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Corona Virus Travel Advisory

Mongolia


Mongolia restricts flights outbound/inbound China. If flight is not associated with Chinese PAX there is no restriction.

Myanmar


MOFA Myanmar announced that Chinese people are temporarily suspended the issuance of Visa On Arrival Myanmar.

Indonesia


The latest information given by Indonesian Government that all flights from or to China Mainland are forbidden until further notice.

Indonesian Government suspends China nationality visa-free entry policy in Indonesia temporarily.

All international crew and passenger to be examined by airport health department and must complete a health alert card that issued by Minister of Health Republic Indonesia on their arrival.

Japan


Japan Immigration Services Agency issued notification to Airline Companies that from 1ts Feb 2020, the following people are not permitted to enter Japan for the time being unless there are exceptional circumstances.

1- Foreigners who have traveled to Hubei Province in the People's Republic of China within 14 days before arriving Japan.

2- Foreigners who have Chinese passports issued by Hubei Province in the People's Republic of China.

Vietnam


Vietnam CAA bans all flights operating from Mainland China to Vietnam until further notice. Flights from Hong Kong or Macau region are still allowed to Vietnam.

Thailand


As per CAAT Notification on Clinical Practice Guideline for the Prevention of Novel Coronavirus 2019 Pneumonia, all air operators that have direct or connecting flights from Wuhan, People’s, Republic of China or any other areas reported as affected from the mentioned coronavirus and found any passengers with signs or symptoms of acute respiratory infection such as fever, cough, sore throat or runny nose during the flight, shall fill in the following forms according to ICAO standards and recommended practices and submit to the officer at port of entry.

1- General Declaration (Appendix 1. to ICAO Annex 9)

2- Public Health Passenger Locator Form (Appendix 13. to ICAO Annex 9)

Please be informed now only the direct flight from Wuhan (WHHH) is not allowed to enter into VTBD until further notice. There is no official announcement from CAAT but this information received from the GM of VTBD Airport. For other flight from China, all pax need to be passed thermo scan on arrival

All airports that have direct or connecting flights from Wuhan, People’s Republic of China or any other areas reported as affected from the mentioned coronavirus shall conduct the screening test for such inbound passengers in order to quarantine the disease.

All air operators shall inform the passengers and the crew of the above guidelines. The cabin crew shall also make on board public announcement to the passengers.

Sri Lanka


No special restrictions were imposed for the flight operation except for precautionary measures taken for all arriving pax will be monitored by heat detectors.

Korea


The Korea government will begin barring foreigners who have been in China's Hubei Province in the past two weeks from entering the country starting 4 February, as part of drastic measures to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus. The same applies to passengers and crew.

Transit passengers and crew from Korea to the U.S and Australia will also be grounded (The U.S. and Australian citizens are excluded.)

Depending on the severity of the coronavirus, the above may change

Laos


As Laos is so close to China, some measures and restrictions announced by DCA Laos are restrictions to all pax from China and other countries to be checked at arrival time. If found sick or have high temperature, that pax will be retained for 14 days; Some border checking points with China are close.

Air pax cannot obtain visa on arrival.

Non scheduled flights if got landing permit, can land. Those are all main restriction at the moment.

Taiwan


In response to the ongoing 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak in China, the Taiwan Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) listed Hubei, Wuhan, Guangdong and Wenzhou province, China as Level 2 Area and implemented the following measures:.

1- Chinese people residing in Hubei, Wuhan, Guangdong and Wenzhou province will be prohibited from entering Taiwan.

2- Such residents and Chinese people with a history of travel to Hubei, Wuhan, Guangdong and Wenzhou province who enter Taiwan via cross-strait airports/ports are subject to home quarantine for 14 days.

3- Asymptomatic travelers entering from China, Hong Kong and Macau are subject to self-health management and are advised to avoid going outside during the period of time and to put on surgical masks if they go outside.

4- Travelers with symptoms of upper respiratory infections are still required to conduct the 14-day self-health management even if they test negative.

5- Applications of Chinese citizens from Chinese provinces other than Hubei, Wuhan, Guangdong and Wenzhou Province on account of tourism, social exchanges, professional exchanges, aesthetic medical care will be temporarily suspended. The entry of Chinese citizens who have obtained an entry permit will be postponed. Nonetheless, if applications for prevention exchanges, medical humanitarian aid, group gatherings or accompanying family member’s gatherings of social exchanges or on-site services of professional exchanges and investment and management (including accompanying individuals) are permitted after review, such Chinese applicants shall cooperate and conduct self-health management for 14 days.

6- The entry of Chinese students studying in Taiwan will be postponed starting from January 26 to February 9, 2020.

7- Applications for business activities, excluding contract execution and corporate internal transfer (including accompanying individuals), will be suspended. The entry of Chinese citizens who have obtained an entry permit will be postponed. Chinese citizens who have been permitted to enter Taiwan must conduct self-health management for 14 days.

8- Restrictions on residence will be imposed on a Chinese spouse returning from China (including Hubei, Wuhan, Guangdong and Wenzhou Province) and such a spouse is required to conduct self-health management for 14 days.

9- With respect to cross-strait airports/ports, Chinese citizens will be temporarily prohibited from visiting Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu Islands for all purposes, including social exchanges, cultural and artistic exchanges, enrollment and tourism. The entry of Chinese citizens who have obtained an entry permit will be postponed.

All international inbound passengers are required to accurately fill out and submit the Novel Coronavirus Health Declaration Card to Taiwan CDC quarantine stations or immigration counters upon arrival and following the quarantine regulations. Any person who refuses, evades or obstructs mentioned measures shall be fined NTD$10,000-NTD$150,000.

Currently there is no restrictions for private jets flying routes between China and Taiwan, however all flights departed from Hubei, Wuhan, Guangdong, and Wenzhou will be banned from entering Taiwan.

Chinese passport holders are prohibited from entering Taiwan, Chinese crew on flight operations to Taiwan must leave after dropping off/picking up the passengers.

Updated Restrictions Regarding Corona Virus Outbreak Can Be Obtained Here

Singapore


Extension Of Precautionary Measures Against The Wuhan Coronavirus

Further to the information sent on January 29, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared China’s novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. We would like to inform you about further steps that Singapore has decided to take.

New visitors with travel history in Mainland China or with PRC passports

From 1 February 2020, 2359h, all new visitors with recent travel history to Mainland China within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into Singapore, or to transit through Singapore.

In the same context, with immediate effect, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) will suspend the issuance of all forms of new visas to those with PRC passports. We will also suspend Singapore’s status as a visa-free transit facility for those with PRC passports.

Previously issued short-term and multiple-visit visas for those with PRC passports will also be suspended.

During this period of suspension, they will not be allowed entry into Singapore.

Returning residents and long-term pass holders with travel history in Mainland China

With immediate effect, the following returning groups will be issued an advisory for them to be placed on a 14-day leave of absence from the day of their return from China:

1- Residents (Singaporean Citizens/ PRs) with recent travel history to Mainland China within the last 14 days.

2- Long-term pass holders (including Work Passes and Permits, Student Pass, Dependent Pass and Longterm Visit Pass) with recent travel history to Mainland China within the last 14 days.

Maldives

Health Protection Agency intends to impose a requirement for all passengers and crew from all international flights operating into Maldives to fill out a "Health Declaration Form". This form needs to be filled out before proceeding to the immigration counter and will come into effect immediately.

Health Declaration Form will be available from HPA and will also be made available at the arrival hall.

This requirement has been set forth as an effort to prevent influx of novel diseases into the Maldives and it applies to all international airlines and private flights operating to all airports in the Maldives

Hong Kong


Starting from 0900LT on 29 January 2020, the Department of Health will implement a health declaration form system for travellers on flights arriving Hong Kong from China. All travellers arriving Hong Kong by flights from China are required by law to complete and submit the health declaration as attached before entering Hong Kong. If you have flight operating from China to Hong Kong, please pass the form to the flight crews and passengers and remind them to complete the form before landing. HKBAC staff will collect the completed form when the aircraft door opened.

With effect from the midnight of 27 January 2020, except for Hong Kong residents, residents from Hubei Province and persons who visited the Hubei Province in the past 14 days will not be permitted to enter Hong Kong until further notice.

Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health has set up a dedicated WEB PORTAL to provide the latest situation on the enhanced surveillance for the cluster of pneumonia cases, as well as relevant travel and health advice to the public.

As per Airport Authority Hong Kong, the additional temperature checks would be implemented for all departing and transfer passengers, starting from 2000LT on 1 February 2020.

Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation and Prevention and Control of Disease (Disclosure of Information) Regulation Gazetted


The Government published in the Gazette on February 7 2020 the Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation and the Prevention and Control of Disease (Disclosure of Information) Regulation to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus infection with resolute and stringent measures, so as to reduce cross-boundary people flow. The two Regulations will commence at 0.00am February 8. The specific measures include:

1- Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation:

All persons having stayed in the Mainland for any period during the 14 days preceding arrival in Hong Kong, regardless of nationality and travel documents used, will be subject to compulsory quarantine for 14 days.

If a visitor’s permitted limit of stay in Hong Kong is shorter than the length of the compulsory quarantine (i.e. 14 days), he will be refused entry into Hong Kong.

2- Prevention and Control of Disease (Disclosure of Information) Regulation:

A health officer will be empowered to require a person to disclose or furnish any information relevant to the handling of a state of the public health emergency, such as travel history. The relevant power is extended to other medical practitioners who would have encountered with a person involved in such public health emergency.

In accordance with section 4(1) of the Regulation, the Chief Secretary for Administration has exempted air crew, who must be on crew list of General Declaration Form, in uniform and put on crew ID while disembarking from planes at Hong Kong International Airport and entering Hong Kong, from the compulsory quarantine requirement with effect from the commencement of the Regulation.

This notwithstanding, the Department of Health (DH) will arrange medical surveillance for persons under the exempted categories of persons during their stay in Hong Kong.

Persons under medical surveillance are required to wear masks and check temperature daily for reporting to DH. In additional, exempted persons are also subject to the temperature check and health declaration procedures carried out by DH at various boundary control points during arrival and departure clearance.

Philippines


In line with the directive of the President from 02-02-2020, all airlines operating to and from the Philippines are hereby required to fully and immediately comply with the following Orders:

1- Temporary banning entry into the Philippines of any person regardless of nationality, except Filipino citizens and holders of Permanent Resident Visas issued by the Philippine Government directly coming from China or its Special Administrative Regions.

2- Temporary banning entry into the Philippines of any person regardless of nationality, except Filipino citizens and holders of Permanent Resident Visas issued by the Philippine Government, who within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, has been to China or its Special Administrative Regions.

3- Temporary ban on Filipinos from travel to China or its Special Administrative Regions.

It is further advised that in accordance with the Presidential directive, a mandatory founeen (14) day quarantine for Filipinos and Permanent Resident Visa holders coming from any place in China and its Special Administrative Regions shall be imposed.

Guidance and orders from other concerned agencies shall likewise be strictly observed and complied with. All airlines shall inform the Board of any action or modification made in its procedure in relation to the implementation ot‘the directive.

The Air Carriers’ Association of the Philippines (ACAP) and the Board ofAirline Representatives (BAR) are hereby required to assist in the immediate dissemination of this Order to their member airlines.

Malaysia


The Health Ministry of Malaysia has intensified following precautionary measures for all travelers from China at 64 international entry points into the country including International airports, Ports, Land entry points:

1- Fever screening using thermal scanners.

2- Cooperation with Malaysian Immigration Department to refer any traveler for further examination by medical officers at the entry points.

3- Putting up buntings & carrying out periodic announcements to advise travelers to go to the health check centers at the entry points.

4- Random checks on Malaysian citizens that use the auto gate

Cooperation between Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad & Civil Aviation Authority to divert all airplanes from China to the identified gates to prevent their passengers from mixing with other passengers

Airline companies are to identify passengers that have the symptoms onboard.

All ships from China given quarantine status while Health Ministry officers check the ships.


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