Global immigration control measures amid NCP control (8Feb20)
On February 7th, 2020, the National Immigration Administration officially launched a “one-click” shortcut exit-entry inquiry service. Please long-press the above QR code to get more info about global temporary immigration control measures and domestic port traffic permit updates during the epidemic prevention and control period. (The system is available in Chinese.)
In the wake of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP), 120 countries and regions have implemented temporary immigration control measures, as of February 8th, 2020.
Flights to and from China were suspended from February 2nd, 2020.
2. The Republic of Azerbaijan/阿塞拜疆
Starting from February 1st, 2020, issuance of e-visas and visa-on-arrival services at Baku International Airport were suspended for Chinese citizens holding ordinary passports.
Starting from February 4th, 2020, all visitors departing from China have been subject to a 14-day compulsory isolation and observation.
4. Antigua and Barbuda/安提瓜和巴布达
Starting from January 31st, 2020, all people departing from China have been temporarily prohibited from entering the country.
Starting from February 1st, 2020, all people departing from mainland China have been prohibited from entering the country. (Australian citizens, permanent residents, and their immediate family members, legal guardians, or spouses excluded.)
6. Papua New Guinea/巴布亚新几内亚
All people who have travelled to Hubei Province in the past three weeks are banned from entering the country. All other passengers departing from China must undergo health tests and fill in health declaration forms before getting on Papua New Guinea-bound flights.
Starting from February 2nd, 2020, visitors departing from China, especially cities with death cases, are required to undergo a 14-day medical observation period at home. Visitors will be isolated if they show any symptoms of the coronavirus.
All Chinese citizens entering the country are required to fill in a questionnaire on their possible novel coronavirus symptoms, and be treated in isolation for 14 days after entry.
9. Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan) / 北马里亚纳群岛联邦（塞班岛）
All passengers from mainland China (regardless of nationality, including direct or transfer flights) have been temporarily banned from entering the region for 30 days starting from January 29th, 2020.
10. North Korea/朝鲜
Chinese citizens are temporarily prohibited from entering the country, and all recent travelers to China, including North Korean citizens, are subject to 30 days of isolation observation.
11. Equatorial Guinea/赤道几内亚
From January 31st, 2020, passengers from China’s airports aren’t allowed to enter Equatorial Guinea, and must return on the plane they entered on.
1) Russia suspended issuance of work visas and tourist e-visas for Chinese citizens, and suspended visa-free travel for Chinese tour groups.
2) Russia temporarily closed all border ports with China, and banned Chinese citizens from entering Russia through Mongolia.
3) Incoming passengers at international airports such as Moscow and Yekaterinburg will have their temperatures checked.
4) In addition, all entry personnel shall be subject to health quarantine and temperature check at frontier inspection stations in coastal areas, and those with symptoms shall be quarantined.
13. The Philippines/菲律宾
The Philippines temporarily tightened restrictions on the issuance of visas to Chinese citizens from Hubei, and suspended the issuance of visas-on-arrival to Chinese citizens.
Fiji has banned entry and flight transit of non-Fiji citizens who have traveled to China in the past 14 days. The ban was effective February 2nd, 2020, until further notice.
15. The Republic of Congo/刚果(布)
Visitors from “high risk countries” will be treated in isolation for 14 days at a hotel on the outskirts of the capital Brazzaville.
Starting from February 2nd, 2020, foreign tourists who have visited China over the past 14 days are prohibited from entering the country.
The 72-hour visa-free transit policy for Chinese citizens will be suspended until July 1st, 2020. Kazakhstan will suspend work on the Horgos Border Cooperation Center. Land and air passenger transport between Kazakhstan and mainland China has been temporarily suspended, and visa issuance to Chinese citizens has also been suspended.
18. South Korea/韩国
Starting from February 4th, 2020, all foreign nationals who have visited China’s Hubei Province in the past 14 days are prohibited from entering the country. Visa-on-arrival on Jeju Island is also temporarily suspended.
The border port between Kyrgyzstan and China has been temporarily closed, starting from February 1st, 2020. All flights between the two countries and visa issuance to Chinese citizens have also been suspended.
20. Czech Republic/捷克
No visa applications for Chinese citizens from January 30th, 2020.
People holding Chinese passports and Hong Kong SAR passports, as well as persons of other nationalities who have entered or stayed in mainland China and Hong Kong in the past two weeks, are prohibited from entering the country.
Starting from February 2nd, 2020, Boten Port has suspended visas-on-arrival for Chinese visitors.
Direct flights between China and Maldives have been suspended from January 31st, 2020.
Malaysia suspended all visa and entry convenience measures for Chinese people from Hubei Province.
1) Entry of Chinese citizens from Hubei is prohibited. All ports in Malaysia will screen travelers based on passports’ place of issuance and air ticket information. You will be denied entry if your passport was issued in Hubei Province, or if you have a record of visiting Hubei Province in the past month, or if your tickets shows a departure from Hubei Province;
2) All Chinese and other international passengers are required to have their temperatures checked upon arrival. All passengers who are refused entry to Malaysia must return to their country of departure;
3) If they are not within the above-mentioned restricted entry scope, but born in Hubei, the Immigration Bureau of Malaysia has the right to inquire further and check their air travel records, and release them only after confirming that their travel records do not include travel to Hubei. Passengers must prepare the itinerary information of their travel history for the past two to three months, including round-trip ticket information for inspection;
4) Sabah of Malaysia is not allowing Chinese citizens to enter via direct flight.
5) Sarawak of Malaysia is prohibiting all Chinese citizens and foreigners who have visited China over the past 14 days from entering Sarawak, pending further notice. Foreigners with work visas, study visas, and/or long-term residence permits are excluded, but must undergo a 14-day “self-quarantine” at home upon arrival.
25. Marshall Islands/马绍尔群岛
Any passenger coming from or traveling through China must stay in a country that is not affected by the new coronavirus (China is currently identified by the Marshall Islands as the only affected country) for at least 14 days, and those arriving less than 14 days after visiting China will be refused entry.
Starting from February 2nd, 2020, foreign citizens who have lived in China or have been to China over the past 14 days are not allowed to enter or transit in Mauritius.
Starting from February 3rd, 2020, all passengers who have been to China over the last 14 days (regardless of nationality), are subject to a 14-day compulsory quarantine observation at a designated location.
28. The United States of America/美国
1) Foreigners who have visited China over the past 14 days (excluding immediate family members of US citizens and permanent residents) have been temporarily banned from entering America starting from 5 p.m. on February 2nd, 2020.
2) Flights from China will be allowed to enter only seven airports in the United States, namely, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, and Honolulu, so as to screen passengers.
3) The official website of the U.S. Embassy in China announced that it would cancel interviews for all immigrant and non-immigrant visas during the week from February 3nd to February 7th, 2020. The specific time when visa interview services would resume is still uncertain.
From February 1st to March 2nd, 2020, Chinese citizens and third-party-nationality tourists are not allowed to pass through China to enter Mongolia.
Starting from February 2nd, 2020, Bangladesh has suspended visas-on-arrival for Chinese citizens. Chinese citizens are required to obtain a visa before entering the country.
31. The Federated States of Micronesia/密克罗尼西亚联邦
Starting from January 6th, 2020, all passengers departing from or passing through mainland China are temporarily prohibited from entering the country. Other passengers are required to show a health certificate to prove that they do not present the symptoms of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus, and must stay for 14 days or more in a country or region where no epidemic has occurred before entering the country.
Visa-on-arrival services for Chinese tourists have been suspended from February 1st, 2020, and will resume as conditions permit.
From February 1st to February 29th, 2020, all direct flights departing from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao to Palau are temporarily suspended.
Starting from February 1st, 2020, foreigners who have visited Hubei Province within 14 days before the date of application for entry, and Chinese who hold Chinese passports issued by Hubei Province, shall be refused entry.
35. The Republic of El Salvador/萨尔瓦多
Starting from January 30th, 2020, The Republic of El Salvador has banned entry of foreign nationals who have recently visited China.
All visitors are required to fill in a special health declaration card and show a certificate issued by a hospital within three days of departure. Personnel from countries affected by the new coronavirus must stay for 14 days in a country where no new coronavirus cases have been found before arriving in Samoa, and issue relevant physical examination certificates; otherwise they may be refused entry.
Starting from February 3rd, 2020, passengers who have visited China in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter or transit in Seychelles.
38. Sri Lanka/斯里兰卡
Chinese tourists visiting Sri Lanka must apply for electronic travel permits (EIA) online in advance. Bandaranaike International Airport in Sri Lanka no longer accepts visa-on-arrival applications from Chinese tourists. All airlines shall issue boarding passes after confirming that Chinese tourists hold e-Travel permits.
Starting from February 5th, 2020, passengers (including crew members and passengers) who have been in China in the past 14 days are prohibited from entering the country, except for permanent residents of Suriname.
40. Solomon Islands/所罗门群岛
Starting from February 3rd, 2020, visitors who have been to China in the past 14 days are prohibited from entering the country. Passengers from other countries and regions with confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection are prohibited from entering Solomon Islands through Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Kiribati, or Nauru. Passengers departing from Brisbane and Australia are subject to stricter inspections before entering the country.
Starting from February 1st, 2020, Chinese citizens and passengers who have been to China recently will be quarantined at a designated hospital for 14 days. All flights to and from China are temporarily suspended from February 3rd, 2020.
42. Trinidad and Tobago/特立尼达和多巴哥
Passengers coming from or passing through China, regardless of nationality, are not allowed to entry the country for 14 days after leaving China.
Starting from January 31st, 2020, all passengers departing from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao are required to provide personal health certificates, and the issuing date of the health certificate must be within 14 to 30 days after leaving China, otherwise they will be refused entry.
Starting from January 31st, 2020, passengers who have been to China within the past 15 days are prohibited from entering the country.
45. Brunei Darussalam/文莱
Brunei Darussalam continues to issue visas-on-arrival to Chinese citizens. But Chinese citizens from Hubei Province, or visitors with passports issued in Hubei Province, and those who have visited Hubei province within 14 days before arriving in Brunei Darussalam are barred from entry into the country, with the exception of citizens and permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam.
Uzbekistan has suspended all flights to and from China starting February 1st, 2020.
Starting from February 2nd, 2020, Singapore has blocked the entry and transit of people who have traveled to mainland China over the past 14 days. Singapore has stopped issuing visas to Chinese citizens with passports. The provisions of previously issued short-term visas, multiple-visit visas, and visa-free transit facilities for such travelers are also suspended. New permanent residents and long-term permit holders can enter Singapore and apply for 14-day leave.
48. New Zealand/新西兰
Starting from February 3rd, 2020, New Zealand has denied entry to foreigners traveling from or transiting through mainland China. The ban will last up to 14 days and will be reassessed after that.
Starting from February 1st and lasting till March 31st, 2020, Armenia has suspended visa-free agreements with China.
Chinese citizens are prohibited from entering Iraq through border ports and airports. The ban shall last up to one month.
Starting February 3rd, 2020, all commercial flights running between mainland China and Israel have been temporarily suspended. Foreigners who have visited China in the past two weeks and non-permanent residents will be prohibited from entering the country until further notice.
Italy declared a state of emergency and canceled all direct flights between China and Italy.
The service of issuing E-visas to Chinese passport holders and applicants of other nationalities residing in China has been temporarily suspended. This also applies to the aforementioned people holding E-visas.
The 135 entry-exit ports across the country have strengthened quarantine measures for passengers on direct flights departing from mainland China and Hong Kong to Indonesia, as well as passengers with transit in Thailand, Singapore, and other countries on their way to Indonesia. Temperature detection equipment has been installed at ports all over the country. Passengers are required to fill in a declaration card and take it with them for one to two weeks after entering the country.
Direct flights between China and Iran have been temporarily suspended, but there is no restrictions on passengers passing through a third country.
Starting from February 2nd, 2020, people holding Chinese passports, who have departed from China over the past two weeks, are prohibited from entering the country.
Since January 31st, 2020, Vietnam has halted issuance of tourist visas to individuals who have visited China over the past two weeks. Vietnam has also suspended all flights to and from China. In addition, entry and exit applications at the Dongxing – Mong Cai border-crossing are also barred.
All passengers arriving at Chad will undergo temperature checks and hand disinfection at the N’Djamena International Airport. All passengers from Wuhan will be quarantined for a 14-day medical observation.
59. Algeria, Albania, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Ethiopia, Bahrain, Brazil, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Iceland, Poland, Germany, East Timor, Dominica, France, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Georgia, Djibouti, The Republic of Guinea, Canada, Ghana, Gabon, Zimbabwe, Comoros, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mexico, South Africa, The Republic of South Sudan, Nepal, Nigeria, Serbia, Sao Tome and Principe, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Greece, the UK, Zambia, Chile, and Central African Republic
Visitors to these countries will undergo stricter temperature checks and any individuals showing symptoms of the coronavirus or with other signs of possible infection will be immediately quarantined. Some countries will require Chinese citizens to fill out and submit health declaration forms. (The forms are generally provided by the staff on flights or at entry sites of destination countries; the forms should be filled in as required and submitted at the time of entry. More specific details can be found by inquiring directly with a destination country’s official sources.)
Note: The above information is some parts of temporary immigration control measures from 120 countries and regions. The data is for reference only, and is subject to official update.
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s entry/exit control measures amid NCP outbreak
On February 5th, 2020, the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has implemented the following measures so as to curb the novel coronavirus pneumonia spread.
- From February 5th, 2020, Hong Kong temporarily suspends the entry and exit service at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal/启德邮轮码头 and the Ocean Terminal Hong Kong/海运码头.
- Starting 00:00 on February 8th, 2020, all people who entered Hong Kong from mainland China will be quarantined for 14 days. (including Hong Kong citizens, mainland residents and other passengers)
And on February 3rd, 2020, the Hong Kong government decided to temporarily suspend service on land and railway ports adjacent to the mainland, except for the normal customs clearance at the Shenzhen Bay/深圳湾 and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge ports/港珠澳大桥口岸, from 00:00 on February 4th, 2020. Thus, the National Immigration Administration made the following immigration adjustments:
- From 00:00 on February 3rd, 2020, the passenger terminals of Lowu/罗湖, Huanggang/皇岗, Futian/福田, West Kowloon/西九龙, Sha Tau Kok/沙头角, Man Kam To/文锦渡, Gaoming/高明, Shunde/顺德, Kiangmoon/江门, Doumen/斗门, and Heshan Port/鹤山港 suspend service. The closure will last until further notice.
- The ports of the Shenzhen Bay and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge continue to be open to visitors. The opening time of the Shenzhen Bay Port is from 6:30 to 24:00 daily, and the ports of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge will be open 24 hours. Guangdong-Hong Kong cross-border cars that used to pass through Sha Tau Kok and Man Kam To ports are transferred to the Shenzhen Bay Port.
- Flight service and port customs clearance between all airports on the mainland China and the Hong Kong International Airport are available as usual. The transit ferries from Nansha/南沙, Panyu/番禺, Humen/虎门, Shekou/蛇口, Fuyong/福永, Zhongshan/中山 and Jiuzhou/九洲 passenger ports to the SkyPier of the Hong Kong airport continues to operate normally. Mainland passengers will not enter the urban area of Hong Kong, but can still take international flights from the Hong Kong airport.
The National Immigration Administration reminds the public to pay close attention to the changes in the entry and exit restrictions of the countries and regions and make reasonable arrangements for the entry and exit plans.