Quick Navigation for this Post

United States and Canada
Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America
South America
Europe
Middle East and Africa
Asia-Pacific
Additional Resources

Asia-Pacific Region: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on Business Aviation

PT 55 M minute read
5827
Share:

Asia & Pacific Region COVID-19 Flight Restrictions


Australia

Nov. 30, 2020

​​​​​General Restrictions for US Pax:

General Restrictions: As of 27 Nov 20, authorities maintain an entry ban for most foreign nationals. Permanent residents and long-term pass holders, as well as their immediate relatives, can enter the country. Detailed information, including exemptions, is available from Australia’s Dept. of Home Affairs at HTTPS://COVID19.HOMEAFFAIRS.GOV.AU/

States and territories have applied their own travel restrictions and the Australina Government is also restrciting travel tocertain remote communities.  Detailed information for each state and territory is available through Australia’s Dept. of Health website at HTTPS://WWW.HEALTH.GOV.AU/NEWS/HEALTH-ALERTS/NOVEL-CORONAVIRUS-2019-N​ 


Bangladesh

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 4, 2020

General Restrictions: Bangladesh resumed international commercial flight services June 16 with health and social distancing measures. Initial flights will serve Qatar and the UK. Flight services are likely to remain limited in the medium-term due to low demand, travel restrictions, and varied airline preparedness.  (Scheduled commercial international flights to/from these countries will not be allowed to operate at any airport within Bangladesh: Bahrain, Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, UAE.)

Officials are repealing a ban on international commercial flights June 16; flights between Bangladesh and China, as well as cargo, medical, and humanitarian flights, will continue to operate. Visa-on-arrival services remain suspended until further notice. Authorities are requiring any foreign nationals arriving in Bangladesh to provide a medical certificate (with an English translation) within 72 hours of arrival, indicating that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Arriving passengers must self-isolate for 14 days after arrival. Officials will quarantine inbound travelers with a No Visa Required (NVR) certificate and without a medical certificate for 14 days. Once in country, all crew and passengers must wear mask, glove and practice social distancing in public.

Bangladesh announced that all citizens and foreigners exiting the country via flight – except children below the age of 10, holders of diplomatic, official, or international organizations’ passports, as well as foreigners who have stayed in Bangladesh for less than 14 days – must obtain medical certification from a government-approved facility confirming a negative coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test result. The rule will apply to Bangladeshi citizens from July 23, and foreigners from July 26.

Type of Flights Allowed:

CAA Bangladesh Approved Humanitarian / MEDEVAC / Repatriation Flights. Medevac flights are only allowed for outgoing patients. Cargo and other flights are subject to prior approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Additionally, please note that any special flight would like to operate through a diplomatic channel (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) that can be well-taken care on the ground, as our CAA is not allowing any general category flight.

Authorities in Bangladesh have established new Red (high-risk) Zones in 18 districts as of June 26 due to rising coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. The affected locations include Bogra, Brahmanbaria, Chittagong, Chuadanga, Comilla, Cox’s Bazar, Faridapur, Habiganj, Jessore, Khulna, Kushtia, Madaripur, Magura, Manikganj, Moulvibazar, Munshiganj, Narayanganj, and Narsingdi districts. Authorities have not announced high-risk areas for the capital Dhaka. The government will enforce restrictions in red zones for 21 days to stem the spread of COVID-19 in high-risk areas.

The move is part of the government’s initiative to provide localized COVID-19 risk assessments and responses using a color-coded classification system. Authorities have not released information on the number or location of Yellow (moderate risk) Zones. The three tiers that comprise the system are as follows:

  • Red (High-risk) Zone: defined as an area with 40 or more cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people. Red Zones are subject to a complete ban on all nonemergency movement and nonessential business activity. Citizens must stay indoors; only emergency vehicles may enter or leave such zones. Essential goods such as food are delivered to homes by government agencies, while banking services are restricted to ATM machines. Cargo transit is permitted, albeit with limitations on routes and schedules.
  • Yellow (Moderate-risk) Zone: defined as an area having between 3-39 cases per 100,000 people. Residents are allowed limited freedom of movement to perform essential tasks, such as purchase groceries. It remains unclear what degree of business activity may be allowed within yellow zones.
  • Green (Low-risk) Zone: defined as an area reporting fewer than three cases per 100,000 people. Green zones have no movement restrictions in effect. Transport, commercial, and social activities generally permitted by the national government may continue.

International commercial flights resumed June 16. Visa-on-arrival services remain suspended until further notice. Authorities are requiring any foreign nationals arriving in Bangladesh to provide a polymerase chain reaction test result (with an English translation) within 72 hours of arrival, indicating that they have tested negative for COVID-19. Arriving passengers must self-isolate for 14 days after arrival. Officials will quarantine inbound travelers with a No Visa Required (NVR) certificate and without a medical certificate for 14 days.

Land border crossings remain closed for passenger transit, though trade is permitted.

Passenger Restrictions: Any travelers who have been in the EU or Iran since March 1 2020 are barred from entering the country UFN. Foreign nationals arriving in Bangladesh will be required to provide a medical certificate (with an English translation) no older than 72 hours on arrival, indicating that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Self-isolation for 14 days is still required after arrival. Persons arriving with a No Visa Required (NVR) certificate and without a medical certificate will be quarantined for 14 days. Persons with both documents will also be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Crew Restrictions: Crew need to submit Medical / Health Certificates issued within 72 hours of Operation. Crew rest on the aircraft limited to a maximum of 2 hours. No Crew rest allowed at a hotel unless permitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (would have to be arranged through diplomatic channels).

For the crew to be able to stay overnight, here are the things that would be required:

For technical flight over night stay is allowed by our CAA. For that operator needs to take permission from the ministry of foreign affairs (MOFA) through their relevant embassy. A new documents is needed for any operation in Bangladesh and that is crew layover plan.

The crew layover plan shall include as a minimum, but not limited to:

  1. the carriage of ‘COVID-19 Negative” medical certificate by the crew (obtained within 72 hours of the flight);
  2. arrangement of transports to the hotel (state how the seating arrangement will be planned to maintain physical distance);
  3. name of the hotel and address;
  4. arrangement for rooms (individual for each crew is appreciated);
  5. supply of food for the crew (supplied in the room is appreciated);
  6. movement plan of the crew outside the room/room (no movement outside room/hotel is appreciated);
  7. medical support for the crew (in case of necessity); procedures to be followed for personal protection (PPE or other arrangements);
  8. disinfection and sanitization arrangement for the crew;
  9. time and arrangement of transports from hotel to airport (state how the seating arrangement will be planned to maintain physical distance);

Tech Stop Details: Crew and Pax must stay onboard (For refueling and other ground services one of the crew can come out of the aircraft for coordination). Technical/refueling ops are allowed at any airports in Bangladesh. All ground services available.

Special Considerations: Aircraft sanitization certificate or declaration is mandatory for applying for the landing permit.

ICAO Specific Information:

VGHS – 24/7

Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Brunei

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 4, 2020

General Restrictions: There is no restriction for the aircraft to operate into Brunei to drop Bruneian national. Please be informed that effective 24th March 2020, Brunei Government has restricted entry from all foreign nationals, including transit passengers until further notice as precautionary measure to prevent further importation of COVID-19 into Brunei.

Special consideration can be given by the Brunei National Immigration and Registration Department, however, subject to matter of interest to the country.

Passenger Restrictions: Until further notice, the government has banned Bruneian nationals from leaving the country, except for medical emergency or resuming studies. All people who are still able to enter Brunei, such as returning citizens, will need to isolate themselves at their place of residence for two weeks upon arrival. Other travelers will under a 14-day quarantine at designated facilities.

Crew: There is no issue for the crew to stay overnight after operating the flight to bring the Bruneian back to this country. However, during their stay in WBSB, all crews regardless of nationality, is required to self-isolate which mean that they are allow to stay overnight in WBSB but they must remain stay in the hotel room and refrain from any outside activities.

Tech Stop Details: No restrictions provided all Crew and Pax stay onboard. No restrictions on Crew resting in the aircraft during the tech stop.

Special Considerations: The Brunei National Immigration and Registration Department requested the handling agent (GLAMCO) to fill up the “Special Entry Application Form to Brunei Darussalam (Form B)” which can be obtained from the National Immigration and Registration Department website.

The supporting documents that required to be submitted along with the form are as follows;

  1. Valid copy of passport
  2. Latest exit/entry endorsement on passport
  3. Visa application (if required)
  4. Confirmed flight ticket to Brunei Darussalam and return (if relevant)
  5. Documents to support requirement to enter; and/or supporting documents from relevant agencies in Brunei Darussalam

The form applies to both crew and passengers arriving into Brunei and the application must be submitted at least 07 working days prior to the arrival.

Exceptions include: 1. Red Cross, 2. MEDEVAC, 3. Emergency, 4. Military, 5. Cargo Flights.

ICAO Specific Information: Brunei International Airport will be closed daily from 1730Z until 2359Z.

Please contact your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Cambodia

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 6, 2020

General Restrictions: Officials plan to suspend flights from Indonesia and Malaysia from Aug 1.

Cambodia has lifted entry restrictions for foreign nationals traveling from Iran, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, and the USA.

Passenger Restrictions: Foreign nationals intending to visit the country need to obtain a visa from a Cambodian diplomatic mission by submitting documentation of medical insurance worth at least USD 50,000 and a medical certificate from local health authorities stating they are free from COVID-19 within 72 hours of departure. Diplomatic and official visa holders are exempt from the requirements. Officials will test arriving passengers for COVID-19 and require all travelers to quarantine for 14 days if any passenger tests positive for the disease. Authorities will permit travelers who test negative to self-quarantine; inbound foreign nationals will have to pay a USD 3,000 deposit to cover the costs, including USD 100 for the COVID-19 testing and USD 30 for a certificate stating they do not carry the virus.

The foreign citizens are to provide documentation of medical insurance worth at least USD 50,000 along with the above mentioned test. The affected travelers are to obtain the health document within 72 hours before the date of the trip. The medical certificate and insurance requirements do not affect diplomatic and official visa holders, including employees of international non-government organizations.

Upon entering the Kingdom of Cambodia, all travelers, will be accompanied to a reception center for COVID-19 testing and will be asked to stay there until results arrive. If one or more travelers test positive, other accompanying Pax will be quarantined at government facilities for 14 days. If travelers test negative, they will be allowed to self-isolate for 14 days at their homes under the supervision of the local authorities and health officials. They are required to take a COVID-19 test on the 13th day of the self-isolation.

No visas will be issued on arrival to any foreigners.

Officials have allowed cross-border travel with Vietnam for non-tourism purposes to resume.

Air operators are not allowed to carry any Pax with a confirmed positive test of COVID-19 into the Kingdom of Cambodia. If ther is a case, the full responsibilities must rest that air operators to carry the Pax back to his/her original destination.

Crew Restrictions: Crew are exempt from the any entry quarantine restrictions. Crew rest is available at a hotel at the airport or on the aircraft.

Tech Stop Details: Restrictions do not apply to air operator’s crew. Allowed with Pax onboard, Crew and Pax may not leave the aircraft

Special Considerations: Air Operators are not allowed to carry any passenger with confirmed positive COVID-19 test. If they do, the operator is fully responsible for repatriating the passenger back to their original destination.

ICAO Specific Information: Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.


China (Mainland)

Nov. 24, 2020

General Restrictions for US Pax:

  • U.S. passenger flight can operate to China if their application is approved by local provincial government and Chinese CDC. (CDC letter is mandatory and must be issued by at least deputy provincial government)
  • Business flights have a better chance to obtain CDC letter.
  • U.S. passengers can fly to China but not originate from England, Belgium or Philippines.
  • U.S. passengers who have valid diplomatic visa, official visa, courtesy visa and C visa can enter China from any country.
  • U.S. passenger must fill the Health Declaration Form (7th edition) and scan the QR code to register their personal info before their arrival.
  • All international inbound passengers must quarantine in government designated hotel for 14 days.
  • U.S. passenger may break their quarantine (length of stay) if approved by provincial government.
  • Proof of a negative COVID Test taken within 48 hours and quarantine for full 14 days at government designated hotel is required unless can get special permission in advance for a shorter stay.
  • Health form requirements: U.S. passenger must fill the Health Declaration Form (7th edition) and scan the QR code to register their personal info before their arrival.
  • Special invitation CDC letter for the trip which Pax count is no more than 15 and the seat number is less than 30
  • Purpose of flight: Business
  • Have valid Chinese VISA
  • Country website resources:

General Restrictions:

-COVID-19 Test Requirements: Effective 31 Oct 20, officials have announced policies requiring all authorized inbound passengers, including Chinese nationals, arriving from designated countries to provide both nucleic acid COVID-19 test and IgM antibody tests taken at designated facilities in the country of origin within 48 hours prior to boarding fights. Authorities are also requiring travelers departing from the designated countries to undergo additional COVID-19 tests in each country through which they transit.

In order to ensure healthy and safe international travel and mitigate the risks of cross-border transmission of COVID-19, passengers taking flights bound for China are required to present their negative results of COVID-19 nucleic acid tests before boarding.

With the exception of “fast-track” business travelers from Singapore and South Korea, foreign nationals allowed into the country are subject to mandatory 14-day quarantines in government-run facilities upon arrival. Business travelers testing negative will adhere to a pre-agreed itinerary and refrain from using public transport, except for private hire vehicles, for the first 14 days. The travelers will also have to download and use a health pass while in the country. Passengers must have an invitation from a Chinese business to qualify for entry. Approved travelers will have to undergo testing in South Korea within 72 hours of travel Singapore within 48 hours and undergo testing again during a one or two-day quarantine in China. Passengers will undergo COVID-19 testing again upon arrival in China and isolate at designated facilities until their results are available.

CAAC allows passenger flights from Canada, Cambodia, Thailand, Pakistan, Greece, Denmark, Sweden, and Austria to land directly in Beijing. Officials continue to divert other international flights to nearby cities, where passengers receive health scans; symptomatic passengers receive treatment locally, while asymptomatic passengers can continue to Beijing.

As of Nov. 22, the measure applies to Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, the UAE, the UK, the US, and Vietnam. Officials will extend such testing requirements on passengers from South Africa and ESwatini Nov. 18.

-Health /Entry Form Requirements:

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.

-Quarantine Requirements:

Most international travelers must quarantine for 14 days, and officials generally allow nonresident passengers to stay in government-designated hotels at their own cost.


Fiji

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 7, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities continue to implement restrictions nationwide as of July 15. Officials have reduced curfew hours to 2300-0400.

Due to COVID-19, International arrivals and departures are not permitted without special permission. 24 hours prior approval required from Ministry of Civil Aviation for state, medevac, repatriation, technical stops or cargo flights.

Authorities have called on Fijian nationals to suspend outbound travel. Inter-island transport has resumed, and Fiji Link (FJ) has restarted limited domestic flights.

Most foreign nationals have been effectively banned from entering the country. All arrivals are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine
Arrivals from Australia and New Zealand have the option of providing documentation verifying they spent 14 days in quarantine in their home country and tested negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours of departing for Fiji, which will allow them to avoid a strict quarantine but still remain separated from the general public.

The crew/passengers must produce a recent negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test (for a nasopharyngeal sample taken not more than 48 hours before departure from originating port) The test result must be in the form of the complete report from the laboratory that performed the test – on the laboratory letterhead.

Upon Arrival if Overnight

Undergo temperature and symptom check upon arrival at the airport. If symptoms are present a nasopharyngeal swab sample will be collected for a COVID-19 RT-PCR test at the cost of the agent. Crew are transferred from the airport to Sofitel Hotel for quarantine in a van, driven by a local driver who will not come in contact with the principals and will wear PPE. The van will be escorted by RFMF (Military Personnel) from the airport to the Sofitel Hotel at the cost of the agent . While the pilot and crew are in Sofitel Hotel, they must adhere to all quarantine requirements . For Departure, the crew to be transferred from Sofitel Hotel to the airport under strict supervision of RFMF from where they will depart Fiji.

Authorities have requested all Fijian Nationals to suspend outbound travel.

Passenger Restrictions: As for foreign crew and passengers, a 28-day quarantine period applies. Fiji is now COVID-19 free.

Crew Restrictions: Special approval from CAA Fiji and Ministry of Health Fiji is now required for foreign crew/passengers to overnight at the nominated quarantine facility – Tanoa International Hotel (This is subject to case by case basis). The same applies for the purpose of Tourism.

Tech stop instructions: Allowed per approval of CAA, but all must stay on board the aircraft.

ICAO Specific Information:

  • NFFN – Now operational 1800z-0800z. Special approval is required from CAA to operate beyond these times. Special approval is issued by CAA Fiji to operate into Fiji. All ground handling services including fuel is available. Repatriation, Medivac, Cargo and Fuel Stop flights are allowed into Fiji. Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.

French Polynesia

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 7, 2020

General Restrictions: The government has reopened its borders to inbound international travelers from July 15.

Passengers are required to provide proof prior to boarding that they have taken a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and tested negative for COVID-19 in the last 72 hours. Travelers are also required to present a receipt of health registration of the Electronic Travel Information System (Etis.pf). Arriving passengers are required to test themselves four days after arrival, using testing kits provided to passengers as they disembark from the plane. If a passenger tests positive, they will have to report to a health center. Quarantine measures for arriving passengers are no longer mandatory.

After obtaining the negative test results, each adult must fill out a digital Sanitary entry form online on the dedicated platform (http://etis.pf) mainly agreeing to:

  • Respect the prevention measures and all health safety instructions issued by the authorities of French Polynesia for the pre-boarding phase, during the flight, disembarkation and throughout the stay;
  • Call the emergency health line at 40 455 000 in case of cough, fever or respiratory difficulty. If the traveler feels any sign of distress, they should dial “15” (emergency services);
  • Submit to the health surveillance system established by the government of French Polynesia which, among other health protocols, mandates a self-test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus 4 days after arrival French Polynesia;
  • Have travel insurance or personally assume all expenses related to cost of care including hospitalization, confinement, or repatriation, should the visitor fall ill during their stay;
  • Provide information about the stay in French Polynesia (except for residents) : itinerary, inter-island transport, accommodation (e-mail contacts / telephone / dates of stay).
  • The Sanitary entry form must be filled out online. Once the form is completed, a receipt with an ETIS number will be issued by email.

A printout of this receipt must be sent to FBO together with the test results in order to be able to board the flight to French Polynesia and both documents will need to be presented upon arrival at Tahiti Faa’a international airport. Last minute crew change will not be accepted or only if new crew have completed all requirements.

Passenger Restrictions: No quarantine currently required. No restrictions for US nationals or Aircraft coming from US.

Face masks and social distancing will be required.

Crew Restrictions:  No quarantine currently required.

Tech Stop Details: Only for fuel is permitted. No Crew rest is allowed. Crew and passengers can not leave the aircraft. All normal services are available.


Guam

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 7, 2020

General Restrictions: Officials have extended the public health emergency through at least Aug 29 due to rising COVID-19 activity.

Authorities continue to ban entry by individuals who traveled in mainland China within 14 days of arrival. All arriving visitors, regardless of their country of origin, are required to quarantine for up to 14-days. Officials are adjusting the length and location of quarantines for arriving passengers based on if they have traveled from a high-risk area. High-risk areas include several US states, some Asian countries, as well as other regions experiencing large caseloads. Travelers from lower-risk areas can self-quarantine. People coming from a high-risk area must have taken a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arrival in order to self-quarantine, as opposed to being confined to a government facility. Quarantined arrivals have the option to take a PCR test and if they test negative, they will be eligible for an early release. Inbound passengers without testing must quarantine at a government facility and have the option to receive a PCR test on the tenth day of quarantine to qualify for early release. A curfew is ongoing for all minors 2200-0600 Mondays-Fridays and 0001-0600 Saturdays and Sundays.

Crew only flights directly from Mainland China are allowed into PGUM. PGUM is accepting flights from Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan.

From July 24, authorities will allow travelers from low-risk locations, such as Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Micronesia, Palau, and the Northern Mariana Islands, to enter the island without testing or quarantine requirements for visits shorter than five days.

Passenger Restrictions: Pax Layovers, Intended Resident, and Returning Residents are eligible for self-quarantine if they possess a valid PCR test completed within 7 days of arrival.

All Crew (staying longer than 24 hours) and all passengers staying on Guam must complete a Voluntary Self-Quarantine Letter, a Guam Health Declaration and will be subject to DPHSS screening BEFORE clearing CIQ.

COVID-19 Blood Testing is not accepted.

DPHSS COVID-19 Testing on Guam:

  1. Nasal Swab testing is available, results in 3 days.
  2. Blood testing is available, result expected within 5 days.

NOTE: All test are sent off-island for testing.

DPHSS testing is available Mon-Fri 0900 to 1230LCL. Testing facilities are closed on local holidays.

Passengers with valid Health Declaration can stay where they desire but must self-quarantine. If health certificate is older than 72 hours, the passenger must submit to a quarantine period in a designated hotel for 14 days or the length of their stay, whichever is shorter.

Crew: Deadheading Crew/Positioning Crew into PGUM: In order to be recognized by the DPHSS as Crew Member. Crew Members positioning into Guam on a commercial carrier must be listed on the Carrier’s General Declaration.

Crewmembers must sign a voluntary quarantine letter acknowledging they will be subject to DPHSS random inspections during their self-quarantine. Crewmembers may stay where they desire, for their duration of stay.

Crew Rest: Flight Crew, Dead Headers and Jump Seaters are not required to have a Health Certificate to crew rest at PGUM. However, all crewmembers must be listed on the General Declaration.

Those listed on the General Declaration must qualify as a Crew Members.

Those that do not qualify as a crew member, must be listed on a Passenger Manifest.

All passengers must possess a Health Certificate as stated below.

Crew can rest at an off-airport hotel.

Tech Stop Details: PGUM is allowing fuel stops without health screening. Tech stops are allowed for refueling up to 1 hour. Crew are allowed off aircraft to complete visual checks and walk around. Passengers are not allowed off aircraft at all. If any passengers step off the aircraft, they will be subject to DPHSS screening, and must possess a Health Certificate. There are no exemptions to this rule. International Trash and Lavatory services are unavailable.

For Tech or Fuel stops, we are encouraged to avoid servicing the lavatory or accept international trash. Aircraft RONs can have those services. Transiting flights should cater through PGUM as catering is limited.

ICAO Specific Information:

PGUM – Airfield and CIQ is open 24/7. Ground handling and ground transportation are available. RON parking is available.


Hong Kong

Nov. 30, 2020

General Restrictions for US Pax:

Please refer to your Universal Team for additional travel requirements

General restrictions: A ban on all nonresident foreign nationals from entering the territory remains in place. Transit from one private jet to another private jet without entering HK is allowed, however the outbound flights must be immediately ready for passengers transfer at the time when inbound flights arrive Hong Kong. Stationing passengers at airside is not available

Below is HKgov update press release links for your reference: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202007/26/P2020072600440.htm?fontSize=1
If a traveler’s permitted limit of stay in Hong Kong is shorter than the length of the compulsory quarantine (i.e. 14 days), he/she will be refused entry into Hong Kong.
COVID TEST/Required Documentation/ Quarantine Requirements:

All arriving travelers must undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival and self-quarantine for two weeks; officials may quarantine symptomatic passengers or people testing positive for COVID-19 at government-designated facilities. Authorities have exempted some mainland Chinese teachers and students, as well as businesspeople whose activities officials deem economically beneficial to the territory, from the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

All non-Hong Kong Residents, who arrived from overseas country or territory in the past 14 days, will be refused entry into Hong Kong. Additionally, all persons arriving from Mainland China, Macao and Taiwan will be subject to compulsory quarantine for 14 days.


India

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 9, 2020

Restriction expiration: August 31, 2020

General Restrictions: Most international passenger travel remains effectively banned through at least July 31, with some exceptions for the repatriation of Indian citizens and foreign nationals stranded in India, business travelers other than those with B-3 sporting visas, and OCI cardholders and their relatives. Family members of those in India with diplomatic, official, or UN/international organization visas are also permitted to enter India. Mentioned travelers must approach Indian consulates for new visas, regardless of previous visa status; they may enter the country via nonscheduled flights due to an ongoing ban on commercial international passenger flights through July 31. Authorities have suspended visa issuance and canceled previously issued visas of all other international travelers – except diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, and project visas.

Arriving passengers are required to undergo self-paid quarantine for 14 days; asymptomatic travelers will quarantine at a designated facility for seven days and at home for the next seven days, while symptomatic travelers will quarantine at a medical facility.

Authorities in several southern India regions (including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Telangana states ) plan to impose strict restrictions on nonessential activity in areas with a significant number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases from July 14. Officials in Bihar State have suspended nonessential activity July 16-31, as part of its revised coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions; West Bengal State will extend similar measures in high-risk districts through July 31. As of July 20, most other east Indian states are maintaining COVID-19 measures.

Other nationwide measures continue. Authorities require people to wear masks in public, practice social distancing measures, and follow the nightly 2200-0500 curfew.

All arriving crew and pax are required to fill out Self Health Declaration in duplicate and must hand one copy to both the Health and the Immigration Counter.

Crew Restrictions: Currently crew rest is allowed only at VIDP in transit hotel for maximum duration of 24 hours for which visas are not required.

Passenger Restrictions: There are new quarantine rules in India. Here’s how they work. From August 8, all passengers must quarantine in a state facility for 7 days, before spending a second week in self-isolation. However, you can apply to spend the entire period in self isolation if you have a “compelling reason” or submit a negative PCR Covid test that is less than 96 hours (4 days old). It’s not guaranteed, and you need to apply at least 72 hours in advance, by using the online portal at www.newdelhiairport.in. You will be notified if you have been approved.

Tech Stop Information: Possible with Pax onboard; no one may leave the aircraft.

ICAO Specific Information:

VABB – FBO services are not available for International Arrival and Departure. Everyone must clear from normal Pax Terminal T2.

Restrictions vary by airport as each state government will release operating protocols and quarantine rules. Please contact your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Indonesia

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 8, 2020

General Restrictions: Foreigners are still prohibited from entering or transiting within territory of Indonesia. A nationwide public health emergency declaration remains in effect until further notice.

Exempt: Indonesian Nationals, Holders of Temporary Stay Permit and Permanent Stay Permit, Holders of Diplomatic Visa or Official Visa, Holders of Diplomatic Stay Permit and Official Stay Permit, Aid workers, Medical aid or Food for Humanitarian support, crew members, foreign expert workers.

Pax and crew should have no travel history in the last 14 days from China (People’s Rep.), France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Korea (Rep.), Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Vatican City (Holy See).

Authorities continue to ban foreign nationals from entering and transiting the country, with exemptions for permanent residents, diplomats, and transport workers. Officials are requiring inbound passengers to produce documents stating they are free from COVID-19; travelers without the certificates will undergo tests upon arrival in Indonesia and be isolated in government-designated premises until test results are released. Arrivals will also have to download the PeduliLindungi contact tracing application. Symptomatic passengers will undergo quarantine at government-designated facilities. Authorities will advise all inbound passengers to self-quarantine for two weeks.  Authorities are also requiring planes and public land transport to operate with 70 percent of their capacity.

Officials are also requiring individuals leaving Indonesia to produce certificates that they do not carry COVID-19. Sometimes, officials are requiring intercity land and sea travelers to produce COVID-19 tests to stem the spread of the virus. Indonesia’s central and regional governments have sometimes provided conflicting information on COVID-19 restrictions in recent weeks; changes to measures may occur at short notice.

Passenger Restrictions: Any one that enters must quarantine for 14 days and present a health certificate issued by health authorities from respective countries. Please ensure passenger does not exceed their stay permit or they may extend their visa to ensure no issues upon passport clearance on departure day.

Crew: Crew are allowed to proceed to their hotel for crew rest once they have been cleared by the airport health authority. Customs and immigration clearance will be done inside the General Aviation Terminal. Health Certificate is required for crew issued within 7 days of arrival. GENDEC also required with stay permitted for 6 days. Their passport also must have minimum 6 months validity from date of arrival.

Tech Stop Details: Full aircraft services are available. Crew and Pax can leave the aircraft. No Visa On Arrival facility, pax/crew should obtained Indonesia visa from the nearest embassy/consulate prior DOF.

Special Considerations: Yes, full service is available, fuel service will be by national fuel provider PT Pertamina, and we can provide lav/water service upon crew request. Catering service with halal food can be arranged, we normally request 24 hours prior departure time order confirmation to ensure all order are available. Crew also may have the meal/catering arranged with their hotel.

ICAO Specific Information:

Most AOE airports are open with limitation restrictions.

  • WATT – AD Hours 2200 to 0800
  • WADL – AD Hours 0100 to 0700
  • WAAA – AD Hours 2200 to 1100
  • WAPP – AD Hours 2200 to 0600

Please contact your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Japan

Nov. 30, 2020

General restrictions for U.S. pax:

  • US Passengers – Yes, if approved
  • Types of flights allowed include: Tech Stops, Humanitarian, Ferry, Diplomatic, Business
  • Invitation letter issued by Japan Embassy, proof of a Negative COVID test results, health form, and schedule of traveler are required for entry.
  • Quarantine is required for length of stay up to 14 days.
  • Quarantine exemptions are not available.
  • Country website resources:

General Restrictions: The Japanese government has announced the updated entry restrictions and has lifted its entry ban on foreign travelers from China, South Korea, Australia, Brunei, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan for non-tourist arrivals. However, travelers will still need a visa (and Japan is limiting those). Visa waivers for most countries have been stopped. For eligible passengers, provided you haven’t been in contact with a banned country in the previous 14 days you will be allowed in. Two weeks of quarantine is currently mandatory for all, but there are exemptions on the way for business travel as of Nov 6. Japan has started accepting business flights from all nations as of 01 Oct.

For the time being, foreign nationals categorized below are denied permission to enter Japan. (Web site: Japan COVID-19 Case Tracking Website) However, officials permit foreigners with student or work visas, permanent residents, long-term resident visa holders, and spouses and children of Japanese nationals and permanent residents to enter the country.

Entry is only permissible for foreign residents that departed before an entry ban for their respective country came into effect. From Oct 1, Japan began allowing foreigners from anywhere into the country who hold various long stay visas for reasons including business, medical, study and cultural activities.

Japan will allow short-term business and official travel from South Korea under the country’s Business Track scheme starting Oct. 8, despite ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. South Korean business travelers can enter the country with limited or no quarantine time but must provide authorities with a copy of their itinerary, travel primarily between accommodations and worksites, and remain in contact with health officials during the first 14 days of their visit. The same arrangement is in place for short-term business travelers from Singapore and Vietnam. Authorities also announced a Residence Track agreement with South Korea, allowing long-term travel for residents with a 14-day quarantine period. Residence Track agreements are already in place for people in Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Mongolia, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Brunei, and Taiwan.

For further information on the scope of cross-border travelers to be permitted to newly enter Japan. https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html#ct02 

Tech Stops: Crew can rest on the aircraft (without clearing customs). Crew can rest at an airport hotel.  Crew can rest at an off-airport hotel.


Kazakhstan

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 6, 2020

General Restrictions: Kazakhstan’s borders remain closed to most foreign nationals; entry is not allowed, except for returning Kazakh citizens, diplomats, those invited by the government, direct-family members of Kazakhstani citizens, residency permit holders, some employees of designated companies in critical industries, and citizens of those countries with which Kazakhstan has resumed direct flights (Georgia, China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, and Turkey). Kazakh citizens are prohibited from leaving the country. The resumption of further flights will be carried out in phases to prevent a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases. No further restrictions on international flights are planned at this stage.

Each flight is coordinated on an individual basis depending on the status of the pax, pax number, airport of departure and the traveling history of the pax. While in country, must wear mask and gloves and practice social distancing.

Regional health authorities will reimpose hard lockdown measures in the North Kazakhstan Region July 24-27 and July 31-Aug. 3, due to a significant increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections. National authorities continue to maintain restrictions on inter-provincial travel. Inter-provincial bus services are suspended, though domestic flights and rail services continue. Public transport operators will continue to run limited commuter and regional services under reduced hours of operation. Access to several major cities, including Nur-Sultan and Almaty, remains restricted. Kazakhstan has resumed international flights to several countries, including Turkey, China, South Korea, Thailand, Georgia, and Japan. The resumption of further flights will be carried out in phases to prevent a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases. No further restrictions on international flights are planned at this stage. Kazakhstan’s borders remain closed to most foreign nationals; entry is not allowed, except for returning Kazakh citizens, diplomats, and those invited by the government.

Passenger Restrictions: Individuals entering Kazakhstan from abroad will be held for two days for laboratory testing. Please be advised that governmental authorities (Sanitary Inspection) do not recognize COVID-19 testing conducted outside of Kazakhstan to be valid on arrival.

Quarantine includes 48 hours at a government-mandated facility, then 12 days home isolation in case of a negative test.

U.S. citizens seeking entry or reentry to Kazakhstan prior to November 1, 2020 will require a valid visa. Those applying for a visa will be required to submit a medical certificate — dated no more than 48 hours prior to the date of application — confirming they are not infected with COVID-19. For additional information, see the website of the Kazakhstani Embassy in the country of origin.

For the moment restrictions on crossing the State border of the Republic of Kazakhstan for citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan and foreign nationals have been temporarily introduced. Below are categories permitted to crossing border.

  1. Citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan who have previously traveled to the territory of a foreign state upon their return to the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  2. Citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan who have travelled to a foreign state on a permanent residence basis or have immigrant visas;
  3. Citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan who have travelled to foreign state with permit residency or have non-immigrant visas;
  4. Citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan who are studying at educational institutions in foreign states, with supporting documents from the foreign institution;
  5. Foreign citizens who are employees of Kazakhstani airlines and their family members, upon confirmation of status;
  6. Foreigners who are members of families of citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan (subject to confirmation of family ties);
  7. Foreigners who are employees (specialists) of companies of social significance, according to the list approved by a specially created Interagency Commission chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan for each individual case;
  8. Individuals following the funeral of family members and close relatives, in the presence of supporting documents, as well as persons accompanying the deceased;
  9. Individuals travelling to care for seriously ill family members and close relatives, in the presence of supporting documents of a medical institution confirming the illness;

Crew Restrictions: Cabin crews are being monitored remotely if they stay more than one night. Pilots are not subjected to testing or quarantine. Crew can rest at an off-airport hotel, but no crew swaps are allowed.

Crew can stay 7 days based on General Declaration. No special documentation or health forms required.

Tech Stop Specifics: Crew can rest at an off-airport hotel with prior arrangement. For a strict tech stop, nobody can leave aircraft.

Tech Stop Specifics: Crew can rest at an off-airport hotel with prior arrangement. For a strict tech stop, nobody can leave aircraft.

ICAO Specific Information:

  • UASK – Closed except for State, Sanitary, Cargo Charters, JSC Kazaviaspas, and Regular Inbound Flights
  • UAAA – State, Sanitary, Cargo Charters, JSC Kazaviaspas, Tech Stops for Refueling, Ferry Flights, Passenger Charter, and Regular Inbound Flights
  • UATE – Transit, State, Sanitary, Cargo Charters, Ferry, Tech Stops for Refueling, and Approved Passenger Charters

Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics


Kyrgyzstan

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 6, 2020

General Restrictions: All international flights are closed to all inbound international flights. The following flights are not affected – aircraft in state of emergency, cargo flights, tech stops, humanitarian/medevac/repatriation flights. Authorities require that travelers undergo health screenings, including temperature checks, prior to boarding transport. Passengers are also required to fill in a contact tracing form.

Passenger Restrictions: All nonresident foreign nationals remain indefinitely barred from entering the country via all ports of entry, including overland border crossings and airports. Kyrgyz citizens and foreign nationals can leave the country. Freight traffic remains unrestricted. All passengers could be put in quarantine facility or hotel for 14 days. Affected countries include, but are not limited to, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the UK, and the US.

Crew Restrictions: All crew regardless of their nationalities can stay by using GD for 7 days (as an operating crew). However the approval of letting the crew to stay for overnight with the possibility of going to the hotel or to leave the aircraft (crew or pax) as well to approve the landing permit is given only by the government and not by the local aviation authorities. Crew do not have quarantine requirements.

ICAO Specific Information: UCFO and UCFM airports are closed to all inbound international flights due to COVID-19 infection prevention. Restriction does not affect the following flights: aircraft in state of emergency, cargo flights, tech stops, humanitarian/medevac/repatriation flights. Please contact your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Laos

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 8, 2020

Restriction expiration: August 31, 2020.

General Restrictions: Authorities have suspended international passenger travel until further notice to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Inbound travel restrictions are in effect through at least August 31. The government will allow foreigners already in the country to depart, while citizens can travel overseas for urgent reasons, such as essential government duties or medical purposes. Incoming passengers are required to isolate for two weeks at government-designated facilities; authorities may allow diplomats, employees of international organizations, and their family members to self-quarantine at their residence.Officials are allowing cross-border movement of goods, as long as transport workers comply with government regulations.

Visa issuance for all countries have been suspended until further notice; only persons who intend to visit Laos for non-tourism purposes can obtain visas by submitting relevant documents, including a health declaration form to Lao diplomatic missions. Officials require overseas Lao workers returning to the country to undergo self-quarantine for two weeks. The government could expand restrictions in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country. Any request to operate to Laos will need to be made in writing to the chief of secretariat of the central COVID-19 taskforce of Laos.

Travellers outbound from Laos will have to obtain a medical certificate from a designated hospital stating they are free from COVID-19.

Restrictions include: Suspension of all International Commercial of schedule and non-schedule of Pax flights to Lao PDR 02 to 30 June except for Cargo Flights, Humanitarian Relief and Diplomatic Flights, Repatriation (if approved by the Ministry of Affairs), Emergency Landing, Tech Stop for refueling with no disembarkation. No crew rest will be allowed.

Health Restrictions:

  • All crew and passengers must undergo medical checkup for COVID-19 by RT-PCR to get a certificate of health from the country of origin no more than 72 hours prior to travel.
  • All crew and passengers will undergo a health examination on arrival.
  • All crew and passengers will be required to quarantine in a hotel or approved quarantine venue.

Macau

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 10, 2020

General Restrictions: The New Coronavirus Infection Response Coordination Centre announced that, in view of the continuing outbreak of the new coronavirus infection in Hong Kong, all persons entering Macau from Hong Kong will be required to have a negative certificate of nucleic acid test ingress from Hong Kong for 24 hours from 6 a.m. on August 7, due to public health concerns, and those who do not have a certificate will be refused entry. The operator or driver of the Hong Kong-Macau transport shall refuse to use the passenger without a certificate and the violator may be punished by the relevant regulations. At the same time, persons who have visited Hong Kong 14 days prior to entry are required to undergo 14 days of medical observation at a location designated by the health authorities.

In addition, for all the crew on board Macau and Hong Kong cargo ships will take closed-loop management, when the crew disembarks in Macau will be arranged directly by special car to the designated hotel rest, when the need to board the ship and then by special car to the dock, all personnel will not enter the community, reduce the risk of community communication.

The new Coronary Virus Infection Response Coordination Center announced that, in response to the continuing outbreak in Xinjiang and Liaoning, the Health Bureau, in accordance with the provisions of Article 14 of The Infectious Disease Prevention Law No. 2/2004, from 6 a.m. on August 4, 2020, all persons who had been to Dalian or Urumqi within 14 days of entry were required to undergo 14 days of medical observation at designated locations as required by the health authorities. The new Coronavirus Infection Coordination Centre reminds that violators may be subject to mandatory isolation measures, in addition to the possibility of corresponding criminal liability under the law.

All outbound passengers travelling by ferry boat or airplane will need to present valid negative Covid-19 nucleic acid test results before leaving Macau, starting from July 14 (Tuesday), 6am, according to a statement from the Novel Corona Virus Response and Coordination Centre.

To be considered valid, the test result must have been issued in the previous seven-day period and has to be included in the certified Macau Health Code. The Novel Corona Virus Response and Coordination Centre said in the statement issued on Sunday night that the move is aimed t ensuring the safety of both passengers and crew onboard the vessels.

All foreign visitors and the residents of Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan who have been to other countries in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter Macau. Visitors who have been to Hong Kong, Taiwan will undergo medical observation in accordance with requirements of the health authority for 14 days. These measures are in force starting from 00:00 on the 25th of March. There is no date for the lift of the ban.

All transfer / transit services from Macau International Airport are suspended.

Starting from 00:00 on25th March 2020, all foreign nationals and non-resident workers, as well as residents of Mainland China/Hong Kong Special Administrative Region/the region of Taiwan who have visited a foreign country within the past 14 days, have been prohibited from entering Macao. In view of the severity of the international epidemic situation, in order to safeguard the health of air passengers and the aircrew including flight attendants, airlines are advised to adopt the following measures for passenger flights departing from areas with high incidence of COVID-19.

Notification before check-in:

Airlines should notify prospective passengers in advance of the immigration measures and restrictions currently in place in Macao.

All passengers seeking to travel to Macao should be reminded promptly that they are required to take a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 in advance at the local health authorities, and they must test negative in order to be allowed boarding.

Upon check-in: Airlines should verify that every passenger fulfils the conditions of entry formulated in response to the epidemic. Passengers intending to take the flight are required to present the COVID-19 nucleic acid test report issued by a local medical institution within 7 days, and are subject to temperature check; only passengers tested negative may proceed to departure. Individuals with fever or positive test result, as well as those who fail to present the required test report should be denied boarding.

Based on the needs of epidemic prevention in Macao and the needs of the Airport Immigration station to check all the inbound and outbound record of visitors. You are hereby notified to cooperate and arrange all the Crew members who pass through the Macau Business Aviation Center as well as the inbound passengers to go to the Airport Main Terminal North Immigration hall for clearing CIQ. The suspension date of the processing method will be determined according to the epidemic situation

Furthermore, please see below website for your reference:

https://www.ssm.gov.mo/portal/

https://www.gov.mo/zh-hant

https://www.ssm.gov.mo/apps1/PreventCOVID-19/ch.aspx#clg17458

Should there be any queries, please contact Macau’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention at hotline Tel: (853) 2870 0800 or email: cds_cds@ssm.gov.mo.

Crew: Crew are not allowed to overnight at VMMC, but a turnaround flight is available. Crew may rest on the aircraft (without clearing customs). If needed, crew must serve a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a Govt Mandated facility or Hotel.

Tech Stop Specifics: No pax are allowed for tech stops. Crew only tech stops are possible and crew may walk the aircraft for any checks during stop.

ICAO SPECIFICS: VMMC runway closes every Mon, Wed, Fri 0400LT-0600LT.


Malaysia

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 4, 2020

Restriction expiration: August 31, 2020

General Restrictions: Malaysian authorities will impose transport and business restrictions in areas of Sarawak State starting Aug. 1-14 due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Officials will ban travel between Zone 1, comprising Kuching, Serian, and Samarahan districts, and Zone 2, comprising Sri Aman, Betong, Sarikei, Kapit, Mukah, Bintulu, Miri, and Limbang districts. Authorities shall require people to acquire permission from the police if they want to travel between the two zones. Officials will reduce the number of flights from the rest of Malaysia to Sarawak for the two-week period. Authorities will also limit business operating hours in Zone 1 districts between 0600-2200; Authorities will also require all nonresident Malaysians arriving in the state from Aug. 1 to wear wristbands for the duration of their stay.

  • Interstate travel in Malaysia will be allowed starting from 10 June 2020.
  • Full ban – overseas travel for Malaysians. Those returning from overseas must undergo health screening and compulsory quarantine for 14 days in designated quarantine centre/hotel.
  • There are the procedure and requirements that must be fulfilled before entering Malaysia:
    1. Have taken Covid-19 swab test or Covid-19 Antigen or PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction), showing a negative result (three days before entering Malaysia);
    2. Have downloaded the “Mysejahtera” app (https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my/intro_en/) and filled in the required details in the app;
    3. Have to submit the following documents to Malaysian Immigration official upon entry into Malaysia (as applicable);
    4. Present the relevant approval letter/email from Immigration Department of Malaysia;
    5. Undergo a Covid-19 swab test upon arrival in Malaysia;

Undergo self-quarantine for 14 days and to adhere to all self-quarantine regulation set by Malaysian authorities.

  • Foreigners with and without Malaysia residence can leave Malaysia.
  • Full ban – on tourists and foreign visitors including foreign crew entering Malaysia
  • Below foreign nationals are allowed to enter Malaysia and must undergo swab test within 14 days before arrival in Malaysia (result is COVID-19 negative) and to observe 14 days quarantine at own cost (undertaking letter to bear the cost must be provided):
    • Foreigners with eligible Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) pass
    • Foreigners with eligible visa that were issued before suspension date 18 Mar 2020
    • Permanent Resident (PR)
    • Spouse and children to Malaysian citizen with long term social visit pass
    • Diplomats of foreign missions in Malaysia and their dependents with dependent pass
    • Employment Pass holder (for Expatriate) – Approval from Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture.

Starting 24 June the following categories are allowed entry without any additional permission from the Director-General of Immigration:

Employment Pass Category I (EP 1):

  • Dependants included
  • Green zone countries may not be applicable.
  • Must present negative PCR COVID test prior to entering (except Japanese)
  • Must complete “MySejhatera” App
  • Must complete 14 Day self-quarantine if not from Green Zone countries.

Resident Pass- Talent (RP-T):

  • Dependants included
  • Green zone countries may not be applicable.
  • Must present negative PCR COVID test prior to entering (except Japanese)
  • Must complete “MySejhatera” App
  • Must complete 14 Day self-quarantine if not from Green Zone countries.

Professional Visit Pass

  • Dependants NOT included
  • Green zone countries may not be applicable
  • Must present negative PCR COVID test prior to entering (except Japanese)
  • Must complete “MySejhatera” App
  • Must complete 14 Day self-quarantine unless entering Malaysia for emergency work and will leave for the country of origin upon completion.

Employment Pass Category II (EP II):

  • Dependants included
  • Must come from Green zone country. (Australia, Brunei, New Zealand or Singapore)
  • Must present negative PCR COVID test prior to entering (except Japanese)
  • Must complete “MySejhatera” App
  • Must complete 14 Day self-quarantine

Employment Pass Category III:

  • Dependents included
  • Must come from Green zone country. (Australia, Brunei, New Zealand or Singapore)
  • Must present negative PCR COVID test prior to entering (except Japanese)
  • Must complete “MySejhatera” App
  • Must complete 14 Day self-quarantine

Officials announced July 14 that foreigners based in Malaysia who travel overseas would not be allowed re-entry into the country until further notice.

Crew Restrictions: Foreign crew entering Malaysia during Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) will be reviewed on case to case basis and subject to authorities approval. If allowed, crew must submit to COVID-19 testing upon arrival and mandatory 14 day quarantine at a designated hotel. Earlier release from quarantine is possible but subject to health check by Malaysia Health Ministry.  No crew rest options are available.

Tech Stop Details: Tech stop is allowed for crew & pax and they have to stay on board the whole duration of transit. Standard aircraft walk around check is permitted for crew.

All normal services are available.

ICAO Specific Restrictions:

For WMSA only:

  • Local pilot and FA:
    Departure : No need special approval.
    Arrival : No need Covid-19 test and 14 days quarantine.
  • Foreign pilot and FA:
  • Arrival : No need special approval, Covid-19 test and quarantine.
  • Departure : Can leave as normal.
  •  Local engineer:
  • Departure : Need special approval.
  • Arrival : Need Covid-19 test at POD within 3 days before arrival or Covid-19 test on arrival and 14 days quarantine.
  •  Foreign engineer:
  • Arrival : Need special approval, Covid-19 test at POD within 3 days before arrival or Covid-19 test on arrival and 14 days quarantine.
  • Departure : Can leave as normal.

For WMKK and other airports:

  • Local/foreign crew must get prior approval to leave and enter Malaysia, Covid-19 test and 14 days quarantine accordingly.

Maldives

Nov. 30, 2020

General restrictions for U.S. pax:

General Restrictions:

  • Tourists travelling to the Maldives will be provided visa on arrival. Tourists must have a hotel reservation confirmation for the entire stay in a registered tourist facility.
  • Expatriates travelling to the Maldives shall hold a valid visa issued by Maldives Immigration.
  • The following categories of travelers must hold a negative result for a nucleic acid test (PCR test) for COVID-19 prior to entry into the Maldives:
    • All Tourist
    • Special Visa holders who duration of stay in the Maldives will be up to seven days
    • Business Visa holders whose duration of stay in the Maldives will be up to seven days
    • Foreign diplomats and their accompanying family members
    • Airline/aircraft crew whose transit stay in the Maldives;
      • is arranged in an accommodation other than a designated transit facility
      • will exceed seven days
    • Crew of ships who arrive by air to sign onto a ship
    • Passengers except those specified above and children under the age of one year required to undergo mandatory home quarantine (in their place of residency or work) for 14 days, conduct test for COVID-19 and obtain a COVID-19 Negative PCR Test Result before they are released from quarantine. Health protection Agency’s Guideline for Quarantine: – “Travel related Home Quarantine procedure for those travelling from abroad returning to Male’ and travelling from Male’ to other islands” is available from https://covid19.health.gov.mv/downloads/
      – The sample for the PCR test must be taken not more than 96 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure from the first port of embarkation en-route to the Maldives.

Mongolia

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 5, 2020

General Restrictions: An effective ban on most foreign nationals remains in place. The government has arranged charter flights to and from Seoul, Tokyo, Istanbul, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Prague, Seattle, and Sydney through Aug. 27, primarily to facilitate repatriations of stranded travelers.  Only pregnant women, senior citizens, parents with children, and those with health complications can enter the country.

  1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Mongolia until 31 July.
    • This does not apply to nationals of Mongolia.
    • This does not apply to residents of Mongolia who are direct family members of a national of Mongolia.
  2. Nationals of Mongolia will be placed in quarantine for 21 days.
  3. Residents of Mongolia who are direct family members of a national of Mongolia will be placed in quarantine for 14 days.

The government has effectively banned international travel. Border closures are ongoing with Russia and China, though some commercial transport is occurring. Commercial flights connecting Mongolia with Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey remain suspended. Authorities are placing arriving Mongolian citizens under a 14-day quarantine at their own expense.

ICAO Specific Information: ZMUB – not available as ALTN for overflights exc. Emerg Flt due to COVID-19 infection prevention. Clsd for Intl Sked Flt due to COVID-19 Infection Prevention.Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Myanmar

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 4, 2020

Restriction expiration: August 31, 2020

General Restrictions: Officials have stopped all international flight, except for relief or cargo flights at least through July 31 and banned foreign nationals from entering through land border checkpoints. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also suspended visa issuance and visa-free travel to the country UFN. Diplomats, UN Officials, and aircraft crew are exempt from Visa Restrictions. All operators operating relief flights to Myanmar must ensure that temperature screening and observation of COVID-19 symptoms are conducted on all passengers before boarding.

Authorities are allowing business trips for essential sectors, such as oil, gas, and power, from mainland China and Japan as of July 29 in a so-called fast lane arrangement. Personnel will have to obtain a medical document stating they do not carry COVID-19 within 36 hours of boarding Myanmar-bound flights, and will also have to undergo COVID-19 tests upon arriving in Myanmar and after completing five days of quarantine at designated facilities. Officials said they plan to add more countries to the fast lane scheme in the coming months.

All Permits must be obtained diplomatically through MOFA. DCA cannot issue permits at this time and is only providing assistance on a procedural basis.

Passenger Restrictions: No foreign nationals allowed. Officials will require returning Myanmar citizens and incoming foreigners with some exceptions to undergo a 21-day quarantine at government facilities and a subsequent one-week self-isolation. Authorities are allowing diplomats and resident UN officials to self-quarantine at their residence for two weeks.

Foreigners entering the country for business purposes, such as construction projects, will self-quarantine for seven days in the country of origin, before undergoing seven days of isolation at government-designated facilities upon arrival in Myanmar and seven days of self-quarantine at home. Businesspeople also have to obtain a document stating they are free from COVID-19 prior to the trip.

Prior to boarding the aircraft in route to Myanmar, passengers need to have temperature screening.

While in country, all must wear masks and practice social distancing.

Crew Restrictions: Crew must have Myanmar Visa prior to arrival in country by any means. Crew may rest at an off-airport hotel nominated by COVID Committee.

Tech Stop Specifics: Possible with Pax onboard; pax may only leave the aircraft with prior authorization. All normal services are available.


New Zealand

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 8, 2020

Restriction expiration: Until further notice.

General Restrictions: As of July 7th, New Zealand is restricting entry to the country for residents and citizens due to limited capacity at coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine facilities.The government has agreed with national carrier Air New Zealand (NZ) to limit new bookings for returning residents through at least July 28 and is reportedly working with other airlines to reduce passenger volume. Authorities will allow passengers with booked flights to enter the country, provided there is available capacity; however, airlines could rebook some passengers. Borders remain closed for all countries until further notice.

Additional Information: New Zealand Citizens-will be permitted to enter the EU from July 1, when the external borders are officially scheduled to be reopened. Member States of the EU will gradually lift the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU as from 1 July 2020. This will be evaluated every two weeks by the EU and, the list of third countries referred to will be reviewed, and as the case may be updated, by the Council, after close consultation with the Commission and the relevant EU agencies and services following an overall assessment based on the methodology, criteria and information.

Passenger Restrictions: New Zealand continues to ban all foreign nationals from entering the country. The measure includes citizens of Pacific nations, who were previously excluded from travel restrictions; however, exceptions will continue for citizens from the region and other foreign nationals for humanitarian reasons. Resident Australian citizens, permanent residents, and resident visa holders with valid travel conditions, as well as their immediate family members, are exempt from entry restrictions. Staff are conducting health screenings of all incoming passengers. Officials will require inbound passengers to remain at government-designated facilities for 14 days. Authorities announced they will test arriving Pax twice during the 14 day period. All arriving Pax will have to clear CIQ at International Terminal.

Currently New Zealand is working on a new traveler’s payment scheme regarding the cost of quarantine stays-expect the complete guidelines in the following week.

Travelers required to contribute towards their managed isolation hotel stay will pay $3100 per room and $950 for each extra adult and $475 per child.

But there will be mechanisms to allow charges to be waived in full or in part

The decision will mean a managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) charge for:

  • People who leave New Zealand after the legislation comes into effect; or
  • People who are visiting New Zealand temporarily. Some travelers exempt from paying

Diplomats, refugees, deportees and people travelling to attend the sentencing of the Christchurch mosque gunman.

The Government said the charge didn’t impede the New Zealanders’ right to come home because:

  • People are not charged any more than the actual and reasonable costs of MIQ,
  • Fees can be waived in cases of financial hardship,
  • No upfront payment would be required, and
  • There will be flexibility in how people could pay.

Crew Restrictions: Crew can rest at an airport or off-airport hotels, Starting Friday, 29 May, arriving aircrew are required to take a Health Assessment upon arrival. The aircrew will complete a COVID-19 Crew Health Form on arrival (in addition to the Crew Declaration Card already completed). This will ensure there is a record of the health check. For those crew who live outside New Zealand the name of their accommodation will need to be provided on the Form. This form should be retained by the health assessors in case the information is required at a later date.

New Zealand has some specific requirements for crews entering New Zealand including, but not limited to:

  • Aircrew must wear masks and gloves when moving through the airport (or terminal) and to and from the hotel or training facility.
  • Aircrew required to self-isolate in the hotel.
  • Trips outside the hotel or training facility are not permitted.
  • Food must be sourced within the hotel or training facility, or delivered to the crew in the hotel or training facility.
  • Aircrew may not congregate with any other aircrew or hotel guests or trainees
  • Aircrew are not permitted to use the hotel gym, pool, other recreational or communal areas.

Tech Stop Specifics: Possible with Pax onboard. Crew and pax are can not leave the aircraft. All normal services available. Please contact your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Pakistan

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 5, 2020

General restrictions: The Government of Pakistan has authorized international passenger and charter flights to / from all international airports of Pakistan except Gwadar and Turbat airport in accordance with restrictions/limitations for scheduled international flight operations as approved by the competent authority. Slot timings as decided by the authority shall be strictly followed with sufficient separation between arrival / departures to ensure compliance with health protocols.

Cargo, special and diplomatic flights shall continue to be authorized as per procedure in-vogue. However, authorizations granted exclusively for outbound international passenger flight operation shall cease with effect from June 24. All airlines / operators shall be required to adhere to the applicable respective standard operating procedures issued from time to time. Officials are extending the validity of visas for foreign nationals in the country through Aug. 31. Any incoming travelers to the country, including Pakistani nationals, must self-isolate for two weeks if asymptomatic. Symptomatic passengers are mandated to undergo testing and a 14-day quarantine at home, paid accommodation, or in a medical facility, based on health assessments.

Pax and Crew must fill out health declaration form upon arrival.

Passenger Restrictions: Allowed from all countries but Israel. Must wear masks.

Tech Stop: Tech stops are allowed with restrictions. Crew and Pax may depart the aircraft. All services are available.


Palau

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 7, 2020

General Restrictions: No foreign nationals are allowed to enter the country. Only returning Palauan citizens are allowed to return home. PTRO borders remains closed until further notice. Palau has restricted all flights coming from Mainland China, Macau and Hong Kong within the last 14 days for all passengers or crews who have traveled through these countries.

There is also mandatory 14 day quarantine for crew and passengers arriving on flight accepted by Palau Govt. The crew quarantine is only required for the length of stay.

Tech Stop: Tech stop is not possible with passengers on board.


Papua New Guinea

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 10, 2020

General restrictions: Papua New Guinea has very strict restrictions on entry into the country. Only citizens and permanent residents are currently being allowed into the country. As of 24 July Papua New Guinea authorities have instituted a mandatory requirement for all people to wear face masks in Port Moresby. If the requirement is not followed, there may be a possibility of fines or additional actions yet to be determined by the authorities. Domestic flights from Port Moresby are banned and public transport services are suspended in the region. An overnight curfew is in effect from 2200-0500.

All people arriving into Papua New Guinea (citizens and visitors) will be subject to a mandatory 14 day quarantine in a government approved facility or hotel.

Information required to apply for admission to Papua New Guinea:

  • Submission of a completed application form
  • Copy of photo page of passport
  • Intended travel itinerary in Papua New Guinea
  • Proof of full 14 day payment at an authorized hotel.
  • Copy of work permit, resident permit or any visa
  • Any supporting letters (optional but recommended)

Papua New Guinea requiring all international arrivals to be cleared first at AYPY airport.

As of the 23rd of June, Papua New Guinea is requiring travelers to take a test for COVID-19 within 07 days before entry. Passengers are no longer required to obtain written approval from the National Pandemic Controller’s Office as of 24 July for domestic travel. However it is still required for international travel. The measures primarily impact Papua New Guinea nationals and permanent residents, as most foreign nationals remain banned from entering the country.

Passenger Restrictions: Mandatory 14 day quarantine for all arrivals into Papua New Guinea.

Staff at Jackson International Airport (AYPY) are using thermal scanners to monitor patients for possible symptoms. Immigration and customs officials also require health declarations and travel history information before allowing passengers into the country. Passengers must cover own expense and show receipt of payment for the 14 day quarantine to the authorities prior to arrival. Papua New Guinea are requiring arriving travelers to have tested negative for a COVID-19 test within seven days before travel. Authorities in Papua New Guinea have suspended inbound commercial passenger flights to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville through at least Aug. 13.

Crew: Mandatory 14 day quarantine for all arrivals into Papua New Guinea.

Tech Stop: No simple tech stops. Mandatory 14 day quarantine and medical records required.
Please contact your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Philippines

Nov. 26, 2020

General restrictions for U.S. pax:

  • Can US Pax operate: Only with valid and existing visas at the time of entry. No new entry visa application shall be accepted.
  • Types of flights allowed include: Tech Stops
  • Test or forms required for entry: Health form, Locator form, pre-booked accredited quarantine facility, and pre-booked COVID-19 testing provider.
  • Quarantine Details: For length of stay, up to 14 days.
  • Exemptions to Quarantine: Possible for diplomatic flights and approval from Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.
  • Country website resources:

General Restrictions: ​​​​​​Effective 01 Nov 20 the Philippines will allow foreigners to use investor visas to enter the country amid continued attempts to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities will also allow entry for foreigners using visas issued by the state agencies Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority, and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority. The travelers must have valid and existing visas and should reserve an accredited quarantine facility prior to arrival. The country remains under Code Red Sublevel 2 on the code alert system, indicating ongoing local virus transmission with greater numbers of cases than the government can address.​

Leisure flight may be permitted subject to Department of Foreign Affairs Exemption Approval and all foreigners are required to secure IATF and tourist visa.

The government is allowing nonessential outbound travel to resume from Oct. 21. Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and uniformed personnel on official duty can continue traveling outside the country. Most foreign nationals remain banned from entering the country. Exceptions are in place for foreign nationals with long-term visas, among others. Inbound foreign nationals must secure a quarantine facility and a COVID-19 testing provider prior to arrival. Other visas and applications and visa-free privileges remain suspended. Exemptions for foreign spouses and children of Philippine citizens and diplomatic staff and dependents are in place. Arriving travelers must undergo a two-week quarantine at government-designated facilities.​


Singapore

Nov. 29, 2020

General restrictions for U.S. pax:

  • US Pax can operate if they have Singaporean Long Term Pass Holder (with valid approval letter)
  • Types of flights allowed include: Business.
  • Test or forms required for entry: Health form, Approval letter from the authorities (E.g. Ministry of Manpower, Health or Education), Singaporean Long Term Pass Holder / Permanent Resident
  • Quarantine is required for length of stay, up to 14 days. A swab test is required before the end of Stay-Home Notice
  • Exemptions to Quarantine: None​
  • Country website resources:

General restrictions: All travelers entering Singapore, including Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long-Term Pass (LTP)/ In-Principle Approval (IPA) holders, must submit a health declaration prior to the flight. They will have to do so via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service, or the mobile application that can be downloaded for free from Apple AppStore and Google Play. Universal Aviation Singapore will require a copy of the acknowledgement form 3 hours prior to departure from point of origin.

Anyone who wants to enter the country (including citizens) needs to be issued a “Safe Travel Pass” first. For eligible travelers and requirements, see “Border/Health control Measure Summary Table” on webpage: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/health

There are a few ways in for foreigners. For a small number of safe countries, passengers can enter for tourism (Air Travel Pass) or business (Reciprocal Green Lane). For everyone else, entry only with a long-term pass. Quarantine requirements differ depending on travel history.

From Nov 17 all foreigners arriving from (almost) everywhere will require a negative PCR COVID test that is less than 72 hours old to enter. Post-arrival testing also required. Crew remain exempt but must isolate in the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport hotel. Residents and Visitors must submit an electronic Health Declaration Card https://icaeservices.ica.gov.sg/sgarrivalcard/  before entering Singapore. TraceTogether app or TokenGoWhere https://token.gowhere.gov.sg/ wearable tracer device required.

More info available at the ICA’s website: https://www.ica.gov.sg/covid-19.


South Korea

October 23, 2020

General restrictions for U.S. pax:

General Restrictions all Others: South Korea has extended its level 2 restrictions until further notice. Travelers must also take another COVID-19 test upon arrival and await the result before entering South Korea and continue to abide by health surveillance procedures.

In Spite of COVID 19, South Korea does not restrict it for CREW members.

Crews do not require the VISA, 14 days Quarantine and COVID 19 test.

RKSI is the best option for overnight crew rest, tech stop and pax transit.

Authorities allow “fast track” entry for essential business trips and official travel from Singapore, mainland China, UAE, and Indonesia. Under the agreements, inbound travelers must provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 96-72 hours, depending on the country, and a health certificate. Travelers must also take another COVID-19 test upon arrival and await the result before entering South Korea and continue to abide by health surveillance procedures

Crew restrictions: ​South Korea does not restrict for CREW members. Crews do not require the VISA, 14 days quarantine and COVID 19 test.


Sri Lanka

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 9, 2020

Restriction expiration: August 31, 2020.

General Restrictions: Sri Lanka is currently open for Ambulance, Repatriation & Fuel stops only. Authorities have indefinitely deferred plans to allow entry to foreigners from Aug. 1, due to new local COVID-19 cases.

Passenger Restrictions: As of July 15, Sri Lankan authorities continue to modify restrictions imposed to halt the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). School operations and tuition classes – which briefly resumed July 1 – are suspended until further notice due to new COVID-19 cases. Officials lifted the nationwide 0000-0400 daily curfew June 28, though they continue to ban social gatherings and entertainment venues. Additionally, the use of masks in public remains mandatory.

Authorities have stopped issuing all visa types, including electronic, landing, multiple-entry, and residential, indefinitely; previously issued visas, including residential permits, remain suspended. Foreign nationals with diplomatic, official, and service passports are exempt from the controls. Diplomatic personnel permitted to enter Sri Lanka must submit a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result taken within 72 hours of departure, or undergo a PCR test upon arrival. Foreigners who are already in Sri Lanka may apply to extend the validity of their visas. Officials are indefinitely deferring earlier plans to allow entry to foreigners from Aug. 1, due to new local COVID-19 cases.

Inbound commercial passenger flights remain suspended indefinitely. Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) continues to serve cargo transport, emergency repatriation, passenger transit, and international departures. All international services at Jaffna International Airport (JAF), Sri Lanka’s only other functional international airport, remain suspended.

Crew Transit/Rest Conditions-Requirements:

  • It is mandatory that a ‘Corona free medical certificate’ in respect of each crew member operating the flight is to be sent to the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) prior to leaving your point of origin. A scanned copy of such e-mailed would suffice.
  • The Crew shall carry with them the original certificate to VCBI and produce that at the mandatory health inspection carried out at the airport by the health authorities.
  • At the entry, and until they exit from Sri Lanka, the crew is required to adhere to the following procedures detailed by the Quarantine Unit – Ministry of Health Sri Lanka:
    1. Technical and cabin crew should follow the procedures and hygienic measures adopted by the Sri Lankan government.
    2. Crew should undergo thermal scanning at the airport.
    3. Crew should hand over the filled health declaration form to the airport health office. After the necessary health clearance, the crew will be permitted to enter Sri Lanka.
    4. Crew is strictly instructed to self-quarantine at the location mentioned in the health declaration form and have meals only through in-room dining until they operate the next flight out of the airport to their planned destinations as per the strict instructions given by the Ministry of Health and Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.
    5. Crew should wear a mask when entering the airport and when in contact with others inside the country.
    6. Each crew member should maintain a distance of at least 01(one) meter from others.
    7. Crew should practice hand hygienic measures.
    8. Crew should be transported by an identified vehicle. In addition, vehicle cleaning measures should be carried out by relevant agencies.
    9. Crew members who indicate any symptom of COVID-19 or are in contact with a COVID-19 positive person should inform the Health Authorities of Sri Lanka immediately.

ICAO Specific Information:

  • VCBI – Open for Cargo, Transport, Passenger Transit, and International Departures. Foreign Air Crew layovers will only be at a hotel in close proximity to VCBI and shall maintain self-quarantine at the respective hotel.
  • VCCJ – Closed UFN.

Taiwan

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 10, 2020

General Restrictions: Travel for tourism and social visits remains banned. Officials will require people allowed into Taiwan to present a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test within 72 hrs of their departing flight.

International travelers can apply for entry for medical care; the measure does not include aesthetic procedures and health checks.
Taiwan will require all arriving passengers from the Philippines to quarantine for 14 days in government-designated facilities starting Aug. 12 due to rising coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) will also require foreign nationals to pay for quarantine at TWD 1,500 (USD 51) per day; foreign nationals with an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) or resident visa and Taiwan citizens are exempt from the fee. Additionally, the authorities will require foreign nationals, except ARC and resident visa holders, arriving from the Philippines to provide documentation of a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure. Airlines will not allow travelers without certifications to board flights. The CECC said it will conduct COVID-19 tests on all arriving passengers from the Philippines, regardless of symptoms.

The CECC continues to allow shortened quarantine periods for travelers from low- and medium-risk countries. The CECC classifies Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, Laos, Macau, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Palau, Thailand, and Vietnam as low risk and Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Sri Lanka as medium risk. People visiting from low-risk areas need to quarantine for five days, while those traveling from medium-risk destinations must quarantine for seven days; isolation will occur at government-designated facilities. Travelers will also have to pay for another COVID-19 test before their release.

The government will allow international travelers to apply for entry for medical care starting Aug. 1; the measure does not include aesthetic procedures and health checks. Applicants must apply at their local Taiwan diplomatic mission and present evidence of adequate health insurance, an affidavit for mandatory quarantine of 14 days, a health declaration, and a disease prevention plan from the treating facility. Approved travelers can bring two people, including family members, to Taiwan during their care; a third companion is possible if they are a caregiver or healthcare worker.

Officials are allowing essential business travelers and graduating students from New Zealand, Australia, Macau, Palau, Fiji, Brunei, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Thailand, Mongolia, and Bhutan. People visiting from these designated low-risk areas must quarantine for five days.

Officials are also permitting essential business travel from South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore; travelers from these countries must quarantine for seven days.

Officials have lifted a ban on transiting passengers at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE).

Passengers must connect with the same airline through TPE and limit connections in Taiwan to eight hours.

Officials have cleared China Airlines (CI), EVA Air (BR), and Cathay Pacific (CX) to operate transit flights, except to mainland China.

An entry ban for many foreign nationals also remains in place; however, exceptions are in place for foreign residents, diplomats, and business travelers executing contracts. Health officials continue intensified screenings for arriving passengers. Authorities are using thermal scanners at points of entry to monitor inbound passengers and will conduct a swab test for passengers who display respiratory symptoms or fever. All arriving passengers, regardless of nationality or residency, must self-quarantine for 14 days. Passengers bound for Taiwan who do not accurately report their travel history could face fines from NT$100,000 (approx. $3400 USD) up to NT$ 1,000,000 (approx $33,500 USD).

According to National Immigration Agency Republic of China (Taiwan) and Taiwan CDC, if crew/passengers have special permit to entry Taiwan, Home Quarantine Notice are required to fill up upon arrival, and home quarantine 14 days are also required.

U.S. crew and passengers are permitted into Taiwan and require a 14-day quarantine. Shortened quarantine is not applied to people from the U.S., regardless of intended duration of stay – a full 14-day quarantine is required. Quarantine will need to be done at a government mandated hotel. https://taiwan.taiwanstay.net.tw/covhotel/

Crew and passengers must present English-language certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test to Win Air and the test report date should be within three working days of boarding. Also, they need to fill out the on-line quarantine form https://hdhq.mohw.gov.tw/Default1?openExternalBrowser=1 before boarding.


Thailand

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 8, 2020

General Restrictions:Authorities in Thailand have banned most incoming international flights has been extended to 31 August due to COVID-19 activity. Repatriation flights may occur on a case-by-case basis.
Officials had allowed some groups of foreigners to enter the country again since July 1. This measure applies to business people from mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea, students, foreign spouses of Thai nationals and work permit holders, and medical tourists, among others. Before entering Thailand, all people must contact nearest Thai Embassy first. Diplomats, transport workers, and work permit holders can continue to enter Thailand. Work permit holders need to obtain permission at the nearest Thai embassies, undergo health screenings, and purchase health insurance covering COVID-19 treatment. Foreigners who can enter Thailand will undergo 14-day quarantine at government-designated facilities upon arrival, with a possible exception for businesspeople. While authorities may exempt the business people who can reenter Thailand from the two-week isolation requirement, they will need to comply with other health protocols, including taking COVID-19 tests before the trip and upon arrival in Thailand, adhering to a pre-agreed itinerary, and commuting only with private cars.

Conditions for Aircraft Permission to Enter Thailand issued on 29 June B.E. 2563 (2020)

prescribing the conditions for permitting aircrafts to enter the Kingdom of Thailand from foreign countries,

In order to provide a guideline for those involved and ensure the consistency with Regulation Issued under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005) (No. 12) issued on 30 June B.E. 2563 (2020) and Order of the Centre for the Administration of the Situation due to the Outbreak of the Communicable Disease Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) No. 7/2563 Re : Guidelines based on Regulations Issued under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005) (No. 6) issued on 30 June B.E. 2563 (2020), by virtue of Section 27 and 28 of the Air Navigation Act B.E. 2497, the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand hereby issues the notification as follows:

  1. The Notification of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand on Conditions for Aircraft Permission to Enter Thailand issued on 29 June B.E. 2563 (2020) shall be abolished.
  2. Aircraft carrying persons shall be banned from entering into the airport in Thailand unless it falls with any of the following categories:
    • (1) State or military aircraft
    • (2) Emergency landing flights
    • (3) Technical landing flights without disembarkation
    • (4) Humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights
    • (5) Repatriation flights
    • (6) Cargo flights
    • (7) Passenger flights carrying the persons permitted to enter Thailand as
    • prescribed in 3.
  3. The entry into Thailand of the persons of any of the following types, by aircraft, shall be permitted, provided that they comply with the conditions, time limits and rules of the authorized persons under the Thai immigration law, communicable diseases law, air navigation law, and the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation, for the prevention of the spread of disease and the organization of the number of persons entering Thailand in accordance with the capability of the competent officers or the communicable disease control officers for the screening and arrangement of facilities for isolation, quarantine and control for observation:
    • (1) Thai nationals
    • (2) Persons with exemption or persons being considered, permitted or invited by the Prime Minister, or the head of responsible persons accountable for resolving state of emergency issues to enter the Kingdom, pertaining to necessity. Such consideration, permission or invitation may be subject to specified conditions and time limits.
    • (3) Persons on diplomatic or consular missions or under International organizations, or representatives of foreign government performing their duties in the Kingdom, or persons of other international agencies as permitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pertaining to necessity, including their spouse, parents, or children.
    • (4) Carriers of necessary goods, subject to immediate return after completion.
    • (5) Crewmembers who are required to travel into the Kingdom on a mission, and have a specified date and time for return
    • (6) Non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parents, or children of a Thai national.
    • (7) Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of permanent residency in the Kingdom, or permission to take up residence in the Kingdom
    • (8) Non-Thai nationals who have work permit or have been granted permission from government agencies to work in the Kingdom, including their spouse or children.
    • (9) Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students, except for students of non-formal educational institutions under the law on Private schools and of other similar private educational institutions
    • (10) Non-Thai nationals who are in need of medical treatment in Thailand, and their attendants. However, this shall not include medical treatment for COVID–19.
    • (11) Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement with a foreign country.
  4. To enter the Kingdom, the persons under 3. shall comply with Disease Prevention Measures for the Persons Entering the Kingdom to Prevent the Spread of the COVID-19 Disease Annexed to the Order of the Centre for the Administration of the Situation due to the Outbreak of the Communicable Disease Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) No. 7/2563

Issued on 30 June B.E. 2563 (2020).

Passenger Restrictions: No passengers are allowed entry into Thailand except Thai Nationals, persons exempted by the Prime Minister or Ministry of Foreign Affairs or persons on diplomatic or consular mission or persons performing governmental duties in Thailand. Certificate of Entry to be issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is required. Nationals of Thailand must have a letter from the Embassy with the “fit-to-fly” health certificate. The passengers on board the aircraft leaving the airport of departure before the entry into force of the notification will be subject to 14-day quarantine under the contagious disease law and the regulation under the emergency decree on state of emergency. Without the proper documents boarding should be denied as the passenger will be denied entry.

Crew Restrictions: All crews entering Thailand are required 14 days quarantine; they cannot operate the next departure flight before 14 days. Cargo operations are required to promptly exit after mission is complete. Fill out T8 before entry, Health Certificate is required, as well as Medical Insurance coverage of 100,000 USD.

Effective immediately, please be informed that there is an additional document required from VTBD Health control department for each operator of the aircraft to prepare the “Certification of the cost of health and medical care of the crew” and forward to us before flight operate in to VTBD to certify that the operator will responsible for the cost of medical treatment and all related cost for COVID-19 for all crew during their stay in Thailand. Operators just submit only 1 time and it will be sufficient for the entire fleet and Health control department will keep in their record for the next flight. Even Though VTBD is currently not allow the crew or aircraft from other countries to stay overnight and pass the terminal but we have to submit this form in case of emergency or technical problem of the aircraft.

Tech Stop Details: Tech stops are allowed with NO disembarkation. Overnight crew layover no longer allowed.


Vietnam

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 8, 2020

Restriction expiration: September 16, 2020.

General Restrictions: Flights to Vietnam are not allowed to carry passengers, except that those who enter for diplomatic or official duty, foreigners who attend important foreign affair events, experts, business managers, highly-skilled workers and special cases with the approval of the National Steering Committee on prevention and control of COVID-19. Flights FROM Vietnam are allowed to carry passengers and cargo.

All people arriving to Vietnam are subject to compulsory 14-day centralized quarantine

Any non-Vietnamese citizens who have been in or transited China within 14 days of arriving in Vietnam will not be allowed to enter Vietnam.

In addition, Vietnam has suspended visa on arrival for all foreign nationals except for those on official or diplomatic trips. Entry will be denied to citizens of all nationalities including Vietnamese.

Officials have further tightened restrictions in Da Nang, banning travel to and from the city through at least Aug 11. Individuals who are allowed to leave Da Nang are required to undergo 14-day home quarantines upon arrival at their residences.

Passenger Restrictions: Pax who are American Citizens, European Citizens, or Citizens of other countries who have been in or transited to the US or European Countries within 14 days before their planned arrival in Vietnam shall be subject to compulsory 14-day quarantine.

Pax who are Asian citizens or from other countries and have been in the Asian Countries within 14 days before their planned arrival in Vietnam, shall be subject to a compulsory 14-day quarantine.

All arriving passengers have to submit their medical/travel history directly at HTTP://TOKHAIYTE.VN

Crew Restrictions: Crew are not allowed to overnight for crew rest.


Got a question for Universal about this article?

Share: