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UPDATE ON OUR DESTINATIONS 2022

Last Update: 6 July 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.

From 15th May 2022, Vietnam has lifted 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.

✓ Install the PC-COVID mobile application for health monitoring during the trip.

✓ A medical insurance with a minimum coverage of $10,000 (around EUR 9,500) (it is recommended, but not required).

 No quarantine – but travelers are required to self-monitor for the first 10 days after arrival and notify a medical staff if they have symptoms of COVID-19.

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. 

However, citizens from the list of 80 eligible countries in Vietnam have to apply for an e-Visa.

For more information about the conditions to enter Vietnam, flights, and reservations, please feel free to contact us.

VACCINES:

Around 80.7% of the country’s population is fully vaccinated, and around 63.8% has received a 3rd dose (booster).

REOPENING OF THE BORDERS:

Since 1st July 2022, Thailand lifted the "Thailand Pass" registration scheme.

Foreign visitors are only required to show the proof of either a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or a negative RT-PCR or RAT (Rapid Antigen - NOT self-Antigen) test result within 72 hours of travel. 

Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated travelers who are unable to show proof of a pre-arrival negative COVID-19 test have to undergo a RAT test upon arrival. 

The health insurance requirement of US$10,000 (EUR 9,500) for foreign arrivals entering the country has also been lifted.

VISA EXEMPTION AND BILATERAL AGREEMENT

Thai authorities are allowing travelers from 56 countries to enter the country without visas. Nationals from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain and Luxembourg are permitted to enter Thailand on a visa exemption scheme for a period of 45 dayspassport with a validity of more than 6 months and a plane ticket to exit Thailand within 45 days of arrival are requested when applying for the mandatory “Certificate of Entry” (COE) at the Thai Embassy of their home country. 

If you need more information on the entry requirements or conditions to obtain the “Certificate of Entry” (COE), please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

VACCINES:

Thailand has administered at least 139,099,244 doses of COVID vaccines so far, meaning around 82% of the country’s population has received at least 1 dose of vaccination (and 76% fully vaccinated). Moreover, around 45% of the eligible population has received a booster (3rd dose) vaccine so far.

 

REOPENING OF THE BORDERS:

Cambodia has reopened its borders to fully vaccinated foreign travellers without quarantine. Likewise, visa-exempted countries, especially from the ASEAN regions is also welcomed in Cambodia.

Children under 18 years old not vaccinated, are allowed to enter the country as long as they arrive with fully vaccinated parents. 

For foreign travellers fully vaccinated, no tests (pre-arrival and upon arrival) are required to enter Cambodia.

Moreover, the wearing of face mask in public areas is no longer compulsory, but it is still required in enclosed areas i.e. malls, cinemas, conference rooms, etc. 

Documents for quarantine-free travel include: 

✓ An Electronic Visa Certificate (E-visa) 

✓ Vaccination Certificate (2 doses) or a COVID-19 Recovery Medical Certificate

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.

Unvaccinated or Not Fully Vaccinated:

✓ The hotel booking for self-quarantine or a deposit of USD2,000 for quarantine arranged by the local authorities (Foreign Nationals ONLY) is required.

✓ The quarantine period is reduced to 7 days.

✓ Must undergo an Antigen Rapid Test (RT-PCR) on day 7.

Note: Unvaccinated travelers due to medical reasons must provide a medical letter from the Government, clinic or hospital. 

For more information about the conditions to enter Cambodia and reservations, please feel free to contact us.

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.

VACCINES:

There are around 87% of the country’s population who are fully vaccinated, and 56% who have received a booster dose.

REOPENING OF THE BORDERS:

Laos has lifted COVID-19 Testing for Fully Vaccinated Travelers.

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. Visa fee is 40 US$ (except for Chinese and Vietnamese nationals), when applying for a tourist visa at an international checkpoint.

For more information about the conditions to enter Laos, flights, and reservations, please feel free to contact us.

VACCINES:

There are at least 10,894,482 doses of COVID vaccines that have been administered so far. The first dose of vaccinations has reached more than 81% of the eligible population, while the second dose of vaccinations has now reached 72%.

 

REOPENING OF THE BORDERS:

After 2 years of borders closure, Myanmar resumed the international flights. Indeed, the country opened all international flights and they operate regularly. However, the number of commercial flights to the country is limited.

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;

✓ Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

✓ Take an insurance covering COVID-19, online with "Myanmar insurance";

✓ Submit to an antigen test upon arrival (the cost is the responsibility of the travelers). If the result is negative, they can leave the airport and travel freely in Myanmar.

Note:

✓ Children under 12 years of age can also travel to the country if they are not vaccinated.

✓ However, unvaccinated children between the ages of 6 and 12 must present a negative RT-PCR test result upon arrival. The test cannot be more than 48 hours old upon arrival.

✓ Vaccinated travelers and children under the age of 6 do not need to be tested prior to departure.

Please note that wearing a mask is mandatory in all public areas.

VACCINES:

Myanmar has administered at least 62,259,560 doses of COVID vaccines so far, meaning about 57.6% of the country’s population.

REOPENING OF THE BORDERS:

South Korea allows travelers to enter the country without quarantine.

Tests required to travel to South Korea:

1 RT-PCR test within 48 hours or Rapid Antigen Test (NOT self-Antigen test) within 24 hours of departure

1 PCR test within 24 hours after the arrival. 

In addition, all travelers must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA).

All these conditions also apply to children from 12 years old. 

Vaccination Status for Visitors Under 18 years old:

Visitors under 18 years old must have a second dose of vaccine completed (at least 14 days prior to entry).

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. However, the documents may be requested for verification so please have them ready at hand.

✓ Required documents:

- Negative COVID-19 RT-PCR Test Result Certificate or Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) Result

- 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 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. 

Please note that from July 25th 2022, the PCR test to do in South Korea within 3 days is now to be done within 24 hours after the arrival. Other points remain unchanged.

✓ Symptomatic:

Travelers showing signs of fever (37.5 ℃ or higher), coughing, difficulty in breathing, and/or other possible signs of COVID-19 upon entry to Korea must take a RT-PCR test at the Arrival Hall or the quarantine facility (Central Quarantine & Medical Support Center).

- If the test result is positive, the individual will be transferred to a hospital or residential treatment center depending on the severity.

- If the test result is negative, the individual is exempted from quarantine and must take a follow-up Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on Day 6 or 7 after their arrival. To perform a RAT, visitors can either use a self-test kit or visit a nearby medical clinic.

For more information on the actual South Korea entry conditions, 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

✓ 1 RT-PCR test within 48 hours or Rapid Antigen Test (NOT self-antigen test) within 24 hours of departure.

For essential information and further details, Click Here

VACCINES:

Around 88% of the 52 million population has been fully vaccinated. Moreover, around 66% 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