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Coronavirus Travel Restrictions in Asia & Oceania

Posted by: Mark Burslem

In our last travel blog, we looked at the travel restrictions imposed in Europe in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, we’re turning our attentions to the travel restrictions in the Asia Pacific.

Due to the pace of change, WRS has created this helpful guide:


Australia has reduced international arrivals by half from 10th July, following a surge in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Victoria. An entry ban for foreign nationals remains in effect. Permanent residents and long-term pass holders, as well as their immediate relatives, can enter the country. The government is requiring all returning passengers to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities.


A ban remains in place for all non-resident foreign nationals from entering China. However, travellers from Taiwan, Macau and Mainland China can enter Hong Kong as long as they have no recent travel history of travelling elsewhere. Those travelling into China must present negative results of COVID-19 nucleic acid tests before boarding.

Hong Kong

The government is maintaining a ban on all non-resident foreign nationals. However, travels from Macau, Taiwan and Mainland China are exempt. Those passengers arriving must undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.


Passenger travel has been banned until at least 31st July, with some exceptions for the repatriation of Indian citizens and foreign nationals stranded in India and business travellers. Family members of those in India with diplomatic/official/UN international organisations are also permitted to enter India. Those wanting to enter India must apply for a new Visa, irrespective of previous Visa status. They can enter the country via non-scheduled flights due to an ongoing ban on commercial international passenger flights. Those arriving must undergo quarantine for 14 days. Asymptomatic travellers must quarantine at a designated facility for seven days and then at home for the next seven days, while symptomatic travellers must quarantine at a medical facility for 14 days.


As of 29th July, no travel is permitted into the country or transiting Indonesia for foreigners and a nationwide public health emergency declaration is still in effect until further notice. Those exempt are Indonesian nationals, temporary and permanent stay permit holders, aid workers and medical aid/food for humanitarian support.


If you’ve visited any of the 146 countries on Japan’s travel list within 14 days of arrival, you won’t be able to visit Japan. The country list includes the US, Russia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and all of Europe. Japan will begin allowing foreigners with residence permits from banned countries to enter from 05 August 2020.  Until now, those residents who left Japan prior to border restrictions have effectively been locked out.


From the 1st – 14th August, Malaysian authorities have imposed transport and business restrictions in areas of Sarawak State. Officials will ban travel between zone 1 and zone 2 (Kuching, Serian and Samarahan districts – and Sri Aman, Betong, Sarikei, Kapit, Mukah, Bintulu, Miri and Limbang distrcits). Authorities will need to require permission from the police if they wish to travel between both zones.

New Zealand

As of 7th July, New Zealand is restricting entry to the country for residents and citizens due to limited capacity at coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine facilities. From 1st July, New Zealand citizens have been allowed to enter the EU. Member states of the EU will gradually lift the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU as of 1st July 2020. This will be evaluated every two weeks by the EU. The list of third countries referred to will be reviewed.


Singapore has implemented additional precautionary measures to further protect Singaporeans and reduce the risk of community transmission from imported cases of COVID-19. Singapore is not letting foreign nationals (except for Singapore long term pass holders) into the country without prior approval.


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