COVID-19 Protocols & Entry Requirements
International Travel Status
China: China reopened its borders for international flights from Canada, Thailand, Cambodia, Pakistan, Greece, Denmark, Austria, and Sweden on October 21, 2020.
Hong Kong: All non-Hong Kong residents especially coming from Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom (UK) or South Africa for more than two hours in the past 21 days will not be allowed to board for Hong Kong. (Dec 25, 2020/Jan 23, 2021).
Malaysia: Entry into Malaysia is prohibited with only a few exemptions including: foreign nationals with permanent resident status.
Singapore: Entry is only for returning Singapore citizens, permanent residents and Long Term Pass Holders. Essential travelers must contact the Singapore Immigration Department for entry approval before travelling.
Hong Kong, Singapore travel bubble which was launched on November 22 2020 with passenger quota initially set at 200 per day in each direction is currently deferred.
South Korea: Foreign nationals arriving for a short-term visit will be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival at designated facilities under their own expense.
Taiwan: Foreign nationals who wish to travel to Taiwan for reasons other than tourism and regular social visits may apply for a special entry permit with an R.O.C. overseas mission by submitting relevant documents and forms.
The Philippines: The government has imposed temporary entry restrictions, where only foreign nationals with long-term visas are now permitted to enter the Philippines
Access into Northeast Asia
China: As of October 18th, a limited number of international flights are flying into Beijing. Other international passenger flights to Beijing continue to be diverted to 16 designated airports in Chengdu, Changsha, Hefei, Lanzhou, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Hohhot, Jinan, Qingdao, Nanjing, Shenyang, Dalian, Zhengzhou, Xi’an and Wuhan. A small number of international flights are also operating direct between European cities and Shanghai, Guangzhou and Qingdao.
Hong Kong: Inbound traveler who, on the day on which the traveler boarded a civil aviation aircraft that arrives at, or is about to arrive at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day, have not stayed in any specified place (i.e. Brazil , Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom) must provide nucleic acid test for COVID-19 within 72 hours. In addition, inbound traveler must present confirmation of room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 21 nights starting on the day of the arrival.
All persons who have stayed in Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom (UK) or South Africa for more than two hours in the past 21 days will not be allowed to board for Hong Kong (Dec 25, 2020/Jan 23, 2021).
Malaysia: International leisure travel passengers are not allowed to enter Malaysia.
Singapore: Short term visitors from anywhere in the world are not able to enter Singapore except Australia, Brunei, Darussalam, Mainland China, New Zealand, Vietnam where COVID-19 test is needed upon arrival. All long-term pass holders (those who hold long-term visit passes or student passes, or in-principle approval for a long-term pass) need approval before entering or returning to Singapore. Starting December 24, 2020, all travellers who have been in the UK in the previous 14 days before travel will not be permitted to enter or transit via Singapore.
South Korea: Foreign nationals who have been in Hubei province in China within the previous 14 days are not permitted to enter South Korea. (Nov 2)
Taiwan: Foreign nationals entering Taiwan must provide a negative COVID-19 test report completed within three working days prior to boarding their entry flight.
The Philippines: International leisure travel passengers are not allowed to enter the Philippines
- Entry is only allowed for citizens of the country of the flight’s origin or Chinese citizens.
- Foreign nationals must hold valid Chinese Residence Permits of three categories without an additional visa application: work, personal matters, reunion.
- All passengers arriving into Beijing will face a mandatory 14 day quarantine at a state-run facility on the outskirts of Beijing, according to the Chinese government.
- All arriving passengers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 3 days before you travel. This rule has been tightened from the previous 5 days.
- At the end of the 14 day quarantine, travelers will be tested for COVID-19 again and then be permitted to leave the facility if the result is negative.
- Travelers will then have to report their temperature to authorities for an additional 7 days.
- All inbound travelers must undergo tests if travelling by air.
- The relevant traveller has confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 21 days starting on the day of the arrival of the relevant traveller in Hong Kong.
- We advise taking the test at private clinic as it takes around 3 days to complete.
- Travellers need to take a COVID-19 test on arrival (even if travellers have a negative test from their country of origin) and on completion of the mandatory quarantine period (14 days). If you have an onward domestic flight in peninsular Malaysia, you will undergo quarantine in Kuala Lumpur. Any onward flight to a regional airport will need to be booked at a later date.
All arrivals – regardless of nationality and length of stay – are required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) and to undergo quarantine for 14 days. All individuals regardless of nationality who show coronavirus symptoms on arrival will be tested. Those who test positive will be isolated and treated at a hospital or community treatment centre. For those not showing symptoms on arrival, Korean nationals, and long term foreign visitors with an Alien Registration Card and Korean residence, may self-quarantine at home.
- Foreign nationals entering Taiwan must provide a negative COVID-19 test report completed within three working days prior to boarding their entry flight. The type of test required is a RT-PCR test. The certificate with the test result should be in English.
Passengers arriving into Taiwan must declare any COVID-19 related symptoms in the last 14 days. Passengers will be hospitalized if PCR tested positive upon entry. If the test is negative, passengers must take a second test after 24 hours. Passengers must still carry out a 14-day self-isolation in a designated quarantine hotel if both tests come back negative.
- All international travelers must have a health certificate proving that they tested negative for COVID-19. The test must have been taken within 72 hours prior to boarding the flight.
NAAT testing is offered at all hospitals including community clinics in Beijing while RT-PCR and Viral antigen testing are offered in Shanghai at private and public hospitals as well as at testing centers.
- NAAT test in Beijing cost: CNY 80.00 which is payable directly to the hospital or clinic via cash or credit card. Test result is within 24 hours and printed test result can be acquired from the hospital or clinic.
- RT-PCR and Viral Antigen test in Shanghai cost: CNY 80.00 at public hospitals and CNY 200.00 at private hospitals/testing centers which is payable directly to the hospitals and/or clinics via cash or credit card. Test result is within 24 hours and printed test result can be acquired at the hospital the following day.
PCR testing can be arranged at either Prenetics, located in Leighton Hill Community Hall in Wanchai or Kingmed Diagnostics (Hong Kong) Limited, located in Henry G Leong Yaumatei Community Center.
- PCR test cost: HKD 240.00 which is payable to the testing facility directly via cash or credit card. Test result is within 24 hours and hard copy of the test result can be collected in person from the center.
RT-PCR, Lamp & Rapid Test and Molecular test (PCT) are available for onwards travel in Malaysia at private or public hospitals.
- RT-PCR, Lamp & Rapid Test and/or Molecular Test (PCT) costs: MYR 180.00 - MYR 250.00 which is payable to the hospitals directly via cash or credit card. Test result is within 24 hours to 72 hours. Test results are facilitated via e-mail and hard copy of the test result can be collected in person at the hospitals.
Antigen Rapid Test (ART), Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), Serology IGM Rapid Test (IGM) are available at Raffles Hospital.
- Antigen Rapid Test (ART), Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), Serology IGM Rapid Test (IGM) costs ranging from SGD 100.00 above which is payable directly to the hospital via cash or credit card. Test result is between 40-72 hours prior to departure time and copy of the test result can be collected in person at the hospital.
PCR test is available at General Hospitals.
- PCR test cost is USD 200.00 – USD 300.00 (depending on which hospitals) which is payable directly to the hospitals via cash or credit card. Test result is within 24 hours (working day) and a Medical Certificate will be issued that can be collected from the hospital.
A PCR/NAAT test are available at Tri-Service General Hospital Taipei City Hospital; Zhongxing Branch Taipei City Hospital – Renai Branch; Taipei City Hospital; Heping Branch Hospital – Yangming Branch.
- PCR/NAAT test cost is NTD 7,000 which is payable to the hospital via cash or credit card. Test result is within 24 hours to 48 hours and test results can be printed and collected from the hospital terminals.
PCR, Rapid Antibody testing are available at private licensed laboratory or hotel can facilitate test for in-house guest.
- PCR/Rapid Antibody test cost is from PHP 2,000 - PHP 4,500.00 which is payable to the laboratory directly via cash or credit card. Test result is available in 1-4 days and hard copy of the test result can be provided by the laboratory or the hotel quarantine.
We are merely acting as a facilitator in order to assist Guests who require a COVID-19 test. Guests are solely liable for settling all COVID-19 related fees and costs which are paid for on the ground at the time of testing. All testing is carried out by third parties with no association or affiliation to us and we are not liable or responsible for any issues, delays or problems encountered during the testing process or the performance or non-performance of the testing facilities.
Please note: The above information has been researched with the utmost care. However, we can provide no guarantee of accuracy and the information and detail change regularly. Please always check travel restrictions both in your home country and the destination you are travelling to before you book and before travel.