Coronavirus travel information
Currently entry into all our destinations in Asia is not possible from the UK, US, Canada and Australia (on standard tourist visas and without the need for quarantine on arrival).
While there are promising developments being discussed about opening up more localised international travel; between Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos for example, we are unlikely to see the majority of countries fully open to international tourists before late Spring 2021 at the earliest.
Government advisories and your travel to Asia
On 4th July, the FCDO removed its blanket 'against all but essential' international travel advice and created a list of exempted countries which currently includes Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, South Korea, Malaysia and Borneo. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks. However, entry into these destinations is currently not possible for any foreign national. See the latest official government information on travel to Asia from the FCDO here.
On 6th August the US State Department lifted it's global 'Level 4: do no travel' advisory. Currently, with the exception to Thailand which is Level 1: Covid-19 risk is low, all of our other Asian destinations have been downgraded to Level 3: Covid-19 risk is high, which advises against all but essential travel. Entry into Asian destinations is currently not possible for any foreign national. See the latest official government information on travel to Asia from the CDC here.
The Canadian government continues to advise against all non-essential travel outside of Canada. Entry into Asian destinations is currently not possible for any foreign national. See the latest official government advice on travel to Asia here.
There is currently a ban on overseas travel from Australia. The official Australian government advice regarding travel to all Asian destinations is do not travel. Entry into Asian destinations is also not currently possible for any foreign national. See the latest official Australian government information on travel to Asia here.
When will travel to Asia be possible again?
This is the million-dollar question. Although tourism plays a hugely significant part in local economies, especially in destinations such as Thailand and Cambodia, governments are hesitant to fully open their countries and to start allowing foreign nationals entry. When this will be and how it will work is at the top of the agenda for all destinations at the moment. In all likelihood, we won't see destinations fully open until late Spring 2021 at the earliest, and while it's still too early to travel to Asia, the one thing that is clear is that travel will return. Whatever form this takes, safety will be at the forefront of everyone's minds.
This is why we are working 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.
Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos
Vietnam was lagging behind the curve in its vaccination programme compared to its neighbours, however it has accelerated it over the last month. It is now the fourth fastest programme in the world, which is no mean feat. There is still serious discussion about opening a ‘sandbox-style scheme’ to allow fully vaccinated travellers to enter Phu Quoc Island domestically, then potentially wider and for leisure in November. However, these details are still very limited, and nothing has been confirmed as yet.