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Entry, exit regulations

I. ENTRY/EXIT

VIET NAMTAIWANKOREAJAPANENGLANDGERMANYAUSTRALIATHAILANDSINGAPORE

Updated on 13/05/2022

I. Entry conditions:

1. Restore the entry policy for foreigners and overseas Vietnamese as before the application of restrictive measures to prevent and control the Covid-19 epidemic, specifically:

a. Resuming the application of the process and procedures for granting all types of visas and visa exemption certificates according to the provisions of the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam in 2014 (amended and supplemented in 2019) and guiding documents.

b. Connecting visa exemption for foreigners under international treaties to which Vietnam is a contracting party or visa exemption on the basis of reciprocity (the list is posted on the website of Consular Department at http://www.lanhsuvietnam.gov.vn).

c. Resuming unilateral visa exemption policy for citizens of 13 countries (Federal Republic of Germany, French Republic, Republic of Italy, Kingdom of Spain, United Kingdom of Great Britain and North Ireland, Russian Federation, Japan, Republic of Korea, Kingdom of Denmark, Kingdom of Sweden, Kingdom of Norway, Republic of Finland and Republic of Belarus) with a maximum period of stay up to 15 days, valid until March 14, 2025.

2. People on entry need to:

– Have a passport valid for at least 06 months at the time of entry and not be subject to a permit to enter Vietnam

– Comply with the medical instructions of the Ministry of Health on the prevention and control of the Covid-19 epidemic.

II. COVID-19 prevention and control requirements

1. Testing requirements

Passengers are not required to take the Covid test before entering Vietnam as of May 15th, 2022

2. Medical declaration and medical quarantine at the border gate

– From 00:00 on April 27, 2022, the Ministry of Health will suspend the application of medical declaration for COVID-19 at all border gates of Vietnam for entry. Passengers entering at the border gates will be monitored in accordance with the provisions of Decree No. 89/2018/ND-CP dated June 25, 2018 of the government detailing the implementation of Law on prevention and control against infectious diseases on borders.

– At the border gate if passengers have symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection (fever; cough; sore throat; runny nose, stuffy nose; body aches, fatigue, chills; decrease or loss of taste; decrease or loss of smell); pain, headache; diarrhea; difficulty breathing; respiratory infection…) should immediately report to the health agency at the border gate for medical measures as prescribed.

3. Medical or travel insurance

– Passengers who are visa-exempt visitors or short-stay visa holders for tourism purposes must have a medical or a travel insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment with a minimum liability of $10,000.

– Not applicable for Vietnamese nationality passengers

4. Monitor health and apply preventive measures against COVID-19

– Within 10 days from the date of entry: self-monitor your health, if passengers have symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection (fever; cough; sore throat; runny nose, stuffy nose; body aches, fatigue), chills; decrease or loss of taste; decrease or loss of sense of smell; pain, headache; diarrhea; difficulty breathing; respiratory infection…) must immediately notify the nearest medical facility for treatment; take preventive measures: regularly wear a mask, disinfect hands with an antiseptic solution.

Updated on 10th October 2022

1. Allowed Travelers

a. Taiwanese resident, Hong Kong resident, Macao resident, and Mainland China resident allowed to enter Taiwan.

b. Foreign passengers

– Holder of Alien Resident Certificate – ARC (Resident visa not included):

+ Open to all purposes of entry

+ Migrant worker must also hold re-entry permit.

– Non-ARC holder:

+ Who obtains entry permission for emergency or humanitarian reason.

+ Spouse or underage child of Taiwan national.

+ Student who obtains permission by Ministry of Education.

+ Spouse or underage child of an ARC holder (ARC holder as migrant worker, student will not be applicable)

+ Business traveler

+ From 29th September 2022, Taiwan will fully reinstate the visa-exempt entry program for passport holders from 65 countries suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic. Travelers from countries not granted visa-exemption treatment will be allowed to apply for visas to enter Taiwan for regular social visits and tourism, starting October 13. For more details, please visit BOCA website.

2. Quarantine regulations & Health declaration

From October 13, 2022, Taiwanese government is implementing some entry regulations related to Covid-19 including:

  • Arriving travelers will no longer be required to make a health declaration on the Quarantine System for Entry before arrival
  • Passengers will no longer be required to quarantine and will instead undergo a seven-day period of self-initiated prevention after arrival (In principle, arriving travelers should stay at home or a residence of a friend or family member or a hotel room that meets the requirement of “one person per room” (with a private bathroom) in the self-initiated prevention period)
  • Four rapid test kits will be given to arriving travelers aged 2 and older by workers at international airports/ports upon arrival.
  • A negative result from an at-home rapid test taken within two days is required before they go out, go to work, or attend school.
  • For further information on testing and quarantine on arrival, please see Taiwan Centers for Disease Control.

3. Covid-19 testing requirements

Effective from August 15 2022, all travelers coming to Taiwan will no longer be required to provide a result of a PCR test taken within two days of their flight schedule time.

However, those who test positive abroad are still required to wait over seven days from their specimen collection date before taking a flight to Taiwan in order to prevent cross-border transmission of the disease.

Update on 01/10/2022

1. Entry requirements

– Korean citizens, valid ABTCs holders, foreigners with valid Korean residence cards or visas.

– Holder of a valid Korean visa (including K-ETA for those of eligible nationals, etc.); Residence card holders (Alien Registration Card); Eligible long-term visa holder.

2. Pre-departure test requirements

Covid test declaration is NOT required.

(*) You do not need a K-ETA if you have a valid visa to enter Korea.

3. Test & quarantine requirements upon arrival

From 8th June, there will no longer be a quarantine requirement for people entering Korea. This includes people who are not vaccinated.

Note: Passengers who do not have a QR code to declare their health and journey or have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 will have to undergo a 7-day quarantine upon entry to Korea (full quarantine costs due to passengers’ self-pay).

Using the Q-code system is recommended for all people entering Korea to upload their PCR test negative certificate, and passport information and answer the health condition questionnaire. You will no longer be required to upload your vaccination certificates.

For details, please refer to:

* Definition of a fully vaccinated passenger:

– Passengers who have passed 14 days, but not 180 days, after taking a 2nd dose (one dose for Janssen) of emergency-approved vaccine by WHO (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Novavax, Sinopharm (Beijing), Sinovac, Covishield, Covax, Covovax).

– Passengers whose 2nd dose was more than 180 days before their date of arrival into the Republic of Korea must have completed a 3rd dose (2nd dose for Janssen) to be considered fully vaccinated.

Requirements:  PCR test is not required after entry.

Updated on 06/09/2022

1. Entry Restrictions:

Japan is open to many travelers, fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated. 

Here is who foreign nationals can travel to Japan: 

– Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay (less than three months) for purposes including business and employment

– Foreign nationals entering Japan for a short-term stay for tourism, only when a travel agency among others organizing the trip serves as the receiving organization of the entrants.

– Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a long-term stay (continued from March 1)

Sources of information:

– IATA’s Website

– Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

2. Current Japanese Border Measures

Country or region of your stay before arrival Valid vaccination certificate Quarantine
Pre-departure test On-arrival test Quarantine period and other measures after entry into Japan
 BLUE Yes Not Required Not Required Home quarantine and other measures are not required
No Required Not Required
YELLOW Yes Not Required Not Required
No Required Required 3-day home quarantine
RED Yes Not Required Required
No Required Required 3-day quarantine at a specific facility designated by the chief of the quarantine station

Refer: Grouping of the country or region of your stay before arriving in Japan: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/covid-19/border_category.html

3. Procedures and documents required to enter Japan

Fast track – Compulsory

– All passengers are required to complete quarantine procedures via app “Fast Track”system, MySOS web or MySOS  at least 6 hour before entering Japan.

Refer: Fast Track (mhlw.go.jp)

4. Documents required to enter Japan

4.1. COVID-19 Negative Test Result Certificate before departureREQUIRED FOR ALL

– From September 7, 2022, passengers with a certificate of full vaccination are NOT REQUIRED to present a COVID-19 test certificate

– The remaining passengers must submit a negative COVID-19 test result made within 72 hours prior to departure from the country/territory of residence for arrival in Japan prior to entry

– Test Certificate Format:

1) If using the format prescribed (be written in various languages, such as: Japanese, English, Arabic, Indonesian, Vietnamese…) by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, all required fields must be completed.

2) When using optional forms, all the items must be written in English or Japanese. Required fields are: (1) Name, (2) Date of birth, (3) Testing method for COVID-19, (4) Sample, (5) Specimen collection date and time, (6) Result, (7) Name of medical institution, (8) Date of issue

– Test and Sample Collection Method:

1) Test method is valid only for one of the following:

  • Nucleic Acid Amplification Test: PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction), LAMP (Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification), TMA (Transcription Mediated Amplification), TRC (Transcription Reverse-transcription Concerted reaction), Smart Amp (Smart Amplification process), NEAR (Nicking Enzyme Amplification Reaction), Next Generation Sequence
  • Quantitative Antigen Test (CLEIA/ECLIA): Not a qualitative antigen test

2) Sample collection method is valid only for one of the following: Nasopharyngeal Swab/Nasal Swab (Nasal Swab is valid when the test method is Nucleic Acid Amplification test)/Saliva/Nasopharyngeal and Oropharyngeal Swabs

Refer: COVID-19 Inspection Certificate | Current Border Measures | Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare | Government of Japan (mhlw.go.jp)

4.2. Questionnaire REQUIRED FOR ALL

– Everyone must submit the Questionnaire via “Fast Track”or web. If you don’t use “Fast Track”, you must complete the Questionnaire on web in advance. Issue a QR code after completing the Questionnaire, and present it to the quarantine station.

4.3. Vaccination certificate <For those who are required isolation> (Optional)

– The certificate must be issued by a government or public institution. A vaccination certificate issued in Japan must be one of the following:

1) Vaccination Certificate of COVID-19 issued by the Japanese government or a local government

2) Certificate of vaccination for COVID-19 issued by a local government

3) Record of vaccination for COVID-19 issued by a medical institution

4) Another certificate deemed equivalent to documents listed above

– The items must be indicated in Japanese or English: Name, date of birth or passport number or other information that can be used to verify that the vaccination certificate is yours, vaccine name/manufacturer, date of vaccination, number of doses administered. If the vaccination certificate is in a language other than Japanese or English, it may be considered valid if it is accompanied by a Japanese or English translation and the content can be confirmed.

– First and Second Dose: The certificate must clearly indicate that you have received two doses from among the following vaccines (vaccine name/manufacturer): Comirnaty/Pfizer, Vaxzevria/AstraZeneca, Spikevax/Moderna, JACOVDEN/Janssen (one dose is considered equivalent to two doses), COVAXIN/Bharat Biotech, Nuvaxovid/Novavax.

Vaccines not listed above don’t count as the first or second dose.

– Third Dose: The certificate must clearly indicate that you have received at a third dose, with it being one of the following vaccines (vaccine name/manufacturer): Comirnaty/Pfizer, Spikevax/Moderna, Nuvaxovid/Novavax, Vaxzevria/AstraZeneca (effective from June 26th, 2022), JACOVDEN/Janssen (effective from June 26th, 2022)

Refer: Vaccine Certificate | Border Measures | Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare | Government of Japan (mhlw.go.jp)

4.4. Written Pledge <For those who are required isolation> (Optional)

– Those who are required to isolation must submit the Written Pledge. Make sure to understand the requirements during quarantine and submit it to the quarantine station.

Updated 18/03/2022

1. Entry restrictions

– There are no entry restrictions for the United Kingdom. Apply for passengers who are vaccinated or not.

– All travelers entering the United Kingdom must fulfil the prevailing visa requirements. For more information, visit here.

2. Travel restriction

Passengers travel to England from abroad:

– do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before travel or after arrival

– do not need to fill in a UK passenger locator form

– do not need to quarantine when arriving

It includes people who are transiting through England.

For more information: Travel to England from another country during coronavirus (COVID-19) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Information shall be updated later.

Updated on 06/07/2022

From 6th of July 2022, all passengers, fully vaccinated and not fully vaccinated, are allowed to enter Australia.

There are no testing, quarantine, or forms requirements for passengers traveling to Australia. It means:

  • Proof of vaccination: Not required
  • The Digital Passenger Declaration: Not required
  • Covid-19 testing: Not required
  • Quarantine: Not required

For more information, please refer to:

https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/covid19/entering-and-leaving-australia

From 01 July 2022:

1. Allowed Travelers

– Thailand is open to both fully vaccinated, not vaccinated and not fully vaccinated passengers

2. Forms and Applications

– Thailand Pass is no longer required.

3. Pre-departure required documents

Passengers entering Thailand must present one of the following documents:

– Certificate of vaccination or an RT-PCR / Professional ATK COVID-19 test result issued within 72 hours before departure, except for children under 6 years old.

4. Health Insurance

– Not required.

5. Quarantine Requirements

– Not required.

Updated on 06/09/2022

1. Entry restrictions

– Singapore is open to both fully vaccinated, not vaccinated and not fully vaccinated passengers.

2. Forms and Applications

– All passengers, fully vaccinated and not fully vaccinated, must submit an electronic health declarationform 3 days prior to the date of arrival in Singapore via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service or via the mobile application. This does not apply to passengers connecting through Singapore.

– For more information: ICA – SG Arrival Card e-Service Checklist for Non-Fully Vaccinated Travellers Aged 13 and Above

3. Health Insurance

– Not fully vaccinated short-term visitors aged 13 and above must have travel insurance for their COVID-19-related medical treatment and hospitalization costs in Singapore, with a minimum coverage of $30,000.

– For more information: ICA – COVID-19 Travel Insurance

4. Covid-19 Test Requirements

4.1. Fully vaccinated passengers

– Fully vaccinated passengers traveling to Singapore do not have to present a COVID-19 test.

4.2. NOT vaccinated/NOT fully vaccinated passengers

Not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated passengers have to present a COVID-19 test before departure. There are several testing options:

Option 1: Negative test result 

  • Test type accepted: PCR or antigen
  • Time window: within 2 days before departure.
  • Applicable age: Travelers 13 years and older.
  • Languages accepted: English or any other language accompanied by an English translation.
  • All other COVID-19 tests must be taken at an internationally accredited or recognized lab/clinic/medical facilityand must include: The date the test was taken; The passenger’s name; The date of birth or passport number.

Option 2: Medical proof of prior COVID-19 infection

  • Test result: positive PCR or antigen test result.
  • Time window: the test must be carried out more than 14 days and less than 90 days before the flight.
  • Applicable age: Travelers 13 years and older.
  • Languages accepted: English or any other language accompanied by an English translation.

5. Quarantine Requirements

Not required.

II. TRANSIT

SINGAPORE

Passengers may transfer via Singapore (SIN) under the routes as follows:

Origin Countries/Region Intermediate Points before SIN Operating carriers for Inbound Flight to SIN Destination Operating carrier for Outbound flights from SIN
Southeast Asia:

Vietnam

HAN/SGN QH Singapore QH
Northeast Asia: 

Korea, Japan, Taiwan

Passengers entering and transiting through Singapore must comply with Singapore’s public health and immigration requirements as specified by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority on its website at https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg.

For Changi Airport transit information, please refer to:

https://www.changiairport.com/en/airport-guide/Covid-19/transiting-through-airport.html

Notes:

– Government travel restrictions are subject to constant change and sometimes introduced without adequate notice.

– This information is only for reference and does not guarantee passenger entry or exit.

For the latest information, please check with the Embassy in your country.