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UPDATE ON OUR DESTINATIONS 2022

Last Update: 10 November 2022 

At Phoenix Voyages, we are continuing our crusade through this spatiotemporal rift to tell you about our remarkable stays to offer your clients in the near future. Here is our latest news on the current situation of our destinations.    

REOPENING OF THE BORDERS:

Vietnam fully reopens its borders to foreign travelers without quarantine.

Vietnam has lifted the pre-entry COVID-19 testing requirements for all foreign arrivals entering the country.

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.

REOPENING OF THE BORDERS: 

Travelers are no longer required to show proof of 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 transportation, 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 to 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.   

 

REOPENING OF THE BORDERS:

Cambodia has removed all restrictions related to COVID-19 and reopened its borders to fully vaccinated and non-vaccinated foreign travellers without quarantine. Likewise, visa-exempted countries, especially from the ASEAN regions is also welcomed 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.

VISAS:

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.

REOPENING OF THE BORDERS:

Laos has fully reopened its borders to foreign visitors, allowing fully vaccinated 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.

Fully vaccinated travelers entering Laos only need a COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (2 doses).

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. 

VISAS:

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 a 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.

 

REOPENING OF THE BORDERS:

Myanmar has resumed its international flights and they operate regularly.

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";

✓ Submit to an antigen test upon arrival (cost 15,000 kyat = around 7 euros).

REOPENING OF THE BORDERS:

South Korea allows travelers to enter the country without quarantine, and has lifted the pre-arrival COVID-19 testing.

South Korea has Lifted its Post-Entry PCR Testing since 1st October 2022.

Since 1st October 2022, South Korea has removed its COVID-19 PCR testing requirement for all foreign travelers on the first 24 hours of their arrival in the country.

Entry Process (Special Entry Procedure)

All individuals entering Korea are required to go through a special immigration process to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

STEP 1:

Fill-out the Health Questionnaire and Travel Record Declaration (Special Quarantine Report) on board the plane.

Does not apply to Q-code applicants who have pre-registered their information.

STEP 2:

Upon arrival at the airport, proceed to check your temperature and submit the documents at the quarantine checkpoint.

✓ Q-code applicants may use their pre-issued QR code instead of submitting printed documents.

✓ Required documents:

- Health Questionnaire & Travel Record Declaration

- Passport

All documents above can be registered in advance via Q-code.

STEP 3:

Quarantine Procedure

✓ COVID-19 Asymptomatic:

Individuals who are fully vaccinated (either in Korea or overseas) and show no signs of symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, etc.) during the health screening process and on their Health Questionnaire may proceed to their destination after immigration check.

✓ Symptomatic:

Travelers with symptoms within three days after arrival can get tested for free at a COVID-19 test center or local health clinic.

- Short term stay (less than 10 days): they have to pay for the PCR test.

- Long term stay (from 10 days to 40 days of entry): they can get a test for free at a local health care center.

    - If the test returns positive, travelers must quarantine for seven days.

    - It is recommended to take the RAT with a self-testing kit or at a test center on the 6th or 7th day of quarantine.

STEP 4:

Submit Test Results

Since 14 July 2022, all travelers must register on the Q-Code regardless of the Q-Code pre-entry registration.

Here is the link: Click Here

Travelers who did not use the Q-Code pre-entry system can register by entering their passport number, date of birth, and date of entry.

For more information on the actual South Korea entry process, please Click Here:, or feel free to contact us.

South Korea K-ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization)

South Korea has launched a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization system, known as K-ETA. It is a new electronic authorization allowing visa-free travelers to visit the country.

Foreign nationals will only be able to enter South Korea without a visa by registering for a K-ETA. Upon acquiring the waiver, visitors will be exempt from submitting arrival cards, enabling them to clear immigration quickly.

It permits eligible travelers to visit South Korea for short stays for tourism, visiting family members, or business activities. In addition, the K-ETA is valid for 2 years, allowing the holder a stay of between 30 to 180 days per entry, depending on the nationality.

Visitors must apply for the K-ETA at least 72 hours before boarding the flight. Those who apply now can also use the visa waiver for future trips to South Korea.

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.

Travel Conditions

✓ For a full list of eligible countries, please Click Here

For essential information and further details, Click Here

VACCINES:

Around 88% of the 52 million population has been fully vaccinated. Moreover, around 65.4% of the population has received their booster shots.

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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