Which Countries Are Still Permitting Transit Passengers?

We are living in a unique moment where the majority of well-visited countries have placed some sort of travel restrictions. While nations try their best to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, some are still allowing transit passengers.

Heathrow airport sign with Airplane
The United Kingdom is yet to enforce any travel ban. Photo: Getty Images

There are some countries that specialize in connections to different regions of the world. However, most these of these nations now have restrictions in place. Here is a look at some countries with connecting hubs that still allow transit in these tough times.

Qatar

On March 15th, Qatari officials announced that it would ban inbound flights. However, cargo and transit services are exempt from this ruling, which starts today. Therefore, those looking to connect either side of the Persian Gulf are still allowed to transit through Doha. Qatar Airways is also still operating in and out of its nation.

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Bahrain and Oman

According to Yahoo, both Bahrain and Oman will still offer transit flights. This will enable some additional options in the Middle East.

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Singapore

Last week, Singapore announced a ban on all visitors that had been to Italy, France, Germany, and Spain entering the country. Additionally, All passengers entering the city island city-state from ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries will be issued with a 14-day “Stay-Home Notice”.

This also applies to those traveling from Japan, Switzerland or the United Kingdom. These fliers will have to prove that they will self-quarantine on arrival.

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Channel News Asia reports that those traveling from Italy, France, Germany, and Spain within the last 14 days can’t transit. However, travelers from other nations seem to be able to pass through on their journey. So, those wanting to connect to the like of Bali, Australia, Malaysia, and Thailand could have options.

Singapore Airlines A380 Aircraft
The global crisis has hit Singapore Airlines hard. Photo: Getty Images

Finland

From tomorrow, Finland will only grant entry to Finnish citizens and those with a registered right of residence in the country. ERR reports that the Nordic nation will also let Estonian workers enter in and out. In respect to its neighbors, European Union member states can still transit through Finland.

These restrictions will be another blow to Finnair, which was already struggling due to the drop in Asian demand. The Finnish flag carrier is proud to be able to connect the West with the East, with a large part of its revenue coming from these links.

Finnair
Finnair will have far fewer flights taking off over the next few months. Photo: Getty Images

Brazil

Those looking to transit in Latin America can try and do so via Brazil, which is one of the few South American countries to have relaxed restrictions. However, good luck finding a neighboring country that will let you enter, as the likes of Argentina, Bolivia, and Colombia have placed strict international travel bans.

United Kingdom

Despite most of its counterparts enforcing some sort of restrictions, the UK is happy to keep its borders and airports open. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has even shared that he warns against all non-necessary travel but he is reluctant to place any ban on entry.

Today, at a press conference, the politician said he is a firm believer in the freedom of choice. Therefore, he hopes that his country’s citizens will make the right one.

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Altogether, these are some of the key countries that specialize in connecting passengers in transit that can still offer some sort of service in this tough time. Hopefully, nations can work together to offer better connectivity while addressing safety concerns over the next few months.

Which other transit specialists do you know of that are still able to connect passengers across the globe? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section.

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LB

Is it still possible to connect through Australia given today’s announcement and quick implementation? Thank you and stay safe.

Jasha Kosberg

Mexico is welcoming any passenger from any country. Tourists from all the globe, are welcome to this friendly country

Moaz Abid

what about Dubai and emirates

Alex

Iceland is open

Lawrence Klein

Is Dubai a problem now

Ben

BAN Chinese people or Chinese imports. They caused this they need pay for the cost to all countries.
Build up manufacturing in all countries. The CCP have shown their true colours.

Sinnadurai

Pls un subscribe

Ian

On 19 March operations were still mostly normal through KEF in Iceland, albeit with far fewer planes and passengers. As of 19 March OSL, in Oslo, was still allowing some transit though with restrictions, such as no more than a six hour layover in the airport. On 20 March ARN,… Read more »

Vin Dookhit

Mauritius is banned as well. 7 virus cases detected

Fred

How does one “pemit”?

Randy Tucker

I have a flight from Lisbon to Toronto via London Heathrow on Sunday. Does anyone know the status as to viability of the reservation?????

clarissa gafoor

Anyone coming to Hong Kong, mostly at this time returning students from boarding schools and universities, had to do a 14 day quarantine. Except those from Macau and Taiwan although one would expect that to change soon!

Annemarie

Amsterdam airport is open for transit passengers. There’s an entree ban for non Europeans, but the official website states as one of the exceptions:”Transit passengers who wish to travel via the Netherlands to another third country”
https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/latest-news/news/2020/03/18/q-and-a-for-entry-into-the-netherlands-travel-ban

Annemarie

Amsterdam airport is open for transit passengers. There’s an entree ban for non Europeans, but the official website states as one of the exceptions:”Transit passengers who wish to travel via the Netherlands to another third country”

Annemarie Warmerdam O'Donnell

Amsterdam airport is open for transit passengers. There’s an entree ban for non Europeans, but the official website states as one of the exceptions:”Transit passengers who wish to travel via the Netherlands to another third country”

Lyn Canapi

Chinese Foods Product are all fakes and imitations, all foods that they are exporting into other country are all toxic and bad for the health of many People..their food products are maid of plastics and papers, also their rice, noodles, and etc are made of plastics and papers,…oh my Gosh… Read more »

Pierre Cumbo

Is Taiwan still open to transit passengers?

Brian

The IATA website shows Australia is not allowing non citizens to transit: AUSTRALIA – published 20.03.2020 Item 1 is effective 21:00 AEDT 20 March 2020: 1. Passengers are not allowed to transit or enter Australia. – This does not apply to nationals of Australia. – This does not apply to… Read more »

Emma

Hi I’m hearing that as of today Australia are only letting people transit through for the next 36 hours. Does anyone know of this is correct?

Hugo declercq

What about Bangkok to doha en Doha to Brussels for 2 april