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Where to Find COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Updates

  • Italia Martínez

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  • Aug 19, 2020
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Last update: April 23rd, 2021

Click here to go directly to the list of countries that banned flights from India.

At C Teleport, we understand that your crew’s safety is always important, especially in times like this. Getting your crew back home or on board of a vessel is more complicated when regulations change almost every day.

To help you find the right information about travelling during COVID-19, we have gathered resources where you can find official travel restrictions updates and a few tips.

IATA Travel Centre

One of our trusted sources of information during the pandemic has been IATA Travel Centre. IATA (International Air Transport Association) Travel Centre provides essential information such as personalised passport, visa and health advice related to specific destinations chosen by the user.  

It is the most accurate resource available, IATA Travel Centre gathers information from a large database used by airlines, and 1600 official sources worldwide such as immigration and police authorities.

IATA Travel Centre offers:

Border restrictions information

Find all the border restrictions and requirements per country in the COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map. IATA does its best to update this information every day, pay attention to the dates of publication and other warnings around the website to make sure that you’re getting accurate and timely travel restrictions updates.

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Passport, Visa & Health specifications

Check the visa and health requirements to enter a specific country in the Passport, Visa & Health section. You will be able to enter the information of the passenger like passport country of issue, transit, destination and more. 

IATA's Passport, visa & health section provides you with travel restrictions updates by destination

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Traveler Safety

You can also follow IATA to get more insights and tips about how to travel safely during these times. Follow them on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.

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Government Official Information

We recommend you to double-check IATA’s information with the country’s embassy or foreign affairs websites, they will be able to provide the most accurate and recent travel restrictions updates.

Some countries have created a special website with passenger locator and protocol for arrivals. We listed a few of them for you: 


Find all the information related to traveling to Argentina during COVID-19 on the official government’s website (click here). You can also check the updates per province on this website (click here).

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Last update: January 14th, 2021

Find up to date information about entry regulations in Austria on their official COVID-19 website (click here).

You can also find the restrictions per country by clicking here (this page is in German).

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Belgium also has a Public Health Passenger Locator Form (click here), if you’re travelling through Belgium, you can submit the form until 48 hours before your arrival. Stay up to date on Belgian Government’s official website (click here).

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Bulgaria also has an official website to inform about the COVID-19 situation in the country and travel restrictions. Find everything you need to know on this website (click here).


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Last update: January 14th, 2021

Find information about the categorization of countries and the passenger requirements to enter Cyprus.

Click here for the list and click here for the restrict actions.

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Stay up to date on Denmark’s entry guidelines on its official website (click here).

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Last update: January 13th, 2021

Passengers must have a negative PCR test result 72 hours before flight departure except for pax travelling from Japan, China, Thailand, North America, South America, Canada, London Heathrow, Paris and Frankfurt will be allowed to have a test result performed 96 hours before flight departure. Transiting passengers are not required to present PCR test results unless mandated by the final destination.

Find further information here.

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Faroe Islands

Last update: January 12th, 2021

Stay up to date on Faroe Islands’ entry guidelines on its official website (click here).

The Faroese government requires all passengers over the age of 12 to be tested for covid-19 upon arriving in the Faroe Islands.

Until March 31, 2021 passengers over the age of 12 are required to pay a covid-19 fee amounting to DKK 312 per passenger.
You have to do the payment via a link sent by the Atlantic Airlines. Our customer support team at C Teleport will be sending you the link via email to proceed with the payment.

If your passenger is travelling to the Faroe Islands and you did not get a payment link from us, please, send us a message in the chat.

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Last update: January 13th, 2021

Find all the information about travel restrictions to France in their dedicated Coronavirus – Advice for Foreign Nationals in France page (click here).

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Last update: January 14th, 2021

Only countries listed as Green Zone are allowed to enter Finland without having the need to voluntarily quarantine.

Find the relevant information on their official website (click here).

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Last update: January 13th, 2021

Find all the information regarding travel restrictions in Germany on its official website (click here). This website includes information for transiting passengers.

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Looking to keep everyone safe, the Greek government implemented the Passenger Locator Form (PLF). Passengers should fill the PLF until the day before entering the country. Find all the information you need and stay up to date on the Protocol for Arrivals in Greece website (click here).

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Hong Kong

Last update: January 14th, 2021

To find all the information regarding travel restrictions in Hong Kong, you can take a look at its dedicated government website (click here).

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Last update: April 23rd, 2021

Find all the information about travel and visa restrictions by the Indian Government on this website (click here).

Due to the strong second wave of COVID-19 happening in India, several countries are banning flights coming from that country. Find below the list of countries:

  • Canada: As of April 22, 2021, at 11:30 p.m. (EDT), the Government of Canada will suspend flights from India for a period of 30 days. Read all the details here.
  • Hong Kong: From midnight on April 20, all passenger flights from India, Pakistan & the Philippines will be prohibited from landing in Hong Kong for 14 days. Read all the details here.
  • Oman: Oman suspends flights from India until 30th April 2021. Read all the details here.
  • Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia bans flights to and from India due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Find further details here.
  • United Arab Emirates: The UAE has suspended passengers flights from India effective 24 April 2021 from 23:59 onwards for the next 10 days. Furthermore, passengers who have transited through India in the last 14 days will not be accepted to travel from any other point to the UAE. Flights starting in UAE to India will still operate. Find more information here.
  • UK: India has been included in the red list travel ban countries by the UK starting 0400H UK time on 23 April 2021. Read official info here.

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Last update: January 13th, 2021

Find all the information for inbound travels to Israel by foreign nationals on the government website (click here).

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Last update: January 22nd, 2021

Fill in this official survey (click here) from Italy’s government to get the travel restrictions per country.

Or read all about the different categories of countries and their respective travel restrictions on this website (click here).

There are new travel restrictions for passengers who have transited or visited Brazil in the last 14 days. Read the new updates by clicking here.

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Last Update: April 23rd, 2021

For all passengers travelling to Japan, we wish to highlight the importance of using the correct testing methods and sample collection in order to validate the Inspection Certificate required by the Japanese Ministry of Health. Passengers with invalid documents will be refused entry.

All guidelines can be found on, and below:

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, Passengers entering, re-entering or returning to Japan must:

  • Submit a printed inspection certificate showing a negative COVID-19 test result where the sample collection was carried out within 72 hours before departure and the certificate needs to be issued by a medical institute on the inspection certificate template which can be found online here. The negative result must include the following information:
    • passenger’s name, passport number, nationality, date of birth, gender (the test result will still be accepted if it only states the passenger’s name and date of birth);
    • testing method (RT-PCR, LAMP, TMA, TCR, SMART, AMP, NEAR, Next Generation Sequence, Quantitative Antigen test (CLEIA) are accepted; please also note that other forms of Antigen tests will not be accepted);
    • sample collection method (only either Nasopharyngeal Swab or Saliva are accepted – mixtures of sample collections or any other method are not accepted);
    • a negative test result, sample collection date and time, date of issuance of the result;
    • name and address of the medical institute;
    • a signature of the doctor and an imprint of a seal;
    • written in English.
  • Complete an online questionnaire and present the generated QR code upon arrival in Japan. The questionnaire can be found here.
  • Passengers are subject to a mandatory PCR test upon arrival in Japan.
  • Passengers must quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Japan. Passengers are prohibited from using public transport, including taxis and domestic flights, during these 14 days. Passengers must confirm this with a pledge, which can be found online here

Stay up to date on Japan’s entry guidelines on its official website (click here).

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The Netherlands

Last update: January 22nd, 2021

Effective 23 January 2021, flights from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, United Kingdom, Uruguay or Venezuela to the Netherlands are suspended.

Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 rapid test result. The test must have been taken 4 hours before departure. This requirement is in addition to the existing mandatory negative test result for a PCR test performed no more than 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands.

Find the locations to get a PCR or rapid test outside of the Netherlands on this website (click here).

Exemptions have been announced for passengers such as seafarers with seaman book on duty, offshore workers, Diplomats, passengers under the age of 13 years and passengers from non-risk countries who are transiting in Amsterdam and do not leave the transfer area. 

Stay up to date on Dutch Government’s official website (click here).

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Norway is not requesting a health declaration at the moment (October 30th, 2020) however quarantine for 10 days is required (click here) depending on the country you’re coming from. As of October 31st, 2020, seafarers will also have to quarantine for 10 days (click here) upon their arrival to Norway.  Stay up to date and find all the relevant information on Norway’s foreign affairs official website (click here).

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Last update: January 22nd, 2021

From December 30th, 2020 until January 31st, 2021 travellers, except Filipino nationals, are not allowed to enter the Philippines if they’re travelling from or have been to the following countries in the last 14 days:

Find the full information by clicking here.

  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • South Africa ​
  • Switzerland ​
  • Italy ​
  • Denmark ​
  • Israel ​
  • Hong Kong, SAR​
  • Spain ​
  • Ireland ​
  • The Netherlands ​
  • Singapore ​
  • Lebanon
  • Japan 
  • Canada
  • Germany ​
  • Sweden
  • Australia ​
  • France ​
  • Iceland ​
  • South Korea ​
  • Portugal
  • India
  • Finland
  • Norway
  • Jordan
  • Brazil
  • Austria 
  • China 
  • Pakistan
  • Jamaica 
  • Luxembourg
  • Oman
  • Hungary
  • United Arab Emirates 

 Find information about overseas workers returning to the Philippines by clicking here.

And find information about quarantine in hotels upon arrival to the Philippines here.

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Currently, only Qatari nationals, children and spouses of Qatari citizens and permanent residence permit holders are allowed to enter or transit in Qatar. For more information visit the Discover Qatar website (click here) or the Government Communications Office website (click here).

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Singapore Border Police is currently requesting the following four documents from all seamen, if any of these documents are missing, the seamen will not be allowed to enter.

1. Maritime Ports Authority Approval Letter (MPA)
2. Immigration and Checkpoints Authority Letter (ICA)
3. PCR Negative Letter 48hrs before departure
4. Fit to Travel Letter from doctor issued 24hrs before departure

Read the full information on the Singapore Crew Change Guidebook (click here).

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South Africa

Last update 22/12/2020 – New variant of Coronavirus in South Africa

A few countries around the world have banned travel from South Africa. Find below the list of countries:

  • Austria –  Existing travel ban for the UK and South Africa are extended until 24 January 2021. Read official info here.
  • Germany – Flights from South Africa suspended since December 21st, 2020. Read official info here (German).
  • Israel – imposed new rules to passenger coming from South Africa, UK and Denmark. Read official info here.
  • Mauritius – anyone who had been through the UK or South Africa in the last 15 days is banned from entering the island.
  • The Netherlands – immediate travel ban for all flights coming from South Africa. Read official info here.
  • Panama – travellers from the UK and South Africa would be barred entry
  • Saudi Arabia – All international flights are suspended for travelers temporary. Read official info here.
  • Switzerland – general entry ban for all foreign nationals seeking to enter Switzerland from South Africa. Read official info here.

Don’t forget to double-check this information with the relevant official authorities. Source on this article: Business Insider South Africa.

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Depending on the country of origin, it is mandatory to present a negative PCR test (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain. Find all the information at the Spain Travel Health website (click here).

It is also essential to fill out the Health Control Form before arrival in the country through the page (click here) or by downloading the SpTH app.

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All travelers flying or transiting from the Philippines to Taiwan must present a negative PCR test upon arrival. For more information visit Taiwan Centers for Disease Control website (click here).

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Last update: January 13th, 2021

Find useful information regarding COVID restrictions in Ukraine on this website (click here).

You can also find information for Ukrainian passengers travelling to another country. Find it on the upper right part of the page where it says “From Ukraine” 

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All travelers arriving to or transiting via Turkey have to present a negative PCR test (nucleic acid test) result done within 72 hours before the travel. For more information visit Istanbul Airport website.

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United Arab Emirates

Last update: January 13th, 2020

 PCR test is now required even for passengers transiting Abu Dhabi and Dubai from various countries. Find the full information on this website (click here).

Visitors are required to fill a Health Declaration Form (click here) and a Quarantine Form (click here) before flying to Dubai. Visitors are also required to register on the COVID-19 DBX App. For more travel information visit Dubai Government’s official website (click here).

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United Kingdom

To enter the UK you need to fill the Public Health Passenger Locator Form (click here) you cannot submit it until 48 hours before you arrive in the UK. Find all the travel restrictions updates on the UK Government’s border control official website (click here) and the general COVID-19 restrictions website (click here).

Find all the foreign travel advice when traveling to/from the UK per country on this link (click here).

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United States of America

Last update: January 22nd, 2021

Effective 26 January, all passengers entering the USA will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days.

Find official travel information on the Travel.State.Gov website (click here) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (click here).

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Airport & Airline Updates

On top of checking specific border restrictions, we highly recommend you to check airport and airline updates, as they will be able to inform you about flights and specific airport restrictions. 

International Civil Aviation Organization

For Airport status information you can visit ICAO’s Global COVID-19 Airport Status (click here), to get a glimpse on the airport restrictions of each country.

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Airports Council International

You can now find information about the COVID-19 measures at your airport of departure and arrival at the Airports Council International website (click here).

You can also go directly to the website of the airport where your crew change will happen. Here is a list of popular airports but you can also make a Google search for the airport you need.  For example search for “Mumbai International Airport website”.

Click on their name to take you to their website:

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COVID-19 by the World Health Organization

Stay up to date with official health recommendations and COVID-19 cases on the WHO’s website (click here).

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