The latest entry and quarantine requirements of 16 top destinations around the globe, with entry procedures and required documents (continuously updated)
As virus mutations make COVID-19 more easily transmitted but also less deadly, and people everywhere are getting tired of quarantine and epidemic prevention measures, governments around the world are adopting policies to coexist with the virus, and lifting travel and entry restrictions. The lifting of these restrictions is also crucial for revitalizing the hard hit tourism industry. In today's Kwiksure article, we will summarize the latest entry requirements of some of the top travel destinations around the world, including quarantine-free entries, entry procedures and the required documents. Please note that this article will be continuously updated.
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Japan has announced that it will officially reopen to self-guided tourism from October 11th, with no entry visa requirements and no limit on the number of people entering the country.
Conditions of entry:
- Visitors from low-risk countries who have received 3 doses of vaccine are exempt from quarantine.
- Visitors from other countries who have received 3 doses of vaccine will have their 7-day quarantine period shortened to 3 days.
- Visitors can end their isolation upon a negative (polymerase chain reaction) PCR test result on the third day of entering the country.
From October 1st, visitors entering Thailand no longer need to show vaccination certificates or PCR test results, and there is no need to apply for a "TEST & GO Thailand Pass" before entering the country. They also do not need to wear a mask while in a public place.
From November 17th, Taiwan will be open to Hong Kong and Macau tourists entering as group tour visitors. Each group can stay for up to 15 days, and the number of people in each group must be more than 5 but less than 40.
Conditions for entry:
- Inbound visitors will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test report as required, and all incoming visitors must make an online declaration via the “Quarantine System for Entry”.
- Visitors must attach a PCR test report taken within 2 days before the flight. Visitors who have been infected with COVID-19 must present a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test result certificate when boarding a plane, and carry an infection confirmation issued between 10 and 90 days before the flight.
From March 18th, the UK will lift all entry restrictions put in place in response to the coronavirus.
Australia will ease entry requirements again from July 6th, lifting all vaccination requirements for foreign tourists. Visitors can enter the country as long as they hold a valid visa.
Conditions for entry:
- Visitors must hold a valid Australian visa.
Canada has lifted all entry restrictions imposed during the pandemic.
Conditions for entry:
- Visitors must provide proof of vaccinations completed 14 days or more before departure.
- Visitors must provide COVID-19 related details via ArriveCAN before arriving in Canada.
- Visitors must produce negative PCR test results taken within 72 hours prior to departure, and be subjected to sampling 2019-nCoV molecular testing upon entry in Canada.
- The entry conditions for unvaccinated international travelers are as follows: a negative PCR test result within 72 hours before departure, sampling coronavirus molecular test on entry, and virus testing on the day of entry and also on the 8th day of entry.
From May 15th, vaccinated travelers and children visitors under the age of 12 do not need to apply for the Vaccinator Travel Lane (VTL) for entry or undergo quarantine.
- Visitors must have completed a full vaccination course with World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccines and provide electronic vaccine certificates.
- Visitors must also fill out the Singapore Arrival Card (SG Arrival Card) online within 72 hours before boarding, and they may upload the digital version of the coronavirus health certificate at the same time.
Malaysia has fully reopened to visitors from April 1st.
- Visitors who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and those with recovery records can enter without testing and quarantine, but they must first apply for a MySejahtera vaccination e-certificate.
- Visitors who have not completed the COVID-19 vaccination must undergo an accredited test 2 days before departure to Malaysia, undergo a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of entering Malaysia, undergo a 5-day quarantine, and take a rapid antigen test again on the 4th or 5th day of entering the country.
- Visitors must purchase travel and medical insurance, and download and activate the MySejahtera app before departing for Malaysia.
Vietnam has lifted entry testing requirements for all countries starting May 15th.
From October 20th, visitors to New Zealand will be able to enter the country without completing the New Zealand Traveller Declaration (NZTD) and providing proof of vaccination.
European Union (EU)
The EU has fully reopened to visitors starting March 1st.
- Visitors who have been fully vaccinated and entering the 27 EU member states (including France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, Austria, Luxembourg, Finland, Portugal, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Slovakia, Malta, Latvia and Bulgaria) will no longer be required to undergo virus testing and quarantine.
- Visitors who completed their vaccination with WHO or EU-approved vaccines between 14 and 270 days before entering the EU, will no longer be required to undergo virus testing and quarantine upon entry.
- With visitors who have received vaccines approved by WHO but not approved for use by the EU, member states can require a negative virus test result within 72 hours or quarantine.
- Visitors who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus but have recovered for less than 180 days are also entitled to the same arrangement.
The U.S. is now fully open to foreign visitors.
- International visitors with valid visas and who have completed WHO-approved vaccinations for 14 days or more before departure are exempt from quarantine.
From September 3rd, visitors to South Korea no longer need to provide proof of a negative PCR result before entering the country, provided they undergo a screening test after entry. In addition, starting from September 26th, South Korea will completely lift the order for wearing a mask when outdoors, but the requirement to wear masks indoors is still in effect.
- Before entering the country, you must apply for K-ETA (Korea Electronic Travel Authorization), the validity period of the document is 2 years, during which time you can enter Korea multiple times for tourism. The application fee is KRW ₩10,000.
Dubai has fully reopened to foreign visitors.
- Visitors must produce a negative polymerase chain reaction test (PCR) result taken within the past 72 hours.
- Visitors will be subjected to a sampling coronavirus molecular test after entry.
Turkey has fully reopened to foreign visitors.
- Visitors must have completed vaccination with WHO-approved vaccines within 14 days before departure (if not, proof of a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) result within 48 hours before departure, or a negative PCR for COVID-19 test result within 72 hours before departure must be produced).
- Visitors must complete the Traveler Entry Form within 4 days before departure.
- Masks will not be required indoors from April 26th, but will still be required on public transport and in medical institutions.
Israel has reopened to foreign visitors starting March 1st.
- Regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not, foreign visitors will not need to be quarantined provided they arrive in Israel with a valid negative test result and have a negative coronavirus nucleic acid test result upon entry.
Starting from August 6th, if no coronavirus virus is detected during the medical observation upon arrival, the quarantine hotel-based medical observation period for visitors from Hong Kong will be shortened to 7 days, followed by 3 days of self-health monitoring.
- Visitors must have proof of a negative coronavirus nucleic acid test result taken within 24 hours.
- Visitors who are 12 years of age or older must have received 2 doses of vaccine for at least 14 days.
- Visitors who are 18 or older must show proof of at least 1 booster dose if they received their second dose at least 7 months ago.
- Visitors who are not suitable for injections must present a doctor's certificate.
- Persons who have been infected with the coronavirus for less than 2 months must have 3 consecutive negative COVID-19 antigen or nucleic acid test results taken at least 24 hours apart and at least 14 days prior to arrival, and meet other testing and vaccination requirements.
- Visitors must produce a hotel booking confirmation.
- All visitors must submit a health declaration form to obtain a QR code for use upon arrival.
Hong Kong has now implemented the "0 + 3" isolation requirement, and visitors to Hong Kong now only need to undergo at-home medical monitoring for three days.