Information for Travelers During COVID-19

Japan Partially restricted

Entry Restrictions

As of November 1, 2020, foreign nationals who fall into either of the following categories are prohibited from entering Japan:
(1) Foreign nationals who have visited (or transited through) any of the following locations within 14 days of their arrival in Japan:
Africa: Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Asia: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Europe: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City
Middle East: Bahrain, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates
North America: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States
South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela
(2) Persons holding Chinese passports issued in Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province.
 
Quarantine Requirements
(1) All persons (including Japanese nationals) who have visited any of the above-listed locations within 14 days of their arrival in Japan must undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19;
(2) All persons (including Japanese nationals) must undergo a 14-day quarantine at their residence or a designated facility. This policy does not apply to Japanese nationals returning from business trips abroad and foreign nationals holding valid Japanese residence permits provided: 1) they spent no more than 7 days in their destination abroad, and 2) their PCR test result is negative. Further exemptions exist for persons traveling from a location not listed above. Regardless of origin, all persons (including Japanese nationals) must refrain from using public transportation for 14 days following arrival in Japan.
 
Phased Resumption of Cross-Border Travel
Japanese nationals and nationals from select countries / regions intending to remain in Japan long-term as business personnel on rotation to local affiliates may apply to enter Japan under the "Residence Track" program. Persons traveling under this program are required to observe all testing and isolation requirements upon arrival in Japan. Currently, the "Residence Track" is available to travelers from the following countries / regions: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Laos, Mainland China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam. More information is available at the following URL: https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html
 
"Business Track" for Residents from Mainland China, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam
Residents of Mainland China, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam are eligible to apply for special permission to travel to Japan for up to 30 days for limited business activities. All persons seeking to travel under the "business track" program must apply for a visa and/or a "Re-entry Confirmation Letter" from a local Japanese embassy or consulate. Potential "business track" travelers must submit a "Schedule of Activities in Japan" and a "Written Pledge," in which the hosting company/entity in Japan agrees to properly implement all COVID-19 quarantine measures. The activity schedule should provide a detailed itinerary including all accommodations and destinations to be visited by the traveler during their initial 14 days in Japan. Persons approved to use the "business track" will receive an official cover letter from the Japanese embassy or consulate. Travelers must present the official cover letter at an authorized medical institution and undergo a real time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their planned departure. All persons not registered with the Japanese public insurance system should carry private medical insurance valid for use in Japan with coverage sufficient for all medical expenses that may arise during their stay. 
 
Upon arrival in Japan, travelers using the "business track" must undergo additional testing for COVID-19, submit a health questionnaire, their "Written Pledge," their "Schedule of Activities in Japan," and their pre-departure COVID-19 test results for inspection. All persons must install a COVID-19 contact tracing application, the LINE communications application, and a map application onto their mobile phones. During the initial 14 days following arrival, "business track" travelers are limited to the activities listed on their "Schedule of Activities in Japan.” They must refrain from using public transportation and must report their health condition each day to a designated person at the company or entity hosting them. Additional information and links to sample forms are available at the following URL: https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html
 
Visa Restrictions
The Japanese government has suspended the validity of single- and multiple-entry visas issued by Japanese embassies or consulates in numerous countries and regions prior to specific dates. Visa exemption agreements with numerous countries is suspended. Visa exemptions for holders of APEC Business Travel Cards issued by several countries is suspended. A complete list of visa suspensions is available from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan website at the following URL: https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html
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SingaporePartially restricted
"Air Travel Pass" Available to Travelers from Select Locations
Travelers departing from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Mainland China, New Zealand, Taiwan, or Vietnam are permitted to enter Singapore for short-term visits including for tourism. Travelers must apply for an "Air Travel Pass" (ATP) at least 7 days and no more than 30 days prior to their intended arrival in Singapore and must remain entirely within one of the permitted departure locations for the 14 days prior to their scheduled departure. Upon arrival, all persons must, at their own expense, undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19 and self-isolate for 1-2 days at a pre-booked, non-residential accommodation while awaiting their test results. All persons are required to install the "TraceTogether" mobile app for contact tracing purposes and submit their personal information electronically via "SG Arrival Card" system. Persons who hold a passport that requires a visa for travel to Singapore must separately obtain a valid visa prior to departure. An ATP is NOT a substitute for a required visa. Additional information including links to ATP applications are available at the following URL: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/arriving/overview
 
"Reciprocal Green Lane" for Residents from Select Locations
Residents from Brunei Darussalam, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Mainland China (with exceptions), Malaysia, and South Korea may be eligible to travel to Singapore for business or official travel using a so-called "Reciprocal Green Lane" (RGL) scheme. Persons seeking to use the RGL must be sponsored by either a Singapore-based company or a Singapore Government agency, which will file an application on their behalf for a "SafeTravel Pass." Once approved, "SafeTravel Pass" holders may then apply for a standard travel visa (persons holding existing valid visas need not apply for a new visa). Residents from Malaysia are limited to a maximum stay of 14 days. Residents from Indonesia are limited to traveling from either Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) or the Batam Center Ferry Terminal. Only residents from the following locations in Mainland China are eligible to use the RGL: Chongqing Municipality, Guangdong Province, Jiangsu Province, Shanghai Municipality, Tianjin Municipality, and Zhejiang Province.
 
Persons seeking to use the RGL cannot have traveled outside one of permitted departure locations during the 14 days prior to their scheduled departure for Singapore and must, at their own expense, obtain a certificate showing a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test performed by an accredited laboratory in the departure location. Travelers are required to produce this certificate along with their "SafeTravel Pass," valid travel visa, and proof of a return ticket or other onward transportation in order to enter Singapore.
 
Upon arrival, RGL travelers will undergo an additional PCR test at their own expense and will be transported by the host company or government agency to a non-residential accommodation where they must self-isolate while awaiting their test results. Upon confirmation of a negative test result, the host company or government agency will ensure the traveler is transported to and from their workplace for the duration of the traveler's stay in Singapore. The host company or government agency will further ensure the traveler installs and uses the "TraceTogether" mobile app for the duration of the traveler's stay in Singapore. RGL travelers are not permitted to use public transportation while in Singapore.
 
"Periodic Commuting Arrangement" for Malaysian Residents
From August 10, 2020, Malaysian nationals and permanent residents holding valid Singapore work passes may be eligible for a new "Periodic Commuting Arrangement" (PCA) scheme allowing cross-border travel at the Johor-Singapore Causeway and Malaysia-Singapore Second Link. Singapore-based employers must submit an application to use the PCA on behalf of their employees. Applications must be submitted at least 7 days prior to the employee's intended entry into Singapore and employees must be willing to remain in Singapore for at least 90 days. Specific information requirements for submitting a PCA application are available at the following URL: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/malaysia/pca/overview
 
Prior to arrival, persons using the PCA must complete an electronic Health Declaration Card (eHDC) found at the following URL: https://eservices.ica.gov.sg/sgarrivalcard . They must also install the "TraceTogether," "Homer," and "WhatsApp" mobile applications. Upon arrival, persons using the PCA must refrain from using public transportation and proceed directly to their registered accommodation where they must self-isolate for 7 days under the terms of their "Stay Home Notice" (SHN). During the self-isolation period, persons are only allowed to leave their SHN location to go to a designated testing facility to undergo a PCR swab test for COVID-19. During their stay, persons in Singapore under the PCA must abide by all prevailing local public health requirements and safe distancing measures. Persons using the PCA, or their employers, must agree to cover all costs associated with self-isolation and testing.
 
All Others
The following policies are in place:
1) The Singaporean government will designate countries / regions as either "lower-risk" or "higher-risk" depending on relevant epidemiological factors and the prevalence of COVID-19 in those locations. All persons arriving from "lower-risk" locations must either: a) undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19 upon arrival in Singapore, or b) self-isolate for 7 days at the their place of residence and undergo a subsequent PCR test. All persons arriving from "higher-risk" locations must undergo a 14-day quarantine at their residence or a designated facility followed by a subsequent PCR test;
2) All persons (including those transiting Singapore) who have traveled to India, Indonesia, or the Philippines within 14 days of their arrival in Singapore must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. This policy does not apply to Singaporean nationals or lawful permanent residents;
3) From November 18, 2020, all persons arriving in Singapore (regardless of origin) must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. This policy does not apply to Singaporean nationals or lawful permanent residents. All persons (including Singapore nationals and permanent residents) must submit a health declaration to immigration authorities upon arrival;
4) Persons who, for the 14 consecutive days prior to their departure for Singapore, have remained in either Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Mainland China, New Zealand, Taiwan, or Vietnam may apply for an Air Travel Pass (ATP) at least 7 days and no more than 30 days prior to their intended arrival in Singapore. Upon arrival, such persons must undergo testing for COVID-19; however, they are not required to self-isolate or undergo quarantine. Persons who test positive must undergo treatment at their own expense;
5) All other short-term visitors, regardless of origin, are prohibited from entering or transiting through Singapore;
6) All foreign nationals holding a Long-Term Pass issued by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) must obtain prior permission from the relevant government agency prior to departing for Singapore. This includes Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) or Student's Pass (STP), or In-Principle Approval (IPA) letters for LTVP or STP.
Additional information is available from the following URL: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/arriving/overview
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South KoreaPartially restricted
"Fast Lane" Immigration Clearance for Residents of Singapore
From September 2, 2020, lawful residents and Long-Term Pass holders from Singapore who seek to travel to South Korea for essential business or official purposes may apply for "fast fane" immigration clearance. To use the "fast lane," travelers must be sponsored by either a company or a government agency in South Korea, which will file an application on the traveler's behalf for an "Isolation Exemption Certificate." If approved, the traveler will receive official notification, which they must submit to the South Korean embassy in Singapore along with a copy of their passport, a flight itinerary, and a completed Isolation Exemption Certificate at least 5 and no more than 10 days prior to intended departure. The South Korean embassy will issue the traveler with the necessary supporting documentation to facilitate travel to South Korea, including documentation to obtain a pre-departure polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19 at a designated testing facility in Singapore.
 
Upon arrival in South Korea, travelers using the "fast lane" must present their negative PCR test result for COVID-19, two official copies of their Isolation Exemption Certificate issued by the South Korean embassy in Singapore, and a valid visa (if required). Following immigration clearance, "fast lane" travelers must undergo an additional PCR test at Incheon International Airport (IIA) and quarantine while awaiting their results. Persons who test positive are required, at the own expense, to undergo medical treatment for COVID-19. All persons are required to install the South Korean government's "Self Health Check Mobile App" and comply with all monitoring and epidemic control measures in accordance with relevant South Korean health regulations. Finally, "fast lane" travelers must adhere to a controlled itinerary that is supervised by the sponsoring company or government agency for the first 14 days they are in South Korea.
 
Required Testing for Persons Arriving from "High-Risk" Locations
From August 12, 2020, foreign nationals arriving from countries or regions deemed by the South Korean government to be at "high-risk" for COVID-19 must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test performed no more than 48 hours prior to departure by a hospital or medical services provider approved by the local Korean embassy or consulate. Currently, this list includes the following countries / regions: Bangladesh, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Uzbekistan.
 
"Re-Entry Permit" Required for Alien Registration Card Holders
From June 1, 2020, persons holding an Alien Registration Card (ARC) must obtain a "Re-Entry Permit" prior to departure from South Korea if they intend to return. Failure to do so will result in cancellation of the Alien Registration. This policy does not apply to diplomats, government officials, or persons who hold Overseas Korean (F-4) status. To return to South Korea, persons holding a valid ARC must undergo testing for COVID-19 within 48 hours prior to departure and must present a medical certificate (written in English or Korean) showing their test results upon arrival in South Korea.
 
"Fast-Track" Immigration Clearance for Chinese Nationals
From May 1, 2020, Chinese nationals traveling to South Korea for business purposes may qualify for special "fast-track" immigration clearance provided they hold proof of a negative test for COVID-19 performed no more than 72 hours prior to departure. They must again test negative for COVID-19 upon arrival in Korea before being exempted from the mandatory quarantine procedures described below. Persons using "fast-track" immigration clearance are subject to standard government surveillance measures in place to combat COVID-19.
 
Special Entry Procedures
So-called "special entry procedures" are in place for all persons arriving in South Korea regardless of origin. All persons must proceed through immigration at their first port of entry in South Korea and may not connect to onward domestic flights. This policy does not apply to residents of Jeju Island or to special "Transit Exclusive Domestic Flights" connecting from Incheon International Airport (IIA) to Gimhae International Airport (PUS) in Busan. Individuals are allowed entry only after they provide verifiable contact information and an address within South Korea valid for the duration of their stay. All persons are required to install either the "Self-quarantine Safety Protection App" or the "Mobile Self-diagnosis App" on their phones and follow the instructions for documenting their health condition on a daily basis for 14 days. All persons arriving from the United States (including Korean nationals) must self-isolate and must get diagnostic tests within three days of commencing their quarantine period.
 
Symptomatic Passengers
All persons (including Korean nationals) will go through diagnostic tests if they have fever or respiratory symptoms identified during the quarantine stage. Persons who test positive for COVID-19 will be transferred to a hospital or Living and Treatment Center (Community Treatment Center). Korean nationals or long-term foreign nationals who test negative will be placed under self-quarantine. Foreign nationals who are short-term will be placed under quarantine at designated facilities.
 
Asymptomatic Passengers
Asymptomatic Korean nationals arriving from Europe and the United States will go into self-quarantine and get diagnostic tests at a health center within three days of arrival. Asymptomatic Korean nationals arriving from countries outside the European countries and the United States will go into self-quarantine and get diagnostic tests if they display any symptoms. Asymptomatic long-term foreign nationals arriving from the United States will be placed under self-quarantine and must get diagnostic tests within three days at a public health clinic. Asymptomatic foreign nationals for long-term and short-term stay arriving from Europe will get diagnostic tests at the airport. Afterwards, long-term foreign nationals will go into self-quarantine while short-term foreign nationals will be quarantined at designated facilities. Asymptomatic long-term stay foreign nationals arriving from countries other than European countries and the United States will go into self-quarantine and get diagnostic tests if they display any symptoms. Asymptomatic short-term foreign nationals arriving from countries outside the European continent will be placed under quarantine at designated facilities and get diagnostic tests if they display any symptoms.
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Hong Kong, ChinaPartially restricted
Quarantine-Free Entry from Guangdong Province and Macau SAR
From November 23, 2020, Hong Kong SAR residents returning from Guangdong Province in Mainland China or from Macau SAR may be eligible for special quarantine-free entry under the so-called "Return2hk Scheme." Residents must submit an online reservation and receive confirmation prior to departure. The daily limit on returnees is 3,000 via the Shenzhen Bay Port and 2,000 via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, respectively. All reservations are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and are non-transferable. Residents seeking to use the Return2hk Scheme must obtain proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test performed by a testing provider recognized by the HKSAR government. Upon arrival at the boundary control point, residents traveling under the Return2hk Scheme must present a valid Hong Kong SAR Identity Card, a Return2hk reservation confirmation, and proof of a negative RT-PCR test result. Additional information is available at the following URL: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/return2hk-scheme.html
"Air Travel Bubble" for Travelers from Singapore
The Hong Kong SAR government has announced a special "Air Travel Bubble" arrangement for persons traveling from Singapore regardless of their nationality. A final launch date has not been finalized and is subject to change. This policy does not apply to persons holding a "Work Permit" or "S Pass" issued by the Singapore Ministry of Manpower who work in the construction, marine shipyard, or process sectors. Travelers seeking to use the Air Travel Bubble must book passage on designated flights and the initial daily passenger quota is capped at 200. Travelers cannot have traveled outside Singapore during the 14 days prior to their scheduled departure for Hong Kong SAR and must have proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test performed by a recognized testing provider in Singapore. Travelers seeking to use the Air Travel Bubble must apply to undergo a pre-departure PCR test. Travelers must also submit an online health declaration form and pre-book an additional, post-arrival PCR test. Travelers will receive QR codes confirming their health declaration and post-arrival test booking, which are necessary when boarding Air Travel Bubble flights. Upon arrival, travelers must wait at the airport for their PCR test result and confirmation of a negative result is required to enter Hong Kong SAR. Travelers must observe all relevant health regulations and adhere to social distancing measures while in Hong Kong SAR. Persons who hold a passport that requires a visa for travel to Hong Kong SAR must separately obtain a valid visa prior to departure. Approval to use the Air Travel Bubble is NOT a substitute for a visa. Additional information is available at the following URL: https://www.tourism.gov.hk/travel-bubble/en/singapore.html
 
All Others The Hong Kong SAR government has implemented the following policies in response to COVID-19: 1) All non-residents arriving from overseas by air are prohibited from entering Hong Kong SAR; 2) All non-residents arriving from Mainland China, Macau SAR, or Taiwan who have visited any other country or region within 14 days of arrival are prohibited from entering Hong Kong SAR; 3) All persons (including Hong Kong SAR residents) arriving from Mainland China, Macau SAR, or Taiwan are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (some exceptions apply); 4) Travelers may transit Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) for onward flights under the same ticket provided they (and any accompanying luggage) are checked through to their final destination. This includes flights originating in Mainland China bound for final destinations abroad; 5) Transfer services at HKIA to final destinations in Mainland China remain suspended until further notice. All persons who visited Bangladesh, Belgium, Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, or the United States within 14 days of their scheduled departure for Hong Kong SAR must, upon arrival, present original documentation (in English or Chinese) issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure showing a negative result for COVID-19 using a nucleic acid test. Test results must contain the traveler's name and identity card or passport number. Travelers must also provide confirmation of a hotel booking in Hong Kong for a minimum of 14 days from the date of arrival.
 
Post-Arrival Testing and Quarantine All persons arriving at Hong Kong International Airport who are not exhibiting symptoms will be taken to a designated location and tested for COVID-19. All persons are required to wait onsite for their test results. Those who test negative will be released to proceed directly to their homes or a designated quarantine facility where they must complete their mandatory 14-day quarantine. Mandatory quarantine requirements do not apply to cross-boundary travelers provided they fall into one of the following categories: 1) Persons necessary for the supply of goods or services required for the normal operation of Hong Kong SAR or the daily needs of the people of Hong Kong SAR; 2) Persons necessary for governmental operation; 3) Persons necessary to protect the health or safety of the people of Hong Kong SAR or to handle the public health emergency; 4) Persons receiving nursery, kindergarten, primary, or secondary education at any school registered under the Education Ordinance (Cap. 279) in Hong Kong SAR, persons providing such education, or persons necessary for the safe travelling of any persons arriving in Hong Kong SAR for the purposes outlined in this clause; 5) Persons whose entry is deemed to serve the public interest of Hong Kong SAR; or 6) Persons traveling for purposes relating to manufacturing operations, business activities, or the provision of professional services deemed to be in the interest of economic development in Hong Kong SAR. Mandatory quarantine requirements do not apply to persons arriving from foreign places provided they fall into one of the following categories: 1) Persons necessary for the supply of goods or services required for the normal operation of Hong Kong SAR or the daily needs of the people of Hong Kong SAR; 2) Persons necessary for governmental operation; 3) Persons necessary to protect the health or safety of the people of Hong Kong SAR or to handle the public health emergency; or 4) Persons whose entry is deemed to serve the public interest of Hong Kong SAR.
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IndiaPartially restricted
Foreign nationals are prohibited from entering India for tourism. This policy does not apply to Bhutanese and Nepalese nationals. Foreign nationals holding any category of visa other than a tourist visa may travel to India. This includes dependents who hold an appropriate dependent visa. All previously suspended visas are now restored. This policy does not apply to electronic visas (e-Visa), tourist visas, and medical visas, which remain suspended. Foreign nationals whose visas in restored categories have expired may apply for a new visa at an Indian embassy or consulate abroad. Persons seeking to travel to India for family emergencies should apply for authorization at an Indian embassy or consulate abroad, which will evaluate applications on a case-by-case basis. All persons granted entry to India must strictly adhere to all guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare concerning COVID-19 and other health-related matters. Current guidelines, including information on pre-departure reporting, on-arrival testing, and quarantine, are available at the following URI: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/05112020Guidelinesforinternationalarrivals.pdf
 
Be advised, some state-level authorities in India have implemented additional policies and restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions.
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IndonesiaPartially restricted
Travel Corridor Arrangement for Singaporean Nationals
From October 29, 2020, Singaporean nationals and lawful residents may be eligible to travel to Indonesia for business or official travel of up to 30 days using a so-called "Travel Corridor Arrangement" (TCA) scheme. Persons seeking to use the TCA must be sponsored by either an Indonesia-based company or an Indonesian government agency, which will file an application on their behalf for a specific e-visa. Once approved, e-visa holders must then submit their travel history and a detailed itinerary online via the “Electronic Health Card” (e-HAC) system, and must hold a valid return ticket.
 
Persons seeking to use the TCA must, at their own expense, obtain a certificate showing a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test performed by an approved medical services provider in Singapore. TCA travelers are limited to arrival via Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) or the Batam Center Ferry Terminal.
 
Upon arrival, TCA travelers will undergo an additional PCR test at their own expense and will be transported by the host company or government agency to a non-residential accommodation where they must self-isolate while awaiting their test results. Upon confirmation of a negative test result, the host company or government agency will ensure the traveler is transported to and from their workplace for the duration of the traveler's stay in Indonesia and refrains from using public transportation. The host company or government agency will further ensure the traveler properly registers with the e-HAC system and observes all local pandemic control measures.
 
All Others
Foreign nationals are prohibited from entering Indonesia. This policy does not apply to persons who fall into one of the following categories: 1) Children of dual citizenship registered in the Indonesian immigration system as Indonesian citizens; 2) Holders of a "Temporary Stay Permit" or a "Permanent Stay Permit" (Permanent Residents/KITAS and KITAP) with a valid "Multiple Re-Entry Permit" (MERP); 3) Holders of an Indonesian diplomatic visa or an official / service visa, or those who hold Indonesian diplomatic stay or official / service stay permits; 4) Those engaged in medical services or the delivery of supplies or humanitarian assistance; 5) Crew members working on air, land, or sea transportation; 6) Those traveling for essential work on national strategic projects. Persons arriving from abroad are required to carry a health certificate showing a negative result for COVID-19 using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. The certificate must be issued by a recognized health authority no more than 7 days prior to departure for Indonesia. Failure to produce a valid certificate may result in denial of entry. Upon arrival, all persons are subject to additional testing for COVID-19 and will be directed to either self-isolate for 14 days or undergo quarantine at a designated facility.
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Macau, ChinaPartially restricted
From December 19, 2020, all persons who have visited one of following locations in Mainland China within 14 days of their arrival in Macau SAR must, at the discretion of Macau SAR health authorities, undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated location: Chaoyang District in Beijing Municipality Chenghua District and Pidu District in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province Dongning City, Heilongjiang Province Gaochang District in Turpan City, Xinjiang Province Jinzhou District in Dalian City, Liaoning Province Kashgar Prefecture, Xinjiang Province Kizilsu Kyrgyz Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang Province Manzhouli, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Suifenhe City, Heilongjiang Province Zhalainuo'er District, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Zhangjiang Township, Zhoupu Town, and Zhuqiao Town, Shanghai Municipality
 
All non-residents arriving from overseas are prohibited from entering Macau SAR. This policy does not apply to residents of Hong Kong SAR, Mainland China, and Taiwan provided they have not traveled to any other country or region within 14 days of their arrival in Macau SAR. This policy also provides limited exemptions for non-resident foreigners depending on their circumstances and recent travel history. All persons arriving in Macau SAR from Hong Kong SAR must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 24 hours prior to departure using a nucleic acid test and must undergo a 14-day quarantine at a designated facility upon arrival. All persons arriving from Mainland China must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 7 days prior to departure using a nucleic acid test. See above for additional restrictions on persons arriving from specific locations in Mainland China. All persons arriving in Macau SAR from Taiwan must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 7 days prior to departure using a nucleic acid test and must undergo a 14-day quarantine at a designated facility upon arrival. Additional information regarding exemptions for non-resident foreigners is available via the following URI: https://www.ssm.gov.mo/docs//17049//17049_83c59652adc7414c85fe6a10a1386aa2_002.jpeg
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Mainland ChinaPartially restricted
New COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Travel to Mainland China
From December 1, 2020, all persons (including Chinese nationals) traveling from abroad to destinations in Mainland China must have proof of dual negative results for COVID-19 using both a nucleic acid test and a serological test for IgM antibodies. Both tests must be performed no more than 48 hours prior to departure and results must be submitted for approval to a local Chinese embassy or consulate. Chinese nationals should upload results into their mobile Health QR Code app in order to obtain a "green" code containing an "HS" designation, which they must present to airline staff prior to boarding. Foreign nationals are advised to check with their local Chinese embassy or consulate for instructions on how to submit copies of their negative test results, their passport information page, and a signed health declaration form for inspection and verification. Foreign nationals from certain countries and regions will, upon verification of their information, receive a QR code containing an "HDC" designation, which they must present to airline staff prior to boarding. All travelers are advised to check with a local Chinese embassy or consulate in all jurisdictions they intend to pass through on their way to China in order to confirm testing and document verification requirements. Whenever possible, travelers are strongly encouraged to book direct flights to China in order to avoid complications with testing and document verification in connecting locations. Limited exemptions to this policy exist. All persons (including Chinese nationals) must undergo a 14-day quarantine at a designated location upon arrival in Mainland China. This policy includes an option for persons entering via Shanghai to undergo a 7-day quarantine in a designated location followed by 7 days of self-isolation at home. Foreign nationals instructed to upload their travel information electronically may do so via the following URL: https://hrhk.cs.mfa.gov.cn/H5/
 
Limited Resumption of Entry for Foreign Nationals
From November 5, 2020, foreign nationals holding valid residence permits for work, personal affairs, or family reunions many once again enter Mainland China. This policy does not apply to persons traveling from certain countries / regions, including Bangladesh, Belgium, Ethiopia, France, India, Italy, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. All travelers should consult their local Chinese embassy or consulate for the latest information regarding travel to Mainland China from their location. Persons whose residence permits in the approved categories expired after March 28, 2020, may apply for a new entry visa at a Chinese embassy or consulate abroad provided their reasons for traveling to Mainland China have not changed. Such persons should bring the expired residence permit and supporting documentation with them when they reapply. All persons traveling to Mainland China are required to abide by all epidemic control and prevention measures currently in place.
Resumption of Visa Applications for Certain Persons From August 25, 2020, persons from the following countries / regions are once again eligible to submit applications for a Chinese visa provided they meet certain criteria: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Montenegro, Myanmar, Netherlands, Norway, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. In order to apply, persons must fall into one of the following categories: 1) Persons who hold a valid "Foreigner’s Residence Permit" issued for work or who need to travel to China for family reunions or private matters; 2) Persons who hold an "Invitation Letter (PU/TE)" or "Verification Confirmation of Invitation" issued by a provincial authority for cultural, economic, scientific, sporting, technological, or trade purposes; 3) Persons who hold a "Notification Letter of Foreigners Work Permit" and a "Invitation Letter (PU/TE)" or a "Verification Confirmation of Invitation" for work in China; 4) Persons intending to visit an immediate family member (including parents, spouses, children, grandparents, or grandchildren) who is in a critical medical condition, or to attend to funeral arrangements for said person. Documentation proving the relationship is required; 5) Spouses or children under 18 of a Chinese national, or who themselves hold a valid Chinese "Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card" and who intend to visit China for the purposes of family reunion; 6) Persons (including an accompanying spouse or children under the age of 18) intending to travel to China to care for their Chinese parents. Documentation proving the relationship is required; 7) Persons who qualify to apply for a crew (C) visa. Persons are required to make an appointment online with the nearest Chinese Visa Application Centre before submitting any application materials in person. More information is available at the following URL: https://www.visaforchina.org/ "Fast Lane" Immigration Clearance for Singaporean Nationals From June 8, 2020, Singaporean nationals traveling to one of the following 6 provinces or municipalities in China for business purposes may qualify for special "fast lane" immigration clearance: Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Tianjin, or Zhejiang. To use "fast lane," travelers must be sponsored by either a company or a government agency in China, which will file an application on the traveler's behalf with local provincial or municipal authorities. If approved, the traveler will receive an official invitation letter. Travelers must then apply for a visa from the Chinese embassy in Singapore and submit a health declaration to Chinese authorities. No more than 48 hours prior to departure, "fast lane" travelers must undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19. Airlines will conduct pre-boarding checks to verify the traveler holds approval for "fast lane" clearance, a negative PCR test result, a return air ticket, and a valid visa. Failure to produce these documents may result in a denial of permission to board the aircraft. Upon arrival, "fast lane" travelers will undergo an additional PCR test and a serology test at their own expense. Travelers must then remain in a location designated by the local provincial or municipal government while awaiting their test results. Upon confirmation of a negative test result, the host company or government agency will ensure the traveler is transported between their designated accommodation and workplace for the duration of their stay. "Fast lane" travelers are required to use the local "Health QR code" system for the duration of their stay in China. "Fast lane" travelers are not permitted to use public transportation while in China. "Fast-Track" Immigration Clearance for Korean Nationals From May 1, 2020, Korean nationals traveling to China for business purposes may qualify for special "fast-track" immigration clearance provided they meet the following criteria: 1) They are sponsored by a Korean or Chinese firm in China that has successfully applied for permission to use the "fast-track" program; 2) They hold a letter of invitation from the sponsoring firm; 3) They were issued a valid visa by a Chinese embassy or consulate in Korea. Prior to departing for China, persons using the "fast-track" program must: 1) Self-monitor for 14 days for symptoms of COVID-19; 2) Obtain a certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to scheduled departure from a healthcare provider designated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare stating they have tested negative for COVID-19. Upon arrival in China, persons using the "fast-track" program must: 1) Undergo 1-2 days quarantine at a designated location; 2) Test negative for COVID-19 on both a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and a serological (antibody) test; 3) Use prearranged transportation to their final destination upon confirmation of negative test results. Korea nationals using the "fast-track" program are restricted to the following regions in China: Anhui Province, Chongqing Municipality, Guangdong Province, Jiangsu Province, Liaoning Province, Shaanxi Province, Shandong Province, Shanghai Municipality, Sichuan Province, and Tianjin Municipality. Quarantine-Free Entry for Persons Traveling from Macau SAR From August 12, 2020, persons traveling from Macau SAR to destinations in Mainland China are eligible for quarantine-free entry provided they meet the following criteria: 1) They hold valid travel documents to visit Mainland China; 2) They have not traveled outside Macau SAR or Mainland China during the 14 consecutive days prior to their intended arrival in Mainland China; 3) They hold proof of a negative test for COVID-19 issued no more than 7 days prior to departure using a PCR test, or can show their official health code contains that information; 4) They comply with all relevant epidemic prevention and control measures including submitting a health declaration form upon arrival in Mainland China. Persons unable to satisfy these requirements will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine. All Others From September 28, 2020, the following policies are in place: 1) Residents of Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan must undergo a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 and a 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Mainland China. This policy provides a limited exemption for travelers from Macau SAR (see above); 2) The following visa-free or temporary visa arrangements are temporarily suspended: Port visas, 24/72/144-hour visa-free transit, Hainan 30-day visa-free entry, 15-day visa-free entry for foreign cruise ships or groups tours at Shanghai Port, Guangdong 144-hour visa-free entry for foreign tour groups from Hong Kong SAR or Macau SAR, and Guangxi 15-day visa-free entry for foreign tour groups from ASEAN countries. 3) Diplomatic, service, courtesy, or "C" visas are not impacted; 4) Foreign nationals coming to China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities, or for emergency humanitarian needs may continue to apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates. Foreign nationals holding visas issued after these policies were implemented may enter China. Be advised, many provincial authorities in China have implemented additional policies and restrictions on both Chinese and foreign nationals arriving into their jurisdictions. You are advised to verify all local requirements at your destination.
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MalaysiaPartially restricted
"Reciprocal Green Lane" for Singapore Residents
From August 10, 2020, legal residents in Singapore may be eligible to travel to Malaysia for business or official travel for up to 14 days using a so-called "Reciprocal Green Lane" (RGL) scheme. Persons seeking to use the RGL must be sponsored by either a Malaysia-based company or a Malaysian government agency, which will file an application on their behalf for a "MyTravelPass" at least 10 business days prior to intended departure.
 
Persons seeking to use the RGL cannot have traveled outside of Singapore during the 14 days prior to their scheduled departure for Singapore and must, at their own expense, obtain a certificate showing a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Travelers are required to produce this certificate along with their "MyTravelPass" and in order to enter Malaysia.
 
RGL travelers must undergo an additional PCR test at their point of entry or within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia and must be transported directly by the host company or government agency to a non-residential accommodation where they must self-isolate while awaiting their test results. Upon confirmation of a negative test result, the host company or government agency will ensure the traveler is transported to and from their workplace for the duration of the traveler's stay and will further ensure the traveler installs and uses the "MySejahtera" mobile application. Persons who test positive for COVID-19 must immediately seek necessary medical treatment from the Malaysian government.
 
"Periodic Commuting Arrangement" for Singapore Residents
From August 10, 2020, Singaporean nationals and permanent residents holding valid long-term Malaysian visas for business or work purposes may be eligible for a new "Periodic Commuting Arrangement" (PCA) scheme allowing travel via the Johor-Singapore Causeway and Malaysia-Singapore Second Link land border checkpoints. Malaysia-based employers must submit an application for a "MyTravelPass" to use the PCA on behalf of their employees. Applications must be submitted at least 10 business days prior to the employee's intended entry into Malaysia and employees must be willing to remain in Malaysia for at least 90 days before returning to Singapore. Persons using the PCA must install and use the "MySejahtera" mobile application. Upon arrival in Malaysia, they must self-isolate for 7 days under the terms of a modified "Home Surveillance Order" (HSO) and afterwards undergo a serological test for COVID-19 using a rapid test kit (RTK). Persons who test negative will be released from their HSO.
 
All Others
Foreign nationals are prohibited from entering Malaysia. This policy does not apply to persons who hold a "MyPR" card, a "Malaysia My Second Home" (MM2H) pass, a valid student pass, a valid temporary employment pass, are the spouse or child of Malaysian nationals, or are a diplomat. Foreign nationals traveling from countries or regions with over 150,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 are prohibited from entering Malaysia. Currently, this includes the following locations: Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Philippines, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States.
 
All persons (including Malaysian nationals) returning from abroad are required to undergo testing for COVID-19 and a 10-day quarantine upon arrival. Non-nationals must register online and prepay in full for all required testing and quarantine services. Malaysian nationals will be charged a reduced rate. Additionally, all persons must download and sign a "Letter of Undertaking and Indemnity for Persons under Surveillance" (LoU). Travelers should consult their local Malaysian embassy or consulate for LoU templates and instructions. At least three days prior to departure, all persons must submit relevant documents (including a LoU) to a local Malaysian embassy or consulate for approval. Failure to submit documents may result in a denial of permission to board flights bound for Malaysia. Upon arrival, all persons are required install and use the "MySejahtera" mobile application to track and monitor their health status. Be advised, some state-level authorities in Malaysia have implemented additional policies and restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions. Registration and prepayment information is available via the following URL: https://safetravel.myeg.com.my/
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PhilippinesPartially restricted
Foreign nationals are prohibited from entering the Philippines. This policy does not apply to foreign spouses and children of Filipino citizens, foreign parents of Filipino minors or Filipino children with special needs, persons who hold a valid long-term visa, diplomatic officials, persons who work for international organizations, foreign airline crew members, or foreign seafarers holding a category 9(c) visa. Further exemptions exist for persons holding a valid, previously-issued "Permanent Resident" or "Native-Born" visa (categories 13(a), 13(b), 13(c), 13(d), 13(e), 13(g), RA 7919, EO 324, or native-born), persons holding a valid visa for work as personnel or executives of multinational companies (category EO 226 as amended by RA 8756), persons holding a special visa issued by the Philippine Department of Justice (category 47(a)2), and persons holding a visa issued by the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority or the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority. Such persons must secure a pre-booked COVID-19 testing provider and a place at an accredited quarantine facility prior to departure. Entry is subject to limitation regarding the maximum number of allowed inbound passengers at the specific arrival port on the scheduled arrival date. The Philippine government has suspended the issuing of new visas and all existing visa-free entry arrangements are suspended. All persons (including Filipino nationals) granted entry to the Philippines must undergo a 14-day quarantine at a designated facility. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and persons traveling together as a family with at least 1 OFW must submit an electronic case investigation form (e-CIF) online prior to boarding aircraft bound for the Philippines. Non-OFWs and foreign nationals should consult their airline regarding the submission of an e-CIF. The e-CIF system for OFWs is available at the following URL: https://e-cif.redcross.org.ph/
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Taiwan, ChinaPartially restricted
All non-Taiwanese residents are prohibited from entering Taiwan. This policy does not apply to persons holding an "Alien Residential Certificate" (ARC), persons holding special approval to enter for reasons other than tourism or regular social visits, persons with permission to enter for approved medical care, or persons holding approval to enter for study (and their companions). Residents of Hong Hong SAR and Macao SAR may apply to enter Taiwan for special humanitarian reasons or emergency situations, to fulfill contractual obligations, as part of internal transfers within multinational enterprises, if they are the spouse or child of a Taiwanese resident and possess a Taiwanese Resident Certificate, for commercial and trade exchanges, or if they hold a Taiwanese Resident Certificate related to employment, investment, or entrepreneurship. Entry permission will be granted on a case-by-case basis. All persons (including Taiwanese residents) granted entry into Taiwan must self-isolate for 14 days. Persons traveling to Taiwan for short-term business purposes may be eligible for shortened self-isolation requirements. In order to apply, travelers must submit documents prepared by the host company in Taiwan comprising a detailed travel itinerary and COVID-19 prevention plans. Exemptions to quarantine requirements will be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of relevant authorities in Taiwan.
 
From December 1, 2020, all persons (including Taiwanese residents) must present a certificate showing a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. This policy does not apply persons transiting Taiwan, persons traveling to Taiwan for necessary and short-term official business or business purposes approved by the Taiwan Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), persons traveling from locations where self-paid COVID-19 tests are not available, and persons traveling for special humanitarian reasons or emergency situations. In all cases of exemption, travelers must sign an affidavit attesting to their purpose and produce supporting documentation. Such persons may be asked to undergo COVID-19 testing at their own expense upon arrival in Taiwan. All persons arriving in Taiwan are required to submit a health declaration via the mobile website of the "Quarantine System of Entry" prior to boarding flights bound for Taiwan. Confirmation of this declaration is required at entry. Forms are available online at the following URL: https://hdhq.mohw.gov.tw/
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ThailandPartially restricted
From December 9, 2020, the Thai government has once again authorized visa-free travel for foreign nationals from select countries / regions. Interested persons should contact their local Thai embassy or consulate to determine if they are eligible. All persons traveling to Thailand must carry proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure and booking confirmation at a specially designated quarantine hotel. Foreign nationals not eligible for visa-free travel may now submit applications to their local Thai embassy or consulate for a "Special Tourist Visa" (STV), which allow for stays in Thailand of up to 90 days and may be extended twice. Prior to departing for Thailand, persons holding an STV must also obtain a "Certificate of Entry" (COE) from their local Thai embassy or consulate clearing them for travel to Thailand. Upon arrival, all persons traveling to Thailand must, at their own expense, undergo a 14-day quarantine and 3 separate tests for COVID-19. Applications for a COE are available online at the following URL: https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/ Foreign nationals are generally prohibited from entering Thailand unless they fall into one of the following categories: 1) Persons directly permitted by the Prime Minister or a "competent official" appointed by the Prime Minister to resolve issues pertaining to a state of emergency in Thailand; 2) Persons on diplomatic or consular missions or under the auspices of International Organizations or agencies, or government representatives performing official duties in Thailand to whom the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has given special permission, and their family members; 3) Non-Thai nationals who are the spouse, parent, or child of a Thai national; 4) Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of permanent residence in Thailand or who have received permission to reside in Thailand, and their family members; 5) Non-Thai nationals holding work permits or who have been granted permission from Thai government agencies to work in Thailand, and their family members; 6) Non-Thai nationals who are students at an educational institution approved by Thai authorities (with the exception of non-formal institutions under the law on private schools), and their parents or legal guardians; 7) Non-Thai nationals seeking to enter Thailand for medical treatments unrelated to COVID-19; 8) Non-Thai nationals permitted to enter Thailand under a special arrangement with a third-country or region, or who have received special permission from the Prime Minister. This may include travel for business and tourism. All travelers are advised to consult their local Thai embassy or consulate for specific information regarding travel to Thailand from their location. Persons traveling under categories 2 through 8 must apply for a "Certificate of Entry" (COE) at a Thai embassy or consulate abroad and obtain a valid Thai visa at least 15 days prior to departing for Thailand. All persons traveling to Thailand (including Thai nationals) must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test and hold medical insurance valid for Thailand with coverage sufficient for any unforeseen medical expenses. All persons arriving in Thailand must, at their own expense, undergo a 14-day quarantine at a designated facility and are expected to comply with all relevant pandemic control measures, including undergoing 3 separate tests for COVID-19. Commercial flights are operating on a semi-regular basis and the Thai government is organizing special repatriation flights for Thai nationals at regular intervals. The Thai government has suspended entry for persons holding the following categories of visa: transit visas (TS), sports visas (S), visas for monks and other religious visas (R), volunteers (O), and non-formal students visas (such as for language schools, diving schools, and boxing schools).
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VietnamEntry prohibited
From December 1, 2020, foreign nationals are prohibited from entering Vietnam and international commercial flights are suspended. This policy does not apply to special repatriation flights for Vietnamese nationals. This policy also provides exemptions for investors, specialists, skilled workers, business managers, persons traveling as part of diplomatic or official missions, persons traveling under special bilateral agreements, and the family members of such persons, provided the duration of their stay in Vietnam does not exceed 14 days. Visitors may apply for an extension beyond 14 days if they undergo testing for COVID-19. All persons traveling to Vietnam must fully comply with local regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure public safety. Travelers should carry international health insurance with coverage valid in Vietnam; otherwise, the local organization sponsoring the traveler is required to cover all costs associated with the treatment for COVID-19 should it become necessary. The sponsoring organization is likewise responsible for all expenses relating to quarantine (if any), transportation, and COVID-19 testing for visitors entering Vietnam at their invitation.
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AfghanistanEntry prohibited
All commercial flights have been suspended until further notice.
AzerbaijanPartially restricted
All persons arriving in Azerbaijan will be screened for COVID-19. In cases of suspected exposure, persons will undergo further evaluation and quarantine at a designated facility. All others must self-isolate f