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Information on COVID Restrictions for travel

Updated: Mar 24, 2023

Since COVID-19 was spread around the world in March 2020, most of the countries have made their own travel restrictions. Fortunately, they have reopened to international tourism without any travel restrictions. However, it depends on the countries, traveler could be confused with the different requirement and restrictions. In most cases, people who have been fully vaccinated will have more available options and are less likely to require a negative test result like lab-based rapid antigen test result. Nevertheless, several countries including in Asia, Africa and South America require the proof of full vaccination against COVID or a negative test result before entry.

China & Hong Kong

China and Hong Kong recently reopened to international inbound travel. Also, visitors don’t need to quarantine. But still they need proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and a negative test result taken at most 48 hours prior to departure.


Japan also welcomes visitors from other countries, who have been fully vaccinated and boosted with vaccines approved by the Japanese government. Americans who are unvaccinated and over six years old will require a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test result taken no more than 72 hours ahead of departure.

Indonesia & Philippines

People visiting Indonesia will require a proof of vaccination of COVID-19.

Travelers who are going to Philippines will require proof of vaccination and ETRAVEL Card or a negative lab-based rapid antigen test result received within 24 hours prior to the date and time of departure for travelers who are not vaccinated.

South America & Brazil & Chile & Columbia

In South America and Brazil continue to require visitors to present proof of vaccination either printed or in electronic form, or a negative antigen test of RT-PCR taken one day prior to boarding their flight. In Chile, adults over 18 will require proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of departure. Columbia has similar policy which requires adults over 18 need to present a negative test result upon entry.


In Africa, fully vaccinated travelers will take pre-departure testing in places like Angola, the Central African Republic, Niger and Sudan.

It is projected that the restrictions that unvaccinated individuals will face related to COVID-19 testing in the countries above.

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