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November 23, 2020 Update

INDIA: Many northern areas are implementing curfews and other restrictive measures due to rising cases.

MALAYSIA: Preventative measures in Sarawak State are extended until further notice.

PHILIPPINES: Existing measures will be in place until at least November 30.

SINGAPORE:  Arrivals from Japan and Malaysia will now need to quarantine in designated government facilities.  This applies to those arriving directly from Japan and Malaysia as well as those who have recently traveled to either.   Starting 27, November, with the exception of Singapore citizens and permanent residents, arrivals with a recent travel history in Malaysia must test negative for Covid-19 not more than 72 hours before departing to Singapore.  This applies to both  Periodic Commuting Arrangement and Reciprocal Green Lane arrangements.

November 2, 2020 Update

CHINA: Restrictions for inbound passengers, including Chinese nationals arriving from specific countries will now be required to produce both a nucleic acid test and a IgM antibody test taken within 48 hours prior to boarding flights.    Additional COVID-19 tests will be required in each country transited through.  Expansion of impacted countries is expected, but the current of pending list to be implemented this week include: Iran and Kazakhstan (active now) and later this week: Italy, US, Thailand, France, Spain, Poland, UK, Iraq, Finland, Bulgaria and Switzerland.

JAPAN: An entry ban has been lifted on 8 countries: Australia, Brunei, mainland China, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. A COVID-19 test is no longer required before entering, however official permission will still be required before travel.  Quarantine requirements for returning Japanese nationals and foreign residents who were on short-term trips have been reduced when specific new set of criteria are met.

SINGAPORE: Starting 6 November, the areas of mainland China and Australia’s Victoria State are now included in the scheme permitting leisure travel for under conditions whereby travelers have remained in their location for the past 14 consecutive days, register online for the Safe Travel portal 7 days before entry and self-isolate until arrival COVID-19 tests are returned.  A negative test will result in an exemption from Stay Home Notice.

October 27, 2020 Update

INDIA: Relaxed measures in place outside containment zones will continue through 30 November.

MYANMAR: The international flight ban has been extended through 30 November.  Domestic flight suspension has also been extended through 15 November.

PHILIPPINES: Metro Manila will implement the third-strictest level of controls (GCQ) 1 – 30 November.  Most workplaces can operate with strict distancing protocols.  The measure will be in effect for Luzon, Mindanao, and Visayas.

SINGAPORE: Starting 4 November, arrivals from Estonia, Fiji, Finland, Japan, Norway, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Turkey can serve their two week stay-at-home notice (SHN) at their residence.  To qualify, the traveler must have spent the previous 14 days in the departure location listed above and serve SHN either alone of with other travelers with the same history.

THAILAND: The country’s state of emergency has been extended through 30 November.

October 26, 2020 Update

CHINA: Officials have enacted movement and gathering restrictions on the far western Kashgar Prefecture following a recent outbreak.  Travel to the area is currently restricted.

INDONESIA: Jakarta’s social distancing restrictions have been extended by two weeks through 8 November.

MALAYSIA: Controls (CMCO) has been extended until 9 November for Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor State.

PHILIPPINES:  Staring 1 November, foreigners with investor visas may enter the country as may foreigners with valid visas issued by the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authroity and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.

October 19, 2020 Update

AUSTRALIA: Restrictions across the state of Victoria are easing.  Metropolitan Melbourne remains in Step 2 and is unlikely to move to Step 3 with lessoned movement controls in the near future.  A fine of AUD 4,957 (USD 3,632) for Melbourne residents discovered in regional Victoria without permission is in place and police are stopping motorists to check.

October 7, 2020 Update

HONG KONG: Is extending existing restrictions through 15 October.  These include limits on public gatherings to 4 people and mandated facemasks in public.

JAPAN: Starting 8 October, short-term business travel from South Korea will be permitted under the Business Track scheme which limits or remove quarantine requirements under strictly monitored conditions.

MALAYSIA: Travel to and from Sabah State is banned from 12 – 25 October

 

September 30, 2020 Update

PHILIPPINES: Nationwide restrictions remain in place until at least October 31.  The country remains under Code Red Sublevel 2, indicating ongoing local virus transmission in greater numbers than can be addressed by the government.

THAILAND: The nationwide state of emergency has been extended through 31 October.  Starting 8 October, special tourist visas will begin being issues for those from low-risk countries.  Short-term visas for foreigners already in Thailand are extended through October 31.

September 23, 2020 Update

CHINA: Starting 28 September, foreign nationals holding valid residence permits will be permitted entry to China without applying for a new visa.

JAPAN: From 1 October, Japan plans to permit more foreigners to enter for stays of 3 months or more.  This will increase the number of foreigners permitted entry daily to 1,000.

SINGAPORE: A pilot program for a business travel pass has been announced.  The program would permit senior executives based in Singapore but with regional or international responsibilities more flexibility by removing the Stay Home Notice upon return to the country.  The pilot will be limited in number of travel passes and number of participating countries, and does not exempt holders from other country’s testing and quarantine requirements.

 

September 22, 2020 Update

AUSTRALIA: Starting 22 September, the government is designating Brisbane, Ipswitch, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, Redland, Scenic Rim, Somerset, and South Burnett as restricted areas. Officials are limiting social gatherings to 10.

KOREA:  A Level 2 restrictions, the second-highest level in a three-tier response, has been enacted until at least 27 September. Residents are requested to stay at home as much as possible, except to attend work or purchase essential items.

September 21, 2020 Update

AUSTRALIA: The quota for travelers will gradually rise starting 28 September.  The number of international passengers permitted into the country will gradually increase from 4,000 to 6,000 people weekly through mid-October.  Queensland and Western Australia will not substantially increase their intake, rising to 500 new arrivals weekly in mid-October.

JAPAN: Gathering restrictions have eased, and up to 50% capacity at cinemas and sporting events is now permitted. Tokyo has lowered its alert to Level 3, the second-highest level.

MYANMAR: Stay-home orders for all townships in Yangon Region (except Cocokyun) are in place from 21 September.  Entry and exit is restricted and only one person from each household may leave to gather food and essentials.  Residents are banned from travel outside the region.

TAIWAN: Authorities have removed Myanmar from the list of medium-risk countries.

 

September 15, 2020 Update

CHINA:  Strict movement controls have been put in place in Ruili near the border with Myanmar after three new COVID-19 cases were discovered in the area.  Individuals are barred from entering or leaving the city for nonessential reasons.  All businesses are closed except food markets and pharmacies.

INDONESIA: Jakarta: Measures are in place until at least 25 September with extensions likely.

JAPAN & SINGAPORE: have reached a business track arrangement.  Starting 18 September, essential business travel between Japan and Singapore will be allowed.  The program will permit short-term visitors to enter with limited quarantine time.  Other protocols must also be followed.

KOREA: Restrictions in Greater Seoul are easing with eat-in services can now proceed with contact logging of patrons and distancing guidelines.

MALAYSIA: Foreigners who hold work or permanent residency permits including spouses of Malaysian citizens will be allowed to enter if they come from 23 countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

VIETNAM: International flights have resumed from Guangzhou, Seoul, Taiwan and Tokyo.  Flights with Cambodia and Laos will restart from 22 September, however the entry ban for most foreigners remains in place.

September 10, 2020 Update

INDONESIA: Controls are tightened in Jakarta.  Only essential business can operate and nonessential businesses must apply to the government to remain open.  Public transport will be limited in operating hours as well as capacity.

MYANMAR: An additional 21 townships in Yangon Region have been placed under stay-home orders.

SINGAPORE: Travelers from India will now be required to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel.

 

September 8, 2020 Update

AUSTRALIA: Melbourne / Victoria: From 13 September, restrictions will ease gradually.  Childcare will resume and public gatherings up to 5 people from a maximum 2 households can gather. Restrictions on residents continue including leaving home for only certain reasons such as work, school, essential goods, healthcare and only exercising within 5 km from their residence.

HONG KONG: Starting 11 September, restrictions will ease.   Up to 4 people will be permitted to gather in public and to be seated in restaurants while other recreation facilities can reopen.

INDIA: Southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana states; Andaman and Nicobar, Puducherry are lifting most restrictions as of 8 September.  Strict controls remain in locations of the highest outbreaks.

MALAYSIA: Announced that starting 8 September, those under the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) scheme with Singapore, only those traveling to Johor State are permitted quarantine at their residence for 7 days upon arrival.  Anyone under the PCA traveling to other states must quarantine at government-designated facilities.

PHILIPPINES: Locations facing high infection rates continue to implement measures stronger than the national Cod Red Sublevel 2 alert.  Lanao del Sur Province and Cacolod City have enacted modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) through 30 September.  Residents can leave homes for essential supplies or emergency care.

VIETNAM: Measures to control the recent outbreak are being relaxed in Da Nagn and Quang Nam Province.  Up to 20 people may gather in public and food establishments may now serve take-away.  Residents are still encouraged to stay home.

August 31, 2020 Update

AUSTRALIA: Queensland: Restrictions on gatherings have been extended until further notice, with social gathering of 10 – 30 depending on location.

INDIA: Starting September 1, Metro trains may restart in a calibrated manner.  Starting September 21, gatherings of up to 100 people and reopening of open-air theaters will be permitted.  There is no relaxation of measures inside containment zones.

KOREA: Greater Seoul: Modified restrictions until September 6th include suspended dine-in services, closure of indoor recreation facilities.  The government will work with a maximum 2/3 workforce and private offices are encouraged to do the same.

MACAU: From September 1, arrivals must pay for quarantine fees (equal to $700 USD).  Locals are exempt for their first entry, but must pay for subsequent quarantine purposes unless traveling for select purposes.

MYANMAR: The entry ban on most foreigners has been expended through September 3oth.

 

August 24, 2020 Update

INDIA: Several north Indian states are maintaining nightly and weekend curfews as well as limited bans on nonessential activity.  Movements are being restricted to select points and for essential purposes.  Delhi – Non containment zones are reopening businesses, markets and transport except Metro trains.  Neighboring Uttar Pradesh State is allowing travel to and from Delhi except on weekends.

KOREA: Level 2 restrictions originally put in place around Seoul have been expanded across South Korea.  Officials request people stay at home except to attend work or purchase essential items.  All businesses designated high-risk  (nightclubs, buffet restaurants, private schools with over 300 students, etc.) must close and the government is asking that companies allow employees to work from home if possible.

SINGAPORE: Travelers from New Zealand and Brunei who were in those countries for 14 days before arrival will not be required to serve Stay Home Notice (SHN).  Applications for the Air Travel Pass (ATP) will be required 7 – 30 days before travel and acceptance of applications will begin September 1.  COVID-19 testing at the airport will still be required.  For those traveling from Australia (except Victoria State), Macau, Mainland China, Taiwan, Vietnam and Malaysia, the length of SHN has been shortened to 7 days followed by a COVID-19 test.

THAILAND: A nationwide state of emergency has been extended through September 30th.  Businesses can operate on-site with social distancing and conferences and concerts can take place with health controls.  Officials in several provinces are enforcing localized measures including screening arrivals with some locations quarantining symptomatic passengers and other areas isolating all incoming travelers regardless of symptoms.

VIETNAM: New testing, screening and quarantine procedures are being implemented.  Domestic travelers arriving to HCMC originating from Hanoi, Hai Duong, Bac Giang, Da Nang, Quang Nam and Quang Nai are subject to increased tracking.  These travelers may be required to self-quarantine, be tested or may be directed to proceed to centralized government quarantine / treatment centers upon arrival.  For international arrivals into Hanoi and further travel to HCMC, there is a potential to be required to serve a 14-day quarantine upon arrival in-country after landing in Hanoi and then be required to serve a 14-day quarantine upon arrival into HCMC.

August 17, 2020 Update

KOREA: Seoul: Social distancing measures in Seoul and the surrounding province have been tightened through at least August 30th.  Authorities have mandated that companies allow employees to work from home if possible and for residents to delay travel for 2 weeks.

JAPAN: Okinawa: The state of emergency declaration has been extended until at least August 29th.   Citizens are requested to stay home except for essential reasons.

INDONESIA: Jakarta: Restrictions have been extended until at least August 27th.  Schools remain closed until further notice as do cinemas, but shopping malls can operate and public transport has resumed at 50% capacity.

HONG KONG: Restrictions have been extended until at least August 25th including the ban on public gatherings of move than 2 people.  Residents are required to wear protective face coverings in all outdoor and indoor public spaces.

 

August 10, 2020 Update

AUSTRALIA:  Domestic travel is being restricted by new cases in Victoria and New South Wales.   Restrictions or bans as well as quarantine requirements have been put into place by most States for residents of those two areas.  For example, Queensland has banned all residents from designated hots spots of Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory from entering the state.  Western Australia has banned travel to it’s state form all other parts of Australia.

INDONESIA: Jakarta: Restrictions have been extended through at least August 13th.

MACAU: Tourist travel from Zhuhai, Guangdong Province is permitted from August 12 in both directions.  Testing requirements have been tightened for travelers from Hong Kong and going forward, evidence of negative COVID-19 test results taken within 24 hours or arrival must be provided.  Arrivals from or with recent travel to Hong Kong, and “high-risk” locations in mainland China must undergo 14-day quarantine at designated facilities.

TAIWAN: Passengers arriving from the Philippines will be required to quarantine for 14 days in government-designated facilities starting August 12.  Foreign nationals will be required to pay TWD 1,500 per day for quarantine costs, although those with an ARC card, resident visa or Taiwan citizenship are exempt.  Foreign nationals (except ARC and resident visa holders, arriving from the Philippines will need to provide a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure in order to board flights to Taiwan.  COVID-19 testing will also be done on all arriving passengers from the Philippines regardless of symptoms.

August 5, 2020 Update

AUSTRALIA: Sever states have tightened measures as of August 5th.  Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has declared non-residents are banned from traveling from Victoria and quarantine requirements are in place. Travelers from New South Wales (NSW) will quarantine upon arrival as well.  NSW plans to require those arriving from Victoria to quarantine starting August 7th.  Queensland is banning travelers from NSW and ACT starting August 8th.

CAMBODIA: Some foreign business travelers are permitted to enter the country with exemptions from the 2-week self-isolation requirement.  Arrivals must isolate at designated facilities for several days while waiting for COVID-19 test results and may still be required to quarantine for 14 days if any passengers in their flight test positive.  Other protocols will need to be followed.

HONG KONG: Ongoing restrictions have been extended through at least August 11th.

INDIA: Has outlined entry guidelines effective August 8th.  Arrivals must undergo paid institutional quarantine for 7 days followed by a week of home quarantine.  Arriving passengers must register online within 72 hours before travel.  Different states continue imposing variable rules and quarantine and testing requirements.  There remain limited flights to the country.

INDONESIA: Jakarta: Restrictions have been extended through at least August 13.  Schools remain closed.

JAPAN: A state of emergency has been declared in Aichi Prefecture through August 24, Mie Prefecture until August 16.

SINGAPORE: Authorities will accept applications for work and business travel from Malaysia starting August 10th with the first crossing likely to start from August 17.

THAILAND: Additional categories of foreigners can enter including permanent residents and work permit holders with their spouses and children and frequent business travelers under special programs such as Thailand Elite Card holders.  Health protocols will need to be followed.

 

August 3, 2020 Update

AUSTRALIA: Melbourne & Victoria: From 1800 August 2, Melbourne a curfew from 2000 -0500 will be in place until at least September 13.  A state of disaster will be in place for Victoria State from 1800 August 2.

JAPAN: Okinawa: A state of emergency for the prefecture has been announced through August 15.  All residents are requested to stay home and business hours may be reduced.

PHILIPPINES: Restrictions have been tightened throughout the National Capital Region and surrounding provinces from August 1.  Public transport is suspended and residents can only leave home for essential supplies, medical care or to work in those approved sectors.

MALAYSIA: Applications for limited cross-border travel with Singapore will open August 10th.  Within Malaysia, as of August 3, wearing a facemask is compulsory on public transport and in public.

 

July 29, 2020 Update

MYANMAR: The international flight ban has been extended through August 31st on most flights.  A “fast lane” arrangement allowing business trips for essential sectors such as oil, gas and power from mainland China and Japan has been arranged as of July 29.  Health, testing and quarantine requirements are in place.

CHINA: Dalian, Liaoning Province: Transportation and business restrictions have been tightened.  Residents in high- and medium-risk areas may not depart the city, all others are encouraged to limit travel and will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test before departure.

July 28, 2020 Update

VIETNAM: Da Nang: All travel to and from the city is now banned until at least August 11.

July 27, 2020 Update

CAMBODIA: Plans are in place to suspend flights from Indonesia and Malaysia from August 1.

HONG KONG: Restrictions are increased to ban public gatherings of more than 2 people.  Residents must wear face masks in all outdoor public areas as well as indoor and din-in services at all restaurants have been suspended.  These changes are expected to last until August 7.

VIETNAM: Da Nang city has tightened restrictions as of July 27th.  Nonessential businesses such as karaoke bars are closed and public gatherings are limited to 20 people.  Authorities have suspended international flights to Da Nang until further notice and domestic tourists cannot visit the city through at least August 8th.

July 21, 2020 Update

INDIA: Most northeastern India states are maintaining or extending restrictions through at least July 31.

MALAYSIA: From July 24, all arrivals will need to quarantine at designated facilities and download the MySejahtera mobile app.

July 20, 2020 Update

CHINA: Beijing is reopening businesses including markets and cultural and tourist attractions.  Meeting events up to 500 people may take place but masks must be worn and temperatures checked.  Residents of medium-risk areas including Huanxian subdistrict and Fengtai District, may not leave Beijing.  All others may travel freely.

CHINA: Xinjiang: Restrictions have been introduced locally.  Public transportation has been suspended and flights into and out of Urumqi Diwopu Airport have been cancelled.

HONG KONG:  Restrictions have been tightened including an extension of rules for restaurants and closure of specific venues including gyms and amusement parks.  Non-essential civil servants have been instructed to work from home all masks are required in indoor public spaces.

INDIA: Commercial flights with India from France and the US can now operate with limitations through at least August 1.  Entry to currently permitted categories remains in place.

KOREA: All foreigners arriving from high-risk nations must submit a certificate showing COVID-19 negative test results.  Countries include Bangladesh, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines and Uzbekistan.

PHILIPPINES: From August 1, authorities plan to permit long-term visa holders to reenter the country.  Mandatory protocols include pre-booking a quarantine facility and a CI+OVID-19 testing provider in the Philippines.  A two week quarantine at a government designated facility will be required, at the expense of the traveler unless an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW).  Long term visa holders must have visas already in place, officials are not issuing new visas.  A ban on nonessential outbound travel has been lifted and travelers must comply with protocols include travel health insurance and a signed acknowledgement of travel risks.

SINGAPORE:  Starting July 20, all passengers arriving from some high-risk areas must serve their Stay Home Notice (SHN) at dedicated facilities.  Those who have visited or transited through the following locations must sty at the SHN facility for 14 days at their own cost and pass a COVID-19 test before release: Japan, Hong Kong, Victoria State (Australia).

 

July 15, 2020 Update

MACAU: Quarantine requirements for residents of Beijing, China have been lifted.

MYANMAR: Domestic gathering and international movements have been extended until at least July 31.

THAILAND: Most incoming international flights are banned through July 31.

July 14, 2020 Update

INDIA: From June 14th, several regions in southern India will curb nonessential activity.

CHINA: All high-risk areas in Beijing have now been downgraded to medium risk or below.

SINGAPORE & MALAYSIA: The two have released a joint announcement on their agreement to implement a “Reciprocal Green Lane” and Periodic Commuting Arrangement.  Within certain requirements and restrictions, the RGL will enable essential business and official purpose border crossings.  The PCA will allow residents holding long-term immigration passes for business and work purposes into each other’s country.  They are working to implement hopefully by August 10.

July 13, 2020 Update

HONG KONG: Through July 24th, social distancing restrictions are being tightened, reducing seating at restaurants and other venues.  Classes for most students have been temporarily suspended.

JAPAN: Domestic restrictions have been lifted on all inter-prefectural travel and nonessential businesses are permitted to reopen.

TAIWAN: The CECC has eased additional restrictions on entry of foreign nationals and some quarantine requirements.  Foreign nationals with an ARC card, Hong Kong and Macau citizens wiht residence permits can enter the island without a negative Covid-19 test.  The list of low-and medium risk countries has also been expanded.

July 8, 2020 Update

INDIA:  Rules vary by location inside India, but most regions in Southern India have relaxed restrictions outside the containment zones.  According to location, some or all of the following may be employed: quarantine upon arrival (foreign country or other state), curfew, restrictions on movement, advance permission to travel to a location and limits or restrictions on non-essential travel.

MACAU: Travel to eight more cities in Guangdong Province are now permitted to forgo quarantine requirements.  Travelers must still receive approval from the Macau health authorities via an online application, complete a travel and health declaration, hold a green health code and provide evidence of a negative nucleic acid test valid for seven days.

KOREA: Officials plan to intensify enforcement of self-quarantine compliance due to reports of several violations.

July 7, 2020 Update

AUSTRALIA: Stay at Home orders for 32 locations in the Melbourne metropolitan area from July 8th for six weeks.  Due to concerns regarding quarantine capacity, international flights into Melbourne (MEL, AVV) have been halted and flights are being diverted to other locations or cancelled.  Sydney, also concerned about quarantine capacity is limiting arriving international flights.

CHINA:   Restrictions in 54 subdistricts of Beijing have been eased.  Only Huaxiang subdistrict in Fengtai is still labeled as high risk.

 

July 6, 2020 Update

AUSTRALIA:  New South Wales is closing it’s border with Victoria starting July 8th.  Residents with exceptions to cross the border in either direction will be required to quarantine for two weeks.

PHILIPPINES: From July 7 -11th, Manila is suspending Line 3 of the MRT due to positive tests on employees.

June 30, 2020 Update

AUSTRALIA: Testing measures are being enhanced in some states as of June 29th.  Arriving travelers in quarantine may be required to take COVID-19 tests before being released from confinement in some locations.

JAPAN: Officials lift most domestic restrictions, but add 18 countries to the entry ban list including: Costa Rica, Cuba, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent, Georgia, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Eswatini, Mauritania and Senegal.

June 29, 2020 Update

CHINA: Beijing continues measure to contain the recent outbreak including restrictions on gatherings and requests for all workers who can work from home to do so.  Travel from Beijing to other locations for essential reasons will require a negative COVID-19 test and several provinces including Shanghai are implementing a 14 day quarantine from travelers from the are.  Hubei Province authorities have locked down Anxin county as of June 29th requiring residents to stay home.

MYANMAR: Domestic restrictions have been extended until July 15th and international flights are banned now until at least July 31.

THAILAND: Authorities plan to ease domestic and international restrictions from July 1.  Some businesses and education facilities will be permitted to open and some categories of foreigners, including business people will be permitted to enter the country.  Inbound commercial flights remain banned and the nationwide state of emergency has reported to be extended through July although a definitive announcement has yet to be made clearly.

June 24, 2020 Update

MACAU: Has lifted quarantine requirements for nonresident workers that live in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, as of June 24

CHINA: Authorities continue to take precautions to control an outbreak in Beijing including tightening restrictions on those leaving the city.  Travelers from Beijing may face 14-day quarantine requirements in other Chinese cities.

VIETNAM: The Department of Labor Invalids and Social Affairs (DoLISA) in HCMC recently published on their official website a list of 1,245 foreigners “approved” by the HCMC People’s committee to enter Vietnam in July for nearly 500 companies.  Applications are still being accepted and more approved foreigners may be announced in the coming weeks.  All individuals authorized will still need to stay at their expense at one of the strictly controlled designated quarantine hotels for 14 days.

June 22, 2020 Update

CAMBODIA: Authorities are permitting some cross-border travel with Vietnam for non-tourism purposes only and with health protocols in place.  Tourist visas, e-visas and visa on arrival services as well as visa exemptions remain suspended.

JAPAN:  All domestic travel limitations have been lifted, international travel restrictions remain in place.

KOREA: Additional visa and entry restrictions for passengers traveling from Pakistan and Bangladesh are being put into place starting June 23.  Exemptions will be made for diplomats and urgent business reasons.

 

June 17, 2020 Update

MACAU:  Visitors to Macau who have been in Beijing within 14 days of arrival are required to quarantine at designated locations for two weeks.

June 16, 2020 Update

CHINA: Authorities have expanded local controls and transportation restrictions in Beijing.  Residents are to defer all nonessential travel outside of the city.

INDIA: Strict restrictions are imposed upon Chennai as well as parts of Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts from June 19 – 30th.  Residents will not be allowed to travel more than 2 km from their home and only for essentials.  On June 21 and June 28, authorities will not permit any movement except to buy milk and visit medical facilities.

PHILIPPINES: Cebu City has reintroduced the strictest controls until June 30 and residents must say in their homes.  Talisay City has the second strictest level through June 30th and some key industries including real estate can operate under restrictions.  Metro Manila is implementing general community quarantine through June 30th.

 

June 15, 2020 Update

AUSTRALIA:  As of June 15, restrictions have eased.  Most states or territories are now at least at Step 2 which allows public gatherings up to 20 people and permits the reopening of non-essential businesses such as gyms, salons and cinemas.

CHINA: Eleven sub-districts near Xinfadi wholesale food market in Beijing’s’ Fengtai district have been placed under quarantine due to recent cases.

KOREA: Restrictions are tightened in the Greater Seoul area including Incheon and Gyeonggi Province indefinitely due to a rise in cases.

MACAU: Applications for quarantine exemptions for residents to enter Zhuhai, Guandong Province have temporarily been halted due to high demand.  It is unknown when the applications will resume.

MYANMAR: The government has extended domestic restrictions through at least June 30th.

SINGAPORE: Is moving into Phase 2 starting June 19th.  Gathering and some commercial restrictions will ease, we are inquiring further guidance if openings will apply to real estate and DSP since today’s announcement.  Non-Singaporeans or non-permanent residents entering or leaving Singapore from Wednesday at 11:59 will need to pay the cost of their own Covid-19 tests.  Tests cost up to $200 SGD and a 14-day stay at a dedicated facility costs up to $2,000 SGD.

 

June 8, 2020 Update

HONG KONG:  Has announced it will relax its 14-day quarantine rule for executives of 480 of the largest companies in the city
MALAYSIA: Has extended its movement control order until August 31st.  Borders remain closed, but most domestic restrictions have been lifted including cross-state non-essential travel.  Schools will open again in phases under the deadline to be determined by the Education Ministry.

June 3, 2020 Update

INDIA:  The Indian government is permitting entry of foreign nationals with a fresh or renewed business visa as of June 3. Authorized travelers include those with the managerial and technical expertise required by a foreign entity located in India, or an Indian entity providing a letter of invitation. Fresh visas are required and non-scheduled flights must be used until the ban on international passenger flights ends on June 30th.

SINGAPORE: Officials are accepting applications for new visas, however acceptance of the applications will be limited and subject to a Ministry of Manpower (MOM) officer.  It is not clear how the applications will be prioritized

VIETNAM: Officials have announced paths forward for companies and organizations to seek approval for the re-entry or new entry of foreign investors, business managers, specialists and skilled workers.  Official requests must be made to the provincial department of Labor Invalids and Social Affairs based upon the date requirements of each province.

June 2, 2020 Update

INDIA:  Accompanied services are now available in cities located outside containment zones.  Services are deliverable in Bengaluru and Dehli, but not yet in Mumbai, Hyderbad, Pune or Chennai.

THAILAND: Foreigners who hold a valid work visa and can demonstrate they are a long-term resident may now return to Thailand after obtaining a Health Certificate.

June 1, 2020 Update

PHILIPPINES: Several locations including Metro Manila have extended restrictions through at least June 15.

May 27, 2020 Update

VIETNAM: Starting July 1, Vietnam will begin issuing electronic visas to foreign nationals from 80 countries including Australia, Canada, mainland China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, the UK and the US.  A complete list can be found here:  https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietnam-to-resume-e-visa-issuance-in-july-4105848-p2.html

May 26, 2020 Update

THAILAND: The nationwide state of emergency has been extended through June 30th.

JAPAN: The state of emergency order has been lifted for Tokyo Metropolitan Area including Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba prefectures and Hokkaido Prefecture.  An entry ban has been extended to include 11 more countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and South Africa.

May 20, 2020 Update

CAMBODIA: The government has lifted entry restrictions for foreign nationals traveling from France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain, and the US.  Visa on arrival and visa waiver programs remain suspended, and visitors will need to apply for a visa at their nearest Cambodian Diplomatic Mission.  Health, health insurance, testing and quarantine are required for arrival.

INDIA: Starting May 25th, limited domestic flights will resume with social distancing measures in place.

INDONESIA: Officials have extended restrictions until June 4th

JAPAN: The Japanese government lifted a state of emergency order for Osaka, Hyogo, and Kyoto prefectures May 21

May 19, 2020 Update

MALAYSIA: Malaysia My 2nd Home (MM2H) visa holders are now allowed to enter Malaysia.  Air Asia is increasing key domestic flight routes this week.

THAILAND: Accompanied services are now possible with strict protocols in place.  Limited domestic flights are now operating via select airlines.

VIETNAM: Schools have reopened.  School tours remain limited and permitted on a case-by-case basis.

May 18, 2020 Update

INDIA: Efforts to contain the virus have been extended through at least May 31st, including flight bans.

JAPAN: Many local schools will begin opening May 25th in locations where the state of emergency has been lifted.

THAILAND: The ban on inbound flights has been extended through June 30th.

May 14, 2020 Updates

JAPAN: The state of emergency has been lifted in some prefectures.  The state of emergency will remain in place for Hokkaido, Hyogo, and Kyoto prefectures; the Tokyo Metropolitan Area, including Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba prefectures; and Osaka through at least May 31.  Authorities recommend individuals practice social distancing.

THAILAND: The state of emergency has been extended until May 31.

May 12, 2o2o Updates

INDIA: Some train services are being restored.  Rail services will operate from New Delhi Railway Station to 15 destinations, including Mumbai, Bengaluru, Howrah, and Chennai.

PHILIPPINES: High-risk areas, including Metro Manila, Cebu City, and Laguna Province, will implement modified, enhanced community quarantine measures May 16-31. Residents in these locations will have to stay at home, except to obtain essential supplies and for emergencies. Most on-site work remains suspended, except for essential services.  Low-risk areas have started easing restrictions.

May 11, 2020 Updates

MALAYSIA: Nationwide movement controls have been extended until June 9.

May 7, 2020 Updates

VIETNAM: No area of Vietnam remains under the “high-risk” classification and most social distancing measures have been lifted.  Public transportation and planes can operate at full capacity, however the wearing of masks remains compulsory.

May 6, 2020 Updates

INDIA: Starting May 7, foreigners stranded in India may apply to the Ministry of Civil Aviation to buy seats on Air India flights travelling to countries on repatriation missions. 

MALAYSIA: Officials in Malaysia will require foreign workers nationwide to undergo testing for coronavirus disease (COVID-19); authorities have not specified the start date. The policy affects low- to semi-skilled employees in construction, food and beverage, manufacturing, and other sectors and requires employers to pay for the cost of testing. Authorities plan to begin testing workers in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor State.

May 5, 2020 Updates

HONG KONG:  Schools will begin to reopen May 27 for senior secondary students, followed by younger secondary students June 8 and June 15.    Social distancing measures will be eased starting May 8th, however borders remain closed indefinitely.

CAMBODIA:  The Cambodian government has renewed all immigration emergency decisions as of 2 May for an undetermined duration.

May 4, 2020 Updates

INDIA: Restrictions on movement, business and both domestic and international commercial flights has been extended until May 17.

PHILIPPINES:  As of May 3, a ban of all international and domestic flights has been ordered for an indefinite period of time 

SINGAPORE: The restrictions in place, including a ban on non-essential business has been extended until June 1.

April 29, 2020 Updates

HONG KONG: Travel restrictions for teachers, students and some business people from mainland China are easing, permitting some crossings. 

VIETNAM: Major international schools to resume limited in-school classes from May 4.  Restrictions on new leases in expat-areas have eased and new leases are being allowed again.

April 28, 2020 Updates

JAPAN: Japanese officials are extending international travel bans to foreign nationals who have traveled to 14 additional countries from 0001 April 29. Foreigners with recent travel history in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Djibouti will be barred from entering Japan

THAILAND:  The ban on inbound international flights has been extended through May 31st.

April 23, 2020 Updates

INDONESIA: From April 24 – June 1, all commercial international and domestic flights are banned.  Cargo shipments are exempted.  A nationwide public health emergency declaration remains in effect. 

MALAYSIA: The movement restrictions and bans on inbound and outbound international travel have been extended unto May 12.

THAILAND:  Multiple Thai airlines intend to resume domestic flights from May 1.  Bans on inbound international flights has been extended through April 30.  

VIETNAM: Social distancing measures in place since April 1 have been relaxed and the risk assessment has been lowered to Medium. Immigration departments (except Dong Nai) have resumed operations.  New work permits and new visa applications remain suspended, but many renewals are able to be processed.

April 21, 2020 Updates

SINGAPORE: The government has extended domestic gathering and business restrictions through June 1

HONG KONG: Social distancing measures are extended until May 7.  Violators face a fine of HKD 50,000 (USD 6,450) and six months in jail.

April 20, 2020 Updates

SOUTH KOREA: Authorities have extended an ongoing social distancing campaign across South Korea through at least May 5

MYANMAR:  The central government has ordered the extension of movement control measures in Yangon’s Bahan, Hlaingthaya, Insein, Mayangon, Pabedan, Shwepyitha, and South Okkalapa townships as of April 20. Residents must stay at home in these areas

April 16, 2020 Updates

AUSTRALIA: Has extended its national domestic movement restrictions until May 14th.  Several states are also restricting movement across with bordering states.

JAPAN: The nationwide state of emergency has been extended until May 6th.

VIETNAM: The stay at home requirement has been extended until April 22.

April 15, 2020 Updates

THAILAND: The ban on inbound flights has been extended through April 30.

MYANMAR: The government has closed the border with Bangladesh until further notice for all except returning citizens.

April 9, 2020 Updates

CAMBODIA: All arrivals into the country across any border will now be quarantined for 14 days at a government facility.

April 8, 2020 Updates

KOREA:  From April 9 – authorities have cancelled existing visas, requiring travelers to apply for entry documents.  Visa-free and visa-waiver programs with countries who have entry bans for Koreans citizens, will be halted, impacting 88 countries including Australia, Canada and most European countries.

April 6, 2020 Updates

THAILAND: Those whose visa has expired face a B500 fine per day to a maximum of B20,000.00 per person.  A 30-day emergency visa from Thai Immigration is required to avoid the fees.  A letter must be obtained from their Embassy.

THAILAND: All international arrivals are suspended through April 18th.

BRUNEI: Is now requiring all arriving travelers to undergo quarantine at designated facilities as of April 6.

April 2, 2020 Updates

THAILAND: All international schools have been closed and all destination services have been suspended.  Urgent immigration cases are still being managed when necessary.

April 1, 2020 Updates

INDONESIA: April 2, all foreign visitor arrivals or transit through the country will be banned. Exceptions include foreigners with work permits and diplomats.  Indonesian nationals will need to undergo stricter screening, although that has not been defined.  

JAPAN:  Japan will deny entry to foreign nationals travelling from a total of 73 countries and regions, or about a third of the world, expanding its ban to include the Americas and Africa to address the continued rise in global coronavirus infections. The new ban will be imposed from Friday and remain effective until the end of the month. Foreign nationals who have been in those parts of the world within 14 days of their arrival in Japan will be refused entry.

Australia, Britain, Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, Taiwan, Morocco and the United States are among the 49 newly added countries and regions, along with most of Europe and many countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Japan will also broaden its ban to the whole of China and South Korea from selected areas of its two Asian neighbors hit by the new coronavirus outbreak. The government will ask Japanese nationals returning from the listed countries to undergo virus tests, while all incoming travelers will be requested to self-quarantine and refrain from using public transportation for 14 days, Abe said. The Foreign Ministry had already raised its travel advisory to Level 3 for the 49 countries and regions on Tuesday, which means that all travel should be avoided.

 

March 30, 2020 Updates

AUSTRALIA: Public gatherings, excluding household members has been reduced to a maximum of 2 people.  There are mandatory closures of all non-essential businesses and stay at home requirements in place except for essential shopping, medical care, exercising or travelling to work or education

CAMBODIA: Is expected to adopt a State of Emergency and we are awaiting the details.

INDONESIA: Is expected to adopt additional measures soon and an extension of the state of emergency is expected through April 19.

JAPAN: We are looking to confirm news reports that a new entry ban is coming soon and will impact those from the US, China and South Korea

VIETNAM: On the good news front, now resumed after a Temporary suspension: Temporary Residence card/long term visas for work purpose for foreign nationals already in Vietnam are being processed as normal again.

March 26, 2020 Updates

CHINA: Critical Alert: China bans entry of foreign nationals from March 28, curtails international flights from March 29. China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry into China by foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits still valid to the time of this announcement, effective from 0 a.m., 28 march 2020. Entry by foreign nationals with APEC Business Travel Cards will be suspended as well.

KOREA: South Korea to require passengers from US to self-quarantine from March 27 over COVID-19 concerns. Measure in place for European arrivals.

March 25, 2020 Updates

AUSTRALIA: No school visits are possible, however we can still arrange virtual visits with registrars.

BRUNEI: All international schools are able to implement online learning and children are to stay at home until further notice.

HONG KONG:The following changes will be implemented March 25 and will remain in effect for at least 14 days. Hong Kong’s COVID-19 entry restrictions will be as follows: 

  •   –Non-Hong Kong residents traveling from overseas by plane will be denied entry.  
  • Non-Hong Kong residents traveling to Hong Kong from Mainland China, Macao and Taiwan will be denied entry if they have been to any overseas country or territory in the last 14 days.  
  • Transit services at Hong Kong International Airport will be suspended.  
  • Travelers coming from Mainland China, Macao and Taiwan will be subject to a 14-day home quarantine upon arrival in Hong Kong.  
  • Exemptions are available for spouses and minor children of Hong Kong residents, air crew, sea crew on goods vessels, government officials and personnel involved in fighting the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The full list of exemptions is available here..  

TAIWAN:  Taiwan has banned foreign nationals from visiting the island starting Thursday March 19.  Exemptions will be granted to Alien Resident Certificate holders, personnel on diplomatic or official business, persons who can prove they are fulfilling commercial and  contractual obligations, and persons requiring special permission. The exempted foreign nationals listed in the previous paragraph must observe a 14-day home quarantine upon arrival.   

Foreign nationals who are eligible for visa-free entry or hold a visitor or resident visa and wish to enter Taiwan from March 19 must hold relevant documents to qualify for exempted status. These documents must be presented to the National Immigration Agency (NIA) personnel at the port of entry for approval. Those holding special entry permits issued by R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions, valid Alien Resident Certificates, or MOFA ID Cards will be allowed entry following inspection by NIA personnel. Foreign nationals unable to determine whether their documents meet the criteria for exempted status may visit an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission prior to departure to apply for a special entry permit. 

March 24, 2020 Updates

BRUNEI:  Effective midnight 24 March 24th, the entry ban to Brunei and transit ban at Brunei International Airport has been extended to all countries except for citizens of Brunei. For clarity foreign nationals will not be allowed into Brunei and those foreign nationals that have previously been granted re-entry visas, travel visas, student visas and dependent visas who are still residing in their own country are to delay travel to Brunei.   In addition, all visitors arriving into Brunei, will be required to undergo a 14-day self-isolation period immediately at appointed monitoring centers or if specific criteria are met at home in accordance with the Infectious Diseases Act (204).  

KOREA:  Anyone from EU countries and entering Korea will move to a designated facility and undergo COVID-19 test (as of March 22).  (1) If COVID19 positive: The passengers will be transferred to a hospital and treated immediately. (2) If COVID19 negative 

  • Korean nationals or foreign nationals of long-term stay (more than 90 days) will be quarantined for 14 days at their residence. 
  •  Foreign nationals of short-term stay (less than 90 days) will be monitored by enhanced active quarantine for 14 days. 
  • All passengers from all countries must have an available phone number and mobile device for installing app. (as of Mar 19)
    Visa exemption entry applied to nationals of Japan will be suspended. (as of Mar 9) 
  •  All types of Korean visas issued by Consulate General in Japan before Mar 9, 2020 will be invalid.
  • The following passengers are not permitted to enter South Korea.  
  •  •  Chinese who have a passport issued by Hubei Province, anyone who has visited Hubei Province in the past 14 days. 
  • • Korea visa issued by Wuhan Consulate in Hubei province will be invalidated immediately. 
    • Visa exemption entry to JEJU Island will be temporarily suspended. 
    • Passengers who are not eligible for visa waiver of Korea are not permitted to transit in Korea if traveling from China.  

MYANMAR:   Effective 25 March 2020, 0000 hours (Myanmar Standard time)  

  • All incoming Myanmar nationals from any country will be subject to a 14day facility quarantine on their arrival in Myanmar.  
  • All foreign nationals travelling to Myanmar are required to present the laboratory evidence of absence of COVID-19 infection issued no more than 72 hours prior to the date of travel before boarding any airline destined for Myanmar. will be subject to a 14-day facility quarantine on their arrival in Myanmar. 
  • All diplomats accredited to Myanmar and United Nations officials working in Myanmar are also required to present the laboratory evidence of absence of COVID-19 infection issued no more than 72 hours prior to the date of travel before boarding any airline destined for Myanmar. They will be subject to home quarantine for 14-day on their arrival in Myanmar. 

SINGAPORE:  From 27 Mar, 0900hrs, all incoming travelers will have to submit a health declaration online. Travelersresidents and long-term pass holders included – will have to submit their declaration via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service. Singaporeans are advised to defer all travel abroad immediately. 

VIETNAM:

Travel restrictions and Entry Bans: 

  • Temporary entry ban for all foreigners holding ordinary passports and valid Vietnamese visa (Category Business, dependent, visiting relatives) and Vietnamese origin nationals with 5 years/3 years visa waiver, effective from March 22,2020. Diplomatic passport holders and ordinary passport holders with Temporary Residence Card or longterm visa for work purpose, when entering Vietnam, must provide a mandatory health check-up and quarantined for 14 days in designated quarantine zone. 
  • Vietnam Airlines to suspend all International flights. All flights from South East Asian countries, China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, France, Russia, Malaysia, and Taiwan have already been suspended. Today March 23: flights from Japan and UK and on March 25, the last international flights from Germany and Australia will also be suspended. 
  • The Vietnamese PM ordered the suspension of all international flights to Vietnam amidst restricted entry into the country, but no timeline has been provided to date. 
  • Since March 22, Vietnam has required passengers on domestic flights to fill up mandatory health declaration forms before departure.  

 Immigration: 

  • Temporary suspension of Temporary Residence card/long term visas for work purpose for foreign nationals already in Vietnam. Instead a 1-3 months single entry stay stamp only will be granted until further notice.

March 23, 2020 Updates

INDIA:  The government has announced a lockdown in at least 75 districts and four states across India until at least April 1.   This includes several cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderbad and states including Punjab, Maharashtra, Assam and Kerala. Domestic flights have been cancelled on top of an existing ban on international flights which began earlier.

KOREA:

1. Visitors who have been in the Hubei Province (China People’s Rep.) in the past 14 days are not allowed to transit or enter Korea (Rep.).  
2. Nationals of China (People’s Rep) with a passport issued in the Hubei Province are not allowed to enter Korea (Rep.).  
3. Korean visas issued by the Wuhan Consulate in the Hubei Province are invalidated.  
4. A visa is required to transit through Korea (Rep.) for: – nationals of China (People’s Rep.) arriving from China (People’s Rep); and – visa required nationals arriving from China (People’s Rep.).  
5. Visitors arriving from Japan who have been in the cruise ship ‘Diamond Princess’ are not allowed to transit or enter (Korea Rep.).  
6. Visas issued to nationals of Japan (at Korean Diplomatic Missions in Japan) before 9 March 2020 are invalidated.  
– This does not apply to visas issued outside Japan. Such visas remain valid.  
– This does not apply to airline crew.  
7. Nationals of Japan who do not hold a Korean visa issued on or after 9 March 2020 will not be allowed entry.  
8. Passengers arriving from any country will be subject to quarantine procedures. They must install a self-diagnosis application in their personal device and a completed Health Declaration Form and a Special Quarantine Declaration Form must be presented to the quarantine desk upon arrival.

MALAYSIA:  Our office has been closed down, real estate viewings have also been banned, and all movement outside is restricted by the government. All accompanied services have been suspended until further notice 

MYANMAR:

Myanmar still claims to not yet have any Covid-19 cases. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday temporarily stopped issuing visa-on-arrival and e-visa for all countries, as part of new restrictions to foreign visitors. Likewise, all travelers including Myanmar nationals, who have passed through or visited the United States, Switzerland, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, during the past 14 days, will be subject to a 14-day facility quarantine. Diplomats accredited to Myanmar and resident UN officials, are encouraged to take a 14-day home quarantine upon arrival. 

All travelers will be required to present medical certificate, from a recognized health authority, of not having symptom of acute respiratory sickness, before boarding flights heading to Myanmar. 

PHILIPPINES: Service provision is halted until further notice due to the string home quarantine measures in place.

 

March 20, 2020 Updates

INDIA: A ban has been placed on international flights to any airport from 0001 hrs GMT of March 22, 2020 until March 29, 2020. All incoming travelers, including Indian nationals arriving from any destination and having visited 36 countries on the Excluded List” in Europe, the Middle East and Asia are banned from entering India, and 6 countries on the “Partially Excluded List” shall be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days. 

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