Covid-19: Travel Re-opening, Vaccination & Testing Policy

South East Asia Re-opening

Travelling around Asia is becoming more and more crowed & bustling after COVID-19 pandemic. Among these 8 destinations, are fully open for travel. Let all the worry and busy life go away, “to travel is to live”.

For further details, please check out the summaries below:

I. Vietnam

Vietnam is now fully open for tourism with no testing, no quarantine and no travel restrictions regardless of vaccination status.

Pre-arrival:

  • Visa exemptions: will be offered for citizens of the following 25 countries: Chile, Panama, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Myanmar, Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom (not applicable to BNO)
  • Visa exemptions permit travel for up to 15 days without a visa regardless of passport type or entry purpose.
  • To enter Vietnam with a Vietnam visa exemption, the eligible travelers are required to ensure:
    • Their passport valid for at least 6 months following their date of arrival in Vietnam;
    • Their passport has at least 02 blank pages.
  • E-Visas are single-entry 30 day tourist visas. It will be offered for citizens on 80 countries including the United States and most European nations not included in the visa exemptions above. Tourists can apply e-visas here 
  • Medical insurance: covering COVID-19 treatment worth at least US $10,000.

Arrival: Do immigration procedures as normal.

During stay:

  • Guests self-monitor their health. If you have symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection (fever; cough; sore throat; runny nose, stuffy nose; body aches, fatigue, chills; decreased or lost taste; decreased or lost sense of smell; pain, headache; diarrhea; difficulty breathing; respiratory infection...) must immediately notify the nearest medical facility for guidance and timely management; take preventive measures (regularly wear a mask, disinfect hands with an antiseptic solution).
  • Wearing masks will no longer be mandatory but recommended.
  • Guests on entry must pay for the costs of testing, medical isolation, medical examination and treatment and other related expenses (if any).

II. Thailand

Since 1 May 2022, Thailand has scrapped its Test & Go scheme entirely, allowing vaccinated travellers to enter and explore Thailand with no testing, no quarantine and no hotel stay.

Pre-arrival: 

  • Register for a ‘Thailand Pass’ at link tp.consular.go.th by submitting required documents prior to travel. After receiving confirmation of approval, you will receive their Thailand Pass QR code.
  • For Vaccinated or recently recovered travellers:
    • Submit proof of full vaccination completed at least 14 days before arrival (if applicable). Anyone infected within the previous 3 months who have 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.
    • Proof of insurance covering COVID treatment: Medical insurance with at least $10,000 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).
    • Children under 18 years of age travelling with vaccinated parents are exempt from vaccination requirements.
  • For unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers:
    • Submit proof of negative results from a PCR test within 72h of arrival in Thailand to the Thailand Pass system.
    • Submit proof of pre-payment for a 5-night quarantine at government-approved SHA Extra Plus (SHA++) hotels.
    • Children under 6 year of age who are travelling with their parents are exempt from the above conditions.

Arrival: Present Thailand Pass QR code to health officials prior to immigration procedures.

During stay: Wearing masks will no longer be mandatory but recommended.

III. Laos

Laos is fully open with 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.

Pre-arrival:

  • Proof of full vaccination. For unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers: must have a rapid ATK test performed no more than 48 hours before arrival. Children younger than 12 years of age: are exempt from testing and vaccination requirements.
  • Visa:
    • Applicable for fully vaccinated travellers of 46 nationalities: Russia, Dominica, Haiti, Ecuador, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Micronesia, Palau, Samosa, Tuvalu, Armenia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Iran, Kuwait, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Cape Verde, Comoros, Egypt, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia.
    • Other nationalities can apply for a visa at a Lao embassy or consulate abroad or through the e-Visa online system. VOA is 40$/person.
    • E-Visas can be used to enter 5 international ports: Wattay international Airport (Vientiane); Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge I (Vientiane); Luang Prabang International Airport (Luang Prabang Province); Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge II (Savannakhet Province); Pakse International Airport (Champasak Province).

Arrival: Present Vaccination Certificates and do immigration procedures as normal.

During stay: Wearing masks will no longer be mandatory but recommended.

IV. Cambodia

Cambodia is now fully open to visit, with no testing requirements at all and visa on arrival whether by air, sea or land. Travellers need only provide proof of vaccination and health insurance.

Pre-arrival:

  • Visa: all travellers by air, sea and land are eligible to obtain a Visa on Arrival (VOA) when entering Cambodia
  • Proof of full vaccination: at least 14 days prior to departure to Cambodia to be presented upon arrival; should show vaccine type and date of vaccination.
  • Health/medical insurance: is recommended but not compulsory. Those who do not already have it can purchase local insurance upon arrival for $90USD.
  • Download ‘Tracerapp‘ before exiting the airport
  • Children under the age of 18 do not need to be fully vaccinated to enter without quarantine as long as parents/guardians are fully vaccinated.

Arrival: Do immigration procedures as normal.

During stay:

  • Wearing masks will no longer be mandatory but recommended.
  • Guests self-monitor their health. If you have symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection (fever; cough; sore throat; runny nose, stuffy nose; body aches, fatigue, chills; decreased or lost taste; decreased or lost sense of smell; pain, headache; diarrhea; difficulty breathing; respiratory infection...) must immediately notify the nearest medical facility for guidance and timely management; take preventive measures (regularly wear a mask, disinfect hands with an antiseptic solution).

V. Myanmar:

Myanmar is now officially open for travel, with no testing requirements at all and visa on arrival whether by air, sea or land. Travellers need only provide proof of vaccination and health insurance.

Pre-arrival:

  • Vaccine certificate: fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival in Myanmar.
  • PCR test: Negative results from a PCR test issued < 72 hours before arrival.
  • Insurance: Local health insurance (through Myanmar Insurance) is mandatory for all travelers and covers treatment in case of COVID-19 up to USD 25,000.
  • Copies: of the above documents should be made and presented to airline authorities before boarding their flight to Myanmar.
  • Visa (if required)
  • Children: under 6 years of age are exempt from the PCR test and vaccination requirements.

Arrival:

  • Health screening: Upon arrival, guests will undergo a temperature scan and submit a health declaration form to airport health authorities.
  • Hotel stay: Upon arrival at the airport guests will be appointed the hotel where they must wait for results from their PCR test.
  • Transport: After being appointed a hotel, guests will be provided with transportation from the hotel counter.
  • Payment for the hotel, transportation and the PCR test (below) are handled at the hotel and can be made by credit card or USD.
  • PCR test: will be performed by approved laboratories who are working with hotels and comes at a cost of 120,000 MMK or roughly $64 USD.
  • Waiting times: guests arriving before 3pm will be given their test by 4pm and will be permitted to leave their hotels the next morning. Guests arriving after 3pm will be given their PCR test at 7am the next morning and should have their results and be permitted to leave by 2pm the next day. Once negative results are received, guests are free to travel.

During stay:

  • Wearing masks will no longer be mandatory but recommended.
  • Guests self-monitor their health. If you have symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection (fever; cough; sore throat; runny nose, stuffy nose; body aches, fatigue, chills; decreased or lost taste; decreased or lost sense of smell; pain, headache; diarrhea; difficulty breathing; respiratory infection...) must immediately notify the nearest medical facility for guidance and timely management; take preventive measures (regularly wear a mask, disinfect hands with an antiseptic solution).

VI. Indonesia:

Indonesia is fully open with no quarantine, testing and no travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers while unvaccinated travellers only need to take a PCR test within 72h of departure to Indonesia.

Pre-arrival: 

  • Proof of full vaccination: Printed copies and vaccination must be submitted and verified by the Care Protect Application (Peduli Lindungi).
    • Vaccinated or recently recovered travellers: Present proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in English and certified by an authorized health agency.
    • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers: Present negative results from a PCR test (<72 hours before arrival) and a statement from a medical professional that they are unable to get vaccinated.
    • Children: Children under 17 years old do not need to be vaccinated as long as they are travelling with a fully-vaccinated guardian.
  • Visa on arrival:
    • Applicable for fully vaccinated travellers of 72 nationalities: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Czech Republic, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam.
  • Validity is for 30 days, which can be extended once for another 30 days.
    • Other nationalities: apply for B211A visas and sponsors from Indonesia are required.

Arrival: Arrival test is only for fully vaccinated travellers who have symptoms of Covid.

During stay: Wearing masks will no longer be mandatory but recommended.

VII. Singapore:

Singapore is fully open with no quarantine, testing and no travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers.

Pre-arrival: Travellers should prepare the following documents:

  • Proof of full vaccination or vaccination certificates. Children from 0-12 are exempt from vaccination requirements.
  • Visa

Arrival: Do immigration procedures as normal.

During stay:

  • Wearing masks will no longer be mandatory but recommended.
  • Guests must maintain contact using the declared contact information for the duration of their stay. 

VIII. Malaysia:

Malaysia is fully open with no quarantine, testing and no travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers.

Pre-arrival:

Travellers should prepare the following documents:

  • Proof of full vaccination or vaccination certificates. Travellers who are 60 years old or older and those vaccinated with Sinovac must also have a booster to be considered fully vaccinated.
  • Visa (if required).
  • Complete a pre-departure form to receive a “Traveller card”.
  • Children from 0-17 years old do not need to be vaccinated as long as they are travelling with a fully-vaccinated guardian.
  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers: Present negative results from a PCR test (<48 hours before arrival).

Arrival:

  • Vaccinated travellers do immigration procedures as normal.
  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers: need to take a PCR test at least 48 hours before departure in addition to an antigen test 24 hours after arrival. They will also need to undergo five days of quarantine at home or at a designated hotel. only unvaccinated visitors who have proof of medical exemption from vaccination are not required to undergo quarantine, but are still required to undertake a PCR test 48 hours before departure and an antigen test 24 hours after arrival.

During stay:

  • Wearing masks will no longer be mandatory but recommended.
  • Guests must maintain contact using the declared contact information for the duration of their stay.

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