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Date: 9 September 2021
SAUDI ARABIA – UPDATED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AS OF SEPTEMBER 8, 2021
Saudi Arabia lifted a COVID-19-related travel ban, allowing the resumption of travel between the kingdom and Argentina, South Africa, and the UAE as of Sept. 8. On Aug. 24, an entry ban from Afghanistan, Brazil, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Pakistan, Turkey, and Vietnam was lifted for fully vaccinated residents who have been vaccinated in Saudi Arabia. Fully vaccinated travelers are those who have received two doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca, or Moderna vaccines or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Saudi nationals, health workers, diplomats, and their families continue to be exempt from the travel ban but may be required to complete a period of quarantine and PCR tests on arrival.
Unvaccinated travelers arriving in Saudi Arabia will be subject to quarantine for at least one week. Those considered fully vaccinated by authorities will not undergo quarantine but must provide a health certificate as proof of vaccination. Travelers with tourist visas are allowed entry provided they are fully vaccinated. For a full list of exemptions, click https://gaca.gov.sa/web/en-gb/news/24-/05-/2021.
Authorities require all non-Saudis, except for children aged eight and under, to present a negative PCR test administered within 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. Travelers must complete a health disclaimer form and download and register on the Tatamman and Tawakkalna mobile applications before arrival in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi citizens are prohibited from international travel if they have not received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Authorities will also impose a three-year travel ban on citizens traveling to so-called ‘red list’ countries from which Saudi nationals are prohibited from traveling.
Date: 9 September 2021
EUROPE – UPDATED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AS OF SEPTEMBER 8, 2021
Portugal: Portuguese authorities are maintaining nationwide domestic COVID-19 restrictions as of Sept. 8. Travelers from EEA-associated states and Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Japan, Jordan, Moldova, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, the UK, and the US can enter the country. Travel from other countries remains prohibited except in limited essential cases, including EU citizens and residents returning home, reuniting with family, and commuting for essential work or study purposes. All permitted arrivals must present either an EU Digital COVID Certificate, a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding, or an antigen test taken within 48 hours before boarding. All arrivals must also fill out a passenger locator form before departure, available by clicking https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card. Travelers who have visited India, Nepal, and South Africa 14 days before arrival in Portugal must also self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.
Sweden: Authorities in Sweden have tightened entry restrictions imposed on travelers from the US as of Sept. 8. Nonresident foreign nationals are now prohibited from entering Sweden directly from locations in the US. Permitted travelers are required to present proof of a negative result to a COVID-19 test taken within the previous 48 hours and must have an accepted urgent reason for travel. Authorities previously extended all international entry restrictions through Oct. 31. Nonessential travel from outside the EU/EEA remains prohibited. Residents of Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, and Ukraine are exempt from the entry ban. Exemptions are also in place for EU/EEA citizens and residents, passengers in transit, and students, as well as for limited other essential purposes. There are no entry restrictions in place for travel from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway. Travelers from all other EU/EEA countries must present an EU Digital COVID Certificate or an equivalent, which displays a persons vaccination status, or COVID-19 test results no more than 72 hours old, or evidence of recovery from infection within the previous 180 days. Permitted travelers from all other locations must present a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours before arrival. Authorities also recommend that all travelers arriving from outside the EU/EEA self-isolate for seven days and take a COVID-19 test on the day of arrival and five days later.
Luxembourg: Authorities are maintaining measures imposed as of Sept. 8. Travelers from countries within the EEA and Schengen Area and residents of Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei. Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Ukraine, the US, 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. 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. Stricter entry requirements are in place for individuals who have stayed in India in the preceding 14 days. All such travelers must submit to a COVID-19 test on arrival and quarantine for seven days before taking a second COVID-19 test. Individuals refusing to take either test must quarantine for 14 days.
Czech Republic: Officials are maintaining international entry restrictions as of Sept. 8. The Czech Republic classifies countries’ associated entry requirements according to COVID-19 risk. Countries are categorized as green, orange, red, dark red, or black zones in order of increasing severity of COVID-19 activity. As of Sept. 8, Azores (Portugal) and Romania have been reclassified as orange locations, Cyprus, Netherlands, Norway, San Marino, and Slovenia are now classified as red, and Ireland is dark red. Nonessential travel is permitted from EEA-associated countries as well as Australia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Macau, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan. Nonessential travel from other locations is permitted for vaccinated travelers only. Unvaccinated travelers may only enter the country for limited essential reasons unless they are residents of an EEA-associated country. Vaccinations must be approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or a recognized equivalent body. All arrivals must fill out an electronic arrival form before departing for the Czech Republic. They must also produce a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. Travelers from green or orange countries can opt to take an antigen test taken no more than 24 hours before departure or within five days of arrival. Travelers from red and dark red countries must take a second COVID-19 test no earlier than five days after arrival and remain in self-isolation until the results return. A full list of country classifications is available https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/bulgaria-lichtenstein-monaco-spain-and-switzerland-now-in-the-red-category-croatia-and-germany-will-be-orange-israel-and-the-usa-to-move-to-the-dark-red-category/. Permitted travelers who can present a certificate of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 are exempt from testing requirements.
Date: 8 September 2021
MEXICO – UPDATED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AS OF SEPTEMBER 7, 2021
As of Sep. 7, Mexican authorities have updated COVID-19 transmission risk assessments for each of the country’s states. The changes denote a nationwide trend of lowered viral spread following a peak in cases in late August.
As part of the nationwide epidemiological stoplight system, each state, as well as Mexico City, is assigned one of four color-coded levels based on local COVID-19 transmission, with restrictions being imposed accordingly. These levels range from green to red in order of increasing COVID-19 risk. In the current round of set to last through Sep. 19, most states fall under either the orange or yellow levels, with two states at green; no state remains at the red level.
Although the country’s northern border remains closed to non-essential travel to the US through at least Sep. 21, international air travel is continuing. Mexico is not enforcing any mandatory quarantine requirements for arrivals; however, travelers may be subject to health screenings at the airport and those presenting symptoms of COVID-19 may be subject to additional health checks and/or quarantine.
Date: 8 September 2021
NORWAY – UPDATED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AS OF SEPTEMBER 8, 2021
Authorities are using European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) assessments of countries’ COVID-19 risk profiles to assign international entry restrictions. Only travelers from green countries or travelers from other countries who can present a certificate of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 that is linked to the EU Digital Covid Certificate Gateway or issued by authorities in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, or the UK are permitted to enter Norway. Exceptions are in place for Norwegian citizens and residents, their immediate family members, cross-border commuters, and limited categories of essential workers, as well as the children of permitted travelers. All travelers are required to fill out a registration form before arrival, available https://reg.entrynorway.no/; additional entry requirements by country classification are as follows:
Green Countries: No additional pre-entry requirements, must submit to a COVID-19 test on arrival.
Orange and Red Countries: Must present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 24 hours before arrival or 24 hours before boarding aircraft, submit to a second test on arrival, and self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. Self-isolation can be ended early following a negative COVID-19 test taken on day seven of the isolation period.
Purple Countries: Same entry requirements as orange and red countries; a slightly wider pool of relatives and partners are permitted to enter Norway.
Dark Red and Grey Countries: Same entry requirements as orange and red countries, but the first three days of the isolation period must be spent in a designated quarantine hotel.
Travelers with a valid certificate of vaccination or recovery are exempt from testing and isolation requirements upon entry. A full 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 .
Date: 8 September 2021
PHILIPPINES – UPDATED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AS OF SEPTEMBER 8, 2021
The government has extended COVID-19-related restrictions across the Philippines until at least Sept. 30. The country remains under Code Red Sublevel 2 on its code alert system, indicating ongoing local virus transmission with more cases than the government can address.
Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), the second-tightest measures, remain in effect for Apayao, Bataan, Bulacan, Cavite, Lucena City, Rizal, Laguna, Iloilo Province, Iloilo City, and Cagayan De Oro City until at least Sept. 30. MECQ is also in effect for Metro Manila until at least Sept. 15. In areas under MECQ, key industries can work on-site with full capacity, while other sectors, like telecommunications, can operate with half their workforce. Some public transport is available for permitted commuters. Nonessential tourist attractions and entertainment venues are closed. Nonessential mass gatherings are banned. Specific restrictions may vary based on location.
Foreign nationals allowed to enter the Philippines are subject to specific requirements, including having valid visas; quarantining for 10 days at a centralized facility upon arrival and another four days at their residence; pre-booking a quarantine facility; and undergoing COVID-19 PCR tests. Fully vaccinated international arrivals from government-designated “green countries” may quarantine for seven days at specific facilities. Visits for tourism purposes remain suspended.
Date: 7 September 2021
NEW ZEALAND – UPDATED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AS OF SEPTEMBER 7, 2021
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. Quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia is suspended as of Sept. 7. 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 otherwise permitted travelers must spend 14 days in another country before traveling to the country.
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 to enter the country. 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. Individuals entering from most locations must undergo a COVID-19 test within 24 hours after arrival and on days three and 12 of quarantine and receive a negative result before departing facilities. Entrants without symptoms must spend 14 days at a managed isolation facility. 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 14 days which can include the journey time if verified by customs.
Date: 7 September 2021
INDONESIA – UPDATED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AS OF SEPTEMBER 7, 2021
An entry ban for most foreigners remains in place. The government provides exemptions for high-level state visits and Limited Stay Permit Cardholders, among others. Permitted travelers must present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate, a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours before departure and register on the eHAC app. Arrivals must quarantine at designated facilities for at least eight days and undergo two COVID-19 tests before release. Authorities continue to ban entry for noncitizens who have visited India in the past 14 days. Officials encourage international travelers to download the PeduliLindungi contact-tracing application.
Date: 7 September 2021
SINGAPORE – UPDATED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AS OF SEPTEMBER 7, 2021
Singapore will implement updated border measures and pre-departure test requirements from 23:59 Sept. 9. Authorities continue to classify locations into four categories in increasing order of strictness of border measures based on a traveler’s 21-day travel history prior to arrival. All travelers from Category 2, 3, and 4 countries must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours before departure from 23:59 Sept. 9. All entrants must continue to submit health declarations online within 72 hours before departure and undergo an on-arrival PCR test.
The government has adjusted the countries in some categories. Authorities will add Croatia, Egypt, Finland, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Saudi Arabia, and Sweden to Category 3, while South Korea will be moved from Category 3 to 2. The categories are as follows:
Category 1: Travelers do not need to take a pre-departure test. Entrants who test negative for COVID-19 upon arrival are exempt from quarantine. Authorities allow short-term visitors from these locations. The locations include Hong Kong, Macau, mainland China and Taiwan.
Category 2: Travelers must take a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours before departure, quarantine at their residence for seven days upon arrival, and take a COVID-19 test on arrival and before ending their quarantine. The locations include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, and South Korea.
Category 3: Travelers must take a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours before departure. Upon arrival, unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for 14 days at designated facilities, while vaccinated entrants can quarantine at their residence. Individuals must comply with COVID-19 testing requirements during quarantine. The locations include Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Category 4: Travelers must quarantine for 14 days at designated facilities and take a COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours before departure. Individuals must comply with COVID-19 testing requirements during quarantine. All other locations are under this category.
Foreign nationals without PR who have visited or transited Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka within the previous 21 days are barred.
Additionally, fully vaccinated individuals may travel to Singapore from Brunei and Germany without quarantine under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL). Travelers must take a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours before departure, upon arrival, and on days three and seven of their stay. Individuals must apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) between seven and 30 days before entering Singapore, with the exception of returning citizens and residents.
Date: 2 September 2021
DENMARK – UPDATED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AS OF SEPTEMBER 2, 2021
International entry restrictions remain in place as of Sept. 1. All countries are classified as either green, yellow, or orange in increasing order of COVID-19 transmission risk. Different travel restrictions apply depending on the color designation of the country of origin or country of residence; for a full list of countries and their risk designations, click https://en.coronasmitte.dk/rules-and-regulations/entry-into-denmark/categorization-of-countries .
Fully vaccinated travelers from green and yellow countries or who are permanent residents of orange OECD countries can enter Denmark without restrictions. The vaccine certificate must show that the individual completed the full course of vaccination approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) between 14 days and twelve months before entry. Vaccinated travelers who are permanent residents of orange non-OECD countries must have a worthy purpose to enter Denmark, possess a negative PCR test taken in the 72 hours before entry or a negative antigen test taken in the 48 hours before entry, submit to a test on arrival, and self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. Self-isolation can be ended following a negative result of a test taken no less than four days after arrival.
Unvaccinated travelers from green or yellow countries who possess documentation proving that they have recovered from COVID-19 in the previous 12 months may enter without restrictions. Such travelers from orange countries must have a worthy purpose to enter Denmark. All other unvaccinated travelers must have a negative result from PCR test taken in the 72 hours before entry or an antigen test taken in the 48 hours before entry. No further restrictions apply to unvaccinated travelers from green countries. Unvaccinated travelers from yellow countries must also take a test within 24 hours of arrival. Unvaccinated travelers from orange countries must have a worthy purpose for entering, take a test within 24 hours of arrival, and self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. Self-isolation can be ended following a negative result of a test taken no less than four days after arrival.
All individuals arriving via air must also submit to a COVID-19 test on arrival.
Date: 2 September 2021
HONG KONG – UPDATED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AS OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2021
Authorities have extended restrictions in Hong Kong until at least Sept. 15 due to COVID-19 concerns. 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 daily passengers who have only visited low-risk areas in mainland China and Macau can forgo quarantine by making a reservation online, obtaining a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours before arrival, and entering via Shenzhen Bay or Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge border checkpoints or Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). Participants in the scheme must also get tested on days three, five, and 12 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, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, the UK, the UAE, 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 most other places as medium risk and New Zealand as low risk. 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.
Hong Kong is indefinitely maintaining quarantine measures for crews of aircraft and maritime vessels. Under these requirements, ships without cargo cannot exchange crews. On other ships, workers are no longer allowed to enter the territory and must travel directly to the airport after disembarking. Inbound ship crews and flight crew members must obtain a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours before departure for Hong Kong. Airlines and shipping companies must arrange point-to-point transport for employees to limit interaction with the public.
Date: 2 September 2021
ITALY – UPDATED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AS OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2021
Authorities in Italy are applying tighter entry restrictions for travelers from the US, Canada, Israel, and Japan effective Aug. 31. As of this date, travelers who have visited these countries in the previous 14 days must be able to present either proof of vaccination against or recovery from COVID-19 in addition to a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken in the 72 hours before arrival.
Travel is permitted from EEA-associated states, Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Kosovo, Macau, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, UAE, the UK, Ukraine, and the US. Arrivals from EEA-associated states 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 from all other permitted countries, except the US, Canada, Israel, and Japan, 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. 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. The measures are subject to change with little to no notice.
Authorities have also suspended travel from Brazil, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka due to concerns over COVID-19 variants. Officials will deny entry to individuals who have been in these countries within 14 days before arriving in Italy. Exemptions are in place for Italian residents, who must produce a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before arrival in Italy, take a second test on arrival, isolate for 10 days, and take a third test at the end of the isolation period.
Date: 2 September 2021
OMAN – UPDATED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AS OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2021
As of Sept. 1, a travel ban list is no longer being enforced. Moreover, all travelers are required to present a certificate with a QR code confirming they are fully vaccinated with one of the COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Oman. The last dose must have been administered no less than 14 days before arrival in Oman. The vaccination requirement is in addition to a PCR test before or on arrival to the country.
All travelers coming to Oman with a negative PCR test (for flights shorter than eight hours, this must be taken no more than 72 hours before arrival; for flights longer than eight hours, the test must be taken no more than 96 hours before arrival), will be exempt from quarantine. Travelers with positive PCR test results will have to quarantine for a minimum of seven days and take another PCR test on the eighth day of their stay. Travelers subject to quarantine will be required to stay at a government-approved facility at their own cost. Travelers who arrive without a PCR test result will need to take a PCR test on arrival and undergo mandatory quarantine with a tracking bracelet until a negative result is received. If a positive result is received, 10 days quarantine at a government facility is required. Release from quarantine is contingent upon a negative COVID-19 test result.
Date: 1 September 2021
GREECE – UPDATED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AS OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2021
Authorities in Greece have tightened COVID-19-related international entry restrictions for certain travelers. Effective Aug. 31, all unvaccinated travelers arriving by air from Albania, Argentina, Bulgaria, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, and the UAE must submit to a rapid COVID-19 test upon arrival at the airport; persons who possess a certificate of having recovered from the disease within the last six months are exempt. Travelers who test positive will need to take a PCR test to confirm the initial result; those who test positive in this second test will be required to self-isolate for 10 days.
Only citizens of EEA-associated countries, as well as those of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, the UAE, Ukraine, the UK, and the US, can enter Greece. Except as indicated otherwise, travelers from these nations must possess a COVID-19 vaccination certificate, a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours or 48 hours before arrival, respectively, or an official document certifying that they have recently recovered from COVID-19. Travelers from Russia need to show a negative test in addition to a vaccine certificate.
All arrivals must complete Greece’s Passenger Locator Form (PLF) detailing the location and duration of their stay. Travelers may be selected to undergo a rapid test upon arrival; those who test positive will need to self-isolate for seven days if vaccinated or 10 days if unvaccinated.
Travelers to any of the Greek islands, including those traveling domestically, must fill out a special sea travel COVID-19 declaration and possess either a certificate of vaccination, a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours, a negative rapid test taken within the previous 48 hours, or evidence that they have recently recovered from COVID-19.
Date: 1 September 2021
MACAU – UPDATED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AS OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2021
Residents of mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong, and Taiwan can still enter the territory if they have not been to other locations in the previous 21 days. Inbound passengers from medium- and high-risk areas of mainland China must quarantine for 14 days at designated hotels. As of early Sept. 1, quarantine requirements are in place for travelers from the following locations:
Jiangsu Province: Yangzhou
Yunnan Province: Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture
Hunan Province: Zhangjiajie
Hubei Province: Parts of Huanggang, Jingzhou, and Wuhan
Henan Province: Zhengzhou and parts of Shangqiu City and Kaifeng City
Shanghai: Parts of Pudong District
Similar controls will likely be imposed on any additional medium and high-risk areas in mainland China. Quarantine requirements may be lifted at short notice, depending on disease activity in the specified locations.
Officials require travelers from Taiwan to take a COVID-19 test within 24 hours prior to departure for Macau and quarantine for 21 days at a government-designated facility. Permitted arrivals from Hong Kong must provide a negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 24 hours prior to arrival, quarantine for 14 days, and undergo an additional seven days of self-health management. Affected people must receive 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 72 hours prior to 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.
Arrivals who have visited Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, or the Philippines within the 28 days prior to arrival in Macau must present three negative PCR COVID-19 test results taken 24 hours apart within the seven days before entry, with the final test being taken within 72 hours prior to boarding flights. 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. Travelers must pay quarantine fees. Locals are exempt from the quarantine fee for their first entry but must pay for subsequent quarantine periods unless traveling for select purposes.
Date: 1 September 2021
EUROPEAN UNION – UPDATED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AS OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2021
The European Council (EC) has amended the list of countries with which it recommends member states relax COVID-19-related entry restrictions. As of Aug. 30, the US, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Israel, Montenegro, and Lebanon have been removed from the list due to the perceived risk of COVID-19.
In its latest guidance, the EC recommends member states ease travel restrictions for the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Japan, Jordan, Moldova, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, and China (provided it implements a reciprocal travel arrangement). The council advises EU member states to restrict nonessential travel from all other countries outside the bloc as part of measures to combat the spread of COVID-19.
All EU Schengen Area member states, non-Schengen EU members (i.e., Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania), and the four non-EU Schengen-associated states (i.e., Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) are participating in the travel restrictions.
The EC’s recommendation is nonbinding; individual member states retain the authority to unilaterally deny travel from countries on the approved list or to permit travel with countries not on the approved list.
Participating countries have also implemented the EC’s EU Digital COVID Certificate. The certificate is a digital or physical QR code that acts as proof of whether a traveler has been vaccinated against, recovered from, or recently tested negative for COVID-19. Member states should, in principle, allow individuals possessing the certificate to enter the country without restriction.
Additionally, the EC has advised member states to implement additional COVID-19 measures, including mandatory testing before departure, stricter measures to address virus variants of concern, and a common European passenger locator form. Persons exempted from the recommendations include family members of EU nationals, diplomats, foreigners with legal residency permits, cross-border and healthcare workers, and truck drivers transporting freight. UK citizens are subject to the recommended travel restrictions.