Last Update: 09 June 2023
Vietnam fully reopens its borders to foreign travelers without COVID-19 quarantine, and without any COVID-19 testing requirements.
Updated entry conditions include:
✓ A valid Passport & an e-Visa (via Click Here) if needed.
✓A Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination and/or a Medical Certificate of COVID-19 Recovery (not mandatory).
The above conditions apply to all entries into Vietnam: by air, sea, and land.
VISA conditions include:
The Vietnamese government announced the restoration of visa exemption (15 days) for arrivals from the following 13 countries and territories:
Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Citizens of these 13 countries are exempt from visas when entering Vietnam with a temporary stay of 15 days, no matter the passport type and entry purpose.
Vietnam Visa Exemption Re-entry Process:
For the re-entry visa exemption process, clients may now exit and re-enter Vietnam immediately without waiting for a specified time to return. The initial need to wait for 30 days after the first entry is no longer mandated (for a new stay of a maximum 15 days). Additionally, clients do not have to pay a visa fee for the visa exemption.
However, citizens from the list of 80 eligible countries in Vietnam have to apply for an e-Visa.
Travelers are no longer required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or ATK test results to enter Thailand.
All travelers can now enter freely in the country, without any restrictions.
During the Stay:
While in Thailand, both vaccinated and unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers are advised to follow the health and safety standards. Travellers who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms should get tested. If tested positive, they must get the appropriate medical treatment.
Also, Thailand Public Health recommends wearing the face mask in crowded places, public transportations, and cinemas.
VISA EXEMPTION AND BILATERAL AGREEMENT
Thailand Grants Visa Extension for Foreign Travelers
From 1st October 2022 until 31st March 2023, Thailand has increased the period of visa-free stay for foreign arrivals entering the country.
For travelers from countries entitled for visa exemption, the period of stay has been extended to 45 days, and 30 days for those eligible for a Visa on Arrival (VOA).
The following countries eligible for visa exemption: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, The Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovak, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UAE, UK, Ukraine, and USA.
Cambodia has removed all restrictions related to COVID-19 and reopened its borders to fully vaccinated and non-vaccinated foreign travellers without COVID-19 quarantine. Likewise, visa-exempted countries, especially from the ASEAN regions are welcome in Cambodia.
However, foreign nationals are fully responsible for the COVID-19 treatment expenses that may occur during the trip in Cambodia. It is encouraged (but not compulsory) to purchase an insurance covering these possible expenses.
Cambodia has reopened its electronic visa scheme (e-visa certificate) for foreign tourists entering the country. Visa exemptions for business people and "sponsored" persons are authorized. In addition, Cambodia has allowed the re-issuance of “Visa on Arrival” for all international travelers, by air, land, and sea.
Laos has fully reopened its borders to foreign visitors, allowing fully vaccinated (2 doses) arrivals to enter the country with no requirements of COVID-19 testing and quarantine. This is applied to all visitors arriving by land, air, or water.
Also, fully vaccinated entrants can now travel freely anywhere within Laos without restrictions.
Foreign arrivals in Laos, who may become infected with COVID-19 during their trip in Laos, must bear the responsibility for any and all medical costs involved in the treatment.
However, non-vaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must take a Rapid Antigen Test RAT not self- antigen test within 48 hours before departure and present the results upon arrival, except for children under 12 years old. Likewise, they are no longer required to have a test upon arrival.
Citizens of countries that have bilateral or unilateral visa waiver agreements with Laos may now enter Laos without the need for a visa.
Citizens of countries that do not have a visa waiver agreement with Laos may now apply for visa at a Lao Embassy or Consulate abroad or via the e-Visa online system.
However, visa on arrival for all foreign nationals has resumed at the international checkpoint. Tourist visa fee is 40 US$ (except for Chinese and Vietnamese nationals). Each foreigner has to bring 1 photo (size 3cmx4cm); otherwise they have to pay 1 USD/person for taking a photo on the spot.
Persons authorized to enter Myanmar must comply with the following conditions:
✓ Have a passport valid for 6 months after the date of entry into Myanmar;
✓ Have a valid visa;
✓ Take an insurance covering COVID-19, online with "Myanmar insurance".
Temporary Exemption of K-ETA for 22 Countries
Since April 1, 2023 to December 31, 2024, K-ETA has been temporarily exempted to 22 countries/regions.
The 22 countries/regions eligible for temporary exemption of K-ETA include:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Macao, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK, US (including Guam)
Kindly note, if a traveler who is eligible for K-ETA temporary exemption wants to apply for K-ETA to receive benefits such as not having to submit an arrival card upon entry, enabling them to clear immigration quickly, he/she may apply for K-ETA and pay the application fee of KWR 10,000 or around US$ 9-10 (additional fees not included).
Previously approved K-ETA will remain valid until its expiry date.
To enter the country for purposes other than those authorized with the K-ETA or for extended consecutive stays, travelers must contact the nearest South Korean Embassy.
How to get a K-ETA
Application form: Click Here
To complete the online form, applicants need to enter basic information including:
✓ Personal details: name, nationality, date of birth
✓ Contact information: including email address
✓ Passport data: passport number, issue, and expiry date
✓ Health and security information
✓ A recent individual photo
✓ A non-refundable application fee of 10,000 KRW (about 7,5 euros) is paid using a debit or credit card to finalize the request.
On approval, the travel permit is sent to the applicant by email.
For essential information and further details, Click Here
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The Phoenix Voyages Team