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Coronavirus Travel Information

Travel Status - 23 September 2022

Many of our Asian destinations have considerably relaxed their entry requirements, including Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos and Singapore. Entry requirements for these countries are minimal – please see full details below for each country, as they do differ slightly. As of late 2022, the outlook is looking good for travel to almost all of our destinations.

Hong Kong announced it would scrap quarantine requirements on arrival from September 26th, and passengers will no longer need to provide Covid testing before flights to Hong Kong. Instead, they will need to self-monitor for symptoms within 72 after arrival.

The Japanese government announced that from October 11th Japan will remove arrival caps and resume visa-free travel. This means that fully independent travel to Japan is now possible.

South Korea has recently announced that pre-departure testing is no longer required. Futhermore, 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 at least three doses, or have received their second dose within the last six months.

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.

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

There is no restriction to travel to any of our destinations: just make sure to check the entry requirements for the country you're travelling to further down below or, alternatively, check the latest official government information on travel to Asia from the FCDO here.

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

International travel is open, though please check the government advisory beforehand and any country entry requirements below.

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

Australia

Since early July, Australia dropped all pandemic-related requirements to both leave and enter the country. To enter Australia, passengers are no longer required to show proof of vaccination, PCR tests or even fill out Digital Passenger Declarations or Maritime Travel Declarations.

In line with this final ease on restrictions, DFAT has updated its advisory and most of the destinations listed are now showing EXERCISE A HIGH DEGREE OF CAUTION (Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong) or EXERCISE NORMAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS (Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos).

  • 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 flung its doors fully open to visitors, with no testing, quarantine, or travel restrictions regardless of vaccination status. In addition, citizens from 13 countries are allowed up to 15 days visa-free entry, while e-visas are available for a further 80 countries.

Requirements:

Pre-Arrival:

  • 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.

Arrival:

  • Proceed through immigration as normal and enjoy your stay!

During Stay:

  • Monitor health for 10 days as per health ministry protocol
  • If travellers test positive for COVID-19 during their stay, they may self-isolate as long as they aren't exhibiting serious symptoms requiring medical attention.
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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:

Vaccinated Travellers:

  • Arrival:
    • Show 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!
Unvaccinated Travellers:
  • Arrival:
    • Take a rapid antigen test and give a negative result

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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Laos

Laos is officially and fully open thanks to a continual decline of covid cases despite Laos being behind its neighbours in terms of its rates for the vaccination programme.

There is no quarantine, testing and no travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers while unvaccinated travellers only need to take a rapid ATK test within 48h of departure to Laos and show the results upon arrival to enjoy the same ease of entry. Everything else including visas and entry returns to pre-covid norms, although visa on arrivals are now charged at $40USD per person.

Vaccinated Travellers:
  • Pre-Arrival:
    • Be fully vaccinated no less than 14 days prior to arrival
    • Visas as normal pre-covid: Citizens of countries that do not have a visa waiver agreement with Laos can apply for a visa at a Lao embassy or consulate abroad or via the e-Visa online system
  • Arrival:
    • Show proof of vaccination
Unvaccinated Travellers:
  • Pre-Arrival:
    • Must have a rapid ATK test performed no more than 48 hours before departure to Laos.
  • Arrival:
    • Show proof of negative results from rapid ATK test before departure.
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Thailand

Thailand is now allowing fully-vaccinated travellers free access to the country's stunning tourism sites as soon as they leave the airport! As of now, fully vaccinated travellers will only need to do the following:

Vaccinated Travellers:
  • Pre-arrival:

    • Submit proof of full vaccination completed at least 14 days before arrival.
    • Submit proof of insurance covering COVID treatment and at least $10,000 USD 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).
    • Children under 18 years of age travelling with vaccinated parents are exempt from vaccination requirements.
Unvaccinated Travellers:
  • Pre-arrival:
    • Submit proof of a negative PCR test or professional ATK test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
    • Submit proof of insurance covering COVID treatment and at least $10,000 USD 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).

Arrival:

  • Enjoy your holiday!

During your holiday, you will still be required to wear masks in public places including outdoor locations. At beaches, this is quite lenient though.

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Malaysia & Borneo

Malaysia has fully opened the borders to vaccinated travellers! There are no quarantine restrictions; all you'll need are proof of vaccination submitted via the MySejahtera contact tracing app before departure and to fill out the pre-departure form on the app; you're then free to explore Malaysia with no restrictions!

  • Valid visa (if required by country)
  • Proof of full vaccination (submitted within a week before departure via the MySejahtera contact tracing app)
  • Not required but recommended: while not formally required, we recommend travellers who have vaccination cards to bring them

During Stay:

  • Mask usage is required indoors, but optional outdoors
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Singapore

Fully vaccinated travellers can travel with no quarantine or testing upon arrival under the new Vaccinated Travel Framework (VTF). 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.
  • SG Arrival Card to be submitted at least 3 days prior to your date of arrival in Singapore
  • Visa (if applicable)

On arrival:

  • Enjoy your stay!

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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South Korea

In an exciting move, South Korea country has recently opened its doors to fully vaccinated travellers, with no pre-departure testing or 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:

  • 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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Japan

With 82% of its population fully vaccinated, Japan now ranks among the most vaccinated countries in the world!

The Japanese government has announced that from October 11th arrival caps will be removed, and visa-free travel to Japan will be possible. In other words, the borders will be fully open, with only minor travel requirements (see below for more details).

While Japan temporarily closed its border to new entries in response to the emergence of the Omicron variant, entry rules for Japanese citizens and residents have been eased and arrival caps, previously set at 50,000 travellers per day, will be fully removed from October 11th onwards. Furthermore, countries are now classified as 'red', 'yellow', or 'blue' for the purposes of entry: 'blue' countries (such as the US, Canada, UK, the rest of Europe, Australia and New Zealand) are no longer subject to on-arrival testing or quarantine!

From October 11th 2022, to enter Japan tourists simply need to:

  • Have stayed in a Group Blue country for 14 days prior to arrival.
  • Optional but recommended: Download the Mysos App,to fast-track you through arrivals when you get to Japan. Using this app, you can upload documentation of things such as a negative covid test and vaccination certificates. The relevant documents must be uploaded to the MySoS app at least 6 hours before your flight's departure. We recommend that this is done at least 2 or more days in advance in case of any technical issues, but pre-registration of your information is possible from 2 weeks prior to your trip so you can get the ball rolling even sooner if you like.
  • Have a travel insurance plan that covers covid-related medical expenses and disruptions.
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Hong Kong

After months of speculation, Hong Kong is finally relaxing its entry requirements. From September 26th onwards, Hong Kong has removed on-arrival quarantine and pre-flight Covid testing requirements, replacing them with a request for travellers to self-monitor any symptoms within 72 hours after arrival.

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