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Coronavirus Travel Information

Travel Status - 21 April 2022

Fantastic news from South Korea - the seven day quarantine no longer applies for fully vaccinated travellers from abroad. To take advantage of the quarantine-free travel, travellers must have received all three doses, or have received their second dose within the last six months.

In other good news, travel has also returned to Vietnam. The country is fully reopened for tourists, with no testing on arrival. Thailand has announced that they are no longer requiring a PCR test for entry 72 hours before arrival. They are still using the Test and Go travel scheme for inbound travellers. Singapore is also allowing for fully vaccinated travellers with only a PCR required before arrival.

Malaysia and Cambodia are welcoming tourists, and Laos is allowing limited numbers of tourists into selected areas, with the possibility of increasing the numbers and destinations over time. Hong Kong is also resuming international flights from 9 countries including the US and UK, although a 7-day quarantine and multiple testing requirements are still in place.

Not all our destinations are reopening just yet, however. While foreign travel to Japan is currently not permitted except for special circumstances, recent talk of relaxing entry restrictions means that there is a genuine prospect that travel will be possible in the near future.

As the various countries' vaccination programmes soldier on, we would expect to see countries opening further.

Overall the outlook is looking good for a return to travel for some of our destinations in mid 2022. We continue to work closely with our local partners to develop and follow the robust protocols of WTTC (World Travel and Tourism Council) to implement new safety practices and standards. These will strengthen the current health and safety guidelines set out by local governments themselves to create a stress-free travel experience for you.

Government advisories and your travel to Asia

UK
The UK currently has no countries on the red list, including our Asia destinations. The blanket ‘all but essential travel’ has been lifted and it is possible to visit some countries. However, it is restricted and conditional travel - proof of a negative Covid test and/or vaccination status may be required and quarantine measures still apply in some instances. It is also an ever-evolving situation as the latest concerns over the new Covid variant have demonstrated.

See the latest official government information on travel to Asia from the FCDO here.

USA

Activity in the US is picking up and it is opening to vaccinated travellers as of late last year. Currently our destinations are listed as level 3s and 4s in the US, but this does not necessarily mean that you cannot travel there. It means restricted and conditional travel per the guidance below.

Advice from the CDC:

Level 4 – Avoid travel to these destinations. If you must travel to these destinations, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel.

Level 3 – Make sure you are fully vaccinated before travelling to these destinations. Unvaccinated travellers should avoid non-essential travel to these destinations.

Level 1 – Make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel to these destinations.

Advice from the State Department:

Level 4 – Do not travel.

Level 3 – Reconsider travel.

See the latest official government information on travel to Asia from the CDC here.

Canada
Canada has joined the US in allowing travel to certain destinations, but it also falls under restricted and conditional travel. It is essential to check for the latest information on travel and entry requirements.

See the latest official government advice on travel to Asia here.

Australia

There has been a lot of positive news from Australia given that it had locked down and put a blanket ban on all travel in and out of the country last year. It is now allowing citizens out of the country earlier than expected.

With the reopening of Australia’s international borders, fully vaccinated Australians are now able to depart Australia without applying for an exemption. In line with this reopening, DFAT have removed the global ‘Do not travel’ advisory. 99% of destinations are now showing RECONSIDER YOUR NEED TO TRAVEL (Vietnam) or EXERCISE A HIGH DEGREE OF CAUTION (Thailand, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia)

  • Lv 1 EXERCISE NORMAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
  • Lv 2 EXERCISE A HIGH DEGREE OF CAUTION
  • Lv 3 RECONSIDER YOUR NEED TO TRAVEL (avoid non-essential)
  • Lv 4 DO NOT TRAVEL

DFAT are updating travel advice levels for 177 destinations based on the latest assessment of risk – both COVID-19 and other threats to safety and security.

A global COVID-19 Health Advisory will also be issued in conjunction with the Department of Health, with advice for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.

See the latest official Australian government information on travel to Asia here.

See below for a breakdown of our destinations vaccination and travel status.

Update from our destinations

Vietnam

Vietnam has fully reopened to visitors, with the further good news that there is no testing on arrival! Some details are still not fully clear, but what we know so far is very promising:

Requirements:

Pre-Arrival:

  • Testing:
    • Arrivals by air: are required to take a PCR test within 72 hours before departure or rapid antigen(ATK) test within 24 hours of departure.
    • Arrivals by land or by boat: are required to take a rapid test or PCR test at the border before entering the country if they do not have prior tests results as above.
  • Visa exemptions: will be offered for citizens of the following 13 countries: Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K. This will permit travel for up to 15 days without a visa regardless of passport type or entry purpose.
  • E-Visas: will be offered for citizens of 80 countries including the United States and most European nations not included in the visa exemptions above. E-visas are single-entry 30 day tourist visas.
  • Medical insurance: covering COVID-19 treatment worth at least US $10,000, which costs around $30 USD.
  • Children: Children under 2 years of age are exempt from all requirements, while children between the ages of 2 and 12 must be tested prior to departure.

Arrival:

  • Install COVID Management and Prevention application (PC-COVID) for contact tracing.
  • Make a health declaration.
  • Anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID infection will be asked to take a rapid antigen test at the airport before heading to their hotel.

During Stay:

  • Monitor health for 10 days as per health ministry protocol

We will keep updating this page as details emerge - stay tuned!

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Vietnam

Cambodia

Cambodia has also fully re-opened for travel and has dropped their previous testing requirements - not just on arrival but completely! Visa requirements have also been relaxed, and travellers can now simply acquire their visas on arrival.

To travel to Cambodia, you will need to:

  • Have proof of full vaccination.
  • Obtain a Visa on Arrival when entering Cambodia
  • Download 'Tracerapp' before leaving the airport. Once done, you are free to travel Cambodia with no quarantine restrictions!

Our sources on the ground have said that they are welcoming tourists in and that it would be good if visitor numbers were to increase in 2022. A lot of the sites and temples are quieter meaning people are freer to move around. We are hoping to gather more intel as to what life is like on the ground over the coming months.

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Cambodia

Laos

Laos is behind its neighbours in terms of its rates for the vaccination programme, despite being a relatively small population. However, Laos is officially open to vaccinated travellers from 30 countries (UK, US & AUS are approved) with a short quarantine of 48 hours. Under the 'Lao Travel Green Zone Plan', tourists are restricted to group tours with authorised tour operators and are able to visit Vientiane, Luang Prabang Province and Vang Vieng District. Phase 2 of the plan is scheduled to begin shortly and will likely involve opening more parts of the country to travellers.

For now, travelers can only enter Laos by joining a group tour. Travelers will need to show proof of full vaccination no less than 14 days prior to arrival, a PCR test within 72 of arrival and health coverage of no less than $50,000 USD. Upon arrival, guests download a contact tracing app, ‘LaoStaySafe’ and be asked to take another PCR test. They will then be brought to a ‘LaoSafe’ certified hotel where they must wait 48 hours to receive results from the test. If negative they will then be permitted to explore the Green Zone area while staying in LaoSafe hotels.

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Laos

Thailand

Thailand has embraced tourism again with its 'Test & Go' scheme, allowing fully vaccinated travellers to enter the country. The scheme is being hailed as a success, with over 85,000 travellers visiting the country since it kicked off. Restrictions in Thailand are more relaxed than other Asian destinations; visitors are required to take a PCR test on arrival, spend one night in a designated hotel and as soon as the negative results come back, they are free to explore the country unrestricted.

Under the Test & Go scheme, tourists traveling to Thailand require the following:

  • Pre-arrival:
    • Register for a ‘Thailand Pass’ at tp.consular.go.th by submitting required documents (below) prior to travel. After receiving confirmation of approval, guests will receive their Thailand Pass QR code.
    • Submit proof of full vaccination completed at least 14 days before arrival (if applicable)
    • Anyone infected within the previous 3 months who has had at least one vaccine dose can submit a medical certificate of recovery and proof of at least 1 vaccination 14 days prior to departure to Thailand.
    • Submit proof of:
      • Medical insurance with at least $20,000 of coverage valid for in-patient hospitalisation, hospital isolation, hotel isolation, or related quarantine in Thailand for a period of at least 10 days longer than the planned travel period (in case of medical complications).
      • Paid accommodation for day 1.
      • Payment for 1 PCR test.
    • Children under 18 years of age traveling with parents are exempt from vaccination requirements.
    • Guests may now enter Phuket and Koh Samui via by transiting through Bangkok’s international airport by sealed flights with Bangkok Airways. Note: this must be booked in advance as a through ticket -not as a transfer after arriving in Bangkok.
  • Arrival:
    • Present Thailand Pass QR code to health officials prior to immigration procedures
    • Complete a PCR test upon arrival at the airport
    • Children 6-17 years old must receive PCR tests before flying and on arrival.
    • Children under 6 years old will receive saliva tests upon arrival.
    • Use pre-arranged transport from the airport to an SHA++ certified hotel for at least one night
    • Download MorChana, a contact-tracing app, at the hotel
    • Wait for results from the PCR test upon arrival (up to 24 hours, but normally less than 12 hours).

During Stay:

  • Wear masks in public places including outdoor areas.
  • Submit results from an ATK test via application on days 5 or 6 of trip.
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Thailand

Malaysia & Borneo

More exciting developments, as Malaysia has fully opened the borders to vaccinated travellers! There are no quarantine restrictions; all you'll need are proof of vaccination, a pre-departure PCR test, an on-arrival RTK test and health insurance covering COVID treatment up to USD $20,000; you're then free to explore Malaysia with no restrictions.

  • Valid visa (if required by country)
  • Proof of full vaccination (at least 14 days prior to arrival)
  • Proof of full travel and medical insurance with Covid cover of USD$20,000
  • Negative PCR test within 48 hours of departure to Malaysia (ages 7 and above)
  • Not required but recommended: pre-purchased RTK saliva self-test kits to take with them on their trip

Upon arrival:

  • Visitors will be given an ID Tag by a health screening official who will check the above entry requirements.
  • Travelers must undergo a professionally-administered RTK test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia. To have it done at the airport, it can be booked in advance here. Otherwise guests can have it done at any clinic as long as it’s within 24h of arrival.

If arriving from Signapore, no RTK test is required. The procedure for Borneo is slightly different: travellers must undergo RTK tests before clearing immigration.

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Malaysia & Borneo 

Singapore

From April 1st, fully vaccinated travellers can travel with no quarantine or testing upon arrival under the new Vaccinated Travel Framework (VTF). Unlike the former scheme, which was limited to just 32 countries on designated flights, VTF is open to citizens of all nations and by any transport means. Children under 12 do not need to be vaccinated to enter.

Under the Vaccinated Travel Framework, travellers will be required to:

Pre-arrival:

  • Proof of full vaccination with the following vaccines at least 2 weeks before arrival in Singapore:
    • All vaccination certificates, regardless of where they were issued or whether they are digitally verifiable or not, will be accepted.
    • Children 12 and under are exempt from vaccination requirements.
  • PCR test or professionally-administered ATK test within 48 hours of departure to Singapore
  • Health insurance covering COVID-related medical expenses with a minimum coverage of SGD$30,000
  • Visa (if applicable)

On arrival:

  • Download and install TraceTogether app to aid in contact tracing

While Travelling:

  • Guests must adhere to local regulations relating to COVID safety.
  • Guests must remain contactable using declared contact information throughout their stay
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Singapore

South Korea

South Korea boasts an impressive vaccination rate with 87% of the population fully vaccinated, making it one of the highest vaccination rates in the world.

In an exciting move, the country has recently opened its doors to fully vaccinated travellers, with no quarantine requirement as long as they have had three doses of vaccine or their second dose within the last six months. Vaccination status must also be registered on the Q-CODE app.

To enter South Korea, the process will look like:

  • PCR 48 hours before you leave at a DOH-approved test provider.
  • You need to obtain an electronic Visa (K-ETA)
  • You must bring a proof of vaccination certificate
  • You must have proof of travel insurance with minimum coverage of 30 million won (approx. 25,000 USD)
  • PCR test upon arrival at Incheon airport. You must remain at the testing facility until a negative result has been secured.
  • You must download the Korea COVID 19 self-diagnosis app and check in everyday with your health status.
  • If the trip is over 8 days, then a further PCR test is needed on day 6 or 7 (you can just turn up to an appropriate hospital for this on the day)

This is a pilot scheme in place and based on the success of this, we might see other countries being added to the list to join the scheme. We're excited to see international leisure tourism returning in 2022.

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South Korea

Japan

With 80% of its population fully vaccinated, Japan now ranks among the most vaccinated countries in the world!

While Japan temporarily closed its border to new entries in response to the emergence of the omicron variant, these rules have been eased as case numbers continue to drop. The daily cap on entrants to Japan is continually being loosened for both Japanese and foreign nationals from 37 countries. These alterations are primarily aimed at business travellers and overseas students, but Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has announced that the government will examine how this can be extended to tourists.

No concrete date has yet been given for when tourism might resume, but this relaxation of border restrictions means that there is a genuine prospect of this changing in the not-too-distant future. Keep checking back to this page for more details as we receive them.

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Japan

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is gradually relaxing its entry requirements. Flights to and from nine countries, including the UK, Australia, and USA have resumed, and the mandatory quarantine period has been halved from 14 days to 7.

While this is a promising start, at the moment there is little visibility about further plans for reopening or insight into discussions.

We have our eyes on this one and continue to wait patiently!

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Hong Kong