updated on 20.11.2020

Yangon – Myanmar’s State Counselor’s Office says the government is considering relaxing many COVID-19 restrictions, including stay-at-home orders, to ease the impact on the country’s economy. (The Irrawaddy 19.11)

updated on 30.10.2020

International Restrictions:
All airlines in Myanmar have suspended their domestic flights until 15 November. You should contact individual airlines for details.

*Entry to Myanmar: The Government of Myanmar has suspended all international commercial passenger flights from any of its airports until 30 November. It will then review the situation. New tourist visa applications are currently suspended. At present Myanmar authorities can offer business visas to foreign nationals with a compelling case. You or your employer must make your case to your nearest Myanmar Embassy and obtain permission.
These arrangements are subject to change and at short notice.

*Testing/Screening on arrival: There are temperature checks for all arrivals. Arrivals must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result.
Testing requirements ahead of entry to Myanmar are subject to change.

updated: 09.10.2020

Open for citizens: partial Open for foreigners: NO Open for tourism: NO Quarantine: YES

Latest News: Government imposes stay-at-home orders in 11 townships in Mandalay, Bago, Ayeyarwaddy regions and Mon state starting Saturday 26 Sept because of COVID-19 (Xinhua, 26.09.2020). Government extends ban on all international flights through 31 October (Myanmar Times, 25.09.2020). Government announces stay-at-home order for Yangon (Reuters, 20.09.2020). Domestic flights canceled until end of September after government increases lockdown measures in Yangon because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 10.09.2020). Government imposes mandatory quarantine, COVID-19 test for visitors to Naypyitaw (Reuters, 03.09.2020).


*Quarantine requirements: Arrivals in Myanmar must enter government-arranged quarantine. You will be allotted your quarantine facility on arrival. You may have no choice but will be placed in the same government quarantine facility or hotel as all the other people on your flight. You will be provided with food, for which you will be charged. The standard quarantine period for new arrivals is 28 days (21 days in a government-arranged facility, followed by 7 days of home quarantine). However, foreign nationals can, through contacting their nearest Myanmar Embassy, request permission to undergo a shorter quarantine period. In this case, the quarantine requirements are as follows:
• Complete 7 days home quarantine prior to the date of travel. This must be verified by an employer’s or doctor’s declaration, or a self-declaration. During these 7 days you may only leave your place of quarantine to take a COVID test.
• Provide evidence of a negative COVID test result.
• Complete 7 days quarantine in a government facility or government approved hotel on arrival in Myanmar (allocated on arrival).
• Undertake a COVID test after 7 days (through the National Health Laboratory, at a cost is MMK 200,000). If you test negative, you must complete a further 7 days of home quarantine and will then be able to leave quarantine. If you test positive, you will be transferred to a designated government hospital for COVID patients. You will be required to remain for 28 days in hospital, after which you can leave if you have tested negative for COVID for two consecutive weeks prior.
The government of Myanmar can extend quarantine periods for a number of reasons, even for those who have been granted permission to undergo a shorter quarantine period. This includes if any person on a flight tests positive for COVID-19. If hospitalised with coronavirus, patients are obliged to use a government facility even if they have private insurance. Patients in government hospitals are generally expected to make their own arrangements for bringing in food and other essential supplies. Lone travellers will not be allowed out of isolation to purchase food or make phone calls.
These arrangements are subject to change and at short notice. Confirmation should be sought from a Myanmar Embassy well in advance of your departure.

*Data collection: Arrivals will be expected to provide contact details. We are not aware of any requirement to download an app.



updated on 20.11.2020

·       The government announced that returning Nepali citizens are allowed entry through a limited number of border points.


·       The US Embassy continues to receive limited reports of foreigners being permitted entry to Nepal.  (US embassy in Nepal)

updated on 30.10.2020

·       The government announced September 14 that all land ports of entry into Nepal remain closed through midnight the night of October 16. There are a limited number of border points through which returning Nepali citizens are allowed entry.

No foreigners are permitted entry to Nepal at this time. The government of Nepal has approved exceptions for diplomatic, international organization, and some international non-governmental organization personnel. (source: U.S. Embassy in Nepal)

updated on 16.10.2020

Open for citizens: YES Open for foreigners: NO Open for tourism: NO Quarantine: YES

Latest News: Nepal’s aviation authority plans to resume flights to, from India from 17 October (NDTV, 02.10.2020) Civil aviation authority will allow international carriers to resume unlimited number of flights from 1 October (Nepali Times, 28.09.2020).


updated on 09.10.2020


Latest News: Domestic flights, long-distance bus services to resume from 21 September (Himalayan Times, 15.09.2020). Kathmandu Valley lockdown will be eased from 10 September (My Republica, 10.09.2020). Domestic flights, long-distance bus services will remain suspended until 16 September. (My Republica, 31.08.2020)

International Restrictions:
Commercial flights resumed on 2 September. Flights currently remain very limited. Entry is currently prohibited for certain foreign nationals. Nepal’s land-based entry crossings into Nepal will remain closed to foreigners from third countries until midnight 16 October. You will be required to show a valid PCR test demonstrating that you did not have COVID-19, taken within 72 hours of travel.
Public health requirements for humanitarian flights 

Source: https://travelbans.org/asia/nepal/


updated on 20.11.2020

International Restrictions:
Before you travel – To enter Oman, you will need evidence of a negative PCR test, taken 96 hours or less before your arrival in Oman. You should check with your airline what documentation they require you to produce.
You will also need to have downloaded the Tarassud+ and HMushrif track and trace applications (available on iOS and Android phones). When checking in at the airport, residents returning to Oman must present either proof of their accommodation (such as a rental agreement) or have a letter from their sponsor confirming that they have accommodation. You must also be able to show you have travel/health insurance for the duration of your stay, covering at least 30 days of coronavirus treatment.

updated on 30.10.2020

Latest News: Overnight curfew begins 11 October to help contain COVID-19 (Egypt Today, 09.10.2020). India/Oman reach air travel arrangement; some restrictions reported amid COVID-19 concerns (Live Mint, 01.10.2020). International flights will resume on 1 October (Reuters, 07.09.2020).

updated on 16.10.2020

Expat workers whose work visas have expired will not be allowed to return to the Sultanate, said Brigadier Said Al Asmi, at a press conference of the Supreme Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Currently, the issuance of visa is suspended, although for family, entry is available only for those with valid residency, Brigadier Al Asmi said.

updated: 09.10.2020

l Oman welcomed the return of international flights on Thursday (10/1) with Muscat and Salalah airports resuming operations.

l  Oman is not yet open for international tourism. While air travel has been allowed to resume, only Omani citizens, GCC nationals, foreign diplomats and those with valid residency visas can enter the country without prior permission.

l Non-Omani citizens flying to the sultanate must have international health insurance that covers the cost of treatment for Covid-19 for at least one month.

l  All passengers travelling to Oman from any destination, including connecting and transit passengers, must have a printed negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate. Results are valid for 96 hours from the time test results are received. Children under 15 are exempt.


source: https://www.thenational.ae/lifestyle/travel/travelling-to-or-from-oman-here-s-everything-you-need-to-know-1.1087204


updated on 20.11.2020


The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Travellers to New Zealand from all countries are tested for COVID-19 and a 14-day managed quarantine or isolation is mandatory.


You are legally required to obtain a Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher confirming your place in a managed isolation facility before boarding a flight. 

Only a small number of people can travel to New Zealand, such as New Zealand citizens and people with a critical purpose to travel. You may need to request to travel first.

You can come here without first requesting to travel if you are:

·       a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident

·       a resident with valid travel conditions, unless you got a resident visa outside New Zealand and you have never used it to travel here

·       a partner or dependent child of a New Zealand citizen or resident, and your visa is based on this relationship

·       a diplomat who holds a post in New Zealand.

·       Australian citizens or permanent residents ordinarily resident in New Zealand.


 If you are a dependent child you must be younger than 20 if you have a temporary visa, or younger than 25 if you have a resident visa.

Anyone else coming to New Zealand must be coming for a critical purpose and they must request approval from us (New Zealand government) first. Travel must be for a reason that we think is critical and is on our critical purpose list.

source: New Zealand government

updated: 09.10.2020

Open for citizens: YES Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: NO Quarantine: YES

International Restrictions:

*Entry to New Zealand: The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all arrivals. New Zealand citizens and residents returning to New Zealand may travel to New Zealand and do not need any formal exemption. There are a small number of additional, limited exceptions to the ban on travelling to and entering New Zealand. The following people should seek approval from Immigration New Zealand (INZ) using the limited exceptions process: partners, dependent children (aged 24 years and under) and legal guardians of New Zealand citizens and residents; Australian citizens and permanent residents who normally live in New Zealand; essential health workers; other essential workers who are specifically agreed to by the New Zealand Government; Samoan and Tongan citizens making essential travel; New Zealand-based partners and dependent children (aged 19 years and under) of a work or student visa holder who is in New Zealand; critical humanitarian travel; maritime crew. On 12 June, the Government introduced short term and long-term criteria for “Other Essential Workers” requests. Further information on the criteria, as well as full details of the current border closures and exceptions can be found on the INZ website.
The website also includes information on how to submit a request for travel to New Zealand. A request for approval to travel to New Zealand can take up to two days to process.
*Quarantine requirements: Anyone entering New Zealand is required to undergo quarantine or managed isolation in an approved facility for a minimum of 14 days. Arrivals must then test negative for COVID-19 before entering the community.
From 5 October, travellers to New Zealand will need to register on the Managed Isolation Allocation System as the first step to securing their place in a managed isolation facility. Before you book your flights, you need to register for a voucher for managed isolation. Your voucher allocates you a place in a managed isolation facility.
Provision of a voucher for managed isolation does not guarantee entry into New Zealand. You must first ensure you qualify to enter the country under New Zealand’s border restrictions.
There are a few exceptional circumstances in which people can apply for an exemption from managed isolation. Visit the New Zealand Ministry of Health website for more information.
On 11 August, the New Zealand government introduced legislation relating to charges for managed isolation for New Zealanders and permanent residents.
You will be liable for a managed isolation charge if you are currently overseas and return to NZ for a period of less than 90 days; or you leave NZ after the regulations came into effect (12.01am on 11 August 2020) and return at a later date.

Source: https://travelbans.org/oceania-australia/new-zealand/

New Zealand

updated on 20.11.2020


updated on 20.11.2020

·     Pakistan has closed its land borders with Afghanistan, India and Iran.

·    From 5 October 2020, international travellers to Pakistan will be required to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 96 hours before the start of travel. Arrivals from some countries are exempted from this requirement, but those arriving from the UK are not exempted.

     If travelling by air, you will be subject to screening for Covid-19 symptoms on arrival. Pakistan Government guidelines suggest that international travellers self-isolate for 10 days after arrival.


source: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/pakistan

updated: 09.10.2020

Open for citizens: partial Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: NO Quarantine: YES

Airlines are allowed to operate international flights from all airports in Pakistan. The Pakistani authorities have closed land borders with Afghanistan, India and Iran. Despite this, there are ongoing limited border openings for repatriation and trade. Those crossing into Pakistan may have to comply with coronavirus testing and quarantine measures. Since 20 June, airlines have been able to operate inbound and outbound commercial international flights from all airports apart from Gwadar and Turbat. Reinforcement of screening and administrative measures at all sea ports has been announced.

International air passengers travelling to Pakistan will be subject to thermal screening on arrival. The current Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) guidelines require all passengers arriving in Pakistan to submit a health declaration form which will be made available on your flight or upon arrival at the airport. You will also be subject to thermal screening for high temperatures. If you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms you will be allowed to proceed through the airport and will be given instructions to self-isolate at your residence for 14 days. If you do have symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, breathing difficulty, you may be taken to a facility for a swab test, where you will be asked to wait for the results of the test. If the test is positive, you will receive advice about next steps including possible self-isolation for 14 days at your residence or transfer to a hospital. If the test is negative you will be allowed to go to your residence with instructions to self-isolate for 14 days. You may also be required to follow special measures before boarding flights to Pakistan and while on board the aircraft, including the wearing of a face mask. Reinforcement of screening and administrative measures at all sea ports has been announced.

Source: https://travelbans.org/asia/pakistan/


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