Easia Travel’s Destinations Update

THAILAND (Update 09/01/2023)

Thailand lifted the remaining Covid-19 restrictions, bringing the country’s emergency declaration to a conclusion on 1 October 2022. The country’s Centre of COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) declared that the nationwide COVID-19 Emergency Decree would expire on 30 September 2022 as the kingdom reclassifies COVID-19 from a “dangerous communicable disease” to a “communicable disease under surveillance.”  Further, as of 1 October, COVID-19-positive individuals in Thailand who show no symptoms are no longer required to self-isolate or show proof of vaccination. Instead, they will only be urged to wear masks and exercise social distancing.

From October 2022 to March 2023, the length of stay for foreign tourists will be increased! Indeed, the stay will double from 15 to 30 days for those who need a visa on arrival. Travellers from one of 64 countries who receive a 30-day visa stamp can stay 45 days instead of 30. This an excellent opportunity for our travellers to stay longer and enjoy the Kingdom of Siam!

Thai Airways International (THAI), in its recently announced 2022-2023 winter schedule (30 October 2022 – 25 March 2023), is operating flights on 34 European, Australian, and Asian routes with increased frequencies on selected routes. This includes daily flights between Bangkok and London, Paris, Zurich, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Manila, Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi, Mumbai, Dhaka, and Karachi.

Entry Conditions:

Before entering Thailand: 

  • A valid passport or a border pass for arrivals via border checkpoints.

At the international airport or Thailand border gates:

  • Upon arriving in Thailand, all travellers must undergo entry screening, including a body temperature check, and present the required documents to the Immigration officer to conduct the reviews.
  • The travellers will then be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom.
  • The travellers who arrive by land using a border pass will only be allowed to stay no longer than three days within the specified areas.

During the Stay
While in Thailand, both vaccinated and unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers are advised to strictly follow the health and safety standards. Travellers who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms should get tested. If testing positive, they must get the appropriate medical treatment.


LAOS (Update 26/12/2022)

Laos announced that COVID-19 vaccination proof and Rapid Antigen Test (ATK) for unvaccinated travellers would no longer be required to enter the country. Travellers will not be required to show their proof of vaccination or Covid-19 test results at any international airport, land border crossing, or port of entry in Laos.

Visas and Entry Requirement

  • Tourist visas for those who require them are available on arrival and will shortly be available via the E-visa platform.
  • Citizens of countries with a visa waiver scheme will be able to visit Laos without requesting a visa.
  • The passport should have at least six months of validity on entry into Laos.
  • Additionally, be aware that airlines will now only allow boarding of flights to and from Laos if you have two blank pages in your passport.
  • Visitors contracting or arriving with COVID-19 will be responsible for all treatment costs.

Procedure upon arrival

The procedure upon arrival is similar to how it was before the pandemic. All travellers will need to obtain the visa on arrival (unless they have an E-visa), collect their luggage and enjoy their holiday!

Any questions about these regulations? Contact our sales team directly for support!


VIETNAM (Update 07/11/2022)

Vietnam officially reopened international tourism on March 15th, 2022, albeit under certain entry conditions. Undoubtedly, both you and your clients want to know precisely the requirements.

Visa Conditions:

Visa Exemption:

  • Visa exemption includes visa exemption for entry, exit, and transit for international visitors in place before 2020 have been restored with waived visa requirements for the citizens of 13 countries for 15 days, namely citizens from Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K.
  • Each entry of travel for up to 15 days without a visa.
  • The 30-day interval between 02 stays with visa exemption has been removed.
  • The visa-free stay period is counted from the date of entry.

E-Visas:

  • Vietnam also grants e-visas to citizens of 80 countries that allow travelers to apply for a 30-day, single entry.
  • List of Ports that allowed foreigners to enter and exit Vietnam by E-visa.
  • E-Visas can be applied here.

Entry Conditions:

Before entering Vietnam:

  • All Travelers must have medical or travel insurance covering COVID-19 treatment with a minimum liability of $10,000.
  • Check the passport is valid for at least six months following the date of arrival in Vietnam.

At the international airport or Vietnam border gates:

  • At the point of entry, if passengers have symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection (fever; cough; sore throat; runny nose, stuffy nose; body aches, fatigue, chills; decrease or loss of taste; decrease or loss of smell); pain, headache; diarrhea; difficulty breathing; respiratory infection…) should immediately report to the health agency at the entry point for medical measures as prescribed.

After entering Vietnam, Travelers must:

  • They must self-monitor their health, and if having any symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection (fever; cough; sore throat; runny nose, stuffy nose; pain, fatigue, chills; decreased or lost taste; decreased or lost sense of smell; respiratory infections…), they must immediately notify the nearest medical facility for guidance and situation management.
  • Children under two years old who are not required to be tested for SARS-CoV-2, have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, or have never been infected with SARS-CoV-2 are allowed to enter and participate in activities outside the place of residence with their father, mother, and relatives.
  • They must always wear a mask in public and frequently disinfect their hands with an antiseptic solution such as hand sanitizer.

CAMBODIA (Update 03/10/2022)

The Royal Government of Cambodia has decided to remove some health requirements for foreigners entering Cambodia.

  • Remove the measures that require all foreign passengers, including land, sea, and air entrances, to show the passenger’s health declaration and the full COVID vaccination card or certificate upon arrival in Cambodia.
  • Keep remote temperature checkers at the entry and exit gates and keep officers in charge at the border gates to check and advise passengers who have symptoms or patients.

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

In addition, The Kingdom has also announced that the Visa on Arrival (VOA) scheme has been reinstated, which is applicable for all travelers entering by air, land, and sea.

There would no longer be the requirement to wear masks in public areas and open spaces, and people could decide whether to wear masks there.

Entry Conditions

Before entering Cambodia

  • Prepare documents for the visa on arrival.

At the international airport or Cambodia borders:

  • Upon entry, travelers must apply for Visa on Arrival (VOA).

After entering Cambodia:

  • They must self-monitor their health, and if they experience any symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection (fever; cough; sore throat; runny nose, stuffy nose; pain, fatigue, chills; decreased or lost taste; decreased or lost sense of smell; respiratory infections…), they must immediately notify the nearest medical facility for guidance and situation management.

 


 

MYANMAR (Update 05/08/2021)

Entry/Travel Conditions:

  • Since February 01st, 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 said a year-long state of emergency and banned all international travel.
  • Following the coup, the regime intermittently resumed immunization and geared up in August with vaccines donated and purchased from China. This vowed that half of the country’s more than 55 million population would be jabbed by this year. The regime said that 3.92 million people had been fully vaccinated on Monday.

For information on your clients’ upcoming trip to Southeast Asia with us, don’t hesitate to contact your region’s dedicated Sales Executive or the Sales Development Manager.

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