Countries that have restricted travel to and from China over coronavirus
By Edwin Kis'sanya

A plane belonging to China Southern Airlines on the runway at JKIA, Nairobi [File, Standard]

As countries go ham on the deadly flu-like virus that has spread to different regions across the globe, Kenya is yet to impose stringent travel restrictions as a precautionary measure against the epidemic.

Yesterday, when 230 passengers disembarked from a Chinese plane at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), they were simply asked to self-quarantine for 14 days even as other countries impose strict travel guidelines to and from the virus hit country.

Here is a list of countries that have restricted travel to and from China.

  1. Australia

Advises its citizens not to travel to China.

Denies entry to foreign travellers who have left or passed through mainland China in the past 14.

  1. Austria

Advises against non-essential travel to Mainland China and all travel to the province of Hubei.

  1. Bahrain

Advises against non-essential travel to China

Denies entry to foreign travellers who have been in Mainland China in the past 14 days.

  1. Belgium

Advises against non-essential travel to Mainland China and all travel to the province of Hubei.

  1. Bulgaria

Advises against non-essential travel to China.

  1. Canada

Advises against non-essential travel to Mainland China and all travel to the province of Hubei, including the cities of Wuhan, Huanggang and Ezhou.

  1. Croatia

Advises against non-essential travel to China.

  1. Cyprus

Advises against non-essential travel to China.

  1. Czech Republic

Advises against non-essential travel to Mainland China and all travel to the provinces of Hubei and Zhejiang.

  1. Denmark

Advises against non-essential travel to Mainland China and all travel to the province of Hubei.

  1. Estonia

Advises its citizens not to travel to China.

  1. Finland

Advises against non-essential travel to Mainland China and all travel to the province of Hubei.

  1. France

Advises against non-essential travel to Mainland China and all travel to the province of Hubei.

  1. Germany

Advises against all travel to the province of Hubei and nonessential travel to Mainland China.

  1. Greece

Advises against all travel to the province of Hubei and nonessential travel to China.

  1. Hungary

Advises against all travel to the province of Hubei and classifies all other parts of China, including Hong Kong and Macao as higher security risks, urging its citizens to exercise caution.

  1. India

India suspended e-visa facility for Mainland Chinese travellers and foreigners residing in Mainland China.

Cancelled existing visas for Chinese and foreigners who have visited China in the past 14 days.

Suspended all visas issued to Chinese Passport holders before February 5, a restriction that is not applicable to Chinese passport holders of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

Foreigners who have been to Mainland China on or after January 15 are not allowed to enter India through air, land or seaport.

  1. Indonesia

Denies entry to foreign visitors who have been in Mainland China in the past 14 days.

Suspended visa-free and visa on arrival provisions for Chinese travellers.

  1. Ireland

Advises against all non-essential travel to and within Mainland China.

  1. Iraq

Denies entry to foreigners travelling from China.

  1. Israel

Closed its airports, seaports and land crossings to arrivals from China.

Advises against nonessential travel to Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao.

Urges citizens to avoid travelling to the province of Hubei.

Any person who visited China, including Hong Kong and Macao, for any duration over the past 14 days are required to be under 14- day self-quarantine.

Denies entry to non-citizens or non-residents who visited China, including Hong Kong and Macao, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea or Japan in the past 14 days.

  1. Italy

Advises against non-essential travel to Mainland China and all travel to the province of Hubei.

  1. Japan

Advises against all travel to the province of Hubei and unnecessary travel to China, including Hong Kong.

Denies entry to noncitizens who have visited the province of Hubei in the past 14 days, and to those who have passports issued there.

Denies entry to:

  • Foreign nationals who have visited Zhejiang Province in the past 14 days, and to those who have passports issued there.
  • Foreign nationals aboard a passenger ship which sails for the purpose of entering Japanese port and carries a risk of being afflicted by an outbreak of Novel Coronavirus.

Denies entry to foreign nationals who are deemed as patients of Novel Coronavirus.

Imposes quarantine on foreign nationals who are suspected of being afflicted with Novel Coronavirus.

 

  1. Kazakhstan

Suspended all forms of passenger travel to and from China.

  1. Kuwait

Denies entry to all travellers who have been in China, including Hong Kong, in the past 14 days.

The ban covers all Kuwaiti citizens and those with residence permits or visas in Kuwait.

  1. Laos

Suspended issuance of tourist visas by embassy/consular offices in China, including Hong Kong.

  1. Latvia

Advises not to travel to China.

  1. Macao

Banned people with fever from entering or leaving Macao.

Denies entry to visitors from the province of Hubei and visitors that have been to Hubei within the past 14 days, unless they can present a medical declaration stating they are not carrying the virus.

  1. Malaysia

Denies entry to Chinese nationals arriving from the city of Wuhan and surrounding province of Hubei.

All China nationals and foreigners who have been to China in the past 14 days are denied entry to Sarawak state.

Denies entry to travellers arriving from the provinces of Hubei, Zhejiang and Jiangsu.

  1. Maldives

Denies entry to foreign travellers who have left or transited through Mainland China.

  1. Mongolia

Closed all ports of entry from and into China.

Restricts entry of foreign nationals who have travelled to/or arriving from the territories of the People’s Republic of China (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) into Mongolia through all border crossings with China by air, railway or auto roads.

  1. Myanmar

Suspended issuance of visa on arrival to tourists from China.

  1. Nepal

Closed its Rasuwagadhi border crossing with China.

  1. New Zealand

Raised travel advice for Mainland China to the highest level advising its citizens not to travel to China.

Denies entry to visitors departing from or transiting through Mainland China in the past 14 days.

Denies entry to any person who was a passenger or crew on board the Diamond Princess Cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises, or any other notified cruise ship, within 14 days of disembarking from the cruise ship.

  1. North Korea

Closed its borders to all foreign tourists.

  1. Norway

Advises against all travel to the province of Hubei.

  1. Palau

Advises against non-essential travel to China, including Hong Kong and Macao.

Denies entry to foreigners travelling from or transiting through China, including Hong Kong and Macao.

  1. Papua New Guinea

Denies entry to travellers arriving from the city of Wuhan and those who have been in China in the past 14 days until cleared by medical facility.

  1. Poland

Advises against non-essential travel to Mainland China and all travel to the province of Hubei.

No travel restriction on Hong Kong and Macao but citizens should exercise special caution while travelling.

  1. Portugal

Advises against non-essential travel to China and all travel to the province of Hubei.

  1. Romania

Advises against non-essential travel to China.

  1. Russia

Closed land border with China advising its citizens to refrain from all trips to China.

Suspended visa-free travel for tourists to and from China and stopped accepting and issuing documents for work visas to Chinese nationals.

Denies entry to Chinese citizens, including Hong Kong and Macao citizens, travelling for work, private, educational and tourist purposes.

  1. Samoa

Travellers originating from or transiting through the China, including Hong Kong and Macao, are required to be under 14-day self-quarantine at country of last port that is free of the virus and must undergo medical clearance within 3 days prior to final route to Samoa.

  1. Saudi Arabia

Advised Saudi citizens to leave Hong Kong and postpone visit to Hong Kong.

Suspends travel to China, including Hong Kong and Macao for Saudi citizens and non-Saudi residents; stops issuing visas to The People's Republic of China (PRC), HKSAR, Macao SAR, and Taiwan passport holders and residents.

  1. Singapore

Denies entry to all Chinese (PRC) passport holders and foreigners with a recent history of travel to Mainland China in the past 14 days.

Advises Singaporeans to defer all travel to the province of Hubei and all non-essential travel to Mainland China.

Introduced stricter isolation category for Singapore residents and long-term pass holders returning from Mainland China, making it mandatory for returnees to remain at home at all times for 14 days.

  1. Slovenia

Advises against travel to the provinces of Hubei, Hunan, Henan, Guangdong and Zhejiang; advises to delay non-urgent trips to Mainland China.

  1. South Korea

Denies entry to any foreigners who have travelled to the province of Hubei in the past 14 days; any foreigners who have Korean visa issued by Korean Consulate General in Wuhan; and any Chinese whose passport is issued by the province of Hubei.

Suspended the Jeju Visa Waiver Program.

Strengthened entry procedures for all travellers coming from Hong Kong and Macao.

  1. Spain

Advises against non-essential travel to Mainland China.

  1. Sri Lanka

Suspended issuance of visas on arrival to Chinese tourists.

  1. Sweden

Advises against nonessential travel to Mainland China and all travel to the province of Hubei and unnecessary trips to Zhejiang Province.

  1. Switzerland

Advises against travel to the province of Hubei.

  1. Taiwan

Denies entry to Chinese nationals who are residents of or whose household is in Hubei, even if they hold a valid Entry Permit for Taiwan.

Chinese nationals from Guangdong and Zhejiang are denied entry.

Raised travel advice for the Mainland to “do not travel”

Travellers with a history of travel to the Mainland, Hong Kong or Macao, are required to be under 14- day home quarantine after entering Taiwan while those returning to Taiwan who were permitted to visit Hong Kong and Macao are required to conduct self-health management for 14 days.

Denies entry to all Mainland Chinese residents and foreign travellers who have been in the Mainland, Hong Kong or Macao, in the past 14 days.

Suspended issuance of entry permit for Hong Kong and Macao residents.

Hong Kong and Macao residents with residential permits or entry permits issued before Feb 7 are required to be under 14-day home quarantine after entering Taiwan.

Travellers transiting through the Mainland, Hong Kong or Macao and granted entry into Taiwan are required to be under 14-day home quarantine.

Denies entry to Hong Kong and Macao Residents, excluding people travelling for executing contracts or those being deployed by multinational companies.

Raised travel alert for Hong Kong and Macao to Level 3, warning residents to avoid non-essential trips to the two SARs.

  1. Thailand

Requests arriving Chinese tourists to provide medical certificates stating they are healthy and free of infection from the novel coronavirus.

  1. The Netherlands

Advises against all travel to the province of Hubei and nonessential travel to Mainland China.

  1. The Philippines

Denies entry to foreign travellers from China, including Hong Kong and Macao, and foreign travellers who have been in China, including Hong Kong and Macao, in the past 14 days.

Imposed a temporary travel ban on Filipinos visiting China, including Hong Kong and Macao.

Allows subject to a 14-day quarantine, Filipinos in Hong Kong to travel back to the country and holders of diplomatic visas.

  1. Turkey

Advises against non-essential travel to China.

  1. UK

Advises against all travel to the province of Hubei and against all but essential travel to the rest of Mainland China.

  1. US

Raised travel advisory for Mainland China to Level 4, advising its citizens not to travel to China.

Denies entry to foreign nationals who have travelled anywhere in China within the past 14 days.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all travellers reconsider cruise ship voyages to or within Asia.

  1. Vietnam

Stopped issuing travel visas to Chinese visitors.

Stopped issuing visas for foreign visitors who have been in China in the past 14 days.

Caveat

The above list is based on Hong Kong’s Overseas Public Relations Sub-division, responsible for promoting the region globally.

It was compiled basing on media reports and internet search as of February 24, 202. The list, therefore may not be exhaustive.