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Entry Restrictions to North Asia




  • All passengers who will be travelling from Malaysia to China are required to take nucleic acid tests for COVID-19 prior to their departure date and only those tested negative will be allowed to check-in. Effective 8 September 2020, the five-day testing period will be shortened to three days prior to departure date, including passengers that transfer through Malaysia.
  • Malaysia Airlines will be checking the health codes or the Health Declaration Forms of relevant passengers during check-in or before boarding, guided by the following procedures:-
  • For Chinese passengers, only those who can present green health codes with an "HS" mark (please see attachment 1) are allowed on board.
  • For foreign passengers, only those who can present Health Declaration Forms issued by the Chinese embassy or consulate (please see attachment 2) are allowed on board. A Health Declaration Form is not a Chinese visa.
  • Both the green health code with an "HS" mark and the Health Declaration Form have a validity period. The health code will turn gray when expired (please see attachment 3).
  • The procedures are also applicable for passengers departing from other countries and ultimately bound for China via Malaysia or other countries. Passengers may directly face the risk of being deported and/or detained for staying at the airport for more than 48 hours or may not be allowed to board the connecting flight for failing to provide the relevant documentation at all airports including in HKIA and KLIA.
  • Chinese citizens waiting for repatriation from all airports including HKIA and KLIA, and unable to report their health codes via mobile phones, are allowed to proceed for their flight as long as their nucleic acid tests report are negative within five (5) days before boarding.     



Hong Kong


Effective 10 August 2020, passengers who had been in the following countries for the past 14 days are required to produce additional documentation/proofs before acceptance into Hong Kong:

  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • South Africa
  • Kazakhstan (Effective 29th July 2020)
  • United States of America (Effective 29th July 2020)
  • Ethiopia (Effective 28th August 2020)


Passengers must provide the relevant documentation as follows:

1. A test report in English or Chinese issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution. Passenger’s name must be identical to that in his/her valid travel document to show that:

  • they have undertaken a nucleic acid test for COVID-19;
  • the sample for the test was taken within 72 hours of the scheduled time of departure of the flight to Hong Kong; and
  • the result of the test for COVID-19 was negative

2. If the test report is not in English or Chinese, passengers are required to present an additional written confirmation in English or Chinese issued by the laboratory or healthcare institution bearing the name of the relevant passengers identical to that in his/her valid travel document.

3. Proof of documentation in English or Chinese to show that the laboratory or healthcare institution is ISO 15189 accredited or is recognised or approved by the relevant authority of the government of the place in which the laboratory or healthcare institution is located.

4. A confirmation in English or Chinese of room reservation in a hotel in Hong Kong for not less than 14 days starting on the day of arrival in Hong Kong.

Documentations may be in paper or electronic format.

Passengers who are unable to meet these requirements will not be accepted for travel.





The Japanese government has extended its current travel restrictions to bar foreign nationals under the following categories from entering the country:

  • Passengers holding Chinese passport issued in Hubei Province and Zhejiang Province, People’s Republic of China (PRC).
  • Passengers who have visited cities listed here within 14 days prior to their arrival in Japan.


Effective 1 September 2020, the following categories of passengers who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission will be treated as special cases to enter Japan:

  • Foreigners who are residents of Japan with Permanent Resident status
  • Spouse or child of a Japanese national 
  • Spouse or child of a permanent resident 
  • Long-term residents
  • Non-permanent residents
  • Foreign students on government scholarship


They are however, required to obtain a Re-Entry Confirmation Letter issued by the Japanese Embassy, Consulate, Consulate Office of Japan prior to their travel. They are also required to present a COVID-19 test certificate showing negative results issued within 72 hours prior to departure. Only nasopharyngeal swab and saliva test results will be deemed acceptable, throat swab results will not be accepted.


Please refer to http://www.moj.go.jp/EN/nyuukokukanri/kouhou/m_nyuukokukanri01_00003.html, for more details.



South Korea


Passengers from Hubei and any other cities in Mainland China are now allowed to enter South Korea with visa. 

Only passengers with onward connection of within 24 hours from arrival will be allowed to transfer via airside for their flight. In addition, nationals of Kingdom of Thailand, Mongolia and Russia including diplomatic and official passport holders are not allowed to transit through Korean airports due to huge volume of passengers stranded at the airside.





Effective 29th June 2020, foreign nationals who wish to travel to Taiwan for reasons other than tourism and regular social visits may apply for a special entry permit by submitting relevant documents and forms. Overseas students are required to have an entry permit certificate to enter.


Hong Kong and Macau residents are also allowed to apply for entry based on humanitarian considerations and need for emergency assistance.


Upon entering Taiwan, all foreign nationals must present an English-language certificate of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of boarding the flight to Taiwan and undergo a 14-day home quarantine period.



Last updated 7 Sep 2020, 1130hrs (GMT+8)



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