Tourist sites in Phnom Penh have closed including the Royal Palace, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Cheung Ek Killing Fields, Cambodia Living Arts, some boat trips and other sites.
  • Tourist sites in Siem Reap have closed including Angkor National Museum, Cambodia Living Arts and Phare Circus.

Sunday 15 March 2020

  • Cambodia announced to refuse entry of foreigners from Italy, Germany, Spain, France, and the United States for 30 days, effective from 17 March 2020, according to the Ministry of Health’s press release dated 14 March 2020.
  • All schools in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh to be closed with immediate effect and the Angkor Songkran festival in mid-April has been cancelled.
  • All tourist sites are open and operating normally.

Laos - COVID-19 Update

Get travel advisory updates from the official website in Laos: US Embassy in Laos

Tuesday 11 August 2020

  • The closure of the Lao borders has been extended until 31 August.

Thursday 6 August 2020

  • Commercial Vientiane – Hanoi flights are unlikely to resume in August as initially thought.
  • Charter flights in and out of the country have been suspended.

Thursday 16 July 2020

All borders are still closed without any plan to reopen. There are some charter flights to Incheon (South Korea) or Kuala Lumpur, mostly for those who wish to exit Laos. Repatriates, technical experts, international students, business persons with Business visa and invitation are allowed to come to Laos via charter flights or designated international borders, however, a 14 day-mandatory quarantine is required as well as other requirement of Medical certificates. Talks of possible air bubble between Vietnam and Laos. Commercial Vientiane – Hanoi flight sector is likely to resume in August but mandatory quarantine in both countries are still applied.

Thursday 19 March 2020

  • The government has suspended the issuance of visas for foreign tourists: all types of visas on arrival and electronic visas (E-visas).
  • Citizens of countries previously granted visa exemptions, need to approach the [Lao] embassy or consulate to apply for entry visa.
  • Those already holding an entry visa need to get a health certificate from the concerned authorities and declare their movement history. However, upon their arrival in Laos, they will be asked to self-isolation for 14 days.

Wednesday 18 March 2020

  • Self-quarantine at home for 14 days is to be imposed on the following: travellers coming from countries (which do not share a border with Laos) where more than 100 confirmed cases have been reported, although having no symptoms / travellers from neighbouring countries whose provinces do not share a border with Laos that have more than 10 confirmed cases.

Monday 16 March 2020

  • Authorities in Laos are urging the public to suspend or postpone all “unnecessary” social events including weddings and Lao New Year celebrations in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • The following land borders have been closed: Huai Kon/ Nam Ngeun (Nan-Thailand to Xayaburi- Laos), and Savannakhet International Airport.
  • All passengers entering the country will pass through thermal scanning.
  • All flights from South Korea have been cancelled; some flights from China (Kunming and Chongqing) are still operating.
  • All foreign nationals who have visited China or South Korea in the past 14 days before entering Laos will be subject to more stringent screening procedures.
  • All tourist sites are open and operating normally.
  • No cases of COVID-19.

Sunday 15 March 2020

The Government of Vietnam has decided to:
  • No cases of COVID-19.
  • All tourist sites are open and operating normally.
  • All passengers entering the country will pass through thermal scanning.
  • All flights from South Korea have been cancelled; some flights from China (Kunming and Chongqing) are still operating.
  • All foreign nationals who have visited China or South Korea in the past 14 days before entering Laos will be subject to more stringent screening procedures.

Thailand - COVID-19 Update

Get travel advisory updates from the official website in Thailand: TAT News

Tuesday 13 October 2020

Thailand's Special Tourist Visa (STV) scheme has been delayed until 20 October. However the Tourism Minister has stated that the first group to arrive must test negative, or the future of the programme will be thrown into jeopardy.

Tuesday 22 September 2020

The Thai government will allow a limited numbers of long stay foreign tourists into the country as a test run. Applications will be considered between September and October. Only 100 people will be allowed on the first flight and only 2-3 flights per week.
  • The new visa is called “Special Tourist Visa” or STV for short. It lasts 90 days and can be extended twice. Cost is 2,000 Baht & then the same for each extension. It is valid until 30 September 2021.
  • Requirements to apply for a Special Tourist Visa; COVID-19 insurance of up to $100,000, a Certificate of Entry from the Embassy, Fit to Fly certificate and a COVID-19 test less than 72 hours old.
  • Foreigners have the choice between ASQ or ALSQ - the latter is alternative local state quarantine which is hotels in places like Phuket. While in 14-day quarantine, they will be encouraged to do online shopping. Once the 14 day quarantine is over, foreigners are allowed to explore the rest of Thailand but must stay in touch with authorities via a special app. They must also register their accommodation each time during the trip.

Tuesday 11 August 2020

Thailand is unlikely to open its borders for international tourism until 2021, however this has not been confirmed.

Friday 07 August 2020

Thailand's borders are still closed for all foreign nationals with few exceptions. Thailand has resumed most domestic transportation options, (including airport operations) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Thailand. The Civil Aviation of Thailand has released the following statement 

Friday 03 April 2020

*Thai Government temporarily blocks all travel*
  • The government will block all travel to Thailand, including by Thais, until April 15 to prepare "state quarantine" facilities after more local patients have been linked to imported cases.
  • The new measure started immediately on Thursday and will continue until April 15. It will not apply to people who earlier sought permission to travel to Thailand.
Source: Bangkok Post (https://www.bangkokpost.com/…/govt-temporarily-blocks-all-t…)

Wednesday 25 March 2020

  • Thai Airways International will ground all services in Asia, 25 March; followed by Australia on 27 March and Europe on 1 April.

Friday 20 March 2020 

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand recently announced the following new requirements:
  • All foreign air passengers travelling from all countries need to present Covid-19-free health certificates, issued no more than 72 hours before the flight departs.  
  • All foreign air passengers must have Covid-19 insurance before boarding their flights to Thailand covering Covid-19 treatment in Thailand, up to at least US$100,000.
  • All foreign and Thai air passengers who fail to present the required documents will not be allowed to board their flight to Thailand.
  • All foreign and Thai air passengers need to fill the T8 immigration form on “AOT Airport of Thailand” mobile application upon arrival in Thailand. They are required to do the self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • The new regulations will be effective as of midnight of Saturday, March 21

Thursday 19 March 2020

  • Due to the sanitary crisis of the coronavirus, the processing of short-stay and long-stay visa applications is suspended until further notice. This decision applies to all visa categories and all types of passports. All the appointments made with the service provider for the submission of visa applications are cancelled.
  • The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has designated ten more countries as “high-risk” for COVID-19, and citizens of these countries travelling to Thailand are now required to produce proof of health insurance and doctor’s certificate to enter Thailand. They could also be subjected to 14-days of quarantine at locations designated by the Thai government. The ten countries are Spain, France, Germany, Britain, Switzerland, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the United States.
  • CAAT director Chula Sukmanop told a news conference today that airlines carrying passengers from these 10 countries must screen them before boarding, to make sure that they all have a doctor’s certificate, which is valid for 72 hours, and that they must observe 14-day self-quarantine, to ensure that they are not infected, before travelling.
  • The passengers are also required to complete a form for presentation to Thai health officials upon their arrival in Thailand.

Wednesday 18 March 2020

  • Bangkok and adjacent provinces will shut all schools, restaurants,  bars, movie theatres, entertainment centres and boxing stadiums from 21 March to the end of the month.
  • Venues that need to remain open, including shops, markets, office buildings and restaurants have been instructed to implement stricter screening and cleanliness.
  • The annual Thai New Year holiday, known as Songkran, due to be held 13 to 15 April, has been postponed.

Sunday 15 March 2020

  • The Department of Disease Control has updated a list of countries with ongoing transmission, which now include Japan, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the UK and the USA.
  • Upon arrival in Thailand, all travellers including those who transited for at least 12 hours at an airport in a Disease Infected Zone or who passed through immigration in a Disease Infected Zone must pass Thailand’s entry screening including thermal scan, complete the T8 form or via the AOT Airports Application, and provide the necessary information to the officers at the Quarantine Office.
  • All tourist sites are open and operating normally.
  • The Songkran Festival has been cancelled in several cities such as Bangkok, Khon Kaen, Pattaya, Bang Saen and Patong in Phuket.
  • Full Moon festivities on the island of Koh Phangan have been cancelled.

Indonesia - COVID-19 Update

Get travel advisory updates from the official website in Indonesia: imigrasi.go.id

Tuesday 8 September 2020

  • Bali has announced that it will not open for tourism as originally planned on 11 Sep.
  • The borders will not open until the end of 2020 at the earliest.

Tuesday 11 August 2020

  • Bali will reopen its borders for international tourists on September 11 under strict health protocols.
  • International tourists will be required to provide negative COVID-19 test results that are valid for two weeks.
  •  Visa regulations for visiting Bali starting 11 September will be subject to approval from Indonesian Government.

Thursday 16 July 2020  

The Bali provincial administration is preparing to welcome foreign visitors in September with a three-step plan to reopen activity in compliance with “new normal” policies:
  • The first phase: July 9th, 2020 - Businesses will begin to reopen to the local people in Bali (public service, transportation, art and culture, trade, farming, health, environment, social, public facilities and tourism for locals)
  • The second phase: July 31st, 2020 - Bali will reopen the island to all domestic tourists. Indonesian tourists will be able to travel to the island for the purpose of tourism. All tourism activities, tours and attractions will reopen. 
  •  The Third Phase: September 11th, 2020 - Bali will officially reopen to international tourists

No further details have been released if Bali will be open to all countries or if testing will be required. At the moment, all domestic tourists visiting Bali must follow Rapid Test or PCR with negative results.

*Important Note: The reopening of tourism activities is dependent on approval of the Indonesian government. Also whether or not the plan is carried out will greatly depend on the situation and the dynamics development of Covid-19 in Bali. More info: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/07/06/bali-to-welcome-international-tourists-in-september.html https://www.traveloffpath.com/bali-officially-reopening-for-international-tourism-on-september-11th/

Wednesday 1 April 2020  

  • Foreign nationals have been prohibited from entering or transiting in Indonesian territory from April 2, 2020 until an unspecified time.

Wednesday 18 March 2020

  • Indonesia will suspend its visa exemption policy for all countries for one month from 20 March. This includes exemption for short-stay visits, visa-on-arrival and diplomatic visa-free facilities.
  • All travellers wishing to visit Indonesia must apply for a visa in advance (please contact the embassy in your home country for more details). On arrival a health alert certificate must be submitted to the Health Quarantine Office.
  • People who have traveled to Iran, Italy, the Vatican, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland and UK in the last 14 days will be prevented from entering or transiting in Indonesia.
  • Additional screening by the Health Quarantine Office will be in place upon arrival for Indonesian citizens who have traveled to the aforementioned countries.
  • Tanjung Putting National Park in Borneo will be closed from 18 March until 13 April 2020.

Tuesday 17 March 2020 

  • Bali: Penglipuran Village in Bangli regency will close for tourists from 18-30 March 2020.
  • Central Java: 40 tourist sites in Central Java are closed until 29 March 2020, including Borobudur, Mendut, Pawon Temples and Mount Merbabu trekking in Magelang; as well as sites in Solo and Semarang.
  • Yogyakarta: Prambanan Temples and other smaller temples are closed until 29 March 2020.
  •  East Java: Ijen National Park (Ijen Trekking) is closed until 29 March 2020

Monday 16 March 2020

  • Entry and transit to Indonesia have been suspended for travellers who in the last 14 days have visited:
            • Iran - namely Tehran (Tehran), Qom, Gilan.
            • Italy - Lombardi, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Marche, and Piedmon regions.
            • South Korea - Daegu city and Gyeongsangbuk-do Province.
  • Prior to landing, visitors/travellers arriving from these countries are required to complete a Health Alert Card (Kartu Kewaspadaan Kesehatan) issued by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia.
  • Borobudur Temple Zone-1 will close from 16-29 March 2020.
  • Ports at the 3 Gilis (Trawangan, Air and Meno) will close from 17 March 2020 for the next 2 weeks, as well as Senggigi port and other special ports for tourists within Lombok/West Nusa Tenggara area. The public harbour of Lembar is operating as normal.
  • All tourist destinations in Bali remain open.

Sunday 15 March 2020

As of 9 March 2020 the Indonesian government took the following measures:
  • For all visitors/travellers from certain areas in Iran, Italy, and South Korea, a health certificate issued by the official Health Authorities from each respective country will be required.
  • Prior to landing, visitors/travellers arriving from the three said countries are required to complete a Health Alert Card (Kartu Kewaspadaan Kesehatan) issued by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia. • Some tourist sites have been closed down for sanitising processes.

Uzbekistan - COVID-19 Update

Get travel advisory updates from the official website in Uzbekistan: uzbekistan.travel

Tuesday 22 September 2020

From October 1st, Uzbekistan will open its borders, with the following regulations:
  • People coming from "green" countries (China, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Georgia, Hungary, Finland, Latvia, Austria and Japan – if they stayed there not less than 14 days) are allowed to enter Uzbekistan without any restrictions.
  • People arriving from "yellow" (Azerbaijan, Belarus, United Arab Emirates and EU countries (except UK and Spain) and "red" countries (all other countries) will need to have a negative PCR test, done within the last 72 hours.
  • If a person arriving in Uzbekistan has not passed a coronavirus test within the last 72 hours, he/she must take a PCR test, an express test or an antibody test at his own expense at a checkpoint (airport, train station, etc.). After that, he/she will be allowed to enter the territory of Uzbekistan and will be sent to a 14-day quarantine in a hotel or at private house/apartment. The visitor must provide a receipt for a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a hotel or at private house/apartment.
  • If a person has symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival in Uzbekistan, he/she must take a PCR test, an express test or an antibody test at his own expense at checkpoints (airport/train station). If the result is positive, the tourist will have to take treatment at his own expense or return back home.
  • Persons arriving in Uzbekistan through land borders from Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan, after passing a PCR test for coronavirus, an express test or an antibody test, will have to stay a 14-day quarantine in hotels or at a private house/apartment.
 

Tuesday 8 September 2020

  • Uzbekistan is opening the borders step by step. The first stage is a few regular flights by Uzbekistan Airways with a schedule for September only. More info here.
  • Passengers will need a negative test result for COVID-19 and will be required to have their temperature measured and fill out a questionnaire with a commitment to 14-day self-isolation.

Tuesday 11 August 2020

  • Uzbekistan borders are still closed for foreign nationals.
  • The lockdown has been extended until 15 August.
  • Domestic tourism is also not possible.

Thursday 16 July 2020

Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, Uzbekistan re-introduced strict lockdown till 1 August, with possible extension. The borders are closed, only Uzbek nationals can enter the country by special charter flights or through land borders.  Official source: https://t.me/koronavirusinfouz,  

Monday 16 March 2020

  • Effective 16 March 2020 international flights will be suspended until 5 April 2020 (current plan) and land crossings will be closed. This means that entry (for foreigners) and departure (for Uzbeks) from the country will be suspended.
  • All citizens (regardless of which country they belong to) arriving on a charter flight or other specialised transport from China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, France and Spain, and those who visited these countries within the last 14 days, will not be allowed to enter the country.
  • All tourist sites are open and operating normally.

Sunday 15 March 2020

  • All tourist sites are open and operating normally.
  • All citizens (regardless of which country they belong to) arriving on a charter flight or other specialized transport from China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, France and Spain and all who visited those countries within the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter the country.

Japan - COVID-19 Update

Get travel advisory updates from the official website in Japan: Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Tuesday 22 September 2020

  • On September 8, Japan announced a travel bubble with five regions in Asia – Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Taiwan – which will be joining Thailand and Vietnam on Japan’s travel bubble list.
  • The travel bubble is currently limited to residents in the respective countries/regions.
  • Separately, Japan and Singapore have also agreed to a travel corridor for short-term business travellers starting September 18.

Sunday 15 March 2020

  • In order to prevent COVID-19 from entering Japan, foreigners who have stayed in some areas of some countries within 14 days will be refused entry to Japan under the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, with or without symptoms, unless there are special circumstances..
  • Anyone who has boarded an airplane or ships arriving from China or republic of Korea and not be isolated or stopped is required to stay days at a location designated by the quarantine station chief and not to use public transportation in Japan. (Effective 09 March 2020)

Bhutan - COVID-19 Update

Get travel advisory updates from the official website in Bhutan: Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan 

Thursday 6 August 2020

  • Bhutan's borders remain closed with no plans to reopen within the next few months.

Sunday 15 March 2020

  • The government has announced it will impose two weeks’ restriction on all incoming tourists with immediate effect.
  • The government also announced the closure of several schools and the postponement of international conferences and seminars for two weeks

India - COVID-19 Update

Get travel advisory updates from the official website in India: Indian Visa Online

Thursday 2 September 2020

  • From 1st September there shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods, and no separate permission/ e-permit will be required for such movements.
  • State/ UT Governments shall not impose any local lockdown (State/ District/ sub-division/City/ village level), outside the containment zones, without prior consultation with the central government.

Thursday 16 July 2020

India is in second of a three-phase plan. Domestic and international flights and travel & visa restrictions remain until 30th July.

Sunday 15 March 2020

  • Visas of all foreigners already in India remain valid. They may contact the nearest FRRO/FRO through e-FRRO module for extension/conversion of their visa or grant of any consular service if they choose to do so.
  • All incoming travelers, including Indian nationals, arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany after 15 February, 2020 shall be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13 March 2020 at the port of departure.
  • The International Indian Film Academy Awards and Delhi’s fashion week have been postponed as well as other festivals and public gatherings.

Sri Lankan - COVID-19 Update

Get travel advisory updates from the official website in Sri Lankan: Ministry of Health

Thursday 16 July 2020

The decision to reopen Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) for commercial traffic on 01st August 2020 has been put on hold indefinitely enabling Health Authorities more time for risk assessment and to come up with suitable recommendations. However it is widely expected that BIA will reopen for foreign visitors not later than 01st September 2020.  

Wednesday 18 March 2020

  • All passenger arrivals to Sri Lanka to be suspended from midnight 18th March until 31st March. Departures and transit will continue.

Monday 16 March 2020

  • All flights to Sri Lanka from the United Kingdom, Norway and Belgium have been suspended effective today 16 March. The relevant travel restriction will be in effect for 2 weeks.
  • Any passenger arriving from the aforementioned countries on 16 March will be directed to quarantine centres, while there will be no quarantine for passengers who arrive in the country up until midnight 15 March.
  • The Ministry of Foreign Relations has decided to limit the provision of consular services in 11 Sri Lanka Missions overseas commencing 16th March until further notice. The countries include Italy, Iran, South Korea, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden, and Austria.

Sunday 15 March 2020

  • The Sri Lankan Government has stopped the issuance of visas on arrival effective 14 March 2020. This facility will no longer be available until further notice.
  • However, visas can still be applied for in advance of travel online via www.eta.gov.lk
  • All visas already obtained in advance online will be valid for travel.
  • Currently, there is a 14-day mandatory quarantine in place for nationals arriving from Italy, Korea and Iran. This has not yet been extended to cover other nationalities.

Nepal - COVID-19 Update

Get travel advisory updates from the official website in Nepal: Government of Nepal, Department of Immigration

Tuesday 20 October 2020

  • Nepal has reopened its borders for trekking and mountaineering activities as from 17 October.
  • However travellers will be required to obtain a negative Covid-19 PCR test result within 72 hours before departure and must quarantine for 7 days in a Kathmandu hotel on arrival.
  • Please be aware that Covid-19 cases are increasing in Nepal.

Tuesday 29 September

  • Nepal will reopen the it's borders to international tourists from October 17
  • Incoming travellers will be required to obtain a negative Covid-19 PCR test result within 72 hours before departure, after which, they will not be subjected to any kind of quarantine or self-isolation upon their arrival in Nepal
  • As part of the country’s phased reopening, the government has allowed domestic flights, intercity buses, hotels and restaurants to reopen
  • Trekking and mountaineering groups will also be allowed to take foreign clients up to the mountains from October 17

Thursday 16 July 2020  

Lockdown in Nepal is easing but Covid cases are increasing each day. Tourism is zero but other local businesses are open. There is no sign of reopening the border for travelers.  

Thursday 19 March 2020  

  • From 20 March 2020 all passengers coming through direct flights, having a transit at, and taking the first flight of their origin from Europe, West-Asia and all the Gulf-Countries, Turkey, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan are subjected to Arrival Restrictions in Nepal.

Sunday 15 March 2020

  • Nepal has temporarily suspended visa on arrival for all foreigners.
  • All foreign visitors with a prior valid visa have to submit a swab test PCR health certificate issued maximum 7 days before their arrival date.
  • All foreign nationals entering Nepal since 14 March 2020 will be subjected to stay in self quarantine.
  • All land ports in Nepal remain closed.

Hong Kong - COVID-19 Update

Get travel advisory updates from the official website in Hong Kong: Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Thursday 24 November 2020

The below air travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong has been delayed by at least 2 weeks.

Wednesday 11 November 2020

The first leisure air travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore will open on 22 Nov with one bubble flight per day.
  • No restrictions on type of itinerary
  • No restrictions on type of travel
  • No quarantine, stay-home notices, replaced by testing on arrival
  • Daily quota of 200 "bubble travellers"/ way
  • Flights shared between Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines
  • From 7 Dec, the flight capacity will increase to twice daily

Thursday 6 August 2020

  • Non-Hong Kong residents are still unable to enter into Hong Kong.

Tuesday 24 March 2020 

To further prevent imported cases and cut the global and local virus transmission chain as far as possible, the following measures will be implemented with effect from 0.00am on March 25, tentatively for 14 days:
  • All non-Hong Kong residents coming from overseas countries and regions by plane will be denied entry to Hong Kong;
  • Non-Hong Kong residents coming from the Mainland, Macao and Taiwan will be denied entry to Hong Kong if they have been to any overseas countries and regions in the past 14 days;
  • All transit services at Hong Kong International Airport will be suspended; and
  • All travellers coming from Macao and Taiwan, including Hong Kong and non-Hong Kong residents, will be subject to a 14-day compulsory quarantine, which is the same as the arrangements for people entering Hong Kong from the Mainland
Government announces enhancements to anti-epidemic measures in four aspects here

Wednesday 18 March 2020

  • From March 19, quarantine orders for compulsory quarantine will be extended to people who have been to all overseas countries/territories (except Macau, Taiwan) in the past 14 days, regardless of whether they are Hong Kong residents.
  • Please click here for the latest travel restrictions from Cathay Pacific.

Monday 16 March 2020

  • Effective midnight on 19 March 2020, the DH's Port Health Division officers will issue quarantine orders under the Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation for compulsory home quarantine to people arriving in Hong Kong who have been to Ireland, UK, USA and Egypt in the past 14 days, regardless of whether they are Hong Kong residents.
  • Meanwhile, the quarantine measures announced earlier for people arriving in Hong Kong who have been to Korea, Iran, Hokkaido in Japan and Schengen Area in Europe (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Principality of Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Republic of Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland) in the past 14 days remain unchanged.

Sunday 15 March 2020

• Effective 14 March 2020, people arriving in Hong Kong who have been to the following countries/areas in the past 14 days, regardless of whether they are Hong Kong residents, will be subject to compulsory home quarantine.
  1. Italy (except Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Veneto regions)
  2. Bourgogne-Franche-Comte and Grand Est regions in France
  3. North Rhine-Westphalia region in Germany
  4. Hokkaido in Japan
  5. La Rioja, Madrid and Pais Vasco regions in Spain
• Effective 17 March 2020, people arriving in Hong Kong who have been to the following countries/areas in the past 14 days, regardless of whether they are Hong Kong residents, will be subject to compulsory home quarantine.
  1. Korea (except Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do)
  2. Schengen Area in Europe (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy (except Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Veneto regions), Latvia, Principality of Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Republic of Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland)

Malaysia - COVID-19 Update

Get travel advisory updates from the official website in Malaysia: Media

Tuesday 29 September

Malaysia has hinted that it may open its borders for leisure tourism in Q1 2021 for neighbouring ASEAN countries.

Tuesday 22 September 2020

Malaysia has tightened entry rules and is now enforcing an entry ban on citizens from countries with more than 150,000 Covid-19 cases. The rule was implemented 7 September for travellers from the United States, Brazil, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Bangladesh.

Thursday 2 September 2020

  • Despite Malaysia’s admirable efforts in battling the Covid-19 pandemic, the recovery movement control order has been extended to 31 Dec 2020.
  • International borders will remain closed and foreign tourists will still not be allowed in to the country.
  • Malaysia and Singapore started a travel bubble with its Reciprocal Green Lane project from 17 Aug 2020, for essential and official purposes only. Tourism/leisure travels are still not allowed

Thursday 6 August 2020

  • With the decline in COVID-19 positive cases, Malaysia is now in Recovery MCO phase (RMCO) from June 10th to August 31st 2020.
  • Wearing masks, temperature taking, checking in using QR codes for contact tracing are by default, in schools, public areas as well as social distancing with a minimum of one metre away.
  • Malaysians are restricted from travelling overseas and its mandatory to undergo a 14 day quarantine upon returning from overseas.
  • Malaysia is now allowing medical tourists to enter the country, as of 1 July 2020.
  • Other exceptions for foreigners to enter as of July 2020, but with strict requirements includes: Expatriates holding high management positions with Employment Pass category 1 (EP1), Professional Visit Pass and Resident Talent Pass, foreign spouses with long-term dependency pass, etc.

Wednesday 25 March 2020

  • The partial lockdown (Movement Control Order) has been extended until 14 April 2020.

Wednesday 18 March 2020  

  • The government has requested guests staying in hotels to remain indoors as much as possible, as most, if not all, key attractions and outdoor eateries are closed for operations. Meals at hotels are limited to room service only. Hotels are not able to accept new bookings or check-ins for arrivals from 18-31 March 2020.
  • Passengers on transit are allowed to proceed to their onward destinations, however crossings to Sabah and Sarawak are not allowed.

Tuesday 17 March 2020  

  • The Prime Minister of Malaysia has announced a Restricted Movement Order nationwide (including Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak), starting from 18 to 31 March 2020. As well as the closure of all schools and many businesses, the entry of all foreign tourists will be restricted.

Sunday 15 March 2020

  • Foreign nationals who have visited China, Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy and Denmark in the past 14 days will be denied entry to Malaysia.
  • Additional travel restrictions are in place for Sabah and Sarawak in East Malaysia.
  • The government has suspended or cancelled all events/conferences/gatherings until 30 April 2020.

Thursday 16 July

Maldives is opening its border and lifting travel restrictions from 15th July with free 30 day tourist visas on arrival. Maldives government guidelines below: The Ministry of Tourism http://www.tourism.gov.mv/

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises the following hygiene and preventive actions:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough
  • Thoroughly cook meat and eggs
  • Avoid unprotected contact with live or wild animals

We recommend checking the World Health Organisation’s page for updates. Click here to visit their site

The safety of our clients will always be our priority and we will keep you updated of any changes. As always, ICS Travel Group provides 24-hour assistance if clients have concerns while vacationing.

If you have any questions, please contact your dedicated sales representative, or contact us at [email protected]

Thank you,

ICS Travel Group