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TRAVEL UPDATES IN ASIA, EUROPE & MIDDLE EAST

Published on 15 May 2021 at 20:40


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Cyprus:

To ensure secure travel amid the current coronavirus pandemic, the EU has agreed on a collective solution to free movement restrictions. A traffic-light system has been introduced to classify EU countries (EU 27 plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) based on their epidemiological (infection rate) status. This information is available online and provides travelers with the latest up-to-date information as well as any current rules or special legislation (such as quarantine and testing requirements).


 

China:

In China, travelers who have bought vaccines made in the United States are welcome. On April 21, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States released a notice authorizing non-inactivated vaccines produced in the United States to be shipped from Dallas to the Chinese mainland. Non-inactivated vaccines made in the United States have received certification from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Passengers were expected to get all of the requisite shots before traveling to China, according to the Notice.

 

Georgia:

Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has reopened to the public. COVID-19 applies to all domestic and international air travelers accessing the United States. If you are not a U.S. citizen or a lawful U.S. resident and are traveling from outside the world, there are special requirements. Georgia has no authority over points of entry into the United States, such as airports.

 

India:

Evidence shows that restricting people's and goods' movement during public health emergencies is ineffective in the vast majority of cases and that it can divert funds away from more effective interventions. Sanctions would also block much-needed relief and technical assistance from reaching impacted countries, destabilizing economies and negatively impacting social and economic outcomes. However, laws limiting people's travel can be temporarily useful in certain situations, such as in countries with little external relations and limited response capability.

 

Kuwait:

Starting May 22, Kuwaiti citizens, first-degree families, and domestic workers who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 will be prohibited from traveling abroad. Kuwaitis of all ages who do not need vaccination are excluded from the initiative. The Kuwaiti Civil Aviation Authority has also extended the current foreigner entry ban in Kuwait until further notice.

 

Indonesia:

In addition to the discovery of a new strain of the Covid virus, Indonesia is making a series of changes to foreign national admissions. In addition to the discovery of a new strain of the Covid virus, Indonesia is making a series of changes to foreign national admissions. In honor of Eid al-Fitr, the government has imposed an internal travel ban from May 6 to 17.

 

 

Palestine:

Both foreign travelers will be expected to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure for critical travel. Within 24 hours of departure, all incoming passengers must complete an inbound passenger statement.

 

 

Pakistan:

Due to an uptick in COVID-19 violence, officials have tightened border restrictions as of May 3. Passenger travel between Afghanistan and Iran via land routes will be suspended from May 4 to 20, except for authorized emergency travelers. Domestic and international flights will be restricted by 20% from 00:01 on May 5 to 23:59 on May 20. Officials have also expanded until further notice a new ban on most foreign travelers from Category C countries; as of May 3, the law included 23 countries, including Brazil, India, Kenya, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

 

 

Oman:

The Civil Aviation Authority implemented many COVID-19 restrictive initiatives to deter the spread of new coronavirus strains in the Sultanate, based on a resolution issued by the Supreme Committee for dealing with COVID-19. These requirements include restricting entry to the Sultanate to Omanis and residents with visas issued on or before April 5, 2021, as well as forcing them to abide by the law.

 

 

Bangladesh:

Though certain transportation constraints have been eased, the majority of Bangladesh's current COVID-19 regulations have been extended until at least May 16. Residents must stay in their homes regardless of whether they are searching for or receiving critical or emergency care, according to current directives. Police-issued tickets, which are available electronically, are required for public movement.

 

 

Singapore:

At the moment, only Singapore citizens and permanent residents are allowed to enter. Tourists from Australia, Brunei, Mainland China, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Vietnam are now permitted to visit for a short period, but only after receiving an Air Travel Pass and passing a PCR examination upon arrival. Business travelers from these countries, as well as Indonesia and Japan, can enter the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) system, but they must adhere to strict guidelines.

 

 

Japan:

With 152 countries on the restricted list, Japan has some of the strictest travel limits in the world. Entry is permitted for tourists from Australia, Brunei, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam; however, visitors from China and South Korea must fly into Tokyo Narita International Airport. Many persons are permitted to enter to attend school, work, or visiting families (subject to visa requirements). There are also some variations, and the laws are subject to change.

 

 

Turkmenistan:

Domestic and international passenger flights into and out of Turkmenistan have been halted. Entry to Turkmenistan is illegal except for Turkmen residents and accredited officials, permanently registered nationals, and employees of international companies and organizations. To reach Turkmenistan, foreign nationals must show evidence of a PCR test as well as the results of COVID-19 (IgM/IgG) antibody testing.

 

 

Philippines:

Passengers arriving from or visiting the above travel-restricted countries in the last fourteen (14) days and arriving before 12:01 AM on May 15, 2021, will be allowed entry and subjected to an absolute 14-day facility-based quarantine as well as a negative RT-PCR test result. Under the government's repatriation program, arriving Filipinos from the above-mentioned travel-restricted countries will be subjected to a 14-day facility-based quarantine and must have a negative RT-PCR test result.

 

 

Kyrgyzstan:

For foreign nationals to access Kyrgyzstan, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before flying is now expected. If your flight is delayed and your files are not ready within 72 hours, you will need to do a second PCR test before landing. Requirements can be changed at any time. Until flying, double-check with the airline.

 

 

Vietnam:

After more than a month with no locally transmitted outbreaks, Vietnam reported the first COVID-19 population outbreak on April 27. As a result, starting May 6, the government has launched social distancing programs throughout the entire Thai Binh Province. In addition, specific sites in Hanoi, Da Nang, and HCMC where positive cases were discovered were put under lockdown for a total of 14 days.

 

 

Lebanon:

Travelers to Lebanon must take a PCR exam upon arrival at Beirut International Airport beginning Thursday, January 7, 2021, before being quarantined for one week. The first 72 hours of quarantine must be spent in a hotel licensed by the Lebanon government. You will only be allowed to return to your hotel after the test results are negative, and you will be quarantined for another week before taking another PCR test (which you must plan yourself). Since all of the experiments have come out negative, you are free to leave quarantine. Commercial flights have resumed with a reduced capacity as of July 1.

 

 

Turkey:

Turkish men and inhabitants are subject to curfews. Indeed, these do not refer to international tourists. From April 29 until May 17, 2021, private car intercity driving will be prohibited after curfew hours (7 p.m. on weekday nights before 5 a.m. the next morning), with a few exceptions. Intercity public transportation travel may be permitted only with the approval of a travel permit, which may be issued under exceptional circumstances such as attending a family member's funeral or seeing a doctor.

 

 

Laos:

The Lao People's Democratic Republic's government has put an end to visa-on-arrival services at all overseas entry points. People in countries with COVID-19 situations, such as the United Kingdom, are not eligible for visas. Foreigners (experts, technicians, and foreign nationals required for essential projects) must be granted special entry authorization by the Lao authorities.

 

 

Iran:

To avoid the dissemination of the COVID-19 version, Iranian authorities have closed multiple border crossing points with Iraq (Reuters, 20.02.2021). The Iranian government has delayed its suspension of flights to and from the United Kingdom until March 10th (PressTV.com, 17.02.2021). In addition to the unfavorable COVID-19 tests, Iran needs a two-week quarantine for visitors from Europe (Reuters, 30.01.2021). After a two-week suspension, flights between Iran and Iraq have resumed (Rudaw,12.10.2020). Iranian and Turkish airlines have planned to begin flights after COVID-19 concludes, according to COVID-19's chief executive (Tehran Times, 05.10.2020).

 

 

Israel:

Both passengers arriving in Israel with itineraries of 72 hours or more must show airline workers a negative COVID-19 PCR test score. The assessment must be completed within 72 hours of the planned trip to Israel. Many that have a vaccine card or a certificate of remission are susceptible to this disease. This condition must be met to enter Israel.

 

 

Thailand:

Passport holders from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia are not required to obtain a visa and are allowed to visit Thailand for up to 45 days. They must receive a Certificate of Entry and undergo quarantine upon admission.

 

 

Tajikistan:

Travelers should avoid Tajikistan because of the State Department's Travel Advisory (Level 4: Do Not Travel) and other steps that were taken by the Tajik government in response to COVID-19, such as mandatory testing and quarantine conditions. Tajik hospitals and clinics do not provide enough health care.

 

 

Myanmar:

According to the military, standard international commercial passenger flights have been suspended until at least May 31, 2021. Domestic flights should start on the 4th or 5th of February, according to our sources.

Residents of the United Kingdom, as well as those who have visited Myanmar within the last 14 days, are reportedly barred from entering the country. Many people, including British residents, who are not traveling from the United Kingdom can verify the requirements for travel to Myanmar with the Myanmar Embassy or Consulate in their home country.

 

 

UAE:

Beginning at 23:59 a.m. on May 12, Emirati authorities will refuse entry to travelers from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. The measure is in effect for transit travelers as well as those who have traveled through these countries during the last 14 days since arriving in the UAE. The steps do not apply to Emirati nationals, diplomatic passport holders, or government delegations. Transit and freight flights between the UAE and the affected countries will continue to run.

 

 

South Korea:

All tourists to Korea, regardless of vaccination status, must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result obtained within 72 hours of departure and agree to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. The majority of travelers are responsible for paying for their quarantine in government-run clinics.

 

 

Azerbaijan:

All visitors to Azerbaijan, including Americans, must complete a 14-day self-quarantine in their accommodations, regardless of their country of origin. Passengers with COVID-19 signs will be kept in a state quarantine facility for the duration of the 14-day quarantine cycle until they arrive.

 

 

Iraq:

Iraq has barred inbound and outbound travel from an ever-growing list of countries due to the current COVID-19 strain.

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, and Zambia are among the countries affected.

The authorities haven't said how long the ban will be in effect.

Iraqis from these countries are allowed to return, but only after a 14-day quarantine.

 

 

Jordan:

International airlines now fly to Jordan, and visitors from all over the world are welcome.

Travelers must fill out an application at www.visitjordan.gov.jo and wait at least 24 hours for a response before boarding.

Passengers must also agree to a negative PCR test 72 hours before their flight.

For the remainder of your residency, you must have new health insurance that includes COVID-19 programs.

Fill out a well-being statement and other paperwork at Jordan.gov.jo.

 

 

Afghanistan:

It's still unclear whether COVID-19 negative test results and certificates are needed for visitors to Afghanistan. In this case, travelers should consult with their travel agent and adhere to the airline's precise guidelines. Owing to the current security situation, all but essential travel to the Enhanced Security Area in Kabul, Hamid Karzai International Airport in Panjshir province, and Bamian City in Bamian province is advised against.

 

 

Cambodia:

Tourists from other countries are now permitted to enter Cambodia, but they must adhere to a series of rules.

All international visitors must have a certificate stating that they have not been exposed to the novel coronavirus in the previous 72 hours.

PCR swab processing will be done on-site.

When in Cambodia, you must have evidence of $50,000 in travel insurance.

After arriving at a government-designated place, you must quarantine for 14 days.

 

 

Saudi Arabia:

In reaction to the spread of a new strain of COVID-19, Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Interior announced the suspension of entry into the country from 20 countries, including the United Kingdom, effective at 6 p.m. GMT on Wednesday, February 3rd. The suspension also applies to travelers who visited or transited any of the listed countries within 14 days of arriving in Saudi Arabia. Health workers, diplomats, Saudi nationals, and their families are unaffected by the suspension. Travelers from the areas where the new strain was found must remain at home for seven days and submit to a PCR examination on the sixth day before departing.

 

 

North Korea:

Thanks to COVID-19 issues, North Korea has imposed domestic sanctions around the country as of April 16. The state of emergency is still in place, and all gatherings are prohibited around the world except for those that are required. Non-essential inter-regional and inter-district travel is being restricted by authorities. Test the temperature at bus stations, shopping malls, and other public places before taking a car. Self-quarantine is needed for residents who have had temperatures for more than three days. In public places, protective face coverings are also needed.

 

 

Uzbekistan:

Flights between the United States and other countries have resumed.

Anyone entering Uzbekistan must show proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arriving.

As part of an investment program, members of multinational firms and other organizations currently working in Uzbekistan are given travel authorization.

Passengers must show a certificate in English or Russian stating that they have tested negative for COVID-19 and sign a document committing to a 14-day self-isolation term.

 

 

Syria:

Any roads leading into or out of Syria have been blocked in whole or in part. Foreign passenger flights to and from Damascus International Airport are plentiful. All land bridges to neighboring countries are closed, with a few exceptions, such as crossings for economic or humanitarian purposes. Syria's border crossings between regime-controlled and non-regime-controlled areas are closed. Additional limits, such as boundary closures, can be implemented at any time and without warning.

 

 

Kazakhstan:

The Department of State has released a Level 4 Travel Advisory: Do Not Travel due to the health threats associated with COVID-19. Kazakhstan has been designated as a Level 4 (Very High) COVID-19 Travel Alert by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

 

Malaysia:

Approximately 50,000 infections have been recorded in Malaysia. The number of cases reported varies from day to day, with 1,000 cases recorded one day and just 100 the next. Since the regulations were eased, there seems to be a second surge, and the country seems to be loosening restrictions even further with tighter sanitation policies in place.

 

 

Sri Lanka:

Sri Lankan authorities announced stringent island-wide travel restrictions on Wednesday in an attempt to stop the COVID-19 pandemic from spreading further through Asia. General Shavendra Silva, the Army Commander and Head of the National Operations Center for COVID-19 Prevention, told Xinhua that countrywide travel restrictions would be in place from May 13 to May 31. The guidelines will be implemented in two stages, the first beginning at 11:00 p.m. on Thursday and concluding at 04:00 a.m. on Monday, and the second beginning at 11:00 p.m. on Thursday and ending at 04:00 a.m. on Monday, followed by a regular curfew from 11:00 p.m. to 04:00 a.m. until May 31.

 

 

Yemen:

Yemen has only a few passenger flights in and out. Before further notice, the bulk of ground, sea, and airports are closed. Please see the UNHAS schedule for Sana'a, and workers can self-isolate at the UN Common Accommodation Facility for 14 days (UNCAF). Please be aware that UNHAS reservations to Sana'a are subject to a staffing cap, quarantine limits, and restricted accommodation availability. Staff should self-isolate for 14 days at the WFP guest house, according to the UNHAS plan for Aden.

 

 

Nepal:

Both visitors to Nepal must have the following documents: 2) Visa to Nepal OR recommendation letter from the Department of Tourism or Nepal Tourism Board to engage in tourism activities; 1) PCR negative report taken before 72 hours of boarding OR paper indicating full vaccination against COVID-19; 2) Visa to Nepal OR recommendation letter from the Department of Tourism or Nepal Tourism Board to engage in tourism activities.

 

 

Mongolia:

Mongolia's 28-day nationwide close lockout was lifted on May 8th. The Orange Level of improved emergency preparedness has been raised from the Red Level of increased emergency preparedness.

 

 

 

Brunei:

The country's national carrier, Royal Brunei Airlines (BI), can only fly a few routes until March 27. Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, Manila, Melbourne, and Singapore are among the other destinations available.

The majority of foreign nationals are also barred from visiting or transiting Brunei, including those with long-term visas. Exemptions are granted to foreigners who work in areas of national significance, such as the oil and gas industries or the transportation of valuable goods.

 

 

Armenia:

Restrictions on foreign nationals entering the Republic of Armenia's territories have been removed as a result of amendments to Government Decree No 1514-N, which took effect on January 12, 2021, and all arriving individuals (RA residents and foreign nationals) are now allowed to access the Republic of Armenia's territory by air and land.

Before entering the Republic of Armenian lands, Decision N 1756-N of the Republic of Armenia changed the protocol for self-isolation and submitting a PCR test.

 

Maldives:

On July 15, 2021, the Maldives will reopen its borders to visitors of all nationalities. The area's incoming travel will no longer be limited.

 

 

Qatar:

All citizens returning to Qatar will need a negative PCR test certificate issued by the departing country's health department. Within 72 hours of landing in Qatar, this test had to be done.

Both residents returning to Qatar would be exempt from quarantine if they completed a vaccination course recognized by the Ministry of Public Health Qatar (namely Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson), had their most recent vaccination dose administered 14 days before entry to Qatar, and had a negative PCR test certificate.

 

 

Bahrain:

Many that have been completely vaccinated against COVID-19 or who have recovered from COVID-19 will no longer be subjected to on-arrival scans or quarantine beginning May 13th. This only extends to those who have been vaccinated in Bahrain and can check their vaccine or COVID-19 recovery status certificate using the Bahrain BeAware App.

 

 

Bhutan:

Flights between countries have been canceled. To visit Bhutan, foreign nationals must first apply for permission. When visitors and returning Bhutanese nationals enter the region, they will be quarantined for 21 days.

 

 

 

Timor-Leste:

Timor-government Leste's has ordered a partial shutdown of the country's airports, ports, and land boundaries from May 3 to June 1, 2021. Due to a recent rise in COVID-19 population transmission in Dili, the decision was taken under the President of the Republic's declaration of a State of Emergency.

 

 

Stay Tuned, We'll be updating here from time to time.

 

The Runway Traveler Team

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