Covid-19 Travel Restrictions by Destination

 

 

Many destinations in Asia are in the process of opening!

To help you determine when you might be able to travel again, we’re keeping track of the status of our destinations in Asia. Entry requirements vary but expect to be fully vaccinated and have travel insurance that covers illness due to Covid. You may also have to install a tracking app to your smartphone depending on the destination.

Countries Now Open to Tourists – most with vaccine and testing requirements to avoid quarantines:
(scroll down for detailed information): 

  • Cambodia
  • India
  • Indonesia/Bali
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Nepal
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Destinations that are still effectively closed as of May 8th, 2022: 

  • Bhutan
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan

International flights to/from Asia are operating on a limited capacity. So while it’s ok to start planning a trip with us for 2022 in most places, it’s best to wait until 2 or 3 months prior to book your international flights when schedules will be more certain.


Bhutan

Last Updated: 18 March 2022

Bhutan is currently in the midst of rolling out a nationwide vaccination drive for children aged 5 to 11. Upon completion of the vaccination, the government of Bhutan is looking to ease restrictions within the country. The government is closely monitoring the situation in other countries and working towards adopting an endemic living approach. 

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Cambodia

Last Updated: 18 March 2022

Effective March 17th, Covid tests prior to your departure for Cambodia and upon arrival are no longer required. 

Travelers are only encouraged to self-test and present their Covid-19 Vaccination Card upon arrival. Whilst unvaccinated travelers are still required to undergo 14-day quarantine in a facility assigned by the Ministry of Health or authority.

Visa on arrival on all ports of entry will resume for all travelers wishing to visit the country. 

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China

Last Updated: 18 March, 2022

China is still trying to implement a “Covid Zero” policy and locking down cities where outbreaks are occuring. It appears they are losing the battle though. 

Our Best Guess for Reopening

No specific date has been given in regards to reopening the country. 

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Hong Kong

Last Updated: 18 March 2022

Hong Kong has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals. It’s still difficult to judge when it might reopen.

We believe that Hong Kong’s reopening may be politically tied to mainland China’s reopening, which isn’t likely to be anytime soon.

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India

Last Update: 8 May 2022

India started processing tourist visa-on-arrival service beginning from November 15th, 2021.  International flights have also been reinstated. 

Here are the basic requirements for entry: 

  • Arrivals must possess a tourism visa or e-visa granted after October 6, 2021. 
  • Arriving at an airport, all arrivals are screened. Anyone showing symptoms will be taken to a medical facility.
  • All travelers must upload a self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha Portal, as well as a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the journey.
  • Fully vaccinated arrivals do not have to quarantine. Others must self-isolate for seven days, test on day eight, and continue to monitor their health for another week.
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Indonesia/Bali

Last Updated: 8 May 2022

The country is open as of April 1st, 2022 without quarantine requirements and will be processing visas on arrival in Bali again. 

The following pre-flight Covid-19 requirements are in effect:

  • Negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result in English issued maximum 48 hours prior departure for Indonesia.
  • Physical or digital proof of being fully (2x or 3x) vaccinated with the last dose administered no less than 14 days before departure (for 12 yrs+ only).
  • Health insurance with minimal Covid-19 coverage of USD 25,000.
  • A return ticket departing Indonesia within the visa validity.
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Japan

Last Updated: 18 March 2022

Japan is taking a very cautious approach to reopening, after many complaints from citizens about hosting the Olympics during the pandemic.  

Our Best Guess for Reopening

We had predicted that tourists would be welcomed back in time for the cherry blossom season in the spring of 2022, however, that’s not happening. It looks like it’ll be at least a few more months.

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Laos

Last Updated: 8 May 2022

As of May 9th, visas-on-arrival are being reinstated at “international borders as available”. Foreigners can also apply for visas at overseas Lao embassies and consulates and e-visas. Citizens of countries granted visa waivers can enter without visa requests.

“Person(s) with a complete [COVID-19] vaccination certificate can enter Lao PDR as usual without requiring COVID-19 testing both at the country of departure and upon entry to Lao PDR.”

Those without a complete vaccination certificate who are more than 12 years old must obtain a rapid (ATK) COVID-19 certificate within 48 hours of departure. Laos will not offer testing at airports or international borders via road or boat.

“Foreigners entering Lao PDR who contract COVID-19 shall be responsible for all treatment costs,” at hospitals or home isolation in line with Ministry of Health (MoH) instructions.

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Malaysia

Last Updated: 03 May 2022

All fully vaccinated travellers, children aged 12 and below, regardless of their vaccination status, and travelers with a history of recovery from Covid-19 within 6 to 60 days of departure, will no longer be required to take a pre-departure RT-PCR test. They will also not be required to take another test within 24-hours of arrival in Malaysia.

The edict goes on to make it optional to wear masks outdoors and check in before entering premises, as it further eases pandemic measures. From May 1, masks must continue to be worn indoors, including on public transport, but will be optional when outdoors.

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Mongolia

Last Updated: 18 March 2022 October 2021

Mongolia is Open!

  • Mongolia fully opened its air borders to international travel from February 14, 2022.
  • No negative PCR or rapid test results are required to enter Mongolia before departure.
  • No testing is required upon arrival at the border points.
  • No quarantine or self-isolation.
  • When in Mongolia – traveling within the country, between provinces, or getting on domestic flights – No additional requirements.

These provisions apply to all ages, both vaccinated and non-vaccinated, and effective as of March 14, 2022.

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Myanmar

Last Updated: 18 March 2022

The Covid virus is a big issue for travel to Myanmar, but not as big as the current political crisis in which the military seized power and has violently cracked down on country-wide demonstrations.

Our Best Guess for Reopening

Do not plan a trip to Myanmar for the foreseeable future due to the political unrest.

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Nepal

Last Updated: 03 May 2022

Nepal is Open!
Nepal has reinstated the visa-on-arrival and only requires visitors to be provide proof of being fully vaccinated on arrival.

If you are not fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arriving in Nepal, a COVID-19 test report (RT-PCR, Gene Expert, True NAAT or WHO accredited test) done within 72 hours of boarding from the first airport or, if you are entering through land border, done within 72 hours of entry.

While traveling to Nepal, you are required to bring with you the following documents:

  1. A vaccination certificate showing a full dose of vaccination against COVID-19, completed at least 14 days prior to entering Nepal.  or

If you are not fully vaccinated or have not completed a full dose of vaccination at least 14 days prior to arriving in Nepal, COVID-19 test report (RT-PCR, Gene Expert, True NAAT or WHO accredited test) showing negative result done within the last 72 hours of boarding from the first airport or, if you are entering through land border, done within 72 hours of entry. This provision will not be applicable to children below 5 years. 

2. A copy of the permit, if applicable, for mountaineering, trekking and other activities that will require permission.

3. A printed copy of the online form (International Traveler Online Arrival Form) to be filled by logging in to ccmc.gov.np.

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Singapore

Last Updated: 03 May 2022

Singapore has further relaxed its Covid entry requirements. Pre-departure and on-arrival testing is no longer required. These are the current requirements:

  • Be fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks prior to arrival.
  • Complete your SG Arrival Card (SGAC) within 3 days before your arrival in Singapore. The SG arrival card (SGAC) is a simple and free arrival declaration of your travel and health details. 
  • All visitors must use the TraceTogether app in Singapore to facilitate contact tracing. After leaving Singapore, the TraceTogether app data must be kept for 21 days.
  • Complete a healthcare declaration form.
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South Korea

Last Updated: 23 March 2022

South Korea is opening April 1st!
Starting April 1, visitors to Korea who have completed their COVID-19 vaccinations will be exempt from mandatory quarantine.

Ministry of the Interior and Safety announced the exemptions will be expanded to include overseas vaccinations that have not registered for vaccination status in Korea as well.

Quarantine exemption will be available for those who have completed their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or received two doses (one dose for Janssen) at least 14 days prior but within 180 days. However, this does not apply to vaccinated visitors from Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and Myanmar, and must quarantine for seven days.

Overseas visitors must enter their vaccine records to Q-CODE prior to arriving in Korea and scan the provided QR code upon immigration. Q-CODE will require personal information (passport number), entry information (departure country, airline, address in Korea, phone number), and vaccine records.

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Thailand

Last Updated: 21 March 2022

Thailand still requires a Thailand Pass, and RT-PCR Covid test on arrival, plus a self-administered antigen test on Day 5. As of April 1, 2022, a pre-departure Covid test is no longer required.

Pre-Arrival Requirements
  1. Thailand Pass (via https://tp.consular.go.th/) for arrivals by air and land; or a Certificate of Entry (via a Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate-General) for arrivals by water.
  2. An insurance policy with coverage no less than US$20,000. Thais and foreign expatriates under Thailand’s national healthcare coverage are exempt from this requirement.
    • TAT recommends that travelers make sure to check the small print of any COVID-19 insurance policy before purchasing. Ultimately, the policy should cover the cost of treatment and other medical expenses associated with being infected with COVID-19, including in-patient hospitalization, hospital isolation, hotel isolation, or related quarantine. The insurance policy should also cover the whole duration that travelers are planning to stay in Thailand, plus at least 10 extra days as a precautionary measure in the event that the traveler’s second swab test result returns as positive.
  3. A proof of prepayment for 1 night of accommodation at government-approved hotel/s; such as, SHA Extra Plus (SHA++) on Day 1, which should also include the expenses for 1 RT-PCR test on Day 1 and 1 Antigen Self-Test Kit (self-ATK) on Day 5.  
  4. A Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination/Recovery
    • Everyone 18 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand.
    • Travelers 12-17 years of age travelling to Thailand unaccompanied must get vaccinated with at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine. Those travelling with parents are exempt from this requirement.
    • Travelers 6-11 years of age, travelling with parents, are exempt from this requirement.
    • For arrivals by water, everyone on board must be fully vaccinated. This is except for travelers under 18 years of age, travelling with parents or guardians.
    • Travelers with a history of COVID-19 infection who have recovered by medical treatment, and travelers who have received at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine after post-infection must have a certificate of COVID-19 recovery.

All travelers must undergo ‘exit screening’ at the point of departure, i.e., at the airline check-in counter and present the required documents to the person-in-charge to carry out the checks.

On-Arrival Requirements / During the Stay
  1. All travelers must undergo entry screening including body temperature check, and presenting the required documents to the Immigration/Health Control officer to carry out the checks.
    • 1.1 Arrivals by air:
      • Arrivals on a direct flight to Thailand’s international airport: At the point of entry.
      • Arrivals with domestic connecting flights: At either the first point of entry before boarding the transit flight, or at the final airport.
    • 1.2 Arrivals by land and water: at the point of entry. 
  2. Proceed to the prearranged accommodation to undergo the Day 1 RT-PCR test.
    • 2.1 Arrivals by air and land: The trip must be by a prearranged vehicle on a sealed route within a travelling time of no longer than 5 hours. Then, all travelers must wait for the test result within the hotel only.
    • 2.2 Arrivals by water: All travelers must wait for the test result on board the travelling vessel (yacht).
      • Travelers whose test result returns as negative are free to go anywhere in Thailand, but will be provided with 1 Antigen Self-Test Kit for a self-test on Day 5 and be required to report/record the result via the MorChana application or another specified application.
      • Travelers whose test result returns as positive will be referred for appropriate medical treatment in accordance with Thailand’s Communicable Diseases Act B.E. 2558 (2015). The expenses must be covered by the required insurance / own expense for foreign travelers, or national healthcare coverage for Thais and eligible foreign expatriates.
        • Pending on their conditions, they may be medically advised to receive treatment in either hospital hotel isolation or community isolation.
        • During receiving the medical treatment – at least 10 days, they must remain in their accommodation only. They should not leave their accommodation unless utmost necessary, and must notify the Communicable Disease Control officer in-charge.
        • After having recovered from COVID-19, they will receive a medical certificate of recovery.
  3. While in Thailand, travelers are advised to strictly follow standard, good personal hygiene practices; such as wearing a mask in public and use hand sanitizer.
  4. All travelers must download and install the MorChana application, and set it on at all times for the COVID-19 precautionary measures and to record the self-ATK result on Day 5 in the application.
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Vietnam

Last Updated: 18 March 2022

Entry Protocols

  • Travelers who wish to visit the country will only need to present a negative Covid-19 test certificate using RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method done within 72 hours before departure from country of origin or a RAT (Rapid Antigen Test) done within 24 hours from departure
  • Travelers who are unable to take the test before arrival is required to undergo testing at the border gate before entry using the same above-mentioned method
  • If result is negative travelers are allowed to leave their accommodation and proceed with their travel plans
  • If test result returns positive, travelers are required to undergo quarantine and follow the regulations of the health authority
  • Children under 2 years old are exempted from the mandatory testing
  • Travelers are required to install and use Vietnam’s health declaration application (PC-COVID) before entry.
  • Travelers must have travel insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment with a minimum liability of USD$10,000

During the 10 days from date of entry travelers are requested to continue to self-monitor and follow minimum health standards (wear medical face mask and disinfect hands regularly). Travelers who experiencing signs and symptoms of Covid-19 must notify the nearest medical facility.

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