As travel restrictions start to ease in the world, it can be cumbersome keeping track of all the quarantine rules each country has outlined. We’re here to make your life a tad bit easier with this compilation of all the country-wise quarantine rules right now. By Bayar Jain

General Guidelines

Although the world is slowly recovering from the effects of the pandemic, it is important for travellers – whether for business or pleasure – to make note of the various rules in place by different nations. Standard precautions such as the use of face masks, hand sanitisers, basic hygiene, adequate social distancing, and compliance with local rules of the destination country should be followed irrespective of where you’re heading. To minimise the risk of catching the Coronavirus, it is best to stay informed of the potential hazards at your chosen destinations.

Country-wise regulations (as on July 9)

Australia

 

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As per Australian government’s Department of Health, the country’s borders are currently closed for travellers. Only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia as of now. Those who enter the country will be quarantined for 14 days and state and territory travel restrictions may also apply, as per the website. Enhanced health screening could also be applicable.

Cambodia

Those arriving at the Kingdom have to cough up USD 3,000 (roughly INR 225,132) for COVID-19 related charges, along with an additional USD 50,000 (approximately INR 37,52,215) for medical insurance, states the country’s official tourism board website. As per Cambodia’s Airports’ website, the Ministry of Health has mandated COVID-19 tests for all international arrivals. While the passengers await their results, they would be temporarily lodged at special facilities near the airport. Moreover, if the result return positive, all accompanying passengers will also be subject to a 14-day quarantine, states the same website. Upon testing negative, self-isolation for 14 days under local authorities’ supervision has been mandated.

Canada

 

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According to Canada’s official government website, if you’re not a Canadian national or a permanent resident, entry is prohibited. Symptomatic Canadian citizens, however, can only enter by land, rail, or sea. Upon arriving, 14-day self-isolation is mandatory, and use of all kinds of public transport is prohibited until your isolation destination is prohibited. Should you require assistance in transportation or accommodation, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada will reportedly help. As per IATA, passengers can only arrive at one of the following airports: Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, or Vancouver.

France

According to the official government website of this European country, travel to France from outside the European zone is restricted. Additionally, the France’s Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs states passengers arriving from any country outside this zone are only permitted if they are French nationals, European Union citizen, carrying a valid European or French residence permit or long-stay visa with their main residence in France, transiting through France for less than 24 hours, on diplomatic work, international health professionals, or foreign nationals carrying out international goods transport. International students, regardless of their countries of origin, are also allowed to enter, and their visa procedures will be facilitated as well.

As per the same website, foreign nationals arriving from outside the European zone will have to voluntarily undergo a 14-day quarantine, and follow health precautions as recommended by the local authorities.

Germany

 

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As per the official website, the Federal Foreign Office of Germany has lifted travel restrictions from 11 countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and more but passengers from India are still not permitted. However, passengers in transit are allowed to pass through Germany. The European country’s Federal Police website further adds that all travellers entering the country are subject to quarantine regulations as mandated by the individual federal states.

Indonesia

According to IATA, no passengers are allowed to land or transit Indonesia currently, unless they are Indonesian nationals, diplomatic passport holders, or passengers with a Temporary Stay Permit (ITAS) or Permanent Stay Permit (ITAP). Those with visas issued after March 31, 2020, are also exempt as per the same website. Passengers and airline crew who can enter right now, however, must furnish a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus PCR test result, no older than seven days prior to arrival. Those without a certificate are subject to medical screening and a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

Italy

As per a report by The Local Italy, tourism from within Europe to Italy is allowed, but non-essential travel from elsewhere remains forbidden. The same report also states that a mandatory 14-day quarantine for those arriving from non-EU countries is also in place, even if they have transited from another EU country during their journey. 

Japan

Currently, people who have lived or transited from India – among many other countries – in the last 14 days are barred from entering Japan, as per the country’s Narita Airport website. However, Japanese nationals, spouses or children of Japanese nationals, and special permanent residence permit holders are exempt. Moreover, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan website states that visa exemptions of Indian passport holders have also been suspended temporarily. Those who are allowed to enter, however, will be subject to PCR testing for the time being and will have to undertake a 14-day quarantine at the place designated by the quarantine station chief until the end of July, states the website.

Malaysia

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), this Asian country has barred all incoming passengers (apart from Malaysian nationals, permanent residents, diplomatic passport holders, and direct relatives of Malaysian nationals). Those who are allowed to enter, however, are subject to a 14-day self-quarantine, medical screening as per the global airline trade association. They must also download the MySejahtera app on their smartphones.

Mexico

As per IATA, there are currently no restrictions on travelling to Mexico. However, one is required to submit a completed Cuestionario de indentificacion de factores de riesgo en viajeros form at the immigration and it must be presented to “immigration” upon arrival.

Philippines

While international tourists are currently barred from visiting Philippines, the IATA website states passengers and airline crew who enter the country are subject to a COVID-19 test and quarantine. Moreover, a completed Case Investigation Form must be presented upon arrival to enter the country.

Singapore

As per Singapore’s Changi Airport, Singapore residents – both, citizens, and permanent residents – and long-term pass holders (with a valid approval for entry) have to undertake a compulsory 14-day stay-home notice (SHN) at any dedicated SHN facility. The website also states that a chargeable test before the end of the SHN is mandatory as well. All travellers entering Singapore, irrespective of category, must also submit an online health declaration before proceeding with immigration clearance, and undergo temperature screening upon arrival.

Spain

 

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According to the IATA, passengers are not allowed to enter Spain until July 31, 2020. While residents and passengers arriving from countries such as Italy, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, etc. are exempt, those arriving from India continue to remain barred. Moreover, a completed ‘Health Control Form’ must be presented upon arrival as per the travel centre.

Sri Lanka

 

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As per Bandaranaike International Airport’s official website – Colombo’s international airport – currently, all airports of the island nation are shut temporarily and only humanitarian flights are functioning.

However, a guideline has been released on the government’s official tourism board detailing the various steps devised to welcome tourists once borders reopen. As per the tourist operational guideline, a minimum of five-nights stay is mandatory, the first of which has to be at a certified establishment near the airport, till the PCR test results arrive. Obtaining an online visa prior to arrival has been made compulsory as well, and all ‘on-arrival’ and ‘visa-free’ facilities are suspended until further notice. Moreover, the guidelines also make it mandatory for the incoming passenger to have travel insurance with health and hospitalisation coverage for the full duration of the stay, a valid return ticket, and a reservation at Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLDTA) registered accommodations. The same guidelines also state that only passengers with negative PCR test reports and a completed Health Declaration Form (HDF) submitted to local authorities will be allowed to enter.

Switzerland

As per the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), only Schengen member states; Switzerland, Liechtenstein or British nationals; and nationals of EEA Member States are allowed to enter. However, only passengers arriving from (or visited in the last 14 days) areas with an increased risk of infection – as identified by Switzerland – are subject to a 10-day quarantine. India is not included in this list.

Thailand

 

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As per IATA, all passengers and airline crew are forbidden from entering the borders, unless they’re nationals and residents of Thailand. Passengers related to Thailand nationals, students, and crew onboard a returning flight are also exempt from being barred. Those entering the country, however, must have a negative COVID-19 test report, a medical insurance valid in Thailand, and compulsory medical screening. As per a report by The Bangkok Post, the Department of Disease Control does not have a policy for 14-day self-quarantine for foreign travellers, but they must keep public health officials in the loop regarding any illnesses.

Turkey

Currently, COVID-19 tests will be undertaken only for passengers showing symptoms, reports the Turkish Airlines’ website. Those testing positive will have to undergo treatment. However, every passenger arriving in the country must complete the passenger information form. As per a report by Reuters, returning citizens to the country are also free from a 14-day quarantine, and will now only be monitored closely at their respective homes for 14 days.

United Kingdom

If you’re arriving to the United Kingdom from India, self-isolation for 14 days must be observed, as per the British government’s official website. Moreover, passengers must submit a complete passenger locator form before arriving, irrespective of whether you’re a visitor to the nation or a British resident.

United States of America

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that only the entry of travellers from certain countries is prohibited – India not being one of them. Another report by CDC states that those entering USA should undergo a 14-day self-quarantine, and practise social distancing.

Vietnam

 

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As per the Asian nation’s official tourism website, the country has not been issuing any new visas to passengers since March 22, except to those travelling for official or diplomatic purposes. This set of people, however, are subject to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival as well as a medical test. They must also submit a health declaration upon arrival, or through an online link. Notably, all passenger flights to Vietnam have also been temporarily suspended as per the tourism board.

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