Coronavirus: List of Travel Restrictions for People Who’ve Been To China

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The International Air Transport Association, short IATA, has issued a list of travel restrictions for travellers that have been to China over the past weeks.

Depending on the country, there are some major differences between which places you’re allowed to go and which you should avoid if you’ve been to China in 2020. Some countries exclude Chinese citizens or people who’ve visited China over the past fourteen days. Other countries (like Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam) won’t allow any travellers to enter who just changed planes at a Chinese airport. Some countries extend their ban to travellers coming from any country that had a confirmed Coronavirus case.

The list is regularly updated by IATA. We’ve compiled the regulations the seem most important to us:

Update

February 14th: We’ve updated the article.

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This list is not complete! There are more countries that have issued travel regulations that are not mentioned in this article.

Further restrictions might apply to persons with Chinese citizenship. For people native to the countries mentioned in this list, a 14 day quarantaine period might apply after returning home. You’ll find further information on IATA’s homepage.

You may not enter the following countries if you’ve been to China within the last couple of weeks:

  • Australia: If you’ve been to China after February 1 (incl. transit passengers)
  • Bahamas: If you’ve been to China within the past 20 days
  • Bahrain: If you’ve been to China within the past 14 days (incl. transit passengers)
  • Belize: If you’ve been to China within the past 14 days
  • Cook Islands: If you’ve been to China within the past 14 days
  • Fiji Island: If you’ve been to China within the past 14 days
  • Grenada: If you’ve been to China within the past 14 days
  • Guatemala: If you’ve been to China within the past 15 days
  • Hong Kong: If you’ve been to Hubei Province within the past 14 days
  • India: If you’ve been to China after January 15th, 2020.
  • Indonesia: If you’ve been to China within the past 14 days
  • Iraq: If you’ve been to China within the past 14 days
  • Israel: If you’ve been to China within the past 14 days
  • Japan: If you’ve been to Hubei or Zhejiang Province within the past 14 days
  • Jordan: If you’ve been to China within the past 14 days
  • Kiribati: If you’ve been to a state with a confirmed Coronavirus case within the past 14 days
  • South Korea: If you’ve been to Hubei Province within the past 14 days
  • Kuwait: If you’ve been to China or Hong Kong within the past 14 days
  • Madagascar: If you’ve been to China within the past 14 days
  • Marshall Islands: No entry with departure from China, Hong Kong or Macau
  • Malaysia: If you’ve been to Hubei or Zhejiang Province within the past 14 days
  • Maldives: If you’ve been to China within the past 14 days
  • Mauritius: If you’ve been to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macao withing the past 14 days
  • Micronesia: If you’ve been to China after January 6th
  • Mongolia: If you’ve been to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macao after January 1st, 2020
  • New Zealand: If you’ve been to China after February 2 (incl. transit passengers)
  • Palau: If you’ve been to China, Hong Kong, or Macao withing the past 14 days (incl. transit passengers)
  • Philippines: If you’ve been to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau within the past 14 days
  • Samoa: If you’ve been to China, Hong Kong, Macao, Japan, Singapore, or Thailand within the past 14 days (incl. transit passengers)
  • Singapore: If you’ve been to China within the past 14 days*
  • Salomon Islands: If you’ve been to China or another state with a Coronavirus case within the past 14 days (incl. transit passengers)
  • Somalia: If you’ve been to China within the past 20 days
  • Taiwan: If you’ve been to China, Hong Kong, or Macao within the past 14 days
  • Tonga: If you’ve been to a state with a confirmed Coronavirus case within the past 14 days
  • Trinidad and Tobago: If you’ve been to China within the past 14 days (incl. transit passengers)
  • USA: If you’ve been to China within the past 14 days
  • Vanuatu: If you’ve been to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macao within the past 14 days
  • Vietnam: If you’ve been to China within the past 14 days (incl. transit passengers)

*This applies even if you just plan to transit at Singapore Changi airport, even without entering the country.

The following states haven’t denied travelers entry yet, but issued severe regulations:

  • Bagladesh: Passengers departing from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau need to bring a medical certificate of health.
  • Jamaica: Passengers who’ve been in China within the past 14 days need to stay in quarantine for 14 days
  • Macau: Passengers who’ve been to Hubei Province within the past 14 days need to bring a medical certificate of health.
  • Myanmar: No Visa on Arrival for passengers arriving from China.

Frequently Asked Question

Will I be denied entry to a certain country if I’ve simply changed planes in China?

Only a few countries stated that they deny entry to people that had a transit at a Chinese airport. There is a good chance that other countries might follow that example. If you’ve booked a flight with a layover in China, please inform yourself if your destination country has issued any regulations for passengers arriving from Chinese airports.

Who long will these regulations last?

As of now, that is impossible to say.

Thank to our source YHBU!

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