Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates

Easia Travel’s Destinations Update

LAOS (Update 05/01/2022)

International travel and tourism to Laos will be permitted from the 1st of January 2022 under the Green Zone Programme.

Reopening Phases:

The reopening will be done in 3 phases:

  • Phase 1 – 1st of January to 31st of March
  • Phase 2 – 1st of April to 30th of June
  • Phase 3 – 1st of July onwards.

Eligible Travelers:

Travellers from the following countries will be able to visit Laos in Phase 1 of the reopening. The list is expected to be extended in later phases.

  • China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, USA, Canada, Australia, Norway, Switzerland, Finland, Israel, Ireland, Hungary, Austria, New Zealand, Poland, Denmark, and Belgium.

Tourism will be restricted to tours arranged through tour companies under the Lao Green Zone Programme. Independent travellers who do not travel using a tour company will not be permitted in the first phases of the reopening.

Destinations that can be visited:

In Phase 1 travellers will be able to visit the following destinations:

  • Green Zone (I) – Vientiane Capital, Luang Prabang Province and Vang Vieng district of Vientiane Province.

After 3 days in the Green Zone travellers can continue to destinations on the Green Trail:

  • Green Trail (I) – Oudomxay, Xayaboury, Xieng Khouang, Khammouane and Champasak Provinces.

In Phase 2 travellers will be able to visit the following destinations:

  • Green Zone (II) – Vientiane Capital, Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Oudomxay, Xayaboury, Xieng Khouang, Khammouane, Champasak and Savannakhet Provinces.

After 3 days in the Green Zone travellers can continue to destinations on the Green Trail:

  • Green Trail (II) – Houay Xay district of Bokeo Province, Luang Namtha, Sekong and Salavanh Provinces

In Phase 3 it is expected that the rest of the country will open up and internal travel restrictions will be minimal.

International Entry/Exit points

In Phase 1, only 2 entry/exit points will be in use:

– Wattay International Airport (VTE) in Vientiane
– Nong Khai – Vientiane Friendship Bridge

In Phase 2, additional entry/exit points will be added to the 2 from Phase 1:

  • Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ)
  • Boten (Laos-China)
  • Thakhek Friendship Bridge (Laos-Thailand)
  • Savannakhet Friendship Bridge (Laos-Thailand)
  • Chongmek (Pakse-Ubon) Checkpoint (Laos-Thailand)
  • Lao Bao Checkpoint (Laos-Vietnam)
  • Lak Sao Checkpoint (Laos-Vietnam)

All other entry/exit points are expected to reopen in Phase 3.

Visas and entry documents

Independent travellers will not be permitted in the first phases of the reopening. All travellers must make their arrangements and travel in Laos through a registered tour company.

The travellers’ documents and information will need to be sent to the registered tour company in Laos (Easia Travel) to request entry permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Easia Travel will then be issued with the entry approval (Certificate of Entry / Green Travel Pass) which will then be sent back for it to be given to the travellers.

E-visa and Visa on Arrival will not be possible in Phase 1, though this is expected to change in later phases of the reopening. The visa will have to be obtained using the entry approval document at the Lao embassy in the country of origin. In later phases, should the E-Visa and Visa on Arrival not become available, Easia Travel hopes to be able to provide further assistance with the visa.

Pre-departure requirements

  • Negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test certificate (no more than 72 hours prior to departure).
  • Vaccination certificate in English (full vaccination completed at least 14 days before the departure date and not more than half a year ago; if more than half a year, additional booster shots are required).
  • Have an adequate insurance policy covering Covid-19. Insurance should be for a minimum amount of 50,000$.
  • Download and install the LaoStaySafe app.

Procedure upon arrival

  • Show all the documents detailed above.
  • Undergo RT-PCR testing on arrival in Laos (Approximately US $65).
  • Children 5-18 years of age will be tested for Covid-19 with an RT-PCR test, but they are not required to be vaccinated. Children under 5 years of age do not nee\]-0987654
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  • Tourists will be taken to hotels in LaoSafe approved vehicles and will wait for the result of their PCR test, which will be available within 24 hours.
  • If the result is positive, tourists will be isolated for three days before being tested again. If the isolation period is longer than three days, tourists will be refunded for expenses incurred.

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VIETNAM (Update 26/12/2021)

International travellers who are either fully vaccinated or recovered Covid-19 patients can visit five destinations (designated places in Vietnam’s most oversized island Phu Quoc, Da Nang City, Quang Nam Province, which is home to the ancient town of Hoi An, Khanh Hoa Province, which is home to Nha Trang beach town, and Quang Ninh Province home to Ha Long Bay) in Vietnam starting this November, without quarantine mandate as the Government Office approved a pilot plan to welcome international visitors as proposed earlier by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Accordingly, the pilot plan in three phases:

  • Phase 1 from November 2021, Vietnam welcomes travellers who book the package programs through charter flights and commercial flights to these five places.
  • Phased 2 from January 2022 is expected to take effect in January next year to have tourists travel between the five destinations allowed in the first phase.
  • Phase 3 will see Vietnam fully open to foreign visitors. A specific timeline will depend on the pandemic situation.

Under the pilot program for foreign tourists, they could spend a maximum of 90 days in Vietnam. People on tours lasting more than seven days will be tested again on the 7th day of their trip. They can visit destinations that are open to foreign tourists under the pilot program, with the full combo booked in advance.

If tourists want to visit locations not included in the pilot program, they have to register with tourism agencies, informing authorities in the host localities for health monitoring and quarantine.

Vietnam has reduced quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated international arrivals from January 1, 2022. Arrivals with negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test results would only need to self-quarantine at home or their places of accommodation for three days when they enter Vietnam. Two RT-PCR tests will be conducted on the first and third day of entry. If negative, entrants are still required to monitor their health for the next 11 days

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs temporarily recognizes ‘vaccine passports’ of 72 countries and territories and is in discussions with nearly 80 others on mutual recognition for the ‘vaccine passport’.

Borders with China, Cambodia, and Laos are currently closed except for the import and export of goods and returning Vietnamese nationals.

The government has approved for resumption of international flights on nine routes from January 1 and six extra ones from January 26.

  • Under the plan, regular international passenger flights will be reopened to areas with a high safety level which are Beijing/Guangzhou (China), Tokyo (Japan), Seoul (the Republic of Korea), Taipei (Taiwan – China), Bangkok (Thailand), Singapore, Vientiane (Laos), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), and San Francisco/Los Angeles (the US). The plan will be carried out following the Ministry of Health’s pandemic prevention guidance for arrivals and begin on January 1 next year. On January 16 it plans to add Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Russia to its itinerary.
  • Flights would be added on routes connecting Vietnam with Frankfurt (Germany), Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Moscow (Russia), Paris (France) and Sydney (Australia).

Entry Conditions and Health Check/Declarations:

  • Travellers must show proof of complete vaccination or Covid-19 recovery, as well as a negative coronavirus test (RT-LAMP or RT – PCR) taken within 72 hours before departure.
  • Visitors will also have to furnish medical or travel insurance, including coverage for Covid-19 treatment worth at least $50,000, and book a package tour. Children under 12 years old travelling with a parent or guardian do not require a vaccination certificate against Covid-19.
  • They must install the IGOVN application on their smartphones and use it during their tours in Vietnam. Masking is required, and there will be no quarantine mandate.

 


THAILAND (Update 15/12/2021)

Thailand has administered at least 83,320,621 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 59.8% of the country’s population. However, all popular holiday destinations such as Bangkok, Phuket etc. have a vaccination rate higher than 70 %.

Thailand’s Royal Government announced the reopening of the Kingdom’s borders without quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers on the 1st of November 2021! News that we received with great joy at Easia Travel as we can’t wait to welcome back your travellers to our beautiful destination! Starting from November 2021, fully-vaccinated travellers will be able to freely tour Thailand’s sandy beaches, temples and tropical islands after testing negative for COVID on arrival. The full list can be found on the Tourism Authority of Thailand website.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) provided an update on the latest announcement published on 15 December 2021 in the Royal Thai Government Gazette that further eases rules for travellers entering Thailand under the Exemption from Quarantine (TEST & GO) entry scheme, effective from 16 December 2021.

Pre-Arrival Requirements

All eligible travellers travelling from eligible countries must have the following documents for entering to Thailand:

  • A Thailand Pass, which can be applied via https://tp.consular.go.th/.
  • A Medical Certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is detected issued no more than 72 hours before travelling.
    • Travellers under 6 years of age, travelling with parents with a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours before travelling, are not required to have a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test result and can have a saliva test when entering the Kingdom.
    • For arrivals by water, everyone on board the vessels must have a medical certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected within the officially specified timeframe. Anyone aboard with a history of COVID-19 infection within a period between 14-90 days must have a medical certificate of recovery.
  • An insurance policy with coverage no less than US$50,000.
    • Thais and foreign expatriates under Thailand’s national healthcare coverage are exempt from this requirement.
  • A confirmed payment for at least a 1-day stay at a SHA++ hotel that also includes the expenses for the RT-PCR and self-antigen (ATK) tests.
  • 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.
    • Travellers 12-17 years of age travelling to Thailand unaccompanied must get vaccinated with at least one dose of an approved vaccine. Those travelling with parents are exempt from this requirement.
    • Travellers 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 travellers under 18 years of age, travelling with parents or guardians.
    • Travellers with a history of COVID-19 infection who have recovered by medical treatments and travellers who have received at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine after post-infection must have a certificate of COVID-19 recovery.

All travellers 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

  • All travellers must undergo ‘entry screening’ including body temperature check at the point of entry
  • Present the required documents to the Immigration/Health Control officer to carry out the checks, then proceed through the Immigration procedures.
  • Proceed to the prearranged accommodation or medical facility to undergo the RT-PCR test. The trip must be by a prearranged vehicle on a sealed route within a 5-hour journey from the point of entry. Then, all travellers must wait for the test result within the hotel only. Travellers under 6 years of age, travelling with parents, can have a saliva test.
    • If testing is negative for COVID-19, travellers are free to go anywhere in Thailand. They will receive an ATK for a self-antigen test on Day 5-6.
    • If testing positive for COVID-19, travellers will be referred to a healthcare facility for appropriate medical treatment, for which the expenses must be covered by the required insurance, or national healthcare coverage for Thais and eligible foreign expatriates.
  • All travellers must download and install the MorChana application, and set it on at all times for the COVID-19 precautionary measures and to record the result on Day 5-6 in the application.
We have detailed information about a summary of regulations on entering Thailand from the 1st of November 2021 onwards in our Travel Blog.

CAMBODIA (Update 18/11/2021)

Cambodia has vaccinated nearly 86 per cent of its more than 16 million people, with two million given booster shots already and 300,000 school children set to be inoculated. As of November 13, over 14 million Cambodians aged five and up have been vaccinated with their first shot – equal to 87.82 per cent of the total population. Of those, 13.2 million have received their second dose and more than two million have received a third, or booster shot.

Cambodia is lifting all quarantine requirements for vaccinated inbound travellers entering Cambodia by air, waterway, or land border checkpoints effective from November 15, 2021. Travellers will be required to take a rapid antigen test on arrival rather than waiting for the results of the lengthier polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Those who have not been vaccinated must quarantine for 14 days, both Cambodians and foreigners.

The order applies to all routes – airports, waterways, and land border checkpoints with Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos.

Entry Conditions 

Vaccinated travellers (including children/babies) can enter Cambodia, by land, air, and water without Quarantine with :

  • Negative PCR Test for 72hours prior to arrival in Cambodia. (Must be hard copy not digital, should have wet ink signature & stamp – printed on clinic/testing facilities letterhead and includes travellers full name, date of birth/age & passport number ).
  • Legitimate certificate of fully COVID-19 vaccination Card. (vaccination so final dose need to be completed a minimum of 14 days before arrival – must state travellers name, type of vaccine, dates of vaccinations – must be hard copy not digital)
  • Tourist Visa. ⚠️ Visa on arrival remains suspended. So visa need to be done at Cambodian Embassy prior to travel or online https://www.evisa.gov.kh/
  • Travellers are encouraged to purchase local FORTE Insurance (90$ per person) but it is NOT mandatory.

Unvaccinated travellers need to undergo a rapid test on arrival, FORTE Insurance purchased, a 2000$ deposit, and a Quarantine of 14 days with a PCR test on Day 13th.

Note for children: Unvaccinated under-18-years-olds travelling as part of a family group will be quarantined in accordance with the period that applies to their parents.

Health Check/Declarations:

  • On arrival, vaccinated travellers will undergo a Rapid Antigen Test (results 15-20min ) and if it’s negative, they will be free to go anywhere. For now, this test is free of charge.
  • Those who test positive will be sent to a separately approved quarantine, treatment facility.

Follow our article The Kingdom of Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen It Before – A Short Q&A With Clémence, Country Director for Cambodia for more information about us in Cambodia.


MYANMAR (Update 05/08/2021)

Entry/Travel Conditions:

  • Since 01 February 2021, the Myanmar military has assumed control of the country, arresting the existing National League for Democracy party leaders and detaining them after declaring the results of the November 2020 general election invalid
  • The military went on to declare a year-long state of emergency and have banned all international travel.
  • Following the coup, the regime intermittently resumed immunization and geared up in August with vaccines donated and purchased from China, vowing that half of the country’s more than 55 million population would be jabbed by the end of this year. As of Monday, the regime said, 3.92 million people had been fully vaccinated.

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