Recently, the Omicron COVID-19 variant has been on the rise. In order to strengthen precautions, many countries/regions have announced that they have strengthened some of their epidemic prevention policies from recent days, with updated entry measures and quarantine requirements. The Omicron COVID-19 variant is still a lot of uncertainty, may also lead to new changes in policy, the following policy information is for reference only, we still need to pay close attention to the latest developments in each country before traveling!
Canada has announced: restrictions on travellers from the following 10 countries. All foreigners who have passed through South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Swatini, Mozambique, Nigeria, Malawi and the Egyptian column within the last 14 days will be barred from entering Canada.
Canada's current entry policy加拿大目前的入境政策
1. Be fully vaccinated, i.e. have received one of the full range of vaccines or combinations of vaccines approved by Health Canada at least 14 days prior to entry into Canada; or be eligible for an entry exemption.
2. A negative nucleic acid test result within 72 hours prior to flight departure needs to be presented, otherwise you will be denied boarding.
3. No current COVID-19 symptoms.
4. Submit mandatory entry information in advance via ArriveCAN (app or website), including proof of vaccination and 14-day quarantine plan in English or French.
Also, as of January 15, 2022, those currently enjoying a restriction exemption, including international students over the age of 18, will also be required to be fully vaccinated with specified vaccines to enter Canada at that time.
As of November 30, 2021, the Canadian government will expand the list of approved vaccines to recognize two domestically produced vaccines, Kexin and Sinopharm.
Vaccines currently approved by the federal government of Canada include the following:
Note that starting in December, in addition to proof of negative nucleic acid, proof of vaccination completion may be required to board a flight or you will not be able to board.
In addition, as of November 30, those who have been vaccinated in Canada and have returned to Canada may be required to receive another "booster" upon arrival in Ontario, or they may be barred from travelling by air or train.
In addition, fully vaccinated individuals who re-enter the country within 72 hours of leaving Canada will not be required to undergo pre-entry nucleic acid testing. For travel abroad beyond 72 hours, full vaccination will be required for any re-entry from outside of Canada beginning November 30. This exemption applies only to fully vaccinated Canadian citizens, permanent residents travelling from Canada. This exemption also applies to accompanying children under the age of 12 and individuals with medical contraindications to vaccination.
美国Reinstatement of the geo-travel ban. Since 29 November, the United States has banned foreigners from entering the United States from eight African countries: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique and Malawi.
For non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. immigrants对于非美国公民和非美国移民
Non-U.S. citizens, non-U.S. immigrants (who are not U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, lawful permanent residents, or who entered the U.S. on an immigrant visa), must be fully immunized before flying to the U.S., unless you qualify for an exemption from showing proof of immunization. Proof of a negative nucleic acid test and proof of vaccination within three days prior to boarding is also required.
For U.S. citizens and U.S. legal permanent residents对于美国公民和美国合法永久居民
U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents of the United States must be fully vaccinated and carry proof of vaccination, as well as proof of a negative nucleic acid test within three days prior to boarding. If not fully vaccinated, proof of a negative nucleic acid test within one day prior to boarding is required.
In addition, the Biden administration intends to develop stricter virus testing and independent quarantine requirements for all incoming travelers, including U.S. citizens, and violators are likely to face fines or criminal liability. This is the first time since the outbreak of the epidemic, the United States for travelers to enter the virus testing and independent quarantine requirements to offer penalties.
The Australian government has announced that the country will be reopened to technicians, the international student community, humanitarian and working holiday makers from December 1.
However, due to concerns about this mutation of the new strain of Omicron, the Australian government has announced that it has postponed the scheduled reopening of the country's borders from December 1 to December 15. At the same time, plans to reopen for travellers from Japan and South Korea will also be suspended until 15 December.
Prime Minister Morrison said: "The temporary delay in the open door program will ensure Australia can gather information about the new strain of Omicron and better understand this new strain, as well as including the efficacy of existing vaccines against it, and the speed of transmission. It is believed that a safer Australia will be reopened to everyone on December 15, once the Government has done its security assessment.
Australia's current entry policy澳洲目前的入境政策
Australia's borders are currently closed to travellers, with the exception of fully vaccinated Australian citizens, permanent residents and immediate family members, and fully vaccinated green channel travellers from New Zealand and Singapore.
All travellers arriving in Australia will be required to have proof of a negative PCR test and complete an Australian Traveller's Declaration form detailing their vaccination status and confirming compliance with local state and territory public health requirements.
In addition to this, under state public health requirements: NSW and Victoria have initiated COVID testing and 72-hour quarantine requirements for Australian citizens, permanent residents and immediate family members entering the country. In other states, a 14-day managed quarantine is required and the passenger limit is set.
The UK has reported two confirmed cases of the Omicron variant on Saturday, November 27. To slow the spread of the variant in the UK, the government has put in place measures to tackle the variant, including mandatory mask wearing in shops and on public transport in England.
The UK has continuously updated its red list for entry following the discovery of a new variant of the virus. As of 27 November, 10 new red list countries have been added: South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.
The latest red list has been in effect since 4am on 28 November and British citizens entering the above red list countries will be required to return home and be quarantined in hotels at their own expense, while non-British citizens will not be allowed to enter the UK from the above countries.
Current UK entry policy英国目前的入境政策
The UK requires that all travellers arriving in the UK will be required to undergo a mandatory COVID-19 PCR test the day after arrival and must self-quarantine until a negative test result is provided.
If someone tests positive for the Omicron variant, their close contacts must self-quarantine for 10 days, whether they are fully vaccinated or not. However, if the close contacts are fully vaccinated, they may be exempt from quarantine.
To prevent the spread of the Omicron virus, Ireland reinstated the COVID-19 testing requirement for all persons entering the country from 3 December for a temporary period of 2 weeks.
Arriving travellers will be required to undergo a PCR nucleic acid test within 72 hours prior to travel to Ireland or a professional antigen test within the first 48 hours with proof of a negative result, whether vaccinated or not. The requirement for a negative test applies to all arrivals, including those from the UK.
It is important to note that antigen test results completed on your own will not be recognized, so please visit a qualified COVID-19 testing center for testing.
The Department for Transport is in discussion with airlines and ferry companies to ensure that certified antigen testing or PCR testing is carried out before people board a flight or ship to Ireland.
The European Union decided on the 26th to activate the "emergency brake" mechanism by suspending flights to and from seven countries in southern Africa. These seven countries include South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.
Greece: Travellers from non-southern countries may travel to Greece only for important reasons and with special permission from the Embassy. A 10-day quarantine is required upon entry.
France: from 4 December, all UK travellers entering France will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (regardless of vaccination status).
Portugal: All travellers entering Portugal must have a PCR or lateral flow LFT test in advance.
Spain: British travellers over the age of 12 who have not been vaccinated are banned from entering Portugal.
西班牙：禁止12岁以上未接种过疫苗的英国旅客入境葡萄牙。Switzerland: all UK entrants, regardless of vaccination status, are required to be quarantined for 10 days.
The Japanese government has announced that the entry of travelers and foreign students from all over the world will be stopped from November 30. The Government hopes to prevent the spread of the virus in Japan by strengthening the virus surveillance system.
he temporary ban on entry is for a period of one month. If the COVID-19 is unable to break through the existing herd immunity, Japan will cease the ban on entry from 1 December, while extending the quarantine period after entry again to 14 days, from the previously shortened period of 3 days.该项临时禁止入境措施的期限为一个月。如果新冠变种病毒
In order to prevent the entry of Omicron mutant strains into Thailand, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has recently issued a notice banning passengers from eight risky African countries, namely Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, from entering Thailand as of 1 December. And since November 27, the issuance of entry permits to travellers from the above countries has been stopped. Passengers from the above-mentioned countries who have already entered the country must be quarantined for a period of 14 days.
In addition, for visitors from other African countries, entry is still possible under the prescribed measures from now until 14 December, and from 15 December, the entry measures have been adjusted as follows:
1. No entry in Test and Go mode;
1.不得以Test and Go模式入境；
2. No entry in the sandbox mode;
3. 14 days of quarantine in a government-regulated quarantine facility after entry.
On 29 November, the Thai Ministry of Health again adjusted the aforementioned regulations and decided to advance the effective date of implementing the quarantine measure for tourists from other African countries from the previously announced 15 December to 5 December, while the Ministry is also considering lifting the ban on entry of tourists from the aforementioned eight countries, provided that tourists entering from the aforementioned eight countries are quarantined.
Singapore tightened its immigration policy to prevent Omicron.
From 23:59pm on 2 December, all air passengers arriving in Singapore, including those coming from Group 1 countries/regions, must be tested for coronary disease within 2 days prior to departure and have a negative result before being allowed to board.
This tightening measure will last for one month, but the Singapore government will consider extending the epidemic prevention measures if necessary.
And Singapore lists Group I countries/regions, including Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Passengers arriving from Group II, III and IV countries, non-vaccinated channel, are required to undergo PCR testing upon entry. Passengers arriving in Singapore via the Air VTL programme are required to undergo ART testing at the Rapid Test Centre on day 3 and day 7 after arrival. No additional ART testing is required for passengers entering Singapore via the Singapore-Malaysia Land VTL. If necessary, the Singapore Government will implement additional vaccination measures.
This means that when entering Singapore from China, an additional nucleic acid test is required 2 days prior to entry and only if the test result is negative.
The entry policies of each country are constantly adjusted, so be sure to keep up with the policy changes and prepare in advance to make sure you are protected.各个国家的入境政策会不断调整，大家一定要及时关注政策变化，并提前做好准备，务必做好防护。
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