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Changi Airport

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Many countries around the world have imposed travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus outbreak which has been spreading rapidly outside of China since January. Remember to bookmark this page as we will be updating it frequently. Here’s a look at the list.


• Singaporeans advised to defer all non-essential travel for 30 days from March 15

• All new visitors with recent travel history to Italy, France, Spain, Germany, mainland China, South Korea and Iran will not be allowed entry or transit through Singapore. Singaporeans, residents and long-term pass holders who have been to these Covid-19-hit areas in the last 14 days will be allowed in, but will be issued a stay-home notice. 

• CHINA: Defer all travel to Hubei province and non-essential trips to the mainland

• OTHER COUNTRIES: Defer all non-essential travel to Iran, northern Italy, Japan and South Korea


• INDIA: Avoid non-essential travel to Singapore; arrivals from Singapore will be screened

• ISRAEL: Avoid non-essential travel to Singapore; ban on foreign nationals who have been in Singapore in last 14 days

• KUWAIT: Avoid travel to Singapore; Kuwaiti citizens in Singapore to leave immediately 

• OMAN: Avoid travel to Singapore

• QATAR: Avoid non-urgent travel to Singapore

• SOUTH KOREA: Avoid travel to Singapore

• THAILAND: Authorities recommend against travel to Singapore, two-week self-quarantine not mandatory but recommended for those coming from virus-hit countries


• AUSTRALIA:  14-day self-isolation for all international travellers arriving in the country and ban on cruise ships from foreign ports for 30 days;  ban on travellers from Italy, South Korea, Iran and China

• BEIJING:  All arrivals must spend two weeks at quarantine facilities; only those in “special circumstances” will be exempted 

• BHUTAN: Visitors with travel history to virus-hit countries may be quarantined for 14 days

• BRITAIN: Avoid all travel to Hubei and non-essential trips anywhere; 14-day self-quarantine for visitors from South Korea and areas in Italy under lockdown

• CANADA: Avoid all travel to Hubei and non-essential trips to China; exercise high degree of caution in South Korea

• CHINA: Two-week quarantine for travellers who have been to France, Spain, Germany, United States, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Britain, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Netherlands, Denmark and Austria in past 14 days

• DENMARK: Ban on all foreign nationals for a month from March 14

 EGYPT: Ban on all flights from March 19

• EL SALVADOR: Ban on all visitors; residents or diplomats who return to the country will be quarantined for 30 days

• GERMANY: Border controls with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark

• HONG KONG: Two-week quarantine for everyone entering the city

• INDIA: Ban on travellers from whole of Europe, Britain, Turkey, Malaysia, Afghanistan and the Philippines; cancellation of all tourist visas from March 13; screening for all passengers arriving from China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, Singapore and Taiwan

• INDONESIA: From March 8, ban on entry and transit of foreign visitors from 10 hardest-hit regions in Iran, Italy and South Korea; those departing from other areas in those three countries may enter, provided they tender a valid health certificate from authorities

• IRAN: Ban on Chinese citizens entering country

• IRAQ: Ban on travel to and from Iran; closure of only border crossing with Kuwait

• ISRAEL: Ban on all foreign nationals who’ve been in China, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong Macau, Japan, South Korea and Italy in last 14 days

• JAPAN: 14-day quarantine on all travellers arriving from China and South Korea

• MALAYSIA: Ban on all foreign visitors entering the country and Malaysian citizens barred from travelling abroad

• MONGOLIA: Ban on all flights to and from Japan and South Korea until March 11

• NEW ZEALAND: Ban on foreign nationals who have been in Iran and mainland China in last 14 days; 14-day self-isolation for all international visitors

• OMAN: Ban on all non-Gulf Cooperation Council citizens as of March 17 

• PHILIPPINES: Suspension of all travel to and from Luzon and Metro Manila; travel ban on South Korea’s North Gyeongsang province, all non-Filipinos from North Gyeongsang barred from entry

• POLAND: Ban on all foreign nationals, 14-day quarantine for returning citizens

• QATAR: Ban on all non-Qatari visitors for two weeks from March 18

• SAUDI ARABIA: Suspension of all international flights for two weeks from March 15; suspensions on entry for pilgrims, and for tourists from countries where virus is a “danger”

• SOUTH KOREA: Ban on all foreign nationals who have been in Hubei in last 14 days

• THAILAND: Unwell travellers returning from virus-hit countries are advised to contact medical institutes to receive treatment or be isolated

• UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Tests conducted on travellers arriving from China, Italy, Lebanon, Thailand; suspension of flights from UAE to Iran, Bahrain and most of mainland China

• UNITED STATES: Ban on foreign nationals who’ve been in mainland China or Iran in last 14 days; do not travel to China, reconsider visiting Mongolia due to travel restrictions in neighbouring China; avoid non-essential travel to South Korea; suspension of all travel from Europe for 30 days starting March 13

This article was first published in The Straits Times.