COVID-19 Travel Restrictions in Southeast Asia (August 2021)


alopah Date:2021-08-10 10:56:08 From:alopah.com
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Another month has passed, what is the status of COVID-19 in Southeast Asia? When will Southeast Asia open its doors to international travelers? After more than a year of global travel restrictions, these are the main questions on many travelers’ minds right now …… Like you, we’re eager to put our backpacks on and start traveling – but when will it happen? Will it be the same again? We sincerely hope so!

 

We try to update this article regularly with the latest travel restrictions in Southeast Asia to keep you up to date on what you can and can’t travel to now and what entry requirements are in place (quarantine, testing, wearing masks, etc.).

 

With the recent reopening of Thailand to vaccinated travelers from Phuket on July 1, things are finally starting to look up in Southeast Asia! However, if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that things can change in a heartbeat ……

 

Cambodia travel restrictions

 

News : August 2, 2021 – Cambodia begins vaccinating 12-17 year olds in its ongoing vaccine program.

July 29, 2021 – Cambodia imposes a blockade on eight provinces bordering Thailand to prevent the spread of the Delta variant.

 

Open to international travelers: Yes, with restrictions.

 

Visa on arrival: Not applicable.

 

Pre-departure requirements: You must arrange for a visa in advance, test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to departure, and have travel insurance that includes $50,000 in U.S. medical coverage.

 

Quarantine: All passengers must be quarantined for 14 days at a government facility or government-approved hotel in Phnom Penh. You must take two additional COVID-19 tests (upon arrival and on the 13th day of your stay at the quarantine facility).

 

Additional Fees: You must pay a deposit of $2,000 to the Cambodian government to cover your COVID services (testing, waiting facilities, transportation, potential medical expenses) while you are there. Once you have completed your 14-day quarantine, anything not spent will be refunded to you.

 

Current Internal Travel Restrictions: Within the country, inter-provincial travel restrictions, local curfews and area closures remain in place. Many hotels, public businesses and tourist attractions have been forced to close.

 

Masks: Masks are not mandatory, but are recommended for all public places.

 

Border crossing points: You must enter Cambodia by air. Once inside the country, you may not cross the border from Cambodia into Thailand, Laos or Vietnam.

 

Laos Travel Restrictions

 

Message: The national embargo in Laos remains in effect until at least August 18, 2021.

 

Open to international travelers: No. All visas on arrival are currently suspended, and international visitor visas will only be issued in exceptional circumstances to persons on official business in the country (e.g. experts, technicians, diplomats).

 

Visa on arrival: Not applicable.

 

Pre-departure requirements: You must arrange for a visa in advance, test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to departure, complete a certificate of entry, health declaration form and present a reservation for 14 nights at a quarantine hotel or center.

 

Quarantine: All passengers must be quarantined for 14 nights upon arrival in Laos at a government facility in a government-approved hotel. All arrivals must wear a GPS tracker for the entire duration of their stay.

 

Additional Fees: GPS trackers require a $200 deposit and a $6 rental fee.

 

Current internal travel restrictions: Vientiane is currently under embargo and travel restrictions vary by province.

 

Masks: Masks must be worn in all public places.

 

Border crossings: Borders to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam are open and access is restricted.

 

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Indonesia Travel Restrictions

 

Message: New travel restrictions on July 6, 2021 – As of July 6, only vaccinated travelers will be allowed to enter Indonesia. Upon arrival, they must complete an 8-day quarantine at their hotel and must provide a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to travel and on days 1 and 7 of quarantine. Unvaccinated Indonesian nationals are allowed to return to Indonesia, but must be vaccinated with COVID-19 before they are allowed to leave the quarantine area.

 

July 5, 2021 – Reopening of Bali resort island delayed due to new blockade measures.

 

Open to international travelers: No. Indonesia is currently closed to international travelers. Exceptions are diplomats, Indonesian residence permit holders and those traveling on essential business. (Note – Some foreigners entering on a B211 business visa must be arranged by a travel agent and require the sponsorship of an Indonesian company.)

 

Visa on Arrival: Not applicable.

 

Quarantine: Any new arrivals from Indonesia with a valid visa (meeting the specific categories listed above) must be quarantined for at least 8 days. As of July 6, 2021, all travelers must be fully vaccinated to enter Indonesia. Persons from Nepal, India, Pakistan and the Philippines must be quarantined for 14 days.

 

Current internal travel restrictions: Travel and social activities are restricted. Schools remain closed, stores and restaurants have limited hours of operation, and staffing must be limited. Restrictions vary by region.

 

Masks: Masks are required in all public places (indoors and outdoors) and those who do not comply may be fined.

 

Border crossings: The land border crossing on Kalimantan Island into Malaysian Borneo is currently closed.

 

Malaysia Travel Restrictions

 

Message: July 6, 2021 – Nationwide lockdown will remain in effect until further notice of closure of all schools and non-essential businesses.

 

Open to international travelers: No. Malaysia is currently closed to international travelers, except for those with a residence permit and anyone with a formal work contract.

 

Visa on arrival: Not applicable.

 

Quarantine: Any newcomer who meets the strict criteria must be quarantined in a government-designated facility for 10-14 days. You must test negative for COVID-19 before you can leave the quarantine area.

 

Current Internal Travel Restrictions: Cross-Malaysia cross-state travel is not currently permitted.

 

Masks: Masks must be worn in all public places, including stores, restaurants, cinemas, markets and eateries.

 

Border Crossing Points: Crossing into Thailand and Singapore (Peninsular Malaysia) is prohibited, and crossing into Indonesia (Borneo) is not permitted.

 

Burma Travel Restrictions

 

News: Burma Military Coup – In addition to responding to COVID-19, Burma is in the throes of a military coup. Most governments advise against travel to the country except for essential travel.

 

Open to international travelers: No. All international flights and visas to Burma have been suspended until further notice. Business visas are available and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

 

Visa on arrival: Not applicable.

 

Quarantine: Any new arrivals to Myanmar must be quarantined at a government facility for 7 days and then at their home, private residence or hotel of their choice for 7 days. The COVID-19 test must be administered on the 7th day before travelers are allowed to leave the government facility.

 

Current Internal Travel Restrictions: Travel restrictions vary by state. Some states have home standing orders. To travel domestically, you may be required to undergo COVID-19 testing or quarantine upon arrival, especially if you are from an area with an at-home order

 

Face masks: Face masks are required in all public places, and those who do not comply will be fined.

 

Border crossings: Land border crossings into Thailand are closed.

 

Philippines Travel Restrictions

 

Message: 2 August 2021 – Philippines extends ban on travelers from Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, UAE and Oman.

 

July 1, 2021 – The Philippines reduces the quarantine period for vaccinated travelers from “green countries” from 14 days to 7 days.

 

Open to international travelers: No. The Philippines is only open to returning Filipino nationals, parents, children or spouses of Filipino nationals, and persons with valid residence or work permits.

 

Visa on Arrival: Not available.

 

Pre-Departure Requirements: If you meet the above criteria prior to flying to the Philippines, you must obtain a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of boarding. You will need a valid visa and proof of payment for the quarantine facility.

 

Quarantine period: 14 days. (10 days of which must be at a designated government facility and 4 days of which may be at your place of residence.) You will need to take the COVID-19 test on the 9th day prior to release from government quarantine. NEW: The quarantine period is now 7 days for fully vaccinated travelers from the 57 “Green Country” list.

 

Current internal travel restrictions: Travel and public access are restricted based on the number of live COVID-19 cases in each city. There are three levels of restrictions: ECQ, MCQ and GCQ.

 

Masks: Masks must be worn in all indoor locations and on public transportation (including jeeps and cabs).

 

Thailand Travel Restrictions

 

News: In the first month since the launch of the Phuket Sandbox program on July 1, 2021, more than 14,000 foreign tourists visited Phuket, generating 829 million baht in revenue for the local economy.

 

Between July 1 and 31, 2021, the total number of international arrivals was 14,055, with the largest source market being the United States with 1,802 arrivals. This was followed by the United Kingdom (1,558), Israel (1,455), Germany (847) and France (839).

 

From July 1, 2021, Phuket is open to vaccinated arrivals without quarantine through the Phuket Sandbox program. Koh Samui quietly reopens on July 15, 2021, with additional destinations to follow later this year.

 

On June 16, 2021, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth announced plans to “fully reopen Thailand within 120 days” to ease the suffering of the people.

 

Open to international travelers: Yes. Thailand is open to tourists from all over the world (except India).

 

Visa on arrival: Not applicable.

 

Pre-Departure Requirements: You must also apply for a COE (Certificate of Entry), test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to departure, and have travel insurance that includes $100,000 in U.S. medical coverage. If you are flying to Phuket, you must have proof of payment from a SHA+ hotel. If you are flying to Bangkok, you must have proof of payment for the 14-day hotel quarantine period.

 

Quarantine: If you are not flying to Phuket and using the Phuket Sandbox program, you must be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival at a state quarantine facility or other state quarantine hotel. You must take two additional COVID-19 tests during the quarantine period. Travelers entering Thailand through the Phuket Sandbox as of July 1 must stay in Phuket for 14 days, but are not required to self-isolate.

 

Face masks: Face masks must be worn in all indoor and outdoor public places in Thailand.

 

Current Domestic Travel Restrictions: Within the country, restrictions on movement and social activities remain in place. Many hotels, public businesses and tourist attractions have been forced to close.

 

Border crossing points: You must enter Thailand by air. Once inside the country, you may not cross the border into Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Malaysia.

 

Vietnam Travel Restrictions

 

News: Vietnam plans to shorten the quarantine period for vaccinated travelers from 21 days to 7 days. Details are still to be finalized.

 

Open to international travelers: No. As of March 22, 2020, no foreigners will be able to travel to Vietnam. Exceptions are Vietnamese repatriates, certain skilled workers, foreign investors and others on official business in the country. Visa issuance is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

 

Visa on Arrival: Not applicable.

 

Quarantine: Any new arrival in Vietnam (meeting the strict criteria above) must be quarantined for at least 14 days. (Recently extended to 21 days.)

 

Current internal travel restrictions: Regulations vary from province to province. Within the country, inter-provincial travel restrictions, local curfews and regional blockades remain in place. Lack of custom has forced the closure of many hotels, public businesses and tourist attractions.

 

Face masks: Face masks are required in all public places in Vietnam and those who do not comply may be fined.

 

Border crossings: All land borders into Vietnam are closed.

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