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updated as of 15 October 2021


ASIA


>>BRUNEI: Most foreign nationals, including long-term pass holders, remain banned from entering or transiting Brunei. Exceptions exist for foreigners on business and official travel, studying in Brunei, undergoing medical treatment, and transport operators, among others. Foreigners who can enter Brunei must obtain an Entry Travel Pass with a Bruneian citizen or entity as a guarantor, obtain a negative result from a RT-PCR test within 48 hours before travel, and quarantine up to 14 days at designated premises and undergo further RT-PCR tests upon arrival; fully vaccinated travelers may quarantine for a shorter period of seven days. Only vehicles with Transit Permits may pass through the borders. Transport operators who cross the borders frequently must undergo an RT-PCR test weekly.

A Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) scheme with Singapore is in effect, allowing people to travel for business and official purposes to and from Singapore with exemption from quarantine requirements. Travelers from Singapore who have obtained entry approval under the RGL program must take a COVID-19 test upon arrival and remain in isolation for up to three days until the test returns negative.

Local nationals, permanent residents, and foreigners holding Bruneian identification cards remain barred from leaving the country. Only individuals departing to work abroad, seek medical treatment, or resume studies overseas can leave Brunei after obtaining approval from the Prime Minister’s Office. People who are departing from Brunei must obtain COVID-19 vaccination before traveling. Outbound local citizens and permanent residents who require COVID-19 tests must pay BND 100, while outbound foreign nationals will pay BND 200.

Authorities continue to ban entry for foreign nationals traveling from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka through Oct. 31. Exemptions are in place for diplomatic pass holders and armed forces members. Officials have also suspended travel from Brunei to the five South Asian nations.

>>CAMBODIA: Tourist visas, visa-on-arrival services, and visa-free travel remain suspended. Authorities allow online applications for short-term visas permitting stays of up to 30 days; however, only individuals traveling for demonstrated essential reasons may receive permission. Applicants for short-term travel visas must provide proof of medical insurance of at least USD 50,000, obtain a medical certificate clearing the individual of COVID-19 issued within 72 hours of travel, purchase a USD 90 health insurance package, and produce documentation demonstrating that the trip is for essential reasons. Inbound foreign nationals must pay a USD 2,000 deposit to cover potential COVID-19 related costs. Arrivals must take COVID-19 tests upon arrival and quarantine for 14 days at a government-designated facility; individuals who test positive for the Delta variant must quarantine for 21 days.

>>CHINA: The government continues to ban most foreign nationals, except those with valid residence permits, from entering China. However, foreigners with invitations from provincial or municipal governments and some family members of foreign employees with emergency humanitarian needs can apply to enter the country. Authorities also permit foreigners fully vaccinated with Chinese-produced COVID-19 vaccines to apply for visas for work, business, or humanitarian reasons. Officials ban most foreign travelers from Bangladesh, Belgium, France, India, Italy, the Philippines, Russia, and the U.K., regardless of residency status, unless they have received Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines. Diplomatic personnel and C visa holders, generally flight and shipping crew members, are exempt from entry bans regardless of country of origin. Officials continue to ban direct flights with the U.K. until further notice.

Essential business travel from Singapore and South Korea can occur under fast-track arrangements. Travel is possible between Singapore and Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang provinces and Chongqing, Shanghai, and Tianjin. A fast-track arrangement for business travelers from South Korea to 10 Chinese locations, including Shanghai and Anhui, Jiangsu, Liaoning, and Shandong provinces, is also in place. Companies or government agencies can apply for special passes for inbound visitors, who must test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours of departure from Singapore or within 72 hours before departure from South Korea and obtain a visa. Passengers must undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival in China and self-isolate at designated facilities until their results are available. Singapore travelers must also adhere to a preplanned itinerary, refrain from using public transport – except for private hire vehicles – for the first 14 days, and download and use a health pass while in mainland China. Arriving passengers testing positive for COVID-19 will undergo treatment at their own expense.

Authorities require almost all inbound passengers to take a nucleic acid COVID-19 test at designated facilities in the country of origin within three days before departure. Further requirements for inbound passengers from most countries include submission of IgM antibody tests from designated facilities in the departure country within 48 hours of boarding flights and additional COVID-19 testing in each country they transit. Authorities may allow fully vaccinated passengers who test positive for COVID-19 antibodies to enter China. Examples of affected locations include multiple European countries, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, the U.A.E., the U.K., the U.S., and Vietnam. Authorities could modify testing requirements for entrants at short notice; respective Chinese missions will update country-specific rules. Most travelers, regardless of nationality or residency, are barred from using land border crossings. Exceptions are in place for cargo transport, though backlogs remain possible at border checkpoints.

All authorized passengers must apply for a health certificate via the local Chinese diplomatic mission before travel. Chinese citizens must update their information through WeChat to obtain a health code before boarding flights. The government continues to conduct health screenings, including body temperature scans and nucleic acid testing, at ports of entry nationwide. International arrivals in some locations, including Beijing, Shanghai, and Qingdao, are subject to mandatory anal COVID-19 swabs. Most international travelers must quarantine for 14 days; officials generally allow nonresident passengers to stay in government-designated hotels at their own cost. However, some governments require inbound travelers to self-quarantine and undergo medical observation for an additional 7-14 days. All arrivals must receive a negative COVID-19 test result in quarantine before release from designated facilities.

>>HONG KONG: Hong Kong permits entry for travelers from Macau, Taiwan, and mainland China, provided they have not visited elsewhere in the past 21 days. Arrivals from mainland China and Macau must quarantine for 14 days at a hotel. However, a limited number of Hong Kong residents who have only visited low-risk areas in mainland China and Macau can forgo quarantine by making a reservation online and entering via Shenzhen Bay or Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge border checkpoints or Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). Officials have expanded the program to nonresidents who have been in Guangdong Province or Macau for the previous 14 days. Participants in the scheme must also get tested on days three, five, nine, 12, 16, and 19 after entry. All other border checkpoints remain closed. Vaccinated senior executives of selected publicly listed or registered financial services companies can enter if they meet specific criteria. Such travelers must undergo COVID-19 testing and adhere to approved itineraries.

The government classifies several countries, including Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Malaysia, Nepal, the Netherlands, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, the UAE, the UK, and the US, as high risk. Only fully vaccinated Hong Kong residents may enter from these locations. Arrivals must quarantine for 21 days and take six tests during quarantine.

Authorities classify other places as medium-risk; no country is considered as low risk as of Nov. 24. Officials permit Hong Kong residents and fully vaccinated nonresidents from medium-risk countries to enter the territory. Residents who are not fully vaccinated must quarantine for 21 days and take six COVID-19 tests. Vaccinated arrivals from medium-risk locations and unvaccinated travelers from low-risk areas must quarantine for 14 days and take four tests during the quarantine period. Fully vaccinated arrivals from low-risk countries must quarantine for seven days and take two COVID-19 tests during the quarantine period. All vaccinated arrivals must follow self-monitoring protocols for a week after quarantine ends and undergo additional COVID-19 testing on specified days. Officials will isolate and treat symptomatic passengers or people testing positive for COVID-19 at government-designated facilities. A detailed list of location risk levels and quarantine and testing requirements is available https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html.

All arriving passengers must provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test result from a sample taken 72 hours or less before arrival; authorities calculate the sample time and date from the time zone of the inbound flight for connecting passengers. Travelers from mainland China must have testing conducted at laboratories mutually agreed upon by Guangdong Province and Hong Kong officials or approved by China’s National Health Commission. All other entrants arriving at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) must also provide documentation that the testing organization is ISO 15189 accredited or recognized by the government where the test occurred and a reservation at a designated quarantine hotel before boarding flights. Test results and other documentation must be in either Chinese or English. Arrivals must undergo on-arrival COVID-19 testing and remain in designated locations at HKG until receiving a negative result before continuing onto hotel quarantine.

>>INDONESIA: The government allows foreigners on high-level diplomatic state visits, Asia-Pacific Economic Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel cardholders, and fully vaccinated international travelers with a valid tourist or limited stay visa to enter Indonesia. Permitted travelers must present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate, a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours before departure, health insurance covering COVID-19 quarantine and treatment, and register on the eHAC app. Arrivals must quarantine at designated facilities for at least eight days and undergo RT-PCR tests upon arrival and on day seven before release. Officials may increase the quarantine period for travelers to 14 days, depending on COVID-19 activity in the country of origin. Authorities continue to ban entry for noncitizens who have visited India in the past 14 days. International travelers must download the PeduliLindungi contact-tracing application.

Authorities have opened international borders at Hang Nadim International Airport (BTH), Juanda International Airport (SUB), Kualanamu International Airport (KNO), Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK), Sam Ratulangi International Airport (MDC), Yogyakarta International Airport (JOG), and seaports in Batam City, Riau Islands Province, and Nunukan Regency, North Kalimantan Province. Land cross-border posts are also open in Aruk and Entikong in West Kalimantan Province.

>>MACAU: Macau permits residents from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan to enter the territory if they have not been to other locations in the previous 21 days. Authorities allow Hong Kong residents to enter the territory provided they have not traveled outside mainland China within 14 days of arrival. The government also permits some foreign nationals in Hong Kong to enter the territory if they have not left Greater China within 21 days of entry and obtain permission. The policy is only applicable to people with new residence permits, work or student visa holders and their families, and important short-term business and academic trips. Arrivals from Hong Kong must provide a negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 72 hours before arrival, quarantine for 14 days, and undergo an additional seven days of self-health management. Officials require travelers from Taiwan to take a COVID-19 test within 24 hours before departure and quarantine for 21 days at a government-designated facility. Affected people must have a negative COVID-19 test result the day before the management period ends or depart Macau during the management period.

Returning citizens and permitted travelers from international locations must take a COVID-19 test within 48 hours before departure for Macau, quarantine for 21 days at a designated location upon arrival, and undergo self-health management for seven more days. Officials can increase quarantine to 28 days if passengers return a positive serological test result. Any entrant that previously contracted COVID-19 must provide a certificate proving at least two months have passed since infection or their first positive test result. Arrivals who have visited Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, or Turkey within 28 days before arrival must present three negative PCR COVID-19 test results taken 24 hours apart within the seven days before entry; the final test must occur within 48 hours before departure. These travelers are subject to a 28-day quarantine in designated facilities. Authorities will extend quarantine to 35 days for individuals that have a positive serological test result.

Most arrivals must pay quarantine fees, if applicable. Locals are exempt from the quarantine fee for their first entry or if traveling for specific purposes. Officials operate a closed management system with Hong Kong for cargo crews, exempting crew members from quarantine if they undergo COVID-19 testing weekly, maintain adequate health standards, and refrain from disembarking in Hong Kong.

Transport between Macau and Hong Kong remains available only via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. Several airlines continue to suspend most international flights at Macau International Airport (MFM) amid generally reduced demand. Ferry service disruptions with Hong Kong continue, but officials have resumed some routes to destinations in mainland China.

>>MALAYSIA: Officials have eased outbound international travel and interstate movement for fully vaccinated citizens. Fully vaccinated Malaysians traveling overseas will no longer need to apply for the MyTravelPass (MTP) scheme. Travelers who are not fully vaccinated must still apply for an MTP. Additionally, individuals visiting other states in Malaysia will not need to apply for police permission. The new measures also apply to children of fully vaccinated citizens. However, domestic travelers will not be allowed to visit areas implementing EMCO.

Most foreigners remain banned from entering Malaysia; exemptions are in place for resident diplomats, foreign spouses and dependents of Malaysian citizens, long-term pass holders, and expatriate employees working in essential industries and their dependents. Individuals may apply for an MTP to enter or exit the country; fully vaccinated citizens are exempt. Travelers must seek prior approval from authorities, undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival, and download the MySejahtera contact-tracing application. Fully vaccinated travelers must quarantine for seven days at home or designated facilities. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must quarantine for 10 days at designated facilities. All travelers must undergo COVID-19 tests 72 hours before their flight to Malaysia. Approved business travelers staying in Malaysia for 14 days or less may be exempt from quarantine requirements. Foreigners may transit Malaysian airports as long as they do not pass through immigration points.

Sabah, Sarawak, and Labuan may have additional requirements in place. Sarawak requires all persons arriving in the state, including those from other parts of Malaysia, to complete “enterSarawak” and eHealth Declaration forms before departure and present a negative result from an RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure. Further details on Sarawak’s entry and requirements, as well as restrictions, can be found at the State Disaster Management Committee website by clicking https://sarawakdisastermc.com/standard-operating-procedure/#1629431828941-e8faf7f9-1fb4. Sabah allows certain individuals, including residents, students studying in Sabah, or essential workers with valid Malaysian immigration passes, among others, to enter the state; passengers cannot travel to Sabah for social visit purposes. Sabah requires travelers entering the state to present a negative result from an RT-PCR or rapid antigen test taken within 72 hours before entry and complete an e-Health declaration form at the following https://sm.jknsabah.gov.my/. Fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 tests upon arrival in Sabah. Separately, Labuan requires overseas travelers to present a negative result from an RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure and undergo a 14-day quarantine at dedicated quarantine facilities upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur. Alternatively, passengers may also apply for home quarantine and continue their journey to the destination airport.

Malaysia has suspended the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL), which allows limited short-term cross-border travel with Singapore for business and official purposes, since May 13. Authorities require travelers under the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA), which allows travelers to make multiple-entry visits to and from Singapore through land border crossings at Woodlands or Tuas for 90-day stays, to take a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival and undergo a 14-day quarantine at designated facilities; fully vaccinated Malaysians may serve their quarantine at their residence. Individuals who test negative may be exempt from the remainder of the quarantine. Short-term business travelers under the One-Stop Center (OSC) Initiative with permission from the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) are exempt from domestic movement controls between districts and states.

>>MYANMAR: An entry ban for most international travelers, as well as the suspension of issuance of on-arrival visas and e-visas, remains in effect through Nov. 30. Cargo and relief flights are exempt; it is unclear whether the government provides any other exceptions from the ban. Foreigners traveling for urgent reasons, including diplomatic issues, may contact a Myanmar diplomatic mission to receive an exemption. Travelers must produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours before arrival. Authorities require entrants to quarantine for 10 days at designated facilities. Authorities will test travelers for COVID-19 on days three and seven of the quarantine period and require them to pay for the testing fees.

>>PHILIPPINES: Foreign nationals allowed to enter the Philippines are subject to specific requirements, including having valid visas, pre-booking a quarantine facility, and undergoing PCR tests. Visits for tourism purposes remain suspended. Fully vaccinated international travelers from government-designated “green” countries are exempt from quarantine but must present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure and monitor their health for 14 days after arrival. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must undergo quarantine at designated facilities until the release of a negative COVID-19 test result on day five. The green list includes American Samoa, Bhutan, Chad, China, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Falkland Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Montserrat, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Northern Mariana Islands, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Paraguay, Rwanda, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sint Eustatius, South Africa, Sudan, Taiwan, Togo, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Fully vaccinated travelers from “yellow” countries with a negative RT-PCR test result may quarantine at designated facilities until the release of a negative RT-PCR test result on day three and monitor their health for 14 days after arrival. However, individuals without a pre-departure RT-PCR test result must quarantine at designated facilities until the release of a negative RT-PCR test result on day five and subsequently quarantine at home until day 10. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers from “yellow” countries must quarantine at designated facilities until the release of a negative RT-PCR test on day seven and must quarantine at home until day 14. Fully vaccinated and unvaccinated foreign nationals must pre-book accommodation for their quarantine. Authorities prohibit entry for arrivals who have visited “red countries” in the previous 14 days, but transiting passengers and returning Filipinos are exempt; the affected countries include the Faroe Islands and the Netherlands. All other localities are designated as “yellow countries.”

>>SINGAPORE: Citizens and permanent residents (PRs) can enter the country from any location without prior approval. Varying entry requirements and permissions are in place depending on vaccination status, country of origin, and purpose of visit. Individuals may use the self-help tool on the SafeTravel website to check their eligibility to travel to Singapore by clicking https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/arriving/overview#selfhelptool.

Officials continue to classify international locations into the following four categories in increasing order of strictness of border measures based on a traveler’s 14-day travel history:

Category 1: Travelers do not need to take a pre-departure test but must undergo a PCR test upon arrival. Entrants who test negative for COVID-19 upon arrival are exempt from quarantine. Authorities allow short-term visitors from these locations.
Category 2: Travelers must take an ART or PCR test within 48 hours before departure, quarantine at their residence or self-sourced accommodation for seven days upon arrival, and take a COVID-19 PCR test before ending their quarantine.
Category 3: Travelers must take an ART or PCR test within 48 hours before departure, quarantine for 10 days at their residence or self-sourced accommodation, and take a COVID-19 PCR test before ending their quarantine.
Category 4: Travelers must take a COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours before departure, quarantine for 10 days at designated facilities, and take a COVID-19 PCR test before ending their quarantine. The 10-day stay at dedicated facilities costs SGD 1,450. All other locations are under this category.

The corresponding locations under each category can be found by clicking https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/shn-and-swab-summary. Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) arrangements that allow quarantine-free travel are also available for fully vaccinated individuals from select countries like Australia. Entrants must undergo pre-departure testing, and self-isolate until negative results of an on-arrival test arrive. Authorities will extend the scheme to Finland, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Sweden from Nov. 29, as well as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE from Dec. 6. Passengers, except for returning citizens and permanent residents, must apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) between seven and 60 days before entry. Travelers may check testing requirements and other details by clicking https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/vtl/travel-checklist.

>>SOUTH KOREA: South Korean residents, including long-term visa holders, can enter the country. Visa-free and visa-waiver programs remain suspended with most countries that have banned entry for South Korean citizens and travelers with short-term visas issued before April 5, 2020. Most foreign residents must obtain permits before departing South Korea to facilitate any planned re-entry. Authorities allow travelers from the European Union (EU) and Schengen countries to enter South Korea without a visa for 90 days. Inbound passengers must present evidence of a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure; exceptions are possible for children under age six and South Korean nationals for humanitarian reasons, among others. Arrivals are subject to mandatory screenings at points of entry. Authorities in Seoul require inbound passengers remaining in the city to undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival; travelers must await test results before continuing their journey.

Most entrants must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. South Korean nationals, long-term residents, and some relatives of these groups can self-quarantine, while nonresidents must quarantine at designated facilities at their own expense. All travelers from South Africa and Tanzania must quarantine at government facilities. People who have completed COVID-19 vaccinations in South Korea, as well as individuals who have received full vaccination abroad and are visiting family or for business, academic, or public interest purposes, among others, may be exempt from the 14-day quarantine. The government does not permit quarantine-free travel from several countries, including Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, and South Africa.

>>THAILAND: The government permits travelers from most locations, and limited inbound tourist flights are operating. Cargo, emergency, and repatriation flights and government aircraft remain operational. Thai nationals, diplomatic personnel, as well as non-Thai nationals with a valid certificate of permanent residency, work permits, or special permission from government agencies to work in Thailand, among others, may enter Thailand. Non-Thai nationals can enter under special arrangements with the Thai government and other countries like Thailand Elite Members and APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) holders. Foreign students of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities or individuals seeking non-COVID-19 related medical treatment may also enter.

All foreign nationals must apply for a valid visa, obtain a Certificate of Entry (COE) from the nearest Thai diplomatic mission before traveling, and register using the ThailandPlus application. Authorities require incoming foreign nationals to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure and provide evidence of a booking at a quarantine facility. From Oct. 1, fully vaccinated travelers may quarantine for seven days. Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for 10 days for arrivals by air and sea; or 14 days for arrivals by land. Foreign nationals entering or transiting through Thailand must have a minimum USD 100,000 medical insurance policy. Arrivals by air and sea must pay for their quarantine costs regardless of nationality. Nationals from Australia, China, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Vietnam with an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) may enter Thailand. Foreign nationals traveling from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan remain banned from entering due to concerns over new COVID-19 variants.

Fully vaccinated individuals from all countries may enter Phuket, Surat Thani, Phang Nga, and Krabi without on-arrival quarantine under the “sandbox” scheme. Unvaccinated children may travel with their parents. However, travelers under the “sandbox” scheme must stay for at least seven days at the approved tourist locations before moving to other parts of Thailand. Arrivals must present a valid visa or re-entry permit, a Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate, a COVID-19 health insurance policy, confirmation of a hotel booking, and a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours before departure.
MIDDLE EAST


>>QATAR: The Qatari Ministry of Public Health will update the country’s travel and return policy from 14:00 Oct. 6. Authorities will divide countries into Green and Red lists, along with a secondary list of Exceptional Red countries based on the level of risk. Quarantine measures for travelers will differ based on the passenger’s vaccination status.

Green countries:
a) Citizens, GCC citizens and residents: Individuals who received one of several government-approved vaccines are exempt from quarantine but need to take a PCR test within 36 hours of arrival. Unvaccinated passengers or those who have not completed the necessary doses must produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before arrival and quarantine at home for seven days.
b) Visitors: Fully vaccinated individuals need to produce a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival to be exempt from quarantine. Unvaccinated travelers have to produce a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival and subsequently quarantine in a home or hotel for seven days.

Red countries:
a) Citizens, GCC citizens and residents: Fully vaccinated individuals need to produce a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival to be exempt from quarantine. Unvaccinated passengers must produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before arrival and quarantine at home for seven days.
b) Visitors: Fully vaccinated travelers have to show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival and take another PCR test upon reaching the quarantine location. They will then have to quarantine at a home or hotel for two days or until the test results appear. Unvaccinated travelers must produce a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival and subsequently quarantine in a home or hotel for seven days

Exceptional Red countries:
a) Citizens, GCC citizens and residents: Fully vaccinated individuals need to produce a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival and another PCR test within 36 hours after arrival. They will also have to quarantine at a hotel for two days. Unvaccinated passengers must produce a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival and subsequently quarantine in a hotel for seven days. A PCR test is required on the sixth day of quarantine and the individual will be released on the seventh day if the result of the COVID-19 test is negative
b) Visitors: Fully vaccinated travelers need to produce a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival and take another PCR test upon reaching the quarantine location. They will then have to quarantine at a hotel for two days. Unvaccinated individuals are not allowed to enter Qatar.

>>SAUDI ARABIA: Authorities require all non-Saudis, except for children under eight years of age, to present a negative result from a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departing for the Kingdom; travelers who do not provide the requisite negative test result will be barred from boarding their flight. All incoming travelers, except for Saudi citizens and residents and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens, must also have medical insurance covering COVID-19 treatment.

All travelers, except for Saudi citizens and certain exempted individuals, must complete a Registration Immunization Information Form (i.e., arrival registration) before departing for Saudi Arabia; completing the form registers individuals’ vaccination data, allowing them to use the Tawakkalna mobile application. Travelers with tourist visas are allowed to enter Saudi Arabia provided they are fully vaccinated and have completed their arrival registration via the Muqeem website. To access the form via the Muqeem website, click https://muqeem.sa/#/vaccine-registration/home.

All foreign travelers entering Saudi Arabia must download and register their information on the Tawakkalna mobile application no more than eight hours after arrival and comply with the preventive measures described therein, including quarantine procedures, as required by the Health Disclaimer Form. To view the Health Disclaimer Form, click https://www.saudia.com/SAUDIA%20Content/Frequently%20Asked%20Questions/Travel%20Guidelines%20and%20Requirements%20due%20to%20COVID-19/20210103-saudi-ministry-of-health-disclaimer-en.pdf.

All foreign travelers to Saudi Arabia must also complete a daily health assessment via the Tetamman mobile application. Travelers who present a certificate indicating that they had been fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before departure or whose health status is “immune” in the Tawakkalna mobile application are not required to take COVID-19 tests upon arrival or undergo a quarantine period. All other non-citizen travelers arriving in Saudi Arabia, including unvaccinated individuals, are subject to quarantine for at least five days and must take a PCR test within 24 hours after arrival and on the fifth day after arrival; these travelers are permitted to exit quarantine on the fifth day after arrival upon receipt of negative results from both tests.

Travel from Afghanistan, Brazil, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Pakistan, Turkey, and Vietnam remains suspended. Those that qualify for an exemption to the ban are still subject to quarantine and testing rules. For more information regarding exemptions, click https://www.saudia.com/before-flying/travel-information/travel-requirements-by-international-stations.

>>UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: The UAE continues to enforce a robust set of COVID-19-related international travel restrictions. Rules for entering the country generally include various requirements for pre-departure and post-arrival COVID-19 testing, self-isolation mandates and exemptions, and circumstances under which entry is prohibited. Regulations can vary significantly based on several factors, including the traveler’s vaccination status, country of origin, and the emirate via which the individual is entering the UAE. All air travelers must present a negative PCR test result before departing for the UAE. Under most circumstances, the test must be taken within 72 hours before travel; however, the required time frame can vary between 24 and 72 hours depending on which emirate an individual is traveling to and their country of origin. The UAE has resumed issuing tourist visas for fully vaccinated individuals with one of the WHO-approved vaccines traveling from all countries. Authorities generally require COVID-19 testing upon arrival. Individuals traveling to Dubai or northern emirates via Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) are subject to the quarantine rules imposed by their destination emirate. For more details on the UAE’s entry restrictions, click https://u.ae/en/information-and-services/justice-safety-and-the-law/handling-the-covid-19-outbreak/travelling-amid-covid-19/travelling-to-the-uae. Individuals traveling to Dubai from the following locations are subject to tighter restrictions: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zambia. Travelers from these countries must present a negative PCR test result with a quick response (QR) code issued within 48 hours before departure for the UAE; passengers must also take a rapid PCR test at the departure airport and receive a QR code within six hours of departure. Travelers from Bangladesh, Nigeria, Vietnam, and Zambia are prohibited from traveling to Dubai as their final destination due to a lack of rapid PCR testing at these countries’ airports. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi lifted COVID-19 testing requirements for individuals entering the emirate from other areas of the UAE on Sept. 19. Abu Dhabi had previously required that arrivals present a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test. The emirate also recently lifted quarantine requirements for all fully vaccinated travelers arriving from international destinations. Abu Dhabi has approved home quarantine, and travelers are no longer required to wear a wristband while under home quarantine; for details, click https://www.mediaoffice.abudhabi/en/health/abudhabi-emergency-crisis-and-disasters-committee-approves-home-quarantine-in-the-emirate-without-use-of-wristbands/. Unvaccinated travelers arriving from countries not on the green list are still subject to quarantine measures. For details on Abu Dhabi’s COVID-19-related restrictions, click https://visitabudhabi.ae/en/plan-your-trip/covid-safe-travelhttps://visitabudhabi.ae/en/plan-your-trip/covid-safe-travel.
EUROPE


>>FINLAND: Authorities in Finland are planning to ease international entry restrictions imposed to combat the spread of COVID-19 from Oct. 18. Travelers arriving from EU and Schengen-associated countries and from low-risk areas will be able to enter without restriction; travel from all other countries will be permitted for fully vaccinated individuals, those who have recovered from COVID-19, or limited categories of essential travel only. From Oct. 18, low-risk areas will include Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Jordan, Kuwait, Macau, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and Uruguay; for more information, click https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases-and-vaccinations/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates/travel-and-the-coronavirus-pandemic.

Unvaccinated arrivals entering on essential business from other locations must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 taken within the previous 72 hours and take a second test 3-5 days after arrival. Those unable to meet either of these requirements must take a test at the point of entry and take a second test 3-5 days after arriving in Finland.

>>FRANCE: France uses a three-tiered, color-coded system to classify countries based on COVID-19 risk and imposes entry restrictions accordingly. Green countries are those assessed to have the lowest disease risk, with orange countries being considered a moderate risk and red being those with the highest risk. Travelers from green countries do not need to provide a pressing reason for travel to France; however, unvaccinated travelers arriving from most of these countries must present a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours before departure for France. For travelers from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Romania, Slovenia, and Slovakia, the test must be taken within 24 hours of departure. Travelers may also present a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 between 11 days and sixth months old instead of the test before travel requirement. As of Nov. 18, the green list includes the EU, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Comoros, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, Uruguay, Vanuatu, and Vatican City. Unvaccinated arrivals from red countries are required to have pressing grounds for travel, must present a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before departure for France, and are subject to a COVID-19 test on arrival. Travelers may also present a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 between 11 days and sixth months old instead of the test before travel requirement. Unvaccinated arrivals must quarantine for 10 days under the supervision of security forces. As of Nov. 18, red countries include Afghanistan, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Georgia, Iran, Moldova, Montenegro, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Suriname, Turkey, and Ukraine. All other countries are currently classified as orange. Unvaccinated travelers from these countries must present a negative result from a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure for France or a negative result from an antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before departure. Unvaccinated travelers from the UK must present a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before departure. Travelers may also present a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 between 11 days and sixth months old instead of the test before travel requirement. Unvaccinated travelers from orange countries must also have pressing grounds for travel and must self-isolate for seven days on entry. All travelers may be randomly selected to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival; unvaccinated travelers from the UK arriving via Eurostar must take a further test upon arrival. All travelers must also fill out a sworn declaration form before travel; unvaccinated travelers from orange countries and all travelers from red countries must also fill out a certificate of international travel before arrival. Both forms are available by clicking https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel. For a detailed list of entry restrictions, including current country color classifications, click https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/.

Fully vaccinated travelers from all locations can enter France without restriction provided they present proof of vaccination and a sworn declaration stating they are COVID-19-free.

>>GERMANY: All travelers over the age of 12 arriving in Germany via air or land must provide proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, or a negative result from a PCR or rapid antigen test taken no more than 72 hours or 48 hours before arrival, respectively, to enter the country; this requirement does not apply to cross-border commuters or travelers transiting Germany. As of Nov. 19, Germany prohibits entry by unvaccinated individuals from outside the EEA, except for those from Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Macau, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, UAE, and Uruguay. Fully vaccinated travelers from other countries can enter Germany for nonessential purposes, provided at least 14 days have passed since they received a full dosage of an approved vaccine. Only travelers inoculated with vaccines approved by German authorities are allowed entry; for a full list of approved vaccines, click https://www.pei.de/EN/newsroom/dossier/coronavirus/coronavirus-content.html;jsessionid=0D034E8DAE7286C9567DDC8BB176FD17.intranet221?cms_pos=3. Germany classifies countries of concern as “high risk” or “virus variant” areas. All travelers who have visited high-risk or virus-variant areas in the preceding 10 days must complete a digital entry registration form before arrival. Travelers who have visited a designated high-risk area in the 10 days before arriving in Germany must self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. Quarantine from high-risk areas can be ended early by presenting a negative test result no sooner than five days after the beginning of self-isolation. Travelers who have either received the full course of a COVID-19 vaccine no less than 14 days before arrival or have recovered from COVID-19 within the previous six months are exempt from quarantine requirements. Travelers who have visited a virus-variant area must isolate for 14 days. Different restrictions are in place for individuals in transit, transport workers, and cross-border commuters. A full list of locations designated as high-risk areas can be accessed by clicking https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Transport/Archiv_Risikogebiete/Risikogebiete_aktuell_en.pdf?__blob=publicationFile; no locations are currently listed as virus-variant areas.

>>GREECE: All arrivals must complete Greece’s Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before arrival. Travelers to Greece may be subject to randomized rapid testing for COVID-19 upon arrival; those who test positive must self-isolate for seven days if vaccinated or 10 days if unvaccinated. Travelers subject to self-isolation must present a negative PCR test result on their last day of quarantine to exit self-isolation. Only residents of EU and Schengen Area countries and those of Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Oman, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, the UAE, Ukraine, the UK, Uruguay, the US, and Vatican City can enter Greece for nonessential reasons. To enter Greece, international travelers must generally possess a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate, a negative result either from a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival or from a rapid antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before arrival, or a valid medical certificate indicating previous infection with COVID-19.

Residents of Russia must present a negative COVID-19 test result, regardless of vaccination status, to enter Greece and are subject to COVID-19 testing upon arrival. Residents of Argentina, Chile, India, Oman, and Uruguay must submit to a COVID-19 test upon arrival, regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated travelers who have not recovered from COVID-19 and are arriving from Albania, Argentina, Bulgaria, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, and the UAE must take a rapid COVID-19 test upon arrival. Those travelers who test positive upon arrival will need to take a PCR test to confirm the initial result.

>>ITALY: Italy has amended entry restrictions for Brazil, Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka as of Oct. 26. Previously these countries were subject to special requirements due to variants of COVID-19 active in those countries; from Oct. 26, they will be subject to the same entry measures as most non-EEA associated states.

Travel is permitted from EEA-associated states, and Australia, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Macau, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, the U.A.E., the UK, Ukraine, Uruguay, and the US.

Arrivals who have only visited EEA-associated states in the previous 14 days must possess proof of vaccination against, recovery from, or a negative test result for COVID-19 taken in the 48 hours before arrival; this can be in the form of an EU Digital COVID Certificate or Italian Green Pass. Travelers unable to meet any of these requirements must enter self-isolation for five days on arrival and submit to a test at the end of the isolation period.

Travelers who have visited the US, Canada, or Japan in the previous 14 days must possess proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 in addition to a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken in the 72 hours before arrival. Travelers who have visited any other permitted location in the previous 14 days must possess proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in addition to a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken in the 72 hours before arrival. For travelers from the UK, the test must have been carried out 48 hours before arrival. Travelers unable to meet any of these requirements must enter self-isolation for five days on arrival and submit to a test at the end of the isolation period.

Travel from other locations is prohibited for non-Schengen citizens or family members unless conducted for study, proven work needs, or urgent health or family reasons. Permitted arrivals must possess a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before arrival, self-isolate for 10 days on arrival, and submit to a further test at the end of the self-isolation period; some exceptions apply. Except for San Marino and Vatican City, all permitted arrivals must fill out a digital passenger locator form before arrival, available by clicking https://app.euplf.eu/#/. Additionally, transport and health workers in transit through Italy and those staying in Italy for less than 120 hours for work reasons are exempt from testing and isolation requirements.

In addition, authorities have established “COVID-free travel corridors” that allow for returning residents of Italy to forego quarantine. The travel corridor includes Aruba, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Dominican Republic, and Egypt (Sharm El Sheikh and Marsa Alam). Residents returning from these locations must now show their Green Pass, and a negative test result no more than 48 hours old upon boarding their flight. An additional test must be taken on arrival if the traveler has been abroad for more than seven days.

>>LUXEMBOURG: Travelers from countries within the EEA and Schengen Area and residents of Australia, Bahrain, Canada, China, Jordan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, UAE, Ukraine, Uruguay, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan are permitted to enter Luxembourg. Most travelers from other countries remain prohibited, though exceptions exist for essential work, study, and family reasons.

Effective Oct. 29, nonessential travel is permitted for individuals with a vaccine certificate issued by Luxembourg authorities; as of Nov. 3, this includes EU Digitical COVID Certificates and certificates issued by authorities in Albania, Andorra, Faroe Islands, Israel, Morocco, Monaco, Panama, Armenia, North Macedonia, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the UK, and Vatican City.

Luxembourg requires all incoming international air travelers to present documentation before boarding proving that they have either received a full course of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), have recovered from COVID-19 in the previous six months, or have tested negative for COVID-19 by PCR test in the previous 72 hours or by antigen test in the previous 48 hours.

>>NETHERLANDS: Authorities classify countries as low, high, or very high risk according to the local COVID-19 situation. Nonessential travel is permitted from EU and Schengen Area countries, Dutch Caribbean Territories, and designated low-risk countries. Nonessential travel is also permitted for fully vaccinated individuals from all countries. Exemptions are in place for healthcare workers, people traveling to seek medical attention, those traveling for urgent family reasons, staff traveling to or from British or Dutch drilling platforms, air or sea crews traveling in the performance of their work, transiting EEA or Schengen Area residents, and returning Dutch nationals and residents.

Travelers from low-risk countries within the EU or Schengen Area may enter without restriction. Travelers from high-risk countries within the EU or Schengen Area must possess proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 or a negative PCR test taken in the 48 hours prior to entry or a negative antigen test taken in the 24 hours prior to entry. Permitted travelers from low and high-risk countries outside the EU or Schengen Area must meet the same requirements. Permitted travelers from very high-risk countries must have proof of vaccination in addition to a negative test meeting the same conditions as specified above; any permitted unvaccinated travelers will be required to isolate on entry for 10 days.

All arrivals via air must complete a health declaration form prior to travel, available by clicking https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/documents/publications/2021/07/20/covid-19-and-flying-health-declaration-formhttps://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/news/2021/09/03/changes-regarding-high-risk-and-very-high-risk-areas.

>>NORWAY: As of Nov. 23, nonessential entry is only permitted for arrivals from EEA and Schengen Area countries, Switzerland, the UK, and “purple”-designated countries, including Argentina, Bahrain, Kuwait, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, the UAE, and Uruguay.

From Nov. 26, all arrivals over the age of 16 years – regardless of nationality or point of origin – will need to complete a registration form 72 hours before arrival; the registration form is available https://reg.entrynorway.no/. Any unvaccinated arrivals, or those without evidence of a recent recovery from the virus, must take a COVID-19 test 24 hours before arrival and another test on entry. Norway only accepts proof of vaccination or recovery that are linked to the EU Digital COVID Certificate Gateway or issued by authorities in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, or the UK; travelers under the age of 18 are exempt from testing requirements..

Norway uses the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) assessments of countries’ COVID-19 risk profiles to assign international entry restrictions. Travelers who have only visited green and orange areas in the previous 10 days, or who possess valid proof of vaccination or recovery, can enter without further restriction. Other travelers must quarantine for 10 days on arrival; those without suitable accommodation must stay in designated quarantine hotels. Quarantine can be ended early following a negative COVID-19 test taken no less than three days after arrival. A questionnaire detailing entry restrictions based on specific itineraries is available https://www.helsedirektoratet.no/english/corona/english-quarantine-and-testing-in-norway-these-rules-apply-to-you.

A regularly updated list of countries by color designation is available https://www.fhi.no/en/op/novel-coronavirus-facts-advice/facts-and-general-advice/entry-quarantine-travel-covid19/#map-of-red-dark-red-and-green-countries-regions-in-europe.

>>POLAND: Authorities permit incoming travel from the EU and Schengen Area countries and Australia, Belarus, Canada, Georgia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, the UK, and the US. Officials prohibit most travel from other countries, with certain exceptions for students and essential workers, among other groups.

All travelers arriving from the EU, Schengen Area, or Turkey must present a negative PCR, or rapid antigen test result dated no more than 48 hours before arrival. All travelers arriving from outside the Schengen Area and those who do not possess a negative test must self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. Travelers arriving from the EU, Schengen Area, or Turkey may end their quarantine by providing a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours after arrival. Travelers arriving from all other locations may only test out of isolation no less than seven days after arrival. Travelers who have a certificate of vaccination indicating inoculation with a European Union-approved vaccine or who can prove they have recovered from COVID-19 in the previous six months are exempt from quarantine.

All travelers arriving via air are required to fill out the passenger locator form before entry, available https://www.gov.pl/web/gov/fill-in-the-passenger-locator-form.

>>RUSSIA: Direct flights will be permitted from Dec. 1 with Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Mongolia. Additionally, railway service will resume with Finland from Dec. 12.

As of Nov. 23 entry restrictions continue to apply to all arrivals. All travelers arriving by air, including those who are vaccinated, must present a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before their arrival in Russia and take a second such test within five days after entering the country. Foreign travelers must also fill out an arrival application form provided by their airline or upon arrival in Russia. Nonresident foreign nationals must also possess valid medical insurance that covers COVID-19.

Returning Russian citizens must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours after their arrival. Citizens must self-isolate until their results are known. COVID-19 test results must be uploaded to the Public Services website within four days after arrival. Those testing positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate until a negative result is returned. Vaccinated citizens and those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months are exempt from this requirement.

Citizens of Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member states or the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are required to submit their COVID-19 vaccination certificates and/or test results to authorities using the “Traveling without COVID-19” mobile application. The EAEU and CIS include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

As of Nov. 23, nonessential travel is permitted for citizens and residents of over 60 countries, including those of the EAEU and CIS, as well as Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK, and the US. The full list of countries is available by clicking https://tourism.gov.ru/contents/turistam/informatsiya-dlya-vezzhayushchikh-v-rossiyu/otdykh-v-rossii-v-2021-godu-iz-kakikh-stran-mozhno-priekhat. However, the availability of flights remains limited due to COVID-19 restrictions in some destination countries. Additionally, flights with low demand could be canceled or merged with other scheduled services with little warning. Entry via land borders is generally restricted to essential travel only; international rail services with most countries other than Belarus are suspended.

>>SWEDEN: Authorities in Sweden are planning to ease the nation’s COVID-19-related international entry restrictions for vaccinated travelers from the UK. Starting Oct. 11, travelers from the UK will be allowed entry into Sweden provided they can present a UK vaccine certificate; these travelers will also be exempt from the COVID-19 test requirement. Unvaccinated travelers from the UK will remain barred from entry.

There are no entry restrictions applicable to travelers arriving from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, or Norway. Travelers arriving from other EU/EEA countries must possess either the EU Digital COVID Certificate documenting COVID-19 vaccination, a certificate indicating recovery from COVID-19, or a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Sweden.

Travel from outside the EU/EEA is generally prohibited until at least Oct. 31; exceptions are in place for EU citizens and residents and for a limited number of essential reasons. Residents of Australia, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Jordan, Kuwait, Macau, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Uruguay can enter Sweden with a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken in the 72 hours prior to arrival or an EU COVID Certificate. Fully vaccinated individuals with a vaccination certificate issued at least 14 days prior to entering Sweden by authorities in Albania, Andorra, Faroe Islands, Israel, Morocco, Monaco, North Macedonia, Panama, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, or Vatican City can enter from any country without presenting a negative COVID-19 test result.

Authorities have lifted most of the nation’s domestic COVID-19 restrictions. Unvaccinated individuals are advised to limit social contact, and any individual with symptoms of COVID-19 is still obliged to get tested and avoid social contact while awaiting the result.

>>UNITED KINGDOM: Authorities in the U.K. are amending testing requirements for vaccinated travelers arriving from non-red list countries. From Oct. 24, such travelers may take a lateral flow test instead of a PCR test to meet the testing requirement within 48 hours of arrival. Authorities in England classify all countries as either “red” or “non-red” based on local disease activity and immunization rates. All travelers still need to fill out a passenger locator form in the 48 hours prior to arrival. As of Oct. 15, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela are on the red list.

Fully vaccinated travelers arriving from non-red locations no longer need to present a negative COVID-19 test result before departure. Such travelers must still book and pay for a PCR to be taken on or before the second day after arrival; lateral flow tests will be acceptable from Oct. 24. This only applies to travelers who have been fully vaccinated under an approved vaccination program. Full details on countries whose vaccination programs are accepted are available https://www.gov.uk/guidance/countries-with-approved-covid-19-vaccination-programmes-and-proof-of-vaccination.

Non-vaccinated travelers arriving from non-red countries need to present a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before departure, self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival, and take COVID-19 tests on the second and eighth days of their quarantine periods. Individuals may still opt to join the Test to Release scheme by choosing to pay for a private COVID-19 test on day five. If the result of this test is negative, and the result of the test on day two was negative or inconclusive, individuals may end their quarantine early.

Only citizens of the U.K. and Ireland, as well as permanent residents of the U.K., are allowed to enter from red countries. Regardless of vaccination status, these travelers will need to take a COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure, quarantine in a government-approved hotel facility for 10 days at their own expense, and test on day two and day eight after arrival. The list of red countries is available https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-list-of-countries-and-territories.

Authorities have introduced additional procedures for testing certain categories of international arrivals. The system uses lateral flow tests to identify cases, enabling these arrivals to avoid quarantine. The categories include commercial truckers, transport crew, seafarers, seasonal agricultural workers, and certain travelers engaged in essential activity supporting the national interest. For additional information, click https://www.gov.uk/government/news/bespoke-testing-regime-unveiled-for-exempt-international-arrivals?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_source=748837b6-20e7-4596-8bc7-354ff3f59e4e&utm_content=immediately.
USA AND CANADA


>>UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: The U.S. government plans to lift the country’s existing COVID-19-related ban on travel by nonresident foreign nationals entering from the 26 Schengen Area European nations, as well as the U.K., Ireland, India, South Africa, Brazil, Iran, and China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) effective Nov. 8. Additionally, as of the same date, international travelers from all destinations, including those that are not currently under restrictions, will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Only vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted, i.e. Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca/Covishield, Sinopharm, and Sinovac.

Moreover, fully vaccinated travelers will be allowed to enter the U.S. through the country’s land and maritime borders with Canada and Mexico for nonessential purposes starting Nov. 8. Persons crossing these borders for essential reasons will be required to be fully vaccinated effective January 2022.

Other restrictions remain unchanged. All travelers aged two years or older, including U.S. citizens and residents, regardless of vaccination status, must present a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than three days before departure for the country; alternatively, travelers can present proof of having recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 90 days. Airlines must deny travel to those who do not present either of these documents.

Authorities also require individuals to wear facemasks in airports, commercial aircraft, trains, public maritime vessels, and intercity buses.

Until the new directives enter into effect on Nov. 8, only US citizens and permanent residents, as well as their spouses and certain other primary family members, are exempt from the ban on travel from the aforementioned 33 countries; diplomats and airline employees are also exempt. Students, academics, journalists, and others traveling for essential purposes from the Schengen Area, the U.K., or Ireland may qualify for national interest exceptions but must apply through U.S. diplomatic offices.

U.S. authorities are maintaining risk assessment levels for travelers entering the country from international destinations. Under the current guidelines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) use a four-level system to categorize the risk of COVID-19 in countries and territories worldwide based on the number of cases in the past 28 days. Officials advise individuals in the U.S. to follow the recommendations associated with the designated risk level for their intended destination; for details on these recommendations click https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html.

>>CANADA: Individuals may enter Canada regardless of their point of departure (except direct flights from Morocco) without the need to quarantine, as long as they follow these requirements:

Individuals aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine (those manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVIDSHIELD, or Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) at least 14 days before entering Canada and have proof of their vaccination.

Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 will be allowed to enter without the need to quarantine if accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian.

All passengers aged five and older must provide the airline with a negative result from an accepted molecular COVID-19 test, taken no more than 72 hours before departing for Canada. Travelers entering via the land border must also present a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before arriving at the border. Antigen tests are not allowed. Fully vaccinated travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 within 180 days before entering Canada may show proof of such recovery instead of a pre-travel test.

Individuals must also have a 14-day quarantine plan in case government officials determine upon arrival that they need to self-isolate.

Travelers must upload their proof of vaccination, their 14-day quarantine plan, and other travel information to the ArriveCan website within 72 hours prior to their travel. For more details, click https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/arrivecan.html. Travelers may be selected randomly by authorities to take a COVID-19 test on arrival. Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 must take a COVID-19 test on day eight after arrival.

Unvaccinated nonresident foreign nationals are banned from entering Canada, except for those traveling for essential reasons, temporary workers, international students, or diplomats. Those allowed entry must self-quarantine for 14 days. Some workers, including those who cross the border regularly, may be exempt from the quarantine requirement, provided they do not display COVID-19 symptoms. Unvaccinated Canadian citizens and permanent residents can enter but must also quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. All unvaccinated individuals must take a test on day eight of their 14-day quarantine period.

International flights are allowed to arrive at Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ), Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB), Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW), Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG), and Edmonton International Airport (YEG), as well as at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL), Vancouver International Airport (YVR), and Calgary International Airport (YYC).

All air passengers must wear protective facemasks. Persons exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms are generally not allowed to board planes to Canada or take domestic airplanes or trains.
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND


>>AUSTRALIA: Australian citizens, permanent residents, and their immediate family members can enter the country. An entry ban remains in effect for most foreign nationals. Inbound travelers must present a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure. Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts and travel companions cannot enter the country; exceptions exist for seasonal workers from locations where testing is not widely available.

Inbound international passengers must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine period at designated facilities in their port of arrival. However, officials allow fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents to self-quarantine at home for seven days. Officials continue to place strict controls on the frequency of inbound international flights to ease pressure on hotel quarantine facilities; such controls are likely to remain in place for states that do not reduce quarantine requirements. Individuals who have been in New Zealand continuously for the previous 14 days can enter Australia quarantine-free, provided they travel by air. Requirements may vary by state, and some governments require travelers from New Zealand to undergo quarantine. Several state governments charge quarantine costs to international and interstate arrivals. Fees vary by state; most governments do not require up-front payment and have programs for those with financial constraints.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is no longer maintaining its global travel advisory for Australian citizens and residents at “Do Not Travel,” the fourth and highest level. Most individual location advisories are at levels 2, 3, and 4; travelers must exercise a high degree of caution, reconsider plans, or avoid travel, respectively at these levels. Officials also advise unvaccinated people to reconsider overseas travel. The government continues to ban overseas travel from Australia, with some exceptions. Australian citizens and permanent residents may travel abroad without obtaining a travel exemption; others must apply for government approval before outbound travel. Exceptions are available for government officials, certain business and work travelers, as well as airline and maritime crews.

>>NEW ZEALAND: An entry ban for most foreign nationals remains in place. Officials permit partners and dependents of citizens who hold a visa based on the relationship or usually reside in New Zealand and diplomats to enter without prior government consent. Authorities also allow partners, dependents, legal guardians of citizens, and diplomats to enter the country. Australian citizens and permanent residents of New Zealand, Samoan and Tongan citizens on essential trips approved by their governments, and travelers for humanitarian reasons can also enter. Authorities require foreign visitors to be fully vaccinated to enter the country. New Zealand citizens and locals from the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, and Vanuatu traveling for a critical purpose can enter the country without quarantine. Quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia remains suspended. The government has designated Brazil, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Papua New Guinea as very high risk. Only citizens, partners, dependents, and parents of citizens can fly directly from these locations into New Zealand; all other permitted travelers must spend 14 days outside of very high-risk countries before traveling to New Zealand.

The government allows entry for some critical workers on special visas provided companies demonstrate that the employee is working on infrastructure projects or possesses technical skills unobtainable within the country. Some essential long-term workers can also enter, provided they meet short-term entrance criteria and earn twice the median salary in the country or participate in a government-backed event. Authorities require people from these groups to receive permission before traveling to the country and review applications for travel on a case-by-case basis.

Authorities require most inbound international passengers to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure. Exemptions exist for individuals traveling from Antarctica, some Pacific Island nations and territories, and some countries where widespread COVID-19 testing is unavailable. Exceptions are also in effect for passengers who cannot receive a test due to medical reasons or previously recovered from COVID-19 but still return a positive test; in both instances, individuals must obtain a medical certificate certifying the information. Authorities will accept negative COVID-19 test results for passengers whose flights get delayed 24 hours or less. Passengers that do not meet pre-departure testing requirements may face a fine of up to NZD 1,000.

Inbound passengers must either quarantine or undergo managed isolation upon arrival. Most international arrivals must undergo a COVID-19 test within 24 hours after arrival and on days three and five or six of quarantine. Entrants must spend seven days at a managed isolation facility and isolate at home through day nine until they receive a negative result. Passengers flying to New Zealand must obtain a Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher to board a flight. Symptomatic arrivals or people who test positive for COVID-19 must undergo quarantine. Vessel crews arriving in New Zealand must isolate onboard for at least 10 days; journey time can be counted toward quarantine if verified by customs. A ban on cruise ships entering New Zealand ports remains in place; cargo and fishing vessels can load, unload, and undertake repairs.

Officials charge quarantine fees for NZD 1,610 for the first person, NZD 460 for each additional adult, and NZD 230 per child for citizens and permanent residents. Children under three years of age are exempt if staying with another person. New Zealand citizens and residence visa holders and Australian citizens and permanent residents who typically reside in New Zealand are exempt from costs if they departed the country before Aug. 11, 2020, and intend to return home for longer than 90 days. Temporary visa holders are exempt from fees if they were residents in New Zealand as of March 19, 2020, and were outside the country before that date. Quarantine fees are higher for permitted critical workers and most short-term permitted entrants – including partners of citizens and residents and students, work, and limited visa holders to NZD 2,760 for the first individual, NZD 1,495 for each additional adult, and NZD 805 per child. Companies can cover the quarantine costs for inbound critical workers.

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