Last Update: 8 December 2023
Vietnam fully reopens its borders to foreign travelers without COVID-19 restrictions.
Updated entry conditions include:
✓ A valid Passport & an e-Visa (via Click Here) if needed.
VISA conditions include:
Travelers from the following countries and territories that are unilaterally exempted from visas by Vietnam are granted a 45-day stay and this is valid until 14 March 2025: Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
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.
Furthermore, Vietnam will extend the validity of tourist e-visas to 90 days. The new rule will be applied to both single-entry and multiple-entry visas.
However, citizens from the list of 80 eligible countries in Vietnam have to apply for an e-Visa.
Concerned government authority will adjust and approve the list of countries whose citizens are granted an e-visa.
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 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 all travellers without COVID-19 quarantine. Likewise, visa-exempted countries, especially from the ASEAN regions are welcome in Cambodia.
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 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.
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 27 Countries/Regions
In celebration of “Visit Korea Year (2023-2024)”, K-ETA will be temporarily exempted to 27 countries/regions until December 31, 2024 (for the majority, the period of stay allowed is 90 days):
Australia, Austria, Belgium (3 months), Canada (6 months), Czech Republic, Denmark, Emirates, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Macao, Netherlands (3 months), New Zealand (3 months), Norway, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK, US (including Guam).
NOTE: All foreigners who are NOT exempted from a K-ETA must apply before entering the country. Here is how to apply for a K-ETA.
HOW TO OBTAIN A K-ETA
Before applying for a K-ETA, you must prepare a:
✓ Valid passport (at least 6 months)
✓ Valid e-mail address
✓ Face image photo
- For PC, image file. For mobile application, photo taken by mobile device camera during application.
✓ Credit or debit card that can be used to pay the fee (10,000KRW, approximately USD $9-10 per person)
Obtain a K-ETA approval before boarding the flight or ship – the assessment can take more than 72 hours.
- Each approved K-ETA allows multiple visits to the Republic of Korea within the validity period of K-ETA (3 years in general)
As it is so dear to us, the Phoenix Voyages team is at your disposal to prepare for your clients' future trips in Asia.
The Phoenix Voyages Team