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The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases 26,942, recovered cases 24,218, deaths 854, and 1,054 new cases in the last 24 hours , recorded in Australia since 22nd September, 2020.


    All overseas travel from Australia is currently banned, with a few exceptions.

    If you’re overseas and want to return, you are urged  you to do so as soon as possible while flights are available.

    All travelers arriving in Australia must undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities (for example, a hotel), in their port of arrival.​

    Travel restrictions are subject to change.


    Australia's federal, state and territory governments are gradually easing restrictions around public gatherings, how businesses can operate, and regional travel.

    The 3-Step Plan to a COVIDSafe Australia maps out a pathway states and territories can take to ease restrictions in the coming months, depending on their circumstances. Each state and territory will move forward at their own pace.

    Refer to 

    for more details on each state.


    National Coronavirus Line 

    1800 020 080


    Support for Australians Overseas and Foreign Citizens in Australia

    13 18 81 (within Australia) 

    +61 2 6196 0196 (outside Australia)



    as of September 22, 2020



The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases 5,639,106, recovered cases 4,580,222, deaths 90,006recorded in India as of 22nd September, 2020


    COVID-19 continues to be a risk in India.

    National restrictions are in place & some states have imposed local lockdowns.


    All international commercial flights are currently suspended.


    Some domestic flights recommenced on 25 May. The schedule is limited and flights have been cancelled at short notice. Contact your airline or travel provider for the latest update.


    Passenger train services are limited and may be cancelled at short notice. Metro rail services remain suspended.


    Other restrictions on travel and business operations may be imposed at short notice.


    - Training Institutions & State Governments


    ​- Domestic Flights & Passenger Trains


    ​- Interstate & Intrastate Movements


    There are strict rules & regulations still in place & can change at short notice. Please stay up to date with your local government website for more information.


    MyGov Corona Helpdesk

    WhatsApp 9013151515

    Helpline Number for CoronaVirus


    or 1075



    as of September 22, 2020

    The incidence of COVID-19 in India is increasing. If you're in India, avoid crowded public spaces (including malls and markets) and mass gatherings. Wear a face mask and maintain 1.5 metres distance from others while in all public spaces.



The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases 10,358 recovered cases 9,563, deaths 130, recorded in Malaysia as of 22nd September, 2020


    Malaysia has implemented a ‘Recovery Movement Control Order’ (RMCO) until 31 August 2020. The RMCO will allow majority of businesses, religious and social activities to operate under strict hygiene and social distancing practices.

    Domestic travel within Malaysia is permitted, except to Enhanced Movement Control Order areas. High risk of COVID-19 transmission activities remains prohibited.

    All tourists remain banned from entering Malaysia. Monitor media and follow the advice of local authorities.

    All foreign tourists are banned from entering Malaysia. All foreigners who are permitted to enter Malaysia will be subject to 14 days home quarantine on arrival.


    Malaysia has gradually reopened businesses over the past month with social distancing protocols, after shutting all non-essential businesses and schools, banning public gatherings and restricting travel on March 18.

    The gradual reopening is expected to be rolled out between now and August 31st.


    Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre Hotline

    03-8881 0200 

    03-8881 0600

    03-8881 0700


    Covid-19 Emergency Hotline

    119 (Ext 9)



    as of September 22, 2020

    RMCO Restrictions are still in place, non-essential travel is not advised.


The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases 57,627, recovered cases 57,262, deaths 27, recorded in Singapore as of 22nd September, 2020


    From 17 June 2020, 2359 hours, all travellers entering Singapore and who had remained in the following countries/regions in the last consecutive 14 days prior to entry, will no longer have to serve their SHN at dedicated SHN facilities:

    Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Mainland China, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam

    Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents may serve their 14-day SHN at their place of residence

    Long Term Pass holders may serve their 14-day SHN at a place of residence that they or their family members own or are sole tenants of; or in suitable accommodation such as a hotel (at their own cost)

    All other travellers entering Singapore will continue to serve their 14-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities.


    All persons under SHN must always remain in their place of residence. They will be subject to close monitoring of their whereabouts, through electronic monitoring as well as physical spot-checks. Strict enforcement action will be taken against those who breach the requirements of the SHN.


    Cinemas will be allowed to reopen from 13 July 2020, with Safe Management Measures in place.

    Tourism businesses will be permitted to resume operations in stages from 1 July 2020, beginning with 13 attractions.


    Hotels may also apply to reopen for staycation bookings, as well as the recreation areas for children (e.g. Kids' Club)

    Libraries and the National Archives of Singapore Building have reopened on 1 July 2020, with shorter opening hours


    Museums have reopened.


    Places of Worship have resumed congregational and other worship services as of 26 June 2020, starting at 50 persons at a time.



    1800 333 9999

    COVID-19 Info Bot Info Bot



    As of September 22, 2020

    COVID-19 remains a risk in Singapore and travel is not advised.



The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases 5,047, recovered cases 4,717, deaths 103, recorded in Hong Kong as of 22nd September , 2020


    Upon arrival, inbound travellers are required to submit the health declaration result to the staff of the Department of Health.


    Depending on the situation of the travellers, they will receive corresponding arrangements.

    The Department of Health will issue quarantine orders to all passengers arriving at the Hong Kong International Airport (except exempted persons).

    The Government adopts a risk-based approach to decide which groups need a stay in the quarantine centres. Those for home quarantine will be put on electronic wristband.

    Inbound travellers proceed to the immigration procedures, collect baggage and clear customs.


    Hong Kong has felt relatively normal this year compared with its peers, which enacted strict lockdown measures.


    Hong Kong went through phased closures of government offices, schools, gyms and bars. But other services were relatively unaffected, including dine-in service at restaurants, shops, malls, and trains.


    As of July 2nd, office workers were back to business and the city has reopened its gyms and even nightclubs.


    Centre for Health Protection Hotline

    2125 1111 / 2125 1122


    HKSAR Government COVID-19 Helpline

    WhatsApp9617 1823



    as of September 22, 2020

    COVID-19 is present in Hong Kong and travel is not advised.


    In addition, the National security legislation for Hong Kong came into effect on 1 July 2020.


    This law could be interpreted broadly.

    You could break the law without intending to. The maximum penalty under this law in Hong Kong is life imprisonment.



The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases 85,297, recovered cases 80,497, deaths 4,634, recorded in China as of 22nd September, 2020


    China will not allow most foreigners to enter China.

    If despite our advice you travel to China, be aware that you may be refused entry to China if you hold a Chinese visa or residence permit issued

    before 26 March.

    China has suspended all visas on arrival, including transit visas. If you travel to China despite our advice, you will be subject to 14 days mandatory quarantine at a designated hotel, local isolation centre or a medical facility at your own expense.

    These quarantine requirements may be

    expanded at short notice.


    Fully reopened with strict outlined requirements such as mask wearing, social distancing, reduced gathering and improved hygiene for society. 

    People in China are gradually adapting to the new realities of life under the pandemic.


    For All Medical Emergencies

    Call 120

    For All Other Emergencies

    Call Police 110



    as of September 22, 2020

    It is advised not to travel to China due to the increased risk from COVID-19.



The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases 1,068, recovered cases 957, deaths 35, recorded in Vietnam as of 22nd September, 2020


    Vietnam's Immigration Department has announced that all foreigners who entered Vietnam after March 1 on visa exemptions, e-visas or tourism visas will be given automatic stay extensions at

    no charge until July 31, 2020.

    Travellers still in the country should declare their temporary residence to local police, through their landlords or hotels, and must complete Vietnam's online health declaration.

    Visitors who entered the country before March 1 may be considered for the extension, provided they can show an official letter from their embassy or consulate stating they were unable to leave the country due to objective reasons. Foreigners who have undergone quarantine or treatment for Covid-19 in Vietnam are also eligible for the extension. They must bring their certification documents to show immigration officials when leaving Vietnam.

    Only Vietnamese nationals, foreigners on diplomatic or official business, and highly skilled workers allowed to enter the country at this time. Anyone entering Vietnam must undergo medical checks and 14-day quarantine upon arrival.


    Vietnam has reported no cases of community spread since April 17. Vietnam lifted its 22-day social distancing directive on April 23.

    The government advises all citizens and foreigners to wash hands regularly, wear masks in public, and maintain interpersonal distance of at least one metre.

    Most trades and services are back in business. Flights, public transportation, inter-provincial transportation, hotels, monuments, tourism attractions, and government offices have

    reopened with safety measures in place.


    Vietnam’s Health Hotline






    as of September 22, 2020

    Although confirmed cases remain low within the country, authorities are taking swift and strict preventative measures to contain the virus.


    To staunch the spread of COVID-19, Vietnam is not allowing entry or issuing visas to foreign nationals, from March 22 until further notice, except for those travelling for official or diplomatic purposes, who must undergo medical checks and 14-day quarantine upon arrival.



The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases 3,511, recovered cases 3,343, deaths 59, recorded in Thailand as of 22nd September, 2020


    Incoming passenger flights are suspended. Foreigners can't enter or transit Thailand except in extremely limited circumstances.


    If you have a work permit, you can enter, but you will be subject to additional entry requirements including strict quarantine measures on arrival.

    A 14 day quarantine will have to be undertaken before approval can be given to travel to other parts of the country.


    Thailand is moving to phase five of lockdown easing allowing reopening of nearly all business activities, but emergency decree is extended for another month.


    The fifth phase of the relaxing of restrictions will see entertainment venues and nightlife services including pubs, bars and massage parlours resuming their operations under some disease control guidelines.


    Hotline for Foreigners in Thailand

    to inquire about COVID-19 related matters

    +66 (0) 96 847 8209

    or +66 (0) 92 726 0474

    from 08.00 – 20.00 Hrs. Thailand local time



    as of September 22, 2020


    Authorities are maintaining a nationwide state of emergency to stem the spread of coronavirus disease.


    A nationwide 2200-0400 nightly curfew remains in effect, with exceptions for essential and emergency purposes. The government continues to suspend transport 2130-0400 nightly; authorities also maintain a ban on public gatherings and closure of educational institutions.


    Officials have advised residents - especially those under the age of five, over the age of 70, or with preexisting health conditions - to remain at home.



The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases 79,140, recovered cases 71,404, deaths 1,500, recorded in Japan as of 22nd September, 2020


    Measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 are still in place in Japan. If you have been in an affected country in the last 14 days, you will not be allowed to enter Japan.

    Exemptions may apply if you are a permanent resident or have a family member that is a Japanese citizen or permanent resident. You will need to spend 14 days in a designated quarantine location if you arrive from a moderate risk country.

    Most passengers arriving in Japan are required to undergo a COVID-19 screening test (PCR) on arrival. The PCR test may take several hours, and the results may take 1-2 days to be processed.

    You may need to stay in temporary accommodation in or near the airport until the PCR test results have been processed.


    Although the state of emergency was lifted for all prefectures in Japan, and places and facilities are slowly re-opening including museums, aquariums, amusement parks, observatories and department stores, you are advised to stay away from crowds and keep contact with others to a minimum to prevent infection and spread of the Coronavirus.


    Please check their official websites for the latest information before visiting because:

    -listed places and attractions may be closed at any time

    -some of facilities, attractions and events may be not available at listed places

    -operation hours may be changed at some places

    Also, please check the preventative measures at each place before visiting, and if you have symptoms similar to a cold or flu, please refrain from visiting these places.


    Multilingual Consultation Service Regarding COVID-19

    Available in English, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends and national holidays. Also available in Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Spanish, Vietnamese and Portuguese on designated weekdays. - Available in English and Chinese on weekdays only, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m

    03-6233-9266 .




    as of September 22, 2020

    It is advised against non-essential travel to Japan at this time, because of widespread ongoing transmission of COVID-19.

    Japan has imposed entry restrictions for travellers coming from regions highly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a mandatory quarantine for passengers arriving from some other territories.


    Please check with local authorities and media for a detailed list.



The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases 252,923, recovered cases 184,298, deaths 9,837, recorded in Indonesia as of 22nd September, 2020


    COVID-19 has spread widely throughout Indonesia, including Bali. Critical medical care is significantly below the standard, Testing rates are low given the size of the population and accurate data about the actual transmission of the virus is unclear. Health services are under significant strain.

    If you are an International visitor in Indonesia leave now – do not delay. If you are a long-term International resident of Indonesia, consider whether you have the support and access to effective health services you and your family will need.


    Indonesian authorities require a negative PCR COVID-19 test result for all foreign arrivals. This test must have been conducted within the 7 days prior to travel. Extensive restrictions on domestic travel within Indonesia on all forms of land, sea and

    air transport remain in place.


    Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo partly eased restrictions in Jakarta under the “new normal” policy on 8 June. Under the new restrictions, many facilities including offices, restaurants, shops and mosques have been re-opened at fifty per cent capacity and public transport has resumed.


    Schools remain closed until further notice.


    Tourist sites can reopen after passing government inspections.


    Covid-19 Emergency Hotline




    as of September 22, 2020


    COVID-19 transmission has spread widely across Indonesia to all 34 provinces, including Bali. The risk of transmission is increasing rapidly. Foreign nationals have died from COVID-19 in Indonesia, including in Bali.


    There is very limited availability of testing and infection

    control facilities.


    Indonesian authorities advise that COVID-19 patients will be required to be treated in Indonesia and medical evacuation may not be permitted.

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